Beneficiary: Kella Shipley
Organizer: Kella Shipley
In a few days Buddy and I will be departing the Shepherd Center. Although he is not speaking or walking yet, he has made a great deal of progress in his therapy here. We are very grateful for all that he is able to do and will continue his therapy at home. A big thank you to the therapist at the Shepherd Center for helping Buddy get this far in his recovery. It isn't over as long as god is in it! Again thank you all for your continued supoort and please keep us in your thoughts and prayers!
Buddy is doing amazing in therapy every day! In speech therapy this week he has said a few words! He said hi, yes, and no! We are so excited with the progress he has made in the last few weeks. He is now moving his right arm and thumb all on his own! His muscles seem to be getting stronger. In therapy they have been using a functional "estem" bike, which is an electrical bike that moves his legs like he is riding a bicycle. They hook electrodes up to his legs and the machine can tell when his muscles are doing most of the work. He was able to do 3.6 miles this week on the bike and he done some of the work himself!! He is getting better day by day and we are so happy with the progress he has made! We love each and every one of you and we are so thankful for the prayers and support that you have given us!!
Hello to you all,
Buddy is still making progress. You all would be amazed at the small miracles that I get to witness each day during his therapy sessions. For example, while working with speech therapist on strengthening his vocal cords, one of his tasks was to blow a spit ball out of a straw. Another one, stick out his tongue and wiggle it and then open his mouth as wide as he could and prevent the therapist from forcing it shut. Believe me it was very hard for him but he did enjoy acting like a little boy again.
We will be coming home within the next 3 to 4 weeks. We miss our kids and right now home is where we want to be. We have been in a hospital setting for a couple of months now and I feel that being around familiar faces, like family and friends, will also help Buddy during his recovery. We will continue to care for him in our home and do in home therapy, even if means making some modifications within our home to accommodate Buddy’s needs. This place is awesome. The“ SHEPHERD’S “ have been good to us and are doing everything possible to help Buddy with his rehabilitation. We have a long journey ahead of us but we will get through this with your love and support…………..THANK YOU ALL
The last week was full of test and therapy. Buddy was fitted for a new neck brace and body cast. They are a better fit and more comfortable. He had an MRI on Tuesday and the results were good. It didn't show anything they didn't already know. He has been doing very well in Speech therapy. He is still unable to talk but can communicate by shaking his head yes and no. His voice box is strong and he is able to make sounds. They are working on getting an electronic device for him to use to communicate. His children had a great visit with their dad last weekend. They got good responses from him and Logan made him laugh with all his funny stories. He had the pins removed from his right arm on Tuesday and will be having surgery soon to remove the rod out of his left arm. His lungs have cleared up and he no longer needs to be suctioned. They have capped the trach tube with a speech cap and as long as he does well the trach will come out when they work on his left arm. It is a slow process but every little thing that he does is huge to our family. We are so blessed and thankful for all the support our friends and family have given us during this time!
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