Friday, July 27, 2007

Friday, July 27








A lot has changed!




Matt has all of his sutures removed and is healing remarkably well. His next step is to get a temporary arm prosthesis which will not have an elbow. With it he hopes to learn to propel his manual wheelchair which will be a big step toward independence because of the portability of the smaller, lighter chair.




Matt's sister, Jessica, was able to visit with him for a few days and was able to accompany him and Tessa on Matt's first outing away from the hospital. The outing was made possible by Virginia Hemp who is coordinating the targeted nerve reinnervation project in which Matt hopes to partake.

And, Matt was discharged from the hospital yesterday and he and Tessa are now in temporary lodging at the Fisher House until their post housing becomes available in mid August!









The Fisher House is located next to the Center For the Intrepid (CFI) which is where Matt will be spending his days doing therapy.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dear Matt,

It was great to get the update with the good news of your healing and release from the hospital.

today's joke.
A brain walks into a var and takes a seat. "I'd like some wings and a pint of beer, please," he says.
"Sorrry, but I can't serve you," the bartender replies. "you're our of your head."

Another: What do you get when you cross a Mustang and an elephant?
A convertible with a big trunk.

Hope you hava a good day.

Jeanne Kobler

Anonymous said...

Congrats, Matt for the big step of being released from the hospital! You've worked hard to reach this point; keep up the great work.
Love you,
Becky

Anonymous said...

Matt and family,

Congrats on the big move! You are awesome. A positive step toward your recovery. Keep up the great work as you are already receiving HIS rewards.

Many people are sending their thoughts and prayers your way and to all the courageous men and women of the armed forces fighting for ALL freedoms!
**********GOD BLESS YOU***********

Anonymous said...

hey Matt--

great to hear you've made it out of the hospital. keep up the good work and stay on those therapists, especially the OTs! Been checking your website out everyday and thinking of you!

What would hurt more...?

Anna Lisa

Ann L. said...

Super news, Matt and Tessa. Enjoy your new digs and the fresh air! Keep us posted on your progress and we'll keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Love, Annie :) and Greg

Ann M. said...

How wonderful that you're out of the hospital, Matt! I hope you and Tessa will enjoy your new temporary home, and I'm glad it's not too long a wait for your post housing.

You continue to be in my prayers. Stay strong!

Love,
Ann M.

Uncle Jim said...

I hope all goes smoothly with the new location, and that the move to more permanent housing goes well also. Glad to hear Matt is getting out and about - that has to be encouraging. Good luck with all the next stages. Keep working hard and good things will come. Thinking of you all the time.
Love,
Uncle Jim

Lisa Blaes said...

Matt,

Congratulations on gettng released from the hospital. I love the picture of you and Jessica...there's nothing like that brother-sister bond. Please tell her she's doing a wonderful job on this website...I check in every day to see how you are.

You remain in my prayers as does Tessa and your girls. Your spirit is strong...I can see it in your eyes and smile.

"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies." (Mother Teresa)

As this next part of your journey begins know that my prayers and thoughts will be with you each step of the way.

Peace my friend,

Lisa Blaes
HTS

Anonymous said...

We are very glad to hear about the great news of Matt´s evolution. Be sue our thoughts and prayers are with you, hoping that you will be better and better each day.

Congratulations to the whole family,

Cortes, Manuel and Manuel Jr, (Spain)

Anonymous said...

Matt, we are praying for you and Tessa and the kids. Stay strong and keep working hard.

May the love of Christ be with you!

Don, Laura, Emily, Jack and Grace Fritschie

HTS
Lenexa, KS

Anonymous said...

Hey Matt congrats on making SSG you deserve it brother. Its been very busy here the last month or so with all the missions. I am glad to hear that you are out of the hospital. Its very impressive how well your doing man your an inspiration to all of us over here.

PFC Anderson

Anonymous said...

Matt,

Good to hear that you were released from the hospital and that you will be getting post housing soon. I know you will be glad to have your girls with you and Tessa. Keep up the good work and know that we are thinking of you daily.

Shawnna Osborne

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you are getting out of the hospital - what AMAZING progress!!!! Love keeping up with it on the blogsite (Thanks Jessica and family).
Keeping you in our thoughts-
Travis, Megan & Canon Smothers

ferdsmom said...

Matt & Tessa,
We are rooting for you 110%. You have many fans in your corner at HTS! We have been praying for you everyday. We wish you a healthy recovery.

Fondly,
Mike, Vicki, Winnie, Maggie and Liam Ryan

ferdsmom said...
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Vicki Ryan said...

Matt & Tessa,
We are rooting for you 110%. You have many fans in your corner at HTS! We have been praying for you everyday. We wish you a healthy recovery.

Fondly,
Mike, Vicki, Winnie, Maggie and Liam Ryan

Anonymous said...

we are thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers. love,the taylor family. ps we love you

Anonymous said...

Hi Sgt Lammers, We just enjoyed the BBQ dinner here at the Parish Center. It's a beautiful day as the recent heat wave has taken a day off and the turn out is huge!

Our thoughts and prayers are w/ you and your family. Your Dad is a special person, and while we have not met, I know from taking to people that he is very proud of you and loves you very much.

We hope the rehab is going well and we hope to meet you when you get a chance to get back to KC.

Matt, Teresa, and Sam Stromer

Anonymous said...

Dear Matt,

I am so proud of you and all you gave to us, your parish and your friends, and the American people. Thank You!

Nancy Elstun
Holy Trinity Parish Member

Anonymous said...

Dear Matt,
Hope evereything is gonig well at home! Great BBQ!

Anonymous

Anonymous said...

Matt,
hope your doing well. The BB-Q was great!We hope you can come home soon.

Bye.

Anonymous said...

Dear Matt & Tessa -
The website is awesome. It's so nice to read about your progress and recovery. We are Holy Trinity parishoners and our daughter is in the 5th grade. Your father is a wonderful person who is respected very much. You should see the turnout here for your benefit! So many people here at Holy Trinity are praying for you and your family, including us. May God's grace continue to shine down upon you and lift you up. You have the strength of millions behind you. Good luck and God Bless -
The Keach family

Anonymous said...

Dear Matt and Tessa,

Thank you for your courage on behalf of all of us. We have been praying for you all summer, and even before that! May you be blessed richly in every way that counts.

Anonymous said...

Matt,
Thank you for your service to our country and enormous personal sacrifice. You and your family look great in the video at tonight's event and are an inspiration to us all. You are loved by multitudes of people you may have to wait a life time to meet. That love binds us together as members of Christ's family. You and your family will always be in my family's prayers. May God's answers to our prayer's always provide you with strength, courage, and grace. I hope to one day meet you in person. Until then, keep the faith and God bless you!
John Pruss