Wednesday, June 29, 2011

TUESDAYS in JULY! Chili's in Humble, TX gets on board!

~ UPDATE from Tara ~

Great News for Christian!

Chili's in Humble, TX has joined the cause to help raise funds for Christian's recovery!

Every Tuesday in July - from open to close - for every person who brings in the flyer (see link below), Chili's will donate 10% of all sales to Christian's benefit !  Praise the Lord!

Who doesn't love Chilis?  Please download the file below, print & email them out, and lets pack out Humble Chili's every Tuesday in July!

The participating Chili's is located on the corner of HWY 59 & FM 1960, across from Deerbrook Mall.

Come hungry!

Monday, June 20, 2011

All the King's Horses and All the King's Men would not put Christian back together again...

 Christian is home from the hospital after a flare up of the original TM assault. He responded well to the treatment and didn’t need any cathing after 12 hours of the first steroid IV infusion. They had a MRI study done of both the brain and spinal cord. It confirmed that no new lesions were present. However, it did show atrophy of the spinal cord; which means the spinal cord did not regenerate from the damage done. While in the hospital the FIRST time, Doctor Lotze, explained it to me like this….C’s spinal cord was hit hard by a storm, damaging it.  But the body has electricians and they would go rewire the system. Electricians are over worked and underpaid; so often times they show up late and work slow. He told me to be patient and not give up hope. That is why he gave C the six month window of opportunity to improve…he was expecting the cavalry to come through in the end.  Fast forward to THIS hospital stay and his most recent MRI. The attending neurological doctor told me that C’s condition would not improve because his body did not fix the damage done by TM, that his spinal cord tissue had now died. As I type these words, vomit came into my throat and tears welled in my eyes. I refuse to hear that. I need to hear those words from Doctor Lotze, unfortunately he is out of town for the next two weeks. So I am impatiently waiting but I have already decided how I will respond if he tells me the same thing.  I know there is always HOPE in Jesus, our Healer but there comes a time to deal with what is right in front of you and pray for something better. This will be my response. I hope everyone can respect that. C will still benefit from Physical and Occupational therapy. That will re-strengthen what was weakened, and  re-teach what was forgotten, and GOD WILLING re-gain what was lost. This will also be his time to learn how to accomplish tasks as a boy who is paralyzed and had limited use of his fingers. We will also set goals; so C can plow right through them. He is determined.  And if by GOD’s grace his legs move, his therapists and I will make sure they are ready! Thank-You so much for your prayers, and continued support. We (Jack and I) are in this for the long haul. We will exhaust every possibility and not stop until C’s potential is maxed out; giving him every chance, every opportunity of a life uninterrupted by Transverse Myelitis. Please keep praying for Christian. We believe in miracles.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Difficult Days

Yesterday, Christian was re-admitted to Texas Children's Hospital.  He began a 5 day course of IV Steroids and thankfully is responding to the steroid therapy.  He is expected to go home within the 5 day time period.  This is the good news!

Christian is experiencing an inflamation flare up on his spinal cord. This is uncommon, but the fact it is happening is an indication he will likely continue to have similiar flare ups in the future.  This is extremely rare and very disappointing.  X-rays indicate his spine has begun to twist due to muscle spasms in his trunk.  Today, Jack and Danielle were also informed Christian has a condition called Chiari 1 malformation.  This is a condition in which brain tissue protrudes into the spinal canal. 

As you can imagine, this is alot to absorb.  Please pray for Jack and Danielle to experience God's peace and that God will grant them strength and endurance for each day.  Continue to pray for God's miraculous healing hands to touch Christian's body and restore his health. 

Monday, June 13, 2011

Heading to Hospital

Christian is still having trouble with urination issues.  He is not voiding on his own at all.  He was able to do so when he left the hospital.  Dr. Lotze has asked Danielle to bring Christian to the hospital.  Please be in prayer for parents and doctors to have wisdom.  Please pray for Christian's body to respond and for him to be healed.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Update on Christian - Every cloud has a silver lining!

Christian continues to battle an intermittent fever, which has been one of his symptoms since the onset of the TM.  Most recently, he has contracted a rash on his chest that is turning into sores in some places.  The Doctors are perplexed by the fever & rash.  His blood work was analyzed last week, and concluded that his hemoglobin, hemadocrit, and his white blood count are all low.  They will be re-working his blood this coming week to see if another blood transfusion is needed.  While he is eating table food well, his suction is weak, which has lead to Danielle syringe feeding him his milk instead of being able to nurse him.

As of yesterday, Christian is struggling with voiding his urine, which is requiring cathetarition  This is a mountain that Christian had already conquered since being home, so this regression is both concerning and disheartening to the family - especially with the other symptoms occurring.  Please be in prayer for Christian, his family, and his team of doctors as they monitor his course and symptoms.  Danielle is waiting on a phone call from the lead doctor that treated C at Texas Children's to order a plan of action if necessary.

The Silver Lining!
By the Grace of God and with the help of the loving hands of Christians's PT angel Leah, Christian's left pointer finger & thumb are almost at 100% full function!  His left pinky finger is "firing" intermittently, but movement is a blessing and a sign of good things to come!  His left thigh also seems to be showing slight intermittent firing, or movement signaled from the brain.  This is the first sign of reaction in his lower region - Praise the Lord for He has began a good work in this baby boy!  There is still no change in his right hand, but we are counting our blessings for the signs on the left side. 

Also a blessing!  The Smith's were blessed with a kid cart, a standing machine, and some body bracing

On Memorial Day, Christian & his big sisters spent some time at a local pool.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Hands & Feet Shirts are In!

Thank you to everyone who pre-purchased a Hands & Feet t-shirt!  They will be mailed out or delivered to you this week.  Ms. Seale at FBC is your contact person for Crosby FBC.

The pre-sale was a huge success, and 75 shirts were sold!  Praise the Lord!  That is 4 weeks of therapy for Christian! 

If you haven't already ordered your shirt, and are interested, please send an email to Tara at  We will continue taking orders, and will send to the printing company in 50 shirt intervals.