Sorry once again to have taken so long to update.
Bethany continues to improve both mentally and physically. Her short term memory is slowly getting better and almost daily we see improvement in it.
Physically she appears to be doing well, her left foot has improved (was not able to pull it up) but she continues to need her brace when going on walks as the foot tires quickly.
Bethany is scheduled to have her skull reinserted on November 2nd which we are all looking forward to as it should take a load off the family in having to be so vigilant. (***Update from Sandra (She left this in the comments but I thought it should be here):
A quick note from Mom here. Would really, really appreciate people’s prayers when the surgery roles around. It’s a bit scarey getting her head opened up again. Yes, it will be a great relief to have her brain protected by her skull finally and ditch the helmet! The Dr. reminds us, any surgery carries risks and we are praying and trusting God to have the same big strong angels on duty that caught her when she fell off the bike! Praying against all infections, bugs and viruses as well. Last time around she got some staff and other nasty critters. Believing God that none of the gains that she has made will be lost. There will be not going backwards in Jesus name!
Final word is our complete trust and confidence is in Yahweh as before and always. To God be the GLORY for all His kindesses and for baring His mighty right arm on Bethany’s behalf. Oh, how He loves her….
We do have a lot of fun with Beth in regards to her short term memory. The other day I was talking very seriously to her about how hard she’s been working and how she will need to really dig in to get to the next level. I think I was going into my coaching mode and sort of forgot that I should keep it short. So as I came to the end of my “coaching moment” she looked puzzled and asked, “What were we talking about?” We all just laughed and hugged her. So funny.
Beth will occasionally, “get stuck” (is what we call it) on a particular subject, sometimes all day.
I think it was last weekend she came up with a thought that she’d like to look into be coming a nurse. She was out walking with Sandy, so naturally Sandy encouraged her to look into it and to see what it would take to become one. Well during the entire walk, the ride home, and the rest of the day, every few “seconds” Beth would say, “I think I’d like to be come a nurse. How do I start?” No matter what Sandy did to try and get her re-directed to another subject she’d always come back to, “I think I’d like to be come a nurse. How do I start?”.
Needless to say, when I got home Sandy was ready for a break. Later that night it was time for me to sleep next to Beth and sure enough she asked, “I think I’d like to be come a nurse. How do I start?”. I was trying to be very patient with her and would answer with the typical thing of needing school etc etc, but it soon got challenging. What’s funny is she was listening to a story, and for 1 or two minutes she would listen and then ask about nursing again. I would comment that she needed to concentrate on the story as she was “stuck” on the nursing thing. She always apologies, then goes quite, and again ask.
So I thought what could I get her to think about that would totally get her mind off that particular track. I asked her to think about one of our vacations in Florida where she got to ride on the back of the scooter with Nate as we rode all over Key West. I reminder her of the wonderful Key Lime pie we had and some of the other fun things.
I went back to listening to my story and thought I had solved it….nope, about 3 minutes later she ask, “I think I’d like to be come a nurse. How do I start?”. Sigh….
So I asked her to think about the most fun she’d ever had in her life and she immediately said, “Oh, ridding trains!” That pretty much did it! I think she asked once or twice more, but I’d put her back on “track” (HA! Pun intended) and I think she went to sleep thinking about her great times of jumping trains from one coast to the next. I know she thinks fondly of those times, but they were some of the worst times from Mom and Dad!
Since I haven’t done much in the way of info on Beth, I’ll put up a few pictures of some of the fun she’s had:
Beth’s BIRTHDAY!!! WOOHOO! Well, as you would guess, we were very excited to be celebrating Beth’s birthday this year. The down side is she doesn’t remember it at all. But we have pictures and video’s and have written it down in her memory book so she can at least look back and read about it.
She had many friends over and many of them called, sometimes multiple times a day! (Thanks Erica!) There was a tea party, gifts from so many of her friends, Grandma came up from Boise and spent a number of days here with her, and Nate and Jamie came over from Seattle and spent the weekend with Beth. Her Grandpa called from Florida and again asked her to come down there to bask in the sunshine and swim in his pool. “Neon Leon” called from Vegas, and I know I’m forgetting so much, but so many wonderful folks came and made a memorable (HA!) time for Beth. Oh! And GREAT FOOD! Thanks Rach!
Enjoy the pictures! (I don’t have all of them and will try and put more up later)