Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Day 40

The Countdown Continues, Only Three Days Left! This week seems to be flying by, maybe because we know we are in the final days of our stay in Waco, but it's hard to believe after everything, we'll be home in three days! I've been in Temple since Sunday night, so I haven't been able to see Jon's therapy for the last few days, so I'll let him do the talking again. But as usual, he's a man of few words, so I'm thinking there was much more to his day than this! But he's making great progress and is determined to make even more. So here's Jon's account of his day.

"We are in the final days of rehab and things continue to go well. In PT we worked on recovering after a fall, which we hope we will never have to use. Then I walked 160 feet without a cane this afternoon, took a break and then walked some more. I played soccer with my mother, without holding on to anything.

I get another taste of freedom tomorrow, with a field trip to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, as they try to get us out in real life situations. Then I'll be back for two final days of therapy, then head home on Friday. I will have to celebrate my birthday in the hospital, but will be home the next day! I am still nervous about leaving and know we still have a lot of work to be done, but we are anxious to get back to our new 'normal' life, whatever that becomes."

I'm headed back to Waco tomorrow night so I can be there for the last two days of therapy. Hopefully we can inject a bit more "umph" into the posts:)

And we haven't said this nearly enough, but both of us are so blessed to work for such wonderful places! The outpouring of support from Jon's UMHB family has made him literally speechless on so many occasions. And through our many weeks in Waco, not a week has gone by that he hasn't received cards, visitors and e-mails cheering him on. That means the world to both of us. He truly feels blessed and valued because of the support he has received. So on behalf of both of us, Thank You to everyone at UMHB! We couldn't have done it without you.

And on my behalf, I have often become overcome by the outpouring of support for my husband, who many of my co-workers don't even know! I've been allowed to take the time I need to be with him, and that has meant the world to me. I don't know how I would have been able to handle it without that support. So again, on behalf of both Jon and myself, thank you to the S&W friends who have been there to listen, support and encourage me during this journey!

Please keep hanging in there with us and wish him luck as he finishes up a few intense days before heading home.


  1. Jon....a man of few words? **grin** I wonder if we are talking about the same guy!!!! Just kidding, Jon. Of course he doesn't talk much about himself; that's just the kind of guy he is. However, I have never, ever, found him a man of few words when he was just relaxing and not working.

    Jon and Brenda...you are very special to me and I want you to know I will continue to pray for all of you.

    I will post a comment each time you update the blog, Brenda, just as I promised....unless there is a glitch for some reason.

    Thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers during this sad time after losing my brother. God is good and He is seeing me through this as I know He is seeing you through your journey.

    God bless all of you.

  2. Jon,
    I am really happy for you and your family that you will be able to go home on Friday. You and Brenda both continue to inspire! I hope you have a great rest of the week and I hope all goes well with your trip home. Congratulations on walking without a cane...wow! Just further proof of your work ethic with PT and how it's paying off. Continued prayers and good wishes are always headed your way. God bless you and your family!
    Mickey Kerr