The magic continues from here at the Mayo Clinic, but let's get right to what I know you're all waiting to hear about: Today's buttons. Yes, there were two, and please, no wagering on these announcements.
Button 1: Drain Bamaged
Button 2: I have the grace & poise of a crackhead rhinoceros
Results are still pending as to which was the favorite among the therapy staff. As for the subject of all the blog post comments and emails to us -- the spike heels -- Pat left them behind for the day but was quickly challenged by young upstart Physical Therapist Lyndsey, who sported her new hairstyle in the morning session, only to follow it up with new glasses in the afternoon session. It's like "Project Runway: Mayo Edition" in the therapy gym but they're having fun and making great progress.
Today were also Pat's first two sessions with Olga, the occupational therapist. Much of her work centers around working getting Pat to do things with her hands again, so there's work with drawing, writing, passing coins from finger to finger, and (rumor has it) cooking later in the week. Be still my beating heart.
It all sounds kinda strange until you remember that this is all about getting Pat's brain to "remember" what it already knows how to do (from the first several decades of her life), as opposed to the incorrect things it had taught itself to do over the last couple of years. The progress we've seen in just two days has amazed us. And one of the best parts is that neither Lyndsey nor Olga are surprised by how fast Pat's improved. And that brings us further hope and confidence. (Even the shuttle drivers have remarked Pat moves better.)
After the last session today, Pat and I got a chance to sit and discuss what we've been witnessing. Our Girl remarked that many, many have been praying for this time long before we were here, and we don't want to forget that. The amazing results we see are nothing short of God's blessing.
Stay tuned, more miracles tomorrow.