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This Blog has been created by friends and family of Alex and Dane as they make their way down the road to recovery. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as this road will likely be a long one. Feel free to check back often for status updates on both Alex and Dane, and be sure and leave your well-wishes when you visit. The boys will be shown this blog when they are awake.

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

The things I think of at 4:18am

Dane and Alex were hanging out last night in Alex's Man Cave - I heard them around 2am, again around 3:30, the talking got so loud  that at 4:18am I hauled my tired self out of bed to remind them that others were trying to sleep.  I have to admit though that as I walked back to my room I smiled.  I smiled and then thought about the 2 of them and the things that have happened over the past 14 months.
Over the holidays, while visiting with family, we reflected back to last year and what was happening with Alex; Thanksgiving he was still in the hospital, we got to "check him out" for 3 hours, he was in a wheel chair and had to use a cuff to eat;   Today I can report that he completed his first semester at Dixie State College, he walks, runs and drives.  He's almost 100% self reliant.  His hands/fingers still aren't to full use but he has figured out a way to do almost everything.  He's making new friends and enjoy life.  Its good to see the old Alex returning.  Its still tough as a mom to watch him struggle with things, every morning when I hand him his pills (yes he still has to take a lot of pills for pain, seizures etc..) it breaks my heart to see his hands and scar from his skin graft.  Yet it makes me so proud to know that I can go off to work and that he will get himself ready and off to school on his own.  He's a fighter and I'm so glad!
Even though I'm tired today, I wouldn't trade it.  I'm so grateful to have Alex and Dane still with us, glad they are still friends and enjoy talking about physics (yes it was a horribly intellectual conversation they were having) at 4am.
Kaleen aka Alex's mom

5 comments:

  1. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    I can totally see you, Kaleen, padding back to your bed with a smile on your face at o'dark thirty in the morning! That story is beautiful!

    Please tell the boys how proud I am of them as only a mother can. :) Love to you all from Idaho.

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  2. I am with Lara! I can't tell you how impressed I am with your family and watching how you have handled all of this. You have all given us an example of how to face life's trials with a positive outlook and love in our hearts. It's inspirational and i'm so honored to say I know you!
    Lots of love,
    susan
    (PS, Lara, I'm talking to you too!)

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  3. Thanks for sharing that story, Kaleen. When I see Alex on an occasional run through the neighborhood I feel so proud of how well he has fought to come back. Alex and Dane are true miracles.

    Rhonda

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  4. I'm so grateful to have Alex and Dane still with us, glad they are still friends and enjoy talking about physics. Thanks mate.

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  5. Nobody is better at "turning that frown upside down " than you! If that were me, i would have been tempted to take a piece of there aaaaaaa.....hide. You make me want to be a better parent! Thanks for sharing...i am always introspective after your posts. Hugs to all.

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Alex on Wednesday, Oct.6

Alex on Wednesday, Oct.6

Dane Thursday Oct 7th

Dane Thursday Oct 7th
Before Life Support was removed

Alex's Room

Alex's Room
Thanks for all the love