I have to apologize to all the Emmett's Fight supporter's and reader's, April flew by like a blink of the eye. I can't believe it is May already.
Life has been good, busy, but good. I am sure "busy" is a term most of us parent's can relate too.
Emmett has wasted no time working hard to regain his strength, learning to eat and to achieve age appropriate developmental skills.
I am so impressed with this little boy and how many huge strides he has accomplished over the past few months. Emmett has a full schedule of therapies each week, he never complains and quite actually enjoys his one on one time with his therapists.
This is a glimpse into the daily life of Emmett's journey...
This is Miss Kristen... She has been working with Mr Emmett for over two years. I had the most difficult time trying to find a Speech Therapist who was comfortable with working with Emmett and his condition right after the battery accident occurred Thanks to my wonderful friend Brenda, Kristen came into our lives and has seriously saved the day... many times... We are so blessed to have Kristen as one of Emmett's therapist. She truly loves him and has a great listening ear for Emmett's mommy too;) Thank you Kristen.
This is Miss Monica and silly Emmett. Miss Monica has recently come on board for Emmett's care. She is also a Speech Pathologist who is a friend of Kristen's. Emmett receives Swallow Therapy twice a week, one time from Kristen and the other from Monica. These two ladies have helped Emmett over come mountains in regards to his feeding skills. We have a long road ahead of us, but I am so grateful Emmett will have these two ladies by his side!
Emmett spends time with Miss Kim, who is an Occupational Therapist, once a week. Emmett has many sensory issues, which is common among children who have had long term hospitalizations. Kim is so patient and kind as she helps Emmett over come and face many fears. I am so grateful for her. Emmett loves to play hide and go seek with Miss Kim.
And then there is Miss Jen who is Emmett's Physical Therapist... sigh... I sure love this lady! She has been working with Emmett since he came home from the very first hospitalization post battery ingestion over 2 1/2 years ago. She has done so much for Emmett. She also has a great listening ear and has been a shoulder to cry on many a times. I wish I had video's to show what huge strides Emmett has over come since we met Miss Jen . Emmett was so fragile after coming home from the hospital in 2010, he was unable to sit up on his own. Today, Emmett can run, jump (two feet off the ground), climb, walk up stairs and so much more. It brings tears in my eyes remembering where we were and to see how far we have come.
I am so grateful beyond words for these four incredible ladies. God is so good!
December, 2012 Emmett underwent a life saving surgery. Emmett had his old esophagus complete removed and he receive an entirely new esophagus, created using a portion of his bowel. The incredible and miraculous surgery had taken place in Cincinnati, Ohio almost two thousand miles away from our home in Phoenix, Arizona.
A dear friend Brayden hiked to the top of a mountain in Phoenix with her Mom and sent off a bouquet of balloons to Emmett in Cincinnati along with a "get well soon" message. For most, hiking to the top of a mountain is not a difficult task, but for this special young lady it was a monumental event.
Emmett and Brayden had a play date this past Friday. The two sillies enjoyed watering flowers, building blocks, playing hide and go seek and giggling. We sure love Brayden!
Thank you all for the many prayers and words of encouragement! We are so grateful that our Father in Heaven has blessed us with so many wonderful people in our lives.
Go Emmett, Go!