This is Neil's view from his bed.Pretty cool, huh? All the nurses and aides admire the cranes. It's so fun to tell them there are over a thousand and they were made by his friends, family, and people who care about him.
These are the shoes I keep talking about.
They were about a week old before the accident. Neil went all the way to a skater shop in Scotch Plains to get them. Much better than the torn up vans he wore forever. They will serve him well as he learns to stand and walk again. We removed the right foot rest from his chair because he likes to move himself around with that foot on the floor.
Another good day. Still working on staying awake during the day, sleeping at night, but it's getting better. It's so fun to see what Neil understands and what he will do when asked. Scott asked him to thumb wrestle with him and Neil put his hand up and did it! He has given us each a hug with his good arm when asked, and even patted my back on his own. When Scott prompted him to wave good-bye to me today, he did.
He's also doing a few things without being asked--just from picking up cues from what's going on. For instance, when the aide was putting his t-shirt on today, he reached his good arm up through the hole himself. (Unfortunately, it was the head hole, but a good attempt anyway!) Whenever Neil is being moved from the bed to his chair, or out of the room to his therapies, we put his super-duper helmet on to protect his head where the bone is gone. When I bring the helmet over, he reaches up with his hand to help guide it on.
I am constantly amazed at what is going on in his brain. I love the little signs that our Neil is beginning to emerge from behind his emotionless face. And I'm getting a little anxious for his infectious grin!