Monday, February 28, 2011

Fireproof Your Marriage

I just can't thank you all enough for your prayers for our family, God is answering them!!!  Adam had a great speech therapy session with Brooke today.  He responded to her and cooperated with her throughout the whole session. It was so great to see them both working together and finding a groove that will work for both of them.  Thank you for your prayers, please keep them coming.

Adam's personality was really coming out today, he was being quite driven.  In physical therapy today, Anne had Adam walking in the walker today.  As he was walking he kept kicking his leg outside of the walker.  No matter how hard Anne tried, he kept doing it, he was determined to walk outside of the walker.  In occupational therapy Eri worked with Adam on shaving himself.  He did great.

Tonight was our small group night in North Carolina, we can't wait till we can rejoin them.  But for now we are finding creative ways that we can still be involved and participate.  Tonight we started a new study, Fireproof Your Marriage.  If you haven't seen the movie Fireproof, please make the effort to see it, especially if you're married.  Adam and I worked together on the homework, I would read everything to him and when I asked him questions and he responded I would write down the answers he would tell me.  Fireproof really stresses the imporatance of having God at the center of the marriage.  I know from mine and Adam's marriage that our marriage works best and it's so incredibly special because God is at the center of our marriage, Adam is respected as the leader of our home, and he adores my role as his loving wife.  The study referenced Ephesians 5:21-33 several times, I encourage you all to read this passage and meditate on it, ask God to show you this passage with fresh eyes and ask Him how you can improve your role as a spouse.  I consistently pray that God will make me the wife that he had in mind for Adam when he created him.  Write down your personal prayer and tuck it into your bible, pull it out as often as possible and pray that prayer that God will give you.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Giving Thanks For Grace

God has really been teaching me about his grace and extending the same grace he has given to me and extend it to others. Multiple times today I have been faced with the decision to extend grace even in difficult situations, when I see things in multiples, I know that is God's way of grabbing my heart and tangibly teaching me to become more like Him. It doesn't matter the situation, or the people... what matters is when I was faced with choosing to be mad and upset, or choosing to not react, but respond to the situation and extend the same grace given to me. I started pondering how many times in a day I am faced with the decision to give grace and don't. It made me appreciate God's grace that he gives me all day every day, when I don't deserve it. His grace is sufficient, but it's also a gift. We don't earn gifts, we're given them... we give thanks for our gifts... so tonight join me in spending time giving God thanks for the grace He gives us for the moment, it is sufficient.

This morning I had plans to meet Dan's family for breakfast at the restaurant Dan's wife works at.  When I walked in sitting at the table was Dan himself!  It was the best surprise when I walked in Dan got up and hugged me... it was so awesome to be able to have breakfast with Dan outside of the hospital.  Seriously such an awesome surprise!  Thanks Dan!  You are awesome!  He was discharged yesterday from the hospital he went to after Spaulding and he will start outpatient therapy soon.  GO DAN!!!


Today was a great family day.  Adam, Mackenzie, and I spent the day just the three of us hanging out.  Mackenzie was so cute, she worked with Adam on flash cards and trying to gain strength back in his speech.  She is so amazing that she will see the things that the therapists and I do with Adam and then she will do the same things with him.  I am so proud of both of them.  After Mackenzie and I worked with Adam we watched a movie together.  I just loved the day we spent together.  When thinking about our journey, I know and thank God daily that He continues to give us His peace for the journey, and His grace for the moment.  We are so blessed.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Never Give Up Praying

The power of prayer has overcome enemies (Psalm 6:9-10), conquered death (2 Kings 4:3-36), brought healing (James 5:14-15), and defeated demons (Mark 9:29). God, through prayer, opens eyes, changes hearts, heals wounds, and grants wisdom (James 1:5). The power of prayer should never be underestimated because it draws on the glory and might of the infinitely powerful God.

I will never be able to stress this enough, there is so much power in prayer!  Your prayers are amazing!  Adam seems to be over his cold and had a great day!  He seemed to be back to himself.  Never give up on praying for Adam's FULL restoration.

 The nurses at Spaulding are convinced that he was moping yesterday and that he missed me, he didn't want to eat, drink, or even take his medications... and today he was a brand new man.  He kept smiling, and kissing my face, he was so happy when Mackenzie and I walked in together this morning for breakfast, it was so awesome to see him so happy.  This afternoon I called Cookie, Adam's mom, to tell her a funny story and I asked Adam if he wanted to say and he did.  When Adam got on the phone, it was the loudest clearest I have heard his voice!  He even laughed over the phone, it was so great to hear.

We spent the day spending time together as a family, it was so wonderful.  We enjoyed just being together.  Mackenzie and I are both exhausted from getting up early.  So we're calling it a night!  Good night everyone.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Florida was a whirlwind, in and out in less than 12 hours... traveling was very difficult, not just being away, but see all these families traveling together especially ones you can tell just had a Disney experience. I know there will be a day when our family will be able travel together and create lifelong memories outside of hospital.


I'm not going to go into any great details right now, but please be praying for me as I have a really big decision to make. At this point I have to make the best decision for our family, I'm looking at what's best for Adam, but also what's best for us a family and for us to not have to keep moving from facility to facility.

This morning in Florida it was so refreshing to feel the warm sunshine on my skin. I couldn't help but to sit outside and have my morning cup of coffee under the warm sunshine. This was truly God's gift to me today. My soul rejoices in the warm sun. As I was sitting there, I pondered how truly thankful and grateful I am for this journey. I don't expect all of you to understand, but I am so grateful for all that we have endured, God has really captured my heart and is teaching me what it means to give thanks in all circumstances. To be content in all that life hands us. While I would never wish this on anyone, and I certainly wouldn't want to go through this again or even start over for that matter, there has been so much good and so much learned, that it makes me excited to see all that God will continue to do through this. It's keeping my eyes focused on God that makes getting out of bed each day even possible. He truly sustains all 3 of us each and every day... just another reason to be so thankful. 1 Chronicles 29:13 Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.
Please continue to pray for Adam as he is battling this cold. He's doing better today than yesterday, but still not himself. Like I mentioned last night, a cold really takes him out, it effects his whole body, and he already tires easily, but with a cold he's just plain tuckered out. Please pray that his body will heal quickly and pray that there will be no set backs. Please pray for Mackenzie as she will be traveling home in the morning and having to adjust to life back in a hospital... I am so happy she was able to step away for a week and be a kid, thank you to all you made that possible and special for her. Pray for her as she adjusts back into her last month of school here in MA. For those of you who are worried about her, know that God has prepared her for this journey just as much as He has me... He chose our family, prepared our family and has equipped our family. I know this has not been easy on her, but let me tell you, she is an amazing kid and God will use her in a mighty way as well.

