Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your prayers and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. I have realized that I have asked people to pray for Milledge but haven’t really given the lowdown on exactly what happened and what we need you to pray for. I’m so sorry but I’ve been a little preoccupied for the last six weeks. 😳 So here goes..... Milledge was involved in a car accident in Augusta, GA on March 14, 2018. If you saw Milledge’s car you would not understand why he has a spinal injury. The wreck itself was not that bad, yet here we are recovering at one of the top five spinal hospitals in the country. Milledge basically suffered from a really bad case of whiplash. But because he has genetic stenosis(the narrowing of the spinal column)in his neck, when his neck hyperextended in the accident it caused a pinch in the spinal cord which in turn caused the spinal cord to shut down to protect itself and major organs. Milledge has been diagnosed with Central Cord Syndrome. I have not and will not Google this so if you do please don’t tell me what you find out! 😝 His injury is incomplete which means he did not break his neck and/or back and his spinal cord is not severed. So, what does all of this mean for Milledge and his recovery??? Good question! He actually has a very good prognosis because of the injury being incomplete. However when your spinal cord shuts down it effects every part of your body. They have told me that he will walk again and that he will pretty much be able to do everything that he did before the accident but they can’t tell me when or what those things might look like. With Central Cord Syndrome it is typically normal for the legs to come back first and strong. Arms and hands are last. The trunk and core are somewhere in the middle. Milledge seems to be following this path exactly. People have asked me if Milledge ever lost consciousness or suffered any form of a traumatic brain injury. The answer is thank God no! He has been aware since the moment his car came to a rest that he could not move and even though he suffered a nice bump on his forehead he doesn’t have a brain injury. He hasn’t forgotten anything including usernames and passwords to all accounts which has been very helpful to me! We are not sure exactly how long Milledge will be at The Shepherd Center. That all depends on Milledge and his body. I think the average stay is 6-8 weeks.....could be more or less. We feel beyond thankful to be recovering at this amazing place. It truly is everything you’ve ever heard about it. Thank you all so much for your prayers, concern, and unbelievable care for our family. We have never felt so broken yet so loved. I have told many people that I’ve always heard people say “we can feel your prayers” and I’ve never been able to say that or feel it until now. Y’all. I can literally feel myself being carried from one breath to the next and as I put one foot in front of the other. I wouldn’t wish this valley on anyone but to feel God and his people surrounding you and comforting you like we have is nothing short of amazing. I’m not sure how people who don’t have God, an amazing church family, and the best friends and family ever could get through something like this. Please continue to pray for Milledge’s recovery. This is a marathon not a sprint. There is so much that is affected by a spinal cord injury that you don’t even think about and I won’t go into here. Just pray for his complete healing. Also, pray for me and my children as we try to navigate life as a single parent family. You don’t realize how much someone helps you until they’re not here to help you. 😩 I will do my best to update this but I can’t promise it will be very often. Just breathing over here most days. I’m going to end with a scripture that God has continually placed in my path over and over the past six weeks to which I have now claimed for Milledge in Jesus name!
~And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. Romans 8:11