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“I know Dexter will do well in school, because he’s respectful. He’s respectful to me, and “blesses” me when he leaves for school and when he comes home. Overall, he’s just really good,” Dexter’s dad Saturnino beams as he describes … Read more
“I know Dexter will do well in school, because he’s respectful. He’s respectful to me, and “blesses” me when he leaves for school and when he comes home. Overall, he’s just really good,” Dexter’s dad Saturnino beams as he describes his only son. Mom Rosalina concurs. “He’s really loving, he always wants my attention. The girls usually prefer their dad, but Dexter comes to me.”
Dexter humorously tells us about his sweet relationship with his three sisters. “I’m really not close to them!” he tells us with a cheeky grin. But, when we dig a little deeper, we find out that they’re closer than he may like to admit. Rosalina remembers carrying Dexter to school when he was little, because the tight tendons in his legs made it difficult to walk. “But now, his older sister helps him get to school. He can walk now, but still can’t run. He trips easily, and likes playing basketball, but I don’t usually allow it. I worry he’ll hurt himself.” So, when Dexter isn’t in school writing or studying English, his favorite subject, you’ll often find him on the computer playing DOTA or tinkering on Facebook. “I like studying English because someday I’d like to be a call center worker,” Dexter tells us. He already chatted with us in basic English earlier today, hopefully we’ll have the chance to help him practice during his stay!
We’re blown away by Dexter’s progress since last month! He’s walking, not at 100% yet, but it’s a major improvement already. He lives near the water, and it was recommended that he spends time walking in the water to keep building strength, which will help him improve even more. He rewarded himself for a job well done with some time on the Playstation with fellow patient and buddy Aron.
Dexter was thrilled to get his casts off, and wasted no time walking in physical therapy. His knees are almost completely straight, and the more he exercises, the quicker they’ll stretch out. He might have overdone it though, on the way back to the clinic, he said with a big sigh, “I’m so tired!” He’s motivated, and in no time at all he’ll be getting to school all on his own!
Dexter gets the award for “Ridiculously Chill Patient” this week! He has been so easy to deal with every day; we haven’t heard one complaint from him. His spirits are already high since he’s going home today, but we made sure to top off the encouragement tank with a few Get Well messages. Which by the way, he read in English without any help!
Dexter was hoping to go home today, but it looks like he’ll have to wait one more day. He’s still resting, but he’s looking forward to “furniture walking”, as cleared by the doctors, when he gets home. We told him to be sure and have his sisters help him out!
“I got the exciting surgeries today!” Dr. Jun said in a joking and happy tone. After a few weeks of solid, challenging cases, he was actually quite OK with doing a few “boring” cases. Dr. Jun released the tight tendons in Dexter’s knees, which might not sound like much, but to Dexter, it will mean an exciting, eventful life ahead!
We got to meet a handful of Dexter’s family today, including his youngest sister Khia, who, by the way, we caught Dexter adorably playing with earlier! We’re happy to see that he has such a strong support system as he gets ready for surgery tomorrow!
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