The Amazing Brain – Day 66

Carly continues to progress in every area.  She is speaking more in a very short burst, mostly a couple of words or a short phrase.  The real exciting thing is she is now initiating speech more on her own and interacting better.  Her personality has always been there, that is one thing that never has been missing.  Now with increased speech, it is really coming out.  We were blessed this week to have Rachel and Joe visit on their way to Portland Oregon where they are moving.  Rachel is famous for her cooking and she cooked dinner for the Mimstribe and the Blalocks.

All of her therapists are so impressed with her progress.  Carly has been an interesting case for all of them.  In Speech Therapy she did not fit into any particular diagnosis box.  The damaged areas of the brain did not match what she was presenting.  They never had any doubt that she would speak, it was a matter of when.  The explanation, another portion of the God Story of this journey.  We often pray for God to go before us and make a path.  Well, he does.  How is it when we left the hospital, Carly was on waiting list for therapy and speech, in particular, could be as long as a couple of months before she was to get in.  Yet, she started in speech therapy just a little over a week after leaving the hospital.  Then, how is it that Mary Foye a Speech-Language Pathologist with years of field experience and faculty member at the University of Utah happens to be at the front desk to receive Carly’s application when I dropped it off.  So instead of getting process through a pile of papers, Mary instantly begins to read Carly’s medical history with great interest.  Next step, Mary just happens to have the perfect student for Carly to work with.  Not only a perfect fit but someone with a heart that was willing to add Carly to her busy schedule without any credit, not meeting any educational requirement, just willing to give time to gain experience.  That is Hadley Bowers.  What a team that God put together to assist Carly.

pastedGraphic.pdfThings are a little different in Utah.  For example, there is a school holiday in the fall that coincides with the opening of Deer Hunting Season.  So, as a result, Carly did not have Speech therapy scheduled for this week.  To give you an idea of Hadley’s dedication she met us on Wednesday during our normal scheduled therapy time, to visit the UCAT-Utah Center for Assistive Technology  UCAT provides assistance in demonstrating and selecting technology that can assist challenged people in a number of areas.  We looked at software for Carly’s iPad that can help her both progress and communicate.  The main tool we were considering was great and would have been a major help a month ago.  We had held off due to the expense and not having seen the system work and now with the progress, Carly has made it is not necessary.  There were other tools that we discovered that will be of great benefit.  Hadley took time from her vacation break to drive across town just to meet us and help us with the decisions.

During the first week of Carly’s recovery, Yvonne Sullivan a close long-term friend called and said you really need to read this book, “The Brain That Changes Itself”.  She was totally right.  This is the most encouraging book about the brain with many stories of how the brain changes itself.  The brain is so amazing and complete.  Many things are known, many old theories have been dispelled regarding localism with the brain and that when a particular area is damaged that function typically controlled in that area would be forever lost.  The book speaks to so many facets of the brain and how people recover and expand their function.  This is a book well worth reading regardless of your situation.

pastedGraphic_1.pdfMany may already know through Facebook sources that it is now official.  Tripp is engaged to Thy.  They came to Salt Lake two weeks ago for Carly’s birthday and Tripp had the opportunity to ask Thy’s dad for permission.  He had already purchased the ring and the next day asked Thy to make it official.  They don’t have a firm date yet but are planning for next June-July time frame.  We are certainly excited.  Thy graduated from SUU last year and is now working on her Master’s degree.

Hump Day – Day 72

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Wednesdays are always a very “up” day for Carly.  Wednesday morning starts off with Speech Therapy, where Carly is doing very well.  The Speech Therapists, Mary and Hadley, have really taken a special interest in Carly.  Mary has talked to a number of colleagues about the very unusual issues in Carly’s case.  Her situation is one that they don’t often get to work with in their careers.  Hadley has encouraged close school friends to come observe her sessions with Carly, which has been exciting for her.  We continue to be blown away by how all of this worked out for Carly and can‘t imagine a more perfect situation for Carly’s therapy.

pastedGraphic_1.pdfWednesday afternoon is Horseback Riding Therapy.  This has been by far the one thing that has always put smiles on Abi, Noah and Carly’s faces.  There has been a lot of research on the effects that horseback riding has on a person with brain injury.  It obviously sharpens balance skills just to stay on the horse.  We take for granted the little things our brain commands our body to do automatically and at such a fast pace.  Balance adjustments really work the brain hard and are very beneficial to a brain injury patient.   Also, just being around a horse has very positive effect, with a special relationship between the horse and rider.  There are a number of interesting articles on the internet that are fascinating to read.

