Shannon is a wonderful and amazing 19 year old woman with the brightest future. On Monday, January 7th. 2013 at 6:35pm she was hit by a car while crossing the street. This terrible event occurred on her first day back from winter break at Quincy university where she just completed her first semester of college. The impact caused Shannon to obtain a severe head injury which has put her into an extremely critical condition. She has been unresponsive since the event and her injury is so bad that we were informed that an injury like this is not recoverable in any way, but she is young and strong and has a strong faith which will prove them wrong.
I can't believe another month has passed. The first thing is to say Happy Thanksgiving to all and I hope family time is something everyone was able to enjoy. Our family is thankful for all of our friends and family and well wishers. We are especially thankful for the recovery that Shannon has made so far. None of this could of been possible without the prayer, support and positive thoughts over these past 10 months. The latest update is that Shannon had her Peg tube taken out on Halloween. She is now tube free. Our trip to Quincy was great. Shannon was able to see her friends and even go on the stage. She is still an actress. We were able to stop by Blessing hospital and see some of the great professionals who helped her in her first month of this tragedy. We took a break from therapy for about a month while were were awaiting insurance. We have started back and Shannon is doing great. She loves to argue and say darn it when the therapist push. We even got her to use her right hand a little. Our plan is to continue with therapy twice a week as long as we can. We just need to keep working on insurance issues and ways to get it covered. Grandma is helping out, by watching Shannon as we have gone back to work. I guess for the new year I will try to let someone else help us out. December will bring another Botox injection towards the end of the month. Hopefully this will even help more with her hand. For now we are still trying to get out as much as we can and try to keep Shannon involved. Today I even got her to help clean the toilet. In regards to Shannon and her communication, it is still a struggle. She understands more than she can get out. SOmetimes she knows who we are, other time she does not. She has musch difficulty in pointing to her nose, ear head or other body parts. If you as simple personal questions in yes or no fashion she gets about 70% right. We are working on now trying to incorporate more things into her therapy like wrting and trying to match picture with word. Those of you that know Shannon will be happy to hear she still yells when she gets upset. Another accomplishment is that she can undress and dress herself for the most part. Pants may go on backwards but she does it. I will update again in about a month, but in case we don't update before the holidays. May all of you have a blessed, safe and joyous holiday season. From the Peters family.