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Thomas Joseph’s Story

Welcome to Joseph's Caring Bridge site.We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most.

Thomas Joseph Stanton II was born and raised in Kingwood, Texas.  He is 20 years old and attended Foster Elementary, Riverwood Middle School and Kingwood Park High School.  He played almost every club sport in Kingwood but focused his high school career on football and swimming.  He played football at KPHS for 2 years and was looking forward to playing on varsity his junior year before his accident.  He began swimming year-round when he was only 4 years old and competed for Blue Tide Aquatics for 11 years and the last year before his accident for Eagle Swimming Association.  He helped lead KPHS to two consecutive state swimming championships. In 2010 he was the 2010 4A  100-yard Freestyle State Champion, state record-holder and anchor in 2 relays and earned All-American honors in numerous events.  Joseph also has 3 sisters, Madeleine (27), Audrea (23), and Gabrielle (18).

On June 3rd, 2010 the first day of summer break, Joseph suffered a severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) after falling off his skateboard just a few short blocks from his home in Kingwood.   He simply fell from his 6’1” stature to the ground and sustained a massive head injury because he was not wearing a helmet.  He was taken by ambulance to Memorial Herman Hospital where the doctors said there was simply nothing they could do for him as his entire brain was swollen.  At 4 AM on June 4th his priest came to the hospital, prayed over him, anointed him and within the hour a new doctor appeared at his bedside saying he was going to operate.  It just so happened that the doctor’s name was Dr. Shepard and the family believes that the LORD brought His Good Shepherd to save Joseph’s life.  The next 2 people to appear at Joseph’s bedside to care for him in his room were Moses and Emanuel (his first AND last name were Emanuel which means ‘God is with you”!!!).  Without a doubt, the LORD made sure all knew HE was the One who brought the miracle!

Dr. Shepard removed a very large portion of Joseph’s skull and placed him on a ventilator but Joseph was in a coma and very unstable for about 3 weeks spiking very high intracranial pressures causing more brain damage.  One intracranial pressure reached 85 causing a huge brain bleed and Joseph almost lost his battle.  He endured subsequent horrific “brain storms” which is somewhat similar to seizures but much, much more severe causing very high heart rates, blood pressures and temperatures.  Eventually, the pressures in Joseph’s brain began to stabilize and he started to wean from the ventilator.  After 6 weeks in the Neuro-Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Herman Memorial Hospital, Joseph was transferred to a long term acute care facility that specializes in neuro-rehab in The Woodlands, Nexus Specialty Hospital, where he stayed for just over four months.  Just before Christmas Joseph was then transported to The Institute of Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) in the Houston Medical Center. TIRR is known to be a place where God likes to show off…..to show man Who is sovereign……a place where the Great Physician is known to show His handiwork.  Joseph participated in the Minimally Responsive Program which only guarantees a 14 day stay unless progress is shown but Joseph being the incredibly competitive kid he is managed to qualify for almost 6 total months. He received expert physical, occupational and speech therapy tailored to a brain injured patient. They also taught his family how to care for him by themselves and he made the transition back home after being in 4 different hospitals for a solid year in June of 2011.  He has worked extremely hard for the past 3 years at home with the help of great physical, occupational and speech therapists in addition to his team of nurses, caregivers, and some amazing volunteer "therapy angels" trying to regain some independence. If you've followed Joseph's story from the beginning you've been privileged to witness many, many miracles of God. The Stanton family has great hope that one day the LORD will fully and completely restore Joseph and make him a mighty warrior for Christ for the rest of his life.  They give you many, many thanks for all your love, prayers and support over the past 4+ years.

Latest Journal Update

NOT a Good Day!

I have had one HORRIFIC DAY but I'm so thankful I opened a devotional that I just started receiving from Max Lucado. I wanted to share it with you:

What can you do? When the challenge is greater than you are. When you feel helpless and impotent. Where can you turn? In Luke 11:10 Jesus says, “Everyone who seeks me, finds me. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” Intercessory prayer at its purest is your acknowledgement:

“I can’t heal them, but, God, you can.”
“I can’t forgive them, but, God, you can.”
“I can’t help them, but, God, you can.”

