Gabe practices guitar for therapy (doctor's orders). He is re-learning how to play and getting his singing voice back!
Gabe and Hannah
Gabe is coming along in speech, physical and occupational therapies. He is excited to be making progress!
He started reading all the cards and letters everyone had sent to him while he was in ICU. He wanted to say how thankful he is that everyone was so kind and thoughtful and how supportive all his friends and family are.
Gabe practicing his gate at therapy!
Karrie came to visit!
Seahawks win and good friends!
Gabe and Grandma Devita
Gabe had a great appointment at UW Rehab. They have figured out he has a stretched nerve causing his shoulder pain. We picked up a TENS type unit at Fred Meyer after the appointment and it gave Gabe immediate relief!
Grandma Devita spent the day with us and we all went to Gabe's friend, Justin's, family home and enjoyed dinner together.
Gabe and friends attended the Oak Harbor Music festival this weekend. Grandma Devita and Cousin Emily came to visit as well!
All in all Gabe's progress is good. His left ankle pain has lessened so it is easier to be walking on his prosthetic. Now he has serious left shoulder pain that he did not have before. Gabe thinks the pain is indication of healing in the clavicle and scapula where there was significant nerve damage, limiting his range of motion. He is now able to lift his left arm a little above his shoulder! It isn't really worth the pain, but at least it is progress!
Thank you for your continued prayers and support!
Gabe watching the hydro plane races in Oak Harbor
Gabe is eating a home cooked meal made by Seth and Josiah, fresh from the garden with donations from the chickens!
Pictures from the past....Gabe and his favorite Occupational Therapist, Allison.
He made so much progress while he was in Rehab at UW! There are many wonderful doctors and therapists to thank!
Gabe and good friend Deborah get the best coffee in Coupeville at Local Grown during the Arts and Crafts Festival!
Brother, Ben and friend Steve fashion and construct a ramp for Gabe to get in and out of his new home!
Aunt Debbie, Cody, Ellen and Michael came to visit Gabe last weekend!
Bronwyn, Candice, Seth, Josiah, Gabe, Ruchi, and a little dog too!
Gabe is happy to be on Whidbey. He is enjoying new friends.
Gabe at his new home
Gabe, Justin and Vicky
Thank you, Dorothy. Gabe still has some serious limitations. We are going to have a ramp built for him so eventually he will be able to come and go with the transit. He needs more care than the insurance will cover, so we will be looking for help with that. Also, he is happy when people come to visit him so let me know and we can arrange that as well.
Justin, Gabe and their favorite PT, Vicky!
Gabe's buddy, Justin, from rehab!
Gabe will be discharged from UW rehab tomorrow-
Gabe walked 35 feet with a walker, on his prosthesis!
Pictures to come next week
Tuesday report from Grandma Suzanne:
Gabe is doing very well today! Activity and appetite levels are good. Weekly progress meeting (with about fifteen) specialists and whatnot found him meeting all goals and exceeding one! Gabe is getting stronger everyday. Slated for another field trip on sat. Pain is not with him today, but was yesterday.
Gabe got to stand on his prosthetic leg today!
Gabe is doing great. He received his prosthetic leg on Friday. He had to adjust to wearing it, an hour on and off for a few days, to make sure it is fitting properly before he can start practicing standing on it. His left leg still cannot tolerate full weight bearing....another couple of weeks for that.
His discharge date is still August 1st and we found him a lovely room to rent in a home overlooking Penn Cove. The other people living there are upbeat and active so it should prove to be a positive place for Gabe to continue his therapies and healing.
Mom's good friend, Molly, came to visit on Friday. Yesterday Jessica (friend from Juneau who now lives in Winlock) spent the afternoon with Gabe. Our new close friend, Karrie, and brother, Ben, were there as well. We forgot to take pictures of our visits! Sometimes the best memories are preserved solely in our recollections.
Gabe had a great couple of days. Friend Heather visited yesterday, then a spiffy new haircut.
Today family came to visit and he is looking at possibly getting his prosthesis tomorrow!
When Gabe came to UW, he only had about 65% flexion in his left knee. Today the therapist measured it to 100!
He is able to transfer in and out of a wheel chair using a sliding board with just standby assistance.
