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3/14/13
Still not acting like himself. He has been very quiet this week. Not his usual goofy self. Today in WT he rode the incumbent bike for .8 miles. He wasn't very productive in LT today. He did get a little better toward the end of the session. Please continue to pray for him. Thanks for all the prayers.

3/13/13
Still not feeling too well. Went to Head Injury dr today and he said where he got his Botox in his left arm a little over a month ago looks great. He can extend his left arm fully. He said everything looks good to keep doing what he is doing. Praise God! Has to go back in 3 months. Didn't get to do PT bc had dr apt. In Speech he worked on memory and she said he did great. In OT had him do manipulation activity. Had to pick up coins and stack them on top of each other, pick up coins and put them in a container with a slit in it, and put coins in and take them out of his pocket and put in the container. Did some typing on the computer. After therapy he came home to rest before going to TSM. He is very tired. Please pray for him. Thank you.

3/12/13
He is still not feeling well. Has a sore throat too. Today was a long day so he is really tired. Today at school he worked on a project with Amanda in Foods and Nutrition. In therapy worked on motor planning, picking up coins and putting them in a cup. His muscle control in his upper body is better. Walked up the stairs and they walked him by holding onto his gate belt only. Praise the Lord! Usually have to hold his hands/arms but today were able to hold just gate belt. He has a check up at the Head Injury dr tomorrow and then therapy. Please pray he feels better soon and hat everything goes well at the dr. Thanks.

3/11/13
Still not feeling well. Been sluggish all day. In PT he walked the loop, did mat work and stretching, and worked on proper stance and balance. In OT he worked on tying and buttoning. Also took links apart then picked them up using one hand. After getting so many in his hand, he put one at a time on the table using his fingertips. After got home he has rested and played Xbox. Tomorrow he goes to school till 2:10. Please pray for him that he gets to feeling better and has a good day. Thanks for all the prayers.

3/10/13
Friday he started going longer to school. Added Science and History. In therapy he walked up the stairs with assistance and worked out on the new incumbent bike. He likes it. After school went to Cullman game. Saturday watched Cullman play. Today went to church and to visit Aunt Mary and family. Also went by the lake. Please pray for his recovery and for a special request. Thanks for all the prayers.

3/6/13
He will be giving his testimony at West Elementary tomorrow morning (3/7) at 7:15 am. Please pray for him. Today in therapy he got his new foot brace. He walked around the loop with both his knee and foot brace in a little over 8 minutes. Fastest time so far. Praise God!! Retested his range of motion in his hamstrings and it is better. In speech worked on Attention to details. Had to read a paragraph and then remember certain details about what he read. In OT, he worked on building the top part of the crane, worked on activities for coordination and manipulation; grooved pegboard and put rubber bands on a rubber band ball. It's amazing at some of the activities they have him do that normally we wouldn't think would be challenging. We take a lot of things for granted. Thanks for your prayers. Please continue to pray for him.

3/5/13
At school today they had him stand and put golf balls on golf tees. Also walked him up the stairs without a brace on his left foot. He did have a knee brace on. He gets his new foot brace tomorrow. Had a meeting today and he will start academics on Thursday. He will go longer on Tuesdays and Fridays. Starting him out with 2 academic classes and then going from there. Please pray that he will be able to adjust and handle his new schedule. Thanks for all the prayers.

3/4/13
Nice relaxing weekend. Today at Spain he was retested on the walker but with the new foot brace. The therapist didn't have to touch him at all. He has improved so much. Walked the loop without the walker and did much better today. In OT he did the dexterity finger test and was tested on the 9 hole test. On this test he has to use one hand only and has to put small pegs in a hole then take them all out while being timed. He did so good. She also did a treatment on his left shoulder bc he said it was hurting. After therapy went and watched his teammates play baseball. He was so excited all day about going to the game. When we got home tonight, he got an encouraging letter from Mark Richt from UG. He is so excited. Thanks for the prayers. Please continue to keep him in your prayers.

2/28/13
Yesterday he walked without his brace at school and did handwriting. Today he read an academic type page with several paragraphs and answered questions. He did okay with help but did better when given multiple choice. In OT he did the finger dexterity test (small pegs and put in small holes) and checkers where had to take out of one hole, flip, and put in another hole. Getting better with this activity. Started building a crane which he will finish next visit. Had a good day. Enjoyed going to TSM. Thanks for the prayers.

2/25/13
Great day at therapy. PT: walked with malleoloc brace around the loop without walker, did some strengthening exercises for left foot, stepped over objects front and back leading with left. OT: completed a shape puzzle activity where he had to put shape blocks into the right slot, also did an fine motor skill he tried a few weeks ago and was having trouble with it but today he aced it. ST: worked on Algebra and then answering questions about certain things to see if he got them right and pronounced correctly. Praise God for a wonderful day! Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him.

2/24/13
Andrew had a relaxing weekend. He needed his rest. Saturday he played Sorry and Xbox and watched movies. Stayed home all day. Today went to church and enjoyed another great service. Came home and rest some more. Had to recharge for another busy week. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him.

2/22/13
Today he worked on strengthening his left ankle and lower leg muscles using stretchy bands. He also picked marbles up with his toes and placed them in a bucket...he thought it was fun. He walked the loop in the weight room without his walker and walked upstairs again! He's getting much faster at both. He has been really tired the last two days and seemed a little frustrated today. He felt better after he ate lunch but was ready to go home. He laid around this afternoon resting. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him.

2/21/13
He socialized this morning with Spencer, Wesley Walker and Patrick Britton. The guys were giving him a hard time trying to get him to do stuff like tie his shoes. Andy wanted to arm wrestle them and at one point he literally wrestled Patrick to the ground. Watched a video in food and nutrition about meat processing. Went to LT at Spain. He has been really tired but had a good day. Alex and Brittany came to see him. He was in bed at 6:30 resting. Please continue to pray for him and his recovery. Thanks for all the prayers.

2/19/13
Good day at school. Walked without the walker with the therapists around the weight room. Tied a shoe against his will. Lol. This afternoon he took a nap then practiced his testimony. He is excited about it. He also went and talked to Penny's class at Cold Springs. Please continue to pray for him. He is still not feeling good. Pray God will also be with him and everyone there tomorrow night. Thanks for the prayers.

2/18/2013
He is still not feeling well. The Dr gave him some medicine so maybe he will feel better soon. In PT today, he walked without walker with two therapists 400 feet in 12 min. Best time so far. Remeasured his range of motion in his left foot and it has improved a lot. Did stretching exercises on his left foot without his brace and also worked on shifting his weight to his left hip when he walks. In OT, did a fine motor activity. Therapist said it was too easy for him that his control has gotten better so she gave him something harder. He had to clip clothespins on steel rods. He did good. In speech he worked on saying his testimony. To top it off he enjoyed watching his teammates play their first games of the season. He told me on the way to the game today that he would be out there playing next year. I told him to keep working hard. He enjoys baseball so much. Please continue to pray that he gets to feeling better. Thanks for all the prayers.

2/17/2013
Andrew had a great weekend. Had a blast at the Key Club Dance with Hadley and friends. He danced the night away. Today at church enjoyed an amazing service. God is an awesome God!! Reminder: Andrew is giving his testimony at Temple Baptist Church this Wednesday night, Feb 20 at 7:00 pm. Would like to invite everyone to come an hear how God has blessed him and continues to bless him through this journey. Words cannot express what an Awesome God we serve. Please say a special prayer for him. He is not feeling well. We don't want him to get sick. Thank you for all the prayers.

2/16/2013
He gets to start taking academics. Praise God! The results of the test were good. He has improved on most of the areas of the test. His reasoning, verbal, intellectual, and memory has improved. Said his intellectual is great. His reading level is at a college level but still lacks in comprehension. On the academic part of the test he improved a good bit. He still has problems with processing and fine motor. Overall received a good report. God is good!! He will still go to Spain for rehab but will be able to go to school more as long as he can handle it endurance wise. In therapy yesterday, did a lot of stretching, worked on shifting weight, walked upstairs from locker room (whole flight), and walked on his walker. In speech did figurative language analogies. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for his recovery.

2/14/2013
Coach Gleaton worked him hard today in weight training class. Did some stretchy band and mat work. Has a program for him. Made Valentine cookies in Food and Nutrition class and he also iced them. Did good at LT at Spain. Had a great Valentine dinner with the family. In bed early to rest up for testing tomorrow. He has the last part of his Neuropsych testing at 1:00 tomorrow. Please pray he does well. Thanks for all the prayers.

2/12/2013
Yesterday we think his testing went well. Won't know till later. Still has to do more testing Friday afternoon at 1:00. Had to change it because he didn't want to miss opening day for baseball. Today at school he walked without his walker with the therapists. Worked on transferring from desk to chair. In Food & Nutrition he did sandwich report on the computer. Study Skills: read newspaper, did iPod brain games. Went to the Football Awards program and enjoyed it. Before the program, he was excited about going, he said he was happy because he gets to spend time with his football buddies. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him in his recovery.

2/10/2013
Great time at church this morning. He did some therapy at home today. Worked on his testimony for Feb 20. He is excited. He has the Neuropsych testing at 9:00 in the morning. Usually takes a few hours. Please pray he does well. Thanks for all the prayers.

2/9/2013
Andrew had a great week. Friday at school, stood on balance board and worked on shifting his weight back and forth, did squats, Coach Britton and Coach Gleaton helped him walk up the stairs. In study skills, worked in a grammar workbook to see what he remembered. Went through all 8 parts of speech. He was able to identify nouns, pronouns, adjectives, and adverbs without any problems. After some review he picked out conjunctions & prepositions. Later that night watched Cullman basketball play a great game. Today spent the day at the baseball field watching his teammates win both games. So happy to be back at the ball field. Please pray for his Neuropsych testing on Monday. Thanks for all the prayers.

2/7/2013
Andrew had a doctor appointment at Spain today and got Botox injected in his left arm in two places to help loosen it up. Asked the doctor about doing Neurophysh testing to see if he is ready to start taking academic classes. His appointment for that is Monday, Feb 11. Usually takes 2-3 hours. Please pray that he will do good and pray for God's will. I know he is ready to get back in school more. Also had LT today. He walked longer today. It's amazing how much he has improved. They used to have to hold both feet and help but today they let go of them to see how he did. He did pretty good. Getting better and better with his walking. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him.

2/4/2013
Great day at therapy. Retested him today in PT on walking and he was faster and the therapist didn't have to hold onto him at all. Also did some matt work and worked on standing straight on the parallel bars. In OT put clothes pins on the shoulder ladder using both hands. Did very good. Also had him stand while doing activity with peg board. Speech is working with him on sequencing sentences in a paragraph. He does pretty good when they go over it first then he zooms right through it. After therapy went to baseball practice. He loves going. He is giving his testimony on Feb 20 at 7:00 pm at Temple if you would like to come. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for his recovery. Praise God for His many blessings!!

2/3/2013
Andrew had a great week at school last week. He improves every day. Most of you saw the video that was posted on Facebook yesterday of him walking down the hall. It's truly amazing how much he has improved from Christmas day. When he walks we are just there for support. He pretty much does it on his own. God is a healing God! We can't express how thankful we are to everyone for the prayers. God is blessing him daily. Today at Temple, the service was so awesome. While singing Amazing Grace, (with the walker in front of him) Andrew raised his hand praising God without holding on. Now only God can do that!! Thank you Lord!!! Please continue to pray for his recovery.

1/30/13
Good day at Spain. In PT did work on the parallel bars. Worked on standing and balance on left leg while lifting and putting right leg on step block. Did some mat work and walked the loop on walker. Also did the stairs. In OT, he did the Biodex with weights, did an activity where he put bolts on screws, connect the dots and handwriting. In speech, worked on expressing his vowels. The speech therapist wants him to speak without a country accent. Told her he has the Bug Tussle slang. Good luck getting rid of that. Lol. He has been very agitated today. Please pray for him on that and for his recovery. Thanks.

1/28/13
Andrew had a great weekend. Went to Hoop Shoot and to the Fair Queen pageant. Hung out at home and played Xbox. Enjoyed a great service yesterday at church. Today went to Spain. Didn't get to have PT due to the therapist being sick but did have speech and OT. In speech working on memorizing his new schedule, etc. In OT, he did an activity he hasn't done in awhile where he takes the checker and flips it over and puts it into a different hole on a board. He is getting much better with both hands. Typed on the computer some and did a connect the dot sheet. Went to baseball practice and then to the First Pitch Supper. He was so excited all day about baseball practice. Couldn't wait to get there. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him.

1/24/13
Great day at school and therapy. Had Weight training this morning. Steve Johnson worked with him on his arms, legs, and core. Worked with him on the floor using bands and medicine ball. Worked on balance. Also had Food and Nutrition class. Working on the Table Manners Unit. After school, went to LT at Spain and did good. He is very tired from a busy but good week. He said he loves going to school. Thanks for the prayers.

1/23/13
Andrew will now go 3 days to school (half days). He will be taking 2 more classes, Weight Training and Food & Nutrition. This will add an hour to 2 of the days. He is so excited! Today at Spain the OT who worked with him today said he has improved a lot since the last time she worked with him a few weeks ago. The physical therapist also said he is improving. He walked a good bit on the walker with minimal assistance, worked on putting weight on his left leg and stepping up with right foot. It's amazing to see that no matter how tired he is, he still gives it his all. So proud of him. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him.

1/21/13
Andrew had a great weekend hanging with friends and family. Had therapy at Spain today. In Speech he did Algebra problems. OT: used stretchy bands on the shoulder ladder, did connect the dots worksheets. Had LT instead of PT today. Started off sluggish then got better. He walked a longer time. They also started holding back on helping him so much and letting him take up the slack. He said he hasn't felt well today. Has been tired all day. Please pray for him. Thanks for all the prayers.

1/17/13
Praise God! Andrew stood without holding onto anything today several times. He even stood by hisself to brush his teeth tonight. God is so amazing!! He is getting better every day on his walker. He did some home therapy today; walked up and down the hall, worked on standing, pulleys, threw balls in the bucket. He didn't get to go to Locomotor Training due to the weather so did some things at home. He has played his Xbox a good bit today. We serve an awesome God!! Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for his recovery. Please keep praying for the ataxia to get better.

1/16/13
Yesterday at school he worked on leg press activity, throwing left handed, strength and coordination exercises. Played his Xbox and is getting pretty good at it. Also did some therapy in what we call the Redneck Home Therapy room. It's actually pretty cool. Papa Den has been busy building new therapy equipment for Andrew to use at home. Its like the equipment he uses at Spain. Very thankful for Papa Den and his craftiness. Today at Spain, he walked up the steps again with a cane. He did some exercises on the stability ball (laying on his stomach & sitting). Worked on the parallel bars walking and focusing on bringing his left hip forward. In OT did the arc while standing, handwriting, and connect the dot worksheets. After therapy, went to visit the Cullman Police Dept to say thank you and they surprised Andrew with cake and drinks. Mayor Townsend and all the officers plus, who worked his wreck were there. Very touching. So thankful for all they do. Went to TSM tonight and enjoyed it. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray.

