Formerly "Neil Stone Updates"

Sunday, March 1, 2009

A Leg Up--Part 2

Looks like we have another working leg! Today, Neil was able to lift his left leg a little when his dad asked him to. It seems to take him a few seconds to remember how to do it, and sometimes he can't seem to get it, but this is how his right leg started, so we're expecting great things to follow this new accomplishment.

Scott is getting good at lifting Neil back and forth between his bed and his chair--something I have to get the aides to do. When Scott is here, he likes to hold Neil up in a standing position for a short time before putting him down--just to get some strength in those legs. It's a heart-warming thing to see him standing tall again, if only for a few seconds. It's been a long time.

Although we haven't seen the spontaneous smile again, we feel like it will be showing itself again soon. Neil seems to be finding other ways to make his feelings known besides words and facial expressions. He gives occasional hugs without being asked, and will sometimes lift Mom or Dad's hand to his cheek, presumably for us to stroke it. But he'll also push us away if we're infringing on his space. And of course, Alison already mentioned his way of letting me know he's had enough reading for now :-)


Polly said...

All of these reports are so heartwarming. We love reading about all of these baby steps toward recovery. I believe Neil knows your voices and knows you are there each day working with him, and helping him along. God Bless you all.

Molly said...

The stroking the cheek is so touching. I love that he is able to show you in little ways that he knows you're there. I'm waiting for him to throw something at you again, that was pretty funnny!

HMStammler said...

I am so glad to hear that Neil is continuing to make progress (even if just a little) everyday! Your posts are so touching I am certain that Neil can feel your love for him! May God continue to wrap his arms around you and give you strength. Your entire family remains in our prayers daily!

Heather Stammler

Molly said...

Yay for moving the left leg!!!