Tuesday, October 14, 2008

What goes down must come up

Okay, it is a little backwards, but tonight Chris was able to lift his ankle.  He can move it down and move it right back up.  So very important for walking.  Yeah!  

Can I just tell you how much respect I have for Chris?  The guy just doesn't give up.  We have decided to have Chris eat one meal a day with his right hand. (Thanks, Betsy!)  He was able to grip a spoon yesterday and was already to try this out at breakfast time.  He was hungry.  We got out the big handled spoon and the handy bowl that won't slide around.  (Which Elise was positive was HER bowl)  For some reason, he couldn't get his hand to make a fist this morning.  I am a little new at this, but we tried a few different positions, yet there was still not enough of a fist to hold onto the spoon.  After a few tries and him reminding me that he was quite hungry, I reminded him that we could do the right handed meal for lunch or dinner.  Maybe the grip would come back later in the day, right?  Nope.  This would not do for Chris.  The same guy that sat on the couch for an hour trying to lift his ankle would not give up.  Once Lilly woke up, I went to the other room to get her.  I could hear him say "Two bites!"  Every five minutes or so I would hear him add another tally.  It took him an hour to eat his breakfast with his right hand, but he conquered.  I would have switched to my other hand 10 minutes into it.  Not Chris.  And this is why his neurologist is wrong.  He doesn't realized that Chris isn't going to accept a 95% recovery.  He will spend every waking minute working until he is 100%.  Just wait and see, Doc.  This guy has determination.

5 comments:

Islandalli said...

Awesome Chris. Awesome for all of you. We are proud of you too.
~Alli

Rachie-bo-Bachie said...

Mom,

Tell Dad good job. Hannah is getting sick, but besides that everything is great.I helped Aunt Beth this morning. My cheek is bruised and my eye and nose is still hurting badly.

Love,
Rachel

Rachie-bo-Bachie said...

Mom,

We are leaving tomorrow. I am not to sure if I want to go to soccer practice tomorrow. I'm feeling fine, but I have a lot of stuff to do. Unpack, do laundry, and clean my room. Isn't my first Girl Scout meeting soon? I will go to my soccer practice if I don't have Girl Scouts because if I do it will be hard to fit soccer into the schedule. Can you e-mail Keta about that today if you have the chance? I miss you and love you. I bringing home some bath fizz for Elise and some new clothes. Not excactly new I guess. I can't wait to start school again.

Love,
Rachel

Sarah said...

Rachel,
No girl scouts tomorrow, so soccer is on. We can't wait for you girlies to get home as daddy is in need of some serious tickling. Elise needs everyone home, too, since we are a little boring for her style. Clean your room? Sounds great to me. I have proof that you committed to it now. :) We love you!

Mom

Rachie-bo-Bachie said...

Mom,

When is Girl Scouts then? Remind me to start the laundry immediately when I get home so I can have clean soccer clothes. Fine, I'll clean my room. I have my part pretty much memorized along with I am a Child of God spanish. Who knows when we are going to leave because Grandma is going to get apples, Ans Autumn and I still have to take baths. I think they have packing to do to. And by the way I know you like Nike already. i think you Have said that at least a million times now.I thought you should know that I didn't get a good night sleep. See you later around ?????.

Love,
Rachel