All the Sun For You

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He’s Home!


Sammy went home yesterday!  After 4.5 weeks of a coma, then “emerging,” and then in-patient therapy here in DSM, he went home.

It wasn’t supposed to be like this.  I heard doctors tell us not to get our hopes up, not to expect rapid recovery, to keep expectations low.

When this all happened, the doctors told Uncle D that Sam would be in a coma anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months.  I saw Uncle D yesterday as we loaded his car with all of Sam’s things, and he said, “can you believe this?  It’s like a movie ending.  Not even 5 weeks ago I was told that my son would probably need 8 weeks to wake up, and right now, he’s being discharged.  I thought to myself back then, ‘I can wait 60 days to see my son’s eyes again,’ but here we are.  And when this all happened, I was told to not hope for much, and all I hoped for was for my son to be able to communicate with me again, in some way, even if it was minimal for the rest of his life.”


As Hottie and I walked back to our car, I cried.  I cried because as hopeful as I was (I NEVER thought for a minute that Sammy wouldn’t fully recover), I did not expect to be sending him home so soon.  I was ready for 8 weeks of “sleeping.”  I was ready for lots of in-patient therapy (we were told “months”).  I was ready for a very long road.  I wasn’t ready for such a quick turn-around, and neither were his therapists.  As we said our goodbyes in Sam’s room, I asked one of his therapists, “is this normal?”  She said no.  She said that everyone is stunned by how quickly he recovered and that, “his young age is on his side.”

Sam truly is… amazing!  He defied every single odd when it came to coming down with FES in the first place, and he defied all the odds in his lightning-fast recovery.  My cousin posted on FB, “Can everyone please say, ‘BEST CASE SCENARIO?'”  But this is better than the best case scenario.  Although there is work to be done to get all of Sam’s functions “back to normal,” the  best case scenario told us months before we’d see much improvement at all, and that the road would be very long.  All things considered, the road has been quite short so far, and the road ahead will be much more pleasant than we were told it would be.

My Marathons for Sammy is complete – he’s home!  I am finishing out this week and I owe him 0.3 miles to complete 4 marathons for him (why I didn’t finish those this morning… ugh!  I had no idea!).  I ran 104.8 miles in the time it took him to recover.  I’m so glad he cut this challenge short for me  🙂



Author: Courtney

Hi, there, I’m Courtney. I never planned to stay home with my kids, but I got sucked into motherhood when my first baby came into our lives after years of infertility and multiple rounds of IVF. His brother followed closely behind, something we didn’t plan on after having such a rough road with achieving parenthood the first time around. My boys are IVF cycle twins, conceived on the same day but born two years and one day apart (they were both transferred on the same day in October, but with two years between them). My boys are the best of friends and my husband is a terrific husband, father, and most importantly… friend. He fully supported my desire to stay home (“I just wanted it to be your idea and not mine, I totally want you to stay home and raise our kids!”) and encourages me in everything I do. I am a lover of projects, spreadsheets, fitness, healthy cooking and eating, crafts, selling my stuff on FB (HA!), and the outdoors. If I’m active, I’m pretty darn happy!

7 thoughts on “He’s Home!

  1. This is SUCH awesome news. So happy for your entire family!

  2. Wonderful news!! It just goes to show that doctor’s don’t know everything and some people will always amaze! I’m so happy your Sam is one of the ones who overcame all odds and is going home! 🙂

  3. Fantastic news. Congratulations to Sam and all your family. So great to hear some good news!

  4. So amazing, so happy for your family!

  5. This is fantastic news!!! Sounds a lot like a lady I worked with whose daughter had a stroke when she was 16. She went to Madonna Rehabilitation and everyone was amazed how quickly she recovered. The younger you are, the more resilient someone tends to me. I’m so glad he had that fight in him to keep pushing on!!

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  7. Bloody fantastic! What a super star!

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