Speech Therapist, Terry, encouraging lip exercise

This is a brief update but it is so exciting I couldn’t wait–and the way my mind is fluctuating from on to off I couldn’t risk forgetting the news…

First, I spoke to Cole on the phone today. I called his room hoping someone would be in with him because I was running late this morning and wanted to “try it out”. Well, his nurse was in the room and handed him the phone; he was completely capable of communicating and was very understandable. Isn’t that just so exciting?! I mean think of it, as a patient one can feel so helpless and stuck, but now at least he knows he can reach out and touch someone if he needs to. …let’s hang out in this happy thought for just a moment…

The reason I wanted to call Cole, was not only to tell him of my tardiness but to explain why; the good news came through the Marine Corps. Let me explain…about two weeks after Cole’s discharge, he received a letter stating that a financial audit had been performed and the Marine Corps overpaid Cole roughly $3,800.00. And according to the letter he had 30 days to pay it back. Cole made the necessary calls to Hawaii and the east coast as he had no record of the amount they specified. As you know, Cole then entered the hospital and one month ago today went under the knife. Needless to say, the letter has been in the back of my mind. So this morning I made some follow up calls and the Gunnery Sergeant on top of the matter alerted me that the matter had been cleared up and not only was his balance zeroed out, but an amount owed him was deposited to his account on March 28th (which his bank statement helped to confirm). She then offered to email the entire paper trail, which I now have in Cole’s file. Amen and Hallelujah!!

The other good news; one month ago today a tumor, an insidious-bleeding beast, was successfully removed from under the cerebellum and the brain stem of our Cole. In case you don’t know, I am very, very thankful for that. I am grateful to have him here. I have never liked goodbyes, though I have had to say many…but I don’t have to say one today!

P.S. Thanks to our nurse on duty today I found out this blog can be made into a memory book–posts, messages, and pictures. I am so very excited about that (I admit I was getting a little bit worried that I’d have to buy a new printer and then try to figure the whole thing out). How cool it will be to give Cole the gift of everyone’s encouragement, wrapped up in a nice hard covered memory book…so, so cool!