The last time we talked about my grandson’s progress was December 1. For those who don’t know, four and a half months ago, my grandson was hospitalized with an unknown illness that was later determined to be viral meningitis caused by the enterovirus. He spent weeks in the intensive care unit. There was a time when I was unsure that he would survive, although I would never have told my daughter that.

I posted about his illness on this blog, and many of you told me that you were praying for him. Well, it seems that those helpful thoughts were successful, because he is doing better than I had hoped. All of the things that he used to be able to do, the things we all take for granted, he has had to learn all over again. He had to be toilet trained all over again. Walking, reading, writing, speaking, feeding himself, all of it had to be learned again.

He now walks and runs nearly like a normal, six year old boy. and is no longer in a wheelchair, although he does occasionally wear leg braces. He relies on the braces less and less as time goes on. He even returned to ice skates two weeks ago. One of his favorite things to do was play youth league hockey. He still isn’t back to that, but he is pushing himself.

He still doesn’t have the fine motor control he had, but he can write (sloppily), His speech is still stilted and somewhat robotic, but also improving. If you want to read his entire story as posted on this blog, click here.

The care that he received was second to none. My daughter’s boyfriend works at a different hospital in that hospital chain, and the nursing director of his hospital personally made the drive to the hospital where his stepson (my grandson) was, so that he could visit and deliver gifts that included gift cards, food, cash, and stuffed animals. The entire staff of the hospital where he works was wonderful. They offered to care for the other kids, cooked meals for the family, and even came over and cleaned the house. What large companies do that anymore?

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Bad Dancer · February 27, 2023 at 6:46 am

I’m glad to hear of his progress and recovery and the support your family received. Outstanding news.

As well a hearty attaboy to your grandson for his drive in recovery, well done young man.

Michael · February 27, 2023 at 7:26 am

Good to hear about Rion, but prayers continuing as he needs them still. Many miles left on his journey.

Wonderful to hear about hospital support, there are still good hospitals in this insurance driven health system.

Grumpy51 · February 27, 2023 at 7:52 am


Barefoot Peckerwood · February 27, 2023 at 9:41 am

That is great news.

James · February 27, 2023 at 9:42 am

There but for the grace of God go I. wonderful news.

D · February 27, 2023 at 10:16 am

Halleluyah! That’s great news!

Elrod · February 27, 2023 at 10:21 am

Excellent news.

I’m going to hazard a guess that as Rion struggles to get back to where he was, not only will he understand and appreciate the people who supported and helped him, and who supported those people, he will regard anything and everything that occurs in his life as challenges not only to be overcome and that he is not just capable of overcoming but eager to.

He will become a remarkable adult.

EdC · February 27, 2023 at 11:19 am

Great to hear about your grandson and the support the family received. With all the negativity going on today that sort of news makes my day.

Echo Hotel · February 27, 2023 at 12:02 pm

That is fantastic news! Thank you for the update.

Daniel K Day · February 27, 2023 at 1:07 pm

That is great news. Best wishes for a complete recovery.

Seamrog · February 27, 2023 at 1:46 pm

Thank you, Lord, a sincere and heartfelt thank you for hearing, and answering our prayers for Rion. It is nice to get some good news once in a while.

Carlos The Jackal · February 27, 2023 at 3:22 pm

It’s good to hear some good news when it’s all been bad lately.
Good thoughts & prayers for a complete recovery.

Aesop · February 27, 2023 at 3:32 pm

Best wishes for his continued improvement and full recovery. The resilience of kids is miraculous.

AC47Spooky · February 27, 2023 at 5:01 pm

That is wonderful to hear. The indomitable spirit of that child is a marvel. God bless him!

Chipmunk · February 27, 2023 at 6:48 pm

That is awesome news! I’ve been wondering how he’s doing. Will continue to pray.

joe · February 27, 2023 at 7:27 pm

that’s awesome DM…

fitzhamilton · February 27, 2023 at 8:05 pm

I’ve been wondering how Rion’s doing. I always pray the intercession of Raphael (balm of God, angel of health, healer of Tobit) at the end of my rosary, pleading his intercession for everyone I know who’s ill. Rion’s been on that list, he will remain on it until you tell us he’s completely back up to snuff.

FeralFerret · February 28, 2023 at 6:41 pm

Thank you for the update. I have been wondering since it had been so long since the last one.

Praise God that he is progressing so well. He’s not all the way there yet, but has made much progress. He’s not at all doing badly for a kid that very nearly died.

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