Hello to all our dear friends and colleagues!
Please forgive our long gap in updating the blog, but we’ve been caught up in the bureaucratic world of disability applications and medical tests.
We are happy to tell you that we see a considerable improvement in Emil’s speech, reading and writing abilities while his communication is becoming more effortless with each passing month. This noticeable progress encourages us to believe that with God’s grace a full recovery is now in sight. We are trying to have as much fun as possible with our home therapy which is proving to have a greater effect than the few appointments Emil has had so far. We noticed that as much as our caveman is struggling to find his words, he is quick at correcting the errors in his speech exercises, and his debating skills are completely unharmed 🙂 From a medical perspective the priority right now is to stabilize his atrial fibrillation and arrhythmia. Some tests have been done but cardiology appointments are very hard to get so we are looking at a long wait before we get any conclusive answers and solutions.
Unfortunately Flory’s health has also deteriorated due to all the accumulated stress. She is trying to stay strong for Emil, though the truth is that she is in need of care and attention as well. We kindly ask all of you that know this sensitive, delightful person to pray for her and keep her in your thoughts. She has been ever so dedicated to Emil, helping with everything from physiotherapy to delicious meals 🙂 We thank God every day for having her around! Her wonderful sense of humour has brightened many difficult moments… Her love for Emil and trust in God are vividly felt. We have been witnesses as to how this has helped Emil get better.
On a more practical note, we have recently applied for disability status for Emil and Flory. We were told that it would take up to 6 months until the papers are processed.This is leaving us a little concerned as we are not sure if Emil will be able to return to work until then. Depending on the government’s decision Emil and Flory might or might not receive financial help. Though we are grateful this is possible, even the maximum amount of government aid is quite insufficient, to say the least. Further more we were discouraged to find out that Flory is not able to apply for early pension, since she does not have any pension benefits. So here we are yet again, faced with the daunting challenge of tackling the system.
At this point we continue onwards placing our faith in God and in the miraculous recovery that He has given Emil so far. This gives us hope and strength in knowing that these hard times might end sooner than later.
We wanted you to know that you are all in our prayers everyday and thank you for keeping us in yours!