A lot has happened with Rion since I last updated his story. He was moved from the ICU to the regular floor on Nov 9. He finally was able to start eating baby food the same day. On November 10, he was able to take a wheelchair ride and go outside for the first time in a month.

His physical therapy has been going well, and he has been making significant progress. Therapy began by putting a maraca on one ankle and jingle bells on the other, then had him laughing as he was able to “play music” with his feet. They eventually got him to the point where he was able to ride a large tricycle around the hallways of the hospital. Soon, he was walking up and down a small set of stairs with assistance. He was also able to use his hands to grip things. On the 15th, he did so well that he was able to use his wheelchair as a walker to walk from PT to his room. He doesn’t walk well, but he is getting stronger and better coordinated every day.

They pulled out his feeding tube and transferred him by ambulance to a children’s inpatient therapy center, where he will get more intense physical therapy than he was getting in the hospital.

He still cannot talk, but the progress that he has made in the past 17 days is truly remarkable. This morning, he actually was able to eat his first solid food since October 10. In case you are wondering, it was his favorite food- french fries.

I want to thank all of you for the prayers and well wishes, and want to thank everyone who donated to the GoFundMe page. All of it has been a huge help.

Categories: My Grandson


Anonymous · November 20, 2022 at 6:01 am

That is great news!

CJ · November 20, 2022 at 6:07 am

This is fantastic news. What a blessing for the young man, and your family.

BobF · November 20, 2022 at 6:57 am

That is a lot of progress. A long road for sure, but good to hear of that much progress. I sure do hope speech therapy will have good results. All on all, wonderful news so far.

Michael · November 20, 2022 at 7:05 am

Prayers ongoing until he’s home playing like a little boy.

Matthew W · November 20, 2022 at 9:03 am

Progress !!

WDS · November 20, 2022 at 9:03 am

Always great to hear good news, here’s to continued and expedited recovery!

Jimbo · November 20, 2022 at 9:39 am

This is fantastic news, DM. Thanks for letting us know. Everything seems to be going in the right direction. I’m betting that he makes a full recovery, and this whole episode becomes no more than a distant memory for him.

Karl Ushanka · November 20, 2022 at 10:12 am

Great news! Thanks for the update.

Spirits In The Material World · November 20, 2022 at 11:08 am

Prayering up while out on private outdoor PT and at night.
A two week ICU stay four years ago was almost $250,000.
God moves mysteriously and the plan is immaculate.
Something good will come.

Echo Hotel · November 20, 2022 at 2:13 pm

Awesome news! Keep going Rion, you can do it!

Big Ruckus D · November 20, 2022 at 2:20 pm

Thankful to hear he’s making solid progress, and quickly at that. Here’s hoping he regains at least some speech before Christmas. That would be an exceptionally memorable gift, certainly.

D · November 20, 2022 at 2:50 pm

Remind me of the GoFundMe link. I apparently missed it the first time around.

This is spectacular news!

Seamrog · November 20, 2022 at 2:52 pm

Thank you for this wonderful update, made my day.

Prayers will continue for a full recovery.

Bad Dancer · November 20, 2022 at 4:27 pm

This is good news, sounds like he’s going into physical therapy with a bulldog attitude thats outstanding.

BraulerBob · November 20, 2022 at 10:43 pm

Fantastic news! Truly something to give thanks for on Thursday. Continuing prayers for his speedy recovery and happiness.
His and your whole family.

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