1/14/13
Great day in therapy. So proud of him especially in PT. he walked the loop on his walker with the therapist not holding his belt but was behind him just in case. He also did this on the parallel bars but the therapist was in front of him. Was working with him on twisting his left hip forward when he walks. Also did some exercises where he steps with his left foot over an object. Praise God for his continued improvement. In OT, did shoulder ladder, an activity where he takes out multi colored pegs and places them into another hole. It was funny because he made sure each row had the same color peg. He took different sized balls and transferred them from one container to another. In speech, they did a hearing test on him and Algebra. They said he is doing so good. Hopefully soon he will be in some elective classes. Thanks for your prayers. Please continue to pray for his Ataxia.

1/13/13
Andrew had a great weekend. Saturday went and watched Jaden and her teammates play a great game. We received a blessing at lunch today. He played basketball and baseball on Xbox a lot this weekend. Very good for his ataxia. Today went to Temple and enjoyed another great service. After church hung out with some very dear friends, Mason Jones and his family. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him.

1/11/13
Thursday he had Locomotor training at Spain. The therapist said he gets better every week. He can tell Andrew is walking at home. Before LT he did the pulley and walked. Today at school he sat in a school desk. They got him out of his wheelchair and worked with him. Did core/LE strengthening exercise and gait training. Said he progresses every week. In OT worked on motor planning through transfers from wheelchair to chair and upper body control during activities. In study skills he played luminosity brain games. Tonight went to Cullman game. Loves watching them play. We have noticed that his short term memory is getting better. Praise the Lord! Please continue to pray about his ataxia. Thanks for all the prayers.

1/9/13
Andrew worked really hard today in therapy. PT: he walked the loop twice on his walker, walked the best I have seen him on the parallel bars and he did an activity where he held onto the bars and stepped over and back certain objects with his left foot. OT: did shoulder ladder, handwriting without the slant board, and took balls from one container and placed in another container alternating hands while standing. He did so good. On the way to therapy this morning (he does it a lot) he would look at the symbols on different vehicles and name what they were. Pretty impressive that he knows them. He will do and say certain things that show us that he is getting better every day. It's amazing how God is healing him. God is good! Went to TSM tonight and had a great time. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him and his ataxia.

1/8/13
Today he went to school. He worked on sitting and standing without the walker, stretching exercises. Did typing on IPad, worked on fine motor skills and balance during turning. Said he is improving each week. He popped crazy bubble wrap on the smart board while standing and sitting, did fine motor wooden puzzles, read current events articles to them from the smart board (which was about AJ McCarron's girlfriend). Very busy last two days. So thankful for his improvement. Thanks for all the prayers. Please pray that the tremors/Ataxia will go away.

1/7/13
Yesterday went to Spain and received some great news. His speech therapist said he is doing so good. Said he is sharp as a tack. Very smart. She thinks he is ready to take some elective classes at school. Praise God! They worked on his speech and did Algebra bc he likes to do math. In PT he got on the bicycle machine, practiced walking short distances and sitting in a chair, did stretch bands while holding onto parallel bars and side steps. In OT worked on handwriting using a slant board. He did so good writing his letters. Also did large arc while standing and shoulder ladder.

1/3/13
Andrew had locomotor training today. The therapist said he did the best he has done so far. He was keeping his body up straight. He looked really good. So proud of him. This evening at home he got down on the mat where he was laying on his back and pushed himself up to all fours then to his knees. He did this several times. Praise God!! He got his glove while still on the mat and grounded balls. Then he got hisself from floor onto the couch. He also sat by himself on the stability ball. So amazing how God is healing him. He is very tired tonight from all the therapy. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray.

1/2/13
Today Andrew went to Spain. In PT, he walked around the loop, walked up the stairs while holding a cane in one hand and holding onto the rail with the other. So now he thinks he can use the cane all the time. Keep reminding him not yet. He got out of the chair onto the mat, did some mat work and then got back into his chair with a few tries. In Speech, he has homework to do. Has to remember who his school therapists are. In OT, he worked on a thing called the arch where he had to bring the object from one side to the other He also stacked cones. After he got home, he worked on the shoulder ladder and now he is doing activity where he gets a shower ring and has to raise his arm and place the ring on a rod. He has walked a lot today. Went to TSM tonight and listened to a wonderful message. Thanks for the prayers. Please continue to pray for his recovery.

1/1/13
Andrew had a wonderful weekend. Sunday, went to the best church service ever at Temple. Really enjoyed everything from singing, the message, etc. Amazing service. Also Andrew went to the altar to pray. He walked on his walker up there. It was so emotional and powerful. God is Amazing! Monday he had therapy at Spain. The OT therapist said he has improved since last visit. He did some fine motor activities and the shoulder ladder. In speech he had to read a paragraph and put the sentences in order. He was tickled to have one of his long time friends come visit, Seth McWaters. Last night went to Teen Cajun All Nighter but only stayed a few hours. Played games and listened to a great speaker Bro Richard. Then watched fireworks. He had a blast. Loves being in church and around family and friends. Thank you for all the prayers. Hope you have a blessed and Happy New Year!! God bless you!

12/26/12
Had a wonderful and blessed Christmas. Today has been a good day. Relaxed most of the day watching movies and hanging out with Ben and Jakob and his cousin Jake. He has used his walker and the hand rails today instead of his chair. He woke up this morning and said he wanted to use his walker instead of his chair. His walking is so much better. Played connect four, Headbandz and did different activities for occupational therapy. Goes to Spain tomorrow for locomotor training. Thanks so much for continuing to pray for him. God has really blessed him.

12/23/12
Friday was 10 months since his accident. He did good at school. Worked on stability ball to help his core. Friday night he went and hung out with some of his buddies at Cole's house. He had a blast. Saturday he relaxed, watched movies. He has walked a lot on his walker this weekend. Instead of using his chair he likes to use his walker. Gets better everyday. Today went to church and listened to a wonderful message, hung out with friends and family after church then watched a great Christmas program at Temple tonight. He is excited about Christmas and so are we. We are very blessed this Christmas. We want to thank everyone for everything. We are so blessed to have wonderful family, friends and a great church family. God bless you all. We love you very much. Merry Christmas!

12/20/12
Good day at locomotor training. They increased his speed a little and he walked for a longer time. He received a card from the coaches at Mississippi State and Hartselle and has been so excited. He has read them over and over. Thank you both. You have made his year. He has rested most of the day. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for his recovery. He talks about wanting to play ball again. We keep telling him to keep working hard.

12/19/12
It's so amazing how God has been with Andrew through this journey. When he was at Shepherd Center, there were these parallel bars that we saw other patients using to walk on. We said several times how we couldn't wait till Andrew could walk on them. Today our wish came true. He walked back and forth on them today. PRAISE GOD!! Speech therapist is still amazed at how well he does his math. He is doing high level problems which is amazing. Problems that you have to plan out your day with times etc. She is so tickled that he is back at school. In OT he did daily living activities such as button and unbutton clothes, Velcro, zipper, snaps, tying laces, etc. Also opened and closed different types of containers. So proud of his progress. Went to TSM tonight and enjoyed it. Thanks for all the prayers. Please pray for a safe travel to and from Birmingham Thursday.

12/18/12
Andrew had school yesterday. Always loves going. Had him dancing by doing disco finger point which is a good activity for his brain and arms. By reaching across his body it helps the brain connect. In study skills he did several activities on the smart board; bubble wrap, sports memory, and darts. They said he did well and has improved on these tasks. Later in the afternoon had baseball pictures. He was so excited to put his jersey on again. He said afterwards that he really enjoyed all of it and being around his teammates. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him.

12/17/12
Spent time with family and friends tonight. Very thankful and blessed with great people all around us. Today at Spain he did great in therapy. He didn't have OT due to still waiting on insurance to approve more therapy visits. Hopefully will hear something this week. In PT he did great. He walked on his walker the loop and a half before stopping for a break then walked the rest of the 2nd loop. Best so far. Praise the Lord!! He also did exercises with strength bands with his feet. He got hinges put on his left leg brace. Hopefully it will help him walk better. In speech he did problem solving in math and did pretty good. He has math homework again. He is so excited about going to school tomorrow. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him.

12/13/12
Andrew is feeling much better. Thanks for the prayers. He didn't go to therapy yesterday due to not feeling well but is better now. He went to the urologist yesterday and he is clear but they are sending his urine sample off for a culture to make sure. Praise God! Went to church last night and enjoyed it as always. Loves being at church. Today he had locomotor training at Spain and they said he did really well. Probably the best so far. He walked for a longer period of time which is good. After therapy did some Christmas shopping and then he hung out with his Papa Den this afternoon. He is getting around the house so much better and is doing his transfers, standing, etc almost by his self. He is a brave one so you really have to watch him closely. So thankful for his progress. God is healing him and blessing him every day. God is so good!! Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray.

12/11/12
Andrew is feeling a little better. His stomach is still not feeling well. He got his pump refilled today and we made it back home safely. He has been looking at his cards and resting this afternoon. He kept asking while we were in Atlanta how long we had to stay there. He was making sure we were coming back home! Yesterday at Spain he made the loop all the way around walking with the walker without stopping. Best he has done so far. He also walked up the stairs. He did the shoulder ladder in OT along with exercises with weights. Praise the Lord for his progress! Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him.

12/10/12
Andrew had a good weekend. Relaxed most of the weekend. Watched Jaden play ball and of course ate a lot. Yesterday he threw up once but was okay the rest of the day. Didn't eat a whole lot. He stayed in his room watching movies and playing on the iPad. Today he is at Spain for therapy then we are traveling to Atlanta for his pump refill which is tomorrow. Please pray for safe traveling today. Thanks for all the prayers.

12/5/12
Andrew had a good day at therapy. In PT he did the bicycle, mat work and side stepping on the parallel bars. The therapist said he did a lot better today with getting on his knee and throwing the ball. He has more stability and coordination. In speech she said he has improved on his memory and his speech is clearer. In OT did a reevaluation to send into insurance to see if he can get more visits. His strength is good and about the same. He has met a lot of his goals and she set new ones for him today. Praise the Lord! He folded some laundry and she worked with him on functional tasks. Becoming more and more independent. It's amazing to watch his progress daily. He is getting better with his walking and transfers. God is good! Had a wonderful time at church tonight. Always enjoys being at church. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray.

12/4/12
Andrew had a good day at school. He was so ready to go that as soon as he got out of the car and into his wheelchair he took off. He loves being back at school. He has figured out a way to remember his lunch number which is pretty good. He kept repeating it on the way to school. He did some sewing with his left hand and practiced his writing. He was so tired after he got done that he went home and took a short nap. Back at Spain today. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray.

12/3/12
Great day at Temple Baptist Church yesterday. Great service. After church he was tired, he came in changed clothes and went to bed watching movies for the rest of the day. And of course eating too. Today he went to Spain. The Physical therapist said he did the best so far while walking on his walker. He also did some work on the parallel bars. In speech he did a mock activity where they gave him a map and he had to read it and find his way around. Also did an activity where he had to find four classes for school with a map/schedule. Went over his algebra work and he did great. In OT he did fine motor activities. Put rubber washers on different size poles with both arms, did the shoulder ladder with 4 lb weights on a bar and did arm exercises with weights on his left arm. Had a really good day. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him.

11/30/12
Andrew enjoyed being at school on Friday. He did his Algebra homework and did a great job. He also sorted cards and picked them up with his left hand. OT worked on selecting the correct materials to take to each academic class. ST was so proud because he remembered conversations and activities that they did on Tuesday. PT walked with him and he threw the football with them and named plays. He worked on balance and core strength by sitting up on the stability ball. Later he went to Cold Springs and visited with Penny's class. Went to the Cullman/Walker game and watched them beat Walker. He is so proud of them. Today went to Walmart and watched the Bama game and relaxed. He has had a very busy week. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him.

11/29/12
Went to Spain for locomotor training. You never realize how much there is to walking. The therapist was telling him how to use his arms, width of his steps, etc. Had him hold onto canes and the therapist had to move them back and forth while he was walking on the treadmill. It's truly amazing at the techniques they use to teach someone how to walk again. He did good. He was holding his body up better today. After therapy he had a dentist appointment to get his permanent crown from where he broke his tooth in the wreck. Hopefully that will help him. Went to Jadens practice and he was goofing off and making silly comments. Praise God for a good day. Thanks for all the prayers. He goes to school tomorrow and is excited. Please continue to pray for him.

11/28/12
In PT he did some mat work and activities on the parallel bars. Also did bicycle and walked on walker. He showed out in speech today. The homework he has been having is easy for him so they made it harder by doing Algebra with him. He got 10 out of 14 right and when they went back to the ones he missed they didn't have to help him much at all. He has Algebra homework. So amazed at how well he is doing. Praise God! In OT they re-measured his strength and he is stronger than he was. He also did a fine motor activity that at the beginning when he first started Spain, he was having trouble with. He did it well today. Worked on several fine motor activities and strength exercises for his left shoulder. Went to TSM tonight and listened to a great message. Thanks for all your prayers. Please continue to pray.

11/27/12
Huge step today. Had a great first day back at school. He really enjoyed being back. They trained some of the staff on transfers, he walked on walker in PT and they worked with him on going through the lunch line and remembering his number. He checked out a library book. He ate lunch with his buddies. They said he had a good day. Tonight we did his math homework and he did so good on it. Goes to Spain tomorrow. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray.

11/26/12
Very busy but good day. Had therapy at Spain. Walked on walker and did a lot of different activities using the parallel bars. Had him putting his left foot on box to balance and using his left hand to stack small cones. Also did side stepping and walking backwards. He was wore out. The speech therapist said they have done a lot of deductive reasoning activities and he is getting those really well. Moving on to more math problems. In OT he did several fine motor activities, placing rings on a tall rod, taking very small rods and placing them into small holes, and ball exercises. He is doing so well. Praise God! He starts his first day at school tomorrow doing therapy there. He will be going 3 hours a day. He is excited about seeing his buddies. Please continue to pray for him. Still doesn't feel well with his sinuses and allergies. Thanks for all the prayers.

11/25/12
Andrew hasn't felt good this weekend with sneezing and congestion etc. Been resting most of the weekend. Watched the Iron Bowl and took it easy Sat. Went to church today and hung out with friends. Starts a busy week this week. Please pray for him to get to feeling better and for a good week. Thanks for all your prayers.

11/21/12
Tuesday did therapy at home. Did homework and stood on standing frame and threw tennis balls about 20 feet. Also walked on the all terrain walker outside on the grass. Jakob spent the night and day with him. He enjoyed it. Today had therapy at Spain. They said they are amazed at how much he has improved since Monday. Praise God! In locomotor training he did the best he has done so far with holding his body up straight. Thinking skills are getting better. His throwing is much better as well. After therapy he went to football practice. Loves being around his friends. thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray.

