Pics from Joey's plane ride!!
Joey got out of Via Christi Hospital and he made it to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln Nebraska!! He has been very dehydrated, his lung is still partially collapsed and he has been battling stomach issues!! His traech machine was also overinflated!! After letting some air out he has been able to moan!! Since getting to Madonna he has been able to sit up and already looks much better!! He even lifted and crossed his legs!! Amazing considering he hasn't moved his limbs for the last few days!! God is Good and will continue his healing in Joey!!
A mother's love!!
Today Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital is supposed to send a representative to evaluated Joey to see if he might be able to transfer to their facility!! Hopefully later on today we will know if Joey will be on his way to Lincoln Nebraska or if the search for a facility will continue!!
Today Joey has shown great progress in his recovery but he has a long way to go!! We are continuing to pray for a fast recovery and that Joey's brain be healed!! The community and people from around our country have given unselfishly and there are no words to express how grateful we are!! We still need everyone's help Aunt Dona is a single mother with no other source of income so please if at all help them!!
Joey and his dear mother who has been with him day and night since his battle began!!
Aunt Patty and Joey resting peacefully!!
Aunt Patty and Joey resting peacefully!!
We are so thankful for everyone who has prayed and donated but Joey's condition is far from optimal!! He is going to require care for the near future!! So please please help my Aunt and Joey financially if you can!! There is no telling how long she will be out of work !!
Joey's eyes open when stimulated but his responses are not like ours !!
Joey continues his fight!! He was able to sit up and he has been coughing productively on his own. His physical therapist is rating his condition on a Rancho scale instead of the Glasgow coma scale!! In regard to the Rancho scale Joey alternates between a 2 and a 3!!! A 2 meaning he is in a deep sleep and does not respond to stimuli. A 3 on this scale means sometimes he is able to respond but for the most of the time he is sleeping! When he does respond it is always the same type of response for different stimuli such as pain, noise or visual!! Please continue praying!!
Please pray for Joey as he fights another infection!! He was just diagnosed with C diff which is an infection of the colon! We are now required to gowns and gloves when visiting Joey to reduce the chance of spreading!! His body has been through a lot in the last 12 days but his spirit to fight has remained unwaivering!!
Joey has had a rough day !! Seems as though when he makes improvements it's always followed by a period of roughness!! His heart rate has been all over today and he has a fever!! The doctors are planning on running a series of test to make sure he doesn't have any other infections!!! Please continue praying for Joey and Aunt Dona!! May The Lord give them strength and the doctors wisdom to help Joey in his battle!!!
At the hospital waiting to see Joey!! We are no longer able to touch or talk to him because he is very easily agitated!! The doctors are in the process of deciding where Joey is going to be transferred! The facility here in Wichita won't take him because of his age therefore they are debating on possibly sending him to Oklahoma or Nebraska!! For now the wait continues!!
Joey is continuing to get stronger with each passing day!! This morning he did open his eyes and was able to move them from side to side !! He is not awake or responding but I take this as a great sign!! The doctors are in the process of having Joey transferred to a more long term facility !! They did their job in the ICU of getting him stable now he needs to be put in a facility that is more suited toward his brain injury!! There is no telling how long Aunt Dona and Joey will be displaced!! When he does get home they will need reliable transportation and several renovations to there home to make Joey more comfortable and care for him easier on Aunt Dona!! Cannot thank everyone who has donated enough!! Without your help Aunt Dona would also have that worry to bear!! It's amazing the impact Joey has had on the little children he helped at the grade school !! It brings a tear to my eye to hear that these tiny heroes are donating their tooth fairy and Easter money to helping Joey!!
Joey we love you and need you to wake up!! The heartache is almost unbearable. Everyday we all wait to see your blue eyes open! We wait and wait hoping to hear the news that we have so longed...that you have opened your eyes and you are awake!! That day will be the sweetest day!! But for now the wait continues and your family and friends continue to pray and hope that soon that day arrives. We will never give up hope that the Joey we all know and love will return back to us.
Today they have taken Joey off the propotal and replaced it with other pain management medication in hopes that he can ease into a waking state without becoming so agitated!! Prayers please that this will work !! He has also been having a fever due to the staph and tracheal bronchitis!! He lays on a cooling pad which I have seen get down to 39 degrees!! I cannot imagine the discomfort and pain poor Joey must be experiencing!! He is also having issues with fluid in his lungs and he has been receiving respiratory treatments for that! He is by far the toughest strongest person I know!!
Went to visit Joey yesterday and will go visit again today!! I was nervous and scared because I was unsure of how he would look!! I didn't want to break down, this past week has been heartbreak enough!! To my surprise it was Joey I saw as I walked in the room!! It wasn't the tubes or the machines. It was Joey!! He seems to be comfortable but has a long way to go!! There is no telling how many more weeks or months he will have to remain in the hospital and how long he will require rehabilitation!! My poor dear Aunt is in limbo!! Not knowing the out outcome of the situation, not being able to continue with her daily routines, not being able to provide for her and Joey as she has done his whole life!! Joe is showing signs of improvement!! He does move his arms and legs I'm response to stimuli! Several times while we visited Joey's arms and legs would move or he would slightly squeeze my hand!! I know he knows what's going on and he sure did get upset with the nurse:). Please continue praying for Joey!! We can't say thank you enough to all the people who have prayed daily for Joey!! And we are very thankful to everyone who has given monetarily to help Aunt Dona and Joey during this very trying time !!
Joey has had a good day!! He finally got his traechiotomy!' Mom said today she asked Joey to squeeze her hand if he couple hear her...a couple seconds later she felt a slight squeeze!! God is Good!! Please light a candle for Joey at 9:00!!
Joey's head injury is worse than previously thought!! But God is good and I believe he will wake up he just needs extra time to heal his body!! Tomorrow my sister and I going to go see Joey for the first time since he was flown to Wichita!! I'm excited to talk with him and tell him that he needs to wake up so we can go to the Country Stampede like we all planned!! But more importantly I'm going to tell him to wake up because his mother and brother need him to and so does the rest of his family and friends!! He is too loved on the earth and we just want the opportunity to hang out and laugh with him again!! Please continue praying for Joey!!
Please pray, pray, pray for Joey!! He's fighting a battle for his life!! We Must continue to have faith that Joey will wake up and he will make a full recovery!! There are people who need him and love him very much!!
I wish that I could name all the people, one by one, who have helped, prayed for and donated to our family!! May God Bless you a thousandfold!!
Joey needs your prayers he is currently getting an MRI!! He had developed a staph infection and tracheal bronchitis!! Dear lord be with him surround him and heal his body lord!!
Joey is a fighter!! The doctors are going to try and see if Joey will wake up today!! He is having some fluid in the lungs but thank The Lord he does not have pnuemonia!! I believe today will be a good day for Joey!! God is I'm the process of healing his body!!