AMAZING UPDATE ON ADAM.
Thanks to WMUR News for the coverage.
A school principal is continuing to work his way back from a severe injury he suffered while trimming trees at his New Hampshire home.
Claremont Christian Academy Principal Adam Barton was seriously injured when a tree limb fell on his head in March. His wife, Melanie Barton, said he has made remarkably strides, even though she once thought he wasn't going to make it all.
"Right from when it happened, we weren't sure that he would survive," she said.
After Adam Barton's first surgery, he remained in a coma for two weeks. Doctors at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center called family members for a meeting.
"A neurosurgeon resident told us, 'I don't think he feels any pain. I don't know if he's going to wake up. If he wakes up, he might not be able to do anything," Melanie Barton said.
She said the news left her devastated, but two days later, her prayers were answered.
"I got word from the nurse that he had started squeezing hands on command and opening his eyes a little," she said.
Doctors performed two more surgeries before Adam Barton was released to Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center in Gat the end of May. Still on a feeding tube, he couldn't walk and wasn't talking. He was left exhausted each day after three hours of physical therapy.
And then, there seemed to be a light at the end of the tunnel.
"And his endurance starting improving," said physical therapist Donna Gosselin. "He started to engage more."
Doctors said Adam Barton has surprised them all.
"He's walking independently, doing some stairs," said Dr. Frederick Bruch. "He is much more alert. He is much more cognitive. He is speaking much better."
His condition has improved enough that last weekend, he spent a night at the family's Claremont home. Doctors said they're not sure if Adam Barton will return to the life he had before the accident, but as a family, the couple are moving forward and trying to figure out the name of their fourth child, who is expected in the fall.
"It might be the last day before we know for sure what we want to name him," Melanie Barton said.
Check out the video on WMUR news channel.
HEARTWARMING UPDATE FROM MELANIE:
We got Adam home for a visit yesterday. It was a busy day, driving him here, going to church, having our afternoon family get together, and driving him back to the rehab center, but it really couldn't have gone any better. Adam didn't get car sick at all which was a concern, he sang for the first time in church and loved talking to everyone. He napped some in the afternoon but when he woke up he enjoyed playing with the kids and talking to them. He fed himself a pudding, one of the things that the speech therapist has been practicing with him to get ready for his swallow test. When it was time to go, Tyler was crying, and Adam gave him a hug and told him not to worry so much, which made Tyler laugh. The only tough part of the day is when we got back to Crotched Mountain it took a while for Adam to agree to get out of the car, then when we got him into his wheel chair he stopped himself at the door and wouldn't go in. Then when we got to his room he took my keys and wouldn't give them back for about 45 minutes. It was really hard to leave him, but I think it would have been a bad sign if he didn't care either way where he was. He especially doesn't like that they put him to bed early every day and he lays there awake a lot. He says night time is depressing. Please pray he can just come home to stay soon.
AWESOME UPDATE FROM MELANIE:
Adam transferred into the car perfectly first try, and we went for a little ride just the two of us for the first time in 4 and a half months. I also got to see him play air hockey, standing up, with his occupational therapist and he did really well. We got Adam's Medicaid number in the mail yesterday so I am praying the swallow test will be scheduled right away.
GREAT UPDATE FROM MELANIE:
Adam had a great day. I think my favorite moment was when I held up the word "red" to see if he would read it and say it out loud. I asked if he could read it. He said, "Yeah, it says "red". Why?" He had a great walking session. He talked a lot. He said a couple of sweet things to me. When I told Tyler, he looked disgusted and said "I forgot how much you guys flirt." I also was able to help him, for the first time, from his wheel chair to bed for a nap, and then back to his wheel chair again. It made me feel like I'm ready to take care of him at home soon.
UPDATE FROM MELANIE BARTON:
I've been feeling led to share a video of Adam walking with a walker. I know a lot of people have been curious. Today he used a different walker than this, without the arm rests and he did pretty well. Please keep praying for him. Please FB video on Melanie's FB page
Hello friends and church family, I would like to add a summer time challenge to all. Now that Adam has been moved to the rehab center there are a few extra needs to be met, soooo, this means we must " stay the course" your prayers must NOT cease! Adam has made amazing progress and continues to heal. Melanie and the children have the faith and resolve we can all learn from. A bonus would be for them all to enjoy a meal together or something special to them. Let's make it happen:)
GREAT NEWS FROM MELANIE
Adam stood up today 3 times today with no help, not even the slightest bit of support from the therapist. He was holding onto the parallel bars though. He's getting a lot stronger. He has been starting to try to get out of bed in the night, so they are getting him a low bed and putting mats next to it until he gets stronger and has better balance. He is also making his needs known a little better, like showing us that he wants to get into bed for a nap for example. His swallowing is getting noticeably stronger and more consistent. He gets pretty flustered when we put pressure on him to use his voice, but when I told him, "I need to be patient. You will try someday." He nodded. He is starting to enjoy watching tv, especially sports, and laughs at some things the announcers say. Even a few weeks ago, he acted like tv hurt his eyes or maybe it was over stimulating. I think he is reading, which would make sense because he can write words. Sometimes if I'm having trouble getting an answer from him, I will write down two choices, and he will point or put a check mark next to the one he wants.
