“Commit to the Lord, whatever you do and your plans will succeed.”
Update from Samantha Horn on 12/5/2017
Today was graduation!!! Wahoo, after 105 days being hospitalized Dad is finally ready to go home.
I say home, but in reality he is not going to his home. He is going back to where he grew up in Oklahoma. I have been calling it home when talking about this move, but today he told me home is where the three kids are and where he has raised us for the past 22 years. We are hoping and praying to find a way to get him home (NC), but for now he will be in Oklahoma for a couple of months. This will provide him the best care for the time being.
Dad has come a LONNNNG way since the accident. We did not even know if he would make it out of the ICU for the first couple of weeks. Dad came to the Shepherd Center looking rough. He can now sit in his chair all day and actually smiles while doing this! The last week he has been making jokes and talking much louder, I have really missed that!
I stole this from one of Dad’s friends Caring Bridge. This was a statement by his daughter that I really can relate too. “We are “fine”. Don’t you hate when someone says they are fine! What does that mean? Is it good? Is it bad? What is going on? I’m learning that “fine” means you are making it. It’s not pretty. It is hard. There are good moments. You have lots of support, but can still feel lonely. You have great guidance, but still feel overwhelmed. You are so proud of how far you’ve come, yet carrying on is exhausting. Not only does this apply to Dad, but to all of us trying so hard to take care of him. We are fine.”
I am so tired. I look in the mirror and don’t even recognize myself. I cannot even put in my contacts because my eyes are so heavy. I have been with Dad for at least 15 hours a day the past 95 days. I am glad I got to be the person that was with him everyday, but in reality there is no one else that could have taken 3 months off of their lives. It is hard not seeing Dad with the results that we want to see, but important to know that he really has come a long way.
Now that Dad is medically stable we are trying to really step up his therapy once he is back in OKC. He had a lot of obstacles at the Shepherd Center including his open airway, giant body brace, blood pressure, shoulder subluxation, and Stage 3 sacrum sore. Now that he does not have the trachea or brace, and the other problems are diminishing he can really focus on physical and occupational therapy. I for one cannot believe they are just letting me leave tomorrow with Dad – LOL! I have learned more the past few months than I have learned my entire college career.
We will be leaving Atlanta tomorrow at 1:48pm and arriving in Oklahoma at 3:09pm. I am not going to lie tomorrow is going to be a hard and overwhelming day for Dad. It is going to be his first time in a van or plane since the accident. Also the first time he is going for more than a few hours without the comfort of medical staff. His loaner chair is a manual chair, so I will have to push him at the airport along with handling our 7 bags. (4 bags of medial supplies!!) Debbie (Dad’s sister) and Mike (Dad’s brother) will be picking us up and taking us to Grandma’s house for a low key rest of the day. At this time we are requesting NO visitors. Dad will need a little time to get adjusted and into a routine. He would love the opportunity to plan visits with everyone wanting to come too! It will be really important to give him this control and independence so if you are wanting to give him a visit (or even take him out for a couple of hours) feel free to shoot him a text 919-801-3393.
Debbie will be taking the main role as the caregiver for the next couple of months as well. We will have his other brothers and sisters stepping in, and potentially home health assistance.
For everyone that wants to send Christmas cards here is his new address (He also loves getting pictures from everyone) Martin Horn 2520 NW 116 St OKC, OK 73120
Please pray for tomorrow and this transition. It is going to be very hard for Dad and I both to have someone else do what I have been doing all this time.
Nov 28, 2017
“I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High.”
Updated from Samantha Horn
The surgery was a success, thank you for all of the prayers!!!! Dad just arrived back “home” to this room in the Shepherd Center after being in recovery at Piedmont Hospital. He is resting now and should be good to start back doing his other therapies tomorrow!
Nov 28, 2017
In Pre Op now!!!
Update from Samantha Horn on 11/28/17 at 10:50 am
The surgery was planned to be at 5:15 pm tonight but just got switched to right now!!! We are in pre op right now and the...
Nov 28, 2017
“Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit”
Update from Samantha Horn on 11/27/2017
It is our last full...
Nov 27, 2017
“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever”
Update from Samantha Horn from 11/24/17
Happy Thanksgiving all!!
I hope that everyone had a wonderful day yesterday with...
Nov 14, 2017
“Nevertheless the righteous will hold to his way, And he who has clean hands will grow stronger and stronger.”
Updated from Samantha Horn on 11/10/2017
Wow what a week it has been. Lots and...
Nov 07, 2017
When Sam & I talked about doing a t-shirt Fundraiser, our original goal was to sell 50 shirts and raise at least $1000. Wow, we double our goal by selling a total of 107 shirts and raised...
Nov 03, 2017
“LORD, thank you for this night. Help me not to worry, leaving all anxiety in your hands”
Updated from Samantha Horn – 11/2/17
The last couple of days have been so busy,...
Nov 02, 2017
“To Love another person is to see the face of God – Victor Hugo”
Dear Family and Friends,
Thank you, thank you!! Such simple words, but filled with so much love and gratitude! Marty is...
Nov 01, 2017
“This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it”
Update from Samantha Horn on 10/31/17
Today was f fun filled day at the Shepherd Center. Dad’s...
Oct 30, 2017
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. “
Update from Samantha Horn on 10/28/17
Oct 25, 2017
"Choose to be Optimistic, It Feels Better"
Update from Samantha
My dad wanted me to type this quick message on his behalf :)
Made it to the Shepherd Center, everyone is great down in...
Oct 24, 2017
"There’s always going to be some sunshine after the rain!" – Marty Horn
Mandy Horn here, I am Marty’s sister in law. Mitch (Marty’s youngest brother) and myself were able to spend a long...
Oct 20, 2017
Update from Samantha on 10/19/17
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...
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...
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...