Our Journey To Recovery

Our Journey To Recovery

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.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

March 19th 2015

It is 6am and we are getting ready to go the Grady Hospital for Christopher's surgery. We are schedule to be there at 8:30am for  early start. Dr. Carney has meetings at Emory first thing so he usually doesn't start surgery until 9:30.

Christopher and I are on I75 headed south bound singing along with the XM classic vinyl station. Well I am singing, anybody who knows Christopher knows he's always gone the Milli Vanilli route. It is pouring down rain, I75 is bumper to bumper, morning rush hour. It is a quarter to 7, we're moving, we have been lucky so far.

Surprisingly, we have made it to the hospital in about an hour. We have checked in, so now we wait. Debbie and Locky are meeting us here, they should be on their way by now.

It is now 9:40 and we are still in the waiting area, Debbie still hasn't made it in yet. Oh, here comes our nurse to take us to Pre-op. Christopher is all smiles, he is ready to get this over with. All prepped and ready to go, we were given wipes to use to eliminate any bacteria that might be on his body. We had to swab his mouth, brush his teeth and use iodine swabs in his nostrils. No parts untouched, he is now clean from head to toe.

Checking out the smooth shave
Debbie and Locky finally arrived, I was beginning to worry. Still waiting, it is now 11:30, Dr. Carney came by said they have changed the order and he is going to do a shorter procedure ahead of Christopher. So we have a little longer before he goes back.

A little longer has gotten to be a lot longer, it is now 3:30 and still waiting. It has taken its toll on me. Checkout sleeping beauty courtesy of my lovely wife.

Looking like my dad more and more, not a bad thing he was a good looking man
It is now 4:30pm and they are getting ready to take him back. WOW! We had been told the surgery would only take 3-4 hours, not really trusting the estimates, they haven't been too accurate so far. We are going down to the Sweet Auburn Market to get something to eat. Hope there is still something open.

It's now 6pm belly full so I'm heading home to check on Davis and the dogs, Davis has a lacrosse game against Milton tonight. He still isn't able to play, he is really bummed. Lassiter hasn't beaten Milton in a couple of years, always close, hopefully they can pull this one out.

I've made it back to Grady still wet outside, huge wreck on the 285 ramp off of I75 south. Christopher is still in the OR the nurse called out to let me know they have another hour or two, everything is going well 8:25pm. Debbie is sitting the surgical waiting room with one other person a young girl whose boyfriend is having the similar procedure to what Davis had done last Saturday.

It is now 10:40pm the nurse called and said everything is going well but is has been more difficult than he expected. Looking at another hour or so, keep those prayers coming. Davis just arrived, Lassiter beat Milton 13-7, first time for Coach Leezer, congratulations Trojans.

I have been studying for my medication exam which is tomorrow morning at 8am. Just got the call, they are extubating Christopher and he should be in the recovery room in a few minutes, Dr. Carney will be out to speak with us in a few minutes, it's 11:35pm.

Dr. Carney just came through the door, 12:22am, he looks like he's been through the ringer. According to him everything is perfect, Christopher is great, he did very well. The scar tissue was more extensive then he thought at first and that is why it took so long. He was very pleased with the results, Christopher's bladder looked great, he is amazed it has tolerated having the supra-pubic catheter this long.

We are now finally getting to go in to see Christopher in the recovery room, Debbie has gone in, only allowed one at a time. It is my turn now, he looks puffy, understandably he has been laying with his feet above his head for the past seven hours. He is still zonked, but he is still going for the hug, that's my boy. Davis and I are heading home it's a quarter to two and we still have to drive home.

Your continued thoughts and prayers a greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

March 15th, 2015

Wednesday Christopher had his pre-op visit with Dr. Carney's staff and the anesthesia group at Grady Hospital. We were there for over 5 hours. Everything looks good for surgery on the 19th.

We had to race from downtown Atlanta to Roswell to the New Mind Center where Christopher does the neuro-feedback training. We were able to make it on time. Fortunately his sessions only last about an hour, we had to rush home to pickup Lola, Davis's dog. She had to see a vet in Cumming to see if she needed surgery, our local vet referred us to them.

So Christopher and I started at 645am and got back home around 600pm. Lola has to go back next Wednesday for surgery. She has a lump on her bottom that has to be removed. We have to keep our fingers crossed that it isn't cancer. We just lost Buster a few months ago because of cancer.

Well our night wasn't over yet, Christopher and I made our way up to Lassiter to watch the baseball team play Parkview. Awesome win in extra innings.

It seems everyone wants to get in on having surgery. This past Friday night after the lacrosse game, I had to take Davis to Piedmont Hospital. He ended up being admitted and having surgery Saturday morning. What's the saying, things always happen in threes.

Davis has done well, his surgery lasted just a little over an hours and a half. They transported him back to his room after a short stay in the recovery room. Everyone treated him so well. Thank you to all the wonderful folks at Piedmont. He is just going to have to miss a couple weeks of lacrosse, he isn't to happy about that, but he doesn't want to go through that pain again.

For all of you that don't know, I am starting back to work on Monday March 16th, I have been home with Christopher for 2 years now. He continues to amaze us with his strength and determination.

I just heard from Lola's vet, unfortunately it isn't good news, her pathology results came back and the tumor they removed is cancerous and the prognosis is not good. She is such a sweet dog.

March is not starting out well, please keep our family in your prayers.