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When Carly was first injured, we had several close friends call and suggest we get Carly involved in horse therapy as soon as possible.  The National Ability Center is one of the most well known Horse Therapy facilities in the country.  NAC has been highlighted on the Today Show.   Located in Park City Utah, just 25 minutes from where we are currently living, they offer a number of outdoor sports and recreational programs in addition to the therapeutic riding program, all designed to encourage those with physical and developmental disabilities.  They also include the whole family, with programs for those with out disabilities too.

pastedGraphic_3.pdfWednesday is the day Carly, Abi and Noah all take a riding lesson.  The NAC encourages siblings to participate in the program.  It is the highlight of the week.  Carly gets extremely excited just knowing we are going to the NAC.  The lesson starts with grooming and care for the horse.  Next, they tack up by getting their saddles out and putting them on the horses.  The entire program is geared to teaching proper horsemanship as well as riding.  We have seen many benefits for Carly.  In addition, riding has always been a dream of Abi’s.   Abi has excelled and looks natural on the horse.  Noah is riding and enjoying it as well.  For mom and dad it is tremendously enjoyable to watch them learn, excel and have so much fun.

Great Weekend – Day 76

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Carly has had a great week!  It ended with Nick Lyon coming from Colorado to visit for the weekend.  Nick and his family have been part of our family since we moved to Florida, and Nick is attending college nearby at Colorado State University.  CSU played the University of Utah in Salt Lake on Saturday.  Nick travels with the team doing sports photography and he came to Salt Lake with his friends Chris and Matt, who are sports writers for the CSU newspaper. Naturally, Tripp and Thy came up from Cedar City for the weekend since Tripp and Nick have been almost inseparable most of their lives.  Carly was so excited to see Nick, Tripp and Thy! She had the best time hanging with them for the weekend.  It’s hard to describe the wonderful warm feeling you get when you see your children having such a good time.  With Tripp and Thy home, plus Nick’s visit, it was a great weekend to cap off a really good week for Carly.

pastedGraphic_1.pdfKatie, Carly’s older sister, has been having pain in her hip for about the past seven months.  She originally thought it was just stress and strain from being on her feet so much, because her work at Nickelodeon Studios had her on her feet running around 90% of the time.  It was not uncommon for her to work 14 hour days, and occasionally she would work even longer.  The pain continued to worsen, so she went to see an orthopedic specialist. A month ago she had an MRI and X-rays.  That orthopedist explained that the MRI and X-rays had revealed that Katie’s hip was actually fine, but that she had a bone cyst in her femur, and it would likely require non-invasive surgery to remove. He told her that she needed to see another specialist. She was then referred to an orthopedic hip specialist who immediately put her on crutches once he saw her MRI and X-rays.  His detailed review of the MRI revealed that what we thought was a bone cyst was actually very large, and has weakened her femur substantially, loosing over 2/3 of the bone mass just below the hip ball joint.  She was then referred to an orthopedic oncologist.

pastedGraphic_2.pdfAt first, she was unable to get an appointment with the first doctor that was recommended, who is one of the top orthopedic oncologists in LA and works at USC, so she got another referral with a doctor who practices at City of Hope Hospital.  This is one of the leading research hospitals in Southern California.  He spent a long time explaining the MRI and explaining the fact that what the other doctors had thought was just a cyst is actually a very large tumor. He showed her on the MRI exactly where the problems were and described the surgery and recuperation process. The surgery removes the tumor, freezes the cavity to kill any remaining tumor cells and then reconstructs the bone using a bone graph to fill the void. They then and a steel plate along the outside of the femur and a screw going up into the hip to add strength. Needless to say, this is a very invasive and extensive surgery.  He has scheduled surgery for this coming Friday, October 29th.  In the meantime, Katie did get an appointment with the original orthopedic oncologist at USC for this coming Tuesday and will get his second opinion.

