On January 6th, 2010 Alex suffered a gunshot wound to the head...given 3 HOURS TO LIVE ....this is our story of survival and how God continues to work in and through our lives!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Back to Routine! Results, Results ...Results!

Alex started out his week back to the grind and had some improvements today especially with occupational therapy!  He said that he learned how to move his left shoulder today...he showed me and I must say I am impressed!  He has also been able to BEND his left knee sometimes lately!  Again.. IMPRESSED!  Results are popping up... baby steps... by no means is he walking on his own or opening that left hand just yet... but baby step results are happening!  Hoping to see some cognitive results soon with his filtering what he says... instead of Ready, Fire, Aim.... we need to get him back to Ready, Aim, Fire...with his words!  He just says what immediately comes to mind and has been throwing his friends under the bus left and right lately with things said and done in the past!  It's funny but then again.. it's not so much fun for his friends!  Soooo... I say this to anyone coming in contact with Alex.... if you don't want it repeated... don't say it around him... and hopefully for your sake... you and he share no secrets because he has been coming clean on alot of things, lol.  I need to get him to where cognitively.... he can be by himself.  He is scared to be in a room by himself..... part of it being that if he were to need something he is stuck and can't do for himself.  I need him to be ok for even just 30 minutes at a time...in his room watching tv.  He needs to learn to self soothe.... and to relearn the word NO!  He just will not take NO for an answer and will fight till the end... I have to walk away or just ignore him ( and that can be VERY hard at times).... my little 4 year old Alex... we still have such a long road ahead of us!  BABY STEPS!

Soooo today was a great day... he was super excited and felt like he actually made progress today.  On the way home we visited our long time friends THE HAWKINS... (Charles and Cameron went with us this past weekend to the Sharks game)... I really really enjoyed that as I was actually able to have some adult conversation with my friend while Alex was distracted with his friends!  I was able to breathe, inhale and relax without having to hop around like a puppet every 10 minutes!  Thank you my friends for that breath of fresh air.... much needed as well as I loved seeing him laugh and cut up with his friends!  He threw them under the bus a couple of times ....... however......what is said at the Hawkins....stays at the Hawkins, lol!  It was all in good fun and it was great to see Alex, the old Alex, back in the swing of being his silly crazy self!

Found this on computer at home and wanted to share... it should make you smile! :0)