Update on Kelsteen Piper well he finished his first week of the day treat program and is doing well considering where he was 1 month ago today. He has been so strong and has stayed as focused as he can in his road to recovery. Each day he wakes up with a positive attitude and goes to therapy and puts 100% of effort into it. He wants nothing more to be home for good but is now starting to understand how important his therapy is for him to make a full recovery. We are on our 2nd weekend home and hoping its goes as good as last weekend. After knowing the percentage of people with this type of injury that actually survive makes all of us really thank god that he is here with us and god has a plan for him. With patience and time we will know exactly what his plan is for him. So very thankful that my Kel-bel is doing so well. It has been a tough month for our family and will continue to be tough for the next few years but please know that we are extremely thankful and appreciate all our friends, family and the community that has showed us such amazing help and support!!!!
Update on Kelsteen Piper. He is doing really well in therapy and he will be leaving Casa Colina Hospital on Friday and will be moving across the parking lot to the Casa Colina Transitional Living Center Day Treatment Program where he will be getting 5 hours of therapy a day (Mon thru Fri) for the next 3 weeks or so the good thing is each night he can go home so we will still be staying down here Mon thru Fri and we will head home on Fridays at 3 pm when therapy is over for the weekend and we will come back here on Sun nights or Monday mornings to start the week of therapy. Hopefully after the 3 weeks he will be good go come home and try to get back to a normal life. Of course there will still be a lot of out- patient therapy and he won't be back at school for probably 6 months. Once he is home for good there will still be a lot of recovering he has to do! He will be closely monitored and not able to do a lot if things he use to do but slowly he will get back to normal. The doctor said this will still be a 1 1/2 to 2 year recovery for his brain to heal completely. We will keep u all posted on visiting when we get home!!!!!
Update On Kelsteen Piper good news is he is eating a lot more today. we are hoping he will be moved to the acute rehab this weekend or the begining of next week. Kenny and Edie came to the hospital today and Kelsteen and Kenny had a great conversation about Supercross, and he also played the dirtbike game on Kenny's i-pad which is a great progress. I know you all must think how great he is doing after reading all my posts but the truth is this is a lot more difficult then it appears. he does make great progress each day but the progress is sometimes only for that moment. all these little things are huge but in all reality the doctors do not measure his progress on a day to day nor a week at time basis, his progress is measured by months and all though each day little things progress it does not really make sense unless you see him personally. My dear friend Monica hit the nail on the head with her comment "No one has any idea what you are going through until they see it themselves. You guys are all so strong. It's hard to understand his recovery right now because when it's explained in words, the picture is nothing like the reality. Praying for all of you each day. I'm especially praying that he will be able to get comfortable so he can relax and heal quickly. The body is an amazing thing especially with God looking over him.". Each day i walk in that hospital and I think to my self Wow he did so good to day and then I look at the big picture and he is still so far away from recovering. Each day is just a little step forward.. Once we get to Casa Colina for his Rehab the road to recovery will begin.
Update on Kelsteen Piper today was a rough day. He is still not eating as much as they need him to eat, we tried several different things to get him to eat and finally this evening he ate a jello and 2 Oreo cookies with a half of container of chocolate milk. It's a start but he can't live on oreo's. he started to drink a lot more fluids on his own which is good. In the evenings he really makes good progress. Tonight Monica Dufour Ramsey , Nathan Ramsey, Sandy Roberts and Taylor Roberts came to see him we were all sitting in the waiting room and Kelsteen Piper decided to get up and take a walk to the waiting room and just sat down and had a conversation with the Ramsey family which made complete sense. This has been so hard to see him struggle with his communication but so thankful that certain people trigger his ability to communicate clearly.
