Sunday Update

Josh is still waiting, (I’d say patiently but he’s not very patient) for his Tobii to become available for a 30 day trial. He’s beginning to feel the pressure. For a short time he had a voice (the Dynavox) then it had to be mailed back. The paperwork was filled out for the Tobii and we’re in about week 8 of waiting. Sometimes, I wish the power that is in charge (insurance company) had to experience what the person requesting goes through. How would they feel if suddenly they had no voice? No way to be heard? I think they might move things through faster if they just once experienced. Anyway, we’re waiting.

On the art front: Josh has finished his pink rose. I love all his flower paintings but this one is eye catching. There is no photo that will do it justice. It glows, as if lit from inside. I can only think that happens from the colors; the pink on top of the green and blue.

001He will finish up the yellow iris this week and he’s working on a new ‘Whimsey’. This new painting has a base color of indigo blue. On it he’s painting in animals. The title of this painting is: Totems. I am having so much fun watching him develop this painting. The hard part will be not over working it. He needs to suggest, and capture the animals, without losing the spontaneity of the paint.

002When finished there will be at least 10 animals in this painting. Right now he’s blocked in a bear, a fish, a fawn, a raccoon, and a fox.

On the exercise front, he’s had a set back. He has pain and because he’s non-verbal, and waiting on his communication device, we’re only guessing. We think we have the problem pinpointed. It’s healing and he’s exercising but not with his regular enthusiasm. We did figure out a way to isolate the lower part of his legs. He’s using 3 lbs per leg now instead of 1 1/2 so that is progress.

We’re getting tired of winter but at least, on the plus side, Josh is getting some solid work time.

About JoshE

Joshua Englehaupt was born on April 3, 1980. Birth trauma left him with Cerebral Palsy. He is non-verbal and non-ambulatory but he is filled with a wonderful spirit. He has a passion for art. Join him in his journey of discovery.
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3 Responses to Sunday Update

  1. Karen(Klynn) says:

    The fish really jumped out at me. So dynamic! I always enjoy looking at your paintings.

  2. John Jones says:

    Those paintings are amazing, there’s no doubt you’re a talented artist Josh, can’t wait til you finally get your “voice”. I can imagine you’re going to have a lot to say 🙂

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