Pray also for Adam to continue to make gains moment by moment and for his FULL recovery, better than old, better than new. Pray for daily gains that continue to baffle the scientific minds. Pray for Adam's voice to grow stronger and louder when he's speaking, pray for the doctors, nurses, therapists, and all staff that care for him, pray God's hedge of protection around Adam's immune system, pray for Adam to continue to gain strength to walk on his own, pray for him to know when he needs to use the restroom, pray for his sight (especially on the right side), pray continually for his ability to continue to process information and act upon it. And selfishly, please pray for my back. Thank you for your faithfulness in praying for our family.  We are so blessed and feel honored to have so many of you so faithfully lifting us in prayer.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Casting My Cares

Tonight all 3 of the Root's are in different states. Mackenzie is in North Carolina, Adam is in Massachusetts, and I just landed in Florida. This seems so strange and uncomfortable to be all separated, even if just for a short time. I flew down to Florida to check out a potential facility for Adam to go to when his time at Spaulding is complete. It will be a whirlwind, I will only be here in Florida for a few hours... I don't handle being away from Adam very well at all. Thankfully he has a good team and wonderful people coming to sit with him.  I am letting go tonight, and letting God take care of my family as we are all separated.  1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.

If you all could stop now and pray for my family as well are all apart, but specifically for Adam. He is just not feeling well today. I asked him why he wasn't talking much today and he said his throat really hurts. I know this may seem like a silly little cold, but a cold greatly impacts Adam more than it would you and I. Please pray for Adam's miraculous progress to intensely propel forward, pray that God will continue to rebuild Adam from the inside out and that we will be His mighty hand at work everyday.  Thank you for your prayers, how amazing the thought is that so many of you just stopped and prayed for my man and our family, thank you.

Despite Adam feeling crummy, he still had a full day of therapy. His day began with occupational therapy, Eri and I were able to get Adam into the shower once again since he no longer has casts on! He did a great job helping to dress himself! When he was done with OT, I shaved Adam and we walked down the hall to the library and spent some time in there reading and hanging out. Then it was time for speech, Adam had a difficult time in speech because he was not feeling well and because he is continuing to struggle Brooke's approach to him. Please pray that she will be able to find ways to work with Adam that will be best for him and not necessarily ones that are just best for her. Pray specifically that she will talk to him like a normal person and not yell at him. Pray that I can be patient with his speech sessions.

After lunch, Adam had physical therapy, Anne signed Adam up for brace clinic where he was fitted for a brace on his right foot, he will only need this brace temporarily until his strength is back in his legs to walk being able to push his right heal into the ground and extend the right knee, he does much better than he used to, the brace is just suppose to maximize his potential for walking in a normal posture. His brace will completed next week.

I am so proud of Adam and how far he has come, I can't hardly believe how amazing he is. He works so hard every minute of every day to gain the strength back that he needs to keep healing from his injury. When he has the reason to be annoyed or frustrated, I haven't seen it, he just keeps pushing himself. I have never ever seen such a warrior as I have seen Adam rise to the his calling as God's mighty warrior, and that he is. Everyday I remind him that he is God's warrior and he has begun responding telling me yes, he says yes because he understands that he is a warrior for God's great army. Adam has always been and will forever be my hero.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Giving Thanks, Praying for Proection, and Trusting In God's Faitfhfulness

Thank you all for the sweet comments last night, I can't even begin to describe what your words of encouragement did for me today.  Thank you to all of you who faithfully been supporting us, with your words of encouragement, letters, care packages, and even financially... thank you will never seem like enough to say.  I know and believe that God will repay what I cannot, and I pray that each of you will be blessed 10 fold.  Thank you.

Adam had a good day, in physical therapy Anne laid Adam on his back and was asking him questions.  She asked him where he was and he said in Boston in the hospital.  Then she asked him what state he lived in and he said North Carolina.  After stretching him for a bit, she took him into the hallway to see his walk now that his casts are off.  His left foot is amazing, his right foot is better, but Anne thinks he will need a brace for awhile for him to balance his weight better.  He did well in all his therapies today despite that he isn't feeling well as he is battling his cold.

Please pray God's protection around his immune system and pray for healing over his cold.  It may seem minor, but a cold has a huge impact on Adam's ability to participate in therapies and function in his day to day tasks.  Pray that Adam will continue to take in plenty of fluids, I have been giving him orange juice and water every second I have a chance.

Tonight I am trusting that God is with my family as we are all separated tonight, Mackenzie is in North Carolina (having a blast), and no matter how much time passes every night I am separated from Adam it never gets easier, in fact it just gets harder.  There is nothing normal about leaving him in a hospital bed as I have to drive away... leaving the hospital is and will always be the worst part of my day.  So I will trust that God will work this for His good and glory.  If God works all things together for good, I will trust Mackenzie, and Adam into His hands.  Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Trying To Choose To Wait

Early in this journey God showed me that I choose my attitude, I can choose to wait patiently, or anxiously.  I can choose to hope or I can choose to doubt.  Trusting in God is a choice.  Tonight I lay all my anxiety, doubts, fears, at the foot of the cross, I trade in my sorrow for the joy of the Lord.  Psalm 130:5 I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, And in His word do I hope.  I am still learning to choose to wait, to wait patiently for the Lord.  Waiting is always difficult, but I am doing my best to choose to wait patiently on God's timing for rebuilding Adam from the inside out.  Waiting involves an expectation of something special. Waiting means anticipation, expectation, confident hope in something that will take place. Ultimately, waiting on the Lord is like waiting on the sun to rise—waiting expectantly for the Lord’s answers to human needs as the sun brings the warmth of the day.

Adam had an off day today, I believe he might be fighting a cold, so please pray for protection around Adam's immune system.  Despite that he's not feeling his best, he still had a good day!  He had his casts removed today in physical therapy and his feet look really good.  He will most likely have to wear a brace on his right ankle until his tone heals a little more.  His walk was pretty good after Anne took off the casts.  I am so thankful that his feet look much better and it's easier for him to walk because he had the casts on for awhile! 

Thank you all for praying for Adam's speech therapy sessions, today was one of the best sessions he has had with Brooke.  He really worked on speaking louder.  Brooke tried a couple of techniques, she tried video recording Adam speaking so that she could see that he wasn't speaking loudly like he thinks he is.  She also had me leave the room and call Adam, he spoke much louder when he was on the phone.  It was a great so great to hear his voice.  In occupational therapy Eri was stretching Adam and he was laying on his back and he started to speak loudly!  He's getting it! He's amazing! 

