Sunday, June 28, 2009

Up Date

Richard got to go from Tennessee to Florida to see Christie. He sent me an update of his visit with her.
When I called Christie to talk to her she told me" Dad is here in my room, yea" She also said before we hung up that she wanted to come home with me now.
Anyway Richard sent me an update from some of the questions I had asked about. This is the responses.Casting: Christie has only gained 1 degree over the initial 15 degrees with the 1st casting and the Doctor said there is no indication that her brain is going to give any more elasticity to her calf muscles and tendons. Richard is to receive a call from an orthopedic surgeon/specialist to hear what options are available.Please pray that they don't choose to cut the tendons until after Christie's full two to six year window of the brain healing.
Eating: Christie is tolerating the 5cc okay but is being stubborn about clearing her throat when the therapist instructs her. I wish I was with her. I bet Mommy could get her to do what she needs to be doing.Kudos to Moms. Anyway, That is all I have about Christie for now. The only thing I don't know that I can't seem to get a truthful answer to is " Where is Cheyenne" Cheyenne was my dog but I sent her to Florida with Christie and Richard. I have been told by more than one person that Richard isn't living in Florida anymore but in Tennessee. With that being the case, who has Cheyenne. When I ask Richard he says Cheyenne is with him in Florida, problem being Richard is in Tennessee.I would like to have Cheyenne back if other people other than Richard is going to have her.
Will keep you up to date as I can.
Please Pray I get to see Christie soon.

Friday, June 26, 2009

How much longer

Just to clear up a little. Christie is only getting to eat 3 times a week, 1 teaspoon of food. Christie is only getting the 5cc to see how she is tolerating the food. As of yet nothing has changed.
I talked to Christie today as I do everyday.Somethings she can talk so clear it is as if she was the same as always. Today when I called she said to me " I want to come home if you will let me" She asked where I was and I said home in SC. Christie said " I want to be home, I want to be home with you." I haven't been to see her in over 3 months. I have been looking for cheap flights to see if it will be cheaper to fly but so far nothing seems like a good deal. If anyone sees any deals please let me know.

Thursday, June 4, 2009


Christie got to have her first snack yesterday in speech therapy. She had yogurt. Today I'm not sure what she had but one of the choices was mashed potatoes with gravy. I'm as happy as I can be.
I haven't got to see Christie in forever. It reality it's been almost 3 months. I hope to see her soon. I had saved up 400.00 to go towards seeing her but my car tore up and it cost 448.00 to fix. I know all things happen for a reason but it's hard to think of it that was when I don't get to see Christie.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Swallow Test results

Hello everyone,
Christie's swallow test was today. Here are her results. Think of the grading system as that of school.
Eating pudding B. It took Christie 2 swallows to eat the pudding it should have taken 1.
Crackers B Same as pudding it took 2 swallow should have taken 1. Applesauce C took several swallows coughed on the final swallow.Water F aspirated immediately . The doctors are going to review the tape further. The feeding tube will remain in for nutritional feedings but the speech therapist will give Christie foods in the consistency of pudding for pleasure and for practice. Christie can only eat in the presents of the speech therapist for safety.They will do another swallow test in 3to 6 months.
I had hoped the feeding tube would come out but at least Christie can have the pleasure of tasting foods.
Please continue to Pray,

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 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!