In the past couple of days, my dad has been able to respond to these commands:
-open your eyes
-close your eyes
-follow with your eyes (up, down, side to side)
-wiggle your toes
-move your head
-stick out your tongue
These are great improvements! Since he’s been out on the floor, he’s continued to improve. But he’s also been more tired because of a loud roommate and multiple therapies each day (physical, speech, and occupational therapy). Please continue to pray for him – especially that he’ll be able to respond with his hands (squeeze or wiggle fingers) and that he’ll be able to endure three hours of therapy each day. (The word is that three hours is the requirement for being able to get into a rehabilitation facility instead of a nursing home. This is our goal!) Also pray that he’ll be able to get some rest, as that is pretty important to his recovery.
And last, you can pray for Caleb and me. He had a doctor appointment today, and he’s actually lost a pound since his last appointment, which is pretty alarming. I think it’s because of all the stress of the past 2-1/2 weeks, but we’re taking extra precautions. He has to get some blood tests for iron and sugar (and probably more that I don’t know about). They also want to do a sweat test, which tests for cystic fibrosis, although the doctor doesn’t think that’s the problem. (CF babies are usually lethargic, which is definitely not the case with Caleb. It’s a just-in-case test.) And then they want me to start pumping to make sure my milk supply is okay and to add it to his cereal. Sheesh. I don’t have time for all of this craziness! So, pray for patience for me and weight gain for Caleb. He’s a skinny little boy!
Just for the record, I did ask about heredity, because Luke isn’t the chunkiest guy in the world. And the doctor said it would be okay if Caleb had had a pattern of not much weight gain all along, but weight loss is a problem. So, let’s hope it clears itself up. He’ll have a weight check in about six weeks.
That’s all for now.