Sunday, October 7, 2012

Great Things

Happy guy!
Today, Sunday, October 7th, marks one month since the date of Will's brain surgery.  When we were in Detroit, prior to the surgery, Will's neurologist told us that he was very optimistic that this second brain surgery would be a tremendous benefit to Will.  Dr. C said that he thought we will see great things from Will after the surgery.

Of course, after Will's first brain surgery in November of 2011, we saw Will excel and do a lot of exciting things, but then we saw those gains gradually fade away.  In January of this year, we remember posting on this blog that Will had words, and we listed the words he could say.  Within a month beginning in February 2011, we watched Will slowly lose the gains that he had worked so hard to make, until he was no longer saying any words at all, and then we were crushed when he had a seizure.

It is because of our past experiences after his first surgery that we have been reluctant to post how Will is doing, as we are terrified that the improvements that we are seeing in him are temporary and might fade away again.  But we are too excited, and starting to feel confident that they are not temporary.  Simply put, we ARE seeing GREAT THINGS!  He is doing so many things so well, it is hard to control our excitement. Quickly after we got home from the hospital, he began to mimic singing his ABC's (see video below). Now, among other things, he is giving us high-fives and saying "All right!"

As simple as it sounds, Will did not know how to reach into a bag of chips or a bowl of cereal and grab a handful and take it out.  If we put a plate of food in front of him, he would either stare at it and not know what to do, or he would try to pick up all of it at once and put it all in his mouth.  Eating a cookie was impossible because he couldn't fit the whole thing in his mouth and the idea of breaking it up or taking a bite was something he couldn't comprehend.  The change in his eating alone since surgery has been astounding.  He is now for the first time using a fork to pick up his food and put it in his mouth, one piece at a time.  His self-sufficiency in eating is also allowing Kelly to actually eat her dinner before it gets cold!

Who needs physical therapy???
Aside from eating, Will's cognitive abilities have really grown by leaps and bounds.  He is figuring things out the way that you would expect a child to be able to do.  As he works through a problem, we can see his mind working.  He figures out how to match shapes, match colors, identify Elmo in a book, and so forth.  He now watches TV and he is engaged in it, rather than just staring blankly at the screen.  All of these are things that we've been trying to get him to do for 3 years.  Now, within 1 month of his surgery, he is doing it!

Physically, he is still adjusting to his loss of right-side peripheral vision, but it really isn't slowing him down at all.  He bumps into a few things each day because he doesn't see them coming, but he is getting better all the time.  He loves his trampoline, and is proving that he has his strength back when he is on this.  He is now running everywhere.  He has a renewed interest in all of his old toys, so we've been dragging a lot of big plastic toys up from the basement.

We are so thrilled, blessed, and thankful to be posting all of this good news.  But...we still need your prayers!  We have to take Will back to Detroit on October 22nd and 23rd for follow-up appointments and most importantly, for an EEG.  If the EEG is clean, we definitely have reason to celebrate.  If it is not clean, well...we're not even going to think about that right now.  Until then, enjoy this video!  Thank you all for your prayers and support!!!


  1. What a great video of Will! Great Things Will Continue!!!


  2. So wonderful to see! Kelly and Dan you are truly inspiring.

  3. I am so glad you posted this on your Blog. I have been checking back every couple days to see if there has been any news. This is FANTASTIC. You haven't lost the prayers. They are still coming and will continue for a long time. I also am glad that you guys can get a little happiness from his improvements, even though, it's only human nature to be on the cautious side. What a big, beautiful smile he has. It is so wonderful to see that.
    May God be with you guys and keep Will improving and make your cross a little lighter.

  4. Whoo Hoo! So happy to hear it. Will is on a roll! - The Ondrlas

  5. I am so excited to hear this news!! Can I just say love, love, love the trampoline and video!! So good to see his progress is going well. Will continue to pray and send blessings to you and yours!! Hugs!! Weather in Florida starting to change for the better, as soon as you are able come down for a boat ride and some fishing!!