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After 18 Days..

Article posted on Wednesday, June, 10th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

After 18 ridiculously long hospital days for ADEM (Acute Disseminating Encephalomyelitis) recovery, the Thompson family is back together under one roof. Neely came home yesterday afternoon!

I was with Christy at the hospital when she got the news and I honestly saw her shoulders relax with the deep exhale she enjoyed. Christy and Jamie have been so ready to have the whole family back home again. Ava said it best when she hugged her mom and said, “You are coming home? Oh GOOD! Now I can sleep in the same bed with you!”

It is still a long road of recovery ahead but we are grateful for Neely’s current health. Her doctors foresee that she will continue with her therapy treatments for the next few months as the swelling in the interior of her brain continues to diminish. They also warn that although Neely looks completely healthy on the outside, her body is still healing and repairing on the inside. She is scheduled for a follow up MRI in two weeks.

She will continue to take anti-seizure meds, steriod treatments, and immuno-suppressants until the doctors feel they are no longer necessary. Christy and Jamie have been instructed to keep her away from crowds and public places for the next three months to stave off infection and sickness since her immune system has been weakened.

We are so grateful for the amazing care and treatment the medical professionals at Hotel GHS have given to Neely and her family. I have said it before, but it needs to be said again, Neely’s recovery has been nothing short of a miracle, and there is only one we can truly credit for that!

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