Monday, May 11, 2009

Update - May 11, 2009

As I mentioned before, Paul was getting Botox shots in his right arm. He got the shots about three weeks ago and the purpose again is to fight the spasticity and to relax those muscles that are fighting the muscles he should be using. The Botox has helped. His right arm is less constricted and he can open his hand more than before. In addition, he is wearing splints several hours a day that stretch his elbow and his finger muscles. This is to avoid the muscles shrinking, which they will do if they are constricted for too long. Paul's occupational therapist, Kim, has been working vigorously with Paul by having him pick up, with his right arm, small blocks and objects. She also has given him a project of creating a photo gallery. He has taken photos, which he will upload to a photo gallery and write captions. Kim wants him to use his right arm as much as possible while taking the photos, using the computer, and writing the captions. As soon as the photo gallery is complete, I'll include a link to it on the blog and you'll be able to see Paul's accomplishments but also many of his friends at Pate.

Thank you again everyone for following the blog, especially Mary Ellen up in Manistique, Michigan. We can feel your support 1,200 miles away!

Love,
Patty and Paul

15 comments:

Keri said...

Still reading. Still praying. :) Way to go, Paul!!!

Sarah said...

Keep up the great work Paul! And thank you Patty for just being you!

Anonymous said...

The photo gallery sounds really cool. I look forward to seeing it. Keep up the hard work Paul. I know you will....and with Patty & Buzz cheering you on....you have the best cheerleaders right by your side!

I hope to see you guys soon. With much love.....Karen Hatfield

Jason said...

aaaah, so that's the homework assignment you guys were talking about. Sounds fun. I can't wait to read the captions!

kyle farley said...

THIS GUY IS GOLD, AND NEVER CEASES TO AMAZE! SORRY FOLKS... I GOTTA YELL IT TO THE MOUNTAINS, OVER THE HILLS & EVERYWHERE FOR PAUL & FAMILY!

alexa said...

Hello Jerdes! Great updates and great work Paul. Lookin' forward to seeing your photography. Wonder if you all have ventured down to Tony's Pizza any time lately. We miss being in the neighborhood and impromptu dinners like the one we had there. I'm sure we'll get back to Dallas in the next couple of years for a visit. You'll be top of the list!

Anonymous said...

Hey Paul....just wanted to let you know that Bobby is planning on coming to Buzz's baseball game this Saturday. He'll bring Little Bobby as well. We want to get the baby interested in baseball as soon as possible!

I know both Bobby's are looking forward to seeing you Saturday.

Have a great week & Keep on working hard.

We love you......Karen & Bobby

Anonymous said...

Pablo, keep up the Herculean efforts. I've been following your progress. My son and I are roadtripping to Iowa in June and a Dallas detour may very well be in order. Peace,love, and Conway Twitty music, your friend Fish

Anonymous said...

Greetings from chilly Manistique! I've enjoyed the new pictures- Paul you're looking great. What a cool way to keep your creativity fresh and exercise too with the photo gallery- I'll be watching for it.
Buzz, good luck with the ballgames-don't let those crawfish nibble at your fingers:)
Thanks for the wonderful postings, Patty.
Looking forward to the day when we can all meet in Manistique.
Love,
Mary Ellen

Nicole Kramer said...

Just checked back in after being out of the loop for a while. I'm so happy to hear that Paul has progressed so much since I last looked. Keep up the great work Patty - he's a lucky man to have someone as patient and caring as you!

Kelly Mc said...

So glad to hear things are going better Paul! Thinking of you in San Fran! -Kelly

Anonymous said...

glad things are getting better. hope even better still in times to come.

Anonymous said...

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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