As I sat with Adam during dinner tonight, we were talking about life.  I was reminding him of special memories, the more we spoke, the more I realize how blessed I am that he chose me to be his wife.  He is such an incredible man and husband, I love him so much.  We will continue to wait on the Lord as He continues to write our story and allow us to create so many more wonderful memories.  God is so good.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Word Of God Speak

Word Of God Speak

I'm finding myself at a loss for words
And the funny thing is it's okay
The last thing I need is to be heard
But to hear what You would say

Word of God speak
Would You pour down like rain
Washing my eyes to see
Your majesty
To be still and know
That You're in this place
Please let me stay and rest
In Your holiness
Word of God speak

I'm finding myself in the midst of You
Beyond the music, beyond the noise
All that I need is to be with You
And in the quiet hear Your voice

I'm finding myself at a loss for words
And the funny thing is it's okay



Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

I love this song, and today when Adam and I were hanging out this song played and it just made me stop in my tracks and listen. This is how I feel today, Word of God speak, pour down like rain.  I just want to spend hours in the word and quality time with my first love.  Please pray for me this week that I will be able to spend some lengthy quality time with my Savior.

Adam had another great day!  Today was a holiday schedule at Spaulding so he didn't have a full schedule of therapies.  He was able to get in a speech session with Jenna another speech therapist here at Spaulding.  Adam did awesome, she worked with Adam on vocalizing his voice and exercises to do so.  He responded so well to her and we were able to hear his voice while he was speaking a couple of times!  He also made the physical therapy schedule, and worked on his walking.  He walked with the walker and was cruising!

Tonight I made up a silly song and sang it to Adam, he laughed and than told me it was crappy... it made me laugh so hard.  And in his defense, it was pretty silly.  I just sharing these moments with him.  I am continuing to pray for so many more special moments to come, Adam's healing has only just began, so please keep praying for ultimate healing.  Please also pray as we prepare our next steps.  Adam's discharge date from Spaulding is looking like it will be April 1, 2011 and we are exploring our options.  Please pray that we will be obedient to walking in God's pathway that He has paved ahead of us.  Pray that all those involved in our planning (meaning insurance, doctors, ect) will have discernment and wisdom as they make decisions for Adam's care.  Thank you all for your prayers and support.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Quick Update Tonight

Thank you all for your prayers for Mackenzie and her travels. She made it to North Carolina safely and is already having an awesome time!

Adam's youngest brother Tristan arrived this morning, when Tristan walked in this morning Adam smiled and said it was good to see him.  Then Brad walked in and he was so happy to spend time with his brothers.  We had a great day the 4 of us, hanging out. 

Adam seemed to be in quite a bit of pain today.  His back and his casts are bothering him, so we just laid low and hung out today.  It was fun hanging out with Adam's brothers, at one point today Adam and I, Tristan, and Brad were playing the same application game.
Brad and Tristan playing the game

I am pretty tired tonight, it was a late night last night, an early morning this morning and it's another late night tonight...  I will update more tomorrow.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Giving Praise For All That God Has Done

Quick update tonight... Mackenzie and I have an early morning.  Mackenzie is flying out in the morning to North Carolina for a week.  She has the week off from school and is heading home to North Carolina to play and be a kid outside of the hospital.  Pray for her travels and for her to enjoy being a kid. 

Adam and I had a lazy Saturday.  He started his day off early with occupational therapy with his previous occupational therapist Becky.  She left Spaulding in December, but comes back once a month or so to pick up a shift.  She couldn't believe all the progress Adam has made.  It was so good to see Becky again.  When he was done with OT, Adam, Mackenzie, and I had a family time of praise and prayer.  I was encouraging Adam and reminding him how far he has come and how much we have to be thankful for.  Then Adam and I spent the next few hours hanging out together and even taking a Saturday nap, it was so good to have a lazy day.  Late this afternoon, Adam's brother Brad arrived and it was good to spend time with Brad.

Praising God for our day and for all the miracles that have taken place in this journey.  1 Chronicles 16:8-11 Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.  I love that we are called to give praise and tell of His wonderous acts, I pray that I will seek His face always, for He has and will continue to be our strength.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Yesterday's Update, Today's Blessings

I realize as I sit here to write tonight why I blog every night... because my days are so long, yesterday seems like an eternity ago.  I will do my best to remember all the amazing things that happened yesterday.

Yesterday started with a visit from Mike and Liz, it was so great to see them.  Mike is doing well at home and starting a new clinical trial for his cancer.  Also yesterday, if you all remember me talking to you about the family that flew in from Colorado a couple of weeks ago, John and Jo Evans, and their son Wes, they had their first family meeting here at Spaulding and those are always difficult to sit through and hard to hear.  I ask you to please continue to pray for both of these families as well as Dan who is at another facility still in the process of recovering from his injury.  I find when I can pray for others it helps relieve my own pain and sorrow.   

If you ever don't know what to pray for when praying for others, open the Word and pray scripture.  The book of Ephesians is full of awesome prayers, this is one of my favorites, Ephesians 3:16-19  I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

So yesterday, Adam walked with a walker again in PT... he started going so fast that Anne had to tell Adam to slow down.  Since he was doing so well, she decided to see if he could walk with the assistance of 2 therapists without a walker and HE DID IT!!!!  It was so awesome to see!  Anne also cleared me to transfer Adam in and out of bed and his chair.  It was amazing!  I am just in awe every moment with what God is doing in Adam's healing. 

Last night I was laying with Adam and we were talking about what we will do when he's out of the hospital for good.  I asked that we go on a date night be our favorite place in Apex, NC where we live.  We talked and dreamed about our hopes and dreams for the future... It was so sweet. 

As far as today...

WE HAD AN AMAZING DAY!!!  Guess what?!!!!  Okay, you won't guess... today it was a nice day here in Boston and Anne's Adam's physical therapist told me she thought Adam was ready for a field trip and she said she would clear us for a leave of absence as long as the doctor would order it.  So the exciting news, Adam was cleared for an outing!!! So Adam, Mackenzie, and I walked to the Museum of Science and spent 3 hours just the 3 of us as a family... this was such an amazing gift!  The whole time we were out we talked about what a blessing it was to have a family day.  I love that God gave us such a special gift today.

