Update below from the Aunt of Evan and Colin Bostwick. She has been chronicling the boys' progress since they suffered critical injuries in a December 17th crash on their way to Upper Cape Tech over slippery roads.
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"Update-Day 14: I am sorry that it has been a while since a personal update. The days have all blended together and it is difficult to wrap our heads around the fact that it has been 2 weeks since our world turned upside down. This has all seemed so surreal, so unreal and, yet, too real. There were times when I am sure we all thought that we would wake up from the nightmare that was this accident. This obviously has not happened and, during this trying time, we have practiced patience, learned to appreciate even more the power of hope and prayer, continued to embrace, more than ever, the love and bond that is our family, rejoiced in baby steps and miracles, and been uplifted by and felt the power of love and support from an amazing community of people both near and far.
Today Evan celebrated his 15th birthday and, although he may not think this is the best birthday ever, his family certainly does! Today we not only celebrated the day Evan was born but the fact that he is alive. We are blessed!
During the past week, things have progressed slowly as Evan and Colin continued on the road to healing. Both boys, for safety purposes, had one on one attendants with them 24/7. Today this need was discontinued as they are less impulsive, less confused, and steadier on their feet. Each of the boys has been receiving physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy to address both neurological deficits, self-care needs, and physical needs. Although tiring, they have shown progress with these therapies and are getting stronger and stronger by the day. A more in-depth assessment of any neurological and physical deficits will be done upon their transfer to inpatient rehab.
Until yesterday, Colin spent the majority of the day and night sleeping. The doctors assured us that this was what his type of brain injury needed to heal. When he was awake, his eyes were distant and unfocused and he did very little in the way of interacting and communicating with those around him. He also had periods of the obvious frustration. This could have been due to pain issues, pain meds, or his brain injury but was, most likely, due to a combination of all of these things.
Yesterday, Colin “came back,” as his mom said. His eyes cleared, he was truly alert, interactive, and communicative, and he was more the Colin that we all knew. He remembered little of the previous two weeks and thought it was a dream. Today, he is still not convinced that he is not dreaming as he attempts to get a grasp on time and event sequences.
Evan has, all along, been a great deal more alert and interactive making it much more obvious, as well as much easier to address, what he is struggling with physically and cognitively. He continues to retain his sense of humor and will eat anything that is not nailed down! This afternoon we received the wonderful news that, barring any changes or the need for safety attendants to be reinstated, both Colin and Evan will be discharged tomorrow to inpatient rehab closer to home. This is a huge step and we are overjoyed that they have progressed enough to make this feasible! As I have said before, they are young, they are strong, they are fighters and we have no doubt that given time to heal, the proper therapies, and the continued love and support of their family, friends, and community, they will fully recover.
Thank you all for your continued love, thoughts, prayers, and support! Keep them coming! We truly believe that these things have made all the difference."