November 22, 2013
We would like to begin by expressing our sincere gratitude for the many thoughts and prayers you have directed towards our son, Boone. The support throughout the entire Treasure Valley, and especially from the Kuna community, has reminded us why the Treasure Valley is such a wonderful place to call our home. Not only have our family and close friends come to support us, but so too have a countless number of complete strangers, all of whom have sincerely offered their concern and support. We are so very proud to be able to say we are a part of this community. Your support has been truly incredible!
The doctors, nurses, therapists and administrators at Saint Alphonsus Hospital have been outstanding!They truly care for Boone’s well‐being. We will never be able to completely thank them for all that they have done for him. Boone’s condition is steadily improving. He has been able to move his shoulders,arms and wrists, and he is now showing some movement in his left foot. These are very encouraging signs. Boone is also getting stronger every day, as the swelling in his throat related to the surgery finally subsided enough to allow him to be able to begin eating. This has provided a noticeable boost to his energy and attitude. As of this afternoon they have cleared him to eat a normal diet (whatever he iscomfortable with swallowing).
Boone has a very long road ahead of him. There is no way to accurately predict his ultimate prognosis.However, the doctors are very encouraged by his progress thus far. Now that Boone’s condition has stabilized, our next step will be to move him to a facility that specializes in rehabilitating his type ofinjury. Craig Hospital, which is located in Denver, is world renowned for their ability to rehabilitate patients with spinal cord injuries. Ultimately, we feel this will give Boone the best possible chance for a full and complete recovery. He will begin his journey at Craig Hospital sometime next week. We are fortunate that we will be able to stay by his side while he begins his rehabilitation efforts.
We will do our best to keep everyone here at home informed and up to date on his progress. Your support, your thoughts, and your prayers have been truly appreciated. We will never be able to thankyou enough!
With love and gratitude,
The Bartlome Family (Shane, Dianna, Bailey Jo, and Boone)