Danny’s days begin early. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Danny goes to Speech, Occupational, and Physical therapies. He is there from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Afterwards, he comes home for lunch, and then works on his own for a couple hours on his speech. When he is done, Danny and I do range of motion exercises on his right arm and hand. Once he is done with that, he takes a two hour walk.
For extra support, a tutor comes on Monday and Wednesday late afternoons to help with his speech homework. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Danny mostly works independently with speech DVDs. However, a tutor comes again in the late mornings to work on his speech homework with him. Afterwards, he works with Sally and takes his walk.
We just received a wonderful offer of massage therapy. Hopefully we can add this to his schedule.
Danny is signed up to go to the boot camp speech therapy program at the University of Michigan. He is signed up to go to two four week programs. We have talked to a previous patient of the program, and he told us about the wonders of this program.
We are now working on getting the other two therapies, occupational and physical, while he is there. They do not see that as being a problem. While working on his hand and arm exercises, we recently learned that Danny’s right hand was also broken in May 2011. Today he went to a hand surgeon.
Thankfully, we were told it healed on its own pretty well, and the tightness he is experiencing in his hand is mostly due to the tightness in his ligaments and tendons from the early surgery. So that was good news. We are still working on getting funding because, as you can imagine, these programs are expensive.
Furthermore, we would like to get Danny additional funding for his necessary occupational and physical therapies.
Please, during these efforts, remember to guard Kelly’s privacy. Remember she was terribly hurt too. She needs to move on and continue healing.
I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for the donations, warm thoughts, and much needed prayers.
Your outpouring of love has been amazing. Thank you from all of us.