UPDATE FROM MELANIE:
Adam's numbers and letters are really coming back to him. Yesterday he wrote a couple of things, "Peter" and "Joy" completely on his own, we weren't even talking about them. He wrote "35" when Tim Frisch told him he's turning 35 soon. Today he wrote his dad's age and his own age and Mom, Dad, Adam, Melanie, I love you. Then his dad was telling him about someone they know who got arrested and Adam wrote "arrested" and underlined it. We've been giving him a pen and paper for weeks and he would just doodle, so it's really exciting to see it click in his brain. He's been slower in walking at rehab than he was at Dartmouth. I think it's because at Dartmouth they let him walk with just socks on his feet. At rehab they make him wear sneakers. He's lost so much muscle from laying in bed so long that his sneakers actually feel really heavy and the tread sticks to the floor so he has to pick up his feet more. Today, though, he walked the length of the parallel bars 3 times. They also make him do more of the balancing on his own at rehab. He only has one therapist helping him now instead of two
UPDATE FROM MELANIE BARTON:
Adam is back out of the ICU, moved back into neurology special care. He has been off the ventilator for a couple of days. He also got all the wires and bands out of his mouth recently and got his neck brace off. The physical therapist gave me a chart for brain injury recovery. It has 8 phases. She told me today that Adam has officially moved into the 3rd phase and doing a couple of things in the 4th phase. There is a big difference in his awake state and his sleepy state and he is sleepy quite a bit. When he is awake he nods his head yes or no to questions, and the physical therapist said that he answered more of her questions today than yesterday. The nurses and physical therapists kept whispering to me today, "He's surprising the doctors" and smiling. A woman from Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation is coming to meet with us on Monday or Tuesday. If things are still going well, he could go there soon after that. If he were to need the ventilator again it will keep him from going, so please keep praying!
GREAT NEWS UPDATE FROM MELANIE BARTON:
I finally got a call that Adam is out of surgery. The neuo surgeon and the plastic surgeon both felt like it went really well. I think the reason it took so long is because they discovered bone behind his left eye that needed repair. They are pretty confident that they fixed the areas that were leaking. It will take a few days to know for sure. Thank you for your prayers. By 5:00 tonight I was starting to wonder why I hadn't heard anything. It was so good to hear from them.
This is an article about Crotched Moutain, the facility that Adam will most likely go to for recovery. I was sad at first because it's an hour and 15 minutes away from home but this article was exciting to me, about a girl with an injury similar to Adam's. It sounds like a beautiful facility that will even be fun for the kids to visit.
Update from Julie Frish on Adam:
Update on Adam: this morning, Adam was asked by the neuro Dr. to squeeze his hand and move his toes, both of which Adam did when asked. Adam has been able to do this before, but it adds an extra level of encouragement that the neuro Dr. has witnessed this now too. Adam's alert times are still somewhat subtle, but he is taking little steps forward. Continue to pray for Adam's recovery!"
The last two days, the nurse and doctor have reported that Adam is squeezing their hands on command and sometimes opening and closing his eyes on command. This is very encouraging, especially to hear it from doctors who wouldn't say anything hopeful last week. My biggest prayer request is for his protective layer of his brain to completely heal. They can tell it is not completely healed because he occasionally gets cerebral spinal fluid leakage. If it doesn't heal, Adam will need another lumbar drain, which causes risk of infection, and he could possibly need a surgery to repair the protective layer of the brain. Adam was in God's hands during the accident and he is still in God's hands. I take great comfort in that.
Hello everyone. I don't have a detailed update as it has been awhile I am sure you all would like to know Adam's status. The last I have been able to find out is that due to the increase in his intracranial pressure they have had to put off the surgery for his facial reconstruction. Due to this he must stay in an induced coma for further treatment. Due to the length of stay I have increased his goal in hopes that we may continue to get the word out for continued prayer and support. Please, don't hesitate to leave notes of encouragement for Adam and Melanie here on the site as I am sure it will lift his spirits when he awakes. Stay strong prayer warriors for this battle is not for the faint of heart, for it belongs to the Lord!
Today I spoke to Melanie and Adam continues to make progress. The Doctors are trying to get him into surgery this week to repair some facial fractures. for this to happen his intra Cranial pressures must remain stable. Please pray for this specifically! We must not grow faint and let time discourage us. Adam is projected to remain in ICU for the next month to continue being under close observation. Please put him and his family in all your prayers. We are to be intercessors and lay them at the feet of the Great Physician Jesus Christ.
ADAM IS BREATHING ON HIS OWN !!!! Please keep the prayers going up and the support coming in. It has been an amazing few days in Adam's progress and what joy it was to send financial support to his family this week:) Thank you and many blessings to you all!
Thank you to everyone who has joined us in prayer and support. Today's update is that they turned off Adams sedation and he was moving his arms and legs. Due to his blood pressure rising they increased his sedation again to allow him to rest. This brings hope but the road to full recovery is still ahead. Please, continue to pray and get the word out as this journey is not over and the will of the Lord is still at work!
The latest I have is that Adam was able to respond to a nurse pinching his arm and legs. Withdrawing from painful stimuli is a good thing. Much swelling still exists, so keep the prayer coming warriors of faith.
Thank you to all those who are standing with the Barton family! Your prayers and support are truly a blessing! Please continue to pass the word for prayer and support! We are 20% into our goal. Please follow Adam and Melanie's Facebook page for updates on Adam's condition as he continues to improve.