Most mornings run the same for me…wake up, make coffee, make breakfast, say goodbye to Esther who now drives herself to school, and then enjoy the relief that comes from what I call ‘my morning constitutional’ (which of course is a natural bodily function and not a walk around the block). Now in my fantasy world, I like to believe that my morning constitutional is a private affair–meaning that my family members know and respect that the time in the bathroom is sacred and should not be interrupted. But as most moms know, once you cross the threshold of motherhood, boundaries such as privacy while on the latrine become obsolete. So yesterday morning, while in my fantastical privacy-land, I heard footsteps approaching my bathroom door. Next I heard the voice of my adult son and this is what he said, “Mom, as Esther was leaving this morning she said something funny and I smirked.”
“How did Cole progress while in his second week of acupuncture therapy?”, you ask…well, he smirked! While writing this phenomenal action I feel the same type of bondage I felt yesterday morning when he spoke it through the door; for this type of NEWS should be shouted and celebrated. We should gather hands and in a circle, do a dance of some sort, while chanting “he smirked, he smirked” over and over again. And just like yesterday morning, when I was bound to the porcelain by certain sanitary requirements and could not immediately jump up and give my son a hug, I am bound, through this post, to only relay the words as he spoke them without the attachment of his nor my enthusiasm. Such is the life in prose!
So let me break it down for you in the simplest, yet the most magnificent of terms…Cole’s cranial nerves are discovering new pathways of communication. And it is through the marvelous therapeutic approach of Dr. Zhu and Dr. Moyee that this is happening! We are beyond excited because once the nerves discover a new pathway, the communication will just continue to grow and strengthen. Thus, while here at home, Cole is continuing the intensive eye and face exercises that he learned up north. And on Thursday (of this week) we will follow up with Dr. Jing Li the acupuncturist here in Irvine who originally referred us to Dr. Zhu.
Other improvements noted in a weeks time:
- Improved balance, such as, in beginning of week Cole couldn’t ride the stationary bike without holding onto something, by Friday he needed nothing for support.
- Better control of left eye lateral movement.
- Right eye becoming more centered.
- Double vision decreasing, meaning, the two objects are moving closer together.
- The distance from his face that a given object remains one, is further out than in beginning of week.
- Eye lid closure nearly 100%.
- Increased moisture in the eyes, which means decreased usage of eye drops (which used to be employed every half hour to an hour).
- Nausea completely diminished.
- Stomach acid over production decreasing.
- Improved stamina and endurance.
And with yesterday’s news I can add to the list that Cole is feeling muscle twitching and movement in his face. The smile he so longs to have is not far from reach…EXCITING STUFF!!! In addition to this treasure trove of good news, today we received the hard-copy book of the ‘CarePages’ material (I had ordered it a couple of weeks ago). All Brian and I could do was sigh when looking at the first page. It has been quite a year and Cole has come so very far!
Next up, Cole has his follow up MRI’s this coming Saturday morning. And just to irritate me, I am feeling quite emotional. What you don’t know is that my emotional sensitivity was tripped off last week when Cole and I decided to watch, what we thought would be a hilarious movie, called 50/50. We knew going into it that it was centered around a young man who discovers he has a malignant tumor in his spine. And though the movie promoted itself to lean more toward the humor involved in the cancer scenario, there is just no getting around the gravity of the life changing situation. Turns out it was a little too soon for the both of us to take in. Now the carepages book has arrived, and well, I’m all messed up! Aaaahhhh, but this is Part III-Cole, so never you mind about me. Cole is doing just fine. PRAISE THE LORD!!! (and pass the ammunition–just kidding) 😉