Eric had a lot of visitors today and I hope that kept him enough stimulated so he can sleep through the night without keeping the nurses too busy. He was pretty awake most of the day, off and on his brain wandered off and we couldn’t get contact with him. He was up in the wheelchair twice; this morning with his PT and in the afternoon with his mom and I. He pushed himself around pretty well, still very minimal steps of course. He even took a few small steps standing up, pushing a walker in front of him. That was great to watch. I was by his side just in case he would fall, but he did great. Yet another accomplishment achieved.
Walking and pushing himself in the wheelchair is absolute great but it was really hard to watch Eric with his SLP this morning. She tried to get him to write “Eric”. You could tell how frustrated it was for him; he held that pen and notebook in his hand for a long time but that was it. I don’t think he remembers how to write, not as simple as his own name. I can’t even describe the horrible feeling Eric must have felt. As an owner of a mortgage company he used to write up big proposals, today he can’t even write his name. He needs to relearn so much that we take for granted. Well, actually he is relearning everything; just like bringing a person back to life.