Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sunday's been such a good day!

We've had company trickling in all day..Kelvin and Leila and kids, both sets of grandparents, Chuck and Shir, and Steve and Kim and kids. Grandpa Howard asked Trent if he likes all this company. He said yes! It does seem like company really perks him up and gives him something else to think about.  When he wants to sleep, he just takes out his hearing aids and naps away in spite of the visiting.

Our doctors are fantastic. They both are off this weekend, but have still come in both days and spend a good half hour here. The palate dr was just leaving when the facial dr arrived, so he just sat down in the chair and stayed for that, too. It's almost like they come "to visit" now, rather than just do doctor stuff. The one is really pleased with how his bite is coming along.  Since they were able to put the plate in his upper jaw (instead of just the splint he has in his mouth), he said that he may be able to remove the splint and all the stuff in there a lot sooner. He is very confident about its healing since it has that plate (that's the part he'd never done, and usually people's anatomy makes it such that they can't use it). So he is so glad for that extra "rock solid" support of the plate.

The face dr just stands at the foot of his bed and says "Wow!" over and over. He truly looks like he had his accident a  month ago. His skin has healed up, his swelling is WAY down (some still left to go, but not at all what you'd expect at this point), and now he just has that punk rocker purple/black eyeshadow look. :)

The feeding tube has helped immensely!!! His energy is better, he's walking faster (this morning after his walk, he almost passed out on me, and it was all I could do to get him to the bed, but this afternoon he was really walking well!). His spirits have lifted a lot! He got his pureed tray but was only able to eat a few bites.The dr agreed to soft food for tonight, so we'll see if more palatable food will go down. I am so wanting to take him home tomorrow (to Bridger) and feed him some soft, high calorie food! But I know he HAS to prove he can eat enough before we take the feeding tube out and take him home.

All in all, it's been a great day, with great progress. Every day is better and better! By the time we go back to CA, I think the only noticeable battle scar will be the neck brace! Amazing, the way these young kids heal!

20 comments:

  1. Amazing and so, so wonderful, Elaine! We are happy to hear Trent (which means all of his family) had a good day.
    Patty

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  2. Yay Trent! Keep up the good work :). Goucher Family

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  3. Robert, Elaine, Trent, and all the Peterson Clan- thinking of you and hoping for Trent's speedy recovery. From Mark, Bev, Travis & Troy Prine

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  4. Way to go, Trent! Awesome to hear of such great progress. You're constantly in our thoughts. Hang in there, buddy.
    -Phil Ryan

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  5. Rosella TerpstraJuly 29, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    woohoo! Can't they just give him milk shakes for his food? I'm sure that would go down well!! Love you guys! Rosella and family

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  6. We are just back where we have internet and so happy to read the progress Trent is making in healing! Your wonderful upbeat outlook will help him so much Elaine! You are amazing yourself! Sending lots of love and hugs to you all!!! Nan & Jack

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  7. Power smoothies! Where are they?? So glad to hear of the progress and Trent's good spirits. Thanks for the updates and keep 'em coming! ♥, us.

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  8. Sounds like it's time for a picture, Trent. So glad you're well on the way to full healing after just a week! If the doctors are even amazed at your progress, that's really great news. Someone said today that we should have a whole-field pizza party to welcome you back when you come home and that sounds like a great plan!! Love from Pete & Deena

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  9. So happy for the good news! We have been thinking about you every day :-).

    The Schofield Family

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  10. Coming out of the woods there Mr. Trent. So happy for you, your mom, and doctors so amazed at you. So thankful it is going better and better. Ooohh I bet you all can't wait to get out of that hospital. Wonderful news... keep on keeping on. <3

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  11. I feel elated!! I can't even imagine how you all feel. =) What a wonderful post to read just before going to bed. Yahoo Trent! You are not only a Superhero, but a Rockstar too! You amaze us with your strength and determination. It would be so easy to throw your hands up and say "that's it, I have had enough" but you don't. I think this just shows your true character. No wonder why you are the "go to guy" at school, you never give up...no matter how hard it gets. Bless your heart! I hope your night is just as good as your day has been. Hugs to the whole family! Melanie O'Donnell

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  12. Super to hear the mending is continuing! Take care of yourself too!

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  13. This is super~~I keep following you guys. I'm a grama that cares a lot. Not only for my own grandies but for all. I'm elated at this progress too.

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  14. We have also been watching Trent's progress from afar, so thank you so much for the updates!! I wonder if you've talked to Donovan about his "shakes" when his jaw was wired shut? He might have some pointers! :) So happy to hear of his good doctors and quick recovery!! - The Ward Family

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  15. Very Wonderful news for sure!!! Yay Trent... we're keeping you in our thoughts daily as is everyone else...and likewise are so thankful that you are regaining your strength! I must say you have the BEST mom/standby nurse to care for you 24-7 and I am positive that she is a tremendous help in encouraging you! ;) Before you know it...you'll be on your way back home to California where everyone is missing you! Big hugs to you and your mom! Deanne :)

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  16. SO happy to hear that everything is on the mend!! Sure thinking about you all, in all those hours in the hospital... Can't wait for you to get home! Happy recovery!!!! Keep up that positive outlook and that will most definitely help a speedy recovery!!! Heather Boyd

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  17. Yay!!!! So, so glad! We are visiting you in spirit. :-) Keep up the good work Trent!! We love you and are proud of the person you have become which has been evident in what has "come out" of you in this experience when you have been tried and pushed.

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  18. We are so glad for good news this morning when we got up over here in Norway!!! Right now you all are maybe fast asleep. Hope all continues to go well and you can soon eat some REAL food!! Love and care from Auntie Sylvia and Elton

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  19. wow ... what an upper your report was, Elaine! So glad for the giant strides you two are making together ...you'll be home and feeding him 10,000 calories in no time. It is amazing how God built in the HEALING power into our body! Imagine life w/o it?! So ..when the injuries come, good health naturally - rapid healing. Good health spiritually ...rapid healing! Have another wonderful day ..we love you!

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  20. Ok, going to try this again....glad the progress is going well, and know every day will bring positive steps. And if there is nothing else to do, mint as well make use of the TV. The Olympics are on. :-). Love, Keri and Dave

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