Here is an update for Alec on what has been happening in the last 1 1/2 months since we returned from the Stem Cell Treatment in Switzerland.
Alec has continued with the acupuncture treatments and is now feeling the pin pick sensations down to his lower back level, prior he had no feeling at all on his back. Dr Lee has also checked on nerve endings lower and Alsc shows reactions to the stimulation which means the nerves are still intact.
At the Project Walk therapy they were able to get the following movement in his shoulder/arm (see video). This was something that prior to the treatment Alec was not able to do. ... See MoreSee Less
We are back from Switzerland. The trip went extremely well considering it was the first time traveling with Alec for any period of time and on an airplane. We learned a few new things along the way and each day seemed to get easier. The Air Flight home was much better for Alec then the one heading over. Alec was able to sleep most of the way. Swiss Air Lines were so accommodating to all of us and made the trip that much easier. Having the whole family together for the this trip was great. Kylie was able to do some site seeing, lots of slack lining downstairs at the park area, parasailing and met so many people from all over the world. Her and Matt made regular runs to Mega Kabobe and for Pizza which the three of them seemed to enjoy almost ever day. Alec will never forget the Donner Bowl, he ate one almost ever day.
Big shout out to Matt Shapiro for making the trip with us and helping out with Alec. We can both honestly say it would have been so much more difficult had Matt not been there to help with the transfers and lifting. Everyone in their life should have a best friend who is like Matt. Alec is lucky enough to call that friend Matt. Matt goes out of his way to always make sure Alec is comfortable and enjoying himself. Whether they were just hanging out in the room, downstairs by the boardwalk or walking around the town they always seem to find a way to enjoy themselves. It was so great to watch both Alec and Matt have fun along the way and enjoy Switzerland. Matt, words will never say how grateful Mary and Me are for what you did for us and Alec. You are Truly a blessing to this family!!!
As for Switzerland all we can say is everyone should go there once in there life time. The people are amazing, the buildings, architecture and landscape is amazing and the experience is remarkable. Everyone we met along the way was so helpful. This is one place we would truly hopefully return to some day.
Now we wait and see what Alec achieves from the Stem Cell Treatment. God willing over the next 6-12 months he makes steady progress in some parts of his body were the damage has occurred. Through faith and hard work we all believe anything is possible for Alec. Continue your prayers and thoughts for our only son and wish him the best. We love you Alec, we are so happy we were able to make this trip and opportunity happen for you. To all of you who have supported, contributed or prayed for Alec, this is all possible because of you. Thank you all from all the Goldman Family
Katie NewsomThis is amazing. I am so happy you had an amazing trip. Hopefully it will be one more step in positive future for Alec. I am lucky to have known both Alec and Matt since grade-school. They are two of the best. I am happy to hear you and the family made it home safe. Thank you for the updates. They are much appreciated!2 months ago · 2
Rich CollinsWelcome home and God bless Alec, the family and Matt!!2 months ago · 1
Beth AshleyEverything is possible...except reading Bob Goldman's posts without shedding tears! Thank-you all for sharing your journey with us! You are truly inspirational! Love to all of you. Matt, you are an example to behold.2 months ago · 1
Good Morning Everyone Alec has completed his Stem Cell Treatment. They extracted his bone marrow for his hip, processed the bone marrow, extracting the white and red blood cells and stem cells and processed the stem cells and created the 4-5 million Stem Cells, This process took about 2 hours. They then extracted some of his spinal fluid from the Lumbar L5 part of his spine and injected the Stem Cells into his spine. He was then placed in the recovery room where he laid flat for about 4-5 hours. He received a IV with his red and white blood cells taken from the extraction along with some Vitamins and Supplements to encourage the Stem Cells to take and thrive. During this time Alec felt the warmth of the injection through his body which is encouraging since they say that shows the stem cells are taking. We then took him back to the hotel where we got him back into bed. He spent the next 18 hours sleeping and resting which they encouraged for the first 24 hours. This morning we got him up, gave him a bath and have him in his chair now. We are about to go outside and enjoy this country with all the beauty. The Doctors will have a follow up this after noon where he will receive another Vitamin Supplement IV to help the Stem Cells take and Thrive.
Now we have to wait and see what happens. Over the next 6-12 months Alec can see and feel improvements. The first items to recover are usually sensation. Recovery can be anything from sensation, to internal organ functions, to movement of body parts. Some of these items can be continued strength in his diaphragm, control of spasms, sensation of feeling to touch and hot and cold are just some of the things that can occur. Through Therapy and rehab hopefully he may see area's of movement below his shoulder level.
God willing and through everyone's prayers and support we hope this is a start to a improving life for Alec. Blessing to the Doctors for being able to complete this treatment for Alec and give him this opportunity. Blessing for the opportunity for Alec to be able to come over here for this. Last but not least blessing to all of you for your continued support and encouragement.
Pat GoldmanSo wonderful to receive this amazing report that has happened for my special Grandson Alec💞💞💞 Prayers for comfort,rest and healing🙏 May all of you enjoy some time seeing the country side of Lucerne😍2 months ago · 1
Tricia ParisVery exciting! God bless Alec and your family on this journey full of hope!2 months ago · 2
Jessica HughesSo amazing! Such a bad ass Alec! You're an amazing human being and I pray everyday for you. You have heart and strength no one can match and I am so proud of you. I love you and miss you. Now go enjoy the beautiful views!!! 😘😘😘😘😘😘😘2 months ago · 1