Even in Arizona it gets cold and It's an adjustment for Stephen to stay warm. It is a blessing to be in Arizona, compared to colder places with snow. I'm not sure how we'd get along with a wheelchair in the snow. Anyway, things are moving forward. I'll let you know about a few new things we are trying. We've found a new support brace for the left shoulder that we are using instead of kinesio tape. We can take it on and off easier and use the estim machine more often on his shoulder. It's our number one immediate priority to get that shoulder stronger. We also found a chiropractor that is trying a laser treatment to see if Stephen has any positive response. It is a hand held cold laser that we use for 3 minutes every hour and just shine it on the back of his neck. Stephen has started using his wrist splints less, and we are waiting for gloves to arrive instead. They will be less rigid, but he can still use his wrists. Those are the gloves he will use in a manual chair to turn the wheels with the heels of his hands. Actually, he is using his iPad more and more without his stylus splint, which I count as a big improvement. Also, his blood pressure is regulating itself more and he is taking less medication. So, we are continuing with therapy three times a week at the neuro institute and twice in the pool. Other than that Stephen has decided to give himself a deadline for the computer science final and decide on some independent study classes.
Stephen can't think of anything he even wants for Christmas. So, I was hoping that we could fill his stocking full of letters from all of you! If you get a chance...email us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org or send it I the mail to 872 E. Taurus Pl. Chandler, AZ 85249.