It is with great joy and pleasure that I am able to provide you all with an update on Casey. I visited him on Tuesday, and was able to spend about an hour with Casey and his parents, Nichole and Charlie. He was happy to see me, as I was with him. We visited and talked about various things. From the time I arrived until the time I left, Casey continuously was in great spirits and kept a smile on his face (Typical Casey.) I asked him "How's it going, how is your progress?"
He was proud to show me that he could turn both of his legs about 3 inches left, right and inward. He told me that his doctors described his right arm to be his weaker arm at the moment, as he lifted it up about 6 inches off the bed. And was excited as he lifted his left arm above his head. (I fought back tears of joy)
His parents told me that a physical therapist had begun visiting him daily as of Sunday. Last evening Nichole had also updated me that Casey was now able to swallow his pills on his own.
His room was decorated with several posters and well-wishes from his teammates, classmates, teachers and others. The hour I spent with him went by quickly, as I could have easily stayed longer talking football with Casey. I told the Henderson's about all of the support and prayers that were being sent up and named the communities on this board that have posted support for him. Nichole told me they could feel it, and they were thankful for everyone's prayers.
During my time there, both parents were taking calls and answering messages as they continued to deal with the repair of their home. It was overwhelming thinking about how much they are dealing with. This prompted me to ask Charlie "How are you holding up bud?" He answered "I'm okay. Casey keeps me going. I haven't seen him get down yet. How can I?" Quite emotional to say the least.
It is important to note that the doctors have told the Henderson's that it will be a long road to recovery. It will takes weeks and/or months before we will know to what extent of use Casey will have in all of his extremities. In other words, we will not know if there will be any partial/full/or impeded use of arms/legs for quite some time. The therapy will be of extreme benefit, but this journey will be incremental.
Please Continue to uplift Casey. Each of your prayers are providing the family with strength.
Thank you all that have contributed to the Paypal account. A special thank you to HawleyRocks. I passed on your message to the Henderson's.
Before I left the room, I was able to hold Casey's hand and pray with him. And as I opened my eyes, I saw Casey still in prayer, with a smile on his face.