Sunday, June 10, 2012
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Chris spent 23 days in the SICU (surgical intensive care unit) at Mass General. While there, he fought pneumonia, infection, surgery, pressure sore, and the emotional acceptance of paralysis. On July 25th, he was air transported to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta to participate in aggressive therapy. For the next 90 days, Chris developed pneumonia, infections and endured a pressure sore that resulted in flap surgery. Despite these odds, Chris continued to push himself to participate in physical and occupational therapy to help regain function. On November 8th, Chris was transported back to Massachusetts and spent 20 days at the Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital as a transition from an acute hospital to home. He is now living in an apartment with his girl-friend, adjacent to his Mother’s home.
Chris is focused on the ultimate goal of walking. He’s participating in every type of therapy. He is a client for physical therapy at Journey Forward – a gym that specialized in spinal cord injuries. He is working with a private trainer who specializes in spinal cord injury. He is participating in a therapeutic program at Boston Medical. He is also open to and participating in a variety of modalities including prayer, acupuncture and energy healing. In addition to out of the home therapy,
Today's race of more than 400 runners and walkers collected money to help support Chris on the road back to recovery. Best of luck to you, Chris, we were honored to support you!
Before the race, we did a 4.5 mile warm-up, roaming Scott's old Chelmsford High Cross Country trails. He kept getting lost, but in his defense, it HAS been quite a while. He still leads the way, though.
In the corral waiting for the race star, father/son, doing a fashion faux pas
Photographic proof of what may be the ONLY time Barry has ever gone past Sully's Ice Cream without stopping. Will power, that one, I tell ya.
By the way, in case you hadn't heard it was an E Streeter's birthday today! Which one? Why this one, hiding her mortified face behind her jacket!
Happy birthday, Jill! Nothing like having the E Streeters and 200 of their closest running friends sing to you!