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???|
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!!!