Janie is flying to LA on Monday evening to be there for the appointment and Katie’s upcoming surgery.  Pray for decisions regarding Katie’s surgery, for the surgery itself, and for a quick and painless recovery. Please pray that everything at the house will run smoothly while Janie is away.  Pray for Carly’s continued success and therapy sessions to go well and for the entire Mimstribe as we change modes once again.

Handwriting Jump & Katie Update – Day 79


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Carly just got back from today’s speech therapy session. Her therapists are very encouraged by her progress.  They not only work on speech but also deal with the cognitive and memory issues.  The big news for today was a tremendous improvement in handwriting.  When Carly was in the hospital rehab unit she was signing her name very well at the end of her stay.  One of the first things we noticed when she came home was almost overnight her handwriting went totally away.  It became just simple scratches on the page, almost as though you were trying to get a bad pen to write.  It was one of those wow hmmm things.  Well, today she walked in and signed the check-in sheet as she always does.  I noticed that the first two letters were actually very good.  I told Hadley (her therapist) and with her encouragement, she developed the ability to totally write her first name.  Carly is probably back to about 60% of what she was doing in the hospital, but it came back all of a sudden.  Very encouraging.

pastedGraphic_1.pdfWe woke up to 5” of snow in the Salt Lake City area.  Yesterday it had snowed and covered the mountains behind the home we are living in.  Last night we went grocery shopping and it started to snow when we were driving home.  Started coming down real hard later in the evening.  With the first snow of the season, it is nice to see the white fluffy stuff back.

We have had many questions about Katie’s surgery.  First, it has been rescheduled for Friday morning.  On Monday evening they called and rescheduled for Friday, saying that the doctor had an emergency pediatric case that needed attention. When Katie explained that Janie was already in town, they moved it up to Thursday. The doctor then realized he would feel pressured for time on Thursday, so it was moved back to Friday so that he could have a fresh start in the morning and not feel rushed.

When people hear that Katie has been seeing an Orthopedic Oncologist, the first thing they ask is, “Is it cancer?”. The answer is, we really don’t know. There are no blood tests for these types of cancer, but statistically, it is unlikely that the tumor is cancerous. The first thing the doctors will do is make a small incision and take a sample of the tumor to pathology, and they will wait for the results before they continue the surgery.

Thank the Lord for Carly’s amazing miracle and continued progress.  Thanks for the unbelievable support of all of her therapy providers.  Pray for her handwriting to continue progressing, speech to improve and for a breakthrough in her memory.  Pray for Katie’s upcoming surgery, control of her pain and a speedy recovery.

Quick Katie Update – Day 81

Katie is out of surgery.  Good news is that the incision is very small and she will be coming home this afternoon.  The bad news is the surgery was not completed.  The quick biopsy could not confirm that it was benign.  They did a more extensive biopsy and the results will not be back until late next week.  Until then is simply a waiting time for the answer to determine a course of treatment.  Pray for peace during the coming week.  Also, pray for the Bowers family.  Hadley Bowers is Carly’s Speech Therapist and her Grandfather passed away early this morning.  Hadley has really touched our hearts and is such a wonderful person.

Great News – Day 89

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For those that did not see the Facebook post, Katie’s biopsy test results came back clean, NO Cancer, so back to plan A.  Katie has returned to LA today and Janie will go there for the surgery in a week.  On Wednesday November 17th, they will remove the bone tumor from her femur, perform a bone graph to fill in the missing bone and then add a steel strengthening apparatus.  The surgery should be less than four hours with a two night stay in the hospital.  Aside from the pain, the bigger issue will be the long recovery time (a couple of months) before she can put her full weight on that leg. Our prayer is for a successful and uneventful surgery, a pain-free recovery and that Katie will be able to join the family in Salt Lake for Thanksgiving!

