Monday, August 3, 2009

You could drive a person crazy!

Good news!

Ted passed his Marion Joy Driving Certification on Monday, got approval from his Dr., we got the Vibe equipped for one-handed driving (spinner knob and cross-over turn signal) on Friday and Ted took his first solo drive since April 26th. The folks at Starbucks are very happy to see him back on the road. (Of course those of you who are his facebook friends already know all this!)

As if that was not enough excitement for one week (or has it been 2 weeks since the last update?) we also became Cosco devotees last week. (For those of you who don't know about Cosco it's similar to Sam's Club and much closer to our house).

We joined a week ago Friday and have already made several shopping trips - the biggest purchase being the Wii and Wii Fit. It's a lot of fun (Ted enjoyed watching me make a fool of myself on the downhill ski slalom - he's getting very good at it) and Ted has been hitting new levels of expertize every day unlocking more and more fun balance games and other programs. He is getting to be quite the expert on Wii Sports bowling but baseball and golf will be a bit of a challenge until the left arm and fingers are more functional.

We are looking into acupuncture as a possible additional therapy - we have met several people who believe it has been a great help to them.

Excursions included the Naperville Summer Place production of Kiss Me Kate at North Central High School. It's a great production - both looking and sounding great. Hard to believe last night was only their 2nd performance. (Go see it next weekend if you are in the area - worth your time!) Ted, as board president, did the opening Welcome / Pre-Curtain Speech. Good to see him on stage again. His speech therapists would have been proud to hear him using the S.L.O.B (Speak Slowly, Loudly, Over Articulate and Breath) - he was easily understood all the way to the back of the house!

We plan to join the cast next Wednesday for their Kiss Me Kate Singalong. Expect it to be a lot of fun!

We had a delightful time this past week when our 10 year old Godson (Evan Weiger) spent the night with us (well .. with his Uncle Ted) before he and his family left on their vacation to Florida. Evan and Uncle Ted had a grand time down in the "man cave" staying up late, watching movies and eating popcorn. We were quite amused (and relieved) that Evan was more interested in James Bond's chase scenes than the "gushy stuff" in "Golden Eye". Both Uncle and Godson agreed they would do it again before Evan goes back to school in the fall.

Other visitors included our dear friends Tom and Judy Ringo, from Long Beach, Indiana, who were kind enough to come over on a day trip. We had a great time catching up on all their trips and just being good friends.

In between therapy sessions, which continue to go well, and our other activities we live and die with our Chicago Cubs (At the moment I write this they are tied for 1st place with the Cardinals -both teams lost on Sunday- but who knows what tomorrow will bring?). We continue to appreciate all the love and support we receive from all of you - those we see in church and other parts of our lives, those we "see" on facebook and those who keep up with us via the blog.

Though we may not say it directly, know that we are so very grateful to all of you!

Michelle and "The Mighty" Ted

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