However, even more clear, I will forever bear in mind the lump in my throat and the silly crack my voice made, overcome with emotion, as I attempted to share with Brian my joy in hearing Gates could feel, on his left hand, his dad’s touch.
Today, just one week after his accident, Gates is having tingling feelings in his right hand. He had some issue last night with breathing but today Gates was a whole new man. His breathing is much improved, giving proverbial “light at the end of the [ICU] tunnel” and new hope he’ll be transferred soon.
“No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God … and it is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire and which will make us more like our Father in heaven. …” - Orson F. Whitney