Our Journey To Recovery

Our Journey To Recovery

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Sept. 2015

All is well, Christopher continues to participate in the neuro feedback therapy and is still working with Cathy and Gary Zingler and Ann White. Christopher is so excited about football season, the college games are getting started and we are going to see Auburn play Mississippi State.

We were able to get two tickets through the Lutzie Foundation as part of a basket we purchased at the Trojan Football Touchdown Tailgate Auction. We ended up receiving four tickets and sideline passes with Amy and Ann Lutzenkirchen and former QB Neil Caudle and his wife Emily 
as escorts.

Auburn sideline waiting for the eagle to fly.
Before the game with Amy, Ann, Nosa Eguae and Andrew McCain, Nosa and Andrew both played with Philip on the
2010 National Championship team. WAR EAGLE!
Auburn QBs during warmup

Coming into the stadium thru the players entrance following "Tiger Walk", we were enjoying the full experience.
Awesome experience
We had just spent all day Thursday, prior to the game, on campus with Davis doing the campus tour. Thank you Cindy Singley and Tim Gore for the your time and hospitality. The tour was great, the Wellness Center is amazing Tim, Cindy we appreciate you getting Davis connected with the Building Science administrator, she was very informative. Hopefully Davis can get everything squared away and be accepted for the fall of 2016. 

August 2015

 Well school has started and so has football season. This is such a great time for our family. Davis is entering his senior year, it is so hard to believe we are entering our final year of high school. The new improvement to the stadium and field are complete and it is time for some football. Friday night saw the dedication of the field for Philip Lutzenkirchen, one of Christopher's team mates when we first came to Lassiter. Philip was a senior and Christopher a freshman, because of the positions they played, they spent a lot of time together.

Friday night with Coach Kelly the new Lassiter AD

Saturday morning Christopher and I participated in the Lutzie Foundation 5k Run. Yes we made it all the way through the race with Christopher running across the finish line, yes I said running, to a cheering crowd. We were dead last, so everyone was there to cheer him across the finish line.
What a great achievement for Christopher, being out of the wheelchair not even a year yet. He was so determined to make it. Everyone was awesome cheering him on, we are so grateful. In the photo below he has just been awarded the Lutzie Legacy Award by Amy, Ann and Abby. What a great day, if I remember right I think we went back to the house and he fell asleep on the couch.

Lutzie Legacy Award

Another Friday night at the football game, halftime activities on the baseball field. Christopher and Coach Kelly's boys running the bases.

A little touch football with the boys and Coach Galvin

Another fun filled work day with Cathy

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

July 2015

Debbie took Christopher in for his final check up and cystoscopy with Dr. Carney. The plumbing is all good, he received an all is well. He doesn't has to see Christopher again. Great news. Good way to start the holiday.
Yearly ritual, jet ski maintenance prior to getting it into the water.
Christopher's first ride, holding on tight.
Happy face. NOT!
Chowing down

Jack's Bar-B-Que Shack
Covington, GA on Highway 278
We stop here almost every time we go to the lake. Good people, great food.

June 2015

Christopher continues to undergo the neuro feedback therapy twice a week. His progress has been slow but steady. The ability to keep his brainwaves under control and within normal limits continues to show improvement. Each session shows longer durations of normal activity. All of this is encouraging.

The only drawback so far is, I can't get him to change video's, so we continue to watch Cars 2 over and over. I will soon be able to recite the whole movie verbatim from start to finish.

Standing at the gate
First time in 8 years we've been able to go to the Greek Festival, it took us nearly 30 minutes to get in. Christopher became the greeter at the gate, he wanted to hug everyone coming in and going out. That is until I told him there was food inside, it was off to the races then. Great food and a good time, we will go back I'm sure.

Davis had three Lacrosse tournaments this month two in the Atlanta area and one in Charlotte, NC. The Defenders of Troy showed quite well winning 2 out of 3 championships and finishing 2nd in the 3rd tournament.

Last tournament together with DOT

Charlotte Summer Sizzle Champions and Fathers Day photo on the way home, we stopped at Mary Mac's for a late lunch good times.

May 2015

We have had a very eventful month. Christopher went back for his follow up visit with Dr. Carney the urologist who has been following Christopher since his accident. Christopher is now catheter free and able to go to the bathroom on his own. This is a huge milestone for him and his independence.

We waited until he was able to walk on his own before having his final bladder surgery so he would be able to get himself to the bathroom when  needed, so far so good. He has been amazing through this whole process.

May has also marked another milestone for Christopher with his 21st birthday thanks Cathy and Gary for the pre-birthday celebration and dinner, Christopher will never turn down a chance for food time with you and Hannah.
Gary tying up Christopher's new shoes, great gift, thank you
 We had a little open house for Christopher's birthday. Thank you to all of you for coming by to wish him a Happy Birthday, he had a wonderful time running to the front door to see who was there.

It was a great evening, thanks for all the cookies and cup cakes. He had to try them all before going to bed. Sugar high!!!
On May 28th we able to present the first scholarship in honor of Christopher's strength and amazing spirit. The award went to Michael Templton, who just so happens to be going to Alabama. I didn't know this until Coach Kelly announced as he was presenting the seniors during the baseball banquet, which just so happened to be right before we were to present the award. I just looked at Debbie and said WAR EAGLE! 
Coach Kelly and Christopher
Debbie, Christopher and I making the announcement.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

April 16th 2015

Well I am now completing my fourth week back at work. I started at WellStar at the Kennestone Hospital. I am back in the Operating Room working as a staff nurse. It is easier to manage my schedule as a staff nurse compared to working in management as I have done over the past ten years. All in all it is going well, big changes in the surgical realm, I am learning new things every day. Thank you all for the kind words and encouragement over the past several weeks.

Christopher continues to amaze us with  his superman attitude and ability to bounce back after each surgery or procedure he undergoes. This past surgery has been no different, he is like the old Timex watch, he takes a lickin and keeps on tickin.

Nice hat hair, Grace doesn't seem to mind.
Gary brought a visitor

The photos above were taken just a few days after his surgery. Gary brought their new addition to their family by for a visit. Grace is so tiny and cute, all she wanted to do was sleep. Christopher was thrilled to have a chance to hold her.

No time for lolly gagging, Mr. Gary getting Christopher back to work.
Gary and Christopher in the picture above, working hard before heading to the Charity Basketball game at Pope High School.

Getting a squeeze from his favorite player
Cheering on the team

Ms. Locky hiding behind Christopher, working on his writing.

All wired up for Neuro-feedback therapy, concentrating hard.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

March 22, 2015

Christopher has done so well, Debbie stayed with him Friday night and I stayed last night while 
Debbie helped Davis get ready for his junior prom.


Ben, Davis and Cooper
Sunday morning Christopher and I are waiting for the resident to give us the ok for us to come home. The plan is to pull the two drains and then get him up to walk, if he tolerates that he can go.

Lunch has been coming around 12-1230 so I am going to let him sit up on the side of the bed eat and then we'll go for a little walk around the unit. I think he is ready to go, he ate his lunch in about three bites.

Styling that hospital gown
No problem with walking, dressings all look good, IV removed, orders have been written, we are heading home. Just need to say good bye to all the staff. Christopher's care has been impeccable, the unit where we stayed is well kept, very clean, all private rooms, very nice.
Debbie and I are trying to get him dressed as fast as we can, he is ready to go, we can't get his shoes on him fast enough for him.

Thank you all for the kind thoughts and prayers.