"There is nothing the Lord has asked of us that in faith we cannot accomplish." Thomas S. Monson

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Gibson's Documentary

Gibson's uncle Dave, is a media teacher at Higley High School. One of his students, Ricky, heard about Gibson and wanted to do a documentary on him and his journey to Germany. The documentary was so amazing, that it made it to the national competition, and won first place!!! It even got a standing ovation!! The judges told Ricky that that had never happened! You can see the video at: http://vimeo.com/channels/thestudio2010#18887453 (Gibson's video is dated 3/4/11) The Arizona Republic is doing an article about the documentary that will be in Friday, April 8th's edition, and on their websight as well. If I had known how many people were going to see this, I probably would have done my hair, and worn some make up! Oh well! We are excited to be a part of something so wonderful, that brings attention to special needs children, and of course, stem cell transplants!


WHAT AN AWESOME DAY!! Gibson ate an entire Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich for lunch today!! He has never been able to eat bread until now! His amazing aid at school, Kari, has been working really hard with Gibson to learn to eat new things. So far he has added: cheezits, cheese, grapes, strawberries, gogurts, apples, and now, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! So now, I can officially make him a "normal" lunch box lunch, including a juice box with a straw! HEAVEN!!

Gibson's 200M Dash!

Check out this video of Gibson practicing his 200M Dash! Gibson will be competing in the 100 and 200 meter races, at the Desert Games, on May 7th, as a member of the Arizona Disabled Sports team. He loves his team mates and his coach, Judy! He is such a stud!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

It's been a while!

I know, it's been a while sense we've posted, and a lot has happened! Gibson got a new baby brother, Mack! He loves the baby, and is a huge help.
Gibson graduated kindergarten with honors (I just made that up). He did amazing. We had his IEP at the end of the year, and absolutely NO concerns educationally or socially. He is reading and now, thanks largely in part to the stem cell transplant, he is writting better than ever! At the begining of kindergarten, he could barely write his first name on his papers. Now, he writes his first, middle, and last, just to show off! He can write 1-100 perfectly. It has been amazing to watch his fingers come alive!
HE CAN DRINK FROM A STRAW! Oh the simple things in life! I know it sounds rediculous, but that one small step, has changed his (and my) life! A couple of weeks ago, Gibson finished his physical therapy, and had done a great job, so I told him we could go to Sonic to get a treat. Normally, he would order a chocolate milkshake, but, he of course wouldn't be able to suck such thick liquid into a straw, so I would have to pull over, and spoon feed him. BUT NOT THIS TIME, AND NEVER AGAIN! I handed him the cup, stuck the straw in, and with one miraculous suck, Gibson was born again! His face lit up, and as he gave me his signature "two thumbs up", the tears welled! Serioulsy, one of the top ten happiest moments in my life.
I decided to make this summer my summer for answers. So, I lied, cheated, and stole my way (not really, but close enough), into an appointment with one of the best neuorsurgeons in the country. The doctor took one look at Gibson, one look at his MRI scans, and said "this kid does not have perisylvian dysgenesis." Hugh? I felt like my life was a giant game of "shoots and ladders", and I had just landed on that huge slide that slips you all the way back to the bottom. The doctor did all sorts of tests on him, even had him running laps around the hospital! This genious neurosurgon, was "baffled". That is what he said, "baffled". For some reason, I think it's pretty awesome that Gibson has "baffled" a brilliant surgeon. The doctor referred us to a new Neurologist, and Gibson will be getting a new MRI scan that is much more detailed, probably in the next year or so. So, as of now, Gibson is diagnosed with "gibsonisfreakinawesomeitis".
We are hoping that this new Neurologist, who Gibson will see next week, will direct us to someone who can give Gibson botox injections into his saliva glands, to help with his drooling.
So, that is where we are! Enjoying our baby Mack and our extra thick milkshakes! Life couldn't be better.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Clean shirt and chin!

Gibson is doing great! He is drinking SO MUCH BETTER. I don't have to remind him to swallow, it is much more automatic. This is the cleanest he has ever been after drinking a milkshake! This is a HUGE deal for us!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Feelin Great!

Here Gibson is just hours after his stem cell transplant, happy building legos! Literally, no down time to this procedure. He is doing great!

Feelin Good!

Gibson waking up from his stem cell transplant!