Friday, May 20, 2011

Simple yet prodigious...

Gates’ improvements are subtle yet true demonstrations of increased strength and stamina.  In therapy, they practice extensions with his triceps and biceps.  Last week was more about enduring the treachery of therapy; this past week he took steps forward in becoming more independent.  He was able to balance a piece of pizza, on top of his closed hand, and take a bite.  Gates brought a mug of water to his mouth without assistance.

Simple yet prodigious.

Doctors performed an MRI and X-Rays on his neck which showed his injury is healing, however, it also showed there is still a tremendous amount of swelling in his spinal cord. 

It’s actually counterintuitive to think swelling is good, yet the fact he has the mobility in his arms, the feeling in his hands while the swelling is still so immense, gives hope.  As the swelling subsides it will relieve certain pressures on his nervous system, hindering his mobility, and with a prayerful heart I write... give him more motion and strength in his wrists, triceps and hands. 

Gates’ endurance has increased as well, where sitting was painful and exhausting, he is now upright for long periods of time, pain free; he’s mastering the transition from bed to chair and visa versa. 

“As the Savior’s mortal ministry came to a close, He experienced the most difficult trial of all time—the incredible suffering in Gethsemane and on Golgotha. This preceded the glorious Resurrection and the promise that all our suffering will someday be done away. His suffering was a prerequisite to the empty tomb that Easter morning and to our future immortality and eternal life.

“Not one of the trials and tribulations we face is beyond our limits, because we have access to help from the Lord. We can do all things through Christ, who strengthens us.” – Elder Paul V. Johnson

One thing you will see quite clearly in the following video:  Gates’ fun loving spirit sustained no permanent damage.

Also, our prayers are with you Elder Millward, serve hard!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Gates--
    You don't know me, but your Mom does. I just want you to know what an amazing lady she has always been.

    We were roomates at USU in the 80's. We roomed together for 2 years on Darwin Ave. We had such a wonderful time, and I was always inspired by your Mom's beauty and strength. She is such an example of someone who loves the Lord and wants to follow Him.

    I just learned about your accident this morning as I was watching Mormon Times on KSL tv. The tears rolled down my cheeks. I had talked to your Mom in April at Mueller Park Junior High's National Junior Honor Society Induction. Your Mom told me about your mission call and that she was going to make gumbo for the dinner. She had such a light in her eyes and HUGE smile on her face as she talked about you.

    I just want to send my love to you and your family and especially your Mom. I will pray for you as you continue to gain strength. What an example of hope and love you are. I can tell you have a foundation in Christ. May you be blessed.
    With love,