Carly is continuing to progress.  She works with great determination in her rehab sessions each week.  While Carly’s daily progress is very slow and sometimes hard to discern, when you reflect back, you can notice the changes.  Her speech is constantly improving and more importantly, she is initiating speech on her own a lot more.  Speech Therapy is also where they are working on memory issues. Now that she is much more verbal, we see there are gaps in her short term memory and retrieval skills. These should continue to improve.  In Occupational Therapy, she baked a cake on her own following directions with very little assistance.   She also helped Katie and Abi make the infamous German Chocolate birthday cake for Carl’s upcoming birthday on Monday.

pastedGraphic_1.pdfLast week was the National Ability Center Horse Show.  Carly and Abi both entered and won ribbons.  Abi won first place in her class taking home the blue ribbon.  Carly won third place taking home a yellow ribbon.  Hadley, who is Carly’s Speech Therapist took time out of her busy schedule to drive up to Park City for the horse show.  It was great having her there to support Carly.  Hadley has really connected with Carly and invested a lot of time preparing for their sessions and getting to know the entire Mimstribe.  We went out for brunch after the horse show and really enjoyed our time together.

pastedGraphic_2.pdfWithout a doubt our time with the horses has been the highlight of the girls week.  Abi has really excelled in her riding skills.  The connection that both Carly and Abi have with the horses is amazing.  Just the thought of going to the barn gets Carly noticeably excited.  You can quickly see the benefits of the horse therapy in Carly’s balance, better control of her left arm and sense of accomplishment in riding.

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Abi, Hadley and Carly at brunch

Katie Good News & Football Time in Tennessee – Day 101

Katie’s surgery went well yesterday.  The surgery was successful and the only issue is the pain.  The Doctor felt that the tumor removal, treatment of the area, bone graph and creation of the internal steel brace went very good.  She did have major pain issues once the anesthesia wore off, and had a reaction to first IV pain medication that caused itching all over. They changed to a different medication after that, but started off with a very low dose and then very gradually increased.  She is still struggling with tremendous pain and they have yet to find the right pain medication combination. They recently switched to a third medication, because the second was requiring such high doses that her blood pressure was dropping to a concerning level. Katie still has another day or two in the hospital then home for recovery. She will not be allowed to put more than 30 lbs of weight on that leg for six weeks, and then she will go back to the doctor for X-rays to see how the bone graph is holding. Unfortunately, the weight restrictions mean that Katie will be on a walker, and need a wheelchair for longer distances. Janie is with her in LA.

I made a quick trip to Tennessee last week.  Being away from Carly for four days made me realize how much progress she is making!  She really is doing great and working hard in all of her therapies!  Last week she continued to improve in speech and her handwriting also progressed.  She is still struggling with memory issues but is doing better with visual cues.   In occupational therapy, she went on an outing Susan, her therapist. They went to the mall and worked on having Carly navigate her way around the stores, asking for directions and help to find certain items.  She did very well, and naturally enjoyed the mall as therapy!  This afternoon Carly and Hadley are going grocery shopping for the ingredients to bake pies, as an extra activity for speech therapy.  Carly has selected her award-winning Pecan Pie recipe to make!

pastedGraphic.pdfIt’s Football Time in Tennessee!  Last weekend was the University of Tennessee homecoming.   Lewis Wood (Janie’s father) attended UT in 1943 left to serve in WWII and returned in 1946. He graduated in 1949 from the College of Engineering (he is in Orange Cap in center of photo).  He has not attended any UT functions for some time due to Jane’s health (his wife of 64 years).  The College of Engineering was holding a BBQ before the game and Lewis was the oldest graduate able to attend.  It was a great time for him to relive some great memories from his past.  The College of Engineering totally hooked us up with tickets in their Skybox.  Lewis enjoyed talking to other engineering graduates, spending time with several of the Professors and the Dean of the College.  The Vols played great, won the game with a large margin and sang Rocky Top all afternoon.  We also attended the Kappa Sigma Reunion on Friday night in Gatlinburg.  It was a wonderful weekend with a lot of driving but good conversation, great activities and beautiful weather in Tennessee.

