Updates 10/24 – 10/25/13 – 6 On Tripp Halstead

 

Stacy: So far so good. No throwing up and his feet look good. Mom is here, so I took a nap. He has been getting pedialyte since 9:30 and they are increasing the speed every hour. So if all goes well, we get to go home tomorrow. So much for an overnight stay. Ha ha. I will take a pic of him with my next post. Anyway , I am paranoid about leaving Tripp alone in the room, so mom got here right as the cafe in the hospital closed for breakfast. So I needed to wait til lunch time to go get food. Then I took my nap and woke up at 2:25. We asked the nurse when the cafe closes and she said 2:30. Of course I was devastated. And hungry. And started to whine. So mom took off in a sprint to get me some food. Watch out people, lady on a mission! Gotta love her. And she made it. On her way back with some lunch. We don’t hv a car because Bill had to go back to work since we are staying longer than we first thought. And I didn’t want to run down there, I haven’t even looked in the mirror today. Just watching Tripp all night then finally napping today has left me looking a little like a crazy person. I do plan on combing my hair and changing clothes some time today. Ha ha Thank you for the prayers and positive thoughts. Love you.

Updates 10/24 – 10/25/13 – 5 On Tripp Halstead

 

Stacy: Well Trippadoodle threw up. But only once so if he keeps everything down from now on, we are still on schedule to go home tomorrow. He has been doing good though. His numbers have been good, he is very alert. He just hasn’t slept much at all last night or today. I pray he sleeps good tonight. You can tell he is so tired. He got a bath today but we can’t wash his hair yet. It is so yucky. But his incision looks good. Our good friends Charlie and Katie brought us dinner tonight. Thank you!! I stayed with Tripp last night so mom is staying with him tonight. I hope to go to bed early and get back over here early. If we are dismissed, it will be in the afternoon. Thank you for all your prayers and positive thoughts. Pray for no puking tonight!! Love you all.

Updates 10/24 – 10/25/13 – 4 On Tripp Halstead

 

Stacy: So far so good. No throwing up and his feet look good. Mom is here, so I took a nap. He has been getting pedialyte since 9:30 and they are increasing the speed every hour. So if all goes well, we get to go home tomorrow. So much for an overnight stay. Ha ha. I will take a pic of him with my next post. Anyway , I am paranoid about leaving Tripp alone in the room, so mom got here right as the cafe in the hospital closed for breakfast. So I needed to wait til lunch time to go get food. Then I took my nap and woke up at 2:25. We asked the nurse when the cafe closes and she said 2:30. Of course I was devastated. And hungry. And started to whine. So mom took off in a sprint to get me some food. Watch out people, lady on a mission! Gotta love her. And she made it. On her way back with some lunch. We don’t hv a car because Bill had to go back to work since we are staying longer than we first thought. And I didn’t want to run down there, I haven’t even looked in the mirror today. Just watching Tripp all night then finally napping today has left me looking a little like a crazy person. I do plan on combing my hair and changing clothes some time today. Ha ha Thank you for the prayers and positive thoughts. Love you.

Updates 10/24 – 10/25/13 – 3 On trip Halstead

 

Stacy: Good morning. Tripp only threw up once this morning so we are still on schedule to go home today. They will come back in at 12 to reevaluate. He looks great this morning, he turned his whole head to look at the camera for me. We can’t wash his hair for a few more days though. That is why is it looking even more crazy that usual. Ha ha He is very alert and he actually slept last night. So they just started his food, so time will tell if he can keep it down. You can do it Tripp!!!! Oh and we only have two more days left to raise money for the Children’s Hospital. If you haven’t made a donation yet and wanted too, here is the web page www.miraclemarathon.org
I have been a slacker these past few days with walking a mile, but I will make my miles up as soon as we are outta here. And only 4 more days till the one year anniversary of Tripp’s accident. Bill took off work that day so we are going to do something fun with Tripp. Thank you for all your prayers and positive thoughts. Love you all.
Stacy: Good morning. Tripp only threw up once this morning so we are still on schedule to go home today. They will come back in at 12 to reevaluate. He looks great this morning, he turned his whole head to look at the camera for me. We can't wash his hair for a few more days though. That is why is it looking even more crazy that usual. Ha ha He is very alert and he actually slept last night. So they just started his food, so time will tell if he can keep it down. You can do it  Tripp!!!! Oh and we only have two more days left to raise money for the Children's Hospital. If you haven't made a donation yet and wanted too, here is the web page www.miraclemarathon.org 
I have been a slacker these past few days with walking a mile, but I will make my miles up as soon as we are outta here. And only 4 more days till the one year anniversary of Tripp's accident. Bill took off work that day so we are going to do something fun with Tripp. Thank you for all your prayers and positive thoughts. Love you all.

