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  • New ways to check in on Dad...

    Written Oct 24, 2013 9:01pm

    Jen here...
    We have been fortunate enough as a family facing tradegy to be blessed by my dad's multiple communities, family and friends from near and far.  No amount of words would describe how thankful we are towards all of you out there.
    Although, I am not with my dad yet at Kessler, I am getrting updates on a daily basis from my mother and other family members who are able to be with him in New Jersy.  I consider these updates tiny miracles as my dad has only been there for a little over a week.  It did not take long for him to jump right into the swing of things and start making these tremendously courageous goals for his treatment plan.  Thank goodness we have the help of great staff who have seen these type of cases over the years and have supported dad in a kind way but also gently tamed him to think on a smaller scale in order to strengthen his whole mind, body and spirit so that he can build his strength and hope to one day accomplish those bigger goals!
    This last week as been full of good news.  He has been fitted for his custom made wheel chair that will enable him to move around with a mobile ventilation and control it by his mouth until he can regain some feeling or movement in his hands.  He also has learned how to time his respirator and be able to speak when the air is going up and out of his throat.  This is an amazing sound to hear!  I hope soon we will be able to get video of him saying hello to all of you when he is fully comfortable with this new skill.  Some of you may have already received a phone call from him...which if you are anything like me and my family, we wept like babies just hearing him tell us he loves us!  Something we weren't sure we would ever hear again.  The latest and greatest thing this week, is that he has began to eat soft foods in very small doses.  Now, this didn't come easy to him.  He had to practice everyday for multiple times outside of OT and PT just to get his swallowing mechanism back.  In talking with him one day...I asked him if he had done his swallowing drills at least three times that day to ensure he could try food the next...and his response was..."Jennifer!  I did them 20 times!"  That's my dad for you.
    I am extremely grateful to Lynn Grasso for giving us a play-by-play account of her visit with my dad early last week.  You can find that journal entry on scudfries.org  It means so much to me to hear what his daily life is like currently and that in fact we did choose the right place for him to begin his new life in Rehab. 
    This will most likey be my last update here on Caring Bridge as we are strongly encouraging you friends and family,team mates and coworkers to adopt scudfries.org as your new place to find updates and all things SCUD.  I will continue to check in every now and then so I can read him your guestbook entries, but please let me encourage you to do the same on his website.  Also, please feel free to share his website with anyone you know.  Dad left us an incredible legacy...and it is far from over.  I firmly believe that even though he has done a lot for many comunities and touched the lives of many people out there...He has a bigger purpose in life now. He is not done! I plan on being part of it and I hope you will all join us in this new journey that my dad has ahead of him.  God has a plan for him.  He saved him on the mountain one month ago, and even though his body doesn't work the same way...his heart and soul, and personality and courage is all still there!  Growing stronger each day. 
    I hope to see your posts, and stories and any pictures you might have on his website.  I look forward to seeing many of you in the months ahead.  I wish you happiness and joy as the Holiday Season approaches us.
     God Bless,
    jen
    P.S.  If you haven't already...please check out scudfries.org
  • ScudFries.org

    Written Oct 23, 2013 11:15am

    Hi everyone, Martin here.

    As many of you have noticed we rolled out a major revamp of ScudFries.org. I want to let you know that all updates from now on will be made there. Please visit the site to leave messages to Scud and to read news and updates from Scud, his family, and friends.

    We also have an address where you can send Scud a card if you want:

    Mr. Scott Scudamore
    Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation
    1199 Pleasant Valley Way
    Room 2029-1
    West Orange, NJ 07052

    See you on Scud Fries!
  • Flight to New Jersey!!!

    Written Oct 15, 2013 10:12pm

    More photos to come...

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