11/20/12
Andrew had therapy at Spain yesterday and did well. Did locomotor training and is getting better at walking on the treadmill. Speech said he is getting a lot better with his thinking and she gave him a hard task to do and he did really well. She gave him worksheets on deductive reasoning for homework and said they were harder than last time. In OT he did an activity to help with his fine motor skills and he completed it the fastest he's ever done it so far. Threw balls into a bucket with both left and right arms. It's amazing how much he improves from day to day. God is good! Went to school for a little bit yesterday. Had a great time with family and friends last night. Becca, Alex, and Jakob also came to visit and when they walk in he just lights up. He loves being around all his friends. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him.

11/18/12
Great weekend. Went to Cullman game to watch his teammates win big. He is so proud of them. Saturday went to Jadens game then to watch the cheerleaders win State. He was so excited about going. Spent the evening with wonderful friends. Went to church this morning and enjoyed a great service. His walking is getting better and better daily. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray.

11/15/12
Andrew has been very tired today. Had locomotor training this morning and did good. His left foot brace started hurting him so had to get it fixed. After therapy came home and relaxed. Thanks for the prayers. Please continue to pray for him.

11/14/12
Today had therapy at Spain. In PT walked around the loop and did squats and side stepping on the parallel bars. In Speech worked on memory skills. In OT did fine motor activities and played a game with the therapist. Also threw the balls again. Went to football practice and then to church. Had a good day. Praise God!! Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him.

11/13/12
Tuesday did therapy at home. Did his homework (deductive reasoning), math word problems and regular math problems. Stood on standing frame and did a fine motor activity. Relaxed and watched movies.

11/12/12
Andrew had therapy at Spain. In Speech he did activities to help him with memorization. Had to look at pictures and names then try to remember who they were. He did okay on it. As we all know that is hard for most to do. He also did math problems and deductive reasoning. He did very well on those. In OT he did fine motor activities. Had him putting small plastic rods into holes on a board then putting the rings over the rods with both left and right arms. Next had him take balls and reach up to extend his arms then place in a container out in front of him. He threw balls with his left hand. He was pretending to be a left handed pitcher by doing the pitcher stance and waiting on signs. He is so goofy. Loves to goof off. The last thing he did was an activity where he had to stack checker pieces on top of each other and he did pretty good with it. It's amazing how he is improving everyday. God is good! Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for his recovery.

11/11/12
Andrew had a good weekend. On Saturday watched Jaden play basketball and then went to the Alabama game. He was so tired when he got home. On Sunday went to church and out to eat with friends and family. Walked on an outside walker made by his Papa Den this afternoon. Did his speech homework. Had to read a paragraph and make a schedule using what was given in the paragraph. Also did deductive reasoning worksheet. He did really well. Very impressive. Praise God. One of his buddies, Alex, is spending the night with him. He is so excited. Has rehab at Spain tomorrow. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray.

11/9/12
Thursday he had locomotor training at Spain. Said he did better than last time. After therapy he rested and watched movies. Did some puzzles and standing frame. Friday he hung out and helped his Papa Den in the shop. Relaxed and got on the standing frame. Went to the Cullman game to watch his teammates. Enjoyed spending time with his friends. Thanks for the prayers. Please continue to pray for his recovery.

11/7/12
Andrew had a very busy but good day. In ST he has met 6 out of 8 goals since Oct 18. Praise God! He did deductive reasoning, analogies, and thinking problems. Therapist was very happy at how well he is doing. In OT had him throwing with his left hand. Had some good throws. Was pretending to be a pitcher and doing the motions and signs. He was cracking us up. Also did a coordination activity. After therapy went to dentist for a crown and then went to football practice. After practice went to TSM worship and bonfire. Had a great time. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for his recovery.

11/6/12
Today went to Wal-mart. He was given certain items to remember throughout the store and did a good job remembering them. He is walking so much better this week. His balance is better and we are not having to support him as much while walking on the walker. Did his math homework from speech which was word problems. Watched movies this afternoon and relaxed. Has therapy at Spain tomorrow. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray.

11/3/12
Had a very busy day. Went to watch Sacred Heart 3rd grade girls play basketball then to Arab to watch Jaden and her team play soccer. Went to his cousin's (Jake) birthday party where roasted hot dogs and s'mores and went on a hayride. Enjoyed the day. Thanks for the prayers. Please continue to pray.

11/2/12
Thursday he had Locomotor Training at Spain. They put a harness on him and hooked him up to a treadmill. Had 4 therapists working with him as he was walking on the treadmill. They said he did really good. Today he went to CHS and ate lunch with his buddies and then hung out with them. After that he went to Good Hope with our youth Pastor Bro Kendrick and met the football team, coaches, and cheerleaders. He had a good time. Went to the Cullman football game. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him.

11/1/12
Yesterday Andrew had therapy at Spain. In PT did squats, mat work, bicycle, and some exercises on the parallel bars. During mat work got up on all fours. The therapist said it was the best he has done. He has improved since last week. Praise God! In Speech they are continuing to work on pronunciation and stressing syllables. He has homework to work on. Said he has met some of the goals. In OT did the shoulder ladder, coordination activity and took balls from a bucket with left hand and put in another bucket. Drew the defensive football positions for the therapist and explained what a free safety and string safety does. After therapy came home to rest then went to Trunk or Treat at Temple. He had a blast handing out bracelets. He was so excited all day about going. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for his recovery.

10/31/12
Did therapy at home; puzzles using left and right hand, handwriting, standing frame, arm bicycle, and leg bicycle, and walking on walker. Went to Cold Springs to visit and did math with Penny's class. Also played with play doh with the students. Had a great time. Has therapy at Spain today. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray.

10/29/12
Andrew had therapy at Spain. OT worked on coordination. Had him do what they call a rubber washer board. Had to put washers on plastic pipe. Adjusted his Dynasplint. In PT he walked around the loop, did the bicycle, worked on a machine that works his legs, and did exercises on step bench. In ST worked on pronunciation. He had the therapists laughing today by cutting up. After therapy went to school for a meeting and saw some friends. Thanks for the prayers. Please continue to pray.

10/28/12
Today he walked into church again using his walker. Enjoyed a great service. Went to eat with some dear friends then went home and got some rest.

10/27/12
Watched Jaden play soccer and their team win the championship. Proud of his sister and the team for doing so well. After that he went to Halloween carnival with his dad and Jaden. He was wore out from a full day. Went to bed early. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray.

10/26/12
Today he had therapy at Spain. Had Speech and they worked on stressing syllables in his words and also took a specific test for patients with brain injuries. They will give him another test later. In PT he did leg work on the bicycle, mat work (left leg work) and remeasured his left foot and the angle is better. Praise God! He walked on the walker almost a full lap. Got on the parallel bars and worked on standing and had him raising each leg for balance, etc. Went to the ball game to watch his team.

Went to dentist yesterday morning to get a tooth fixed then to eat with Jaden at East. Had a good time with her. He walked on his walker from the car, up the ramp, and into the house for the first time. Did very well. Did his math homework yesterday and he did pretty good. Went to Jaden's soccer game and spent time with friends. Has therapy today at Spain. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him.

10/25/12
Spent about 5 hours at the Urinary doctor yesterday. Had to go for a checkup to see if UTI was clear. Did a cat scan and did not show kidney stones. Praise God. He does still have some infection. Put him on 20 days of antibiotics. Doing another culture. As we were leaving, had him find the way out of the building. He did really well. After he got home he walked a little in the house on his walker. Went to TSM last night and had a great time. He always enjoys being with the teens at church. Has a dentist appointment today. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him.

10/24/12
Andrew he had therapy at Spain today. In PT did mat work by getting on all fours and some core work. Also did standing using the parallel bars. In ST worked on sorting and math word problems. Also finished the cognitive evaluation. Has math homework to help work on skills and attention span. In OT did a coordination activity by putting round pegs from one board to another then did the shoulder ladder. Also did an activity with his left hand/arm where he put different size balls in a bucket. Also got him on all fours and had him do various weight bearing exercises, etc. Has therapy again on Friday at Spain. After got home walked him about 104 feet on the walker. Had the Foreign Language Honor Society program tonight at school. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him.

10/22/12
Andrew had a great day. He wanted to walk into church today using his walker. He did not want to use his chair. He did good walking in. Went to eat with some friends after church then went to Sportsman Lake. Enjoyed the day with family and friends. Watched a movie this afternoon and just relaxed. Thanks for the prayers. Please continue to pray for him.

10/20/12
Andrew had therapy at home. Got on the standing frame. Did squats. Also walked on the walker. He went to Cold Springs school and visited with them. He had a good time. Went to the ball game to watch his teammates play a great game. He is becoming more and more independent with certain things. Thanks for the prayers. Please continue to pray for him.

10/17/12
Andrew bathed and dressed himself today. He walked up and down the hallway at home many times. Each time gets better and better. Went to football practice and then to eat with the team at Pasquale's. Went to Temple tonight and had a wonderful time. He kept asking all day when we were leaving for church. He loves being with his friends. Has a big day tomorrow. Starts Spain Rehab in B'ham. Please pray for a restful night. Thanks for all the prayers.

10/16/12
Andrew had a dentist appointment this morning and did very well. He has been using his walker most of the day. He has walked down the hallway several times today to get to where is he going around the house. He has improved on his walking since we have been home. He relaxed this evening while watching a movie. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for his recovery.

10/15/12
Andrew had a good day yesterday. Had PT evaluation at school and then ate lunch in the cafeteria with his buddies. He enjoyed being back at school socializing. Instead of using his wheelchair all the time, he is using his walker to get around the house some. He walked down the hallway to the table for supper last night and did well. He is so happy to be home. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for his recovery. He will start Spain Rehab on Thursday.

10/14/12
Andrew update for the weekend: very busy but fun weekend. On Friday, he had his graduation from Pathways. Had therapy till 2:30. He walked out on the walker and then headed home. His therapy team cheered him on as he walked out. Went to the game where he and his buddy Wesley escorted Amanda for Homecoming. Had a great time with his friends at the game and the dance. On Saturday, watched Jaden play soccer and later went to the Cyclone/Bearcats game. He rested the rest of the evening. He is so excited about being home. Thank you all for the prayers through this. God has truly blessed him. Please continue to pray.

10/11/12
Coming home tomorrow. So excited! Sad about leaving the therapists here but excited about coming home. He has been working on his handwriting and it is getting better. Today he signed his first name in cursive and did good. His speech is getting better. Still has problems with memory and attention span. Watched him walk on the walker today with the therapist and it is amazing how much he has improved. God is so good! Please pray for safe travels tomorrow. Thanks for all the prayers.

10/10/12
Very busy day but good. He had swim therapy this morning and loved it. He did so much better walking down the stairs into the pool. Got his Baclofen pump refilled then had cognitive group after lunch. Had a cookout tonight and have been relaxing this evening. Only 2 days left until we are home or good. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray.

10/9/12
Andrew had PT this morning and worked hard. He walked on the walker and got on the cycle to work arms and legs. Went on an outing this afternoon to the Arcade. He played Skii ball, air hockey, and several other games. They got different colored popcorn afterward. He had a good time. After therapy walked the whole hall of the 2nd floor of the hotel again and did better than yesterday. At this point we know that he has a lot of therapy to go which he will do at Spain Rehab in B'ham. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray.

10/8/12
Andrew had a very busy day. Had PT first this morning and worked very hard. At lunch he was very tired from walking on the walker. Working really hard in OT and ST as well. This evening after therapy, walked him on the walker in the hall from one side to the other. He walked the whole length of the hall. We will find out the results on the Neuropsych testing tomorrow. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray.

10/7/12
Andrew update for Friday & Saturday: Friday they went on an outing to Steak n Shake. In the afternoon they had a client appreciation where they had a band and pizza. In PT he walked two times around the hall. On Saturday did core exercises and relaxed most of the day. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray.

10/5/12
8 more days till we come home for good. Today in therapy he walked around the hall two times and did really good. In OT found out his left shoulder is out just a little but can be fixed with therapy. She gave us some exercises to work on to help it. He gets agitated real easy so the therapist gave him some things to work on. He is still working really hard in all the therapy. Played Sorry and Qwirkle after therapy. Please continue to pray. Thanks for all the prayers.

10/4/12
Andrew had a very busy day. Went swimming. Did a lot of therapy exercises in the pool. After lunch he had cognition group. Played Sorry after therapy and went to the mall. He is tired after a full day. Please continue to pray for him. Thanks for all the prayers.

10/3/12
Andrew had Neuropsych testing this morning. He is done with that. Should get results soon. Did therapy in the fitness room at the hotel. Ate Chinese and went to the movies. He is going swimming tomorrow for therapy. Please continue to pray for him. Thanks for all the prayers.

10/2/12
Andrew had a busy day at therapy. He had TR, OT, ST, and Basics group today. He is doing better in therapy. He has his last day of Neurophysh testing in the morning. Please pray for him. Thanks for all the prayers.

10/1/12
Andrew had a good weekend. Relaxed most of the weekend. Walked on the walker both days. Sat did some core work and balance exercises. Also did stretchy bands with his left arm. Played board games. He went to the Falcons game. Has a very busy week. Please continue to pray. Thanks for all the prayers.

9/30/12
Andrew update for Friday: Had Neurophysh testing from 9-12. The dr said he participated very well. Has one more testing day then we should know results. We had to move from the apartment and into a hotel due to our time being up. Walked in the walker in the hallway of the hotel. Rested most of the day. Cooked out with another patient and his family. The new address for mail is Shepherd Pathways 1942 Clairmont Road, Decatur,GA 20033. Thanks for he prayers. Please continue to pray.

9/28/12
Very tiring day in therapy but good. In PT worked on core strengthening. Had him do several exercises where he would stand without holding on to anything and had him doing squats. He got his new splint for his left leg today. In OT had him work on taking his shirt on and off, had him do activities to use his left arm/hand. Said he is getting better and improving with control of his ataxia. Its still there but is getting better. He doesn't remember what he did with the other therapists. He has more Neurophysh testing in the morning from 9-12. Please continue to pray for him. Thanks for all the prayers.

9/27/12
He had PT first thing this morning and was exhausted afterwards. They had several therapists working with him on the walker, treadmill, and other walking devices. They are pushing him hard. They took a group bowling today. He bowled for a little bit then did his normal trash talking. He has been very tired this week. Please continue to pray for him. Thanks for all the prayers. 16 more days till we come home for good.

9/25/12
Andrew had Neurophysh testing this morning. He has 2 more days of it which is spread out over the next week. This testing is to see how he is cognitively and academically. It tests his thinking skills, etc. We will know results sometime next week. That was all the therapy he had at Pathways today. He was very tired when he got done. We walked him on the walker down the hall 160 feet at the apartment. Tomorrow is a full day back in therapy. Please continue to pray. Thanks for all the prayers.

9/24/12
The therapists took him to the park yesterday and did thinking activities, etc. Today he has Neurophysh testing from 9-12. This testing is pretty intense. Please pray he will do well. Thanks for all the prayers.