Before you say amen. . .this simple prayer gets God’s attention: “Father you are good. They need help. I can’t, but you can!” He never sleeps. He is never irritated. When you knock, he responds quickly and fairly!

After the day I've had He truly is my only hope! First of all we got Joseph to TIRR last night for the sleep study. I was excited for him to be able to have the benefit of a different type of percussion therapy for his lungs. It's called Metaneb and it's completely non-invasive and does an excellent job what I didn't consider is that it was going to do TOO good of a job. Long story short while Joseph didn't have a great night sleep he didn't do too poorly either which won't give the doctors an accurate picture of his norm because it improved his respiratory status. The only thing we can do is PRAY fervently that the doctors will determine that Joseph will benefit greatly from the use of a CPAP machine and that it will help our plea to receive continued nursing care for Joseph.

The biggest blow of the day came when our fantastic night nurse told me she was offered a job at Memorial Hermann and accepted it only giving us a 2 week notice. Megan gave us a 2 month notice, it's now been 2-1/2 month notice and our nursing agency STILL hasn't found a nurse for us!!!  I've tried to hold myself together since getting the news but it's been impossible. Dayna covers 4 of our 7 nights/week and does an outstanding job. Please, please, please if you know an excellent LVN or RN who would be interested please have them e-mail me at dragonlady629@gmail.com ASAP. It takes MONTHS to train someone so we need them immediately. I am going to start my favorite Novena tonight, the Mother Thrice Admirable and Queen of Schoenstatt. For our non-Catholic friends a Novena is a novena is a series of prayers that are said for nine straight days, usually as a prayer of petition but sometimes as a prayer of thanksgiving. The nine days recall the nine days that the Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary spent in prayer between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost Sunday.  I will give thanks for all the MANY blessings in our lives but I will be ASKING for some major blessings too. The Mother Thrice Admirable is my favorite because the forward begins: "You have a great problem and have decided, therefore, to take refuge in the Mother Thrice Admirable and Queen of Schoensatt through a Novena." Day 7 of the Novena has beautiful closing words too. It talks about the first recorded miracle where Jesus and Mary were attending a wedding and Mary comes to Him and says says, "They have no wine." It goes on to close with "If Christ at Mary's request, Jesus changed water into wine, in order to help the newlyweds in their predicament, will He then not listen to Mary, when she pleads for you, since your need is much greater?" I LOVE THAT! Mary's intercessions on our behalf have been answered in mighty ways. We need TWO big miracles (a NURSE IMMEDIATELY and CONTINUED nursing hours). 

In closing I'd like to ask for prayers for my aunt Lena as it appears she is also in her final days just like my uncle was a week ago and another family member is having a very difficult time with a child that REALLY needs our prayers.  

Giving thanks every day for the blessing that YOU are in our lives,



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Jim Power
By J. Power Family
Praying for that gift of God in the form of a new nurse to arrive swiftly. Praying for your strength and for progress for Joseph in his ability to communicate.
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Robin Wagar
By Robin and Bob Wagar, Naples, Fl
Praying that you will qualify for the CPAP machine to help Joseph with his sleep and also praying for your Aunt Lena that her passing will be painless and peaceful.
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Ginger and Byron Bertrand
By Ginger Bertrand
Terri, hang in there!
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Gail Doyle
By Gail Doyle
Praying for Joseph to feel better, and you find
someone real soon. Praying for your Aunt and
other family member to find peace.
Keep us informed how all is going God be with you and bless you
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Barbara Whipple
By Praise God
Not sure if the two ladies I know who are looking for a job change could be convinced to come up there but will talk to them tomorrow they work for a Dr I have left because of the way she treats her staff and they are looking for a ne job they have been there three years and no raises and verbal abuse praying but it's a long shot
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