As I ponder over the past few weeks Britten's recovery is going well and we are so grateful for the "Good Days" as we see so much progress, but last week he had a few rough days which affected his whole week. Our family went on a little trip two weeks ago and Britt had such a wonderful time. He was only nauseous a few times and didn't have one dizzy spell. He enjoyed spending the week with his family and Grandparents, going to "Aladdin, at the Tuachan", going to his first movie, swimming, and watching Canon play in a Ball Tournament. Britt was the "life of the party"!
When we got home, Britten got up in the middle of the night and had a dizzy spell where he blacked out, fell and hit his head on the wall. It was a tough night, which carried over into the next few days. His vision was worse and he was not feeling well. Time was spent in the ER making sure everything was okay. The Technician asked why he was wearing sunglasses and Britt proceeded to tell him "he was hit by a bus in Brazil, and his eye is very sensitive to light". The gentleman's eyes got big and he asked, "are you Elder Schenk?" Britt said, "yes", to which the man replied, "our family has been praying for you!" He could not believe he was looking at the missionary who Doctors said, would not live.
Later in the week our family was eating in a restaurant when Britten was walking out with his little brother Jaxon. Britt didn't see a black bench and whacked his bad leg on it, leaving him in a great deal of pain. Britt is so independent, we honestly forget that he has minimal sight. His positive attitude and his cheerful personality is the reason people have Loved being around him. His friends came over that night to cheer him up.
Britten's therapy's are going well! His vocabulary is increasing each day, and it is thrilling to see improvement every week. He got a new phone where the print is large enough on it that he can text and call his friends now. He is starting to read a little and reading text messages from his friends is actually good practice for him. Oh, how we are grateful for his good friends!
Britt's physical therapist pushes him each day, as he is increasing his strength, mobility and flexibility. Four weeks ago, Britt couldn't bend over to pick up the basketball or sit on the floor. Now his trainer has him doing squats, lunges, while increasing his balance.
I marvel and rejoice in Britten's miraculous recovery!
Britten is preparing to talk in church and the Stake President suggested he could talk on the atonement. When we got in the car Britt asked, "what is the atonement?" When we started to explain then he said, "Oh, that's what Jesus Christ did for us".
Britten still has so much to re-learn, we just know it is going to take time. The wonderful part is... He Is Doing It!
Before Britten served his mission he had two years of college behind him, majoring in Pre-Med/Pre-Dental. Steven and I honestly believe that in one to two years he will be ready to attend College again. It might not be in the medical field, but we Know that "His Future is Bright".
We are grateful for the strength that has been given to us from our Father in Heaven, because we truly feel blessed as we have gone through this incredible journey with Britten.