Thanks to all who have remembered us and Peter during this holiday season! He continues to make small steps of progress, but so far he is still not ready for formal rehabilitation. Last week, Peter had a doctor’s appointment during which the doctor said it will be more challenging than we originally thought to get the trach out because of where it was originally (incorrectly) placed and he has weakness in his throat that is causing it to collapse whenever he breathes in. There are limited options of how to deal with this, some of which are potentially risky. There are other upper airway issues as well. Please pray for wisdom and a way that Peter can be weaned off the trach. We will follow up on this in earnest after the holidays.
Our prayer requests are 1) that the Lord would lead us to a way to get his trach out, since this is a prerequisite for the rehab program, 2) that the trach issues would not hinder him from developing a form of communication with us. He is on schedule to try out an eye recognition device shortly, here in home therapy, and 3) that the Lord would lead us to the right wheel chair van for him–we are shopping currently for one.
The Helms family truly appreciates all of you who have walked through this difficult ordeal with us and have been so persevering in your prayers for Peter. We ask the Lord’s great blessings on you for your faithful commitment to pray for him. We know even now the Lord has only good plans for his life.
Mom has been working on the book that so many have encouraged her to write about things we have learned through Peter’s accident and recovery. In doing so, she has gone over many messages, posts, and notes that people have sent over the last year and some months. We continue to be very grateful for all that the Lord’s people have done to encourage our hearts and strengthen our hands for taking care of Peter.
Prayer update on Peter and his recovery:
1. Peter has been pretty responsive at various times over the last several days, now that the effects of the anesthesia and benadryl have worn off. We seem to see him moving his arms on command, and holding objects in his hands and discriminating between the two by moving the right one we ask him to manipulate at the time.
2. He also has been very attentive to conversation and reading from books at times. The other night during the family celebration, when Beth’s new fiance, Joshua, described the evening of his proposal to Beth, Peter’s eyes were locked on Joshua the entire time.
3. When we hold choices of books or movies in front of him, he continues to respond accurately most of the time we ask him to do things like “Look at the one that is a cartoon,” or “Look at the movie that has Bob Cratchit as a character,” or “Look at the one about a detective.” We all think he enjoys those kinds of questions.
Continue to pray for the trach removal. There have been several newly discovered obstacles around this process, including that Peter’s epiglottis is weak, (no one knows the reason why), and he seems to lock up his vocal chords sometimes when he should be letting him open to breathe.
Thank you so much for your faithful and continued prayers!