"This is the day the Lord has made and I will be glad and rejoice in it."
Today is the anniversary of the injury that changed Ross's life and that of those who love him. Ross's injury was awful, and the prognosis was grim with no hope of recovery.
Now, fourteen years later, we have a longer view. Ross was terribly injured. We do not expect that he will have full recovery. What we do know is that the Ross we know and love is still with us.
Ross is a happy man. He laughs at jokes. He still is impish, appearing to frown when I am being a clown trying to get a smile. Ross will hold the frown, suddenly a smile appears, and laughter unfolds.
Ross loves to watch the Tour de France or the Warriors playing. He reads short articles in the newspaper, magazines, or letters. He loves food and feeds himself. One day when Ross was asking for food, he said, "I want food, I love food, I am going to marry food."
Ross's walking is progressing with more stability. He also moves around the house in his wheel chair by using his feet. He still peddles the stationary bike by sitting behind (recumbent position) in his wheelchair.
He loves the challenge of jig-saw puzzles. Ross's new interest is in Lego (Duplo) blocks. He got them for Christmas. He started with beautiful one layer graphics. Now he is making multi level constructions. The designs reflect Ross's sense of symmetry and color. One of the best aspects is his increasing ability to pick up a Lego with his two fingers and put it in a tight space.
As Kate posted, Ross was hospitalized last
was a surprise for most everyone. Ross was given physical therapy two days and they watched him walk with a walker (not far since he was tired and sick). He even sang to the ladies who helped him. That we could not understand all of the words didn't matter. We know he liked them!
Have the last 14 years been difficult? Yes! Are we happy to have Ross with us? Yes! Are we proud of his fortitude, and his enthusiasm to tackle challenges? Yes!
Thank you everyone for your love, prayers, and support.
Onward and upward!