Alex was treated by Dr Chalmers Christmas Eve prior to our Family Dinner of ham, turkey, cheesy potatoes, veggies and rolls followed by homemade brownies and ice cream. We had a great night visiting. At bed time we taped paper up across the stair well (tradition) so that no one could sneak down stairs and peak at what Santa might have brought. We went to bed and woke Christmas day to lots of stocking suffer gifts for all 5 boys. It was so nice to have all the boys home. We sat around and ate and ate, it was amazing, around noon Alex started to hurt a little but not too bad. By Christmas evening we were supposed to go to our friends Tim and Terry's house but Alex wasn't feeling up to it, so he stayed home with one of his friends. Then we all returned home and everyone but me Parker and Alex went to see Tron. They said it was good. Alex wasn't up to going (which is'nt like him, he loves to go to movies). I had fun being home with Parker and Alex. I had a great Christmas with my family. Sunday morning was rough, real rough, we didn't make it to church like we had planned on doing prior to us departing to Vegas, Alex had 2 doctor appointments in Vegas Monday am, so we were going to Vegas Sunday so my boys could see their dad for Christmas. Alex wasn't mentally ready to go back to Vegas. It brought out some panic in him. As the pain rose so did the panic they were feeding each other making him miserable. I was told he didn't sleep most of Sunday night and so Monday he was in constant pain his dad gave him pills every 2 hours to help, he was still in pain and very drugged up I was worried about him. I had had big plans of going back to UMC and the Ronald McDonald House to show Alex off - to show them that my boy could walk to show him where I slept and was safe. But that didn't get to happen, He was in so much pain by the time we left the 2nd apt we just needed to get back on the road. Teresa that fitted him for a Compression shirt was amazing though. Her father was burned over 40% of his body and due to his lifestyle change they started a family business helping others deal with their new limitations, She was so kind to Alex and could understand his claustrophobic feelings while wearing the vest but was still able to explain why it was so important to wear one. His scaring is getting so out of control. He has to wear these shirts. She gave him 2 shirts to take home, one he wore all the way from Vegas to STG. Its off now but he wore it about 4 hours, We came home to a smoke smelling home, but grateful to have a home to come home to. We got a call at 3am Vegas time from our one son that stayed at home saying he heard the smoke alarms going off, he went looking around the house and in Kiels room found flames 3 feet high and 4 feet wide. A lamp had somehow fallen oven onto some fabric I had just bought to make him curtains and it was all on fire, My son and his friend grabbed another blanket to put the flames out. So grateful they acted quickly and that no one was hurt. We will need to get new carpet in Kiels room, right now it is just airing out. The whole house is airing out. We unpacked the car then Amanda drove Alex over to Dr Chalmers office for a treatment. We were trying to figure out how many days he could go with out a treatment - its about 24 -36 hours max, Once Alex got home, he spent the next 2 hours crying in pain. I too cried for his pain. I don't know why he is having to go through this. I don't know why he had to be hurt so bad. I don't know why he must suffer the way he is. Its breaking my heart. I can't stand to watch my child cry like this, be in pain like this. Watch him not be able to use his hands, not walk unassisted. What are we to do??????????????????????
Thoughts that come to me are "be grateful" "be smart" "be clean" "be true" "be humble" "be prayerful". So I hit my knees and stared trying to B the above B's. Alex has now fallen asleep. I pray he will be able to sleep through the night. I pray I can be smart and get good help for him. I pray I can clean my house and get the smoke smell out. I pray I can be humble and most importantly grateful for all that I have. For the wonderful holidays for the talented Doctors helping Alex. I know he will get through this. I know it. - Kaleen aka Alex's mom
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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, after being struck by lightning 10/5/2010. 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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