9/23/12
Andrew has had a wonderful weekend. Had a safe trip home on Friday. Went to game and really enjoyed watching them play. He said he is so proud of them. Played an awesome game. On Saturday he watched Jaden play soccer. She scored 4 goals and played an awesome game along with her team. He rested until the party. Had a blast at their party. Sang karaoke and danced with his buds. Had a great time with Friends and Family. Thanks to everyone for a great night for the guys. Going back to Atlanta today. Please pray for safe travel. Thanks for all the prayers.

9/21/12
Andrew had an eye appointment with a specialist today. Took 3 hours. He has double vision and when he reads he closes his right eye. After the exam today Dr said he has problems with focusing and converging. He has to wear bi-focal contacts/glasses. The therapist there gave him some exercises to work on to help improve his vision. After we left there he was able to go for an hour of therapy at Pathways. He said they played a "dressing" game to help dress himself. Before and after therapy we walked him on the walker; 104 ft in the morning and 120 ft in the afternoon. He did so good. Please pray for safe travel tomorrow. Coming home for the weekend. Please continue to pray for him and Shepherd patients. Thanks for all the prayers.

9/20/12
In therapy today was giving skills of the great communicator. 10 different points to be a good communicator. He is improving on feeding himself. His counselor said his intelligence is good. Still has problems with short term memory. In cog/com group they had to tell their name, where they are from, and a fun fact. In TR played Quirkle. Walked on the walker in PT. Said that was the best he has done so far. He has an eye appointment in the morning to see what's going on with his vision. Please pray for good results and for him and his buddies at Shepherd. Thanks for all the prayers.

9/19/12
Andrew had a good day. Some of the Atlanta Falcons came to see the patients at Shepherd Pathways today. They got autographs. In Speech did language testing and naming in a category. In OT shook hands with Falcon players with his left hand and asking for autographs. In PT walked on the walker. He wanted to grill out this evening so we did. Practiced walking on the walker before and after therapy as well. Getting better at it. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray.

9/18/12
Andrew had a good weekend. On Friday we know that he worked on walking on the walker. He participates well in daily cog group. He is doing better in all therapy. Played Xbox and the game Sorry. On Saturday he ate a big breakfast, took a nap, played Sorry and Xbox. Meet with his case manager and received an update. ST: he completed visual attention tasks with 90% accuracy, named 8 items in a concrete category with an average of 5 reps, he is recalling his therapists names, knows his way to speech therapy treatment room, still needs help with short term memory, problem solving and safety. PT: he has met 3 out of 4 short term goals. One being able to ambulated 200 ft x 2 on weighted walker. Looking at getting another kind of bracing for his feet/legs. Improving on standing and core coordination on the harness system. Still working hard on walking. TR: participated in treatment goals such as sport skills development, socialization, and initiation where he met 3/3 short term goals. Has been learning bocce and fishing. Today worked on walking and had family training. Thanks for the prayers. Please continue to pray.

9/14/12
Andrew had a great Birthday yesterday! He loves all the cards etc that was sent to him. He says thank you for them and all the birthday wishes. This morning he had another assistive technology training. He did so much better today. In therapy he worked on catching soft objects. Doing so much better at throwing and catching. We were told to only use soft objects. The main concern for him is safety in all areas. Walked on the walker and did so much better. His steps have improved in the last few days. Celebrated his birthday at lunch with the therapists and other patients and took him to Japanese restaurant after therapy. It has been a blessed day. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray.

9/13/12
Andrew had a good day. In OT worked on using left arm only to put on his hat. Talked about the need to stretch his left arm. Did visual research: lockers, organizing books and reaching. Visual activity: searching states/capitals. Having some blurry vision and when he reads he closes his right eye. His speech is getting better and clearer. Had PT last today and when he was done he was drenched with sweat. He worked really hard on walking today. He was excited about cooking out this evening. He got to eat steak. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him.

9/12/12
In TR today Andrew played Scrabble. Walked on walker in PT and at the apartment. Getting better at walking. Stood on the standing frame and played corn hole. He still has trouble with his short term memory but some things he is starting to remember after lots of repetition. Thanks for the prayers. Please continue to pray.

9/11/12
In TR today they played Bocce. He walked on the weighted walker again and it is getting better. Walked about 50-60 feet. His speech is getting clearer and his voice tone is getting better. Had Basics group where they work on standing, transferring, stretching and exercises. Please continue to pray. Thanks for all
the prayers.

9/8/12
So glad it's Friday. He had a good week. Today he got to walk on the weighted walker. He did pretty good. Definitely can tell he is getting better at walking. Didn't have to put weights on his right foot. Praise God! Amazing how much he has improved since we saw him walk last time. In other therapy he did categories; trying to name as many items in a category as possible in one minute. Did reading comprehension and picture association on the computer (reading short story and answering questions with picture cues). Also explained functional use of common items. Ready for a relaxing weekend. Thanks for the prayers. Please keep praying.

9/7/12
Have 5 weeks left before he comes home for good. Still has a discharge date of Oct 12. Today they worked with him on getting water with a cup from the water fountain. He still needs some work here. Was a little wet after therapy. Knowing him he probably got wet on purpose. Also worked on transfers. In TR he is learning how to play Bocce. Tomorrow PT will walk him on the weighted down walker. He is so ready. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray.

9/6/12
He had a very busy day but a very good one. Had an assistive technology apt to see what he might need when he gets back in school. Some of the technology they have now days is amazing. He walked on walker again in PT. In OT worked with him on reaching PB&J items out of the cabinets and setting up items to make. Tried spreading it on bread but was little hard. Worked on writing his name in blocks and did well when he wrote slow and controlled. Got invited to go see the Braves/Rockies game with Jimmy Dale and had a blast (thanks Jimmy Dale). Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray.

9/4/12
Good day back at therapy. Worked really hard today. He was wore out at the end of his therapy. Speech worked with him on visual memory, matching words to other pictures, reading short paragraphs, and answering questions with 90% accuracy. Played Bocce in TR. PT had him walk on the ARJO walker without a sitting rest. Walked over 160 feet. Praise God! Also had him on a ball reaching for things to work on his balance. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray.

8/30/12
He had a good day. ST: worked on visual memory by matching words to pictures and got on stomach and worked on using hands for learning simple card game. OT: did simple money exchange by remembering amounts told (memory) and stabilization of arm for reaching to help with the ataxia. He is very excited about coming home this weekend and going to the football game. He has been watching the Cullman/Walker game from last year again. Please pray for a safe travel tomorrow and for a restful night. Also please pray for Shepherd patients and Jeremy. Thanks for all the prayers.

8/29/12
He had a good time swimming today. The therapists had him lay back and float on pool noodles, walked him in the pool with and without a special float, and had him sit on shallow part of the pool and do crunches. He also got to put his head under the water a little bit today. After swimming he had OT. Did reaching activities and handwriting. He is very tired this evening. Please pray for a good nights rest. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him, Shepherd patients and Jeremy.

8/28/12
While eating breakfast this morning, Andrew said that he will pass this challenge because he has God in his heart. He has so much faith and it's awesome. He had a good day. Worked on cognition activities today for his memory and attention. Had counseling and music group. He loves to go to music. Evidently he listens to Usher because that's what he talks about afterwards. PT recasted his left foot to make new bi-valves. Thankfully he doesn't have to wear it overnight. He is going swimming tomorrow for therapy and he is excited. Thanks for the prayers. Please continue to pray.

8/27/12
In PT today he walked on a regular walker that was weighted down and with his right foot weighted again. He did better today than he did on Friday. He is improving day to day. OT wants him to start doing more with chores and helping out like putting clothes up, making sandwich, etc. Going to do another vision test on him to find out if it has anything to do with the injury. ST is working on attention and memory techniques. His short term memory is about 3-5 minutes. Doing different things to get it better. TR said he cannot do any contact sports for at least a year or longer from the day of the accident. No rough housing or going fast in his chair. His brain in still healing. She is working with him on finding safe activities and games that he can do. He stood on the standing frame twice today. He watched the Cullman/Walker game from last year. He is getting pumped up for the game this week. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him, Shepherd patients and Jeremy.

8/24/12
Very productive day in therapy. PT walked him on the ARJO walker first then walked him on a regular walker with weights on it to make it heavier. They also put weights on his ankles. OT took him on an outing to Target. They had him identifying items; food, clothing, and deodorant. He did very good. The therapist was talking about his good personality and his smile. Said he is progressing well. After therapy we took him to Wal-mart and to Subway. Thanks for the prayers. Please continue to pray for him, Shepherd patients and Jeremy.

8/23/12
Good day in therapy. OT had him do Therabands to help him with his ataxia. Tried different exercises. He did good with them. PT checked his bi-valves due to them not fitting. He doesn't have to wear his right one but is making a new one for the left. Also worked on walking. TR said they had a good session too. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him, other patients and Jeremy.

8/22/12
He had a great time swimming. He practically had a smile on his face the whole time. They worked with him on walking and standing and balance in the pool. He was wore out afterwards. He had IADL after lunch and helped him be more independent in the kitchen. Got done early today since started earlier. Took him to the mall. He is very tired this evening. Thanks for the prayers. Please continue to pray for him, Shepherd patients and Jeremy.

8/21/12
Had a good day. Still having trouble with short term memory. Asks the same questions over and over. In ST yesterday did co-treat with OT for handwriting - wrote while laying on stomach and putting weight through arms and shoulders. Today worked on naming at least 10 items in a category (clothes, jewelry, food, colors). And made a list to help decrease repeated responses. PT worked with him on walking. He had music group today and he said he listened to Usher. Tomorrow he is going swimming and he is excited. Thanks for the prayers. Please continue to pray for him and Shepherd patients and Jeremy Hayes. Also please pray for Jaden.

8/20/12
Went on an outing to eat. He said they had a good time. He can't remember where they went to eat. Met with case manager today and she gave me an update on what the therapists are working with him on. OT is working on ways to make daily activities easier and decrease ataxia as much as possible. Worked with him on making his own sandwiches. Using both left and right to do things. ST is working with him on orienting to a large keyboard and concrete expressive language such as naming 10 items in a category. PT is mainly working with him on walking. Used estim and have also harnessed him up and walked on a treadmill. Working on lower extremities and core and coordination. This will also help with his walking. TR: has been playing dominos (muffins) and UNO. In daily cog group he is very attentive and participates well. Counseling is working with him on reducing his frustration. All in all he is doing good. He has come a long way. Still has a long way to go but he is very determined. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him, Shepherd patients, and a young man named Jeremy Hayes. He had a accident in March and has a brain injury.

8/17/12
He is glad it is Friday. He has worked so hard all week. Today we got to watch PT put the estim in his legs/feet. He did better today. It's amazing how he has improved since the last time they did it. They first walked him on the walker then with two therapist, one on each side of him. In daily cog group today he selected to work on remembering the day of the week. He has homework this weekend to work on this. His discharge date from Pathways is October 12. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him and others.

8/16/12
He had another good day. In the daily cog group they played a game of hangman and worked on memory. He had therapeutic recreation today and they played games. OT had him propped up on his arms and had him scoot back and forth. Worked on activities to help him be more independent. After therapy took the kids to the Fountain of Rings. Andrew got his hands wet then put his feet in the water. And Jaden got in from head to toe. They had a blast. Tomorrow they are putting the estim on his legs and walking him. So excited to see how he does. Thanks for the prayers. Please continue to pray for him and Shepherd patients.

8/15/12
Worked on memory again today. Had a new group today called IADL which was in the kitchen. They are working with them on being more independent. ST worked with him on voice- getting pitch up higher. Sang an Usher song. Worked on recalling words. Typed on a keyboard with a key guard and worked on visual attention. PT worked with him on walking. Thanks for the prayers. Please continue to pray for him and Shepherd patients.

8/14/12
He had a good day. Worked on memory skills in Daily Cog group. ST had him putting pictures in order and saying a sentence for each one. Divided attention: flipped cards face down and up while laying on his stomach and putting weight through his arms. Found out today that he will be at Pathways for 10 weeks. He is doing good at standing. He keeps asking us when he will be able to walk again. He wants to walk so bad. We took him and Jaden to a movie after therapy. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him and Shepherd patients.

8/13/12
Sunday was a relaxing day. Went to church and just hung out. Stood him up. He held onto a chair and practically stood by hisself. Got on each side of him and walked him in the apartment from kitchen to bedroom. Today they refilled his baclofen pump. Had PT basics today. In this group they work on mat mobility, standing, and transfer activities. Also had Daily Cognition group. This group emphasizes daily functional orientation via use of memory aids. After group PT he was very tired. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him and patients at Shepherd.

8/10/12
He had a good week. Ready for the weekend. He had Cog/communication group today. In this group they work on range of thinking and communication skills; attention, memory, thinking, planning, problem solving, and organization. Also speaking, listening, reading, writing. He went on an outing. They went bowling and he won. Thanks for the prayers. Please continue to pray for him and Shepherd patients.

8/9/12
His speech is better today than it was yesterday. The things he says are like they were before the accident. ST had him type on a special board. Didn't get to talk to PT and OT to see what he did with them. They didn't write it in his log. He went to Upper extremity group where they work on improving range of motion and strengthening trunk and arms. Do arm and trunk exercises. He is very tired when he gets out of therapy. He is eating good. He has tremors during the day and night. Please continue to pray for the ataxia to get better and complete recovery. Thanks for all the prayers.

8/8/12
He had another good day at Pathways. He walked 75 ft two times. Did vision testing. Has something going on with his left eye. Going to retest him. His speech is getting better. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him and his Shepherd buddies.

8/7/12
Good day at Pathways. TR: played a game called Blink. Good for coordination and processing. ST: started memory testing, worked on voice and sorted cards for visual attention. OT: coordination testing, arm assessments and worked on handwriting. PT: testing on range, strength, coordination and worked on walking. He is tired from a busy day. Thanks for all he prayers. Please continue to pray for him and patients.

8/6/12
His first day at Pathways went well. Mainly went over how the program works and each therapist did an evaluation. He will have a very busy schedule daily. As of right now he could be there 6 to 10 weeks. Could be longer. Will know more in a couple of weeks. We do not get to stay with him during therapy. He seems excited about going. Took him to Outback after Pathways for a celebration. He has been asking to go there for several weeks. Please continue to pray for him and the patients at Shepherd.

8/5/12
After waking up at 4 am he actually went back to bed and slept till 8:15. Went to church at Shepherd Center. Had a relaxing day. Spent time with friends and family. Please pray he does well on his first day at Pathways tomorrow. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him, Tanner, John, Cole, Jacob, Kara and the other patients.

8/4/12
He now weighs 186. Up 12 lbs from last week. Has gained a total of 55 since May 1. Got him moved into the apartment. Took him to eat at Burger King. That's where he wanted to go. Hung out and enjoyed the day. He is excited about starting Pathways on Monday. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him, Tanner, Cole, John, Kara, Jacob, and the other patients.

