We got to stop at Granger Missionary Church today and let Josiah play a bit on the drums! It was awesome to see him play again. It is one passion that he has in life and something he was not sure he would be able to do again! God is so good to us!
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Here is an update on Josiah as of Monday, March 21st.
- Josiah has made quite a bit of progress in the last two weeks. First off, he was able to start back to school. It was suggested in his psych-evaluation that he go back about three times a week for half of a day to start. We thought this would be a good idea, since he had not had to to anything for 6-8 hours straight like school.
- When we met with the school, they suggested going back half of a day every day just to see how he would respond. They worked with us to set up a schedule that would get most of his main class work in the morning hours, and then when he felt up to it, he would go to some labs in the afternoon that would help him get caught up in all his work. Josiah started back the day after we went to the meeting at the school and decided to start out going full day… and has done full days every day since!
- This kid has amazed me with his ability to go above and beyond what is expected. I am so proud of him for working so hard. When he breaks for Spring break here in a couple of weeks, he should be almost caught up with all of the work that he missed and on schedule to graduate on time.
- We also celebrated his birthday… with him! I cannot even put into words the feelings of having another birthday with him. God has blessed us, that is for sure!
- His smile is getting bigger! The right side of his face is coming alive. It is slow healing, but we are glad to see the progress. An answer to prayer for sure!
- We took some time for him to go and play on the drums a bit just to see how it felt. He was nervous and unsure of his ability, which made it difficult for him to play, but from what I heard, he will be back at it in no time!
We still have some specific requests that we are praying for and would be grateful if you would join us.
- Pray that his face will completely heal. It will still take some time for that to happen, but it will happen!
- Pray that he continues to do great in his schooling.
- Pray that we would have clarity as we dream and plan for the future.
- Pray that God gives us the opportunity to use Josiah’s story as a mark of God’s grace, love and goodness.
1 Timothy 1:14 “The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.”
Just three months ago we were not sure we would see him make his 18th birthday. But God spared his life, has healed him and has something great planned for Josiah’s life. Josiah is a kind a caring young man who loves Jesus and is not ashamed to make that known. I am proud of him. I am thankful we have another birthday to celebrate with him.
Today we took another trip up to Grand Rapids to see Josiah’s opthamologist. Though he did not lose vision, he was quite limited right after the accident in his ability to focus both eyes together (which caused double-vision) and he had limited range in his right eye. He had made quite a bit of progress before he ever left the rehab hospital, but the doctor was very encouraging today at his progress. His vision is great and the issues he had with range in his right eye are gone. Great news to hear! He still cannot close the right eye all the way, which has caused some irritation on the eye. He has to have an eye lubricant at night and drops three times a day at this point. This should also clear up as his nerve damage heals
This was all great news, but the best part of the day was something we noticed as the eye doctor was examining him. When he smiles, we usually get just half a smile because of the damage on the right side of his face. But today he smiled and the right side of his mouth curled up into a slight smile as well! This is the first movement that we have seen from that side. At the risk of sounding pathetically soft and emotional, it literally made me cry. God has been so good to answer every prayer that we have offered up on Josiah’s behalf. We do not take that, or your prayers lightly. Josiah is a walking trophy of God’s grace and power, and we pray that others will see this as they hear and follow his story.
We continue to ask for these specific requests:
- Pray that Josiah will continue to make progress and get back in school here very soon so he can graduate on time.
- Pray that Josiah’s face will continue to heal! His lack of control in his face is the most frustrating thing he deals with at this point, so I know that seeing even the slightest improvement like we did today is exciting to him.
- Pray that we are able to lift up the name of Jesus to those around us. I know I have said this before, we would never have asked for this for our son and family, but we would also never want to limit or take away the opportunity for God to work the way He has. It is humbling to know that God chose us and is allowing us to be a channel of His grace and love.
2 Corinthians 4:15 “All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.”
Today we took another trip to Grand Rapids to have the 6 week checkup since he was released from Mary Free Bed. We did not expect to learn a lot of “new” things at this visit primarily because we have been with him every step of the way, and we were just checking in with them. There were some questions that we got answers to about his future, which directly affects our direction as well.
He is progressing very well. There is no doubt about it, as every doctor that we talk to basically says the kid is a walking miracle. We know that he is. God has been good to Josiah and to us as we have walked through this.
Of course, Josiah thinks he should be making a quicker recovery on the things that are left. He knows and understands that time is what is needed, but no teenage boy wants to be told that he still cannot drive, cannot work, cannot move out right after graduation and other things of that sort. He wants everything to right back on track with the plans he had before his accident. He will get to that point, but it will likely all be delayed by about a year. He will still get to graduate, but driving will be at least put off until late summer, and work will have to come after school is under control. It just all takes time.
There are some things that we are specifically praying for. We would be honored if you would take the time to pray for him in these areas:
- Pray for the right side of his face. Nerve damage takes quite some time to heal. We are starting to see some tone come back into his face, and the right side of his mouth is starting to move better as well. So, PROGRESS!
- We are also praying for him to get back into school here soon. He has been cleared by all the doctors, but we have to walk through all the hoops of getting what is called and IEP (basically a helper for him in classes). He will start out part time to see how he keeps up, and will slowly get into a full time schedule.
- Pray for the brain to continue to heal. It takes up to 18 months for complete healing to take place. That seems like a LONG time to him, but we know it will go by fast.
- Next week we go back up to Grand Rapids for an eye exam to see how his vision is healing. Pray for the travel and testing.
- Pray that we can be an encouragement and blessing to those that we meet and those that may happen to come across our story on this blog. More than anything we want people to be drawn to God through this. We truly believe this has happened so that God would be made big!
1 Corinthians 14:25 “they will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!”