I am happy to write to you of Phil’s improvement and am sorry that I haven’t updated you all in a couple of weeks. Thank you for praying and please continue to do so, as Phil still is in need of prayer, as we all are.
First, Phil’s doctor decided to cut one of his blood pressure medicines in half, because it has a side effect of making you feel like you need to pee. This has help Phil sleep through the night much better and is very nice for his family that has spent the night with him. We are excited about this discovery and pray it can help Phil sleep better so that he can recover more.
Second, Phil has started doing much more to get himself ready in the morning. In the shower he washes himself almost all by himself and he walks to and from breakfast. He also has started to stand up while doing everyday tasks like brushing his teeth and urinating. This hard work will help him build endurance and help him become more independent.
Next, I have definitely seen improvement in Phil’s ability to push himself in the wheelchair. Thanks to time spent practicing wheeling himself around and time doing arm exercises with weights, Phil does a pretty good job. He likes to push himself around when we go to stores like Wal-Mart or Lowes, because it is easier than at home on the carpet. It is great to see him getting around by himself because it allows him to be and think more independently.
Phil continues to improve in speech and in his critical thinking. He is working on doing Algebra right now, and he was excited when I told him some people can’t understand the math he is doing, he grins and says, “I know math before.” Him being such a studious and diligent person before has really helped him.
I am very thankful for the videos my Aunt Sherri has made of Phil because it allows us to track his progress more when I forget how much he has improved. Just yesterday we were watching the videos and could see how hard Phil has worked to get to where he is.
We continue to thank and praise our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through everything. He is with us and is constantly encouraging and sustaining us. Please continue to pray that Phil takes more and more steps toward independence, especially physically. If he is able to push himself around more in his wheelchair and walk around the house more, it will be much easier on his family that is helping him during his recovery.