Ashton, Lori, & Billy Spears Tragedy
Lori and Billy both work full time to try to pay the bills. Lori is still struggling to keep her job. They work alternate shifts, days off, and somehow 5 days a week they will have to get one of their children to therapy. The cost of gas alone will be hard to do but they are determined to make it work. Someone has to be with Ashton 24 hrs a day so sleep will be appreciated whenever possible.
Ashton still cannot have a lot of stimulation so visits must be kept to minimum for his sake. They definitely do not want to have to return to the hospital. Please contact Lori or Billy before stopping by to make sure the timing is good. Lori says, "I'm not really sure how Ashton feels about his haircut just yet." When he had surgery, they shaved the area where the incision was to be and left the rest. He cannot get his hair cut until the incision heals due to the risk of infection. Of course, "Mom" is worried about her boy's feelings.
They really appreciate the support and prayers that they have received from family and friends. Somehow, one day, all the pieces will fall into place and this will all be a memory. Please continue to pray for Ashton and his family as they grow stronger. Share this page as all donations will be appreciated and helpful to get through this.
This could happen to any child, no mistakes were made and there wasn't an accident. It's kind of scary to think of what can happen.
The Dr's attempted to take the breathing tube out on Friday, it didn't go so well so they had to put in a new one in. But, they were able to take the drain tube out of his head on Saturday because his cranial pressure is stable. Now they just have to wait for the swelling in his airways to go down so they can remove the second breathing tube successfully. His temperature has been down Saturday and Sunday.
Right now they are battling his swollen airway, if the swelling doesn't go down they will have to put in a trach. They can remove the tube when he's awake but he is sedated due to his high anxiety. He is so scared that they had to sedate him to replace the new tube. They won't know until tomorrow after the ENT consult if he has to have a trach or not.
Yes, Lori and Billy have been explaining to him what is going on but he's been so confused from the meds, they aren't sure how much he's actually understanding. He's very shaky, anxious and nervous so the Dr's have had to give him a lot of meds to keep him pretty sedated and calm.
Yay!!! The Dr's discontinued the meds that keep Ashton in a coma. He's moving his arms and legs! He's coughing a lot while trying to clear his lungs! He's not awake yet but he is responding appropriately! He reaches for the tube when they suction him, he vomited earlier but he's better now since he did! They took another ct of his head today and said it looks great and they are still going to watch his cranial pressure, but not as close. His blood pressure is up a bit so they are watching it too but overall they say he's moving in the right direction. Thank God!
Lori and Billy want to tell everyone, "Thank you so much and they want to make sure everyone knows how much they appreciate their prayers and their donations as they are going to come in very handy."