Friday, July 17, 2009

July 17

Up in the chair again today, although it is still a juggling act getting him to relax. When he postures his legs stiffen up and sitting in a chair becomes more difficult. Still he was up for about 2 1/2 hours. In which time Eric gave him a haircut and shave.

We attended another meeting today with the staff of the hospital. Doctor, nurse, RT, OT, PT, social worker, case worker etc. How depressing! The philosophy of the hospital is plan for the worst, hope for the best. Jeremy's progress is really being inhibited by his posturing, although he's making forward steps, the posturing is making everything more difficult.

The OT hasn't had much luck getting Jeremy to do anything. We don't think that Jeremy likes him much. Previously, he'd seen Jeremy really enjoying watching the TV and out of frustration, decided to use it to try to get Jeremy's attention. He turned on the TV, turned it off, and told Jeremy that if he wanted to watch it, he had to turn it back on himself. It was a very slow process, but Jeremy very pain-stakingly moved his arm out and pushed the button. Then later this evening, Eric did the same thing, with the same result. The coolest thing about this is, the sound comes out of the box and the TV has the picture; he knew that he should watch the TV. That tells us that he's not just responding to the stimulus, he's processing the dual stimuli, besides the fact that he's moving and following directions. They asked us to repeat this every couple hours over the weekend, and when the OT comes back on Monday, he's going to increase the difficulty of the task.

Praise God for the little things!


  1. go jeremy!! don't give up hope even after hearing the hospital's staff meeting. progress really is slow at times. i was in the hospital so long that my muscles barely worked so its good to hear jeremy is doing things with his hands. happy sabbath and praise God for His healing powers!

  2. Father we know you have made Jeremy in Your image. So now we pray and declare that you return the brain tissue and all function to what you origionally created in Jeremy.
    Matthew 15:28; Matthew 15:30; Mark 16:17-18


  3. Hey Jeremy,

    I am back from a trip to Chief Joseph Dam, Seattle Dist. You need to put that on your list of Corps projects to see when you are up and out again. I certainly thought about you a lot and kept you in my good thoughts.
    Sounds like you are getting closer everyday to sharing some laughs together.
    Joyce @ Lucky Peak

  4. Hi Debi and family! I just want you to know that I have been following your updates on Jeremy from the very beginning. I am so thankful for technology and how it allows people to stay connected and up to date on what is happening in other people's lives. I have been (and will keep) praying for Jeremy and the rest of you. May God strengthen you all in this time and may you be lifted up and ecouraged by the small things each day.

    Much love and prayer,
    Shannon Polley


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