Updates 10/24 – 10/25/13 – 2 On Tripp Halstead

 

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Stacy: I wish I had better news but Tripp is still having a rough time. He has thrown up twice since we have been home and has cried out a few times. And every time I think he has gone to sleep, he wakes up within minutes. Our nurse is spending the night as our friend tonight to watch him closely. I saw a couple of you asked about his legs. He hasn't kicked them again since he was in all that pain. We think we figured out what happened though. Too complicated to explain but it is fixed now. And he was kicking because of pain. I also wanted to give a huge THANK YOU to the nurse manager, Michelle, (don't know last name) who went above and beyond Wednesday evening. She was awesome. Her shift ended at 7 but she wasn't leaving till Tripp's foot was pink again. Thank you so much!! His feet still look good. Well, I hope Tripp gets better as the night goes on. I really don't want to go the hospital again, but I have a bag packed just in case. Thank you for all your prayers, positive thoughts and encouragement. I love you guys and I need your support more than ever.

Stacy: I wish I had better news but Tripp is still having a rough time. He has thrown up twice since we have been home and has cried out a few times. And every time I think he has gone to sleep, he wakes up within minutes. Our nurse is spending the night as our friend tonight to watch him closely. I saw a couple of you asked about his legs. He hasn’t kicked them again since he was in all that pain. We think we figured out what happened though. Too complicated to explain but it is fixed now. And he was kicking because of pain. I also wanted to give a huge THANK YOU to the nurse manager, Michelle, (don’t know last name) who went above and beyond Wednesday evening. She was awesome. Her shift ended at 7 but she wasn’t leaving till Tripp’s foot was pink again. Thank you so much!! His feet still look good. Well, I hope Tripp gets better as the night goes on. I really don’t want to go the hospital again, but I have a bag packed just in case. Thank you for all your prayers, positive thoughts and encouragement. I love you guys and I need your support more than ever.

Updates 10/24 – 10/25/13 – 1 On Tripp Halstead

 

Stacy: We are home!!!!! He did throw up so we weren’t sure we would get to come home but the Drs were very sweet and told us that they knew we were responsible parents and if Tripp needed to come back, we would bring him. So they let us go around one. He did throw up on the way home. Poor baby, so our nurse met us at the door. We will watch him closely the rest of the day and tonight and make an informed decision in the morning. But it is so nice to be home. Tripp is getting a good shower now. Then I hope he will take a good nap. Thank you all for your prayers and positive thoughts. Love you all.

Updates 10/21-10/23/13 – 2 On Tripp Halstead

 

Tripp Halstead Updates
Katie: This post is written by me, Katie. I am a close friend of the family and an administrator on this page. Stacy asked me to let you know that Tripp is okay, but vomiting constantly. The Drs are aware and he is being watched closely. They have now decided to give him stronger meds to help control it. She also asked me to update our new followers about this page.To all of our supporters and followers, old and new:

First of all, thank you all so much for your support!
We just wanted to remind everyone (and let new followers know) about the “standards” of this page and answer a few questions. It is a little long but we ask that you please read it through.

This page was created for Bill and Stacy to update family and friends who were unable to be at the hospital on Tripp’s condition. Instead of having to repeat the same updates over and over on the phone and through text messages, this was a way for them update everyone at once. Many times, those of us in the waiting room got updates from this page so they didn’t have to leave Tripp’s side.

As Tripp’s recovery has progressed, the page has become an outlet for Stacy – much like a journal, a small view into their day to day lives. She shares her ups and downs, she knows how many of you laugh and cry with her – you are such a big part of her ‘therapy’ and she and Bill consider you family. They don’t post everything that goes on each day, just highlights I guess you could say.

This page has also become a platform for Bill and Stacy to “Pay It Forward”, something very important to them. They have recieved so much from so many kind, loving people that they want to “Give Back”. They have been able to bring awareness to several conditions and diseases most of us never knew about before Tripp’s accident. There are so many families with medically fragile children and the Halsteads want to do what they can to help others. They have been contacted by organizations that want to help them like they do for other families. Because they are so thankful, the Halsteads attend fundraisers and speak at events to help bring these wonderful charities some recognition.

