April 29, 2011

Walker's Art at the Preston Hollow Bazaar

Help Charlie Heal has been invited to be a vendor at the Spring Bazaar at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas this Saturday, April 30.  Come by to purchase Walker's art cards and original art canvases and check out the other vendors there as well.  The Spring Bazaar is open to the public from 10 am - 3 pm and features unique gifts, gourmet foods, fine artists and crafters and all sorts of other wonderful stuff.   If you can't make it to the Bazaar, you can always purchase a set of Walker's cards HERE.

Hope to see you tomorrow!
April 30, 2011
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church
9800 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas

Thanks to all who attended the Bazaar and supported Help Charlie Heal and the Mi Escuelita Pre-Scool.  I think overall, it was a great fundraiser.  Here are some photos of the booth and the sweet Mi Escuelita pre-schoolers selling lemonade. 

April 20, 2011

Physical Therapy Update

Charlie has now been off of the Phenobarbital for two months, which means that full brain activity has been restored and his physical therapies have been, therefore, more successful!  We are so excited to report that as of April 15th, Charlie is rolling over from his back to his stomach.  This is an enormous step forward for Charlie and brings him closer to sitting and eventually crawling.  His left arm is still weak and uncoordinated, but we continue to see him navigate this frustrating obstacle with determination. 

Also, Charlie has been wearing his hand splint, which has been helpful in loosening the musculature of his left hand.  Charlie wears the splint periodically throughout his day and this trains the hand to remain open.  It seems to be working because he has more ease and fluidity with his left hand than ever before.  Keep up the good work Charlie!

April 4, 2011

Eight Month Check-In

Charlie is eight months old today!  The most recent news is that Charlie has been off of the Phenobarbital for over four weeks with out a seizure incident.  Yay Charlie!  The Phenobarbital, a barbiturate, has made its way out of his system allowing Charlie's personality to reveal itself in even more ways.  He is smiling more, laughing more, engaging more, exploring vocal sound more and is generally very happy to be drug free.  In the same way that his personality is blooming, his drug free brain is also revealing more of what he cannot do.  Charlie's family is able to see new and more exagerated physical habits related to Charlie's stroke.  The good thing about Charlie developing in this way is that his physical therapy sessions can be more targeted and in the end, more successful in helping him create new neuro-pathways for movement and communication.  In general, Charlie is doing very well!  Thank you to everyone who continues to support the Greenman Family through Help Charlie Heal (and in other ways).  You are playing a strong and direct role in his ability to get the care he needs during this crucial time of growth and brain development.  Thank you!

April 1, 2011

Preparing for Craniofacial Surgery

Charlie had a good meeting with Dr. Fearon, his craniofacial surgeon, yesterday at Medical City in Dallas.  Charlie's Family is in the process of preparing for Charlie's surgery in late July to separate his fused skull plates.  As part of this preparation, Dr. Fearon recommended weekly injections of Procrit during the month prior to surgery to beef up Charlie's red blood cells for clotting.  Dr. Fearon was happy to hear that Charlie is having success with his physical therapy and is on the path to surmounting the challenges of his stroke.  Thank you to Valerie (Greenman Family friend) for creating this lovely video for Help Charlie Heal.  And thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Heap Charlie Heal fund.  You are making it possible for the Greenman Family to bear this load and focus on Charlie's recovery and well being.