March 13, 2008

Haley Chaney Update for 3-12-08

Haley Chaney's CarePage was updated last evening. I'll add the update to the comments at the bottom of the original post about the accident. You can read more at those links, but here is a little bit of the update:

She definitely is getting her personality back. At one of her therapy sessions today, she was bouncing the basketball while walking backwards and doing pivots on command. She began talking smack with Doug, her physical therapist, when he made her start over after a mess-up. The therapists really work well with Haley. One of them is the varsity volleyball coach at Carroll High School and remembers Haley from this past season. The other is the Northside baseball coach and knows many Norwell athletes. I think coaching high school varsity sports helps them relate well with her...they just dish the smack right back. Since they are anticipating the weather to be so nice tomorrow, Haley gets to go outside and shoot some real hoops. I will let you know how that goes.

As we walked off the elevator today, we saw one of the nurses from Lutheran that was with Haley in the Emergency Room the day of the accident. She said "I know you!" She couldn't believe her eyes and almost began crying. She said, "You don't understand. She is a miracle. We rarely, IF EVER, have seen someone with the extent of brain injury she had do what she is doing in just a month's time."

What an excellent thing, for high school coaches to be involved in physical therapy. Perhaps some students and parents at Carroll and Northside were aware of their coaches participation, but I hope this gives their efforts a wider audience.

If you read the entire update (available at the links at the top), and other links on Sevens, you'll know your prayers are needed to help Haley and the Cheneys, their family and friends, the Krinns and the Burkes, and all of the Northern Wells County area. It's been a hard, bitter winter; prayer and forgiveness may bring everyone a little spring.

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