Dear Family and Friends,
Miracles happen. They may take a long time but they happen. As the saying goes, “Rome was not built in a day.” (Yes, this is Julie writing!) Good things keep happening over and over. Philip seems to be doing new things each day! We are so excited to see what each day holds. As Phil is able to do more things, two things are apparent. Two things that need prayer.
First is that Phil’s brain is working. He knows what is being asked of him to do. He might be asked to stick out his tongue. He knows what sticking out your tongue means but he cannot get his brain to send the right signal to his tongue. He will try and maybe his jaw will move or his lips will quiver. Phil when asked to stick out his tongue usually manages to move his mouth but cannot do exactly what has been asked. The medical reason for this is that his neurons in his brain were stretched and torn during the injury. The motor/planning centers in his brain are not connected to the taking in information centers. (sorry, that was generally unscientific!) He hears commands but cannot get his muscles to do what he wants them to do. This is common for TBI patients, but we have an uncommon God. Pray that God makes connections in Phil’s brain!
The second pray request is about Phil’s lip muscles. This is also very common issue so nothing to be drastically alarmed at. whew. Phil needs to strengthen his lips so that when he talks, his words are clearly heard and that he is able to be understood. Phil is talking lots but is showing signs of frustration because we cannot understand him. Phil is amazingly able to say whole phrases and simple sentences ; “I don’t like that,” “Not right now,” and, “leave me alone,” are his favorites. He had his family in a fit of laughter today as he repeatedly told his speech therapist “not right now,” when she asked him to do something. Phil is working on saying “yes” and “no” which will help him communicate with his therapist, nurses, and doctors. But again, PRAY for his lip muscles. Stronger lips means more words and more food.
Lastly, PRAY for Janet and John as they look for and decide on alternate housing. The Shepherd Center gives families of PREP Patients 30 days of free-housing. The end of our 30 days is this friday. Ouch time. Pray for them, especially Janet as they adjust to living away from Phil, even a 30 minute drive will seem like eternity. And PRAY for me, Julie as I catch a lift home tomorrow with the wonderful Greene family as I start back student teaching at Scott Co. High School on monday. PRAY that I can handle it.
Lastly, I want to leave you with a story of good news. Today in Physical Therapy Phil was placed on a bench in a seated position, just like you or I would be at a little-league game. Phil was able to hold himself in the upright position, holding on to the side of the bench by himself without other support for several minutes. He continues to become physically stronger everyday.
and PRAISE JESUS for what He has done. Miracles happen.