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Help Joey, help Sarah J

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Raised by 460 people in 3 months
Created November 19, 2018
Joey got injured whilst having a horse ride. Without going into the nitty gritty, anyone who knows his Mum will understand why I am starting this page.
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The response has been so outstanding, THANK YOU to everybody for helping out at this time of need.
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Good Morning,

A big apology if you have already received the latest update from Sarah but this is for those who may have missed it. Joey was transported to Brisbane Children's Hospital and in Sarah's words ...somebody hit the ON button!

"We have had a cracker of a week in the big smoke, Joey has been repeating words parrot fashion and working really well with Physios on core strength and ranging in his arms and legs, sensory activities with the OT's and even a bit of taste testing with the Speechy. We've had a visit from another Delta Dog called Nanook...he's a 60 kg Canadian Malamute, and as much as we loved him we're glad his owner is in charge of the grooming! The highlight by far was his work with the Music Therapist who played and sang a couple of Joey's favourite songs 'Shotgun' and 'Chicken Fried' leaving a few words out and with great excitement our end Joey filled in the gaps!!!! He had surgery yesterday to insert a 'Super Pubic Catheter' and a 'Cystoscopy' where they put a camera up his penis, removed a small stone and gave it a good flush out. They'll now start clamping the new catheter 4 hourly to encourage the bladder to expand and contract and hopefully this will prompt normal function. X
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Well I don’t know if it’s
A. The Big Smoke
B. Joey’s brain healing
C. The residual effect of sedatives wearing off OR
D. All of the above
But in the last 24 hours we have a boy that has moving hands, arms, legs and feet and has decided to say a few words!!!!!!
The upheaval from Townsville to Brisbane on Tuesday took it’s toll and Joey slept most of the day Wednesday...Then somebody here must have found the ‘ON’ switch because yesterday and today he has had more purposeful movements than he has in the last two months. He has pulled his Nasal Gastric tube out of his belly seven times now. He’s on the nurses Poo list as a result, but Michael and I were doing cartwheels.....the fact that it was annoying him and his brain had the ability to process motor skills to get his hand up to his nose and pull all 46cm of it out is undoubtedly purposeful movement and for that we are absolutely overjoyed!!!
We’re still grounded by his ongoing bladder and bowel issues but we have a Urologist Consultant planning the next option as far as catheters go, and hopefully the bowel will settle down now that the Giardia has been treated.
We miss out beautiful Townsville Crew and will be forever grateful for everything they have done for us but with cautious optimism I call ‘Onwards and Upwards from here’!!! ❤️
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Joey has been moved to the Paediatric Ward in his own room and his own nurse for the short term. He's doing well, on very little sedation and maintaining good oxygen, BP, heart rate levels and temp has remained in normal range. We'll miss our PICU cocoon and the amazing souls that provided us an enormous sense of security and comfort. We'll see how we go in Paeds moving forward to the rehab phase!

We have a long journey ahead of us but with the help of the amazing staff at Townsville Hospital, world wide prayers from all denominations, love and support from family, friends, amazing rural communities, and complete strangers it makes the road a little less scary.

We just can’t express how grateful we are.

♥️

Sarah, Michael, Joey and Bilby
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