Conner Benson's Journal
Written Jul 29, 2013 8:36pmConner is doing well back at home- we are still feeling the love and support from everybody. Unfortunately, yesterday Mom noticed Conner was speaking a little funny and took him back to the hospital. He was given the diagnosis of Bell's palsy, which affects the nerve in his face controlling the right side. Fortunately, this is usually a temporary condition lasting for a couple weeks to a couple months. We are hopeful that he will be fine and of course he is being his amazing self and keeping his head up. His nerves were obviously affected by the strike and he is experiencing some pain from his nerves. If anyone has any experience with Bell's palsy or nerve damage- we would love to hear from you. Unfortunately, with lightning strike survivors- there are so many different outcomes and symptoms that there isn't any one diagnosis. We are trying many holistic approaches and hope to start accupuncture, massage therapy, kinesiology and chiropractic therapies this week (in addition to his physical , speech and occupational therapy) but if anyone has any recommendations or suggestions- we would love to hear from you.
Lots of love to everyone- keep sending your love and prayers to Conner. Thank you!
Back in Utah
Written Jul 19, 2013 11:05amHi all,
Sorry for the delay in communication. Conner is back here in Utah- doing great! He is in inpatient physical/speech/occupational therapy at the University of Utah. They anticipate him being there for about a week. He got to see his dogs yesterday but is excited to see more family and friends soon. His visiting hours at the clinic are 4pm to 8pm everyday. Please feel free to go see him and bring him healthy and/or fattening foods (he needs healthy foods to get him on the mend but he needs bulking up foods to get some weight on him - ps- bacon). He does have some back issues and will be getting some x-rays and work done on his back. They are unsure if it was just thrown out badly from the CPR or hurt from the impact of his fall or just from being in a coma and in a bed for 6 days straight.
All in all, we couldn't feel more lucky and blessed that Conner is doing so well and has such a wealth of support and love!
With lots of love and gratitude,
The Benson Family
Written Jul 15, 2013 4:24pmConner is doing great- its just so incredible that he is back with us! He has been moved out of critical care and into a room with a shower- which has been top on his to-do list. He is very weak and has had some trouble with his memory and some cognitive skills- but is doing much better than expected. We have some good stories for when we have Conners permission to share about when he was a little "fuzzy" about who/where and what was going on.
We anticipate needing a couple different kinds of therapies to keep his brain healthy and for rehabilitation in the upcoming weeks/months/years.
Overall, he is doing amazing. It will be a long road to full recovery but there isn't anything to indicate that we shouldn't expect to get there! He is the strongest and most resilient person any of us has ever known!
We cannot thank ALL of you so much for keeping up with Conners progress, the prayers, the kind notes and donations.
We must also take this moment to give an extra thank you to these people:
-John and Po Martin (Jaimie's parents (Conners girlfriend)) have been absolutely incredible. Po was one of the amazing people who actually conducted CPR on Conner at the time of the strike. The Martin family has been so completely supportive and amazing to us and to Conner (always). We will have so much love for this family for our entire lives!
-Dr. Greenfield, Dr. Bandy and Justin (the Firefighter who has a crazy last name that we don't want to slaughter) who were all on the scene within minutes of the strike and all contributed to CPR/care of the boys. It is certain that if these men hadn't been present, it would have been a completely different outcome. It was a true miracle that they were there.
-Jason Levin (cousin of our Aunt Jodi) who has just been a godsend! He was here before we were and pulling strings at the hospital and has been bringing us all sorts of goodies and lending his car and house and just being so incredibly helpful and selfless! Thank you Jason!
-Uncle Jeff, Aunt Cathy and cousin Samantha- for flying out and being here with us for comfort and support. The waiting room warriors!
-Megan Mondavi (family friend) for setting up this site and relaying our messages and for thinking to set up a fund for Conner's expenses. Kristen Moss for finding and booking my flight out in my moment of panic and helping with everything back home.
-The entire Martin family and all of their friends and co-workers who have stopped by to check on Conner and brought us food- everyone has just been so amazing! And Lucy, Claudia and Ella for decorating Conner's room and keeping him entertained!