God provided such an amazing outing for us, when we were getting ready to walk in, a lady who just got out of a vehicle heading into the museum opened the door for us.  She over heard me say that I was so excited and then asked if we had been here before.  I said no and then explained that we live in North Carolina and that Adam is a patient at Spaulding, she said, I would like you all to be my guests.  She works at the museum and she let Adam, Mackenzie, and I be her guests at the museum.  It's God so good how he provides for us!  I just love seeing how he provides all our needs and our desires.

In physical therapy today Adam was recasted on his left foot and his left foot reached 0 degrees which means it's a goal!  So both of his casts are his last ones and it looks like he'll get his casts on on Tuesday.  In occupational therapy Adam worked on standing and transfers, it was so awesome.

Please continue to pray for Adam's healing.  He still has a long ways to go, and his healing has only just begun.  Thank you all for your faithfulness  over the last 9 months praying for us, please, please... keep praying for Adam as God is rebuilding him from the inside out, one cell, one axon... one neuron at a time.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Boston Cream Pie...

Doesn't that sound good?? Yummm but that's besides the point....

Amy's internet is not working tonight so she is unable to update you on today's events. She will be able to catch you all up on news tomorrow!

She would like to extend her gratitude for your continued prayers and support.

Thank you!

Brooke (Amy's sister...not the speech therapist :))

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Another successful day here at Spaulding... Adam is such an incredible husband, I just love my man.  Today he asked to see our wedding pictures, we went through our wedding photos together.... it was so wonderful, then he turned to me and said "I sorry, and I am pissed that this happened."  I reassured him that everything was okay, and that everything happens for a reason.  I told him that God is in control and that so much good has come from this journey.  I reminded Adam how far he has come and how proud I am of him for fighting as hard as he does every day. 
 Thank you all for praying for Adam's speech therapy sessions with Brooke, I know you all are praying!  Today Adam had a good session with Brooke.  She is working with Adam to help him realize that he has a voice, he is still mostly talking in a whisper.  To do this today Brooke arm wrestled Adam and was trying to get him to talk louder.  He did pretty good! Please pray that Adam will find his voice.  In physical therapy, Adam's right cast was changed.  The serial casting is really helping Adam's ankles to come back into a normal posture and he is walking, standing, and transferring much better!  In occupational therapy, Eri worked with Adam on ADL's (activities of daily living, this includes things like, brushing teeth, shaving, showering, ect.) Adam is doing so much more for himself.  Please continue that he will continue to become more and more independent.  I am so proud of Adam for how hard he works.

Mackenzie was having a bit of a rough day and when she got to the hospital this afternoon, she Adam shared some sweet moments.  Adam was backing me up in my parenting and she was extremely respectful of Adam and his discipline.  After he was done talking to Mackenzie about being obedient, he told her he loved her and she just melted into his arms.  It was so sweet to watch.

Adam, Mackenzie, and I were blessed by Mikey, Dan's brother... he came to visit Adam and see how he was doing.  I thought this was so awesome!  Adam enjoyed his visit with Mickey, he told us that Dan is doing well at his new facility and making good gains.  I know I speak for Adam when I say we miss Dan.

Adam and I continue to give thanks to God for all that He has done, we are praying for so many that we have met along the way as well, and giving thanks for the progress they are making as well.  Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Piece Of Home

With today being 9 months to the day since Adam's accident, I spent most of the day with my heart full of thanksgiving for all that God has done on this journey and all that is yet to come.  I can't even begin to explain how amazing the last month has been.  It has truly been the best month of my life.  I just love my man and I am so proud of him, he has persevered through so much and has defied all the odds stacked againist him.  He's the strongest man I know, he is amazing!

At times a long this journey I have failed to remember that God is my source of hope ALL the time.  There has been times when I get so caught up in the moment that I put my hope in all that Adam is doing, and what his day has been like, instead of knowing and believing that God is where my hope comes from.  He is our source of hope, our strength, our portion, our deliverer, our healer, He is ALL we need.  I know that when I put my trust in Him and my hope in God for Adam's journey, it's there that I find the peace that surpasses all understanding, the comfort in my moments of sorrow, my joy in the midst of a difficult season... the ability to give thanks in ALL circumstances.  My prayer is that I will not loose sight of where my hope comes from, but instead remember that God is holding us in the palm of his hands, and that is where my hope comes from.   Psalm 39:7 "But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you."

I have so much to be thankful for, and as I journal all that I am grateful for, I have counted you all as you have faithfully supported my family in prayers and love.  Thank you for all that you have done.

Adam had another great day today!  Adam's day started with a check up appointment at Dr. Song's office.  He was the doctor that operated on Adam's granulated tissue and took out his trach.  He said Adam looked awesome and was stunned by his progress!  Then it was back to Spaulding for therapies.  Adam walked with a walker again in PT.  He gets going pretty fast, we were trying to teach him to use push the walker by himself as he walks, he has held on as someone helps lead the walker as he goes, but today we were teaching him to do it all by himself.  He did great.  Everyone who passed by who knows Adam on some level, could not believe how amazing he looked walking with the walker... my response is, "I told you my man is amazing!"  Just about anyone who will listen to me, I will tell them how amazing my man is!

So today on my way to pick up Mackenzie from school I have to pass by a mall that has the only Chick Fil A in Massachusetts that I know of. I so badly wanted a piece of home today that I swung in to grab a quick bite to eat for lunch (most days I am lucky to find time for lunch!) When I was done ordering my lunch, the manager came out from the back and asked me how my Valentine's day was, but he didn't just stop there, he noticed my ring and said, "I hope your man did something special for you" at which point I lost it... and did my best to hold back tears. He quickly noticed and apologized, I told him that my husband was in the hospital for awhile because of an accident, he was so upset by this he bought my lunch and packed Adam a lunch of soft foods so he could have Chick Fil A too! For those of you on the west coast, Chick Fil A is known for their service and southern hospitality even as a fast food restaurant... but this was amazing and went above and beyond. I was so touched and Adam was pretty excited that he was able to get some Chick Fil A ice tea! I love that God even provided my little piece of home for me today! He truly does supply ALL our needs and desires. I was so touched by this!  Thank you Chick Fil A!
Chick Fil A manager from today, how bad am I... I didn't even get his name.

It is with my deepest sympathy to tell you all that Adam's grandpa passed away this afternoon.  Please pray for Adam's grandma Ethel and for Adam's mom as they make arrangements, and find the strength to keep moving forward in the daze that they are in.  Thank you all so much for praying for Adam's family during this time.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

To be real honest Adam and I are not Valentine's Day people... I have always told Adam that he does a good job of showing me Valentine's Day every day that we never needed a special day to celebrate our love... okay, well that's not true... our anniversary is always a special day!

