Posted on June 12, 2018
June 11th Evening update
I haven’t updated in quite a while, so I figured I’d keep you posted on all of the happenings lately. Mainly the biggest thing is Caleb’s eating and drinking. Last time I posted an update (Annie did rather) Caleb was eating hotdogs and chicken nugget kid’s meals. I am happy to say he has been eating quite a bit more including pizza and freeze pops!! He has gotten to the point, where he can’t really tolerate water flushes and feeds, so we’ve been doing 100% drinking by cups with straws. As far as feeds go, well there is no need to since he’s getting a little better nutrition from other foods besides veggie straws. Caleb has been doing awesome as far as walking and running goes, he still has a slight limp when he walks, but is doing excellent keeping up with the other kids playing. I’ve noticed that Caleb also is getting pretty good at retaining new memory as well. Before the accident, he memorized Annie’s phone number (because it was our family video account number) and as early as Chicago, he was telling us her number. Caleb never really caught onto my number when we worked on it with him, but I am proud to say that with working on it with him a bit, he has memorized it! Slowly but surely he’s coming back to us. I think that after all of this, he won’t be the same Caleb that he was before the accident, but we won’t be the same family either. There have been days that we have longed for our old lives back, longed for normalcy, longed for the way it was… especially the tough days. But I know that God has a plan and this is the way it is supposed to be. Sometimes…most times God’s plan differs from ours and there comes a point where we have to just let go and trust that God knows what he’s doing… because he does. There have been quite a few times though, I just look at Caleb interacting with our other children or listen to Annie and all of our children singing “the wheels on the bus” in the van and am start choking up thanking God for allowing this. Thanking him for those new memories, thanking him for that belly laugh we thought we lost forever, thanking him for Caleb’s sense of humor. There is a saying that Dave Ramsey always says on his radio show when people ask how he is and he always answers “better than I deserve!” , well these little moments that we get to experience again are better than we deserve and I thank God for all of them. Tomorrow we will go back to Peoria for Caleb’s neuro development doctor’s appointment. I did forget to mention that last week, Caleb had his physical at his general doctor’s office for his upcoming cystoscopy next week and Annie was surprised by the entire doctor’s office staff all wearing team Caleb shirts. Have I mentioned in the past that I love our community? Please continue to pray for Caleb’s upcoming procedures and surgeries, safe travels tomorrow, and the continued work on eating real food. And of course our huge praises are the leaps and bounds of recovery, the “new” food discoveries, and his memory retention improving. I have meant to say this months ago, but we sent out thank you cards to as much as we could to those who have sent us cards, letters, money, words of encouragement, and support. But I know we didn’t get everybody due to the mass amounts of love and support from everyone, that was a huge undertaking done by Annie’s mother and sisters (thank you for that!!) but to everyone else who has helped us in some way, shape or form a huge Thank you goes out to everyone.