We had a wonderful visit with Michael, his parents Kim and Jim, and his sister Britany on Christmas Eve! Cooper was a bit shy but he and Michael got along very well! Britany has put her life as an elementary school teacher on hold and since June has been with Michael first at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland and now in a small apartment on the Hospital grounds. Michael is mastering his prostheses and has amazed his therapists with his rapid progress. Michael is upbeat, very comfortable with his new body, and determined to live life to the fullest. He said he refuses to give the enemy any more of him than they already took! He has gone hunting, sky-diving, competed in a hand cycle marathon and is driving his new truck with hand controls! He has been given a beautiful German Shepherd assist dog named Rocky who will learn to help Michael as needed.
Cooper was bonding with Michael, but didn't have much to do with the rest of the company! He's still learning that the world is a big place filled with people!
Larry and I ended Christmas Eve at the 7:00 pm service at our church where we had the privilege of hearing "O Holy Night" sung by a young lady who is destined for musical greatness! It is the voice God will give me when I get to Heaven some day! As for today, the turkey is in the oven and we will enjoy our Christmas feast, thankful for friends and family and looking forward to the New Year.
Merry Christmas to all of you!