Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wednesday November 23rd, 2011

Josh stood in therapy last week for 40 minutes
with minimal assistance during one of his PT sessions.
He stood today in the pool without assistance for short
periods of time. I can feel when I transfer him that he
is regaining his balance again.

He continues to fight walk on his own. This has proven to
be more difficult than we anticipated. However, we knew
this was going to be an uphill climb. Interestingly,
he is better climbing stairs and walking backward
than forward. Still he pushes on.

Josh is doing complex math in his head, surfing the
web and Facebook on his tablet computer and keeping
us all laughing with his dry wit. He is hilarious!

We can see a difference already, having therapy 3
days a week. Thank you.

So as we prepare for the holiday tomorrow, we are so
very thankful for our friends and family who
supported us through this most difficult year, and
of course to have Josh, happy and healthy,
at the dinner table with us again.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Enjoy your family and your Thanksgiving celebration!

Much Love,
The Bonjos

Friday, November 4, 2011

Josh turned 20 last weekend.

Despite the freak snow storm, loss of power
and Dad getting the flu, we were able to have
a small birthday celebration with those who
made it through the snow and around closed roads.
(No, the generator still will not start!)

It is a great gift and a blessing that we were able
to celebrate this birthday with Josh. There were times
11 months ago when I questioned if we would make it this far.
Josh has come a very long way.

After an initial denial and subsequent appeal, Josh was approved for
3 days a week of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy.
It was only a 6 week approval instead of 8, but we will take it!
He is starting to use a walker now in therapy. Things are coming together.

Sometimes we lose sight of the forest for the trees as things
move so slowly. We were looking at Josh's work book yesterday and
all of the sudden had to ask ourselves why we still had a list of
"Josh's Important Questions" in there. Well 4 months ago, Josh had a
list of very important things he had trouble remembering. In that moment
of realization, I remembered that he had not needed to ask any of those
questions in a very long time. This is how the healing happens.

Thanks to everyone who made it to the party and thanks
for your continued support!

The Bonjos