Here is a (sort of) short Seth update. I know it has been some time since the last one, but I want you all to know how much we appreciate your prayers, interest, and support for Seth as he seeks to recover from his paralysis.
Progress is still very slow, and advances are small, but each one keeps proving that movement can be recovered, and keeps alive our hope for a complete recovery. About a month ago, while laying down on his back, Seth was able to move his left foot to an upright position. He has done this again several times, but it seems to come and go. Plus, he claims that there is a distinct tingling sensation in his left foot, but he still has yet to sense any touch to his feet or lower legs. So, after about 1 and half years since attending Project Walk in California, he has recovered hip movement and sensation, can tell if he is being touched from his thighs down (but cannot tell exactly where or how much pressure is being applied), and can move each leg outward when he is laying down (but still cannot yet move them back). This journey is excruciatingly slow, but we keep plodding on.
We were able finally to obtain a special (especially in price!) rehabilitation model of the Total Gym. This allows us to do many more load-bearing exercises with his legs, as well as do a lot more with his core muscles in his abdomen and chest. This, along with some other useful equipment, helps immensely with Seth's home exercise program, but has left our funds for other recovery resources and a return trip to Project Walk very depleted. Many of you have been very generous, and we are so appreciative. We know that we cannot presume upon your generosity indefinitely, but for those who are so inclined I again list the address for those who want to give to the Seth Fund at River of Life Ministries. Our primary request is that you all keep praying and hoping for Seth and our family as we seek his healing and recovery.
The Seth Jackson Fund (2CMiracle Fund)
River of Life Ministries
3801 Blairs Ferry Rd NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402-1763
Thank you all again for your prayers, support, and encouragement. As Seth enters 6th grade later this year, we are hoping for some significant progress in the coming months, and it is still a hope that we may someday do a second trip to Project Walk in California.