Today they put Ian onto another standing board. This is different from the one they used before though because Ian starts out on his belly and then he is moved vertically from there. They tried it one time before but he didn't tolerate it very well. Today he did great though. His physical therapist had been practicing by putting him on his belly in bed so that he would get used to it. His blood pressure stayed at a really good level and he didn't seem to be annoyed by it at all. If Ian is able to tolerate standing like this, it's a huge step. Being vertical will help his lungs, his digestive system, and everything else in his body. We weren't made to be laying in bed all of the time so it's exciting that he handled it so well.
I noticed that for the majority of the time that I was with Ian today, he had his mouth almost completely closed. This is also good, because the speech therapist and doctor have been perplexed as to why Ian wasn't closing his mouth more often. Him breathing through his mouth so much could have been a role in causing the infections in his mouth, so the more often he closes it, the better.
During occupational therapy yesterday, Ian's right arm was being stretched. He reached over with his left arm (which is really heavy because it's in a cast used to stretch his muscles), grabbed the therapists sleeve, and pulled her arm to get her to stop. She said that's a huge movement because he not only grabbed something, but he knew enough to pull also. He did it again today while I was with him. He's in there.
Please continue to pray for Ian's mouth, that it would completely heal and that he would continue to close it more fully. Also pray that he would tolerate the standing board and become more familiar with standing.
This blog has a tool that shows you where people are geographically that are reading Ian's blog. I've looked at this map several times, but tonight when I looked at it, I was overwhelmed with the fact that there really are people all over the world reading about Ian. Just the last 20 visits had people from California, Canada, Texas, Louisiana and even Sydney, Australia. Why would people care so much about someone they most likely have never met? Only God could move our hearts in this way.
I believe He has our attention for a reason.