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Hi Everyone, Just wanted to let you know that my son, Christopher Pierson had a skiing accident on Sunday, March 18th. He was airlifted to St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem, Pa where he underwent about 7 hours of surgery. He wound up with a rod in his back with 6 of this thoracic vertebrae screwed to it, to straighten his spine. After 3 days in intensive care, Chris was transferred to Kessler Rehab for spinal cord injury in West Orange, NJ. Chris is starting his recovery. So far, his head, neck, shoulders, arms, and upper body are OK. He is regaining feeling in his legs and feet. At this point he is not able to move anything below his waist, but we are optimistic about his future. He will have 3 hours of intensive physical and occupational therapy every day. He loves to text his friends and talk to them on his cell phone, so please feel free to call him. He is still the same old Chris, joking with the doctors and therapists. He was really tired after his first day of therapy, so please call or text him or John and I before you come to visit to see if he is up to it that day. Please keep us all in your prayers! Thank you! Linda
Chris is at Kessler in West Orange, NJ. Luckily for us it is a little over 30 min. from home. It is a nationally recognized spinal cord rehab facility and we got the doctor of the year for our doctor! Chris has completed 3 days of therapy....it tires him out. He is working on sitting up and maintaining his blood pressure. He sat up today so we are happy! When he can tolerate sitting for longer periods of time, they will stand him up so he is bearing weight on his legs. They have harnesses to help support him as he stands. The patients get Sundays off from therapy, so that is a good day for visitors. He had 20 visitors yesterday! We are so thankful for all of the cards and thoughts and prayers. Chris is more than happy to get texts from his friends, and I am happy to talk to people too. Linda
Monday-Chris had three full meals and then ate more at 4am. This is the first time he has had more than a single full meal. Also, he slept through the night for the first time on Monday night, and is drinking water by the cup instead of by the sip. The low blood pressure won't be resolved unless he stays hydrated.