Update on us 1/4/11

4 Jan

The Stump home is much quieter now that the Christmas season has come and gone and a new year has started.  Even though there is nothing like getting together with family and friends you haven’t seen in a long time, I am ready for some small part of a routine to begin again.  Graham did great with all the festivities, but they did take their toll after a while.  Staying up late for him meant rough mornings for me full of repeated questions and even though he wouldn’t admit it, the tiredness set in quickly.  I don’t even have a brain injury and I was tired from all the activities.  Go figure!

Graham continues to go to work each day, which is so good for him.  He feels like he’s accomplishing something and contributing more.  He is dealing with a lot of guilt over the whole situation, even though it was nothing he could have helped and it was going to happen in one form or another.  One thing that I am learning through this whole thing and have been trying to share with Graham is that the only One who will truly heal you and fill those empty spaces in your heart is Jesus.  For me, I have had to realize that the only one who truly knows what I’ve been through and understands is Him.  The thing is that I’ve known this from childhood, but until you’re in something like this it’s different.  You really do have to make a choice to rely on Him alone and it’s just a lot easier said than done.  For Graham, he’s going to have to realize that the Lord is not the One making him feel guilty and he is just going to have to turn it all over to Him everyday for continued healing.  We are doing well, and will continue to rely first on the Lord for guidance, healing, and hope, while trying to encourage each other.  After all, this life is but a vapor, here one day and gone the next.  We’ve decided to make it count for things far more important than this “rat-race life.”

Miracle of the day:

Graham’s MRI results and nerve testing came back positive.  The reason we were pursuing the tests was for us to know if it was from the brain causing the problems, nerve damage from the fall, or a combination of both.  His nerves are working fine they are just not working like they did before. His brain is the only thing that is still hurt and this Doctor was very hopeful he would keep recovering.  He recommended that when Graham is home at night to tie up his “good arm” (right one) so that it would force him to use his left arm.  He’s very sneaky, and likes to cheat :0)

Humor of the day:

I thought I’d just write down some funny things that Graham has either done or said……maybe I should call this “Just some extra humor from 2010”:

1)   Graham thinks it was a great year because he can only remember about the last month and a half of it.

2)   Graham continues to sleep through the fire alarms going off, the kids needing water, blankets, etc and other happenings at night.

3)   He continues to be afraid that he will go to the bathroom by accident in the bed………we’re doing fine so far, but he has me nervous sometimes.

4)   I will occasionally catch him with his shirt on backwards; he always leaves it.

5)   His dance moves are still bad, but slowly improving.

6)   Tying up his good arm at night has turned into quite a challenge for me.  He gets out of everything.

7)   He likes to wear a headlamp on his head at night.  The sad thing is that he would do this before the accident.  Now he does it all the time.  Seeing him with the light on and his arm tied up is just too funny.  I’ll take a picture and show you what I mean!

Keep praying!



2 Responses to “Update on us 1/4/11”

  1. amber johns January 4, 2011 at 5:50 pm #

    oh Randi. you make me smile when i read what you write. Still praying for you and your amazing family.

  2. Codie January 4, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    Thanks for the light-heartedness of the humor – always makes me smile! Still praying for you guys, and can’t wait to see what the new year has in store for Graham’s improvement. Keep reminding Graham that God is SO much bigger than his guilt!

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