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Update on Josh...3/29/17

A post from Maggie, Josh's sister: Monday marked six months since Josh's accident. He has started gaining weight and developing some muscles in his arms and legs. Those who know Josh know how happy he is about this! He received a new wheelchair that is fitted to his body, and we can already tell he is more comfortable and better supported in it. His speech therapist has been giving us good reports and, in hopes of removing the feeding tube, will most likely do another swallow test before Josh leaves San Antonio. From the beginning, the odds were against Josh, and they still are. Yet everyday he has gotten a little better. There have been setbacks, but Josh is still fighting. It's easy to foc

Update on Josh...3/21/17

"You and I were created for Joy, and if we miss it, we miss the reason for our existence....If our joy is honest joy, it must somehow be congruous with human tragedy. This is the test of joy's integrity: is it compatible with pain?...Only the heart that hurts has a right to joy." Lewis Smedes How Can It Be All Right When Everything Is All Wrong Kelly and I have had a lot of people ask how we are doing. It is always a hard question to answer because neither of us knows for sure how we are supposed to be doing. But I wanted to take this opportunity to do my best to answer that question. Although I don't know what could have prepared us for the past 6 months, back in 1985 I came down with an i

Update on Josh...3/20/2017

Hey everyone its Mike, Josh's dad. I wanted to let you know how Josh is doing and the plans that are in the works to get Josh back home. Tomorrow I will write a second post and share some thoughts on behalf of Kelly and I in response to questions and comments we have received from folks. Each day we see something new take place. We have seen new facial muscle movements. Josh has pushed a button consistently on command. He is vocalizing more and more. He has also continued to kick the ball more consistently. There was one particularly special moment for us last week. If you know Josh then you know that signature smile he has where he smiles and then raises his eyebrow. Kelly I and were sittin

Update on Josh...3/13/17

Guest Post from my wife Kelsey: John Michael and I had the opportunity to spend some time with Josh this past weekend. It was a wonderful and hard experience. This was the first time we’ve been back to San Antonio since Christmas, so naturally there was a great amount of excitement, expectation and hope. Each time we come back to San Antonio it is overwhelming. When we are in Northwest Arkansas, at work, seeing friends, and in our daily routine, it is easy to compartmentalize and be somewhat desensitized to the gravity of the situation. Don’t get me wrong, Josh is making progress, but each time we see him, we have great anticipation for dramatic changes – and the reality is that he is s

5 Month Update on Josh

Yesterday was 5 months since Josh’s accident. This morning, Josh’s therapy team said that today was his best day yet. Each one of the teams working with Josh has commented on his progress. A few days ago in therapy Josh was connected to a machine that moved his arms systematically to touch objects on the screen. It was similar to virtual-reality rehab, where Josh’s brain sees (and feels) his arms move, all in an attempt to re-train his brain. We have been so thankful for the staff in San Antonio that works so diligently with our Josh! Our prayer tonight is that the progress continues and Josh shows more consistent, intentional movement. I preface what I am about to write with saying: I hav

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