Hey everyone. I wanted to take some time tonight to write and update everyone on how things are going with Caleb and the rest of the family. I pray that this note finds all of you well. I am amazed at how far Caleb has come in the last 2 years. Hard to believe our little Caleb is now 4 years old! Some of you may remember one of the most recent prayer requests that we’ve had for him (a prayer request that we have kept going for over a year now) has revolved around Caleb’s speech and cognitive abilities. For the longest it seemed Caleb was only able to string together about 2 and 3 words at a time. Every now and then he would be able to say maybe a 4 word sentence, but that was about it. And as far as his cognitive abilities were concerned, I will never forget sitting with Metro Schools after they evaluated him and them saying that Caleb registered the lowest on the scale for mental capabilities. They told us then that we had about 3 good years to get his scores up or he would be deemed “mentally challenged,” as far as scoring was concerned, which of course would affect his future education possibilities. That was a year ago.
It’s hard to believe that it has been since October since I have really given an update on Caleb. Now writing after these many weeks I feel as though I have missed speaking to a member of my family, as that has what the entire 9,000 or so members of Caleb’s Facebook pages have become for us.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Hey everyone. As you all know our lives changes forever on October 16th, 2010. Ever since Caleb accident we have been on a journey, both inward as God has taught us an immense number of lessons about life, love, family, relationship, and about what it means to know God experientially! I wanted to take some time to post a longer update on Caleb (as well as our new nephew Amani). It has been so long since I have sat down and just written. I feel like you all are Caleb’s extended family now as we have all walked through some pretty incredible experiences together this last year. We have also been on a journey outward as we have had our eyes opened to a whole new world in the special needs community. God is very much at work in the places He’s always said we would find him, among the poor, the broken, the weak, and the forgotten. Wow has God taught us a lot about Himself!
Good morning everyone. I wanted to take a few minutes this morning to update you on some of the latest news that we have received with Caleb. The news at first was scary to us as it stoked up fears of things that we had been told very early on when Caleb was first injured. We have since learned however that what we had initially feared was not what the therapists were informing us about. After Caleb’s initial injury we were told that brain trauma patients follow a predicable path of recovery that generally has the patient seeing an increase in abilities, as the patient starts rehabilitation. This initial stage, as we were told, can be up to a year and this is the time when you will normally see the patient gain back some or a lot of what they lost rather quickly. After this stage comes another stage where things tend to slow down. The brain is unable to absorb and process the information like it used to and, because of the injury, tasks become gradually harder. Learning slows down and recovery at that point becomes more gradual.