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04.03.12 – Update from Mom

There has been a lot of sickness in the family for the past three weeks, but we thank the Lord that Peter has been spared from all of it.

He continues to make small improvements. His left hand is “coming back to life,” and he can sometimes follow simple commands with that hand, like, “Peter, touch your ear” or “Peter, touch my nose.” There are days when he can do this more effectively than others, but when he is very alert, he responds quickly.

Also, we have a dear friend in the family helping with his speech therapy now. She plays her violin and sings to Peter; then she encourages him to sing along. One time recently, she sang “Holy, Holy, Holy” to Peter, then sang a verse with “la” in place of the words. She asked him to join her on that part, and he was able to sing one “la” syllable. He vocalizes occasionally, but no more than a word at a time, usually “no.”

I will include below a post that Peter’s Gramma Helms put on her personal facebook wall a couple of weeks ago about Peter beginning to try to walk. We still totally support his weight, but he is making early walking motions.

“Peter is so alert today. With help from cousin Daniel, he ‘walked’ from his room to the living room. He is able to lift his left foot and set it out in front of the other. The right leg needs help, but he was trying so hard to move it. After he was placed on the floor on a mat, I told him to turn his head toward the TV if he wanted to watch the basketball game, which he did without hesitation. Then with some coaching from Daniel he made two strong efforts to say ‘no’. Also, he has some control over the left arm, lowering it slowly to the mat. Thanking God for his grace and love toward Peter and the family.”

Continue to pray that the Lord will provide the manpower necessary to care for Peter in his home. The therapy every day in addition to care for his basic needs is daunting, and this past month, we have been less one helper and fighting sickness in the family.

His progress has been so slow, yet he continues to move forward by fractions of inches. Please keep praying for his forward progress. We still long to see a breakthrough, where he can make greater progress more quickly.

Pray most of all that the Lord would sustain his spirit and our spirits as we day to day walk this path and that the Lord would be glorified in our midst.

– Selah

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  1. Steve and Elaine White
    April 10, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Thanks for this update Selah – from a a mothers heart. May you, Doug and family take courage as the months extend. Even so it is great to hear the small improvements in Peters condition.

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