8/3/12
He had his graduation at breakfast this morning. He got a certificate and a t-shirt that says "I survived Boot Camp". He thought he was gonna get to leave after that. We told him he had a busy day of therapy. In PT they did estim on him again to help his ataxia. He walked with the walker first with estim then two therapist walked him without it. He did so good. OT did the Dyna vision again. ST worked on thinking skills. He leaves Shepherd Center tomorrow but gets to stay with us at the apartment. He is so excited. He starts Shepherd Pathways on Monday. Thanks for the prayers. Please continue to pray for him, Tanner, John, Cole, Jacob, Kara and the other patients.

8/2/12
In PT today they put him on this machine called the Wave. It helps with balance etc. She said he did really good on it. He liked it too. In OT he did a machine that helps with his coordination and ataxia. ST: he had cognitive group and worked on thinking skills. He got his new chair today and he goes really fast in it. Has another busy day tomorrow for his last day of therapy at Shepherd Center. Please continue to pray for him, Tanner, Kara, Jacob, John, and Cole.

8/1/12
He had seating clinic today to order his new wheelchair. He said he wasn't going to need it long because he was going to be walking. TR held the Olympics for his floor today. They competed in 4 different team events. They had a good time. Did some family training to work on standing with him. He is doing so much better. He threw the football while standing. He loved it. He will be discharged this Sat and will start Shepherd Pathways on Monday. He is now a Rancho 6/7. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him and the Shepherd patients.

7/25/12
Andrew update: He slept good last night. Praise God. Slept all night. In ST he played Memory with another patient and did good. OT had his left arm strapped to a machine that has a video game. He used his left arm good today. PT worked on standing and walking. He had TR group. They have been talking to them about what each therapy is and does. In Neuro psych they get together and talk about what happened, how they feel, etc. He was so tired that he took a nap before supper. He doesn't usually take naps. Please continue to pray for his Ataxia. He wants to walk by his self so bad. He has the determination. He is working so hard. Found out that he will be at Shepherd till Aug 7 and then go to Shepherd Pathways on Aug 8. We are so excited. Thanks for the prayers. Please continue to pray for him and all the patients at Shepherd.

7/24/12
Andrew update: Had a very busy day. Worked on standing and transferring. PT took his casts off and made bi-valves. Also got him on parallel bars and walked him. Speech is getting better. Giving him sleep med tonight because he isn't sleeping like he should. Hopefully it will help. Thanks for the prayers. Please continue to pray for him and Tanner. There is also a young lady from Vinemont who is at Shepherd. Her name is Kara. Please pray for her too.

7/23/12
Andrew's voice is getting stronger and he is doing better at carrying on conversations. Today he had TR group. They worked out with weights. OT had him playing video games. ST is working with him on thinking skills and had him playing a card game. We are not getting to go into therapy with him so when you ask him what he did in speech he says "spoke". Lol. Such a comedian. He is now wearing his contacts again. PT put new casts on his feet. Nick Malloy, which is a patient here at the pathways program, put on a concert for Shepherd this evening. Had a good day. Thanks for the prayers. Please continue to pray for him and the other patients here.

7/22/12
Andrew had a good day. Went outside and to rec room. Played a little ping pong. He was tired from therapy last week. Keeps saying he wants to come home but we remind him every time that he has to stay so he can get better and play ball again. Took him to church at Shepherd Center. He has been getting up early. Please pray he gets rest tonight. He also has "ataxia" which is lack of voluntary coordination of muscle movement. His right arm/hand shakes. Cerebellum is injured. They are working on certain things to help with this. Thanks for the prayers. Please continue to pray for him and Tanner.

7/21/12
Andrew had good day today. Eating 100% then some. He is always hungry. He has gained total of 35 lbs. Now weighs 166.5. Had OT today. Worked on standing, got him on all fours. He did much better. Also had him push and pull with his arms. Has great arm strength. Worked very hard today in therapy. Went to gym and outside. Rested most of the day. Thanks for the prayers. Please continue to pray for him.

7/20/12
Andrew got a different wheelchair yesterday. No head rest. Today he had group during Therapeutic Recreation. They played bowling on the Wii. OT: checked his eyes and they are good. Still needs his contacts but the peripheral vision and other is good. ST: took him to apothecary downstairs and had him do some thinking skills. Had him navigate his way back to his room. Did good knowing where to go. When got to his floor had to read which way to go to get to his room. PT: worked on transfers with him doing most of the work. Doing so much better on this. Put him in a harness and used a special walker to walk him. Walked back and forth in the therapy gym 2 times. Busy but productive day. He is wore out. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him and Jaden. Please also pray for a 15 yo guy name Tanner. Was in car accident April 26. Similar to how Andrew was when at Shepherd the first time.

7/12/2012

Andrew update: Started out a little sluggish today but got better. During PT helped him walk from living to kitchen two times. Getting better with left foot. Did crunches, arm pulleys, stretch bands, threw balls, and pushed/pulled his chair. He has been wanting to go back to Temple since Sunday so took him to Temple teens tonight and he was happy as can be. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him

7/10/2012

Andrew update: Had all 3 therapies today. PT walked him from living room to kitchen two times. He also did 20 squats using the bar on the wall. OT worked with his left arm. ST worked with him on swallowing and sequence cards getting him to say complete sentences using the words/pictures. Went swimming again this evening. Loves being in the pool. Also worked with him on upper body. As of right now he will go back to Shepherd July 17th. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him.

6/28/2012

Andrew had a good day. Walked him again with help. Getting better at moving both legs. He used stretch bands to stretch his left arm and leg. Pushed and pulled his wheelchair. He did puzzles that included shapes, numbers, and colors. Also had him spell words with scramble pieces. Opened his fingers on his left hand. This evening Jakob, Bree, and Maison gave him game scenarios and had him pitching. Thanks for the prayers. Please continue to pray for him.

6/26/2012

Andrew did great during the video conference. He really showed out. He was talking directly to them and did everything that was asked. The therapists at Shepherd sat in on the conference and was amazed at how far he has come. Thank God for answered prayers. Today in therapy, speech did high level questions and sequence cards with him. She also did voice exercises. Now working with him on appropriate actions and responses and on his attention span. He is hoarse from talking all day. PT did leg exercises. Lifting both legs and pushing in with both knees. His left leg is moving better today. He counted his reps to 20 on an exercise. Helped him walk forward and backward in the living room. He is taking better steps with both feet. Played UNO with friends and he understood how to play. So amazing. Thank u for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him. God bless!!

Video Conference update: WHOO HOO! Andrew is a Rancho 5. He will be going back to Shepherd. PRAISE GOD!! They have to get with Dr. Bilsky and he has to write an order then check with insurance then see if a bed is open. Could take a week or so. Thank u for all the prayers. Please continue to pray.

6/25/2012

What an AMAZING day! GOD IS SO GOOD!! Andrew started talking today. He started saying uh huh then started working with him on saying mom and I love you and then would ask him to say other words and he did. Anything you ask him to say he does. He has talked all evening. He is also moving his right arm and leg more. Worked on pushing and pulling his wheelchair with his left leg. He also blew bubbles and a party blower today. What an amazing God we serve!!! Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him. The video conference is in the morning at 10.

6/22/2012

Andrew had a very good day,did the Activcycle and standing frame and push and pull chair. He drank water from cup rim during speech therapy, she also did Vital Stem again, he did really good swallowing He pushed and pulled his left arm, in and out. Praise God! Me, Jaden and Andrew went outside and worked with Jaden on her hitting and pitching. He was very focused on her and would mouth and shake his head when Jaden would pop one up or make a bad pitch when we started pitching. He is getting better everyday, we have taken him to the backyard multiple times to watch Jaden practice but this evening was very different, he was more aware of what Jaden was doing wrong and mouthing the whole time. Thanks for all the Prayers and Support. Praise God!

6/21/2012

Yesterday and today we stood him up and braced him under the arms and helped him walk forward and backward. It took three people to do it but he did so good moving his right foot. He spit toothpaste out in a pan which is something we have been working on. Did the arm pulleys, standing frame, threw the ball (of course). He shot basketball with a little goal and ball and rung it one time. He raised his left leg again several times today and his left foot. Played Connect 4 with Jaden. Speech did vital stim and he is swallowing faster and better. Gonna possible do another swallow test and see how he is doing with thin liquids and to go farther down to look at his vocal cords to see if paralysis. If so they can do a Botox shot. Not sure when they might so this. He connected and mouthed answers like peanut butter & .....(jelly), salt & ..., etc. He did so good on it. The next video conference is June 26th @ 10. Thanks for the prayers. Please continue to pray for him.

Another good day. During PT today, he raised his left leg many times and also pushed down with his left foot. Moved thighs inward and outward. Praise God! He also took the block shapes and put them in the correct hole in the bucket. He read and mouthed words from flash cards, did some addition and subtraction facts, and color and shape puzzles. Laid M&M's and Reeses pieces on the table and told him to pick up a certain color and he could eat it and he did. Followed commands great. Being a jokester again. Thanks for the prayers. Please continue to pray for him. Andrew, Jaden, Cassie, Trey, Bree and Bo went to Beunivista nd had an absolute blast. Andrew was the 1st to start eating and the last to finish of course, half the time he was acting goofy, messing with everybody at the table. He really did good to be 1st time since accident to a restaurant. He seemed to really enjoy it. We left and went to Dairy Queen, Andrew wanted a Blizzard so we all got one. He was the 1st to finish his of course. What an amazing afternoon! Praise God and thanks for all the Prayers and Support.

6/19/2012

Andrew had a busy but good day. He has been cutting up with everyone all day. He and Jakob were messing with each other. Has been cracking us up. Took him to ASPT to watch and see the guys workout. He seemed to enjoy it. Said he couldn't wait to get back out there. Also went to CHS to his classes, football locker room, weight room, gym, and baseball field. Took him on the baseball field to shortstop and he threw the ball with Hadley. When got back home Jaden had some M&M's and he mouthed M&M because he wanted some. Did shape puzzle, flash cards, and identifying objects very good today. Doing so good at commands. Also pushed and pulled his wheelchair. Praise God for a good day. Please continue to pray for him.

6/18/2012

Andrew used his left leg some today while doing the Activcycle. He pushed and pulled his chair. He didn't want to eat a lot at lunch today so asked him if anything was hurting. He pointed to his head. It is so good that he can tell us what is wrong. While he was resting this afternoon he kept pointing up so asked if he wanted to go upstairs to his bedroom and he said yes. Carried him up the stairs and laid him on his bed. He stayed up there for 4 hours. He was cutting up and laughing. He didn't want to come down but finally he did. He ate a good supper. Thanks for the prayers. Please continue to pray for him.

6/17/2012

Andrew had a great day. He is mouthing more words today. Just about any word you tell him to say he will mouth it. When you tell him you love him, he mouths it back. During supper he smiled and laughed at a story Craig was telling. After that he was pushing his chair backward into the living room and we started laughing, Andrew then started laughing with sound. Since then he has been cutting up and laughing. Praise God! He pulled his cath off and Bree said to him, you snuck that one in didn't you, and he smiled big and shook his head yes. His personality is coming back. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him.

6/16/2012

Another great day! Praise God!! Speech came today and had him doing problem solving activities. She wrote 3 words, 2 belong together and the other one didn't. She asked him which one doesn't belong and he pointed to the correct answer. She also wrote the word apple and asked him to say it and he mouthed it. Did the same with mama, ball and Andrew. She asked him if it made him mad because he couldn't get his voice to come out and he said yes. He also answered emotion questions. He threw the ball again today. While watching the news from last week on the story of him, the Marines and the football team he started crying. It broke our hearts. We explained to him that they are dedicating the season to him because they love him. Showing emotion like that is good but to us is heartbreaking. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him.

6/15/2012

WOW! Praise God for another incredible day!! He has emerged. He is answering yes/no questions consistently by shaking his head yes or no. He followed commands today at least 95% of the time. Anything we have asked him to do he has done. While in shower today he wiped his face, dried chin, nose, ear etc. Also helped put shirt on and brush his teeth and hair. He has been smiling when we ask him. So awesome! Does thumbs up & down, I love you in sign language, loser sign, and peace sign. He will point to his eye, heart, and you for I love you. Grandma asked him where mom was and he looked over and pointed at her. He teared up and had a worried look on his face when grandma and mom started crying tears of joy. Gives hugs too. Knows who his coaches and teachers are and what grade he is in. Also got yearbook out and asked him where Dr. Bouldin is and he pointed then asked him where Kim Hall is and he pointed to her name. He identified pictures. ST asked him emotion and "wh" questions and he answered them. She also wrote Reese Cup and Twix on board and asked him to point to his favorite snack and he pointed to Reese Cup. While in the standing frame he threw two baskets of balls and threw at others times today both with baseball and football. Asked him if he knows was in a wreck and he shook head yes. Asked questions about if he remembers wreck and he doesn't. To save the best for last....asked him where Jesus is and he pointed up to sky then asked him if he loves Jesus and he pointed to his heart. Asked him if he prays to Jesus and he shook his head yes. God is so good!! We are so proud of Andrew and what God is doing with him. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him.

6/14/2012

Another amazing day!! Praise God!! Gave him a shower in the tub today and it was interesting. He did good. He brushed his hair and teeth today. He ate 2 whole cheeseburgers. He held onto them, brought to mouth, took a bite, then handed it back. He also is holding his cup when he drinks. Picked out his name from two names. Answered yes/no questions using flash cards. Did good at identifying objects. Put his hat on his head then took it off and put it on Jadens head then took it off and put it on his head all on command. Played catch with Jakob a lot. Jakob put Andrews glove on his hand, put the ball in the glove, told Andrew to get the ball out then throw it. He also gave him the ball and told him to put it in his glove and he did. Gave hi-5'a and taters too. Wow what a day. God is so good!! Thanks for the prayers. Please keep praying for him.

6/13/2012

Amazing day!! He fed himself at every meal today and snacks. He got mad at Jaden and mouthed real big "stop" two times. At one time he was trying to get out of his chair to get to her. He threw the ball to her a bunch today. He also kicked his foot and hit Jaden's hand on command several times. Pushed and pulled self back and forth in the wheelchair in the driveway with his right foot/leg. Great progress. So thankful to God. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him.

6/12/2012

Took Andrew to Dr for follow-up apt for UTI. He still has one. Has blood in urine. Gave him another med. Took him and weighed him and he has gained 2 more lbs for a total of 19 lbs. He now weighs 150. He did so good in therapy. While on Activcycle he reached over with his right hand and grabbed onto his left wrist on command. Did good at identifying objects and picking up objects today on command. Worked on pushing and pulling hisself in the wheelchair, he would take his right foot and move forward and backward on command. Did hand over hand on eating, he would bring spoon to his mouth then give a hi 5. While eating a little Debbie cake, he grabbed her hand and led it to his mouth. In PT he did so good rolling over and pushing hisself up on his stomach. He would push up with his right arm and then roll hisself back over. When i got home from work, me, Andrew and Jaden loaded up and went to Andrew's old stomping grounds, East Elementary and we watched Jaden play on play ground and then we went around the school, he was checking all of it out. We looked in the doors and they had som Praying for Andrew signs in the hall. So amazing the love and support. He seemed to really enjoy being at his old school. He had an amazing day. Praise God. Thanks for the prayers. Please continue to pray for him.

