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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Update on Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Update on Ben Wolverton

We are starting on our 24th day since Ben fell off of his longboard.

Ben was wide awake this morning, more awake than at any time in the past few weeks. Yesterday, I would have said that he was acting like a newborn--exploring his stitches, touching the tubes in his ears, and so on. Today he acted more like a six-month old.

The biggest difference is that Ben kept his eyes open today, not just for a few seconds, but for minutes at a time, and he focused on things. He seemed to find the curtain and the walls to be very interesting.

We got Ben to eat a little today--a bite of popsicle, some juice, water, and a few cheerios. He will have to learn to chew better before we can start him on solid foods, but he did great. Ben is a huge fan of eating.

He also moaned much more, and it was obvious that he was trying to talk on several occasions. One time he looked at his mother and said "mmmaaammmaaa." Half moan, half word. So he stayed awake from about 8-11 this morning, and then seemed to be in a lot of pain, so the nurse gave him so meds that put him to sleep most of the day.

After lunch, I began making arrangements so that we could prepare the way toward getting him into a rehabilitation center, and I had their rep contact the hospital's rep, so that when we're ready to go (whether that be tomorrow or next week), we'll be able to get moving.

In any case, it was a good morning, and we're ready to go see Ben for the night.

For those who would like to buy a book to help Ben, or order a t-shirt (I think that they are on sale now), or buy a quilt, or send a donation, you can find the proper links here.

This is Ben thrashing his arms around as he does his range-of-motion exercises. We also got him to help with his leg exercises this morning.