Genny Shepler's Journal
It's been a year
Written Jul 29, 2013 6:05pm by DeAnne SheplerIt's been one hell of a year. Sorry for the language but it is truly the only word that really fits. Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of Genny's accident and the start of the beginning of the longest year of my life. We are going back to the falls tomorrow, with friends and loved ones in tow. To bring Genny back to the place that changed her life forever and to give her the chance that many people haven't gotten. To go back and say, "you didn't beat me". She is still here and getting stronger every day. She has been discharged from speech and occupational therapy and has just 3 sessions left before physical therapy sends her packing too. She is going to school full time and is doing rather well too. (3 A's on the last report card). She's made lots of great new friends along the way too. I know we've all heard that old saying that everything happens for a reason. The accident sucked. It sucks that my baby has had to go through all this but its becoming clear. So many amazing things have happened since then. I am able to go out and share her story and show people that miracles do happen. It has restored faith for a lot of people. Some of Genny's dreams have come true, via some awesome people at Boston University. We got to see the Stanley Cup. Genny was the grand marshal of our local parade this July. We became part of an amazing community. I am still having trouble sleeping though. My husband and I are constantly worrying about her health and safety. I want to put her in a bubble and keep her from ever getting hurt again. Sometimes when I am driving to work I get a flash image of her in the coma and I want to break down and cry again. She's come so far and has just amazed every medical professional she's met, its hard to believe that was even a reality at one point. We've really been through the ringers this year. We still have a long road ahead, Genny has not been cleared to skate yet but is getting the control over her balance that she needs. She will get back out there soon, and I know she will continue to work hard and get her life back. I know that she is going to do amazing things with her life. I can't wait to see what that is. Thank you all for the support and love you've given us on this journey. I imagine this will be the last post. It ties it up nicely right? They told us to expect at least a year of recovery and that's where we are at. It's nice to be getting back to normal.
Where we are now
Written May 16, 2013 12:48pm by DeAnne Shepler
Hi everyone, I wanted to give an update as to how one amazing little girl is doing. She has been in outpatient therapy for a few months now and has continued to make progress, She is going to school full time and making some great new friends. Genny is working hard with all the disciplines therapy has to offer. Occupational therapy is her favorite because she gets to ride a zip line into the ball pit. Unfortunately (well maybe not so much) her adventures with OT are going to be ending for a while. Her therapist feels that she doesn't need to continue the bi-weekly sessions at this time. She will have a re-evaluation in a few months to see if there is a need to start it up again or not. As much fun as she has it is great news. Her handwriting is now almost to the way it was before, she is tying her shoes, can put her own hair into a ponytail. These things are huge because we no longer have to remind her to use her left hand to help her out. Physical therapy isn't so fun for her, its a lot of repetition and standing on one foot. Her balance is still affected even though she is able to walk and even run again. Even this we have seen major steps of improvement. Since we don't understand or even really know where all the injury lies we have to rely on how her body reacts to know where to go. The therapists believe that there is some inner ear problems that are causing her problems with balance. Also her vision is still impaired and that could be a factor as well. She was finally cleared to have a regular diet, no more thickened liquids (yuck). Speech is working on getting her tongue to make the proper S and Z sounds again. She can hear herself when it doesn't come out right and fixes it right away so that will really help in getting her normal speech patterns.
Genny absolutely amazes me. While she has down times and gets frustrated she has never given up. She is so strong. There is times when I think about all that happened and am just in awe over it all. God gave me the same miracle twice in my life. I know He kept her here with us for some grand purpose. I can't wait to see what it is! It has already brought us so many amazing things.
The people that were brought into our lives by this accident are amazing. In such a short period of time we have found relationships with people I want to hold onto for the rest of my life. Men and women who were there on the mountain and thought they were looking at a little girls last moments that now get to hug her and see the life in her eyes. I am just so beyond grateful.
As we approach the one year anniversary the shock of it has faded. The evidence is still here daily but our family has adapted and we are back into a decent, yet hectic routine. The trips to therapy are no more often then what we were doing for hockey practices. When she's ready, Genny is going to be able to go back on the ice strong , unfortunately for the other teams.
Anyone who is in the area and is available on July 30th and would like to go for a hike we are planning a trip back to the falls. We will only be going to the top of the trailhead, not to the points beyond where the accident happened, but to commemorate all that she has accomplished. You can find me on facebook for me details.
Thank you again for all the support, love and prayers.
A little update
Written Jan 17, 2013 10:59am by DeAnne SheplerGenny has been home from rehab for almost 3 months now. Her progress continues to amaze all those in the medical fields she is in. She is loving being back in school and working hard to make up for lost time. We have made amazing new friends in this journey who have changed our lives forever. Genny is now also part of the praise team that sings the hymns at our local church. She's gotten used to being recognized and we find people who prayed for her every where we go it seems. We've heard stories of total strangers that were talking about our little girl. Genny continues to make us so proud every day. The fighting spirit she has, the determination and drive, nothing will stop her. I know we could not have made it through this time without the huge web of support from all of you. Genny's eyesight is slowly improving and I hope to have her read through all the comments you've left her. Thank you for all you've done, she's going to make you all proud one day!
I forgot to add that we got the results of her neuropysch testing. End result is average. Some of the disciplines she tested high average on (like memory) ! She has some issue with attention span but we are working on it :-D