Ian had quite a day today. The speech therapist told me that she was in to work with him, and the other therapists just happened to come at the same time. They were very enthusiastic about their experience with him. Here are the good signs they saw:
- They had him sitting up on the edge of the bed as though he were sitting in a chair (they were supporting him). When his foot came close to the floor, he set it down as though he were going to stand (without weight on it). That was good, because most patients in his condition aren’t oriented to their surroundings well enough to put their foot flat on the floor. Normally, patients are limp and set their feet down in a twisted position as though they have no awareness of the floor beneath them.
- When the speech therapist put the bed back down after his sitting session, he looked at her and smiled. He also smiled at Larissa, and his heart rate went way up when he saw her.
- When he was lying in the bed he held onto the therapist’s fingers as she lifted them into the air until he no longer had the strength and dropped his hand.
- He made the gizmo noise again (see a previous post).
- They’ve had an oxygen sensor clipped to Ian’s finger. Today he picked at it with the other fingers on his hand until he was able to remove it. The therapists put the sensor on a finger on his other hand, and he did the same thing. They had to put the sensor on one of his toes, so he wouldn’t remove it again. When it was on his toe, he kept wiggling his toes (trying to figure out how to get it off?). He must, therefore, be aware of his hands and his feet.
Thank you, Lord. Please keep praying...