Anyway, I want to challenge the wives reading this blog to find a way to make your man feel appreciated and respected throughout the year.  One thing I do for Adam to show him that I want him to feel as though it's Valentine's day every day is this... Every year around Valentine's day I buy 12 Valentine cards, then once a month, randomly, I slip to him, either in his lunch box, in his laptop, in his car... wherever he may find it.  In the card I let him know how much I respect him and appreciate him and then I thank him for treating me as though it's Valentine's day every day.  This might not work for everyone, but it's one way I like to show my man how much I love him.  Find your own way that will work for you, trust me, your man will appreciate it.  Song of Solomon 8:7  Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away. If one were to give all the wealth of his house for love, it would be utterly scorned.

We were blessed by Norman and Joanna again today coming by the hospital and bringing us special Valentine treats.  I am so blessed my their thoughtfulness and generosity.  Joanna also brought us homemade soup the other night as well, it's been so nice to have home cooked meals and to sit and have a meal time with all 3 of us.  This has been another miracle and dream come true.  So many of you made our Valentine's day special, thank you for the cards, care packages, goodies, phone calls, and text messages.  There is no way I could keep going forward without all of you and your support. Thank you.

Adam had a good day today.  In speech therapy Brooke worked on feeding Adam and the neuropsychologist Dr. Carter sat in on today's session.  Several of Adam's team members are concerned that Brooke may not be the right fit for Adam as a speech therapist.  Dr. Carter is going to help make that decision or offer Brooke suggestions on what might help Adam during her time with him.  Please keep praying for Adam's speech therapist and for the sessions during this time.  I am concerned because I can tell Adam does not like working with Brooke and he ignores her and shuts her out.  So please pray that this will resolve soon. 

In occupational therapy Eri worked with Adam on feeding himself, he did great.  He is getting better and better at his ability to control his environment.  In physical therapy, Anne recasted Adam's left foot and then worked on some stretching and standing.  Mackenzie loves to decorate Adam's casts so she has been given a clean canvas once again.

Please pray for Mackenzie and I as we have had to make some changes.  We are so thankful and appreciative of Sharon and Lester's generosity to have let us stay with them for quite some time... but the time has come that Mackenzie and I needed to let them have their home back.  When they agreed to let us stay there back in October Adam had originally only been given 8-12 weeks, but with the amazing progress he is making and the extensions on our time here, I could tell it was time for us to move on.  So to keep Mackenzie in the same school we moved into a hotel in the town that we have been living in.  Words will never be enough to express how grateful I am to them for all they have done for Mackenzie and I, they are extraordinary people.  Tonight Mackenzie and I are enjoying our own little space, this is a gift to have considering we haven't had our own space in a long time.

Please pray for Adam's family tonight.  Adam's grandpa is in the last days of his life and is surrounded by family as they prepare for what is to come.  Pray for Adam's mom and she stands by her mom's side and pray for Adam's grandma Ethel as she is finding it difficult to say goodbye.  Thank you all for praying we are so blessed to have so many of you praying for our family.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

I Believe God Will Deliver Adam From This Injury

In response to several requests for pictures of Adam.... I will not be posting pictures anytime soon.  While yes, Adam is talking... he's not aware yet of day to day decisions.  So until he understands what he is agreeing to I will not post pictures.  Please understand that this is out of respect for my husband who is a private, humble man who does not like a lot of attention.  It's not that I don't want to share this with you all, it's purely out of respect for my man.  Thank you so much for respecting us and understanding my desire to respect Adam.

I am so proud of Adam, he consistently perseveres and works very hard every day.  Last week Adam was given a new wheelchair, one that will be easier for him to roll himself around.  He's really good at going backwards especially when his leg rests are off and he could use feet.  He's also really good at turning, but he's working on trying to go forward.  Today several times he did great going forward. GO ADAM!!!

Tonight as I was tucking Adam in, Adam asked me to climb into bed with him, as I did, he so gently held me, this is a moment I will cherish.  He is so tender and sweet, and I just love when he confesses his love me.  Tonight when Mackenzie and I returned to our bedroom, Mackenzie pulled out our family calendar from last year.  (I can't bring myself to throw it away, it shows what are life went from, every day being busy to time standing still after Adam's accident.)  Anyway, Mackenzie turned the calendar to the month of May, she said mom, look at the verse on the calendar for May 2010... it was Psalm 41:1-2 Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the LORD delivers them in times of trouble. The LORD protects and preserves them.  I can't help but to see this verse as meant for Adam.  Please join me continuing to pray for Adam as God is rebuilding him from the inside out, God will deliver Adam from this brain injury,  that I believe.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Short But Sweet.

I'm exhausted tonight, so I will give a full update tomorrow... but for tonight I will hit the highlights...

Like I mentioned last night, Mike was discharged today. Another difficult goodbye...
Please lift Mike up in your prayers.  He has been such an encouragement to Adam and myself, and Liz and Mike's example of their love and relationship has been special to watch.  Thank you so much Mike and Liz, you have forever left your fingerprints on my heart.

Adam had a great day, he's continuing to make amazing progress and I am so proud of him!   Everyday he is getting better and better, tonight I continue to give God the glory for Adam's healing... please continue to pray for Adam as God is rebuilding him from the inside out.  Adam's healing has only just begun.  I have referenced this bible verses multiple times, but it's been one that has so much significance to me throughout this journey.  I know God's promises are true, and this is one that I am holding onto.  Like I mentioned last night, Mike was discharged today. Another difficult goodbye...  Jeremiah 17:14  Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; Save me, and I shall be saved, For You are my praise.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Friends, Family, and The Love My Man Shows Me

Well today has been another busy day for Adam here at Spaulding.  Adam's day started with speech, Dr.Chae and his residents sat in for awhile to see how Adam is responding in speech.  He did pretty good even in spite of several interruptions.  After speech Adam had an hour break to rest before physical therapy and that's just what he did.  In physical therapy, Adam walked again over 200 feet!  I can't get over how strong he is, every time he walks he keeps getting stronger and better... it's amazing!  After lunch Adam was in the hall keeping Kendra company as she got his medications ready for him and he said in the loudest voice, he had something in his eye!  He was watching everything that was going on, he watched everyone who was coming down the hall.  It's amazing how he observes everything and takes it all in.  In occupational therapy, he did very well, Eri worked with Adam on transfers in and out of his wheelchair.  Then they worked on orientation questions... at one point, Gillian the OT assistant tried to help Adam do something and he yelled at her "I'm not a baby".  I loved this, my Mr. Independent.

