Wednesday, June 16, 2010

a general comes...





Today was a busy yet good day for us!
Ben had a great day in PT and did some standing again! He did so good as usual! This new standing frame that he is using has him put his arm on some arm rests and that is about it! When he stands, he is on his own. He does have a tiny little belt on his lower back but that just makes sure he doesn't fall back. His legs are getting stronger and his knees do not buckel when he stands!
After PT we went back to his room. He had a few minutes to close his eyes to rest and then we graciously welcomed General Sutton and a brain injury doc from the east coast. We were told she would be coming the day before and were asked if she could come and meet with us!! We chatted for about 10 minutes about Ben and his recovery. Then she presented Ben with a coin for the brain injury program she has been working on. She is a very gracious lady and we enjoyed having her! Ben showed off for her and I was a very proud wife!
There was a large lunch in honor of General Sutton coming and of course Ben and I partook! I think I ate enough pasta for the whole Army...of course I evened it out with salad and Diet Pepsi! After lunch Ben and I went with Rec Therapy to the Farmers Market that comes to the VA every Wed. Ben had a strawberry and a macaroon. We walked to the rose garden and then back to Ben's room for a nap! While he napped I had a meeting with all his docs and therapist who gave their updates on how Ben is doing. All were very positive and they are very proud of Ben. Ater the meeting and Ben still napping I snuck away to Target and to get a pedi! We ended the evening with dinner, Bingo for me/getting ready for bed for Ben and then snuggle time for both of us!
Busy day but a very good day! One more highlight that I forgot to mention is that Ben's neuro psych doc asked Ben to write out his mood for the day and he wrote the following (she asked him to write it more clear each time)...



So, as you can see it was a lovely yet busy day!
I am going to take a quick weekend trip to WA to attend a wedding, SEE MY FAMILY, and celebrate Fathers Day! I will be back to post soon!

I leave you with this verse that I discovered yesterday...
"Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying!" Rom12:12

9 comments:

Tim Mossholder said...

Awesome reports, Katie! Looking forward to seeing you at the wedding. High fives to Ben!

jim said...

Katie, When I grow up I want to be like you...I'm not kidding!!! Praying for you and Ben...always! Love you. Connie

sharon said...

WOW, WOW what a wonderful report. I have tears flowing down my cheeks as we celebrate Ben's accomplishments!!!! thanks for writing the blog it is so great to hear the updates.
love, Aunt Sharon and Uncle Joe, too

Melody Cook said...

Such a distinguished visitor! He's not even going to be impressed the next time I come for a visit...which is next week! Are you guys excited? I am!

Anonymous said...

My Dear Katie!!!!! I had tears in my eyes when I saw the look of pride in Ben's face while posing with General Sutton (and the Dr.). You could just feel the Ranger Pride coming from him. I am so very proud of you and Ben. Much love to you both. Your friend, Marion

Shelley M. said...

Thank you Katie for keeping us updated. So encouraging and know that you and Ben are continually in my prayers!
Love ya,

Shelley

Anonymous said...

Wow, you all are such an inspiration. You warm my heart. I could keep posting but it would just be repetitive. I will continue to read the updates but not post anymore unless I have something new to say. So, for the next undecided amount of posts: Praise the Lord; I love you Ben and Katie but more importantly the Lord does; Bless you, Katie, you are an inspiration and Ben is blessed to have you for his better half; Keep up the good work, Ben, the Lord will see you through.

Victoria Williams (Olympia, WA) said...

Katie,

I am so glad to hear that Ben is progressing! It is wonderful what the Lord has in store for all of us.. Even if it is hard to see in the moment! Your are truley a virtuous women.

I am praying for you and Ben always,

Anonymous said...

General Sutton is a very gracious lady. We knew her at Fort Belvoir. So good to hear more progress with Ben. Will keep praying for you all when we go by Lindell Road. Bring the sun when you come home would you? :)

Ellen