November 18 is a day I will never forget. It is crazy to think that it has already been a year since Zach had his accident. I know I have said thank you and have tried to convey how appreciative our family is for all the love and support that has been shown to us for the past year but it feels like words can never be enough. We are so thankful and grateful to all of you!
Zach has been doing good! He has made so much progress it is amazing to watch! In August Zach had an elective surgery to help with the droop on his left side and everything went great!! Surgery went as planned and his face (and beard) are a little more symmetrical.
Zach has recently had follow up appointments in Ann Arbor with ENT, plastic surgery, and neurology and he got good reports from everyone! Zach lost vision on the left side from damage to his optic nerve and he cannot hear from his left ear. He has met with the ENT to get a special hearing aid that transfers the sound from the left side to a device in his right ear. This device is new so he is still getting used to it and trying to work out the kinks of a new device. The plastic surgeon was very happy with the healing from his surgery in August. The neurologist was happy with Zach’s progress and thinks his shunt is working as it should be! All good news!!
Mentally Zach is still improving, but we are so grateful to see the progress he has made so far! His memory has improved some and his speech has improved a lot since coming home! He does still struggle with peoples names at times and that is frustrating for him.
People have asked if Zach can drive, work, communicate, etc. He can!! He was given clearance to drive and he has been doing so. He has adjusted very well to only seeing with his right eye. He can communicate! If you see him please don’t hesitate to say hello! He does struggle with names at times so maybe remind him so he can have a face to go with the name! He is also texting and using Snapchat so feel free to reach out to him that way as well! Zach is not currently working, which is an adjustment since he had been driving tractor and/or working in the barn since before he could walk. I think this has been one of the bigger adjustments for him as he now has a lot of free time and often gets bored. We are all hoping and praying that he will be back in a tractor again, hopefully springtime!
At his last visit with the neurologist Zach was told to give it 6 more months. I know he is anxious to get back in a tractor but his brain and body need a little more time to heal!!
I am excited to see where things go in the upcoming months. If you find yourself thinking of Zach send up a prayer for continued healing and patience for him as he has endured a lot of change in the last year
It is such a blessing to have Zach in our lives and I am beyond grateful that he is still Zach!! ❤️ I’ve said it before and I will say it again, God is good all the time! And all the time God is good!!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34
And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the Lord: “For He is good, for His mercy endures forever toward Israel.” Ezra 3:11
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting. Psalm 100:4-5
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Eternally grateful ❤️
-Zach and his family