Adjusting to the New Normal
It’s really hard to define normal in a household with four boys. Seems like everything is always changing. And Cole’s “normal” has most certainly changed over these last two years. But we’ve learned to roll with the punches and embrace each change that leads to a new normal.
Recovery here at Brooke’s parents has been far better than recovery in the hospital room, but this was true last time as well. Cole is learning to adjust to his very limited mobility, although he has his moments of non-compliance. Like when Brooke turned her back yesterday and then returned to find Cole had moved himself from the couch to his wheelchair. He’s not fully understanding why he just can’t get up and go.
But the new normal has him sleeping fairly well through the night. Each night has been better. He’s limited in sleeping positions, but we’ve managed to sleep without his leg immobilizer on, which I know has been a welcomed breather (for him and for his leg)!
During the day, we are thankful for conversation, brothers, grandparents and technology. We move from movies, to games, to the iPad, to card games, to books and then wheel around the house from time to time. Cole is getting pretty adept at maneuvering by himself in the wheelchair.
Praise God that his pain has been very minimal. In fact, we aren’t using much of his prescription pain medicine. This has been a huge answer to prayer. As has been the progress of his recovery since we have been discharged from the hospital. So again, thanks for following our journey, supporting us and praying with us. We are believing God for continued health and healing for Cole because of His grace and goodness. “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)