Video conference update: Andrew did good during the conference. He reached for several objects and raised hisself up a lot. Jaden aggravated him and he pushds her away. He is still a rancho 3/4. He needs to be a rancho 5 before he goes back to shepherd. Has to work on being 80-90% consistent on following commands, being able to do yes and no consistently, and functional with objects. He has to be able to participate fully in rehab. She was amazed at how well he has progressed. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for Andrew.

6/11/2012

Andrew had a good day today, he had one Therapist and they worked on range of motion. He ate really good this evening, Jacob came over and got Andrew so mad, he was pushing Jacob away, giving him some major bad looks and mouthing something at him as he pushed him away. He also did the same thing to Jaden. Last night after I sent the update out, he took his hand and rubbed his eye. Today, he rubbed his lips. Thanks for all your Prayers and support and please continue to Pray for his healing and for the Video Conf in the morning at 9 AM.

Andrew had a good day today, he had one Therapist and they worked on range of motion. He ate really good this evening, Jacob came over and got Andrew so mad, he was pushing Jacob away, giving him some major bad looks and mouthing something at him as he pushed him away. He also did the same thing to Jaden. Last night after I sent the update out, he took his hand and rubbed his eye. Today, he rubbed his lips. Thanks for all your Prayers and support and please continue to Pray for his healing and for the Video Conf in the morning at 9 AM.

6/10/2012

Andrew had a very good day! Agitated at times and only pulled his catheter off 1 time.He ate good all day long and drank his chocolate Milk. He and I watched Baseball super regionals on and off all day. We laid him down on the couch and he kept pulling and working till he was sitting up, amazing! He has been trying to get out of his Wheel chair all day. He is fighting so hard. Tonight, he and I watched the slide show of this Baseball season and he was very tuned in watching his Buddies. Thanks everyone for all of your Prayers and Support, love everyone and please Praise God with us. Andrew is doing so good! Please continue to Pray for him and remember the video conf on Tuesday.

6/8/2012

Andrew was ver agitated most of the day. He seen to Therapist, worked on pulley's, Speech did Vital Stem and he was trying to pull it off of his face and Holly had to hold his arm down. Also he was worked with on the big Mack communicator. Jaden aggravates him most of the day which is good. He will take and push her away and give her some very angry looks. We took him to Heritage park this evening and he loved it, going around the trails and then going in and he was so focused watching the Ball games while he was eating an Icy. Later on, had some Ice Cream. We had such an amazing evening. It was dark when we got back to truck, as we was riding threw downtown, he was turning his head forward and side checking all the lights out. Praise God for one of the best evenings in a long time. Thanks to everyone for all the Prayers and Support, please Pray for the Video Conf on Tues. to get back to Shephards.

6/7/2012

Andrew had a good day. Started back giving him Ritalin and he did better. ST used a listening device to see about his hearing. She put earplugs in his ears and then had him chose between two objects and then place them in the box. She also had him chose from two objects from the box. He got very agitated with her. Grabbed hold of the table again but she stopped him. He finally got so mad that he took the earplugs out of his ears. This was huge....he located where the sound was coming from. He did very good on the standing frame today. He also got a massage which he seemed to enjoy. Thank u for the prayers. Please continue to pray for him.

6/6/2012

Did a trial with not giving him Ritalin today to see how he would act. At first this morning he was very agitated and active but then he was sluggish. After he got finished with the ActivCycle this morning, he picked up the table (like a card table but a little longer) with his right hand and lifted it like he was going to throw it. It was so shocking but amazing. He has been eating soft foods really well. Had him a McDonalds apple pie. Please continue to pray for him. Thank you.

6/5/2012

What a great day... Andrew did so good today. Took him to football and he was so alert and did very good. He has been a handful today. He is very active and agitated more than he has been. He is getting vocal by grunting and moaning more. He could not get situated today no matter where he was sitting or laying. He was trying so hard to get up or out of everywhere he sat or laid. Put him in the floor because he was working hisself off the couch. He kept trying to get up and was rolling hisself over. He pushed with his left leg several times today. When getting him out of the car he actually stood up while grandma had hold of his gate belt. He ate his first cheeseburger today and loved it. It's amazing how much he has progressed since yesterday. God is so good. Thank you for the prayers. Please keep praying for full rancho 4.

6/4/2012

Andrew did good day. Got his pump refilled. Visited the unit he was on. The nurses and therapists were amazed at how well he has progressed. The therapists aggravated him especially the speech therapist. She was having fun. They said the agitation is definitely rancho 4. Hopefully he can get there soon. Have another video conference Tuesday. He did really good traveling. Got a little antsy toward the end. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray.

6/2/2012

Andrew had a good day. Mostly just rested today. Tried to get him to do some commands but he was showing attitude and wouldn't do it. Still very active and agitated. Pulling on cath, gate belt and chest strap. He is very antsy which is good. He has a Dr apt at Shepherd on Monday to get his pump refilled. Leaving tomorrow and staying the night so don't have to get up so early. Please pray for a safe and smooth travel. Would also love for them to say he is ready to come back to shepherd for rehab. Pray that he shows out for them. Thank you.

6/1/2012

Andrew had a good day. Got him on the standing frame and he didn't like it. ST did vital stim and worked with him on identifying objects. He did good. PT re-evaluated him. OT worked with him on identifying and picking up objects. He undid his chest strap a lot today. Kicking his right foot out a lot and wouldn't keep it on the foot rest. Still very agitated. Please continue to pray for him. Thank you.

5/29/2012

Andrew was very tired today. Running a fever so took him to Dr.'s office. Still has UTI. Changed his medicine. Please continue to pray for him. Thank you.

Video conference update: It went well. He is a rancho 3/4. The agitation is definitely there. He has to be consistent at following commands and be able to identify and pick objects. The next conference is
in 2 weeks.

5/28/2012

Andrew had a good day. For the last two days he has tried to sit up by hisself. Today he sat up several times with little help. He is trying so hard. He will not sit still which is good. Has low grade temp. The video conference with Shepherd is in the morning at 9. Please pray he does well and everything goes well. Please continue to pray for him. Thank you.

5/27/2012

Andrew had a good day. He crossed his left leg over his right for the first time today. Still showing attitude which is good. Got him to follow a few commands. Thanks for the prayers. Please continue to pray for him and for a great video conference on Tuesday. God bless.

5/26/2012

Andrew has been tired today. He has also been mad and showing a lot of attitude. He is using his upper body more by turning it to both sides. While sitting in his wheelchair he will turn to one side or the other. Sometimes when u touch him or try to hug him he pulls away. Tickled his left foot tonight and he moved it. Thanks for the prayers. Please continue to pray.

5/25/2012

Andrew was very agitated and adamant today. Showing a lot of attitude. Trying to get his gate belt off again. Did good on the Activcycle with his legs. Did not want to do his arms. Kept pulling away. In ST did vital stem and mouth exercises. Did good sipping thru straw. Very adament when asking if he wanted water or mt dew. Kept telling her no. OT: did shape puzzle. Told him to get the blue one and he did. Told him to get the green one and he did. Laid shape block on table and told him to get it and then put back on table and he did. Did another one and he gave it to her. PT: rolled over again. Propped on his elbows on stomach. Had a tiring day but good. He and Jakob did a "hand shake" they did prior to accident. Andrew remembers it. This shows communication. Thank the Lord for a great day. Please continue to pray for him.

Andrew had a very busy day. He has gained 10 pounds and now weighs 141. On the Activecycle he was pushing with his right leg by hisself and grasped the handle with his right hand and pushed. Did the standing frame 2 times today. Showing all kinds of different facial expressions. In PT while on the floor he rolled over several times and pulled self up while on his stomach. He has more core strength. In ST he 1/2 way nodded his head yes. Drinking through straw better. He ate beef tips that were tender and swallowed well. Praise God! Thanks for the prayers. Please continue to pray for him, Steven, and Talon.

5/24/2012

Andrew had a very busy day. He has gained 10 pounds and now weighs 141. On the Activecycle he was pushing with his right leg by hisself and grasped the handle with his right hand and pushed. Did the standing frame 2 times today. Showing all kinds of different facial expressions. In PT while on the floor he rolled over several times and pulled self up while on his stomach. He has more core strength. In ST he 1/2 way nodded his head yes. Drinking through straw better. He ate beef tips that were tender and swallowed well. Praise God! Thanks for the prayers. Please continue to pray for him, Steven, and Talon.

5/23/2012

Andrew has done so good since I got home. He was following all the commands by the Therapist, we put him in the floor and with little help, he rolled over. While laying in bed, he was trying to sit up. Jaden and I got his Basball and 4 different times, we told him to grab the Baseball and he did. Ben Moore came over and he shook Bens hand. He ate very good and topped it off with 3 of Karla's famous Cupcakes. Thank everyone for your prayers and support. Most of all, thank our Heavenly Father and please Praise him with us cause he has been here with us this whole Journey. Love everyone. Please continue to Pray.

5/22/2012

Andrew was very active today. In PT he was raising and moving his hips over while on the mat on command. He has been trying so hard to raise up and sit up by hisself. He rolled over by hisself several times today. He lifts his right leg and foot. He is doing better at drinking out of a straw. Praise God! We have our first video conference with shepherd next Tuesday to see where he is. His temp has been up and down today. Please continue to pray for him. Thank you.

5/21/2012

Andrew's temp is down. Praise God! Today he has tried to get his gate belt off. His coordination is getting better with his right hand. He is grabbing ahold of things better. OT worked with him on helping to raise hisself up and he was helping her. He ate small pcs of chocolate chip cookies and a snow cone and then drank the juice from a straw. Please pray for his temp and blood pressure. Thank you.

Andrew had a good day. He has been very agitated at times today. He has been trying even harder to raise up out of the bed and the lift chair. He started today trying to raise right hip to try and get out of wheelchair. While in the lift chair he would reach over his shoulder and try to grab the pillow. He didn't like it being behind him. He also pulled a towel off his chest while eating. Praise God for the many blessings. Please continue to pray for him.

5/19/2012

Andrew has been very alert all day. Trying to raise hisself up even more today. While sitting in lift chair he took his right hand and raised his head and rubbed his hair again today. Took the baseball on command two times. He looked at the yearbook with Jakob and really focused on it. Gave Bree a thumbs up when asked if he likes her framed softball jersey. Thank the Lord for the progress. Please keep praying. Thanks.

5/18/2012

Andrew had a very good day :) When he woke up this morning he put his hand on his head and started rubbing his hair. He is grabbing onto the rail and holding on and lifting his shoulder like he is trying to pull self up. Also has been grabbing his hand and holding onto it and others hand too. He is bending his right leg more while lying in bed. He is following commands more during therapy. He showed out in PT today. He helped roll hisself over on both left and right sides and he pushed with quad muscle. He ate a little bit of a Little Debbie cake and pcs of weinies today (not puréed). Took him outside today and grandma put Bella (puppy) in his lap and she told him to hold onto her so she doesnt fall off and he wrap his hand around her. He also was petting her today. God is so good. Thank the Lord for the wonderful progress. Please continue
to pray for him.

5/17/2012

Andrew has been agitated again today. Has been giving some more "looks". Took him to Dr today for a check up. He still has a UTI. They gave him a flu and pneumonia shot. He did pass a kidney stone. He has been feeling around with his right hand. He pulled his cath off again. Has been feeling his stomach where his tube is. While lying in bed he grabs the rail on his bed and he lifted his shoulder and tried pulling self up. He is straightening his right leg using his quad and is pushing on command. He ate a few bites of finely chopped
up chicken fingers today. Praise God! Thank u for the prayers. Please continue to pray for him, Steven,
and Talon.

5/16/2012

Andrew has been agitated and cranky throughout the day. Throughout the night last night he would get his right hand out of his splint several times. Had a good therapy day. Worked on sitting and on command he touch OT hand and reached for his ear. He drank water from a straw. ST gave him pieces of a banana to see if he can chew and he did. She also gave him Reese's minis whole and he chewed them too. She gave him a choice between banana and Reese's and he chose the Reese's mini. He kept trying to grab the tube attached to his catheter and he finally pulled it loose. Praise God for the progress. Please continue to pray. Thanks.

5/15/2012

PT said Andrew is doing purposeful movement with his right arm. He has started pulling his arm/hand away from u. He wiggled his left thumb today. Got him in floor on the mat and PT put his right leg over to left side to roll him over. Andrew took his right arm and reached across and rolled his trunk the rest of the way. He held hisself up on his elbows again today. Praise God! Thank u for the prayers. Please continue to pray
for him.

5/14/2012

Andrew had a good day. Eating is getting better. He definitely has his appetite back. Praise God! Early this morning he was hanging his right foot off the bed and then bringing it back onto the bed. Something he hasn't been doing. His right leg is getting stronger. He drank out of a straw today. He is also taking his right hand, reaching across and grabbing the outside of his left leg. Please continue to pray for him. Thank you.

5/13/2012

Andrew has had a nice restful day. Had both eyes open more today than he has so far. He has started using his right arm more. Brings it up above his head. Today he started moving his right leg more while sitting in his chair. Please continue to pray for him. Thank you.

5/12/2012

>Andrew had a good day. Before getting out of bed this morning he had his eyes wide open...before taking his meds which is awesome. Took him to the golf tournament for a little bit and he did good. Also took him to baseball get together and he was focused on watching the guys play ball. He seemed to enjoy it. He is wore out now. Thank God for a wonderful day. Please continue to pray for him, Steven, and Talon. Thank you.

5/11/2012

Andrew had a good day. This morning he was given the choice between two shirts and told him to touch the one he wanted to wear and he did. When putting on his shirt this morning he lifted his head to get the shirt over his head. For the last two days he has started opening his fingers out straight on his right hand. PT rolled him on his stomach today and Andrew propped hisself up on his elbows again and lifted his head and held it up. ST said he is swallowing faster and better when she gives him water with straw. She did vital stim today on his cheeks and he got agitated which is good. He also squeezed her hand on command. Great day. Praise God!! Please continue to pray for him. Thank you.

5/10/2012

Bo Winfrey: Me, Jaden and Andrew sitting out on the front porch and Andrew will not take his eyes off of the sunset. Jaden trying to get him to look at her riding her scooter. He will look at her and then look straight back at the sunset. He is doing so much better since being at home. Praise God, this is all part of his perfect plan. Thanks for all the Prayers and support.