Because this page is about the Halstead family, we ask that you only post in a positive way. This family has been through a horrible tragedy and this is their story, their way of handling it. If you think it is necessary to start or end a message with “Not to be rude, but” or “Don’t take this wrong, but”, chances are you just should keep your comment to yourself. We have no problem answering questions about Tripp and his condition, but please don’t send messages correcting Bill or Stacy. They are responsible parents and would never do anything to endanger Tripp. Every decision made about his day to day life and his care is very informed and not taken lightly. If you make a rude or hurtful comment, it will be deleted and you will be banned from the page. Everyone has their own opinion, but this is not your platform to express it.

If you see a rude comment, please do not comment back to the person. Instead, send an email to TrippHalsteadUpdates@gmail.com – not as a private message to this page, it will get lost in the hundreds of PMs we receive here daily. Please include the name of the person, what post it was made under, and they approximate time it was posted. The more comments made back to this person, the harder it is to find the original comment. Thank you in your help with this!!

Now, some answers to the most asked questions we receive.

1 – What happened to Tripp?

On October 29, 2012, Tripp was playing outside at daycare. A sudden, strong gust of wind caused a large tree limb to fall from high in a tree. It fell right onto Tripp’s head. He was simply in the wrong spot at the wrong time. Nothing other than his his skull and brain was damaged. He was never on life support. His diagnosis is a Tramatic Brain Injury. No one “blames” the daycare in any way. The owners/teachers at the daycare remain close to the family. You can read more details on the website (teamboom4tripp.com).

2 – Will Tripp ever be able to walk, talk, etc. again?

The doctors just don’t know how far he is going to progress. Every TBI is different and each person reacts differently. The doctors did not know if he would survive because of the extent of his injuries. However, Tripp has proven what a fighter he is and everyone is dedicated to do all we can to make everything possible for him.

3 – Does Tripp eat or drink?

No – he has a g-tube which sends formula straight into his stomach. Because of the TBI he has to relearn how to swallow in therapy, something we are all born knowing how to do.

4 – Why are Tripp’s feet straight/pointed?

It is called ‘foot-drop’ and part of the side effects of the brain injury. He is getting new braces for his legs to help correct it and must be done if he will ever be able to walk again. It is an on-going trial and error situation.

5 – Why does Tripp arch and vomit some days? What do you mean by “arching”?

Arching – Tripp will tighten all over and arch his back, curving his body backwards.
The vomiting is not related to his gall bladder as it was removed months ago.
Both of these can be side effects of his injury. The doctors and the Halsteads are doing everything they can to figure out if it is anything else causing them. At this time, hopefully his surgery yesterday will fix what was causing him to do these things.

6 – Do you know about the other “Tripp” pages?

We do. Most were created as part of fundraisers by other people for the Halsteads. They haven’d had activity in a long time. Others are done by people the family knows. Still others are not approved or associated with the Halsteads. Please do not report these pages – it may cause ours to be shut down. To know which is real and which is not, Bill & Stacy will never ask for money, Stacy posts in a distinct way (she types as if she is speaking directly to you), and the real page (as of now) has over 916,000 “Likes” (Wow, by the way! So amazing!!).

7 – Does Tripp go to therapy or school?

Yes, he goes to both. He goes to therapy throughout the week and school once a week (as of now, maybe more in the future). When he is home, his in home nurses and family all do different therapies with him.

8 – I would like to send something to the family. Where do I send it? Will they respond to letters? Will someone let me know if they received my letter/package?

First of all, thank you! You can send it to the address below. It is also on the website (teamboom4tripp.com). Usually, because of how much mail they recieve they are unable to respond to each one or confirm they have recieved it. If you are wanting to send something perishable, please send an email to tripphalsteadupdates@gmail.com for instructions.

9 – I liked the page but keep missing updates, why?

Stacy updates everyday, sometimes multiple times. Facebook limits how many people see each update on their newsfeed. To get every single update, you will have to go to Tripp Halstead Updates page. Sorry for this inconvenience.

If you have any other questions, first check the website (teamboom4tripp.com) on the FAQ section. If your question is not there, please email it to TrippHalsteadUpdates@gmail.com. I will do my best to answer, or send it to Bill & Stacy to answer for you.

Thank you all again for your love and support!

