I’ve never been this happy in my life. Hello friends, this is Julie. Kimmy, Ashley and I are here in Atlanta with Phil, John, Aunt Emma, and Momma this weekend. I am amazed at what God does and is doing. It has been over 3 weeks since I saw Phil last and so much has changed. So I wanted to update the blog and share all the good things that I saw tonight. We had a pizza party for dinner because Phil has been asking for pizza for several days now. He only managed to eat one piece but we sure did party. (He had lots of other food; Chicken, corn bread, mashed potatoes, yellow squash, applesause, fruit punch drink, milk, diet coke, and a strawberry ensure…) Needless to say, Phil is not going hungry. Now back to that list.
1. When I arrived, I asked Phil for a hug, he immediately unfolded both his arms and extended them in a hug position. It was the best hug I ever got.
2. Phil was able to pick up his cup of diet coke in his left hand and drink his diet coke through a straw then put the cup back on the table.
3. Phil was able to pick his pizza up off the plate, bring it to his mouth, take a bite, and put the pizza back on the table.
4. Phil is able to communicate “yes” and “no” in several ways. First of all, Phil puts up his index finger to mean yes ( a 1) and his index and middle finger for no (a 2). He can also say yes and no occasionally. A simple yes and no makes communication so much easier. Phil is also able to point to specific things that he wants.
5. Philip can unfold his glasses and put them on his own face.
6. Phil no longer has a trac and soon his feeding tube will come out. He is not getting any food through his tube but is relying completely on eating for his calories and nutrition.
7. Phil responded well to our dog joey and pet him as Joey sat on John’s lap.
8. Phil sang along when John and I played some guitar and Kimmy and Ashley sang. He didn’t always get out the words but he hummed along.
9. Phil made the “John face” when he was asked. Phil put two fingers up and said “deuces”. Phil stuck out his tongue at Kimmy. It seems that Phil hasn’t lost any of the crazy things that make him Phil.
10. Philip laughed for about 15 minutes at his insane sister. laughing so hard, his whole body shook. You know the good kind of laughter. Especially when I told him about my upcoming trip to Chucky Cheeses. Apparently he approves.
As I look forward to what tomorrow holds, I am so thankful that God is here with us. He is here in the mess, He is here in the pain, He is here when all others leave us. He has promised us his Son. He has promised us everything. He has promised us a Kingdom that never ends, a kingdom where there is no pain, no car crashes, no evil. Tonight, watching my brother laugh gave me a glimpse of how much God has given us, how much He has promised us, and how much He has given. Oh, how He loves us.
I ask that you continue to pray for Phil. We know that God hears our prayers, He cares about our pain, and He hates when his people suffer. He wants us. He is Jealous for us all. He is jealous for Phil. Please pray for Phil:
- That he is able to verbally communicate at a higher level. (He still has trouble speaking and being understood.)
- That he will gain more control over the right side of his body, including fine motor skills. (He was hit on the left side of his brain therefore greatly affecting the right side of his body.)
- Continued success at his therapies.
- That God would continue to write His story and use Phil for His Glory.