Yesterday the physical therapists brought DJ back to his room and knocked on the door letting Dino know they had a surprise for him. When Dino walked out into the hallway there was DJ smiling up at him sitting on a tricycle they use during sessions. This was the first time DJ had been introduced to this. This last week had been more of assisted walking and other strengthening techniques. DJ with help from Char & Amanda (his awesome therapists) was riding up and down the halls smiling at every doctor, nurse, and patient that he passed along the way! Tears of happiness started to flow from Dino's eyes as our little boy was brightening up the spirits of everyone in his path. Even though our little man is 5 and we had been through this experience before ,when he was 2, we were filled with emotions of happiness, excitement, and a sense of parent pride all over again. It's an amazing feeling that you want to hold onto forever and never let go.
DJ had a little surprise himself as a special little visitor came to see him. Payton is a friend from his kindergarten class at Turnberry Elementary. His mother Aimee had contacted us here at the Children's Hospital letting us know that Payton had been talking about DJ and wanted to visit him. It's wonderful how this little boy at 5yrs displayed compassion for another child that he had only known for a few days. His mother was very nice and when we started to talk seem like a old friend right from the beginning. Payton even surprised DJ with some Gifts that put a sparkle in his eyes. We can attest to knowing their are a lot of good people in this world and we have met a lot of the special ones!
We are happy to report that DJ is no longer on his feeding tube and is eating solid foods. YAY! So Grandma Ann has been bringing in some fresh home made food. Delicious! (Thank you Mom and the wonderful staff at Turnberry Elementary...we love you). DJ is also starting to realize that no matter how much he fights he still has to see his therapist twice a day and there is no getting out of it lol. He is starting to warm up to all of them and comes back smiling after his sessions. That makes us so happy that they are starting to see the sweet little boy that we have loved since he was born.
We wanted to thank everyone who has been sending us love and support throughout and to new friends we are making along the way. God bless you and we love you guys.
"Once you choose hope, anything's possible." -Christopher Reeve