Matt has had a very eventful last five days or so. His last day at St. Jude Medical Center was Wednesday, November 27th. St. Jude was his third destination on his road to recovery, and just like at the first two stops, he was provided fantastic health care by the resident staff. Also, just like at Kindred once he regained consciousness, he had the staff wrapped around his finger. For anyone who knows Matt, they know he has the the most friendly, appreciative, fun loving personality. Certain nurses would check in on him even when working shifts where they were not directly assigned to him. Matt would take the time to learn every staff members name who would wander into his room, regardless of whether they were directly responsible for his care, or making sure his hospital room stayed clean. Such respect for the staff along with his infectious fun loving personality endeared him to all staff members that came in contact with him.
On Wednesday, Matt moved on to his fourth destination in his road to recovery: Home! His return home was just in time to celebrate Thanksgiving. His return home couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time considering the significance of the holiday and how thankful Matt, the Foushee family, and Matt’s friends are for his recovery.
After spending nearly three months in the hospital recovering, Matt was itching to spend a little time outdoors and enjoy a couple of the things he dearly missed. Being a holiday weekend, Matt received a brief break from his physical therapy sessions. On Saturday, Matt, Debbi, and Nancy made good use of the time off and went on a road trip down to Newport to visit the beach for the first time in three months.
After spending some time at the beach, the garbage disposal that is Matt’s belly demanded satisfaction. It was time for yet another first in a few months: fish tacos.
Even though Matt is now home, he still has a long road to recovery and a lot of work to do. What is next for Matt? Starting Monday, he will now attend the rehabilitation facility Winways close to home in Orange, California where he will be dropped off in the morning and picked up in the late afternoon. This facility specializes in rehabilitation for individuals who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. Matt continues to work on regaining the strength and dexterity with the right side of his body. Additionally, he will continue to re-learn how to perform the daily responsibilities of caring for himself that so many of us take for granted and never think twice about. He will attend this facility Monday through Friday for the entire month of December, and at the end of the month then the facility staff will evaluate his progress determine what comes next for Matt.
On a holiday weekend where we are reminded to give thanks, in addition to all the other things in life we are thankful for, we are especially thankful Matt is alive, and we are thankful for his miraculous recovery. Additionally, the Foushee family and Matt’s friends offer our heartfelt thanks to ALL who have offered their support, prayers, and well wishes to Matt as he has traveled his road to recovery that started in a tiny single room Red Cross hospital in Mexico to home in Orange, and beyond.
You can visit Matt’s fund-raiser page here: http://www.gofundme.com/4ow29w