Helping Ethan

Update posted by Irene Purcell On Feb 07, 2017

Ethan went to the burn clinic in San Antonio on Friday for a follow up. His hands are looking great and his face is virtually healed. Doctors advised that he take in a lot of protein so he is drinking protein supplements and is convinced that is key to the regeneration of all that skin. The dressings still need to be changed twice daily. That's the thing about burns, they are not like other wounds where you slap on a cast or a few stitches then sit back and wait. I am amazed how much he sleeps but it's what the body needs.

As I continue to traipse through life, I try to look for the positive aspects of all areas of life and have become surprisingly successful in finding that proverbial silver lining. While it was an awful, terrifying time in our lives, it has brought us closer as a family. And Jack gets to spend lots of quality time with his Dad. Also,he seems to have taken a huge leap forward in maturity as he realizes life can change on a dime and has become much more appreciative of what he has. I think we all have. Small blessings can be found in the most profound losses. I now have the utmost respect and awe for those caretakers who do this sort of work day and day out. Shopping for food, cooking, cleaning, changing bandages, driving to appointments and running errands can be the most mundane of activities but when done for someone who can't do for themselves, these things are uplifted somehow and become a source of comfort to both doer and receiver.

Anyway, Ethan goes to back to work on Friday in a limited capacity and is looking forward to a change of pace. By the way, again, we both want to thank all of you who have generously donated to his fund and for all the wishes and prayers sent his way.

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Update posted by Irene Purcell On Jan 29, 2017

During our visit to the Brooke Army Medical Center today, Ethan’s doctor told him to not even think about going back to work for at least two more weeks, and maybe light duty the following week. Several of his wounds were re-assessed and downgraded to third degree burns and the nursing regime had a couple more unguents added, but there’s less bandaging. Several of the facial burns look almost healed, but some on the feet are really, really deep – meat deep. But through it all, as usual, Ethan has maintained his up-beat attitude, finding the joy where it waits for those who seek it; and passing over the dark recesses where pain and despair lurk.

We are pleased to note that that we are well over the half way mark of the self-set goal of $2,000, a goal that was pretty much pulled from air. We don’t know what is in store for the family in terms of cost, both material and physical, but we continue to move forward as we give heartfelt thanks to those of you who donated. AND, ALL of the calls, emails, texts and posts on FB are a great source of pleasure for Ethan as he lies on a mattress in the living room binging on LOST while 3 women tend to his every need and a clever young lad entertains him with magic tricks and stories.

All my best to my friends, my son’s friends, our family and the people who continue to touch us in so many ways and in so many places.

Pay It Forward.

Best,

Irene

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Update posted by Irene Purcell On Jan 26, 2017

Today, Ethan is doing well and looking much better - less Walking Dead extra, more handsome hero. It's a well known theory that lowering your stress level will help the body to focus on healing itself. Your kind wishes and dollar donations are doing just that. He is grateful. We are grateful.

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