STEM CELL INFORMATION!!!
I have received SO MANY emails requesting information on the stem cells. I would LOVE to talk to each and every one of you personally (and don’t mind doing so) but I do get extremely busy and that often leaves me …very forgetful!
I am posting this and pinning it to the top of the page so it is easily accessible.
NOVA Stem Cells Institute (website below):
Yes, it is in Mexico. NO, it is not scary!! The stem cell treatment was done at the women and children’s hospital in Tijuana. The doctors and nurses were very nice and accommodating. It was pretty much like any other hospital. Private room, TV, etc. I will say, the doctors and staff from NOVA speak English… the nurses at the hospital don’t. Just to give a heads up.
The website for NOVA has tons of information, photos, videos, testimonials, etc.
Our experience was absolutely wonderful. As concerned parents, we left our hotel in San Diego and agreed that if anything felt off, or if we were uncomfortable, we were leaving. No questions asked. But we never had that moment. The procedure is quick, and we were only in Mexico for 3-4 hours at most.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me. As far as progress, browse through Dryden’s page – everything is updated almost daily.
If you do talk to NCIM, be sure to tell them that DRYDEN sent you!
Lots of love and GOOD LUCK!!!!!
April 5, 2014
It’s been one year since we started this page and started fundraising for Dryden’s trip to NOVA Cells. One of the best decisions we have ever made. Dryden’s new favorite activity is trying to climb. He was climbing up Sissy’s step stool, climbing up the side of the recliner, just wanting to be higher. We are so thankful to everyone who helped make this happen. And so appreciative to NOVA cells for this opportunity. I hope in time this will become a more available treatment. We are certainly going to try again!
April 6 2014
He’s a climbing machine!!
April 6, 2014
Crawl baby, crawl!!!!! Dryden is now saying (vocally) puppy, baby, mommy, daddy, cookie, cracker, nanny, pawpaw, papa, sissy… I may be forgetting something here but… He’s all of a sudden bursting with vocabulary.
Dryden is a cute, charming little boy with spina bifida who received primed stem cells & NCIM’s proprietary Beacon Factor on 3-28-14. The entries below are from Dryden’s Facebook page.
Whew! Long day. We are back at the hotel!!!
Everything went smoothly and we are already seeing some positive results! His feet definitely have better circulation – they are all punk and warm instead of splotchy and cold!
He has been twitching a LOT in his lower legs/feet. This means the nerves are starting to make some sort of connection to his brain. He even moved his left foot and toes when we asked him to (I’ll get video to you in a bit!)
Also – a funny tidbit – he was sitting in my lap and apparently had gas. Those of you who know Dryden know that’s pretty common. What was funny was that every time he would fart, he would look down, look at me and point to his belly. Ha ha! He’s gaining some sensation somewhere new with that too, I suppose!
We got back in tonight and stopped in at Dryden’s great grandparents to say hello. Dryden was on the floor and we were all talking. We looked down and he was on his hands and knees CRAWLING!!!! He only went a little ways, but he was very much so 4 point crawling!!! Then as we were sitting there talking about him, he pulled up onto his knees all by himself on the coffee table! Little dude is getting some strength or making some connections – either way – I’m so happy!!!!
Dryden is just continuing to amaze me.
I forgot to mention the other day when we were at his great grandmas that he tried climbing the stairs! Never even noticed them and he was going up!
This morning in therapy he tried crawling a little bit too – but did something even more amazing. He got to his big cube toy and tried pulling up. Not just to his knee either!! She asked him if he wanted to stand up and he said YES!!!! We helped him get his feet secured and he stood the…re for a short little time playing! Baby steps!!
First time he has ever WANTED to stand!
Dryden wasn’t quite as excited to stand this afternoon, but we made him anyways!
This is him standing up with NO BRACES on!!!
His PT even said she could feel his muscles in his FEET working when he would stand! His ankles didn’t roll or fall out from under him either!
I can only hope that with therapy he will have increased progress!!
Definitely going to be saving for another stem cell treatment in the future!