So much has happened since our last update, I don’t know where to begin! Since Eli had surgery on both of his feet, he has maintained a positive attitude and a sense of determination. Recovery is hard work, and not as speedy as we would like, but God has blessed us with the love and support of our church family and community. The Lord has overwhelmed us with incredible experiences and just so many caring and helpful people! They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I’m going to share as much as I can through the pictures we took.
1. While out of town for the surgery, our friends and family worked together to paint Eli’s bedroom! He came home to a great birthday surprise!
2. John and I were surprised to find out that our church had organized a whole crew of people to bring us dinner every other night for three weeks! It was AMAZING!
3. We have been able to hire a wonderful gal to help me with Eli and other household stuff in the afternoons. Ciera is AMAZING!
4. If you know Eli, you’ve probably heard him mention the country music group, Rascal Flatts, a time or two. We took him to see his favorite group at Virginia Beach and he had a blast! He got so excited that he had a pretty yucky seizure shortly after the band started, but thankfully, Eli doesn’t remember that part. Short-term memory loss has its advantages sometimes.
5. After being completely off of his feet for a few weeks, we joined the local YMCA and began getting him in the pool daily. This helped to strengthen his legs and loosen up his tightening muscles. After a week or so, Eli was able to start walking very slowly in the pool.
6. Once again, Eli participated in the fall season of baseball with the Miracle League. He said, “I’m so glad I play baseball with the Miracle League, because even though I’m in a wheelchair, I can still play!” At the annual season-ending “Boo Game”, Eli was Speedy Gonzales!
7. We re-assembled the old overhead ladder. John and my Dad had built this huge thing when Eli was about five-years-old, as he was learning to walk after the accident. Eli worked through his fears and I shed many tears underneath that old ladder. It brings back memories of heartaches and memories of hard-won victories. Today, Eli is more determined than ever to walk with his cane again and maybe even walk without it! When asked, Eli said, “Progress is going great and hopefully I’ll get back on my feet sometime soon!”
Eli spends time first thing in the morning doing Bible study and quiet-time. He has his own routine and he sticks to it like clockwork. Lately, he has been writing in his journal almost daily. He does this when he feels like God is speaking something to him. With his permission, I’d like to share what he wrote on October 20. (He writes down conversations between him and God, so the “G” indicates that God is speaking and “E” indicates when Eli is speaking.)
Finally, we ask for your prayers:
- Eli will be having a 24-hour EEG next week. His seizures continue to happen frequently despite a gradual increase in medication over the last year. He has had a few that were particularly scary and intense. They also seem to be having a negative effect on his memory.
- We will soon be traveling to the Family Hope Center in Philadelphia for a follow up to the surgery.
- We will follow-up with doctors at Childrens Hospital of Richmond in early December. They are monitoring the problem with Eli’s hip. Our hope is that an effect of aligning his feet is that his hip will also move into alignment with time. Our prayer is that it would happen quickly in order to avoid hip surgery.
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”
- James 1:2-4, NLT