Praise the Lord for the many blessings he continues to shower us with.  Pray for Katie’s pain to come under control and for her healing, that she will be able to travel to Salt Lake City next week for the big Thanksgiving celebration.  Pray for Carly’s continued progress and specifically in her memory issues.  Pray for safe travel for everyone next week.  The Lyons are converging on SLC along with our entire family.

Katie Surgery / Catching Up – Day 104

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pastedGraphic_1.pdfWe woke up to 12” of snow this morning.  Yesterday we had high winds over 50 mph and just north of us they closed I-80 due to winds over 80 mph.  No doubt winter is fully here.  Snow is predicted the next three days with highs around 35 degrees, then a high of 27 degrees for Thanksgiving Day.  So the snow is going to be around for awhile. The prediction is for 12-14” of additional snow by Wednesday.

We have big plans for Thanksgiving.  Nick Lyon arrived Saturday and drove down to Cedar City for some hang time with Tripp and Thy for a few days.  Kelly, Jan, and Jordan Lyon arrive on Wednesday afternoon from Florida.  Chloe Lyon comes in from Portland on Wednesday evening.  I am not sure if the Blalock’s had any idea what they were in for when they said: “sure we can have Thanksgiving dinner here”.  They have truly been such a blessing providing a place for us to live and helping in so many ways.  The Thanksgiving dinner guess list will total over 22 family and friends, which will include the Blalocks and new friends that just moved to town, Mims, Lyons, Vues (Thy’s family) and the Mottolas.

pastedGraphic_2.pdfThe Mims and Lyons have shared Thanksgiving for the past 20 years.  The tradition of dressing like Pilgrims and Indians will be continued.  Leah and Abi worked on making costumes this past week.  Hadley (Carly’s speech therapist) had come over to do some practical therapy.  She and Carly went grocery shopping for the ingredients to make Pecan Pie.  They returned to bake two pies to test before Thanksgiving and my waistline can tell you that the award-winning Carly Mims Pecan Pie passed the test. (photo at top of page)  It was a wonderful evening with all the girls baking and making costumes.  Hadley continues to bless us, putting in extra time on Carly’s behalf.  She is so enjoyable to work with.  You can also tell that Carly is responding by opening up a bit more.

pastedGraphic_3.pdfThe updates have been irregular lately and thus many photos have been left out.  The beginning of November brought Elizabeth McTague and Angela Young (Nelson girls) to visit from Tampa.  Elizabeth also brought Maren, her one-year-old baby who had just started walking for the visit.  Carly really had a great week with them here visiting, shopping, eating out and just general girl fun.  Katie also came and stayed a few days longer before returning for her first surgery.  During their visit, we drove up to Park City, fed the horses, shopped in town and enjoyed the sights.   They all had a wonderful time. It was great seeing them and the first time Janie and I had seen Maren.

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Before Katie left all of my daughters baked me a birthday cake.  German Chocolate is my favorite cake and this year’s was especially good since all three of my daughters Katie, Carly and Abi worked to bake it with Mom’s help.  Looking at the photos you not only see a delicious cake but one happy dad.

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It’s A Wonderful Life – Day 207

The year 2010 was a tumultuous time for the Mimstribe. It has left a permanent mark on all of our lives in many different ways. The movie “It’s A Wonderful Life”, starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed has been a family favorite for years.  The movie has many of the elements of real life, including comedy, drama, dedication, love, and value of life.  As life often imitates art, the Mimstribe have experienced all the elements of “It’s A Wonderful Life” during this year, including some of the elements that were shot as part of the original film but were ultimately cut out and left on the editing room floor.  Those parts included a scene where the entire town prayed for George Bailey and another where George was on his knees praying the Lord’s Prayer.

The year began with us adjusting to our move to Cedar City, Utah.   Katie was living in the Los Angeles area working for Nickelodeon on the TV shows iCarly and Victorious.  Carly was living in Gainesville, Florida and going to school studying math with her eye on the engineering field and working full-time as an Aveda stylist.  Tripp was attending college at Southern Utah University and Noah and Abi were home with us in Cedar City undergoing the transition of having to move as teenagers.

