Monthly Archives: July 2012

July 30

Dear Friends,

Today has been a good day for Phil and it is his first day of therapy at Cardinal Hill inpatient.  It has been really exciting for me and his family to see him get adjusted to being in the hospital.  He is taking it well and is starting to enjoy life here.  It is great seeing him in the hospital and knowing how far he has come since the last time he was in a hospital room.  It is amazing!! 

Mom and I got here after lunch and Phil was already done with therapy for the day.  He will be working out with me though….  he works hard.   One thing that has been great is that he has gotten to talk to some of the other brain injury patients.  This excites him and helps him be ok talking with people because he knows they can relate to him.  It is a joy to see him talking to the nurses and other patients, as he wasn’t able to do this much in Atlanta.   His ability to converse has come a long way and it is exciting!  He enjoys being in the hospital because he knows he will be able to work more in therapy to get better. 

One thing you could pray for is his right knee.  It tends to lock up when he walks and causes his legs to hyper-extend.  The therapists ordered a knee brace to help with this, but if he is able to keep that knee unlocked his walking will be a lot more fluid. 

Also, I was going to mention that the plan from the doctors is to have Phil in here for around 3 weeks.  I don’t know if they will re-evaluate him afterward or not.  We will see.  Thank you for being faithful and praying for Phil.

–John–

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July 28

Dear Friends,

Today marks a big day for Phil.  He has officially moved into Cardinal Hill hospital.  He is moved in ONLY for the reason that he will get more therapy this way.  It will be 3 hours a day now compared to the six hours a week that he has been getting at Outpatient.  The doctor suggested it and Phil is happy to be doing more rehab.

Please pray that Phil will take this transition well and that he will be at peace with it.  He was a little bit nervous tonight but he is settling in.  He would appreciate visitors, so just let us know if you would like to go visit him.  He has less to do at the hospital than at home, but we are making sure he feels good and has a lot of stuff that reminds him of home.  He is loved.

Pray for the family as well as we make this transition. 

–John–

July 24

Dear Friends,

I am glad to write you of Phil’s continued improvement in his recovery.  Phil is starting to be more and more independent and we ask you to continue to pray for this.  Last week Phil didn’t use his wheelchair all morning on a couple of days and is continuing to improve his walking.  He won’t be walking around in public for a while, but it is nice that he is walking more in the house.

Just yesterday I worked with Phil on going up the stairs and different exercises and I noticed his balance has improve a lot.  Going up the stairs was a lot easier and he had more control of his body while walking.  Doing more stuff like standing while brushing his teeth in the morning has helped him to maintain balance better. 

I have also been encouraged by Phil’s speech and sociability recently.  He has been more willing to talk with others and is less shy in social settings.  Just last week we went to Renew at the Wesley Foundation and to small group which we attend, and he enjoyed those very much.  He definitely feels more comfortable around new people and is more willing to chip into the conversation.

Please pray that God will guide Phil in his recovery and what will happen next in this process.  He is currently doing outpatient therapy at Cardinal Hill and we are living at our aunts house.  We pray Phil will be able to move back home soon with the upcoming of Mom going back to work and Julie starting at Harrison County as well.

Phil continues to improve his reading skills, but we ask that you continue to pray for this.  I don’t work with him much with this, but sometimes I read with him and can tell he has improved.  Phil does speech homework which sometimes involves him reading and he also reads small portions of books sometimes.

Continue to pray for Phil that God would bless his progress.  Thank you for your faithfulness, it means a lot.

–John–

July 4, 2012

Dear Friends,

Today I am happy to relay a report of Phil’s comings and goings to you. My favorite thing that has happened recently is that he has started enjoying singing along to songs. It started with him humming along to jazz and he continues to listen and hum along. Even songs he doesn’t know, he likes to sing along. I enjoy this because he has so much fun with it.

It has been hot recently, so we have been trying to stay indoors and avoid being outside so we have been going up to church to walk and have Phil push himself in his wheelchair. He has done great with that and is getting better. He gets stronger every day and continues to ride the bike, today he did 2 hours.

Phil continues to improve getting ready for the day. He is on his feet more and does more of it himself. Flexibility to dress his bottom half is tough, so pray that this will improve. He does great washing himself in the shower and walks out to breakfast and back to brush his teeth. He knows that he has to work hard, and he does.

This week we have been encouraged and blessed by many whom don’t even know us, but have read the article in the paper about Phil’s recovery. We are truly blessed with a great family, a great church and happy lives. Continue to pray fervently for Phil’s continued improvement. And remember: “The kingdom of Heaven is already among you.”

–John–