Didn't Mackenzie do a great job! Thank you for all those that commented and left her messages, I know that meant a lot to her. It encourages us to want to keep writing.
Over the holidays and for the last month, I spent a lot of time in prayer regarding this blog. I wasn't sure if I should continue it and I was seeking direction. There have been many nights this blog has been therapeutic for me and there are times when I am called to bare my soul and that is very difficult to do to strangers and to the world wide web (although many of you strangers have become friends!). I can't tell you how many times I have met someone who says to me, "I feel like I know you", after giving it some thought... I realized they do know me, they know some of the deepest most intimate parts of my soul, they know my love for Jesus, my love for my man, and my love for my kiddo... these three things make up my whole life and all that is important to me.
After many hours in prayer I clearly received the message that I am to continue to share this journey, I am to continue to walk this journey out loud baring my naked soul. So thank you for walking the most difficult journey of my life with me, thank you for taking the time to get to know me and my family... for praying for us for the last 19 months and thank you for your prayers that are yet to come. Thank you for your words of encouragement, your notes, cards, pictures, emails, texts, facebook messages, and care packages... you all have blessed us so much.
Since it's been awhile since I have sat down and really given a good update and updated a prayer list I wanted to take the time to do that now.
Adam has made some significant gains. I honestly believe the Lord has worked Adam's grand mal seizure Christmas day for His good and His glory. He used it to shake somethings loose. Adam has began talking in complete sentences that are making cognitive sense. This is HUGE, PRAISE THE LORD! Since posting last week for you all to pray specifically for Adam's Aphasia, he has made some gains. He was able to communicate this weekend effectively and even sent a video to his mom singing Happy Birthday to her, he sang the whole song without assistance and with tone fluctuation! This is HUGE! PRAISE THE LORD, He is healing Adam one neuron at a time!
Remember way back when... when his therapists at WakeMed told me he would most likely always be a max assist of 2 people (this meaning it would always take 2 people to move Adam in and out of bed and in and out of his wheelchair and most likely never have a life outside of the 2), well I have news for them... Adam no longer needs assistance, he is mobile all on his own, he is able to sit down, stand up, get in and out of bed, the car, and go where ever he desires. (We keep him well supervised, but he does it himself). Again, PRAISE THE LORD, this is HUGE healing!
Adam is becoming more independent by the week, this last week I barely had to help him in the shower and with his ADL's (activities of daily living: brushing teeth, getting dressed, getting showered, that sort of thing). He only needed verbal reminders what to do next in his routine but needed no physical assistance! PRAISING THE LORD! This is the Lord at work in my man!
I honestly feel so blessed that I can sit here and share so many wonderful miracles with you. We serve a mighty, powerful, capable God and to Him be the glory for all that He has done, all that He is doing and all that is yet to come.
Adam still has a long road ahead of him, I believe the Lord can heal Adam any day and time... but I also know He has prepared us for whatever this journey holds. Adam biggest struggle is with his memory. (Aphasia is part of it) I have been told that the memory comes back last, but I know my God is bigger than Adam's brain injury and I know He can choose to restore Adam's memory with no sign of an injury if He chooses. I am praying and believing and approaching the throne of grace with confidence of Him restoring Adam's memory. Please pray specifically for Adam's memory to be restored fully.
I learned Friday that Adam's brain has triggered some Parkinson's disease responses in Adam's motor skills. Adam uses these responses as some protective measures for him and this is normal in patients that have suffered as severe of an injury as Adam has. The doctors are going to watch this and monitor he responses over a matter of time. I mention this only as another prayer request of FULL restoration, healing above and beyond what we could imagine or even hope for.
Please continue to pray for Adam's muscle tone. It's been awhile since I have mentioned this, but Adam still fights a frustrating battle with muscle tone. He has a difficult time walking like you and I, heal toe heal toe. Adam tends to walk on his toes because when he puts his heals down he feels like he's going to fall backwards and most of this is due to muscle tone. It has gotten much better, his left foot comes down all the way, but his right side is still a battle. (Remember his left side of his brain suffered the most trauma so it causes much more weakness on the right side of his body.) Please pray that he will experience FULL restoration of his muscles, that one day there will show NO sign of any muscle atrophy.
I do feel so incredibly blessed that I get to witness miracles on a daily basis just by watching my man do the unexpected, the impossible. I love watching God work through my man and I know He has only just begun. I know it's been a long journey and I know so many of you have been so faithful to our journey, please keep praying and watching what the Lord is doing. He is doing a mighty work in His mighty warrior! Just tonight Adam prayed "Dear Heavenly Lord, please help my left side so that I can eat and drink from you. I'll see you soon. In your name, Amen." Isn't this amazing! This is how I know and see God at work EVERY day! Every day Adam continues to make gains and progress... thank you for praying, thank you for walking this journey with us, and thank you for taking the time to get to know me, my heart and my soul.
Deuteronomy 10:14 And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the
Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God
with all your heart and with all your soul
Please pray the above verse for and over the 3 of us, Adam, myself, and Mackenzie.
We are standing in anticipation for what God is going to do this week and for the healing that is going to take place this week. Thank you for believing with us, for standing agreeing with us, and for sharing this journey with us.
PS: Sorry for not posting recent pictures lately, we are having computer problems and at the moment there doesn't seem to be a fix to it. I will post pictures when I can.
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