This evening Adam's oldest brother Ben came into town for the weekend.  After Ben was there for a few minutes, Adam motioned me over and said to me, "I am so excited, that my brother is here"  Then for the next 10 minutes, Adam had the biggest smile on his face... it was so cute.

So last night Mike, another patient here at Spaulding who we have become friends with and his wife Liz, have just been so much fun to get to know.  Last night some of their friends, Norman and Johanna, brought dinner for Mike and shared with Adam and I.... and since Adam was cleared for soft foods, he was able to eat the lasagna that Johanna made.  It was his first homecooked meal in 9 months, he LOVED it. I was so touched by their generosity, plus it was fun having a homecooked meal and being able to share it with others.  Tonight as well we ate with Mike and Liz.  Mike is being discharged tomorrow and Adam and I are going to miss Mike and Liz very much.

 Please pray for Mike, he is here at Spaulding recovering from a surgery to remove part of his brain tumor.  Mike was diagnosed in Aug 09 with a brain tumor.  The doctors are unable to remove all the tumor and he still   has a long road of treatments ahead of him.  Please pray for Mike, Liz and their 2 sons.  Mike has been an inspiration, he is so happy and laughs nonstop.  His laugh is so contagious, I am sad to see him go, but happy that he gets to go home.  We know all things are possible for God, and I am trusting that God will heal Mike.  Please also continue to pray for Dan as he is settling into his new facility, pray that he will make progress quickly so he can return to his home quickly.  Life at Spaulding just hasn't been the same without him, and tomorrow with Mike being discharged, it's been hard to say goodbye for now.

Tonight as I was getting Adam tucked in and saying goodnight, Adam asked me to move into the hospital with him so that I could be with him all the time.  I just love my man.  He told me that he loves me so much and that he didn't want to wait till the morning to see me.  He is so sweet.  He is so tender as he moves my hair and tucks it behind my ears, and leans in for a kiss.  I am just so thankful that God chose me to be Adam's wife.  He blesses me so much, I truly married the most amazing man ever, who shows me every moment how much he loves me.  Proverbs 30:18-19  There are three things that amaze me—no, four things that I don’t understand: how an eagle glides through the sky, how a snake slithers on a rock, how a ship navigates the ocean, how a man loves a woman.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Time To Say Goodbye, Time To Be Thankful, and A Time To Rejoice

Today has been a bittersweet sorta day...  Dan, Adam's buddy here at Spaulding was discharged today.  As I said my goodbyes and walked down the hall with Adam to therapy I was in tears.  I am so happy for Dan to be moving to the next step, the next facility that will help him continue on his journey to recovery.  Please pray for Dan as he will be adjusting to his new facility, new staff, and a new routine.  Pray for his family as well as they all adjust to the new facility.  I know this was not goodbye, but it was still hard to say "see ya later"... Adam and I both are going to miss Dan tremendously.  I am touched and blessed to see how much they both helped each other heal.

Adam seemed to have an interesting day in therapies... in speech Dr. Aeisha (Dr.Chae's resident that I love) sat in on Adam's session today to observe.  They spent some time discussing what would work best for Adam.  Please pray for Adam's speech therapy sessions, pray that Brooke and Adam will be able to find a good working relationship. Speech is such a huge component to his recovery and I am just praying that God will put the right therapists in our path.  In physical therapy Adam's first casts came off and the second ones went on.  When the second ones went on his right foot measured at 0 which was our goal!!!!  So happy this happened so quickly!  So exciting!  In occupational therapy Adam was asked to stand and he stood up and was able to stand really well on his own or with very little assistance.  I am so proud of Adam how well he talked today and that his voice is getting stronger, thank you all so much for praying for my man!  I am so proud of him! 

I was so deeply touched today by an email I received from Adam's nurses at University of North Carolina ICU.  They put together a video for Adam wishing him happy birthday and sending such awesome words of encouragement.  It was so sweet to see his nurses, therapists, doctors, and Jen our case manager.  I was in tears watching the video with Adam.  It was so incredible as they showed Adam his ICU room and listening to them all wish Adam well.  Thank UNC NSICU, we love you all and can't wait to see you when Adam can walk through the unit to meet you all!  Thank you for taking the time to put together such a sweet and wonderful video.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8  A Time for Everything

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

I feel like today we have experienced so many emotions from sadness from having to say goodbye to Dan to being so humbled by the video sent to us, to complete rejoicing for Adam's progress... to exhaustion at the end of a long day... I love the reminder that there is a time for everything.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Updated Prayer Requests

Today has been another phenomenal day!   I am so proud of Adam... his day started with his determination of getting things done the way he wanted them.  In occupational therapy Adam worked with Eri on washing himself up.  She said it surprised her how much he does on his own between washing himself and helping dress himself.  He really is doing such a great job!  In speech today Brooke worked with Adam on speaking louder than a whisper by using a voice amplifier.  He does so well communicating, but he needs to realize that he has a voice so he doesn't need to whisper.  He tries so hard, but every time he speaks it's in a whisper.

The best part of Adam's day in therapy came while he was in physical therapy.  I can't get over how strong my man is!  He is unbelievable... he walked again today with the walker about 200 feet and he was cruising down the hall.  Go ADAM, you're amazing!

Adam had such a great day, his eyes were so bright and he was doing so well engaging and participating in his environment around him.  He is so aware, so alert of what is going on.

Tonight I want to ask for continued prayers, below is a list of our prayer requests...

  1. Adam's Full Rebuilding, FULL recovery
  2. Adam's speech and voice
  3. Continued strength and endurance
  4. Pray for Adam's therapists for wisdom and guidance as they work with Adam, specifically pray for Adam's speech therapist Brooke, she has a difficult time finding what works for Adam and seems to be relying more on what's working for her rather than Adam.
  5. Pray for Adam's ankles to return to a more normal posture through his casts to make walking easier for him
  6. Pray that Adam will be able to communicate when he needs to use the restroom
  7. Pray for the staff that works with Adam, specifically for his doctors and Adam's team
  8. Pray for Adam's cognitive ability
  9. Pray for his memory, some days Adam remembers well, and other days he's out of it
  10. Continue to pray for us as Adam, Mackenzie, and I continue to trust in the Lord with all our hearts, and to lean not on our own understanding, but in all our ways acknowledge Him.
Mark 11:24  Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Thank you for praying for my man and for walking this journey with us.  Thank you that I can post these requests and I know you all are praying through them.  You all are amazing!  I can't thank you enough for all that you all have done for us!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Thankful for Progress, Strength, and Hope

Tonight is another quick update, it's a late night in the Root household... and it's a school night.

