You will have significant experiences.
I hope that you will write them down and keep a record of
them, that you will read them from time to time and refresh
your memory of these meaningful and significant things.
Some may be funny. Some may be significant only to you.
Some of them may be sacred and quietly beautiful. Some
may build upon another until they represent a lifetime of
special experiences.
- Gordon B Hinckley

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Being Home...

Dear Family and Friends,

Zac is all settled in at home.  He still wakes up thinking he’s still in the hospital.  After 23 days of being there, I can’t blame him.  Overall, he’s doing well.  He has to wear a back corset continuously for the next six weeks.  It’s to help place constant pressure on his back and prevent any future CSF leaks.  He’s become pretty accustomed to it already.  He can walk around as tolerated, but about 15 minutes upright tires him out.  He can’t lift any more than 5 pounds, can’t bend over, and can’t drive.  He is walking with a cane as it’s still difficult for him to completely straighten his back.  His pain is tolerable.  I’m very pleased with his healing.  He is loving being home, especially sleeping in his own, comfortable bed!

Everett was thrilled when Zac came home; he came running out the front door screaming “Daddy!”  Reece stared at him for about three minutes, then put his arms out for him.  A few friends came over and decorated our house with welcome home balloons, a huge sign, and a ton of cards made by all our friends’ kids.  Zac was touched when he saw everything.  

We have our consultation with the radiation oncologist on Wednesday and our follow up at UCLA on Thursday.  Thursday will involve a MRI first to check for any CSF leaks, then we will see the neurosurgeon again.  As long as everything still looks good, Zac will be able to start physical therapy.  Radiation will begin in probably 4-6 weeks.

Thank you all for your love, support and prayers.  We are continually in awe of the outpouring of love from those around us.  We are so blessed to have such people in our lives!

Believe in Miracles,

The Bollinger Family

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