Happy New Year!!!
We really enjoyed Christmas and New Year. With Andy being that much stronger we were able to enter into the festivities much more than the two previous years!!! We spent Christmas itself up in Burscough with all the Davies side of the family. It seemed like Christmas went on and on as we had various pre and post Christmas get togethers with both sides of the family and friends at our house. Andy has always enjoyed entertaining and one of his favourite 'days out' is to go to Costco to choose party food for his guests and so we made a couple of trips.
An encouraging highlight of Christmas was that Andy was able to enter into conversation at the dinner table when sat upright in his wheelchair. Previously his speech had only been intelligible when he was reclined. On top of this Andy managed to have some drinks without thickener with the crescendo being him enjoying half a lager at The Hopvine, which is Barbara and Trevor's local. One of Andy's Christmas presents was a coffee maker and he has taken great pleasure from buying an assortment of coffees and syrups. We have created our own Starbuck-like-haven in the corner of our kitchen for when friends visit.
We would appreciate your prayers. Andy has been granted the funding for another programme of therapy through Birmingham Neuro Rehabilitation. Please pray that Andy is able to noticeably improve during this time.
One thing we really want prayer for is for Andrew's feet. Andy had new splints made in the summer but the ankles haven't significantly improved since. We have been praying for this for months, especially because Andy will need an operation to lengthen the tendons if they fail to stretch through splinting. After six months of little or no improvement, it seems inevitable that he will need the operation but we also believe in persistent prayer, so please pray that his ankle position improves such that the operation isn't needed.
After finishing a part time course at university, Emma has gone back to work part time. The job works well as paperwork can be done from home to fit in with Andy's routine. On the two days that Emma is teaching, Andy has his study facilitator visit and also continues with some therapies. We are both thankful for the way this has worked out and that Emma's previous employer has accommodated her in her return to work.
We had quite a frustrating time at the beginning of January with the arrangement of carers, as one of our regulars was off sick and this coincided with Emma going back to work. A carer, who didn't have English as his first language, was sent to us and, because of communication issues, Andy was left very vulnerable and so the carer had to be replaced at short notice. The replacement carer was good but he was unable to handover to our new regular carer because he wasn't familiar with the regime so Emma had to assist. This new carer has picked things up really well and so we now have three carers, who are able to alternate. Having these carers, who Andy feels comfortable with and trusts is imperative to Andy's care and well being, so thank you for your prayers for this.
You, Lord, keep my lamp burning;
my God turns my darkness into light.
With your help I can advance against a troop;
with my God I can scale a wall.