Daniel 10:19 And he said, "O man greatly beloved, fear not! Peace be to you; be strong, yes, be strong!"

So when he spoke to me I was strengthened, and said, "Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me."

Adam is amazing!  He is such a hard worker and perseveres through so much... He is so strong!  He totally blew me away today in physical therapy... each of his casts way about 4 pounds and he walked over a hundred feet with his heavy casts on!  He was taking the best steps that I have seen him yet!  GO ADAM!  In occupational therapy Adam worked on some reaching and was stretched out where his muscles were tight and sore.  And in speech today he was cleared to the next level up from purees to basic soft foods for one meal a day!  He's doing so well! I am so proud of my man!

Tonight, I am missing Adam.  I am missing him so much.  I miss the moments of bouncing things off him, I miss our conversations, I miss being in our home as a family,  I miss having heated fellowship (this is what Adam and I say instead of a disagreement) about our busy schedules.  I miss sitting on our couch curled up next to each other in the mornings with our coffee and having our devotions.  I miss his gentle touch and his looks from across the room that just speak words of comfort to me.  I miss watching him play with Mackenzie and teach her new things.  I can't wait till the moment when the 3 of us get to be in our home together again... I know we are on our way, and I am so thankful that God has brought Adam as far as he has.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Praising and Thanking God For All He Has Done

I love my man so much!  He is amazing, so sweet, and incredibly kind!  Tonight when I was tucking Adam in I asked him if there was anything he needed before I had to go and he said yes, he said he needed me to stay with him all night long.  He said he didn't like it when I leave.  I just love him!

Adam had a great day!  In speech therapy he is working on graduating to the next level of foods, which will hopefully happen Wednesday or Thursday.  In physical therapy, Anne, Adam's new therapist started a process today known as serial casting.  Serial casting is a process in which a joint or joints that are limited in range of motion are immobilized with a well-padded plaster and fiberglass cast. The casts are applied and removed on a weekly basis. During the process, the affected joint or joints are gradually set in a more correct alignment until the desired joint range of motion is achieved.   Right now when Adam is walking he is walking more on his toes than heal to toe.  So this will help set his foot in a more normal walking position.  This can sometimes be painful because it consistently puts his ankles in a stretching position.  In occupational therapy, Eri worked with Adam on stretching him since he is still so tight.  If you could please pray for his muscle tone and for his muscle tightness.

Today Adam's mom arrived and brought Adam his birthday present from his brothers and mom and dad.  They all chipped in and got Adam an iPad!  Adam has borrowed Jeff and Stephanie's iPad and so he's familiar with it.  iPad's are encouraged and used in therapy sessions... I am so excited to see what Adam will do with this technology!  Already he is getting a kick out of using it, when Cookie was playing with him and messed up on a game Adam laughed.   

This evening I found out that a patient who was recently here at Spaulding has passed away and gone to be with the Lord.  My heart breaks for his wife and his kids... please pray for this family as the days and weeks to come are going to be difficult trying to make sense of how to to keep moving forward.  This touched me deeply reminding me of how much I truly have to be thankful for and how far God has brought Adam.  It reminded me of our early days when Adam clung onto life and fought to survive moment by moment, to now where we are and he is consistently defying all odds and making gains every day.  Please praise God for our journey and for the miracles he has done in Adam's progress.  I know God's work in Adam has only just begun.  Psalm 139:16-17 all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.  How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

A Cheerful Heart Is Good Medicine

Proverbs 17:22 A cheerful heart is good medicine.

I believe this bible verses whole heartily!  And with that said, Adam's heart is in good shape today... he laughed multiple times out loud today!  It was so awesome!.  One of our favorite shows to watch is The Office, we were watching an episode of the office that was really funny and he laughed... I laughed even harder at him laughing.  I loved this moment, and I will forever hold it close to my heart seeing Adam laugh.

Today was a great day, I just love Sundays.  Adam, Mackenzie, and I attended church again today via live broadcast.  I just love the worship and being able to feel apart of church from a hospital room.  We were singing the song Lord You're Beautiful, Adam sang along for the last verse, it was so incredible to see him so engaged in church today.

Lord You're Beautiful

Lord You're beautiful

Your face is all I seek
For when your eyes are on this child
Your grace abounds to me

I want to take your word/
And shine it all around
First help me just to live it Lord
And when I'm doing well/
Help me to never seek a crown
For my reward is giving glory to you

Lord please light the fire
That once burned bright and clear
Replace the lamp of my first love
That burns with holy fear

I want to take your word/
And shine it all around
First help me just to live it Lord
And when I'm doing well/
Help me to never seek a crown
For my reward is giving glory to you

Lord you're beautiful
Your face is all I seek
For when your eyes are on this child
Your grace abounds to me

I am in awe of my Savior and all that He has given us.  The Lord truly sustains all 3 of us daily, He is paved the road for us, and carried us in our darkest hours.  He has never left us, and has given us wonderful memories throughout this journey, and I am so thankful for all that He has given us and I am giving thanks tonight for Adam's moments of laughter!  I can't wait to see what God has in store for us in the week to come.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

My Man Makes Me Happy

Today was a quiet, hang out with the family kind of day!  We enjoyed our time together.  I love that we still get great quiet time and play time as a family.  I love that God provides quality time for the 3 of us to spend together.

Thank you all for praying for Adam this last week, today was the best he has been all week.  He was alert and awake for most of the day, it was so great!  I brought in one of our favorite games and just about anyone who has come to our home has probably played with us.  I wasn't sure if Adam would feel up to playing Carcassonne, but I was pleasantly surprised to see him place the tiles correctly!  We played once this morning and once this evening... he did even better this evening!  It was so incredible to see him understand and know what to do.

For most of the week, Adam has been out of it... but today the minute I walked in he recognized me and smiled.  Then this afternoon I was talking with him and he said to me "you make me happy"  I love my man!  I hope he knows how happy he makes me!  I am blessed that God has given me so many more sweet moments with my man, I am so blessed that God chose me to be Adam's wife.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Thank Goodness It's Friday!

Zechariah 4:6  “Not by might nor by power but by my Spirit” says the Lord God Almighty.”

