After a pretty rough night for Kai dealing with some of the side effects of the steroids he is on that are helping him with managing the swelling and inflammation, Kai had an awesome day.Kai Out to see the Sun 03.12.14

Getting this wheelchair has given new life to Kai – I think we went on 6-7 “walks” in the hospital today. It was so windy today (up to 45 mph gusts) so we couldn’t go outside, but we’d go and see the sun in the windows and take his visitors for walks asking different people to push him in the wheelchair. Kai also got to finally take a shower after about a week and several days of Neosporin hair – contrary to popular belief, Neosporin not so great as a hairstyling product. He asked to put on his firetruck tshirt (thanks Nicco!) and his own pants and even brushed his teeth. I know this may sound cliche but holy moly, am I ever re-learning the lesson of how beautiful and life-changing he small things can be.

Kai first silly face 03.12.14

Kai made great strides with the occupational therapist too – he sat up on his own using his elbow and arms to help him up so he could do a puzzle and I think this gave him new confidence and he would try again and again if we could find good motivation such as when we just couldn’t figure out which car was Lightning McQueen or Mater or if Thomas the Train was red or blue.

Kai and his puzzle 03.12.14

We are so thankful for so many moments today and Kai had a peaceful nap today and right now he’s only moaned a little bit while trying to sleep which is amazing. Thank you God for a wonderful day with Kai monkey. I want to remember the way it felt to give him that hug when he sat up without pain and how he gave us high fives and made a “funny” face for Sheerin when she wanted to take his picture. I know that things are going to get a great deal more tangible (read: makes my stomach turn upside down) on learning what Kai will have to go through, but I want to try to see the life and love in these days – I know I’m going to struggle with this, I don’t want him to suffer anymore than he already has, but this is part of his story. And Kai’s story is one of life.

It has to be. Yay for Toothbrushes 03.12.14

He’s a little stinker and feisty and kind and thoughtful. And Lord please help Shawn and I and all those who care about him, walk with Kai in this so that he only feels lifted up, loved and comforted. Let Kai know that Love wins and that he can have that peace in his heart.

Thank you again so so much for all of your prayers and support today – you helped Kai make great great strides!

10 Comments on Big Strides

  1. Go Kai! We are thankful that he and you two had a better day. I can’t wait to come by on Friday and see him and you. Take care and keep up the great work!

  2. Wonderful to read this! So blown away by your strength and courage, Kai. I hope all of you are getting some much needed rest tonight…

  3. Keep up the great work Kai! Aki and Shawn we are so proud of your faith and strength! You all are in our thoughts and prayers constantly!

  4. Great job Kai! We are proud of your strength! You are getting a ton of prayers! Eva is looking forward to reading books and doing puzzles with you soon she said! 😉

  5. i pray for you continuously little Kai, may The Lord heal your body and give strength to your family and to your many friends.

  6. Kai, only you could make so much progress just 3-4 days after a major surgery!!! I’m so proud of you and can’t wait to hear how today goes. I hope you get to go outside!!! Love you xoxo

  7. Praying for you all. Aki, you are a very strong beautiful mother.

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