Phil’s continuing improvement is an encouragement to us all. I would like to start by mentioning that last week was the first week that Phil had consistently slept through the night! This is very exciting and we are very thankful for this. Continue to pray that God gives Phil peace at night, as this is the time when his brain heals most rapidly.
Since last time Phil has improved even more. He has been able to count on his fingers and put up how many you ask him too. He does better when you show him, but he does okay when you just tell him. He can also do a fist pump now! Pretty cool. He is still inconsistent when we ask him yes/no questions, so continue to pray that he will be able to do this better.
Today in therapy Phil did some more squatting, on both legs, then one at a time. He was tilted at about 20 degrees from the ground, and was doing well. In Occupational Therapy Phil was able to pass a balloon to Vanessa and take it from me, extending his left arm both times. This was a great thing because it was an open chain exercise as opposed to a closed chain. Pretty much that means the muscle he used was more isolated so he had to have had more control over it. If you want to know more about closed vs. open chain exercises click here. This is exciting to see because it means that Phil is starting to be able to coordinate his muscles more and more.
Today we also had a meeting with all of Phil’s therapists discussing our questions and concerns. Mainly this had to do with taking Phil home on February 14. Where Phil will go is a hard decision for us and will be tough for the family either way, so we ask that you pray for wisdom for Momma and the rest of the family to help in our decision-making process. Thankfully we have others helping us along the way, as it seems like an overwhelming decision from the start.
The good news is that Phil is recovering at a good rate right now. He is not to a point where he can do the outpatient therapy here at Shepherd, but he is still improving. Though this is not good for the medical insurance’s timeline, we know that God is not restricted to earthly regulations and that he will be with us through it all.
Please continue to pray, as I know many of you are. I thank you for that, and remind you that Phil will still need your prayers for many days to come.