Casey "C.J." Bicknell's Journal
Written Jan 30, 2014 9:22am
CASEY'S HOPE, golf and dinner benefit:
To all of Casey's followers we call on you again to Help push Casey further in his recovery progress. Please join Casey, family, and friends in this amazing 3rd Annual Casey's Hope benefit on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at the Stuart Yacht & C.C. for golf on this private course followed by a great clubhouse dinner with live music and dancing.
Casey is counting on you and looks forward to seeing and meeting you there. Go now to: www.CaseyBicknell.com . The Bicknell family is forever grateful.
Written Jan 25, 2014 9:11am
WHERE DID WE GO? I have not written in a while. Mixed emotions during the Christmas and New Year season. What gifts do you get your wheelchair bound non-verbal son? Some new clothes and a remote control boat thanks to Aunts and Uncles. Two new monitors (U. Jack) for home and FINR allowing us to watch over CJ day or night from anywhere. The gift for CJ is having him home with all his family for 2 weeks and the gifts that friends and family continue to give all year long!
The New Year is the hardest emotionally for our family as it is a measurement of the year gone by. The mark of when all our lives changed (1-6-10), none more profound than that of our Loved son Casey's!! Not a time of celebration and party. So we have been shut-in for a while.
WHAT'S NEW? CJ continues to get stronger, ever so slightly, ever so slowly. We are removing his head rest making CJ hold his head up for 15-20 mins at a time. He is moving and kicking his left leg a little more reps and now in full leg extensions. As he has been peddling his stationary bike every other day, most of the work and strength has been on his right ride. Now his left leg is providing 30-50% of the effort. As a result PT is now getting CJ into a standing position (without a stand frame) with his head up, PT assistance in balance, taking 4 steps on command from right leg; I then assist in moving his left leg before CJ takes another step with right. Gosh there is So Much to make this happen: First there must be head control as the body will follow the direction of your 10lb head, then there is trunk/body control and strength to hold yourself up physically (with asst); then your knees must lock tight or you will fall, and then your neuro commands to move your feet with leg muscles responding, last is oh ya Balance and Equilibrium. We are Very Encouraged with this improvement. Those reading please know that this is just a start of a very long Hard path back to maybe walking again. Steps + parallel bars + gate stride walker + cane + walk with assistance = self walking.
What else from CJ? He is now partially putting his shirt on by lifting his head and right arm into the shirt. He is putting his right leg into his pants. He just started doing 4-5 reps of 1/2 sit-ups. CJ is getting stronger....happier. CJ remain very alert and aware of who and what is going on around him.
FINR: FINR has completed their bankruptcy discharge and starting to re-organize. They are hiring additional OT, SLP/ST, PT which hopefully allows CJ to get back to full-time therapies!?! The staff is awesome in their Casey Care. I remain at FINR coaching, pushing CJ to do Better. To let him know that he is Loved and not abandoned or alone in his Fight for Recovery. To make sure he is medically cared for daily interacting with Therapist, Dr's, RN's.
Written Dec 9, 2013 11:02amHAPPY ThanksGIVING: This picture of Brittany and Casey tells a thousand words. Casey had a great weekend at home during thanksgiving, together with 18 other Bicknell family members together over a fantastic traditional dinner. We bowed our heads and our hearts to give Thanks for the progress, for life, for health, healing and for strength to come. We are "Thankful" for the kindness and generosity of so many followers. Some of the Bicknell's and visiting friends had not seen Casey in a while and many commented on his progress of how happy and "good looking" he is....(he gets that from his Mom). It sure was Good for both CJ and I to be back home as a family again!