Saturday, November 03, 2007

Saturday, November 3, 2007

These are pictures of Mack in November of 2006, about a year ago. He had started to come out of the coma and we were giving him foam swabs to drink water from. Since then, Mack has gained weight (about 20 pounds or so). He used to weigh 119 at the lowest end and 135 at top end before the accident.
Now, November 2007, he is drinking from a straw, and sometimes, eating regular food with a fork or spoon. He is sitting up in a wheelchair and moving his left arm a lot more than he was two months ago. The BIG thing since last November, he started talking since these pictures were taken. He continues making progress, even though he does get discouraged now and then. He is aware that something is wrong with him, but still hasn't quite comprehended just how severe his accident was. He, like the rest of us, has his good days and bad days. We still have to watch out for him wanting to bite, especially when he's uncomfortable about something. That's when he usually tries to bite.
It is so much better for him and for us, as well as the rest of the family, having him nearby in Petersburg, than making that long trip back and forth to Farmville. We've noticed an improvement in his hygiene since he has been at Healthsouth. Those things make a difference in how he feels about himself too. Richard has been there everyday since Mack has been moved. He's working with Mack asking him questions and telling him jokes in order to get him to remember things and keep his brain active and stimulated. Mack has been going through physical therapy regularly for about three weeks and we can already see an improvement in the movement of his left arm and his legs. Richard also shaves him, washes his face with Noxema because of the acne, cuts his hair, helps Mack brush his teeth, feeds him and whatever else needs to be done for Mack on a daily basis.
We hope everyone had a Happy Halloween. Richard took Mack a small bag of candy for Halloween and spent most of the evening with him while I stayed at home and answered the door for the trick or treaters. It won't be long before Thanksgiving and we have a lot to be thankful for this year. We are counting our blessings daily and keeping the hope that one day Mack will be able to walk again.
Much love to all,
Ruth & Richard


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