Our supastedGraphic.pdfmmer was busy with visits from friends and family. Jan and Chloe Lyon came to visit in Cedar City, we returned with them to Las Vegas and were able to spend time with Jan and Kelly Lyon while they were on a business trip from Ft. Lauderdale.  Jim and Gina Nelson came from Tampa and brought their two youngest children, Daniel and Rebekah.  They are Abi and Noah’s closest friends and off course the entire Nelson family is tightly integrated with both the Mims and Lyon families.  We had a great time for two weeks touring National Parks, quadding (4 wheeling) and just hanging.  It was just after they left that Carly came to visit on vacation before the next school semester was supposed to start.  We were having the best family time visiting Zion National Park, hiking Silver Reef and spending time together.  On a day that now seems almost surreal, Carly had a tragic accident falling off a quad (4 wheeler) on a straight gravel road, wearing a helmet.

That is where our amazing adventure begins “It’s A Wonderful Life”.  The love and caring that our friends and family showed over the next few months were unbelievable. Calls to family and friends in Tennessee and Florida quickly got a large number of people praying for Carly.  Then the use of Facebook expanded that group of people praying to a much greater number than we could ever have imagined.  And then friends who had access to websites with thousands and even millions of praying people posted the situation and need. All of those prayers were answered.  Carly has recovered beyond what the doctors originally expected and progressed by leaps and bounds in the beginning.  With that said though, she still has a long road ahead, and the progress is slow.  We have chosen to keep the blog updates focused on the positive.

I think we all keep our internal list.  You know, that list of friends that will show up at your funeral, the list of people that will always be there for you regardless, another list of those who you truly love and enjoy but you know they will run the other way in a hard situation. It is very rare to have a “George Bailey” experience where you get to see people rush to your aid, to truly pray for you, reach out in every way possible and support you in a time of need. We all have those internal lists but rarely get to see it come to life.  That is exactly what has happened to the Mimstribe in the last 6 months.  Since August 10th we have seen such an outpouring of compassion, love, caring, support and true friendship take place.  Yes, from that internal list we all keep, it came alive.  I cannot begin to describe all of the emotion that takes place when something like this happens.  It becomes overwhelming to see people reach out in the way we have experienced.  And not only have those that we knew would be there reached out but others who we didn’t even know before the accident, who have now become close friends touched us deeply.

As you review all of this, you begin to think of the many ways that you have touched others and also examine the ways you have let people down.  For one thing I have been very tardy in updating this blog, which has left many wondering what is up.  There have been a number of events the past couple months that, while not blog worthy, have side tracked me on getting the updates out.  I will certainly try to do better, and please accept my apologies.  I will also be going back and doing previous post for Thanksgiving and Christmas, which were wonderful, wonderful times for us.

pastedGraphic.pdfCarly’s speech therapy has increased to now include an additional Group Speech Therapy session each week.  Sarah is her new therapist this semester.  Once again there is no doubt that God went before us in selecting an ideal person to work with Carly.  Sarah has truly been a blessing and has been very enjoyable for Carly to connect with.  Carly is now speaking 3-5 word responses.  You still have to work to get her to speak and she does not initiate speech very often on her own.    Her speech has revealed a problem with her short-term memory, from the last few hours, back to just before the accident.  In that time frame Carly has almost no memory recall.  She does much better with longer-term items, but has retrieval and some out of order issues.  We do see improvement in using both photos and repetition on memory for that time period.  Carly still struggles with using her left arm and hand, plus there are other motor skill speed issues.  The Equestrian Therapy continues to be the one thing that Carly connects with and looks forward to with the most excitement for that day to come each week.  It has helped her in so many ways!  Thanks to her instructor, Jess!  The main areas are balance, left hand use and even speech have improved from this therapy.

Katie’s femur / hip surgery has healed nicely.  She has been cleared to put full weight on that leg and is now in physical therapy.  Basically, she can do anything with exception of jogging and heavy lifting at this point.  She is now struggling with severe migraine headaches and trying to get to the bottom of those.  Katie continues to look for employment in the film / TV production industry in LA.

