Our Journey To Recovery

Our Journey To Recovery

Monday, January 26, 2015

Oct. 30th 2014

We are back in full swing with Christopher's therapy, the knee is holding up well. He is not complaining of the pain like he did before the surgery. As you can see in the picture below Jeanne actually has him down one knee.
Not graceful by any means
He really missed being in the water, he was so happy to see everyone at the pool. Time to head home get some lunch and then head to the stables for some horseback riding.

Still in shorts in October!
Well what a difference a day makes. Here we are with Mitch Word at the Lassiter home football game Halloween night, freezing our tails off.
Mitch and Christopher
Very touching story Mitch sat with us for most of the night, with him talking to Christopher about different things they had done in school and in football. They really seem to be on the same page. Mitch was great with Christopher.

In the photo above, Mitch is pointing to his class ring, he wanted Christopher to have it as a remembrance of the times they shared together. Mitch shared how special his experience in high school was, he would look back and remember how much it meant to him each time he looked at his ring. He now wanted to think of Christopher wearing the ring in hopes it would bring back great memories for him.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Oct. 6th, 2014

Well we are still only three days out from surgery, at 3am Sunday morning Christopher decided to pull the drain out of his knee. I called the office today the nurse said it shouldn't be a problem, we are all just worried more about him getting an infection from messing with the dressing site. Everything looks good. we are going in on Thursday for them to have a look at it.

Thursday Oct 9th - drain site is good, suture site looks great. Dr. Oskouei decided to go ahead and take out the staples (32 of them). Christopher is obviously a fast healer. He should be able to start back all activities next week. We're looking forward to getting back in the pool.

Monday, November 3, 2014

October 2014

Well we have had the Pre-op visit so we are just a few days away from surgery. Everyone has been very nice, can't wait to get this over with. Really hoping this is going to help Christopher's stability when standing and walking. I know after the surgical pain has worn off he will not have as much ongoing pain in that knee.
Waiting in pre-op, what a smile.
Oct. 2nd - Surgery went great, Dr. Oskouei informed us he removed a large amount of the bone formation from around the joint. He was very satisfied with the added range of motion they were able to obtain in Christopher's knee. Christopher has twenty three staples in an incise down the front of his knee. They have placed a drain to help relieve any buildup of fluid on the knee over the next week.

A couple hours later, still looking good!
He is to start back walking as soon as possible. Full weight bearing as tolerated. He is doing fantastic.

We are scheduled to come back for a follow-up in two weeks to have the drain pulled and check the incision site.

We are now a couple of days post surgery. everything seems to be going well, we are using the stair climber again to get him upstairs to his bed, otherwise he is walking everywhere else. He is really doing well. The biggest issue so far has been not getting his leg wet, during his shower.

September 2014

Strutting his stuff at the pool
Thanks Virginia for the new shoes, he loves them

On the sidelines, Lassiter Football

Getting a fill-up at Shepherd Center

Christopher was scheduled for his knee surgery this month but we had to postpone it until next month. We are in the process of changing insurance providers. Surgery posted for Oct. 2nd at the Emory Ortho Spine Center with Dr. Shervin Oskouei.
Standing tall, looking for something to eat in the kitchen at the lake.

August 2014

August is starting out pretty great, we were invited to the Atlanta Falcons training camp, where we received the royal treatment, many thanks to Authur Blank and Angie Macuga for their wonderful hospitality. We spent time with the players on and off the field and we were given a special tour of the facilities with Angie and Mr. Blank as our guides. What a day topped off with dinner with the players and our hosts.
Here we are being followed by the Hard Knocks film crew, with Angie hanging off the back.

Christopher enjoying the ride
Julio Jones in the dining facilities


As we were riding around on the field, Mr Blank introduced us to several of the players and coaches. Coach Smith and Gary Zingler played football together at East Tennessee State. So Coach Smith asked us to give Gary a big hello.

Christopher kept pointing up on the hillside as we were riding on the field. Mr Blank asked Christopher several times if he knew someone there, I kept saying no, but low and behold, here comes Spencer Roush and several other friends of Christopher running down the hill to say hello. Definitely nothing wrong with his eyesight. Mr Blank had them hop the fence and invited them to come sit with us in the VIP section. Wow, Unreal!

