Week 10: The important ingredient of humor.

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The Case Manager says Tucker is on track for a November 30 or December 5 discharge date from Pathways. With Tucker’s new fixation on punctuality, he’s determined to do his part to make that happen. Leaving his wheelchair behind for the first time to walk from the truck into Uncle Dave and Aunt Mary’s house is just one example of that fortitude. Eliminating the wheelchair, improving speech and his right eye opening are special prayer requests. Tucker has his big brother’s wedding coming up and is determined to walk down the aisle and give a speech full of love and blessings for the newlyweds.
A giant leap in that direction was Tucker having 32 staples removed from his head…not a peep out of him, even declined a break offered by the nurse with a “no way” and double fist pump when it was done. Therapy kicked it up a notch, even had him dancing for balance therapy. Not his favorite exercise but he was a willing participant, anything to get closer to home! He has made it clear to the therapists he is ready to give 120%. His determination begins with prayer every morning, what Stacey calls “the morning ritual”. Yes, it was Tucker’s doing, he and his mom reading from their devotion book and meeting the Great Healer in prayer to start their day.

Many days a visit or anticipation of seeing friends or family kept Tucker and Stacey afloat. Tucker had the hours and minutes figured until his dad’s arrival each time. Friends’ emails and texts were sent daily to remind his parents that God’s grace and mercy is abundant! Those emails and texts were reciprocated with special requests for specific prayer and heartfelt gratitude for walking with them through this life altering challenge. Hearing of the miracles that never failed to come on daily basis was incredible. The impact that Care Bridge has had on all of us that couldn’t be with Tucker and his family has been unmatched in keeping Tucker’s Fan Club up on his progress, play by play! Being the sports family that the Andersons are, they will understand that more than any!