Hello, It’s me, PAM (Eric’s mom),
Today was a good day for Eric. Yes, he was sitting in his chair near the nurse’s station, with the newspaper and he looked like he was reading. When he saw me he right away wanted to go for a walk around the hospital. I call it a run-about because he is in the wheelchair. He uses his feet to go backwards and as I said left, right he went faster to keep up with my talking. He always stops to check out all the doors to see if he can escape home. He found an open door and we went in, it was a small TV room/library with many books. I picked up an animal book and found a bunny picture. He looked at me and tried to say “bunny”. B..b…bb I was so surprised. I then asked him who I was and he tried to say “ma”. I kept the tears back so as not to frighten him. I then asked Eric if liked the bunny and he shook his head for “yes”. Eric had a wonderful bunny when he was small, which he loved to bring into the family room to play.
We went back to his room and next 2 nurses took him out for a walk down the hall. NO walker, just the girls on each side of him. He stood up straight and I think he felt “tall”. Ok, finally back to the room for a nap. No such luck, Eric’s aunt and uncle came and they took him for a walk. When he saw them he gave them a BIG SMILE. Now for a tiny nap. (1:45pm)
2:45pm Awake and ready to go again. Here comes the PT girl and off he goes up the hall this time with the walker. Then back in the wheel chair to take, yet, another run-about. This time she taught Eric how to use his hands on the wheels. He could get up some “speed”. Yea She told him….UP——DOWN, UP…DOWN. With this motion he went quickly forward. He liked it very much.
Then finally, Eric got to take his nap.
Keep strong Eric and let the “Angels” surround you.
All my love,
P.S. Eric is now off the pain “meds” he has had since the ICU.