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Miracles for Meg

Monday, August 06, 2012


Patients Montana Reinschmidt (L) and Meg Throckmorton take a break from therapy
July 31 at 7:50pm


Update for Meg Throckmorton
8/4/12

So many major things have happened since our last update that I am not sure where to begin. On Monday, the external DPS wires were cut from Meg's body. These are the wires that ran from the diaphragmatic pacer (DPS) control box (outside of her body) to the electrodes on Meg's diaphragm. Even though the wires were small, this was a huge accomplishment for Meg. The DPS wires were the last remaining medical device attached to her. She is free to do whatever her heart desires with no attachments or restrictions. Meg is also the first patient at Shepherd to have the external DPS wires removed. Being that they had "technically" never cut the wires before, Meg asked the pulmonologist, "Dr Z, did you consult with someone about how to cut the wires?" He said, "Yes, I did actually." She said," I figured you would because you are a great doctor like that." The nurse brought him wire cutters which were really wire strippers. They ended up being able to clip them with cuticle scissors, that's how fine these wires were!
On Tuesday, Meg stood for the first with no assistance: no handrail, no therapists, no Zero-G, no wheelchair, and no mom or dad, JUST MEG! Although she took no actual steps, this was giant step forward in Meg's recovery. She did it all by herself! Although she is still a long way off in functional daily walking as you and I know it, she knows that she can do it.
On Thursday, Meg walked (assisted by a therapist) up & down a flight of 12 stairs. She also walked (assisted) up & down a long ramp and outside in the grass. It was something to see. We also went to the Atlanta airport to do a dry run for our trip home. Shepherd has a program with Delta Airlines to get people in wheelchairs and their families confident to fly. It went off without a hitch. While leaving terminal, Meg wanted to see if she could ride the escalator to the baggage claim area. This was not a normal escalator. It was extremely long. She stood up from her wheelchair, took a few steps on to the escalator, rode it to the top and then stepped off. Of course, this was all assisted with Dad's arm around her waist, Mom standing behind just in case, and the recreational therapist in front coaching her on how to step off, etc. But, we were so excited. It was if Meg had just walked off of a ride at Disney World. Everyone thought we were crazy, with the therapists and parents cheering when she stepped off. Dad was a little too excited, and started walking at his normal "fast" pace dragging Meg behind him. Meg was saying, "Dad, Dad, I can't walk that fast, slow down!" An airport employee walked over and asked us if she had a wheelchair somewhere. We said, "Yep, it's coming up the elevator right now." He looked like he might call security on us!
Friday, Meg went on her last outing with her co-patients and therapists. Her PT had her walk across to the van, and step up on it, sit on a bench in the front of the bus until her chair was placed on the bus. This was good practice for getting on the van from the hotel to go to the airport. Meg also got out of the car and into her chair without Mom's assistance on Friday night when they were out. She needs a little boost getting in however!! Mom's car is too far off the ground, and the chair too low!
Last, but certainly not least, Meg is coming next Thursday! She will graduate from Shepherd's in-patient program on Wednesday and fly home on Thursday. We came to the Shepherd Center with Meg not moving a muscle from the neck down, the ventilator, the tracheal tube, the feeding tube, the diaphragmatic pacer (DPS) and let's not forget the neck halo. We leave here with just Meg! Even though it will be quite some time before our lives get back to normal, we could not be more thankful for all that has transpired here at Shepherd. It is simply a miraculous place.

Sincerest Thank You to Sam Renzella...Sam is a respiratory therapist at WVU hospital. He is one of two respiratory therapists at WVU that Meg developed a special bond, the other therapist being Bruce Shelton. Sam came to visit Meg a few times this week. Meg was so thrilled to see him. He surprised her with flowers when she took a break from the treadmill. She really had to do a double take! She could not believe he was there. It was a really nice for reunion for Sam and Meg, as the last time they saw each other she was being placed into an ambulance on her way to the airport for medical transport. It was quite emotional for all of us. Sam also brought lunch and apple pie on his last day there which was really thoughtful, and we all had a great visit. Meg looks forward to visiting at the WVU PICU when she is home.


Dolly Goodwin Throckmorton
8/6/2012 about 12:30 am

Meg's countdown to home official :) at Shepherd Center.


The bottom of this sign says 3 - 2 - HOME
Not sure why it was cut off. Sorry...
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DAWNFIRE72 8/10/2012 10:49PM

    What a fantastic story. I'm so glad that Meg is making such a miraculous recovery. I wish her well on her continued journey to a full recovery.

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SAFETYSUE 8/10/2012 12:59AM

    ........GO MEG........
There are no words discriptive enough to express the incredible journey Meg and her family have been through! I have had them in my prayers and couldn't be more excited she is leave all that medical devises behind her! I will continue to keep you in my heart and in my prayers. These are the reasons Medical Professionals continue to do the work they do! They are like family and i am sure will miss you too!

Hugs N Prayers


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RAINBOWMF 8/10/2012 12:39AM

    emoticon this is wonderful.