Update 10/21-10/23/13 – 1 On Tripp Halstead

 

Stacy: So I will pick up from where I left off last night. Tripp was much calmer and all his vitals were really good after Bill and I spent some time with him after surgery. We ended up just skipping his noon meds because they didn’t get to his room till 5. So now we are back on schedule. (We asked what would of happened if we would of brought his meds from home and they said we couldn’t of give them to him anyway.) So last night. I climbed in bed with Tripp and cuddled with him till 10. Since he was doing so good, Bill and I both figured it was safe to spend the night at the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities and let mom stay in the room with him. If I stayed, cause I wanted too, that would of put Bill and mom in the same room at the Ronald McDonald house together. Kind of awkward. Ha ha Anyway, mom told us that Tripp threw up most of the night. She said it started when we left and he was still throwing early this morning. They gave him zofran first and that didn’t help, then they gave him some really strong nausea meds and that didn’t help. So as of right now, he is sleeping peacefully and looks so sweet. He got a bath this morning and we are waiting on the Drs to make their rounds. I don’t know if they will move us out of ICU till we get the vomiting under control. They haven’t given him any formula, so he has been puking up yellow stomach acids. Poor baby. I will post again later. Thank you for your prayers and positive thoughts. Love you all.

Update 10/20/13 – 1 On Tripp Halstead

 

Stacy: Very happy to report that Tripp had a great night and great morning. It has been such a busy week. With Tripp’s normal therapies, first massage appt, his two parties, and we had our CO visit our Kingdom Hall this week. (A visiting speaker that travels and gives very encouraging talks) so we went to the hall Tuesday, Thursday and Today to hear him. And then tomorrow we have therapy then driving down to Atlanta and spending the night. Mom is going with us. Tripp has to be at the hospital by 6am and none of us want to fight Atlanta traffic and risk being late. His surgery is scheduled to begin at 7:30. They are going to go into his brain and poke a hole through the scar tissue that is blocking the fluid from getting to his shunt. He has a puddle of fluid in his head, so we are praying that after the surgery the pressure will be gone and he will feel better. While they have him under, they are also going to inject Botox and phenol into his legs and feet to help them bend. Then on the 28th (I think) he will be casted. This time with casts that can’t come off and on. I know he will hate them but we have to try to get those legs to bend or he will never be able to really sit up and def never walk. And we truly with all our hearts hope that he will one day. If all goes perfect, we check in Tuesday and check out Wednesday. But I am packing a bag for all week. Just never know with Tripp. So please say a little extra prayer that his surgery goes great and he starts feeling better and making more progress. Thank you for all your support and encouragement. Love you all.
Stacy: Very happy to report that Tripp had a great night and great morning. It has been such a busy week. With Tripp's normal therapies, first massage appt, his two parties, and we had our CO visit our Kingdom Hall this week. (A visiting speaker that travels and gives very encouraging talks) so we went to the hall Tuesday, Thursday and Today to hear him. And then tomorrow we have therapy then driving down to Atlanta and spending the night. Mom is going with us. Tripp has to be at the hospital by 6am and none of us want to fight Atlanta traffic and risk being late. His surgery is scheduled to begin at 7:30. They are going to go into his brain and poke a hole through the scar tissue that is blocking the fluid from getting to his shunt. He has a puddle of fluid in his head, so we are praying that after the surgery the pressure will be gone and he will feel better. While they have him under, they are also going to inject Botox and phenol into his legs and feet to help them bend. Then on the 28th (I think) he will be casted. This time with casts that can't come off and on. I know he will hate them but we have to try to get those legs to bend or he will never be able to really sit up and def never walk. And we truly with all our hearts hope that he will one day. If all goes perfect, we check in Tuesday and check out Wednesday. But I am packing a bag for all week. Just never know with Tripp. So please say a little extra prayer that his surgery goes great and he starts feeling better and making more progress. Thank you for all your support and encouragement. Love you all.

Update 10/19/13 – 4 On Tripp Halstead

 

Stacy: What a day. It started out kind of rough, Tripp threw up this morning and just wasn’t feeling good. But we really wanted to take him to the party today. Well obviously that is what he wanted too. He was perfect the whole time we were there. He watched everything and everyone. He just had the most content look on his face. So the party was a Huge Success. And we get to do it again tomorrow with another group of friends. So then We went to the Boot Scooting party with DoItForHawk parents, John and Katie and COTA for Braden K parents, Matt and Michelle and of course our best friends Katie and Brett Riney that help manage our FB page. As if you can’t tell from the pictures, we had such a great time and met some really great people. We met Special Kneads and Treats, Inc. They made some awesome cakes. They employ special needs adult. I love that. So Tripp stayed with Nana tonight and she said he did great. Everyone is now snoozing but I wanted to get these pictures up tonight. Thank you all for your prayers, positive thoughts and support. Today started out with a lot of tears watching that video from a year ago, but it ended up being a really good day. Love you all and hope you enjoy the pictures.Oct 19 2013 (15 photos)