Monday, August 29, 2011

Meandering Through The Journey

Adam had his first day of a specialized brain injury day treatment program.  At home we refer to it as Adam going to work.  He essentially works from 9am to 3pm and right now, therapies and working hard to persevere through this injury is his job.  He will have a pretty full schedule during his therapy "work" hours.  I am so excited that he can go to therapies, and at the end of the day we can have dinner as a family at home and all be under the same roof as we sleep... what a sheer miracle this is and a blessing I will not take for granted.

Today was mostly evaluations, and probably most of the week will be evaluations.  He had his physical therapy evaluation... Adam will work with two PT's Abby and Karen.  Abby saw him today and she was amazed by how independent Adam was on so many tasks.  She said based off the paperwork she received from Adam's last week of therapy notes in Florida, she was surprised, pleasantly surprised.  I think it's a testament to your prayers for my man... that for a month of no therapies, he still proved to make plenty of gains.  I was so excited for my man and so proud of him!

Adam was also evaluated by MaryJo his new speech therapist.  Speech has always been a little more challenging for Adam compared to the other disciplines of therapy.  He speaks well and it's not a speech impediment, it's the cognition that speech focuses that proves itself to be challenging.  Please keep praying for my man, for his cognition, and for clarity when he is communicating.  Adam did very well today in his evaluation and MaryJo is excited to work with Adam.  First thing she wants to try tomorrow is giving him a functional task on the computer... he's going to love that.  She also is recommending that Adam and another participant who happens to be around Adam's age spend time together and play Halo, one of Adam's favorite video games.  This will be great for Adam. 

Adam has always enjoyed the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and he and I watched several documentaries on FLW's life.  Adam owns several books that express and show off FLW's work.  So this story caught my eye today... 

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright once told of an incident that may have seemed insignificant at the time, but had a profound influence on the rest of his life. The winter he was 9, he went walking across a snow-covered field with his reserved, no-nonsense uncle. As the two of them reached the far end of the field, his uncle stopped him. He pointed out his own tracks in the snow, straight and true as an arrow's flight, and then young Frank's tracks meandering all over the field.

"Notice how your tracks wander aimlessly from the fence to the cattle to the woods and back again," his uncle said. "And see how my tracks aim directly to my goal. There is an important lesson in that."

Years later the world-famous architect liked to tell how this experience had greatly contributed to his philosophy in life. "I determined right then," he'd say with a twinkle in his eye, "not to miss most things in life, as my uncle had."

This story made me think of Adam's recovery process... he's meandering as if to turn on as much of his brain as possible.  Meandering, soaking it all in, and slowly taking the time to heal... this is how I have seen Adam's recovery be.  So many times I feel like the uncle in the story, I just want to hurry up, stay focused and keeping moving towards the goal, but God, in all His sovereignty reminds me that He has ordered each and every meandering step in this journey.  I pray that I too can enjoy the views of this journey and not rush it along.  Psalms 37:23 says The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.  I know my man is a good man and I know He trusts God, so I know the Lord is ordering each and every step of this meandering journey.  Praise the Lord for His sovereignty and that He sees the whole picture.


Anonymous said...

Love that post. SO excited that God has provided this new place of work and restoration for Adam..

Meandering with God. I love it! SInce the goal is always Jesus HImself, meandering with Him is going straight to the goal even if it looks like to others we are "all over the place."
Praying blessings on those new therapist and new friends that are entering your "journey."
Love, Jan

Anonymous said...

There is such wisdom in using the term "Going to Work" for Adam's therapies. As you said, he REALLY id working to get better. I am not quite sure I agree with Adam having had no therapist for the past month. It seems to me Father picked a pretty good one, when He gave you to Adam as wife. It's no wonder Abby saw such improvement. I like the FLW story. Meandering is a good thing. It's sad when those with me aren't aware of that. :) My son's enjoy HALO. Maybe someday we will come down, and they will challenge Adam to a game. :) :) How is your back? I love you and continue to trust Father for you and your sweet family. Marion

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