April 27, 2011

Tonight's the Night

It's hard to believe, but it's finally time for the Kate's Skate night benefit for Garren It all starts tonight at 6pm. It seems like ages ago when we were first approached with this idea. It sounds like it's going to be a lot of fun. I hope to see you there tonight.

Also, in just a few weeks, on May 21, is the Miracle Miles 5K, a run/walk being held as a fundraiser for Garren. It will at Porter Ridge High School, and it starts at 8am. If you are planning on participating, please go ahead and register by clicking here. This will help our wonderful event planners prepare for the day. It's going to be a lot of fun as well.

Yesterday we took Garren for a follow up visit with his neuro-surgeon. Dr. Dyer was extremely pleased to see how much Garren is moving. He kept calling Garren his "superstar patient." It was awesome for Garren to finally meet one of the men responsible for saving Garren's life. Dr. Dyer is having us schedule an appointment in the next couple of weeks for an arteriogram. It should be an outpatient procedure. They will insert a catheter into the large artery in his groin area, which will then extend through the artery into the base of his brain. The purpose is to take a look and see if there is anything left from the AVM that may need to be dealt with in the future. The initial surgery was an emergency surgery with the goal being to save Garren's life. The doc did what he could to get as much out as he could, but without a closer look, it's hard to know if anything is still there.

If there is anything that needs to be dealt with, there are non-invasive procedures, such as radiation, that can be used at some point in the future.

Garren continues to improve. A little be every day. For the most part his spirits remain high. Swallowing and talking continue to be his greatest frustrations. Garren will not be at the skate night. It was his choice. I asked him why he doesn't want to go. He said "To many people." I don't blame him.

Garren's semi-formal dance at Piedmont Middle is just over a week away. I asked him if he wants to go to that. He said yes - "if I can walk." Garren - we would love nothing more than to see you walk into the dance. But we will once again submit to God's plan and God's timing.


Anonymous said...

We can pray....all in God's timing, regard, walking, talking, and swallowing...and the outpatient procedure...and we will....love & prayers, Sandy and Russ

The Mowerys said...

So excited about tonight!!! Can't wait to see you there! I think it would be too much for Garren to come! It will be crazy there!!! I am praying that the results of this benefit will far exceed our greatest expectations!! God Bless! Give our love to Garren! See you in awhile!