Update on Kelsteen: Saturday 01/12/2013 kelsteen had a great day of progress, we were able to get him out of bed 3 times and he stood at bed side with the help of Ryan and the nurses which is good progress for this type of injury and only 4 days after the injury. also had some great highlights today as well his friends came to visit him and usually we have to tell Kelsteen "say hi to _" and a few of his friends that came by today he was able to communicate with them on his own and he reconized them on his own which was awesome.
These are updates from Kelsteen's mom Jody. They are from her Facebook.
Thurs. Jan 10th.
Update on Kelsteen as of 01/10/2013 the MRI results came in and he has a traumatic brain injury called DAI which I'd Diffuse Axonal Injury. This injury is in the white part of the brain which is a positive thing. Basically it is the nerve fibers in the brain tissue tear, signals can't pass between the brain and the body. Lost signals mean list skills or body functions. In kelsteens case the injury is on the "thinking part of the brain". The recovery time is going to be a few months possibly 6 months before he will make a full or semi full recovery. Each person is so different and there is no way to predict what each day will bring. We just need to pray all will go ok and hope for a healthy normal outcome. Thank you all for the wonderful thoughts and prayers. We are so greatful to have all of the amazing friends and family's support.
Update on Kelsteen: the Neuro surgeon just gave us the results of the MRI and I need to read a little about the injury before I post my update. because I know everyone will want to know what it means, so until I can explain it to you all I am not going to post the results.
Update on Kelsteen well he is waking up and is very agitated and is yelling a lot. Good news is he is way more responsive then yesterday... They are taking him as we speak to do the do the MRI he will be done in 1hr or so when we get the results I will let u all know the results. So far today he is doing good...
Wed. Jan. 9th
Update on Kelsteen he is concious he is not responding much to anyone. He has opened his eyes a few times and moves around a lot. He can hear us talking to him but is not able to communicate back to us. The neuro surgery team came in and they are wanting to do an MRI so we are waiting for that to be done, as soon as the results come in I will send out another update. Thank you to everyone for all your thoughts and prayers
Update on Kelsteen Still no real progress from him. They did just take him down to try the CT SCAN and they moved the MRA AND MRI to tommrow. I will send an update tommrow once we have the test results back. Ryan just called me and they did the CT scan And he stayed still so they will have results tommrow. I came home to sleep since I am going on 43 hours of no sleep. It was super hard to walk out of there not knowing if he would wake up without me there but I need to sleep so I can stay strong.
Update on Kelsteen
Still waiting for the MRI they took him down and he woke up and was fighting them so they couldn't do the MRI and now he is back sleeping and we can't get him up again. So not too sure what's the status is yet. They are actually doing and MRA As well cause they need to make sure there is no never damage or tissue damage or blood vessel damage . JUST FOUND OUT THEY WILL DO THE MRI TOMMROW WITH THE CT SCAN. So we will know more tommrow....
Tues. Jan. 8th
Here's an update on Kelsteen they have him completely sedated for the night. From a quick glance at the ct scan he has NO swelling on the brain and spears to only have external injuries. With the exception of a bruised lung. They have breathing tubes in him and will be keeping him heavily sedated through the night.
Like many families in Southern California, the Piper family enjoyed riding and racing motocross. Motocross is Kelsteen's passion and it provided some great family experiences for the Piper Family. Kelsteen grew up riding and racing at Perris Raceway, Lucas Oil MX (Starwest), and Lake Elsinore. On Tuesday evening January 8th, Kelsteen crashed while practicing at Lucas Oil MX (Starwest). The crash resulted in severe head trauma. He is battling to regain consciousness. Kelsteen's father Ryan and mother Jody have not left his side in the hospital. They both want to remain by his side in hopes to help with Kelsteen's recovery. This fund will help the Piper family with extra medical costs. The fund will also help Ryan and Jody stay by Kelsteen's side as they miss work.
The Piper family is still in need during this extremely difficult and long recovery period.
Friends, family, and motocross family, please come together and donate if you can. No amount is too small.
Kelsteen, we pray for a speedy and successful recovery!!
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