Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Wonderful Birthday

Well, where do I begin. Christie has made so much progress, it is unbelievable. I will try and put a video clip of her blowing out her birthday candles. Not only did she blow out her candles, she can put on and take off her glasses by herself. She is mouthing sentences. She mouths some words plan as day like "My Mama, I love you, Bye, what,yes and no" as well as some others. Some times she mouths sentences we can't make out.
Christie got a new wheel chair, so she is not in the lounging one. The botox injections was started Friday and the braces for her legs have been ordered.She even took the phone away from me. She can stick her tongue out at you. In therapy, we threw the ball to each other as well.Look at the new pictures, Christie looks great.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Christie's Birthday

Hello everyone,
We are going to have a party for Christie Saturday July 26 Th at 11:00 A.M. I hope anyone who would like to come can. I have tried to get together with the rest of the family but can't seem to get any concrete plans. If anyone would like to come and can't make it at 11:00, call Angie I know they will be having a get together for Christie. You can get her number from her blog. www.richardandchristie.blogspot.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


I don't have much to update. Christie does have a urinary track infection that is being treated with antibiotics. She continues to do well in therapy and she has surprised and surpassed every ones expectations at FINR. She is a real fighter, whom I love more than life its self.
Also she turns 16 Monday the 28th. I will be with her this weekend, and will update with news and new pictures as soon as get home next week.
Thanks for the continued thoughts and prayers,
P.S. Madge and Dave where to arrive today. If they were able to visit Christie, maybe they will update on www.RichardandChristie.blogspot.com

Saturday, July 19, 2008


Well it has been 3 months today that Richard and Christie had their terrible wreck. It is amazing how time changes things.3 months ago this morning Richard and Christie where on their way to get a ferret, having fun, laughing, and probably discussing names for the new pet.Then in a matter of seconds both of their lives where changed forever.Everyone please be kind to each other, never let a day go by being mad or angry with a loved one , friend or relative. The one thing you can never get back or make up is time.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Christie's Birthday

If it works well for everyone, I think we should have Christie's party around 11:00 A.M. on Saturday. That way Christie or Richard won't be to tired to enjoy themselves.
Hope to see everyone there.

Monday, July 14, 2008

You've come along way baby

There use to be a cigarette commercial slogan that said" you've come long way baby" Well my baby has come along way in a short time. At the bottom and sides of this page you will see Christie washing her face and brushing her teeth. In one picture she is putting on chap stick. I love you Christie keep fighting.
Love Mama


Hi all,
I got to talk to Christie today. Her speech therapist was with her, and Christie mouthed the words I LOVE YOU to me. She blew me kisses. Paula and Aaron were there for her therapies, the therapist asked Christie did she want to go to the big room for theory or stay in her room and Christie mouthed the word room. Paula is going to call me later tonight and send me pictures from today, I'll post them as soon as I get them. Thanks Paula.

Saturday, July 12, 2008


I called to check on Christie today and the report is she is trying to pull on her feeding tube. I don't think she pulled it out, but she is aware it is there. Christie also is mouthing words. She has been doing that for about a week but at times, some sound is made.
Keep praying my baby girl is getting better.

Friday, July 11, 2008


I don't have much to add. Christie is doing well in therapy. I have included a new picture at the bottom of the page of Christie in therapy on the tilt table, as you can tell, she doesn't like it. But what don't kill you makes you stronger, her and I are going to be the two strongest women in the world by the time this is done.

Thursday, July 10, 2008


Not much new to tell. Jose told me Richard told him that Christie mouthed the words "I Love You" to Richard. Jose did tell me they are going to fit Christie with prosthetics for her legs. They are a type of brace that will straighten Christie's feet and legs.Sorry that is all I have it is hard giving updates when you get them over the phone. Maybe I'll have better updates and pictures when I see Christie at the end of July.

Monday, July 7, 2008


I talked to Jose (the case Manager)and the therapist. They said Christie was doing really well. She is still at a level 3, she can move her right foot slightly. Just the top of her foot and her toes. She kicked a beach ball in therapy.There's not much if any movement on her left side at this time. She is beginning to mouth words, but no sound is coming out.
I miss her soooooooooo much. This is the longest that I haven't gotten to see her.
Don't forget about the yard sale, hot dogs and bake sale this Saturday the 12 th. 8:00 AM -2:00 PM at Trinity Community Church. 4018 old Buncombe Rd.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Thank You