We have now moved to Jeremy Ranch, which is between Salt Lake City and Park City.  It has been wonderful to have a place again and get Abi’s cat back home with us.  We will post more details soon with some photos.  Needless to say it is beautiful living in the mountains and snow.  The location is ideal since we are closer to both the University and much closer to the National Ability Center.  At the same time we do miss the Blalocks.  This wonderful family who allowed us to live with them the past 5 months is truly amazing.

Please continue to pray for Carly’s progress, Katie’s recovery and success in finding a job.  Pray for Carl’s Job Search and ways to support the family.

It’s A Small World, After All – Day 214

I am always amazed at how you can meet new people, peel the layers back and find people you have in common that make this large world very small.  Sarah has been Carly’s speech therapist this semester.  We actually met her in December as she began to follow Carly’s sessions in preparation for this year.  Sarah has been wonderful and Carly has made progress with her hard work and help.

pastedGraphic.pdfSarah is from Bosie ID and grew up with a very close friend who dances for the Momix Dance Company in NYC.  Momix recently performed in Salt Lake City.  Sarah thought it would be a good outing for her to take Carly to coffee with her friend Tsarra from Momix.  It was a great opportunity to engage Carly talking about her dance experience and her time living in NY.  Once they started visiting it only took a few minutes to discover that three of Carly’s close dance friends, who originally came from her Performing Arts High School in FL, were close friends of Tsarra.  Carly’s friends Zui and Jose both danced with Tsarra at the Boston Conservatory.  Then in NY, Tsarra had danced with Sabrina who was with Carly both in high school and then at Alvin Ailey.  If you take the time to interact with people, it truly is a small world.  Tsarra like her close friend Sarah is a wonderful young lady.  The time she took out of her busy schedule and limited time in Salt Lake to hang with Carly was a huge blessing.  She then blessed us with tickets to the Momix performance.  It was a wonderful evening.  Watching Carly absorb the dance was amazing.  If you ever get a chance to see Momix perform it is a wonderful evening of dance, illusion, and imagery.

Carly continues to have small improvements in speech.  Through the therapy, she is receiving both in the clinic and in outside activities like the one with Sarah and Tsarra or baking with Hadley you can see small improvements.  While Carly is still only speaking a few words at a time, she is starting to respond a bit faster.  Short-term memory is still a very large issue but as you can tell her long-term memory is much better.  She also has had the opportunity to talk to a few friends on the phone.  This has been great in giving her another outlet forcing her to talk more.  If you would like to call her, send me an e-mail and I will reply with her phone number  carlmims@gmail.com

pastedGraphic_1.pdfGo back one layer deeper and you will find Mary Foye (Photo, R-L Hadley, Mary, and Carly).  Mary is the Clinic Supervisor and teaches Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Utah.  Mary is the one who immediately took interest in Carly’s case as she read the medical history,  she then greatly accelerated the U’s process and instead of waiting months, got Carly in therapy within 3 days.  It was Mary who handpicked Hadley last semester to take on Carly when she already had met all of her graduation requirements.  And it is Mary who picked Sarah to work with Carly this semester.  Those two choices have made a big difference in Carly’s outcome.  Mary is present at each of Carly’s therapy sessions sitting behind the one-way glass observing, taking detailed notes and working with Sarah between sessions.  She has helped is in so many ways in getting involved with additional therapy, encouraging conversation and has helped is in getting an appointment next week with a Neurologist at the U which we are very excited about.  Mary is the lady behind the scenes and another example of how God sends people to answer your prayers.

It is ironic that Mary is now struggling with issues similar to Carly’s within her own family.  Her brother Paul and his wife were on a trip to CA recently when Paul fell, hitting his head.  He has been in the hospital and inpatient rehab for several weeks and suffers from head trauma, speech problems and diminished use of his right side.  Please add Paul and his family to your prayer list.  Paul is expecting an early release from the hospital and looking forward to returning home to Wisconsin.  Pray that he God brings the right help for his continued recovery at home.

We thank God daily for all of the family, friends and new people he is using to bless and assist the Mimstribe.  Pray for Carly’s upcoming Dr appointment, for Katie’s continued recovery and finding a Job and for the many other details in our lives. Pray for Mary’s brother Paul, his safe return home and finding the right assistance for his recovery.