First of all, I am so sorry that I did not follow through and get a post up here last night. There are so many of you who have expressed that you feel like this blog is a lifeline that connects you to the kids and I know how how important these updates are to you. I’ll keep trying to update as often as I can. I promise!
Jaime and Steven are doing well in their recovery at the nursing facility. Both of them do light physical therapy each day. This mainly consists of non-weight bearing stretches and movements that they can do in their beds. Jaime did sit up for an hour today in a special therapy chair. I told you last week that when Jaime had her staples removed, they lost count at 200…well, Steven has kept track of his stitches and he has 166, in addition to a good number of staples that were already removed. He should get the stitches removed in another couple of weeks. Steven and Jaime both have such great attitudes and senses of humor in the midst of this! And, by the way – Steven wanted me to make sure to wish all of his co-workers at Microsoft a fun time at boot camp this weekend. 🙂
Jessie is getting more and more skilled at using her electric wheelchair. Today she was able to spin it in circles, and she is a pro at coaching her caretakers and nurses in how to maneuver it. She is also learning to use a voice-activated program to access her computer and phone. Being able to use this adaptive technology is hugely important in giving Jessie independence now and in the future. Today she received a sweet package of artwork and encouraging notes from students at Frank Love. She has an entire half of her room dedicated to her kids, and anyone who comes in spends lots of time admiring all of her beautiful pictures, cards and drawings.
Jessie, Jaime and Steven are all looking forward to seeing Jeremy this weekend. He’s coming home from Eastern for the holiday weekend.
Thanks again to all of you for surrounding us, and especially Jessie, Jaime, Jeremy and Steven, during this time. Each of the kids has expressed to me how blown away they are by the generosity of friends and strangers. They know how much you love them and really appreciate that now – 3.5 weeks into this – you are still praying for them, thinking of them, sending them cards and messages, and loving them in every way that you can. Much love to all of you, from all of us!