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We are grateful for the outpouring of support we have received. No hardware in the body other than the rods in the neck. The only thing that might give us trouble is they are looking for a C5 injury. We would plan to go for the surgery as soon as Archer graduates in June. If selected, it would mean the potential for him to regain his triceps, so he would have the muscle in the back of his arm to move his elbow, which would make Archer very very happy. And, it’s as if a door opened that we hadn’t anticipated at least at this moment. So many people from around the world have been healed, Christians and non-Christians. There is a sense of self in unity with God and with God through others. And a great deal of laughter and conversation and quiet prayer. I smiled over the phone lines, Oh you know all the usual stuff that prevented Archer from going. And also being in close proximity to the School of Engineering was very important. I took him after a snowstorm in March and there were a few streets that were difficult to cross given UPenn are in the middle of Philadelphia. We are in the beginning of seeing the fruits of a beginning collaboration at UPenn.
Click Here for more info about how the donations are processed to help Archer. But you’ve got to get your son the hell out of there. She confirmed what I felt, what I knew but did not know. Archer as you know is very “high injury” as they say, meaning high on the C spine, a/k/a not good, as a C2-C5 burst, but technically he is a C5 as that is where they placed his rods after they reconstructed his neck from the donor (thank you again, dear donor, you donated your hip bone and Archer is the beneficiary). It could also mean a restoration of the sensation in his arms below the elbow to his wrists, which could mean he might be able to grasp items between his two wrists because he could feel them rather than just meet such items now with stiff extension arms and droopy hands. Bruno Lanteri, please intercede for us as we ask for mercy. So, you might be assuming that Archer is going with me. Well, that woman came in with her son like a drill sergeant. We didn’t want to be demanding nor did I want a situation where we were adding things. We really did explore a number of dorms, but either facilities or disabilities had concerns or I had concerns. The curb cuts were still icy in some places but the most typical scenario was that the snow for walkers had been plowed and dumped in the curb cut, the only place someone in a wheelchair can go to get up onto a sidewalk. Can you believe it, already well into a new year and half way into year two for us on this journey with Archer and his quadriplegia. Last fall, Archer was admitted Early Decision into the School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania as part of the class of 2021. Stepping back to look at the big picture, it’s a big deal that he is even graduating from high school on time.
Right now, Archer is paralyzed from the top of the chest on down. Each upper school student who was also being inducted into Cum Laude Society, each wearing their kaki pants or skirts and their navy blue school blazers with the Mc Donogh seal, each was also donning another emblem, the small one-inch orange and black button with the words Archer Strong written across. Almost every student from the past year who was on stage as well as the current students receiving the prestigious and hard-earned academic honor, one by one, walked onto the stage with the Archer Strong button on the lapel of their blazer, boys and girls alike. They didn’t have to share it in that way, but they did. It didn’t take anything away; it made for greater celebration of each of them. Kernan was more honest in saying they didn’t do school, they did rehab. Remember about a week or so ago that news report about the experimental stem cell injections for a quadriplegic man? A friend sent me the email address I needed to try and reach the researchers. I gave them a brief overview of Archer’s condition and profile. This is what they were looking for: the perfect profile. There were many malades who had been recommended and they were each being interviewed and assessed that particular weekend at Mercy Hospital in Baltimore. When I arrived passing through the security and up onto the elevator, I slipped into a coatroom, hung up my coat, and stepped out into the hallway. He was brain damaged and partially paralyzed in his legs from a heart attack he had while running a marathon, now age 19, and medical help was not able to get to him for 15 minutes. His screaming, if you will, was the last memory I had as he was discharged and sent to another facility. I told her quickly the barriers and specifically what to demonstrate. He’s really amazing and thought long and hard about these things.
The Senfts believe in miracles and the power of your prayers. I loved each one of those dear young persons so very much in that moment. Shepherd assured me they had had other athletes graduate and that they would help transition him back to his school after he left there. Well, I emailed that doctor so fast since it looked as if Archer might be a good candidate based on the article. Remember last summer when we were angsting about when we could get that pace maker removed? Billy and I were at our house that Saturday in the middle of a meeting with a woman re college financial aid when I felt this really strong pull to go downtown to the Lourdes screening. Whom should I lay eyes on rolling through the entranceway but the boy/young man who had been Archer’s roommate when we first arrived at KKI in-patient. I recall his prognosis was that his speech and eyesight might slowly be restored and I felt hopeful for him. I could feel the unity like two schoolgirls hatching a good plan to do something together. Yes, he remains a top AP student, gifted in math and physics and yes, he had amazing scores on his SAT and yes, he also submitted an art portfolio of his digital work and yes, he’s been working tirelessly on school work with his “one finger” as he calls it, this metal stylus which we carefully attach every morning to a Velcro hand and wrist splint and then wrap both around his arm which he then powers, literally, by moving his bicep and shoulder.
Oh while I’m playing a little catch-up and we’re into Broadway, yes, Archer and Billy did go to see Stephen Colbert on his show a few weeks ago. Like figuring out PT and OT when the facility is a few miles away.
But it’s a lot, like finding at UPenn Medicine the 18-22 medical specialists who can be consulted when needed.
