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Posted 2015-08-26T16:31:09Z

Don turns 60!

This being Don's second week at Samaritan Bethany has been a good one! Two more of his children arrived, Bobby (flew in from Austin,TX) and Michael (from LA) encouraging Don with magazines, games like battleship and UNO! The family celebrated Dons birthday on Monday with his favorite cake - German Chocolate! Lots of laughter and good jokes! Don was taught a new way to speak that same evening by the speech therapist and his communication is night and day! You will see a board with dots in the photo album so he is supposed to use one finger at a time and touch a dot than say one word. When he does this we can understand him really well! It is much slower than he is used to speaking but is learning that if he doesn't watch his finger move while saying a word it is difficult to communicate with us and for us to fully know and hear what he is wanting to say! It is a great gift! He was saying this morning that he still can't feel his right arm muscles but when in therapy he can feel his muscles down deep when walking , standing with the therapists. We are all still hoping and believing for him to be able to walk - even if it is slow and use his right arm/shoulder to do everyday tasks! Thank you all for your love, words of encouragement and support! Don and Betty are very grateful and enjoy knowing there are people all over the world cheering him on! The family also appreciates your patience as they spend time with him and the updates and pictures on here are not as frequent! Please keep praying for wisdom, advice and strength as the family deals with Don's recovery moving forward and long term!

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  • Karla

    I dreamed last night that Don was walking independently and talking clearly post stroke! In this dream, I saw him in church! God is great.

    5 years ago · Reply
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