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Saturday, August 9, 2008


People have been bugging me for an update, but I'm happy to report that in this case, no news is good news. Since Todd came home he's mostly been sleeping, waking on occasion to eat (he realized that he's been really hungry because he's only been eating about 2 meals a day on average.)

This morning I took him to get his blood drawn to check his Coumadin levels, and I was imensely proud of him being able to get himself up and moving and out the door in a relatively short amount of time, with very little "nudging" from me. The trip exhausted him, and he came home and slept. This evening we ordered Chinese take out and watched the Beijing Olympics opening ceremonies, with Todd's usual sarcastic comments in the background as he sat at the computer. He stayed up for a few hours then went to bed with Oliver in tow.

He starts therapy next week with Speech, but doesn't have OT until the end of the month, due to them being booked up and then having a week of training.

Other than that, there's really not much to report. He's doing well, and though I can tell that being home sometimes brings on sensory overload, he's been able to hold it together without the use of his anti-anxiety medication, which I'm very proud of him for. I'm glad that we have the medication just in case, and I know he has to work at it, but it is huge to be able to tell when he's heading down that path and be able to know when he's had too much, and excuse himself from the situation. Huge.

So that's really all there is to report. I know that he loves people to call him, but if he's sleeping he will not answer. His sleep now that he's on Oxygen is that of the dead. He's getting used to sleeping with the nasal cannula, and will have to readjust all over again when he gets the c-pap (it's not for sure, but I'm guessing that's what will happen.) He still snores like a banshee though! :)


Alta said...

Hey guys. I feel so late on this but I just found out about all of this last night. I just wanted to let you know that I love you, I am thinking of you, praying for you, and want to help. I would love to watch Oliver and bring in meals. I have been so amazed as I have read your blog at not only the support that you have in family and friends but your amazing attitude and faith. I have been so touched and inspired. I am working this weekend but I will call you early in the week to see what I can do to help.

Timothy Thelin said...

No news may be great news but for people who don't live in the state or have the opportunity to talk to Todd a lot or any of those that help with him, any kind of nothing is nice to hear and know he is doing well. Like I didn't know he was having to sleep with with oxygen or anything like that, so that was news to me. It's just good to hear anything, because I cant be there and drop by and see him, so hearing even boring lame updates of he woke up and ate then slept is still kinda nice to hear. and I thank you all for these updates. It does helps for those who don't live anywhere close by to keep a level head about things.

Cassie said...

I'm so glad to hear he's starting to readjust to home. Thanks for the "non-update" :)