Well it’s no big surprise the Insurance Company is already trying to get Kyle out of rehab. They stated they will no longer authorize Kyle’s stay in the hospital. The doctor says he will be going home on June 24th. His legs continue to improve each day. He has been doing a lot of walking with the use of his walker and crutches. I had an opportunity to watch him today as they tried to have him walk without the use of his walker and crutches. For safety reasons the harness remained attached. As he stood up he fell forward unable to support his body. Once the therapist stood him up straight again he began to take steps. With each step it was obvious how difficult it was for him.
Using the funds which have been donated to Kyle he has been able to purchase his leg braces and wheelchair which cost nearly $4000.00. His wheel chair came in today and he was very happy with the chair. It is lightweight, portable and very comfortable. Kyle will be spending a lot of his day in the chair as walking around tires him out quickly.
In the weeks to come we will be setting up new doctors and physical therapist in Ocala Florida. We hope Kyle will be able to attend school there in the fall.
We work hard to make sure our children succeed in life. At times it can be a real struggle. I am so proud that our son Kyle was able to graduate with his class Thursday night. During the weeks after his car accident we weren’t even sure Kyle would be able to graduate let alone attend the ceremonies. Kyle defied all the odds. He was determined to be there with his friends. Just prior to receiving his diploma he was recognized by the Superintendent and received a standing ovation from everyone in the Civic Center. We are very bless, attached is a short video of Kyle’s night.
Well it’s Sunday, yet another week has past and Kyle continues to improve. We are truly bless with the accomplishments he has made. Each week since Kyle’s accident he has fought to walk again. His attitude has been so uplifting. Although he is been recovering a lot of feeling and movement in his lower extremities he still has no feeling in his ankles or feet. To help with this he was fitted with braces that go into his shoes and cover the lower half of his legs. On Friday he received his new braces and is getting use to wearing them.
This week has been tuff. They continue to challenge his abilities and he invites everything they can throw his way. He has been moving and exercising muscles which have been impacted by the spinal injury. I think the week’s highlight was seeing Kyle as he walked up and down stairs with the use of a crutch and the railing. Another highlight was having his staples removed from his back. He couldn’t wait to get those out.
In this next week coming Kyle will make us proud once again when he rolls across the stage at the Portland Civic Center and receives his high school diploma from Massabesic High School. Go Kyle!
Attached to this update is a short video of the week’s highlights.
For those who wish to help support Kyle in his rehabilitation efforts can make a donation to the link below. No donation is to small to help his future recovery. Thank you all for your donations, comments and concerns.
It’s now been a week since Kyle entered New England Rehabilitation Center of Portland. His progress continues to improve. His attitude is strong and determined. He continues to vow he will walk again. Kyle’s daily activities in rehab include four hours of physical therapy. His therapy is based around retraining his brain and leg muscles to work together again. In addition they are focusing on strengthening his muscles and teaching him to adapt to everyday life after his accident. Things like putting pants, shoes and socks are easy for most of us. Kyle needs to learn new ways of getting himself dressed. They are providing him with tools and techniques to accomplish these tasks.
Kyle is still expected to be in rehab for approximately three more weeks depending on his level of rehabilitation. Once he leaves, he will continue outpatient care. It is thought that around the three month mark we will know what the long lasting extent of his injury will be. Having said that, the doctors say his progress will still continue long after that.
Kyle is expecting to graduate with his high school class on June 12th and as long as he is able to leave the hospital to travel to graduation he will be there. His graduation is sure to be very emotional and his mother and father are very proud of him.
For those who wish to help support Kyle in his rehabilitation efforts can make a donation to the link below. No donation is to small to help his future recovery. Thank you all for your donations, coments and concerns.
Well it’s been a couple of days now and Kyle is starting to get use to the rehab center. Every day that goes by I am seeing improvement in both attitude and his ability to move around.
On Tuesday he got a dose of the best medicine there is. Kyle’s dog Hauss came to visit him. The two of them got to spend time together and it certainly brighten his day. It sure is nice the hospital allows family pets to come and visit their owners.
Today the real physical therapy began. The physical therapist spent time with Kyle teaching him how to move from his bed to his wheel chair without the use of a hoist. I am attaching to this update a two minute video of Kyle getting up from a lying position moving to the edge of the bed and getting into his wheel chair. Kyle also worked on ways he can get himself dress and put his shoes on.
We would like to thank everyone that has sent cards, donated funds and expressed an interest in starting fundraisers to help with Kyle’s expenses. The outpouring of generosity from people we don’t even know has been so humbling. Thank You everyone!
Well after a week at Maine Medical Center Kyle is on his way to rehabilitation. He was transferred via ambulance to The New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland. Here Kyle is expected to spend the next month undergoing intense physical therapy.
We would like to thank the great doctors, nurses, physical therapist working at Maine Medical Center for the wonderful care they provided Kyle. These care givers not only were concerned about treating Kyle but his whole family as well.
Many people have asked about contact information for Kyle. I will include this information in the update.
The New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
Room 222B Attn: Kyle Etheridge
335 Brighton Ave
Portland, Maine 04102-2374
It’s Sunday and very little has changed over the last couple of days. Kyle was moved from the Special Care Unit to the third floor, room 302B of Maine Medical Center. He continues to get out of bed a couple of times a day usually to get in his wheel chair.
His brother Jarad quit his job in Florida and traveled back to Maine so he would be able to help his brother through his difficult struggles. Jarad was able to visit Kyle today for the first time since his accident.
Tomorrow Kyle will begin the next phase of his journey. He will be transferred from Maine Medical Center to the New England Rehabilitation Hospital located at335 Brighton Ave #201, Portland, ME 04102. New England Rehabilitation Hospital is known to be the best in all of the North East. Here Kyle will be a resident for at least the next month. He will have three to four hours of intense physical therapy a day.
Kyle was very happy to hear that while he would be staying at New England Rehabilitation Hospital his dog Hauss would be able to visit him.
On Sunday, May 18, 2014, during the early morning hours Kyle was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident. He had attended his high school prom the night before and was up late. While driving to work on Sunday he fell asleep behind the wheel and drifted off the roadway. Kyle suffered serious injuries to his spine which has left him paralyzed from the waist down. Over the next six months Kyle is expected to undergo extensive rehabilitation. It is our hope that one day Kyle might be able to walk again.
Please help us as we raise money to pay for Kyle's medical expenses after his accident.