|Angel, Gio, Shayna and 44 at King Pinz|
It's been a wonderful summer. Knowing Forrest has the first of several major surgeries scheduled August 27 at Johns Hopkins, we crammed as much quality time as we could into the past few months. Family trips to Bermuda and the Outer Banks reaffirmed our belief that, as Forrest says, "Anything is possible!"
Forrest's friends infused his summer with their love, enthusiastic activities, and invigorating positive energy! In addition to activities and fun, friends Gio and Nick (and Bro Austin) helped keep Forrest safe during the night through overnight shifts in the ManCave.
Working with Kay and Del, Forrest gained muscle mass, balance, and endurance. Under Tami's guidance and tutoring, Forrest's speech and cognitive abilities continue to expand.
With Pop's terrific cooking, he gained 16 pounds this summer and hit his pre-surgery goal of 165 this week! And through music therapy with Tom and fabulous camp activities at A Place to Be, Forrest's voice, character, and confidence have all soared to new heights.
As his surgeon at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Kumar, exclaimed at Forrest's recent pre-op examination, "Forrest you look great. You have come so far and have optimized your condition for surgery!"
That was the plan. Forrest is strong. He is ready. So next Tuesday we travel to Johns Hopkins and on Wednesday, Forrest will undergo a groundbreaking 10 hour surgical procedure. The surgery involves the transfer of a full muscle flap from Forrest's back to his "noggin" (as he calls it). This new tissue will provide some protection for his brain and vital circulation to support his beleaguered scalp. We are anticipating a 7 to 10 day hospital stay, if there are no complications, and a 10 to 12 week recovery period. Additional surgeries are anticipated 6 to 12 months later to harvest healthy bone from the back of his skull and implant it within the new muscle flap. This will finally create a safe environment for his brain and a complete skull, without using any foreign prosthetics.
We are eternally grateful for the family, friends, and support team that have given Forrest such a terrific summer and such a strong start to the next chapter of his recovery. We will update the blog next week from Johns Hopkins to keep you posted on the Comeback Kid's progress.
Mum & Team Forrest
|44 and Megan doing a mirror activity at APTB Mentor Camp|
|Pilates with Kay|
|Arm wrestling with Del|
Video of arm wrestling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGSo-W22vBM
|Pool party with Austin, 44, Tori and Nick|
|Football with Nick and Gio|