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!
I just got home from spending the week with Buddy for training on taking
caring of his needs when we bring him home. They want to prepare us for
anything that he will need. The good news is that they want to keep Buddy for 3
more weeks due to the progress that they see him making! I had an amazing visit
with him! Buddy is a very determined man and is working so hard to recover!
Although he still can't talk, I was able to have some great conversations with
Buddy. I even got several laughs out of him talking about the trouble him and
Johnny used to get into when they were kids. I had great conversations with him
about the kids and everything they have been into since he has been in Atlanta.
Buddy is upbeat and is still the sweet smiling man that he always has been! It
was amazing to watch him interact with the therapist and nurses. He may be a
little spoiled! lol In speech therapy this week he was able to eat a whole cup
of pudding with no nausea!! That is HUGE!!!! He also got to go the Atlanta
Braves game Wednesday! For everyone that knows Buddy knows he is not a Braves
fan. The speech therapist was questioning Buddy as to which baseball team he
was a fan of. Kella and I were sitting there with him and Buddy surprised all of
us by looking at us and saying DODGERS!! I jumped out of my chair clapping!!
The therapist Michelle said “Buddy I totally missed that can you tell me
again". It takes a lot strength and concentration but he was able to tell her Dodger’s
again! We went to physical therapy on Tuesday for Julie the therapist to
show us how to make sure Buddy is getting exercise in his arms and legs. He
started making sounds and looking down at me and Julie. I ask him if he was
trying to tell us something and he shook his head yes. Julie asks him if he
could show us. He shook his head yes! He was lying flat on the therapy table,
looked down at us and starting showing us that he could lift his hips up off
the table!! It is one step at a time but little by little it’s all coming back
He has started having pain and burning in his arms and legs. They
explained it to Kella and me as it being a good thing. We don't want Buddy to
be in pain but it does tell them that the nerves and muscles are starting to
"wake up"..... As he works in therapy, the muscles are starting to
contract and they are getting stronger. They took a follow up x-ray of Buddy’s
neck and back Monday. The orthopedic doctor cleared Buddy on Thursday so he is
finally brace free! We have all the faith and hope in God that Buddy will make
a full recovery. This week spent with him has made me realize that although it
is going to take time Buddy is making progress every day! They have
started changing his medicine and it seems to be working for him. I feel so
blessed to be part of this family! Buddy is an amazing man and is very thankful
for everything everyone has done and is doing. He still has that bright smile
for you when you come into the room! No one knows what the future hold
for us but with faith, great friends and family we can make it through anything! Thank you to everyone for everything you all do for Buddy and his family........ Sabrina
I'm so excited to update the page today. Buddy has starting moving his legs!! It is still weak movement but it is movement! He started having some severe leg pains last week. I hate to see him in pain but hurting meant that the feeling was coming back in his legs! God is so good! He has been laughing at the therapist which means his voice box is getting stronger! He will have a test this week to check his swallowing. If the test come back good they will start therapy for him to eat soft foods! We are so thankful for all the small milestones Buddy is achieving! Every small thing is HUGE STEPS for our family! We are so proud of how determined Buddy is!! He works so hard every day! Thank you all for all the love and support you have given us during this time. We couldn't make it without you all. Please continue to pray that god will continue to work miracles for Buddy!!
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!!
Buddy is doing amazing in therapy! He is working so hard and even when he is tired he wants to keep going!He is healing and getting stronger everyday. Last week in therapy he continued with weight bearing exercises and although he is still week he is moving the rolling pad with his arms. His left arm seems to be stronger. He has went from taking water by mouth to taking bites of chocolate pudding and crunching on ice.He is still not talking but is making sounds and his voicebox is getting strong!He has been able to enjoy being out of the hospital for some fresh air! He works at getting stronger even at night. Buddy is a fighter and is determined!! We really want to let our DEERE FAMILY know how much Buddy appreciates the pictures that Jeff delivered to Atlanta. It means so much to him! It's the great friends and family that keep us going! We can never repay everyone for everything that you do for us! WE LOVE EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU!!!
Buddy has been working hard in speech therapy! He is improving everyday.... Yesterday he blew bubbles in a cup of water and was blowing a whistle. He even sipped some of the water by mistake, got a little strangled so they started giving him water on a spoon and he tolerated it well!! Next week they will focus on trying to get him to take food by mouth. He has been working with a "mouth stick" which will allow him to operate all kinds of different devices. He is able to hold this stick with his mouth and turn the pages of a book. He is beginning to shrug his shoulders. He is getting stronger everyday! We are so blessed to have all of the family and friends support, love and prayers! Thank you all so much!
Hello to all,
Today has been a good day for Buddy. He was able to have the trach removed this morning. His telemetry box is gone and he has been working hard in speech. He is still not walking or talking but he is working hard on it. We are so blessed to have all the support from all of our family and friends! We don't know how we would make it without each and everyone of you. Thank you all so much!
Hello to you all,
Buddy is still working hard in his therapy. He did very good yesterday with blowing spitballs through the straw. He is getting stronger everyday.He is moving his shoulders and raising his head for the nurses during body repositioning when he is in the bed. He got the triflex bar taken out of his left arm Thursday. We are so blessed with all the support we have received during this time. Your love and support keeps us going! Thank you all!!
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!