Yesterday Matt’s sister Ashlee paid him a visit and this precious moment was captured of Matt giving her a hug.
This past week Matt’s mom Debbie asked a friend to bring some surf wax for him to smell, as it has a pleasant scent and she thought it would stimulate his brain with some good memories. Matt’s body has been very active and the first few times they held the wax to his nose he would relax his body and you could see him breathing in the scent. Yesterday Matt’s friend put the surf wax into Matt’s hand and he seemed to LOVE it! He repeatedly put the wax to his nose, all on his own, to smell it and when he would drop it his hand would search all over his bed to find it again.
Another friend of Matt’s made him a massage oil and visitors have been using it to rub his arms and feet. Matt’s family is so thankful to everyone who has been spending time with him in the hospital. The visitors and kind deeds are noticed and so appreciated. He is very active, often agitated, moving his body and pulling at his clothing neck brace and trach tube, it has been really helpful to have visitors there to keep an eye on him.
Find below a link to the “Rancho Scale” which is used for people with a “Traumatic Brain Injury” like Matt’s. It is helpful for his friends, family and visitors to read it to understand the recovery process.
Keep that love, prayer and positive thought coming, Matt needs it and he is receiving it! Thank you!