October 22, 2020
From Leila in Florida
It seems a little self-serving that our latest news of Carter's recovery is that it garnered a major spread in the Palm Beach Post. Yet, it seems appropriate to share as it covers the story behind why this Caring Bridge started in the first place.
Reporter Joe Carpozzi authored an in depth, 19-chapter-(they're short!)-with-epilogue article spread over seven pages sprinkled with numerous photos in the Accent portion of the October 18th Sunday edition. Most of the story our family knew from early on but some of the details were new to us. It was and still is not an easy read.
Since the accident, many of you have asked how? What? Why? Who? We can't blame you yet, we were told not to share certain details as long as the investigation remained open. Also, this Caring Bridge site has always been a space to share news about Carter's recovery and not about the specifics of the accident.
The answers are now yours due to the release of the FWC's investigation report and Joe's detailed and carefully crafted article.
Before you click the link below for the online edition of Joe's article, here's a brief update since the last post.
Chuck has been back and forth between Florida and Colorado to check in on Carter. It seems Carter requires little help which gives Chuck time to attend to his ongoing dental work (his NEW permanent crown fell off!) and continue therapy sessions. Longterm care giving has taken its toll.
I took a week off from teaching and am spending the week in Florida. Since my last visit in July, Carter has
- Gained muscle and body mass
- Works 3 days a week at Loggerhead Marine Center
- Swims a half mile at least once a week
- Was fitted for a myoelectric prosthetic
- Fishes with friends as much as he can
- Got a new, bigger fish tank since the other one was leaking
- Enjoys collecting Pokemon cards (YES they are valuable!) with brother Levi
- Tends to his healthy and--I must admit--quite cute, skink named Ennio.
Chuck's three sisters (Aunt Judy, Aunt Jan and Aunt Karen) made the trek from California and Idaho to West Palm Beach for a short weekend. They treated us to delicious evening meals from our favorite local restaurants. The weather treated all of us with perfect afternoon windows of time at the beach.
Here's the link to post titled: Hit by a boat in the ocean, he watched his arm fall off. Now Carter Viss tells his tale of survival.
Thank you as you continue this trek with us.
All the best to you and yours during this ongoing pandemic season,
Take care and take courage,
Leila, Chuck and family