5/9/2012

Andrew is doing good. Grandma was working with him on his legs and he had his right foot on her leg and he pushed on her leg several times. OT had him leaning on his right arm again and he pushed up to sitting several times. She leaned him on his left arm and he brought his right arm and wrapped it around her arm to try help hisself get up. ST was impressed at how well he is closing his mouth to eat. He has gotten so much better. She gave him water and some Mt Dew with a straw by putting her finger over top of straw and then putting it in his mouth. He is focusing more and seems to be listening when people talk to him. It's amazing how much progress he has made in the past 11 weeks. God is still healing him and we are so thankful. Thank you all for the prayers. Please continue to pray for him.

5/8/2012

Andrew had a good day. Thank the Lord. Ate so good again today. He hasn't been moving his left leg but yesterday morning and this morning when took bi-valve off he straightened his leg out. He also wiggled his toes on his left foot this morning. Worked with him on pushing his wheelchair today. He pushed it the length of the living room with a little help. Have to position his hand and make sure his wrist doesn't bend then he pushes the rest of the way. He identified some sight words with pictures today. PT got him in the floor again and worked on range of motion and rolled him on his stomach. Took him to field house tonight to let him watch Jakob hit. Also took him to see his locker and he was tracking and looking at it. Thank you for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him, Talon, and Steven.

5/7/2012

Andrew had a good day today. OT came today and worked with him on range of motion and got him in the floor. Andrew helped with rolling onto his side. Also rolled him on his stomach and propped him on his elbows. He held hisself up. She had him sitting on the couch and leaned him over onto his right arm and told him to push up and he did. Praise the Lord!! He had both eyes wide open again today. Love seeing those eyes open. He followed some commands today. His urine looks better. Praise God! Please continue to pray for him, Steven and Talon. Thank you.

5/6/2012

Thank you all for the prayers. Andrew is now resting. Praise the Lord! Please continue to pray for him. Also please pray for Jaden and Bo and all the ones going to the University of Alabama vs. Mississippi State University Baseball #Pray4Andrew game tomorrow. Pray for safe travels. Thank you. God bless.

5/5/2012

Andrew has small stones in the kidney and a UTI. Sending him home with meds. Please pray for him and safe travel home.

Having to take Andrew to ER in Huntsville. Has blood in his urine. Please pray for safe trip and for Andrew.

5/4/2012

Andrew had his eyes wide open again today. He is moving his right arm more. He is bringing it across his chest and crossing his arms while laying in bed. He identified colors and the number zero today. PT did the same today, getting him in the floor and doing range of motion. Rolled him on his sides. He is eating so good. He had a restful night last night. Praise God! Thank u for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him, Talon and Steven.

5/3/2012

Andrew had a restful night last night. As soon as we got him out of bed this morning, his eyes were wide open. He ate so good today. Praise God! PT came today and did range of motion with him. He also told Andrew to look toward kitchen and then to window at separate times and he did. Got him in the floor and did range of motion and turned him on his stomach. Stood him up. Sat him on the couch for a while. OT told him to look up at her and he did. He was running a low grade fever earlier. It has gone down now. Please pray it stays down. Please continue to pray for him and pray he has a restful night. Thank you.

5/2/2012

Andrew had a restless night last night. He had a good day today. Praise God! The speech therapist came today to assess him. He ate really good today. He is getting better at closing his mouth etc. Please pray for him to have a restful night and a good day tomorrow and for him to keep progressing. Please continue to pray for Steven and Talon. Thank you.

5/1/2012

Andrew had a good trip home, starring out the window most of the time. Got home safe. Praise God! Nurse came by and all vitals were good. Praise God! The nutrition person also made a visit. Andrew is resting so good right now even with the bivalves on. Please continue to pray and praise God!

Please pray for safe travels and a smooth ride for Andrew, Bo & Holly today, as they make the transition from Shepherds to home. Also continuing to pray that Andrew reaches a rancho 4! Our God is able!

4/30/2012

Andrew has had a busy but good day. He ate all of his breakfast this morning. ST gave him some orange juice and water in small amounts by using a straw. In OT she had him write his first and last name while she was holding up his arm and he did a shape puzzle. In PT had him use the bionic leg again. He straightened out his left leg. Please pray for safe travels tomorrow and for a smooth ride for Andrew. Thank you and
God bless.

4/29/2012

Andrew had a restful day. He ate so good this weekend. Haven't had to give him tube feedings after his meals. Praise God! Took him to church then outside. Craig Kimbrel, pitcher with the Atlanta Braves came to visit Andrew today. He brought him a signed jersey from the team. Very impressive young man taking time out of his busy schedule to come visit. He is a super nice guy. Please continue to pray for Andrew, Talon, and Steven. Thanks and God bless.

4/28/2012

Andrew has had his eyes wide open today. He had PT today and she worked with him on sitting up. She also had him looking in the mirror at hisself. He was looking around at other patients too while sitting which is good because he is acknowledging other things going on around him. He has ate good all day. Praise the Lord! Please continue to pray for Andrew, Talon, and Steven.

4/27/2012

Andrew had a good day. He seems to be tired these last few days. They have been working him more in therapy so that could be why. He is doing better on his eating. OT worked with him again today on pushing his wheelchair. The dr gave him Botox injections in his left arm and shoulder. It should help him be more loose in that arm. His right foot has started turning in so PT made him a splint to wear during the day. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for Andrew, Steven, and Talon.

Bo Winfrey: Hello Prayer Warriors, Holly and I have just talked and we ask everyone to please not visit this weekend. Andrew has got to rest and get ready for the trip home on Tuesday. We thank y'all so much for understanding and please continue to pray for him as we take God's plan home. The ride is probably going to take 4 to 5 hours and he really needs to be full force. Also we know everyone wants to see him but please we ask again no visitors for the 1st three days after we get home. Then we will see how he is doing and make a decision. Thanks so much for all the love and support from all of you throughout this journey. Praise God and we love all of you.

4/26/2012

Andrew had another good day. He is eating well. OT worked with him on pushing his wheelchair down the hall. Had him use right hand/arm and right leg to push. She said he did better today that he was helping 50%. PT put a new machine on his right leg called Tibion bionic leg. It would measure how much he would use his leg to stand. It would activate when he was pushing with his leg. It looks like Robocop. He did good with it. She also said today was the first day he has been pushing some with his left leg to stand. Praise God!! Please continue to pray for Andrew, Talon and Steven. Thank you so much.

4/25/2012

Bo Winfrey: Andrew and myself had a great day busy and tiresome but great. Praise God! Me and Andrew both are wore completely out. Andrew had an awesome day in therapy picking colors with little help. Doing the shape puzzles two of which he did all on his own. I wanted to jump up and down. He sat on booty the whole time just me with a hand on his shoulder. This is the second day in which he has ate three Jevity meals a day. He is doing so good with his eating. They have cut his tube feeding down as long as he keeps eating 50% of his meals. Praise God! Being all by myself today, taking care of Andrew and doing all the training was so gratifying and help me have peace so if we do have to bring him home. The nurses kept trying to help me with everything but, I kept telling them, please let me do it all. Thanks for all the prayers today, Andrew and I have really felt them today, everything just fell in place. Praise our wonderful heavenly Father. Thanks again and we love everyone. Please continue to pray for Andrew!

4/23/2012

Andrew had a good day. We took him out on an outing with the TR. He did good. He was using his legs more today in PT when she had him standing up with help. OT had estim hooked up on his arms and had him do therapy using an arm bike. He was pushing/pulling about 75% on his own. At times he would get agitated and fight against the machine. ST fed him grits this morning and he loved them. Fed him a puréed lunch today and he will get dinner too. He is resting now. God is so good! We are so amazed at his progress. Andrew couldn't do it without God and all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him. Thanks and we
love you.

4/20/2012

Praise our wonderful God!! Andrew had a good night. We just found out that they have extended his stay till May 1st due to the antibiotics they have him on. He has to get those 2 times a day. Although it has been a rough week, God knows what He is doing and we are so thankful for a loving God. Thanks for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for him.

4/19/2012

Andrew has had a good day. They put him in the shower this morning and helped him bath. He has been feisty today. Keeps going for his IV. He did the shape puzzle again, slowly combed his hair, and fed hisself ice. He is very feisty so it kept coming off his spoon but he would get some to his mouth. Did training on car transfers. He did good sitting up in the car. The speech therapist fed him applesauce today and he did good. She is going to try and start doing blended meals. It is a possibility that we get to stay till next Thursday due to him being on antibiotics. If so he has two extra days to reach rancho 4. His temp is down. Praise God!! Please continue to pray for him.

4/18/2012

Afternoon Update: Andrew had a good day in therapy. In PT he was pushing a little when she was standing him up. Speech got him to shake his head no and trying to get him to make a loud sound. He made a sound but was not loud. Tried getting him to raise his thumb and he was trying but couldnt raise it yet. OT put him in the shower chair in the shower. He didn't take a shower. She was seeing if he could sit up enough. Helped him get his shirt off. Put it over his head and he slowly pulled it down with help. She then put it back over his head and had him try to finish getting it over his head. He would hold it with help and would move his head to get it over his head. Gonna try an actual shower tomorrow. He sat up in a regular chair today and did good holding himself up. Please continue to pray for him. The team that works with him is having their team meeting tomorrow. They will decide then if he is ready for rehab or if he goes home.

Morning Update: Temp is down. Praise God!! He is still being monitored by ICU. He has a portable monitor that shows on screen. Giving him meds for temp and for UTI. Dr still wanted him to do therapy today. He did good in therapy. Did the best he has done in speech. He was saying yes and shaking his head no. Had him standing in PT with help. In OT he brushed his teeth and rinsed toothbrush by tur...ning on the water. He wiped his mouth with a washcloth. She wrote down Andrew and Brian on piece of paper and asked him to point at his name. Then asked to point at Brian and he did both. She had 3 colored rings out in front of him and told him to point at the red ring and he did. Mixed the rings up and asked to point at the purple then green and he did. She was surprised at how well he did knowing he is not feeling well. God is so good!! Please continue praying for him. Thank you.

4/17/2012

Andrew has a UTI. Gave him meds last night for bp, storming, fever, iv with fluids, and put monitor back on him. Giving him antibiotics. Temp is 101.7. Heart rate is 125. Blood pressure is up some. Please continue to pray for him. Thank you.

4/16/2012

Andrew has had a good therapy day. Had him doing shapes puzzles. OT would help him grasp the shape with his fingers and he would slowly take it out. He did this with about 4 shapes. Then she had him put a couple shapes back in. He is having to learn which muscles to use to do certain things. It may take him a while to do it but seeing him progress is so awesome. He tries so hard. Speech had him following commands today. He was a little faster today than he was Friday. Which is good. She got him to whisper stop once and he shook his head no. PT got him to stick his tongue out again today. She worked with him on using his leg muscles to stand. He is not standing on his own yet but he is doing a good job helping. Doing good on weight transfers. God is so good!! Please continue to pray for him. Thanks.

4/15/2012

What a great weekend! Andrew has been wore out and sleeping a lot but just to be with him with our whole family except for Skye, was amazing. It's Sunday and we all get to go to church together. Praise God! He rested really good the last two nights, got him up on Sat and took him to the garden outside and he and I sat out there for a while and then took him to the Basketball court and dribbled the ball around him and shooting telling him I could take him just get up and I would show him. He was very alert when I started dribbling. Thanks for all the prayers and support, we love everyone of you. Please continue to pray for another great week, I know he is going to reach level 4 before we leave this wonderful place. Praise our Heavenly Father.

4/13/2012

First off praise God!! God has really shown out today. Insurance has agreed to cover till April 23. Andrew is now a rancho 3. Andrew has been a rock star today. OT had him in front of the mirror in the bathroom and he was following commands. He brushed his teeth... He moved his head from side to side,washed toothbrush out then put it down. She gave him a cup and he filled it with water then brought it to his mouth then poured it out in the sink. Gave him a comb and he combed his hair. Put his hat on. Wiped his face with a paper towel. He would move his head side to side to wipe his mouth. The therapist holds his arm underneath and just above his wrist but he does the work. So awesome. She was so excited. Then PT came in and had him following commands by asking him questions and telling him to raise one finger for yes two for no. Speech came in and he was following commands for her as well and that is when she told us he is a rancho 3. God is so good.

4/12/2012

Great news... Shepherd has decided that they are going to keep Andrew another week. Praise God!! In that time, will be working on weight transfers instead of using a Hoyer lift. Don't know if insurance is going to cover it yet but should know something tomorrow. Please pray for insurance to cover it and for Andrew to WAKE UP and keep progressing. Thank you for all the prayers.

4/11/2012

He is doing good. Had a very busy day. He is pooped out. Had him standing up in therapy today with help. It was so awesome to see him up like that. They have also been working on weight transfer. From table to chair and chair to bed. He was pushing some on the weight transfer. Also had him leaning over and he was trying so hard to push up. Please continue to pray for him. Thank you.

4/8/2012

Both PT and OT had him on a tilt table during therapy today. He put his hat on his head, fork to his mouth, held a ball and his bp stayed good thru therapy. ST pinched his neck several times and he said "ow" again. She gave him ice and he chewed it and swallowed it. Did really good today. He is resting good. Praise God!! Please pray for full recovery.

4/5/2012

Speech therapist was pressing his left finger real hard and he brought his right hand up and was going toward it then stopped. He was also lifting his head and saying ow. His hr went down again last night. He had another nose bleed this morning. This is 4th one in last week. He has been keeping his eye open more today. Please continue to pray for him.

4/4/2012

His heart rate dropped early morning in the 40's. They covered him up and then after awhile it went up to 119 so they uncovered him. He is doing better now. Thank the Lord. Andrew has had a good and busy day. Therapy was tough today. He said ow when the therapist put ice on his nose and mouth. He was opening his mouth more when st was giving him ice to eat. He kept his eye open more today during therapy. PT did estim again today. Please continue to pray for him. Thank you.

4/3/2012

He is improving in the stretching of the tendons of the feet and arms. PT is planning on getting him on tilt table and doing estim which is where they put electronic things on his legs that makes them tingle. They are gonna button his trach today. He had a restful night. Praise God!!

4/1/2012

Bo Winfrey: God Morning Prayer Warriors, Andrew had a good night except for hi heart rate getting in the low 50's but, it was after his bath around 12 AM and he got cool. We put Blankets on him and it came back up. He is completely off meds except for ones that are helping him wake up. Dr. Bilski just left and he said, all good. He will start the process tomorrow of taking the treck out. Praise God! He and I are setting here watching Sports Center with him watching a little and sleeping a little. The Nurse came in earlier and ask if we wanted to go back outside or take him to Church, I just give hear a crazy look and she said, I guess it's Church. Told her he could go outside tomorrow. This is so exciting, we get to go to church for the 1st time as a family. Praise God! It starts at 130. Thanks again to God and all the Prayers, Love and support from all of you. Going to be a huge week for my little Buddy, I can just feel it. Love everyone. Praise God!

3/31/2012

He had a good and restful friday night. During therapy this morning, he squeezed the therapist hand twice. Praise the Lord. He has 3 weeks left as of right now at shepherd. In those 3 weeks he needs to be consistent at following commands and to wake up. Please pray that he will get to that level. Thank u and God bless.

