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Update – 02.18.11

It has been a while since the last update, and Peter has been progressing slowly, but well.

He continues to do make small improvements in his therapy sessions on the floor mat. It seems like each time I am able to help with one, I notice his muscles are a little stronger and we don’t have to physically hold him in the therapy positions as much. In addition to this, we help him practice holding his head up, and his neck muscles are getting a lot stronger. He can now hold his head for several seconds!

Because Pete’s neck muscles are getting stronger, he is also doing much better with his capping trials (which is where we cap his trach and he breathes through his nose). On Wednesday he breathed pretty much effortlessly this way for over an hour!

For a couple of weeks now, we have had the opportunity to transport Peter in the car and take him to church. As far as we can tell, he seems to enjoy it! Sometimes it wears him out and he can’t do much but sleep on Monday and Tuesday, so we don’t do this every week yet.

Also, Pete is beginning to look at people on command! It is not consistent yet, but occasionally when he seems really “there”, we ask him to look at specific people and he will move his eyes and sometimes his head. It is probably one of the most encouraging things we have seen him do. Sometimes we have to be patient in between these instances since he doesn’t do it every time, but when he does do it, it is really cheers us. He also now is aware of what goes on in the next room from where he is sitting, whereas, before, he was only aware of us when we were a few feet from him.

Peter also seems to be rediscovering that he has a mouth.  His jaws stayed clenched shut for months, but now he opens it more often and makes chewing motions at times.  We tell him, “Come on, Peter, keep at it, we want to feed you a cheeseburger soon” and “Come on, Pete, say something” as it looks so much sometimes as if he wants to speak.

Here are the things you can pray for:

1) Continue to pray for healing in Peter’s brain. Pray that Peter would not get tired of us asking him to do things over and over again. Repetition of movements, etc., help the neurons in his brain rebuild.

2) Pray for Peter’s spiritual and emotional encouragement.

3) Pray that we can establish some form of communication with Peter.

4) Andrew has been by his little brother’s side on this whole road of suffering.  Andrew flew down from Indiana on the day Peter had his accident, (when we didn’t know whether or not he would live), and has rarely left Peter’s bedside since.  As he had just completed his first year at Notre Dame as a PhD student in philosophy, he asked for, and was graciously given, a year’s personal leave of absence without losing his position there. Though the family, and so much of the extended family have pitched in to help with Peter’s care, Andrew is the one who does not live in this area. We are asking the Lord to let Andrew see some of the fruit of his many hours of vigil and labor in therapy with Peter before he resumes his scholastic life. Andrew has been a witness to so many of the medical people we have rubbed shoulders with over the past months.  Many of them have marveled at the sacrificial investment he has given to his brother. He just replies to them, “Well, he’s my brother, and I love him,” as if to say, “What else would I have done?”

5) Pray that Peter would begin regaining his speech. This would be a great thing for Andrew to see before he leaves.

6) Pray for our patience and wisdom in our care for Peter.

7) Pray for our health and perseverance.

In other news, on March 16-19 the debate club that Peter used to be a member of is holding a debate tournament in Peter’s honor as a fundraiser. They are in need of judges and if anyone from the DFW area would like to volunteer, you can sign up at the following link: http://dfwspeechdebate.com/index.php?option=com_ckforms&view=ckforms&id=2&Itemid=111

Blessings to you all!

For the family,

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  1. Jennifer French
    February 21, 2011 at 1:58 am

    I am glad to have found your blog & to know what to pray for as I have thought about Peter and y’alls family these many months. With much love, Jen

  2. March 2, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Psalm 68:7-11

    7 When You, God, went out before your people,
    when You marched through the wilderness,
    8 the earth shook, the heavens poured down rain,
    before God, the One of Sinai,
    before God, the God of Israel.
    9 You gave abundant showers, O God;
    You refreshed Your weary inheritance.

    10 Your people settled in it,
    and from Your bounty, God, You provided for the poor.

    11 The Lord announces the word,
    and the women who proclaim it are a mighty throng.

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