Sunday, May 22, 2011

activities galore...

Since my last post on Thursday alot has taken place in the past few days! some relaxing but for sure some running around!
Friday Ben had an accupuncture appointment for the first time. I remember him asking me if it was going to hurt and all I could really tell him is that he was going to feel some pricks. I have never had it before so I really had no idea what to tell him. That went ok. I am not into the whole spiritual side of it and the guy that we went to was into it more then I would have liked...we shall see if we go back!

Later that afternoon Ben had OT. His OT started out by lifting the lazy boy couch with 2x4's so it would be easier for Ben to stand up from and also some hooks in front of the kitchen sink so Ben could stand with a strap behind him and brush his teeth, wash his face, do some dishes, chop some food...I like the latter to do's! Followed by this they did alot of sit to stands in front of the sink for practice! Ben did great! He can pretty much do it all on his own but just needs someone next to him just in case his balance is a tad off. Next came a walk and since it was so nice Ben's OT took him outside to the deck. We have been blessed in this rental house to have a really bit deck and huge yard! Soon Ben will be mowing it! Ben loved being outside and was soaking in the fresh air! He has always been an outdoors man and is way more motivated when he is out!

Friday night we went out to dinner with one of Ben's Ranger buddies, his wife and their lil girl! We had a fun time and it was good for Ben to get out more! Oh, going to give Amy a plug here...she sells amazing cloth diapers! You can go HERE to get some Beautiful Baby Gear for your lil one!
Ben was pretty tired by then end of the evening so it was straight to bed for him when we got home! I was not to far behind him!

Sometimes we have some special visitors stop by for some fun with Aunt Kate and Uncle Ben! Here are just a few of them...

Saturday we were able to sleep in (well to about 0730) and just chill for the morning! A little later Ben and I headed out to one of our nephews soccer games! Before getting there we drove to Starbucks for some coffee! Before I was even able to ask him if he even wanted anything he belted out, "ummm, i will take a white chocolate mocha!" awesome! This really is his favorite drink although I had to get it a little on the cooler side and decaf! We had fun at the game...they won by scoring four goals in a row right towards the end of the game. It was fun to watch! After that I ran to the store to get more flowers and pots...just cannot have enough!
The rest of the day Ben got to rest and I cleaned house! I did have him help me fold some wash cloths and he didn't do half bad!

Today has been a FULL day but a good day! Today was the first time Ben and I have been back to our home church together since the accident and even before. Ben did AWESOME...way better then I thought he would. He sang the songs he knew, followed all the ques, repeated the salvation prayer with everyone as the pastor led (do this so the people receiving are not singled out) and just looked so comfortable. This made me feel so much better and I was able to relax myself! We did jet out right as everyone was dismissed just so it wouldn't be to overwhelming for Ben and I! I was so proud of him!
After church we went to my parents for lunch. As we were waiting for our tasty meal to be done cookin I played some Kinect! Oh my stinkin goodness...those games are fun and a good workout! I was not expecting that and was releasing some sweat beads! We even got my mom and dad at it and they did well...except to some bashings to the head due to not ducking low enough! Haha I have to say I got a few bashings too!
Back to the house to watch our friends, who we went to dinner with Friday night, lil girl! She was super cute and kept us entertained! During her nap Pastor Tim and his wife Dhana surprised us and came over for a chat. It was good to visit with them and sooo appreciate both of them!
Ben is now tucked into bed and I again am not to far behind him! It has been a long but good day! The Lord has truly blessed us and is watching over our every move! I love that He says He will never leave us or forsake us...what a relief that is!

I have another HUGE voting request for y'all!! Another Ranger that Ben know suffered a TBI a few months after Ben while he was deployed. He has, like Ben, been in rehab ever since. He has been selected as one of 20 finalist in the "best NY Giants fan contest" and he is featured on the NY Giants web site and facebook contest. If Cory wins his photo will appear on a 2011 game ticket! Go HERE and vote for CORY R!! Even if you loathe the NY Giants or you just don't like baseball go and vote for him anyways! We would love to see him win and be honored for all he has done for our country and how hard he has worked!!

