Monday, October 12, 2009

New Responses

This past week the TIRR physcial therapist applied nerve stimulation to Andrea's right leg (which has been pretty much numb) and got some really good response. Since then Andrea has been able to slightly kick it, move and bend it more. yeah! The therapist says it is a good indication that Andrea will be able to walk again.......however, we know that could take a long time. TIRR occupational therapist mainly works on Andrea's right arm and hand which is showing some movement. The speech therapist continues to work on Andrea's muscles in her mouth and speech even though the feeling has not returned.
In the mean time Zeus loves being in his new home and welcomes Smokey (Betty's dog) or Tito (Bob's dog) very often and they all provide plenty of entertainment for the weekends.
Andrea still requires dialysis which makes her fatigued and is a real drag that limits shopping time or going places.
We are still asking prayers for the kidneys to restart and the hypeintensity to go away so the numbness will dissapate in her face and lips.
You all are so kind to read this blog and we think of you all daily because we know you have ups and downs in your lives, too.

13 comments:

cristin steger said...

hoping andrea continues to improve!!! love you andrea! hope to see you soon, perry said when she comes to visit you, I could swing by as well! My mom lives in the Heights on 101/2 and Oxford.

Carolyn said...

Hi Andrea,
So glad to see and hear that progress is occurring. I will be at MD Anderson for my yearly checkup next week, and I always buy a little something from the gift shop that reminds me of someone or something (last year it was an angel for Alice). This year, it will be for you. I always mark it on the bottom of whatever I buy, and when I look at it, I think of that person all the time. Not to say that I don't think about you all the time now. My prayers continue for your kidneys and for your numbness to go away.
Love, Carolyn

Anonymous said...

It is always so great to hear from you. I check your blog every day. We will continue to pray for strength for you and your family and the doctors and therapist that work with you.

You are such a soldier and we love you for the example that you set for all of us.

Nalda White

Thailand Tracey said...

Loved reading about your most recent "yeah"! Thanking God for his care and for puppies :) The comfort and unconditional love they share is a blessing for sure.
Hugs <3
Tracey

Anonymous said...

Kathy, thank you for the update. I pray for you and your family often. Andrea, know that I am praying for you daily. It is my hope that you can feel new strength with my every prayer.

God Bless!

Your Brother in Christ!!

Kelly Maeker said...

Andrea, I check your blog often to get updates on your continued progress. I hope you know that you are an inspiration to all of us and we think of you daily.

Liz said...

Andrea,
I think about you and pray for your daily! I am so proud of all your progress, I know you can do it! You are amazingly strong and you constantly push me to be a stronger person! I wish you all the best!
Pi Phi Love and Mine,
Liz Deering

Anonymous said...

Love you lots here in Mississippi. Hang in there girl...wish I were closer so I could bring my dogs over to play too. I have a Yorkie a lot like Betty's and we have just recently adopted a Maltese. His owners submitted him to the vet to be put down because of his age. Thankfully our vet refused..therefore they saw a sucker when I walked in. Lucky little dog...very playful and happy. Love you lots Andrea (J.too)

Anonymous said...

Forgot to sign our name....ha, I told you I was a sucker...Love Aunt Peggy and Uncle Dan.

Anonymous said...

Andrea, J, Kathy, and Bob,

We keep all of you in our prayers daily and often each day. Andrea, you are so loving to keep on trying and working so hard in the face of so many obstacles, so much pain, and so much discouragement. Our loving Father has already worked so many miracles in you and we have faith that He can and will do more. As others have said you are definitely a role model and an inspiration to all of us. Kathy, please know that we are never weary in prayer for all of you and will continue to lift you all up. You epitomize to me the best that mothers can and should be. J and Bob thanks for your constancy and your love for our Heavenly Father.

Love and Prayers,
Laura and Ed Mohar

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the update. I smiled when I read that some improvement is showing. Andrea - your dedication and strength is an inspiration to us all. I pray for you (and you family!) often - the Lord will hear our prayers! Hang in there!!!

Love to all -
Jenna Shaw

Shelia Calvary said...

Andrea & J
We Love You and continue to pray daily. Would love to see you!!
Shelia & Jim

Leeafkx said...

Andrea, J, Kathy, and Bob, We keep all of you in our prayers daily and often each day. Andrea, you are so loving to keep on trying and working so hard in the face of so many obstacles, so much pain, and so much discouragement. Our loving Father has already worked so many miracles in you and we have faith that He can and will do more. As others have said you are definitely a role model and an inspiration to all of us. Kathy, please know that we are never weary in prayer for all of you and will continue to lift you all up. You epitomize to me the best that mothers can and should be. J and Bob thanks for your constancy and your love for our Heavenly Father. Love and Prayers, Laura and Ed Mohar