John Odom's Journal
Thursday, October 31
Written Oct 31, 2013 9:16pmDay 200....Congratulations to all our Boston friends, Red Sox World Champs!! I bet you could hear us cheering all the way from California. Now we hope to keep the winning ways going for our son in law Matt's New England Revolution who start the playoffs Saturday against Kansas City at Gillette, GO REVS. All's well here, John got another new brace today and the jury's still out but I hope it exceeds expectation this time. We're really missing our Boston grandsons especially today on Halloween, we wish we were there to share this fun holiday with them. John continues at PT 3 times a week and we try to get in 9 holes of golf once a week. We're so proud of Nicole,Carolyn and Sarah who completed half marathons this month and our nephew Scotty who finished his first half marathon last week in preparation for Boston 2014 which he will be running in John's honor and you can be assured, we'll be there!!! All and all, we continue to get stronger as life returns to our pre April 2013 normal. We send our love and support to all our fellow survivors, we miss you and send our wishes for your continued recovery. Xoxo K
Tuesday, October 15
Written Oct 15, 2013 11:36pmDay 183...Today is the 6 month anniversary of that fateful day in Boston when our lives and the lives of so many innocent people were irreparably changed forever. The negative effects of that day are obvious but the positives that have come of this horrific event not as apparent. I've said it before and I must reiterate here, that the good far out weighs the bad. We will never be the same but WE HAVE SURVIVED!!!
We have been home for a month now, it has been a whirlwind of welcome parties, visits, interviews with media but I must say our life is finally returning to normal , albeit the new normal, the new reality. Our home coming has been nothing short of unbelievable. The love we have been shown from family, friends and and complete strangers in our beloved South Bay community has been overwhelming.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention one last time those that we will be forever indebted to , first and foremost, Dr. Jeffrey Kalish, Dr. Antoine and all the Dr's and nurses of the trauma center and ICU at BMC for saving John's life. To Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Dr Crandell, Jess, Dan, Becky, Kathryn and Karis for teaching him to walk again and to learn to live again. For the generosity of so many, you know who you are, for the donations, meals, cards, rental cars, flowers , plants, food, candy, babysitting, hospitality, Internet posts, the love, respect,support and PRAYERS. You may not receive a formal thank you from us but know that it was appreciated beyond words!
Now, time for an update.... John has PT 2 hours a day 3 days a week and continues to improve everyday. The chronic swelling is ongoing but under control for the moment, we have also weathered his first blister on his "bad" foot caused by the carbon fiber brace that never really lived up to John's expectation so a different hopefully better designed brace has been ordered. I'm optimistic it will be what he's been looking for. His stamina is also improving but he still gets tired by afternoon especially on PT days.. John's passion for golf is being satisfied by playing 9holes once a week, using a cart of course and his game too is improving. Our home has proved to be a challenge but not an obstacle as he navigates the stairs and our irregular yardscape really well. I must admit, we have "moments" but they are fewer and further between.
Sunday and today are both very special days for us. Sunday, dear dear friends served up an early "Thanksgiving Feast" to honor John's survival. It was a wonderful evening celebrating friendship and giving thanks for being together again. Today, we wish our good friend and daily cheerleader Supervisor Don Knabe's a very happy "Big" birthday, John will have have the honor of introducing him at his annual Octoberfest birthday party.
Lastly, we send our love and support to all our fellow survivors , not a day goes bye that we don't think of you all. We pray for your continued healing , mentally and physically.
Finally, you may have noticed my posts have been infrequent as our life returns to it's pre April 15th pace but I will continue to post periodically when we have some wonderful and important news to share. You have no idea how important your encouragement was to John's recovery. We will truly miss you all!!! Xoxo K Go Dodgers Go Sox
Sunday, September 22
Written Sep 22, 2013 11:38pmDay 16, our new real life. Wow, we have the most amazing,generous, giving neighbors anywhere! I've mentioned many times before that I can't thank all the people who have given so much to our recovery which includes all the cards, gifts, our neighbors who watched over our house, washed our cars, brought in the mail, chased away the media, provided constant support physically and emotionally, had food in the fridge, the American flags waving and welcome signs on the lawn. You have NO idea how much it meant to us. Today we were given the opportunity to thank some of them in person at a Welcome Home party for the neighborhood at Kevin and Cindy's lovely home, UNBELIEVABLE. John has been struggling with nausea and swelling and God bless him we will get through this. Things are truly getting back to a more normal pace but I would be remiss if I didn't mention the Murray Golf tournament, John's Ceremonial tee shot, 200 yards, amazing. We played 18 holes and our score was respectable. We had the opportunity yesterday to share in dear friends Tom and Maureen's 50th anniversary, what a joyous occasion. The new week brings more therapy, work and continued return to normal. Lastly, congrats to son Donny's 8th round depature from the World Long Drive Championship after defeating former 2 time World Champ, then racing home to capture his club long drive title with a new club record and then son in law, Matt with a fabulous save, to secure a must win, win to stay in the MLS playoff hunt. Wishing all of you a fabulous more normal week. Love to all our family and friends, East and West Coast, we wouldn't be here without you all. Xoxo K