Tuesday, February 22, 2011

February 22nd

It's been a little rough today. Jared had to do three, half hour sessions this morning with his three different therapists. Then we had to do it all over again this afternoon. He wasn't too happy about it. He has been a little defiant with me and has been yelling at me today.

One of the challenges is getting Jared to order a meal. He loves the food here, you get to order what you want, when you want and as much as you want. I have to demand that he orders something. He tells me he is not hungry, but when it arrives he gulps it down. He really does like the food, just ask anyone that has come by, that's all he can talk about.

I think one of the techs here thought I was being mean because I wouldn't help Jared put his shoe on. His OT wants him doing it himself. Jared was yelling at me, in front of the tech, so i told him if he wasn't nice I was going to leave until tonight, weird look from tech. When we were headed to another session of therapy I let go of the wheelchair for a second to grab something from my other hand and the wheelchair ran away and crashed into the door frame, oops! It jammed Jared's toes, the one without the shoe. The tech started acting weird with me. Yes, like I meant to do that! After therapy a hospital social worker shows up and asks me if I'm okay. Hmmm, wonder why she came in. Yes I'm fine. Now I'm in tears and feel like I'm the worst parent in the world. Aaaarrrggghhh! I think that I don't care for the tech.

We came back for a rest, Jared fell asleep listening to some quiet piano music from one of our favorite cd's, Matt Bachrach Waters Edge.

Jared's friend Sam is coming in tonight and bringing Jared, Dairy Delight....he is so excited. Remember he was dreaming about Dairy for a whole week!

The doctor this morning told us that Jared should be here for only a couple of weeks. He needs another EEG to clear him so they can take him off of the seizure meds. The PT told us today that this weekend we will be able to take Jared out of the hospital for a few hours.

Jared walked three quarters of the way back to his room this morning from the gym with a walker. He is doing an amazing job.

I think his brain has been overloaded today, tomorrow will be better for him!

Last night, Jared's friend Josh from St George called to talk to him, he was so excited. He was just asking me if we could call him, when he called. Good timing. Jared also talked with Vince, who was telling Jared about his church praying for him. After the phone call Jared read the card that Vince had sent, it had signatures from members of his congregation telling Jared they were praying for him. Jared asked me if that was okay that others were praying for him, what a great teaching moment that was, to be able to explain to Jared that all prayers are welcome, and can be heard and answered by our loving Father in Heaven. As he pondered that for a moment, he said "There are a lot of people praying for me right, that's why I'm doing so well!". Yes, that is why you are doing so well, Heavenly Father has great plans for you.

My friend Mary was here and was part of that aha moment. She shared some insight with Jared that was important and gave him food for thought. I am grateful she was here to share that with us.

I shared with Jared what faiths have been praying for him, and I'm sure there are others that I don't know about. Catholic, Calvary Chapel Men's Fellowship,

...pray for one another, that you may be healed. the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16


  1. A rough day, but good came out of it. I hear your frustrations about the tech...they only see a small part of the picture, yet they "get" to make judgement calls. Oh well, You're a great mom and you've lived in hospitals for almost a full month now! Pretty amazing if ya ask me!

  2. Michelle:
    I have walked with you a little recently. Ralph had three sessions of therapy in the morning and again in the afternoon while in Rehab at Intermountain Med Center. He was tired and weak and it was TOUGH!!! The therapists were great and really did their job! Sometimes it all gets pretty HEAVY! Hang in there . . . it will soon be behind you.
    Love you,
    Joyce Erickson

  3. M,
    When I grow up, I want to be like you. The pathway to your widsom appears to be very hard learned and painful. There are days just getting into the car with all 6 kids makes me wonder if I can do it...we have all been there. May I please learn vicariously? Please let Jared know Georgia is praying for him as well.