As we sat with Angie and Mr Blank at dinner, Christopher was presented with a Matt Ryan signed jersey,  then one by one the players came to introduce themselves and sign the Falcons helmet which was given to Christopher.

We were overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone. Angie's daughter is in school with Davis at Lassiter and they have been following Christopher and his story. We are so thankful for their invitation and hospitality.

Angie and Mr Blank saw the news cast of Christopher during the Lassiter spring football game and wanted to do something special for him and our family. Well they certainly exceeded any dreams we may have had. We have also been invited to one of the home games at the Georgia Dome, we are looking forward to that.
Christopher trying to drive off in the indoor practice facility
Couldn't stand it, he had to try it on.
We have been busy since returning from Australia, Christopher has started horseback riding (hippotherapy) with Bethany, at BEATS.
Hold on tight
Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzales

Tyler at one of Christopher's pool sessions, Jeanne is Tyler's aunt.
Little mishap on the way to the showers this morning, 3 stitches later still smiling

Newest addition to the family, Lola
The boys
Put me in coach, I can do it.

"Back to the Real World" Marietta, Georgia, Home Sweet Home

Back home, all is well with the world, Jake still alive and happy to see us home. Thanks Robert for looking after Jake while we were away.

Coleman picked us up at the airport Saturday night, it was so nice to be able to sleep in our own beds. Christopher was amazing on the trip no problems getting in or out of the planes or the airports, what a trooper.

Not sure what our next adventure will be, whatever it is I am sure he will be up for it.

This Sunday Christopher's youth choir from our church had a reunion performance, Christopher sat in the back row with Coleman, lip syncing just like old times.
Thanks Connie for helping Coleman with Christopher
He was so happy to see everyone, he loves all the attention, especially from the girls. Connie thank you for sitting with him and Coleman and keeping him occupied. I know he loved it.

It didn't take long to get back into the swing of things. Cathy and Gary picked up right where they left off. Gary had Christopher back at Walmart in the motorized shopping cart terrorizing the other customers.

Safety first, got to love the helmet.
 Life is good, we are so thankful to have friends, neighbors and such a wonderful community. We are blessed. Without your constant support I know we wouldn't be anywhere close to where we are today with Christopher's recovery. Thank you all so much.

Sending out wishes for a Happy Birthday to Charlotte back in Sydney, Australia

Second half of the Australian trip July 2014

We made it back to the house without incident, we were a little weary after the trip but we had a great time.
Back at the house in plenty of time for some refreshments.
We want to thank Lesley and Peter Alway for the use of the house in Queenscliff, we had a wonderful time.
We arrived back in Melbourne late Sunday night, we stopped to do a bit of shopping on the way back. Coleman was looking for some souvenirs to take home. He flies back on Tuesday, he has a football camp with the Sprayberry team.
Coleman heading home
Are next couple of days were spent catching up with friends and family, we had a lovely dinner with Debbie's nephew Stuart and his family.

Wednesday night we went into Melbourne where we met Charlotte and her mom Jenny for dinner. They flew in from Sydney to see Christopher.

Wednesday night in Melbourne
We were lucky enough to have some pretty nice weather the next day and were able to meet downtown for some shopping and lunch. Jenny and Charlotte were flying back to Sydney the next day we met them on the way to the airport for coffee to say our goodbyes. Hope to see them this winter for some skiing. Thank y'all for coming to see Christopher he loved seeing you.

Friday morning local cafe for coffee.
Nana, I've grown, I don't fit on the couch any more
Just a little snooze before lunch. Christopher has done so well on the trip. we are trying to wean him from the wheelchair so he has been walking a lot more than before. The afternoon nap is very unusual for him, but well deserved.

We only have a couple more days in Melbourne before we fly home. We had dinner with Sandra and Alex at a Mediterranean restaurant last night, great food, but it was so cold and windy.

The thought of having to get back on the plane for twenty some hours is not very appealing. But it will be good to get home.

Waiting in the airport
Looking for something else to eat