Today is a day to rejoice! It is exactly 4 weeks and 1 day since John and Phil’s accident, and oh the progress we have seen!
Before we get to the updates an Phil’s status, I’d just like to report and send out a quick praise that both John and Julie have made it safely to Atlanta and got to spend a few hours with Phil. We can’t wait for tomorrow to see how he responds to them during therapy hours.
Today was exciting to see Phil’s progress. He had a really good day. To start off the morning. Phil had an hour of physical therapy followed by a quick rest, then a half hour of speech therapy followed by an hour rest ending with 1 full hour of Occupational therapy.
Every therapy session Phil handled very well and there is exciting news to report.
PT: A man named Seth stretched Phil’s neck to the right to help his tendency to go left. Then his vision appeared to be better and he was able to actually follow his Mama across his center vision to right slightly! That is a goal that they had placed for him to be able to do and we will be watching for consistency in that over the next few days. Continue to be in prayer for that.
~ Quick side note, there’s not a word on the CT scan yet ~
ST: Phil seemed to be responding to commands slightly using a head nod. When we would ask him a question he would move his head slightly, Tristen seemed to think that this was the beginnings of some intentionally head movements, which was proven as the day got longer! But it still may be some wishful thinking to say that he is responding to our questions with a positive head nod or not. But he is working toward it. Phil also started intentionally lifting and lowering 1 and 2 fingers when asked. He wouldn’t always get the right, but it was evident that he was trying.
OT: Phil was placed on atilt table, which gradually raises him to standing position. He did not get above 20 degrees, but he handled it very well. He stayed at a 20 degree angle for half an hour, and his vitals were doing great! Praise the Lord.
In addition to these small victories we saw in Phil today and interesting pattern we noticed is that Phil really relaxes to the reading of the Word! How wonderful that scripture, and what a testimony and challenge comfort him it is for me to do the same.
God is in control.