Thursday, August 13, 2009

Constraint Therapy Files

We're coming down the homestretch of constraint therapy--tomorrow, in fact, is the last day. Annie has done well, and is just beginning to use her right arm to reach and activate toys. Today she not only reached for a toy, but when it didn't work, she tried again and again. So those connections between her brain and her arm/hand are there--they just need tons and tons of practice. We have our work cut out for us at home, and much more so when she gets the cast off her left arm tomorrow. It'll be very easy to just go back to doing things the "easy" way--but we'll fight against that, right?

Meanwhile, this weekend Olivia and I going away for a bit of R&R--Bill took the younger boys on a little vacation earlier this summer, and now it's our turn. Someday we'll go together as a family, but we haven't found someone to take care of Annie for any extended time, so we'll tag-team for the time being. And someday, Bill & I will be able to go away together, but we're not seeing that anytime soon either. What would be perfect is for God to heal Annie, and then we could all go camping together, or to the Hilton, one or the other.

For now though, I'm just very thankful that Bill is willing to spell me for a few days, and I would be even more thankful for your prayers that everything go well for him this weekend. The boys will be here to give him a hand, too, helping with Annie and eating pizza rolls.


I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul.
The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore. Psalm 121


uncle jeff said...

lord, thank you for all of your blessings. thanks for the trials. thanks for everything you give us or allow into our lives.

give bill and jean the strength they need for today. keep them in your grace. hold nothing good from them.

lord, forgive us for our screw-ups, help us forgive others when they screw-up with us.

jesus, thanks for hearing our prayers.

Gretchen said...

Lord, thank you for Jeff's prayer. Bless them all, I pray. Bless the vacay-ers and the stay behinders. And, please, Lord, heal her brain. In Jesus' name. Amen.

pam said...

Father, God, I stand with Jeff and Gretchen and echo their prayers. I pray for a safe, restful and fun time away for Jean and Olivia. I pray for a safe and as-restful-as-can-be time for Bill and the boys who stay behind with Annie. And Lord, bless those Big Brothers, they are special young men who demonstrate your love every day to their little sister. And Lord, again we all pray: please heal Annie. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Sue Powell said...

===echoing the above prayers====

Anonymous said...

Hope you had a relaxing week-end with Olivia and all went well on the home front. Praying continued blessings and healing!