Dear Son is so sweet and it makes me sad to think he's not going to date or get married some day. I am sure he has dreams of a girlfriend like other young men his age do. It's sad.
He wouldn't smile for our walk however this man was walking his dog and the dog wanted to come over near Dear Son and when the man pulled the leash to pull the dog back, Dear Son cracked up. He likes someone (even a dog) getting in trouble. That was the closest I could get to a smile for pictures today.
Overall, he's doing o.k. He's been having some severe choking episodes for the last month and I am unclear as to what is causing them. His throat muscles have deteriorated so he can't swallow/process his own secretions. As a result, they get caught in his throat and he's been choking on them. He actually had some pretty severe episodes last month that seemed almost like an allergic reaction of sorts. It started after I started a new multi-vitamin. I discontinued that and while the airway swelling seems to have stopped, he is still having some choking episodes that will require a doctor visit or two to determine if there is some underlying issue.
He'll start summer school for three weeks in July so I am looking forward to getting a little break. It's really pretty tough doing 24/7 care without any breaks. He is however enjoying his daily leg massages. I rub coconut oil on his legs and feet and he smiles every day when I rub his legs and feet. I tell him that everyone likes having their feet rubbed. I used to rub his legs/feet every day to reduce swelling however it's not really an issue like it once was but he really enjoys it so I do it anyway.