And re Archer moving to college, there is soooo much to do ahead of time and so many doors and emails that may never have been opened but for going and physically, sometimes if only a few minutes, but nevertheless establishing connections.
After working the lunch rush in the kitchen as the cook at the Beach Club of Cape May, Archer went down to jump in the ocean and cool off before returning to clean up and get ready for the next day. Luckily, Archer was surrounded by capable and caring lifeguards and friends, and he was quickly taken to Atlanticare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, NJ. And as for Archer, well, it’s an inspiring aspect of Archer I must say, his inner drive. I really never had a chance to write the education chapter, as it was always happening but there was just so much more happening medically. And then everything changed after week two in the ICU, and they told us we needed to find a long-term acute care facility, as Archer would never breathe or walk or move on his own. In the insurance scramble and the chaos, I had received a call from a stranger, now I see her as an angel, affiliated with an organization that had been following these very blogs. That led to beginning to look and consider other out of state alternatives. You know the rest of the story of the scramble of calls to the Chief doctor there at the Shepherd Center and the flight and the Blue Angels pilots and the crazy delay and well…we were on a flight to Shepherd in about 48 or so hours. Delight in the use, the ease, how often you need them all day long. Breathe in the goodness of your own use of arms and wrists. But back then it was also Archer’s not being able to tolerate being hand lifted out of his chair without great pain. And it’s not that it was every hostile or closed, it was just unusual for them to be collaborating in this way they said. And because Archer’s hands have no sensation nor do they have nerve endings to help move them, it’s nearly impossible to get gloves on him, so his hands can get very cold, and he doesn’t even know it. Well, the crazy thing about quadriplegia is that the brain doesn’t register the discomfort, and that is when Autonomic Dysreflexia sets in, so…. For those of you who might be thinking mittens, we tried them too, as they were definitely easier to thread on, but he was not able to maneuver the chair and the T-bar since he could not tell whether he was on the bar or not through the thickness of the knit. It just takes time and a lot of follow up and educating about a situation. By the way, happy late Passover, and late Easter and Happy Spring! We create energy fields for healing and hope and truth of what is possible. And I will take your prayer with me if you would like to Lourdes. Bruno said, We can never hope too much; the one who hopes for everything, obtains everything. He surprised us with his decision to apply Early Decision as he is interested, at least for now, in a specific program that is not offered many places: a dual degree in Engineering and Fine Arts/Film/Animation/Design.
We’ve created this page to keep friends and family updated. But in essence, Archer told me within weeks of the fateful dive while in the ICU, using our message board of letters since he could not talk because of the ventilator and oxygen and feeding tubes in his nose and mouth, that he wanted to graduate with his class. I mean, the ICU was telling us in the first days that Archer would be discharged and we should look for a rehab center where he would be rehabbed for 2-4 weeks and he would then come home. The education part of that is that as I had been looking at facilities in Baltimore, one of the top things on my list was Archer’s schooling. Hold the image of Archer having the use of his triceps and wrists and whisper your favorite prayer. Again, another real marker in his progress as Billy and a few other strong men lifted him last month when they took him on a Spring Break trip with his lacrosse team to North Carolina. It seems that all the many hours of physical therapy and time have helped with further healing and strengthening without a doubt. The chief doctor who had delivered to me the disappointing news about Archer and I were friends and I did understand the whys. And, we are always learning too, so the educating goes both ways. Oh, Archer has been asked to have an art show, more about that in a later entry. Here’s a pic of all of us together for Easter Sunday. I want to sign off with joy in my heart and asking you to please pray for our trip to Lourdes and for the young man I will accompany, and for Archer that he will be chosen as the right match for the stem cell therapy, and for other injured young adults and their families who have reached out to me in the last six months or so for assistance. And in the interim, advocate when necessary, pray always. Two other schools with the program, Cornell and MIT are too far north for Archer’s quadriplegia to tolerate as his particular injury doesn’t allow his body to acclimate easily to changes in temperature, especially cold temperatures, and ice and snow make it hard to get out in his powerchair where he can maneuever it and still be able to communiate if needed on an ipad/phone which he can access by voice but not if it’s cold and or raining/snowing.
All the entry ways on UPenn campus, embedded in the heart of Philadelphia city, are security locked, openned with a card swipe. Well, Archer was not daunted; it may have made him more determined actually but in his very pragmatic way, he is soooooo even tempered, he said he would look elsewhere for a program already combined and that is how he found UPenn.
And, I honestly believe that with technology and Archer’s countless hours put in on digital art these days, he will be close to free handing soon as he is on fire with his art designs. Sorry I am rambling, there is so much to tell you and I’m just wanting to hit some highlights.
For any of you who might have special prayer requests, please send them to me. Being website and click Interested in Learning More. From the time of tryouts to now he too has grown more and more and he is now, as an 8 grader, 6’ 1” feet tall! He said it was a like a long sports tournament but with a lot more diversity and that it was really fun. So, it’s as if we need a somebody in close proximity but who is invisible until Archer needs him or her. We are actively seeking night nurses, two full time nurses who can care for Archer.