Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Update, Nov. 4, 2008

Paul's hard work is paying off and he is now practicing walking with a platform walker, which is a regular walker with an attachment that serves as a forearm rest for his right arm. Until now, the therapists had him using an EVA support walker, a larger walker with wheels that supported Paul's weight and helped more with his balance. The platform walker is forcing Paul to really balance. While he is progressing during his theraphy sessions, the reality is that outside of his therapy sessions and practicing walking, he requires a wheelchair.

I also am including this photo of Buzz and Paul during a visit to Pate last Saturday. I am so proud of Buzz. He is always excited to visit Paul, gives him lots of hugs while we are there, and cheers Paul on when he is practicing his walking and talking.

I also want to thank the staff and parents at St. Patrick's (Buzz's school) and everyone from Buzz's soccer team. The outpouring of generosity and kindness from the school and the community, in general, has been overwhelming and made such a difference in helping us get through this. I feel like almost everywhere we go, people go out of their way to look out for Buzz. Buzz seems oblivious to all of this but I know it has helped all of us cope.

Thank you again,


Anonymous said...

What great news to hear of Paul's continued improvement! You are doing such a wonderful job, Patty, keeping Paul motivated and balancing Buzz along with life in general. Think of you often and check the Blog regularly to see how you all are progressing. Many blessings,

Amy, one of the sister-in-laws said...

Yeah! Paul you keep on working hard. We want you home soon. Patty, I am so proud of you. Your love for Paul and Buzz is so beautiful. You two are true soul mates. Love always. Amy aka Armoire.

Victoria said...

Thank you so very much for keeping us up-to-date on Paul's progress. I recently moved to San Francisco and rely on your updates more than you know!

dpatrick said...

just thinkin' about you man. wanted to say hello.

Rrramone said...

What a great picture!!

See you this weekend my bro.

Kristine said...


Keep up the hard, but good work. I know that with your dedication and determination you soon will no longer need a wheelchair or a walker.

Continue to stay strong in spirit as I know it's probably challenging at times. Remember everyone is cheering you on, praying for you, Patty and Buzz and look forward to the days when this is all behind you.

Much love,

Brad said...

I’m sure Buzz is a great inspiration for Paul as he continues to improve. I love the photo. Have a wonderful weekend with your family Paul! It looks like it’s going to be beautiful weather.

Anonymous said...

WOW !!Buzz looks like a Jerde in that picture, a little Mary!!! Maybe it is the hair? A beautiful picture.
Margaret, Mary and Ann Maresh in MN

Joe said...

A great photo. I can't wait to meet this brave man known as Paul. I know he's going to make it just fine. With all the love he's getting -- plus his incredible hard work, effort and huge heart -- I know he will be G-R-E-A-T!!!!

Grace and peace -- Joe

Sam said...

Fantastic progress!! So proud of all of you... Patty your strength continues to amaze us all. Hope to get out to see you guys again soon.

Let me know if you need anything :)


passionunderconstruction said...

Stay strong and get well soon. Sending prayers.

Bobby said...

Paul, keep up the hard work. We want you home soon. Patty, words can't express how proud I am of you. Your strength and love is inspiring. Love Bobby

Anonymous said...

Hi Patty and Paul, I have been thinking about you guys and look forward to seeing you on Friday. I love you, Amy