Saying of Ben...
Ben woke me up 2 times the other night..once to say, "he wanted a donut" and the other that "it smells like something was burning!" The burning one was to get me out of bed so he could too! stinker!
He also freaked me out the other morning...about 0630...he was trying to get out of bed! I asked him what he was doing and he said, "I am getting out of bed to go get some breakfast!"
"Katie, what would I do without you? You mean the world to me and I love you with my whole heart!" Love him!

Please continue to pray for Ben in the mobility aspect! He is so wanting to do EVERYTHING and his body will just not allow him to do it. He wants to so much just to be able to get out of bed in the morning and make his way to the kitchen to make himself breakfast...that is why he was doing the above! Ben gets super frustated with this and knows (which is awesome) that his body is not the same. He fights against his muscles, bones, movements, tremors and so much more just to do simple tasks and even harder. I wish that he would only have to concentrate on one thing...his brain or his body. I feel it would be so much easier for him if it were this way! If his mind was all there he would be able to fully get things and if his body were there it would make life so much more simple for not only Ben but me too. It is waring on both of our bodies! I am protecting myself as much as possible but cannot let him lay in bed all day no succomb to his wheelchair. He has to keep moving! Please pray HARD for my man and his healing! He needs a boost to which only the Lord can give!! I am right along there in the trenches praying with y'all! I know this is not the end to Ben's recovery!

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!" Phil 4:13


Mama D.'s Dozen said...

So glad that your weekend was BLESSED!

So glad that you have all of those nieces and nephews to love on (and be loved by). It must be WONDERFUL to be back with your family, and your church family.

Trusting and believing with you that the LORD has GREAT plans and healing for Ben.

Laurel :)

Consider The Lilies said...

I'm praying for Ben, Katie. You truly are an inspiration and example of how a wife should love unconditionally and trust in the Lord, always. I think of you and Ben often and pray for you whenever I do :D

Carol Steward said...

Ben is looking better and better every time I see his pictures. I am so happy he has such a dedicated loving wife that cares enough to be there for him through all of this. I am sure it is not always easy but God will keep you lifted up and I will continue to keep you both in my prayers. Love you both.

Anonymous said...

I have heard accupuncture is really good. Maybe there is one out there who isn't into the spiritual side of things. What fun to see your neices and nephews. Your sister's oldest did quite well at the Awana awards. I will continue to trust Father for Ben's healing and your strength. Marion

Theresa said...

Is it possible for you to find another acupuncturist? I was hesitant to go because of those involoved with spiritual stuff, but my MD recommended one who was medically based. He is wonderful and has helped me a lot. I started going for my dizziness and hyperthyroidism but one of the first things I noticed was improvement with my posture and neck. I have a disc problem in my neck and my head likes to tilt to one side and go forward. It has improved so much from the acupuncture! Hope that is some encouragement that maybe it will help Ben with his head position :)

the johnson's said...

I have been reading your blog for quite a while, and am always praying for you guys, but just never comment. Anyways, I wanted to say, a while back, you were requesting prayers for Ben's smile. I've noticed for the past 4-6 months, his smile is emerging a bit every day. Since you've moved home, I've seen a drastic change. When I realized it, I went back and looked at older posts and was amazed at how far he's come.
Katie from WI

Emily said...

Still keeping you both in prayers. Stay strong.

It looks like you had a fun time outside, the pictures are great and he's looking a lot more relaxed. Have a great monday

Diane P said...

Hi Katie,
Galatians 6:9 came to mind..(AMP)
And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint. I want to encourage you to keep your eyes on the Cross.
Ben looks great.. Being in his own home looks like iy is doing wonders for him. Bless you

B. Wilson said...

I just have to comment on how Ben is looking at you in that wedding day photo you posted. That man is IN LOVE. :) :) :) <3

Anonymous said...

Dear have come a long ways and finally your Journey home has come. I think its great you both are now home. What a wonderful thing. I have been thinking of you and Ben and I'm so excited for you both. I will keep you both in my heart and prayers always. God blees you for you courage and strength. You are amazing and please never forget that. Nickole Thompson

Anonymous said...

Love the pic where he is taking off the garter! Ben just radiates love for you. You are one extremely blessed lady, Katie and Ben is one extremely blessed man to have a women like you...I only hope that when I am married I will be half the wife you have been to Ben through all this.