Leyton Sheppard Support Team
Leyton Sheppard, Andrew and Maggie Sheppard's son, was in an accident Sunday March 17 while free skiing at Park City Mountain. He suffered a traumatic brain injury and is in a medically induced coma at The University of Utah Hospital. Many friends all over the countryside are asking how they can help the Sheppard family. If you are interested in making a donation to help offset the extensive medical costs, we welcome donations of any size.+ Read More
(45th and FINAL DAY in the hospital and the 30th day since coming out of the coma)YES! YES! YES! The day finally came today when Leyton was released from the hospital and came home. I know if pushed we could have had him home last week but one thing we have realized during this process is that we need to be a lot more patient which is clearly not something that comes naturally for me. This morning we met, thanked and said goodbye to his doctors, nurses, and therapists. Leyton will still meet once a month with his head Dr. who will be coordinating his out patient rehabilitation which will begin next Monday. His out patient rehab will consist of speech therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy sessions. As we put together the journal update every day I have changed the numbers that represent where we are in relation to Leyton’s recovery and it is fascinating to see that 15 year old Leyton came out of his coma on the 15th day and that today is the 30th day since coming out of his coma and he was released from the hospital on the 45th day….and I just realized that the day he will be getting his awful feeding tube that is hanging out of his abdomen is May 15th. Today Leyton just enjoyed being home and getting back to normalcy. He also continued his PT by walking stairs, walking around the house, and working out pretty hard on the recumbent bike. Jett also helped him work out his left arm by having him punch his hand. Leyton said he was working on his “Southpaw Stance”. I realized at that point that he maybe has been watching all of the Rocky movies a little too much recently. I should have realized this yesterday when he kept on saying “Yo Adrian…I did it” We installed a Wireless Paging Call System so that Leyton will press a button on the call button he has with him and it sets off an alarm in the house for us to go to him. He is under strict orders to have us accompany him around the house for now as he gets accustomed to being home and his Dr. just wants to make sure there is zero chance for a slip and fall or a trip and fall. As I have tried to educate myself as much as possible by reading medical journals, blogs, and individual accounts about the journey after suffering a severe traumatic brain injury I have read many times that the arrival at home which has been craved for so long can be difficult as the attention and activity slows down and there is more time alone. This is something we obviously will be cognizant of. He has always been a great self-starter and know that he will be anxious to get back in shape and back to school as fast as possible. We are not sure how long that will take but we know he will not stop doing whatever it takes to get him to his goals. I can not thank everyone enough who has continued to pray for him and write him through posts, messages, texts, cards, emails, and for everone who has so generously donated to his gofundme site. As I have said many times this helps him immensely and has clearly helped him to be able to conquer so many hurdles at an incredibly fast pace.
April 18th Update-(33rd day in the hospital and the 18th day since coming out of the coma)Leyton slept well last night 7:30pm-5am and then went nonstop today from 7:30 until 3:30 with 45 minute breaks for breakfast and lunch. He had 2 occupational therapy sessions, 2 physical therapy sessions, 2 speech therapy sessions, and one educational class. The last PT session started in the hallways and then all of a sudden the therapist took a new turn down a hallway and then we were outside enjoying a gorgeous Utah blue sky day with zero clouds. Leyton immediately lit up with a big smile and then walked to the Health Science Library, University Campus Health Store, College of Nursing, Health Science Educational Building, up inclines, down inclines, and then finally back to University of Utah Medical Center. I realized quickly during the walk that it was not Leyton’s stamina I should be questioning at all…but my own. Leyton loved being outside in the fresh air. You could just feel his energy and his curiosity at work for all the new areas of the facility he was witnessing. He walked just over 1.5 miles today.
We are now in the 7th day of the worst week of our lives. We spend our days and nights holding Leyton’s hand, praying and watching his vitals. The room has to be kept quiet to limit his stimulation as his amazing team of Doctors and Nurses try to control the swelling in his brain so we can’t talk to him often. However, when we can talk we tell him about all of the prayers, love, and support he has been receiving from all of you. I can not thank all of you enough for the incredible outpouring of support. Although we have not had time to respond as we would love to, please know that we have been reading ever amazing tribute, feeling all of your prayers and love, and have seen every contribution you have made. It has been helping us get through each day. Thank You so much for all of your support and we keep praying for better news to report soon.