Omg I am so proud of my dad!! He has been in the hospital for exactly 7 weeks and today was the first day he was strong enough to be put in a special wheelchair and be rolled around the hospital. All he wanted to do was go outside and go back to the ICU to see and thank all of his nurses!! It has been a long 7 weeks but he is making slow and steady process with his eating, talking, and breathing on his own!! Our next step is rehab!! Please consider getting a #teammarty tshirt to help and show support!!!
Oct 18, 2017
Update from Samantha Horn
Yesterday started the week off on such an amazing note.
Now that dad has had the vent out of his room since Thursday, they were able to downsize his trach. This is a small bedside procedure in which they just switch out his trach for a smaller one. Now that he has a “6” trach, he was able to get a speaking valve. After 47 days of not being able to speak, he was able to take to me!!!! His voice was faint, but we could actually have a conversation. Through many tears and laughs I got a part back of my dad that I have not had in what feels like forever. We were the able to call Pearce, Zoey, his Mom, and all of his brothers and sisters. Days like yesterday are what makes spending every day here worth it. Most days are not this good, but on the worse days I think of how amazing it is to share the good days with my father.
The rehabilitation specialist came in shortly after and assessed Dad’s paralysis. Dad was able to move right foot’s toes on command for him. This is HUGE! The progress that my father has made in a short 7 weeks is giving the doctors a lot of hope. They cannot give us any answers about more movement, but they are hopeful in the miracles that have already started to show.
The next step of our big day was a swallow test!! Dad passed the first part that included water, ice chips, and pudding. (I have been sneaking him some ice chips the last couple of weeks and he has been doing just fine :) ). They then had to schedule a scoping procedure to make sure he was doing as well as they thought he was and he passed! He can now start having liquids such as drinks, yogurt, pudding, and oatmeal!! The said he should be eating hamburger in no time. The first thing that he wanted was banana pudding and root beer!
The recent progress he has made is progress we were originally told he would never make. It is incredible and shows the power of prayer.
My dad wanted me to tell everyone thank you for the support and he loves hearing from everyone. Today has been a quiet day so far; he did not sleep well last night and is still overwhelmed by all the events of yesterday.
Something super fun and exciting that we have gotten help with is T-Shirts!! We have gotten #TeamMarty t-shirts made so that even if you are not here with Marty you can send us the picture of you wearing your shirt and seeing friends and family from all over wearing a #teammarty shirt will help provide strength and encouragement to Marty as he continues onto with his journey. (Click on T-Shirt Sale under Fundraising Activities)
Once again thank you for all the kind words and prayers. Our family could not do this without the support that we are receiving.
Oct 17, 2017
In order to help the family raise money for Help Hope Live in honor of Marty, we have decided to sell t-shirts. Seeing friends and family from all over wearing a #teammarty shirt will help provide...
Oct 15, 2017
Latest update from Samantha -
This weekend was A HUGE BLESSING! As you know, we are all praying for a miracle and I am thrilled to say the ventilator is off and they moved it out of his room!!!...
Oct 11, 2017
Latest update from Samantha –
On Friday, Oct 6th, Dad was able to stay off the vent for about 8.5 hours and getting on his brace for physical therapy has been getting a little easier for him...
Oct 06, 2017
Wanted to share an updated from Samantha Horn:
She said, yesterday was honestly the best day they have had in the past five weeks.
That morning the nurses and physical therapists had Marty's...