Thursday Ben got the priveledge of having some dog therapy time! He had it with a 9 year old doberman pinscher! He was the sweetest dog and Ben and his new friend got along very well! Ben was able to use his right arm alot and get those muscles stretched out! He started out by scratching Hagan between the ears and then he moved to his back and then his belly! Ben's therapist took off his arm rest and had Hagan lay down beside him. Ben was forced to stretch his arm all the way in order to scratch him. What a great stretch for his arm! Ben then got to feed Hagan a few bisquits that he loved! Ben was told to hold the bisquit in his hand and when he was ready for Hagan to take it Ben was to show one finger with his other hand. Ben made Hagan wait a bit but he did get that one finger out and Hagan was told to go for it! Ben gave him about 4 treats and continued to pet him!
My sister, my neph, our friend April and her daughter all came to see Ben today! We sat around and chatted and the kids had show and tell for Ben. Ben tried to play checkers but in the end picked up the checkers (slowly but surely) and put them in a bag!
Thursday night my Uncle Joe from OR, Uncle Rich from here in town and my dad all came to see Ben! Let's just say that I was stuck with three brothers who know how to cause craziness! Of course the hilarious comments flew and they all gave each other crap and it was fun! Al of them compared who had more gray hair, who was still better looking and who was aging best...of course they were trying to get Ben on their side! They tried to be on their best behavior as well and they did well...for the most part!
Friday I stayed at my sisters and took the day off! I had to make several phone calls and run alot of errands. It was a good day off and the next will be all about me and not about insurance changes! My mom came up to be with Ben for a bit and went along to his therapies. They again brought Hagan the therapy dog in. This time Ben was in the standing frame and they had Hagan get up on a chair and put his paws up on the table Ben was standing at. Mom said that he did great and that he was going to town in scratching Hagan. Obviously Ben and Hagan have a good connection...Ben likes him and Hagan is going to be coming back for more scratches and treats!!
All in all Ben's last few days were good and he made a new friend!
Pray for Ben's voice to come....I am wanting so desperatley to hear it again!!
New address...we like notes and words of encouragement!!
PO Box 6577
Olympia, WA 98507