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SAFETYSUE 8/9/2012 10:38PM

    ........GO MEG........
There are no words discriptive enough to express the incredible journey Meg and her family have been through! I have had them in my prayers and couldn't be more excited she is leave all that medical devises behind her! I will continue to keep you in my heart and in my prayers. These are the reasons Medical Professionals continue to do the work they do! They are like family and i am sure will miss you too!

Hugs N Prayers


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SAFETYSUE 8/9/2012 10:38PM

    ........GO MEG........
There are no words discriptive enough to express the incredible journey Meg and her family have been through! I have had them in my prayers and couldn't be more excited she is leave all that medical devises behind her! I will continue to keep you in my heart and in my prayers. These are the reasons Medical Professionals continue to do the work they do! They are like family and i am sure will miss you too!

Hugs N Prayers


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SAFETYSUE 8/9/2012 10:37PM

    ........GO MEG........
There are no words discriptive enough to express the incredible journey Meg and her family have been through! I have had them in my prayers and couldn't be more excited she is leave all that medical devises behind her! I will continue to keep you in my heart and in my prayers. These are the reasons Medical Professionals continue to do the work they do! They are like family and i am sure will miss you too!

Hugs N Prayers


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RUFREE4T 8/7/2012 5:40PM

    What a miricle God has done. Meg has to be a very strong and positive young woman to get to this point. Now the sky is the limit.

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JANIEWWJD 8/7/2012 12:06AM

    This is such wonderful news. God bless this brave, brave young lady.
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DEE107 8/6/2012 9:46PM

    that is great and will continue to pray woo hoo

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I.M.MAGIC 8/6/2012 8:41PM

    emoticon I KNOW everyone is excited for Meg and her family! FANTASTIC!
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SLIMLILA 8/6/2012 5:26PM

    Isn't it awesome how God has answered all the prayers and brought this girl as far as he has.... What a miracle and a testimony to those around here.....Thank your sharing this journey with us all.... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PMFISH 8/6/2012 4:31PM

    emoticon emoticon So happy to hear Meg is free from the wires and able to go home to finish her journey back to a more normal life. Very courageous young lady! God is good!

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NELLIEC 8/6/2012 4:09PM

    That is fantastic!

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ANHELIC 8/6/2012 3:57PM

    Our God is an awesome God. I know He was in control of Meg's recovery. I will be continuing to pray for Meg that she will be home soon and completely healed. She has come such a long way until now and is a real courageous young lady. I see God blessing her daily. thank you for the update. You too need my prayers to be able to help Meg deal with all this. God bless you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KNITTABLES 8/6/2012 3:11PM

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_LINDA 8/6/2012 1:50PM

    Wow! That is just so amazing and awesome, words really can't do it justice!! I am so happy to hear Meg is free of all medical devices and will be able to go home under her own power.
This is truly great!!
All the best to Meg!
All the best to you, dearest Helen, as you begin a difficult journey.
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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/6/2012 12:30PM

    She is truly a miracle!!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/6/2012 9:01AM

    Tears of joy . . . . just plain tears of joy.

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HDHAWK 8/6/2012 8:56AM

    What an amazing story! Meg will continue to improve, of that i have no doubt. Thanks for sharing the update.

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MSLZZY 8/6/2012 8:08AM

    emoticon emoticon God has kept a loving
arm around all of you!

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CLWALDRO 8/6/2012 6:17AM

    God is good and answers prayers. I know Meg will continue to improve and grow as she returns home.
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GEORGIAGIRL26 8/6/2012 6:17AM

    I am so glad that Meg is doing much better.
And that she will be going home soon.
Have a terrific day my friend! Holly emoticon

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123ELAINE456 8/6/2012 5:45AM

  AWESOME NEWS!!! Im very happy for you Meg. You have done GREAT!!! WELL DONE!!! God Bless You, your Family and Everyone Else. Have A Wonderful Week.

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NEW-CAZ 8/6/2012 5:24AM

    Meg's making remarkable progress, she's a plucky girl for sure.
Prayers, positive vibes and hugs
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GHOSTFLAMES 8/6/2012 4:21AM

    THAT IS WONDERFUL PRAYER CONTINUE FOR A FULL RECOVERY.

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SUSIEPH1 8/6/2012 4:16AM

    So Happy Meg is doing so well .. Much love to all Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MRE1956 8/6/2012 3:58AM

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JILL313 8/6/2012 3:39AM

    How did Meg get injured? Was she the one that had a gymnastic, dance, or soccer injury? I've read about her before but my memory doesn't serve me too well. She sure has made a lot of progress--I'm really so happy for her and her family.

Hugs,

Jill

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QUILTINGB52 8/6/2012 3:25AM

    I have tears of pure Joy for Meg!!!!!!!!!

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WHERERMY62KEYS 8/6/2012 3:19AM

  Well done Meg emoticon emoticon

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WOWEETOO 8/6/2012 3:16AM

    oh boy oh boy oh boy
YOWZIAS FOR SURE
THE LADY MARY posseing through on the ever faithful camel clyde!!!!
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