"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19 Each day it seems that we take one step forward and two steps backwards, but we are happy there are "steps" to be taken.
The language board that helps Ryan communicate is hindering is actual speech therapy. The therapist encourages us to ask Ryan to speak first, forcing him to use his voice and then give him the language board (because it is very difficult to understand him right now). When Ryan uses the language board he moves very quickly and is not always precise when pointing to the letters, making it very difficult to decipher what he is trying to type; this causes his frustration to accelerate drastically.
Recently, Ryan has begun asking questions about himself and others through the language board. He has asked how old he is, where they are at, when can he go back to school, when does college start, and many other personal questions. This is a HUGE step into recovery, but also makes things become emotionally realistic for Ryan. Please direct your prayers that God gives him the knowledge to understand that he has a bigger mission in this world than we ever planned. Pray that God gives him the knowledge and peace to surpass our own understandings. Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
From many of the questions and answers, we believe at this moment Ryan may have lost about 6 months to a year of his memory. This is not definite, he is learning and growing more and more every single day. Ryan believes that he is 15 years old and he does remember living in Willis, playing basketball, his family, and going to high school. It is clear when we ask him questions that he does get many things confused, but this is not unusual with a brain injured patient who is healing. Personally, I feel very blessed that Ryan has SO MUCH memory of his past! His short-term memory is something more complex and difficult for Ryan. There are many things that have happened throughout the day or week that he does not remember. For example he does not remember the hospital's carnival or even eating dinner an hour later, but we are not fearful. Do not forget Ryan's initial prognoses and how far he has already come and healed in 5 months. This is not over, God is still healing. Please do not lose faith and be content, I am expecting God's promises and waiting and ready for the day of 100 percent complete restoration! IN GOD WE TRUST!
For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God. 2 Corinthians 1:20