Not much to tell, Christie had a good weekend. She rested from her therapies. The CNA took her outside on the porch for awhile. I called yesterday to ask them to turn Christie's TV on to a Harry Potter Marathon. They did and they said she watched all of them. The nurse thought she would go to sleep watching them, but she didn't it kept her mesmerized.
Also thanks to my friend Ann for all the beautiful frames she has made around the pictures. It makes Christie look even more beautiful.
Thanks my friend, and thanks to everyone who reads and prayes,

Thursday, July 3, 2008

CT Scan

I talked to Jose today, he said they got the results back from the CT scan, and that Christie has Brain Atrophy. That means the brain is smaller, because it hasn't been used. I added the definition so so you can get the clinical meaning of it.
Cerebral atrophy
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Cerebral atrophy is a common feature of many of the diseases that affect the brain. Atrophy of any tissue means loss of cells. In brain tissue, atrophy describes a loss of neurons and the connections between them. Atrophy can be generalized, which means that all of the brain has shrunk; or it can be focal, affecting only a limited area of the brain and resulting in a decrease of the functions that area of the brain controls. If the cerebral hemispheres (the two lobes of the brain that form the cerebrum) are affected, conscious thought and voluntary processes may be impaired.
Hope this helps you to understand better.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Answer to Question

Christie's feet are turned under so bad, called " drop", look at the pictures and you can see it. The botox along with therapy will make her feet more pliable so they can make them straight again. then they will put soft cast on them until they are where they are supposed to be. At this point if she tried to stand, it would break her ankles.
Hope this helped. Thanks for asking. Let me know if you want more info.

About Christie

I am Becky, Christie's Mom and I want to tell you about Christie. Christie is a beautiful, outgoing, and caring person. She loves outside, turtles, frogs, birds all kinds of animals especially horses. Christie has talked about maybe becoming a vet. Christie was injured in a car wreck on April 19,2008. Christie has a severe globial brain injury where they had to remove the whole left tempral lobe. This blog is to share Christie's story. She is a fighter, and she is making a recovery that no one thought she would.


This is a truly BEAUTIFUL piece. Please Read this at a slow pace, digesting every word and in Leisure...do not hurry... This is a treasure...
>For those lucky to still be blessed with your Mom,This is beautiful. For those of us who aren't, this is Even more beautiful. For those who are moms, you'll love this.
>The young mother set her foot on the path of life. 'Is This the long way?' she asked. And the guide said:'Yes, and the way is hard. And you will be old before you reach the end of it... But The end will be better than the beginning.'
But the young mother was happy, and she would not Believe that anything could be better than these years. So she Played with her children, and gathered flowers for Them along the way, and bathed them in the clear streams; and The sun shone on them, and the young Mother cried,'Nothing will ever be lovelier than this.'
>Then the night came, and the storm, and the path was Dark, and the children shook with fear and cold, and the mother Drew them close and covered them with her mantle, and the children said, 'Mother, we are not afraid, for you are near, and no harm can come.'
>And the morning came, and there was a hill ahead, and The children climbed and grew weary, and the mother was weary. But at all times she said to the children,' A little patience and we are there.'So the children climbed, and when they reached the top They said, 'Mother, we would not have done it without you.'
>And the mother, when she lay down at night looked up At the stars and said, 'This is a better day than the last, for my Children have learned fortitude in the face of hardness.Yesterday I gave them courage. Today, I've given them strength.'
>And the next day came strange clouds which darkened The earth, clouds of war and hate and evil, and the children groped And stumbled, and the mother said: 'Look up. Lift your eyes to the light. ' And the children looked and saw above the clouds An everlasting glory, and it guided them beyond the Darkness. And that night the Mother said, 'This is the best day of all, for I have shown my children God.'
>And the days went on, and the weeks and the months and The years, and the mother grew old and she was little and bent. But her children were tall and strong, and walked with Courage. And when the way was rough, they lifted her, For she was as light as a feather; and at last they came to a hill,And beyond they could see a shining road and golden gates flung wide. And Mother said, 'I have reached the end of my journey. And now I know the end Is better than the beginning, for my children can Walk alone, and their children after them.'
>And the children said, 'You will always walk with us, Mother, even when you have gone through the gates.'And they stood and watched her as she went on alone, and the gates Closed after her. And they said: 'We cannot see her But she is with us still. A Mother like ours is more than a memory. She Is a living presence.......'
>Your Mother is always with you... She's the whisper Of the leaves as you walk down the street; she's the smell of bleach In your freshly laundered socks; she's the cool hand On your brow when you're not well. Your Mother lives Inside your laughter. And she's crystallized in every tear drop. She's the place you came from, your first home; and she's the map you follow with every step you take. She's your first love And your first heartbreak, and nothing on earth can Separate you.Not time, not space... Not even death!