Tomorrow prosthetics is coming to fit the dry socket for his right leg and he should have his first prosthetic on Monday! Gabe is making great strides!
For some reason, I cannot reply to my Face Book messages....
Some have asked if Gabe can take visitors and the answer is, "Yes!" He is in room 837 of the Pacific Tower at the UW Medical Center.
Gabe came to visit Gabe today!
Gabe had his first real outing since the accident, yesterday. He chose the Ballard Locks. The recreational therapist drove us in a big van with a wheel chair lift. Our friend Deborah came too!
Gabe moved to a cooler room. Cooler as in temperature! The one he was in was too warm even before the heat wave.
Please note if you call or send mail that he is now in 837!
The Prosthetics people came today to make a cast of Gabe's right leg d so they can begin building him a prosthesis. This is the first step of a long and many stage process. Gabe is very encouraged as it is a step in the right direction....toward walking again!
Yesterday, they removed Gabe's Trache, so now he is tube free! He is doing well, feeling much better. The hole in his throat will close up on it's own, probably in a few days!
The physicians agreed to start Gabe working with a prosthetic leg. It is a long process and he will have to take it "one step at a time" since his left leg is still not able to bear weight due to the reduction surgeries that are still in the healing stage.
Gabe is making good progress though. He has taken advantage of every exercise opportunity to work on regaining use and strength in his hands and arms. The left one still gives him a lot of trouble, but he is determined to push past it....
The best time to call Gabe is in the evenings, between 4:30pm and 8:30pm PST
206-598-4800 Room 806
Just so you know, Gabe can take phone calls with a little assistance. If you call the nurse's station at
206-598-4800 and ask to be connected with Gabe Kennedy, they can help him pick up the phone. He has been talking pretty well!
There is a peek a boo view of Lake Washington from Gabe's room and we are able to see a few fire works displays.
We had a nice little adventure earlier. Ben pushed Gabe in a wheel chair across the Montlake Bridge and over to the Seattle Yacht Club. Gabe was happy to be outside!
Thank you all for your kindness and support. Have a Happy Independence Day!
Gabe is tube-feed free today! What a great way to celebrate Independence Day...eating all on your own!
The address for Gabe is:
UW Rehab Medicine
Gabe Kennedy Room 806
1959 NE Pacific St.
Seattle, WA 98195-6071
Gabe wanted me to tell you, "Thanks everyone for your kind words and your help."
Please bear with this lengthy update...
Gabe has been working really hard since his Friday arrival to the UW Acute Rehab Center. He has about 5 hours of therapy a day including exercise classes. He is just doing minimal arm and leg movements, but they really seem to be affective.
Today we had a meeting with Gabe's doctors and therapists and discussed what the game plan is. They are planning for a discharge date of August 1st. They want him to be able to dress himself, assist with bathing, eat normal food, perform his exercises independently, do his own toileting, navigate a wheelchair, assist in transferring himself in and out of a chair and access community transportation. The team is so supportive and communicative. We are really pleased and Gabe is feeling much better about his recovery. Today he met an older gentleman, named Roger, in his exercise class, who also lost a leg. Roger showed Gabe his prosthetic and talked to him about perseverence and not giving up on being able to do all the things you love.
If you would like to hear Gabe's story on the radio, go to www.bob937.com
between 5:30 and 6pm tonight, PST
Gabe got settled in at UW and already had a couple hours of therapy today!
The staff were welcoming and Gabe was so happy to be back in Seattle and ready to make some progress.
Uncle Joel and Aunt Bethany came to visit. It was so nice to see them!
We left behind some good friends and wonderful staff in Reno, so the transfer is bitter sweet in that regard, but the journey continues. With all the kindness, prayers and support Gabe has and is continuing to receive from all of you, this is sure to be a story with a very great ending!
Seattle Boeing Airport
We just landed at Boeing airport!
Gabe is now living on Whidbey Island! He will continue his therapies as an outpatient while he works on gaining strength and mobility. He has work to do, getting adjusted to walking with a prosthesis and gaining range of motion and dexterity in his arms and hands.
We appreciate your prayers and support. This fund was set up to help with costs incurred during his rehabilitation for living expenses, prothetics and other costs that are not covered by insurances.