When the days are Adam's best I have to remind myself to trust in God and know that His spirit is in Adam and all around him.  This week has been an off week... to be expected with Adam's seizure last Saturday and medication changes, but none the less still hard to walk through especially since the last couple of weeks have been amazing.

Despite Adam being out of it and exhausted it has still been a day we can celebrate in.  His mornings have been strong this week, but by lunch time Adam has been out of it for the rest of the day.  This morning in physical therapy, Anne had Adam walk again with the walker... he walked the fastest and farthest yet!  The goal was to walk 20 steps and he walked close to 100!  GO ADAM!!! 

In speech therapy, Brooke worked again with Adam to be able to go to the next food level.  For Adam's meals right now everything is pureed, the next level will be basic soft foods... Adam did great, he ate all his pancakes for breakfast this morning!  In occupational therapy, Adam worked on transfers from his wheelchair to the therapy mat, to and from bed and a few more transfers, Adam was pretty tired and sleepy for his occupational therapy session.  He slept most of the afternoon and then ended up getting a second wind this evening.  He was awake late tonight hanging out with Mackenzie and I, he was the most alert tonight that I have seen him all week!  He was talking the most tonight compared to the rest of the week!  Praise the Lord.  Please keep praying that Adam will adjust quickly to his medication changes to the anti-seizure medication.  Thank goodness it's Friday, he will have the weekend to finish adjusting to medication changes as well as rest up for the upcoming week... I just know it's going to be amazing!

Thank you all so much for your faithfulness in walking this journey with us, we are so blessed to have you following our journey, supporting us with prayers and support, and for the visits!  One of Adam's coworkers from Microsoft in North Carolina was in Boston today and dropped by for a visit!  It was so great to visit with him.  He brought Adam a tee shirt from his team in NC, it was so awesome!  You all have been so amazing!  Thank you for everything, the care packages, cards, postcards, emails, text messages, facebook messages... and so much more!  God will repay what we cannot!  Thank you so much!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ADAM!!!!

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Adam, happy birthday to you!!! 

Thank you all who made Adam's birthday so special, thank you for the gifts, cards, text messages, and facebook birthday wishes.  You all made Adam's day so special.  We had a birthday party for him with Jeff and Stephanie, Dan and his wife Lila, and a couple other family members, and staff.  It was so great!  Adam's mom will be here on Monday so Adam will have round 2 for celebrating his birthday, that will be so fun!

Adam had an off day today.  Since he had the seizure on Saturday, he started his anti-seizure medication which causes Adam to be sleepy.  He was so exhausted today that he asked to go to be at 5:30, but we had to make him stay awake to eat his dinner.  He was in bed my 6:30pm tonight, he really was so tired.  In speech today he worked with Brooke to chew soft foods in hopes to graduate from his puree diet. In occupational therapy Adam was so exhausted that he couldn't even stay awake to participate.  In physical therapy with his new therapist Anne, Adam walked in a special walker with support all by himself for several steps!  My man is amazing!

Adam and I have had such an amazing privilege of meeting so many wonderful people along the way in this journey.  So many people have forever left their fingerprints on our hearts.  Today one of Adam's close friends from North Carolina has a friend who lives here in Boston, and he came just to visit with Adam and to spend some time with us, it was so awesome that he took the time to stop by.  This evening a new patient was flown into Spaulding from Colorado, we had the privilege of meeting this family.  Wes, will begin his new regiment of therapies tomorrow.  Please pray for this family as they adjust to their new normal here at Spaulding.

After having several conversations with friends today, after giving one of my friends some advice, I found myself being so convicted by the words coming out of my mouth... I realized there were some things that I needed to lay at the foot of the cross, and surrender all to Jesus.  Knowing and trusting that He is in control, He is walking before us and paving the path for us to follow.  Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Continuing To Rejoice For All Our Blessings

Quick update...

Today has been another busy busy day.  In occupational therapy Adam worked on his activities of daily living skills, so he showered with OT and brushed his teeth.  He began spitting out his tooth paste so that he doesn't have to have it suctioned out!  This may sound silly, but it's more progress being made every day!  In physical therapy Adam was able to do the Lokomat, the robotic walking machine.  Adam bared the most weight and handled it for the longest distance and longest time yet... he just keeps getting stronger and stronger. 

Please pray for Adam's buddy Dan, he so badly wants to be home with his family and he's had a rough day.    Pray that God will give him the strength and hope he needs to keep stepping forward in his journey.  Pray against discouragement.  Adam and Dan have both helped each other so much and both have made significant gains and I am rejoicing and thanking God for the progress in both of these men.  Acts 2:26 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest in hope.

Tonight I am resting in the hope that I have that Adam is being rebuilt by his maker.  I am rejoicing for all the progress, and continuing to boldly approach the throne of grace with confidence asking for FULL rebuilding of my man.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Gaining Strength and Getting Stronger Every Day

Well... we're being barried in snow once again here in Boston.  I have never seen this much snow in my life, and I hope to never see this much snow again... too much snow, my brain is freezing.

So... this morning when I got in, Kendra, Adam's main nurse, told me that this morning for 2 hours Adam tried climbing out of bed so finally she ended up having to get him in his chair early this morning.  I just loved this!!!  Adam's personality is really starting to come back, his family has always described Adam as being stubborn, but I have always preferred to see him as determined.  This last week I have seen so much of his determination coming out.  He wants to do everything for himself despite his deficits.  Any time anyone tries to help him, he makes it very clear that he wants to do it for himself.  Praise the Lord for his determination, his driven focus, and for God giving Adam the strength he needs every day.  Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Adam had an awesome day in therapies.  In physical therapy Adam is doing so much more when it comes to standing and walking in the parallel bars.  Today he didn't very minimal assistance and initiated the best walk forward yet.  He also walked the length of the parallel bars (about 10-12 feet) in less than 2 minutes... this is the fastest he's ever done.  He is getting stronger and stronger every day.  Please pray God's hedge of protection around his health, pray that he stays healthy to keep making huge gains.  In occupational therapy, Adam started with his new therapist, Eri, she worked with him on Adam feeding himself.  She gave him special handles on his silverware to make it easier to feed himself.  In speech therapy, Adam started with his new therapist for speech too, Brooke, she was originally Adam's speech therapist for the first 2 weeks we were at Spaulding.  She worked with Adam on speaking louder and more clear.  He did great!  I am celebrating in all of Adam's progress.

Adam was pretty tired today, so he went to bed really early tonight, he told me he wanted to go to bed and sleep all day...  he's been working so hard, he deserves a good night sleep!  Please keep praying for my man and for his FULL recovery, it's only just begun!

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