3/30/2012

Both PT and OT had him on a tilt table during therapy today. He put his hat on his head, fork to his mouth, held a ball and his bp stayed good thru therapy. ST pinched his neck several times and he said "ow" again. She gave him ice and he chewed it and swallowed it. Did really good today. He is resting good. Praise God!! Please pray for full recovery.

3/29/2012

Thursday Night Update: The speech therapist this morning pinched Andrews neck muscle 3 times and all 3 times he opened his mouth like he was saying ow. She took a pen and pressed on his fingernail and he tried to raise up and had a look on his face. At first he didn't focus on her but at the end he did. She said he was keeping his eyes on her. The OT said she gave him a spoon and held his arm up in front of his face and asked him what he does with a spoon and he took it to his mouth 3 times. Said it took a little while but he did it. Praise God!! No storming today so far. God is so good!!! Please keep praying.

Thursday Morning Update: He had a good night. They haven't had to give him any pain meds.
Dr is still amazed at how well he is doing. He had a restful night. God is so good!! Please keep praying.

3/28/2012

Andrew calmed down on the storming. Dr came in this morning and checked him to see if pump was working and he is pleased with the results. He could move his legs better. Said he is decreasing some of the meds he is on since that is working. His hr is down. God is good!! Please pray for a good day.

3/27/2012

Late Tuesday Night Update from Holly: Today after surgery, OT was working with Andrew. He was bending and straightening his arm on command. She also had him hold a picture and bring it to his face to look at it. She put a hat in his hand and told him to put it on his head. After a few tries and a few minutes later he laid it on his head. She had to help him remember which muscle to use by tapping his arm but she said he did good and did it on his own. She would hold his wrist but he guided it where it needed to go. That is amazing. Praise God!!

Tuesday Night Update from Holly: Andrews heart rate, bp, and temp has been up. He has also been storming since his surgery. Please continue to pray for him.

Just took andrew back for surgery... Prayers please!

3/26/2012

Keep the prayers going for Andrew!!! This morning he will be having a procedure to have a pump put in that will be used to release meds into his spine to help him loosen up and relax. Surgery is said to be between
8-9 Alabama time. Pray everything goes smoothly and they see POSITIVE results!!!!

3/22/2012

Andrew had a restful night. He did not storm any through the night. Praise God!! We haven't got the results from dr yet on MRI. He is doing good this morning. They took his stitches out last night and he did not like that. Can't blame him. Thank u all again for the prayers and support. It makes our day to see such caring and loving friends and family. We love you and God bless.

3/21/2012

Wednesday Night Update from Holly: Andrew did good during MRI this morning. Should find out results in the morning. He stuck his tongue out three times and did a finger up for the therapist today. Praise God!! They put casts on his feet/legs today to help stretch the tendons. Will leave on for a few days then recast them. He is resting now. Please keep praying for him. Thank u and God bless you. Love ya.

Wednesday Morning Update from Holly: Andrew had a restful night. Praise God! Dr said still gonna give
him meds for hr, bp, and muscle relaxer. Doing an MRI today. Please continue to pray for him. Thank you
and love ya.

3/20/2012

Tuesday Night Update: Please pray for Andrew. Heart rate got up to 180. In the 140's now. They gave him pain med, something for storming and put IV in for fluids. Thank you.

Tuesday Morning Update: Andrew has started PT, OT, and speech therapy today. They are so good at what they do. It's amazing watching them work with Andrew. He has opened his eyes more today. He has made grunt noises which is good. They say his eyes look good too. They measure progress week to week not day to day. God is so good! ! Please keep praying for full recovery.

3/19/2012

Thumbs Up, Headed to Shepherds in Atlanta, Praying for God to do GREAT THINGS!!!!!!!

3/18/2012

Sunday Update from Bo: We will take this journey to Shepherds in the morning, leaving at 8 am. Praise our wonderful God! We thought we would be coming threw the great town of Cullman but, we was just informed we would be going threw Guntersville. Please Pray for Andrew and rest of family for a smooth trip also, please continue to Pray for Andrew hard along with us that he will wake up and follow commands constantly within the next five weeks starting tomorrow. Again, we are just so overwhelmed with the Prayers, love and support by our friends, family and people we don't even know. We have such an amazing God, he has been with us and showed us without a doubt, he has been here when the devil has tried to intervene and got us to our lowest point. I have never felt God so real as I have through this journey. Praise God he is so awesome and have gave Holly and I peace about Andrew. Thanks again for everything to everyone. God Bless each and every one of you and please continue to Pray. Love every one of you.

Sunday Update From Holly: Andrew's heart rate has been up from being over stimulated. He needs his rest today. He has a big day tomorrow with the ride to shepherd and being in a new environment. if you would like to visit the family that is fine but we are limiting visitation for Andrew. Please pray that he has a restful day today and a smooth ride and transition tomorrow. We love you all.

3/17/2012

He had a restful night last night. He opened his eyes twice yesterday. He is doing more purposeful movement. Yeah!! God is so good!!!! Thank u for everything. We love u. Please keep praying. God bless
you all.

3/16/2012

Andrew has been accepted to Sheppards in Atlanta. However, the insurance company has said they will pay for 2 weeks of the 5 week program. We need to raise 50K to pay for the remaining 3 weeks, as well as the the next 3 days at Huntsville Hospital. To donate to this cause please make all checks out to Temple Baptist Church and either drop them off during normal business hours, or mail them to the church. By going through the church all donations will be tax deductible. Temple, Bo, Holly & Family appreciate your support. The church address is 30 Co Rd 1184 Cullman, AL 35057. Continue to pray for Andrew!!!

3/15/2012

Thursday Night Update From Holly: We would like to thank everyone for all you are doing for Andrew. God has blessed us with wonderful family and friends. Words cannot express how grateful we are. God has provided a way for Andrew to go to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta. We want to thank everyone who has had a hand in this as well. We know God is healing Andrew and we know He is still in control. We see Andrew improving everyday thanks to God. Today he opened his eyes twice. He is moving a little more each day. So wonderful! We love you all and please continue to pray for Andrew. God bless you all!!

3/14/2012

Sheppards (one of the top brain injury centers in the nation) in Atlanta has accepted Andrew. Pray now that the insurance will approve it.

3/12/2012

Monday Night Update from Holly: Andrew had a good day. Had some more purposeful movement. He knows where his stomach tube is and his IV. Tried pushing it with his hand. Eating (through feeding tube) and using the bathroom good. Praise God! He is not awake, but taking baby steps. God is healing him and it is so exciting to see his progress. Please keep praying.

3/11/2012

Evening Update from Holly: Wow! What a day it has been. Andrew is doing good. Still not awake yet. He has had a busy day. They sat him in a recliner, took his central line out, took his cath out, and took his stitches and staples out. He has done so good through all of that....Praise GOD!!! It's amazing how God is working all around us. I truly believe God is with Andrew all the time and is healing him from head to toe. We cannot express how grateful we are for all the prayers etc. God is so good and He has blessed us with so much. Please keep praying for Andrew Winfrey. We know God is in control!! Love you all!!

3/10/2012

They took Andrew off the oxygen, they now just have room air going in trech. Breathing on his own. Vitals are good. Please keep praying! - Holly

3/9/2012

Friday Night Update: Andrew is still super stable. He has been moved to a room in the step down unit. Praise the Lord! **** Due to the potential risk of infection the doctors have said no visitors. **** Thank you for understanding we just have Andrews best interest in mind. Please continue to pray for complete healing!

Friday Afternoon Update: Andrew is doing good. They say he is super stable, still off ventilator. We know God is healing him and in control. Thank you for all the prayers and thoughts, please continue to pray - Holly

Friday Morning Update: Results from MRI show that there is damage to central part of the brain. Rehab will be long term. Fever is down. He is still on trach collar without vent. Please keep praying. Even though the dr told us those results we know that GOD is in control & HE is the great physician. Love you all. Please keep praying. ~ HOLLY ~

3/7/2012

Wednesday Night Update: Andrews fever is down. He has been breathing on his own since about 12:00 today. They are giving him 40% of oxygen through the trach collar. Praise God! Thank you all for the prayers. Please continue to pray.

Wednesday Noon Update: Andrew had an MRI this morning and we will have the results tomorrow. They are still trying to get him off the ventilator. Fever is down to 99. Praise God! Keep Praying - Thanks Holly.

3/5/2012

Andrew is looking good, his color is good. The surgery today went great. Continue to pray for perseverance, purposeful movement!

3/4/2012

All is about the same, they are reducing the rate on the ventilator, trying to wean him off. He still has a fever, still stable. Please pray for perseverance, purposeful movement, and for the fever to go down.

3/3/2012

Andrew is out of surgery, everything went well. Praise God!!! Please keep praying!

Saturday Morning Update From Holly: Andrew had a good night Praise God! He is still doing about the same. They may do the surgery this afternoon, we will let you know. Please keep praying!

3/2/2012

Andrew is stable, but still posturing. CT scan revealed swelling on the frontal lobe. Waiting to talk to Ortho doctor. NICU says only immediate family can seem him at this time. Please keep praying for healing throughout the body & purposeful movement - Thank you for the prayers - Holly

3/1/2012

Just a quick update on Andrew, all is about the same. There are still a couple more cases ahead of Andrew. They are still planning to do his surgery tonight... Early morning. It has been a long day for the Winfrey's. Lets support then tonight with our prayers!

Morning update on Andrew: All is about the same - please pray for his pelvis surgery that will happen mid-morning. Continue to pray for healing of the brain and body!

2/29/2012

Andrew is doing about the same, we need to remember the doctor said this could be a long road to recovery so as we continue praying let's keep in mind this a marathon not a 40 yard dash. Every thing is going to be baby steps.

2/28/2012

Tuesday Night Update: GOD IS SO GOOD!! They took him completely off his sedation and he is holding up great! Holly got to kiss him on the cheek, and when he did his feet moved! They said they had been pinching him trying to wake him and get some sort of movement and they got him kind of twitching his fingers and everything. So everybody Let's all pray for purposeful movement!!

Afternoon Update: Everything looked good, his pressures are staying down praise the Lord they were able
to turn him and he remained stable, they said it may take a day or more for the sedation to wear off so keep a praying!!!

Noon Update From Preacher: Alright everybody time hunker down and pray hard they are in the process of backing him off of sedation to see what's going to happen, believing for great things!!!!!!

Tuesday Morning Update: Andrew is about the same - continue to pray for healing!

2/27/2012

Monday Night Update: All is about the same - please continue to pray for his lungs and brain to heal - thanks for all the support and prayers!

Monday Afternoon Update: Cat scan revealed the bruising is healing and looking good, his ICP pressure is staying a little higher then they want it to be so they are going to leave him sedated till the pressure stays down for a extended period of time then bring him out of sedation. Keep Praying!!!!

2/26/2012

Sunday Night Update: We had a great turn out tonight for prayer meeting with 500 people in attendance. Thank you for all the prayers! Update for tonight is Andrew is about the same - please pray for his lungs and brain to heal. They are taking out Andrew's monitor at 6 am tomorrow, so please be in pray for that. Temple Baptist Church will be open from 5:30am til about 7:30am in the morning for prayer.

Sunday Afternoon Update From Holly: "Last visit was about the same. Pray for lungs and brain to heal" Please keep praying and if possible join us at 6pm tonight for a special prayer time for Andrew.

Sunday Morning Update: Andrew is about the same as yesterday - please continue to pray that the pneumonia will be gone and that the circuity in the brain will heal. Thanks for all the prayers - please join us at 6pm tonight for prayer for Andrew.

2/25/2012

Saturday Night Update: All is about the same - color looks good - just keep praying for healing! Thank you for all the prayers and thoughts! Hope to see you in church tomorrow and don't forget the special prayer meeting at 6PM Sunday Night.

Saturday Afternoon Update: We will be holding a special prayer meeting Sunday night at 6pm for Andrew and his family at Temple. We hope that you can join us at 6pm tomorrow night.

Saturday Noon Update: Everything is about the same, they are going to try and take out the ICP monitor Monday and do a CAT Scan - lets pray for good results! Thanks for your continued prayers!

2/24/2012

9:30AM Update: They got the results from the blood cultures and he does have pneumonia. That
is a relief to know what is causing the temp. They said the antibiotics would take care of it. His pressure
was good. The nurse also talked to them about putting in a central line to replace the iv. Keep the
prayers coming!

11AM Update From Holly: "Just saw him, and he looks better. Arm is healing, he is currently resting and healing. Pray that his fever goes down. Keep praying and thanks for all the prayers"

9AM Update: Andrew is about the same this morning as yesterday. They are going to keep him sedated for a couple more days and then begin to lower his sedation medicines. Keep praying for Andrew and his family! We are still really focusing on the complete healing of the brain "circuity."

2/23/2012

5PM Update: They have had to sedate him more and give him a paralytic because he was getting agitated with them changing bandages and working with him - he is calm now and about the same as before. Just going to need time to heal! Keep praying!

11AM Update: They tried to take off the sedation medicine but he was not ready just yet. The pressure on his brain is low - running 9 now, normal is 8 so that is great news. There is also no bleeding in the brain area. The current prayer need is that the circuity in the brain to begin to heal. Bo & Holly are so grateful for the outpouring of support and prayers!

Chick-fil-A of Cullman will be hosting a benefit breakfast tomorrow from 7am-10am. 20% of all proceeds will go to the Winfrey Family to cover medical costs. There will also be local Pastors on site praying for Andrew and the needs of the family. Come out and get breakfast, help the family financially, and join us in prayer.

9AM Update: They are decreasing his sedation meds to see if he can keep the swelling down on his own. Blood count is low, Giving him some blood. There doing a cat scan on his pelvis to see if he's bleeding.
They put him back on bp meds. They asked the doctor about his peak and they said it was day by day.
Keep Praying!

2/22/2012

2PM Update: For all of those asking about the Prayer For Andrew T-Shirt - here is the design. They are $15 each with all proceeds going to Bo, Holly & Family. You can purchase them at Cummings Sporting Goods, you can pre-order a shirt tonight at Temple during our Wednesday Night Activities or on Sunday from the Media Center. Continue to pray for Andrew, the update at 2pm is everything is about the same as it was at 11am, swelling is still low, temperature normal.

10:40AM Update: Andrew is looking really good, his body temperature has come down to normal, pressure has stayed low, and he just tried to pull his tube out on his own - they had to restrain him after this. Keep praying - things seem to be looking better!

8AM Update on Andrew From Holly: They did a CAT Scan this morning, has some more small bruising on the brain. Swelling has gone up a little but still not having to give him medicines for the swelling. Still keeping him sedated. Please keep praying!

2/21/2012

4:30PM Update: Here is the latest update on Andrew - They are putting a monitor in his skull to measure the swelling. He has a small bruise on the front part of the brain. At this time there is no way to tell how severe the injury is. Please continue to pray for Andrew he is in very critical condition - and if possibly join us for prayer at 7PM tonight at Temple.