I was reviewing some of the posts from the last few weeks, and I noticed how we haven't necessarily given a full picture of how hard Ian works. Wednesday was a particularly notable day, though it's representative.
On Wednesday, he had a therapy session at 11am - his daily session - where the therapist said he worked really hard just as he has been for some time. Early in the afternoon he had a doctor's appointment that required him to wait in his chair for some time, and a lengthy period of time in his chair isn't comfortable for him. Ian greeted the doctor with purposeful eye contact, though, and responsiveness to the doctor's inquiries that showed he was really trying; that wouldn't have been the scenario in many previous sessions with the doctor. Following that he had another lengthy therapy session in a pool, and once again the therapist raved about how hard he worked, just as he has been doing over the past few months.
These are all newer reports. Six to nine months ago the reports wouldn't have been so glowing. I'm proud of him!
How hard it must be, then - as hard as he's working - to not be able to do what he so wants to do: to talk! Give him grace, Lord!
Pray for Ian.