Day 1 – The Journey Begins…

Caleb's Dad ~ 11th November 2010

Today marks the beginning of a whole new chapter.

That’s how Tiffany and I felt at the end of the day after we went through hours of intense therapy with our son, Caleb.  We arrived at Scottish Rite yesterday, again with that sense of being lost, not knowing anyone or where anything was.  This time was different however, as we were not rushing through the ER with the sinking feeling that we were about to lose our son.  This time we entered the ER with a feeling of hope, of expectation and even anticipation of the days and weeks ahead.

We began this morning with what would be a long series of orientations as physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, etc. would come in, introduce themselves, and do a short routine to gauge exactly where Caleb was in terms of his prognosis and to help them formulate some goals for what they want to do with him while he is here in rehab.  We expect to hear the results of those goals tomorrow as well as a time frame on how long they see us staying here.

From the beginning Caleb did very well. As each doctor and therapist looked him over they were impressed with how well he could move his arms and legs, and body in general.  Speech and sight are still a challenge, but each day we do see some positive changes.  We are pretty sure Caleb can hear us, and to some extent he can understand us.  He has done things, moved, etc. on command, and he has grown very emotional when we (mom and dad) speak to him—often he indicates through his crying his need to be helped and cuddled.

As for sight the doctors believe he can see light and dark, perhaps shapes, and perhaps also, moments of even more clarity.  I know  when Tiffany and I are in front of him, he can look at us and move his eyes to locate where we have moved to, if we move—all good signs.

One very good thing to report today is what happened when we were working with the speech therapist.  Little did we know that speech and eating therapy go hand in hand, and part of the therapists strategy in helping Caleb learn how to vocalize and talk again is to engage him in the familiar process of eating (one of Caleb’s favorite processes…)

The therapist began with dipping a plastic spoon in cold ice water and putting a tiny drop in his mouth.  You could tell the experience intrigued Caleb, as he would roll his tongue around.  The goal was to see if he could swallow, and after a few moments, he did swallow.  It was slow at first, but by the end of the day as Tiffany and I was working with him again on his swallowing, he did it wonderfully about 4 times in a row!

One other feature of the eating and swallowing therapy we did today was when the therapist pulled out a small cherry lollipop and rolled it around a bit on Caleb’s tongue.  It was so cute watching him because you could tell he loved it! He even leaned forward once to get another lick.

As we moved to physical therapy, Tiffany and I were pleased to learn all the PT  we did with him, while at T.C. Thompson, really paid off. We learned that a lot of the kids who come to rehab here, often come very stiff.  However, since we had been working with Caleb intensely on his range of motion, stretching, etc., he was as limber as could be, had good muscle tone, and was ready to roll!

It was good to see him sitting up Indian style, and even standing up with the assistance of the therapist.  He is nowhere near ready to walk yet, but it was very good that he could stand with his legs being locked in place by the therapist.

The highlight of the day came later that evening when it came time for family time.  Our schedule runs from about 8:00am to about 3:00pm or 4:00pm. One of the things that Tiffany and I are doing is even in the break  and evening times we are still doing things to continue to work with Caleb.

I had the idea of going and getting a floor mat today so Caleb and I could have some floor play time.  One of the things Caleb always expects is when daddy comes home, the first thing we do after we eat is we go and hop on the floor and play, play, play. So we got the mat, put some toys on it, and holding Caleb, we did just that, played our hearts out! We got to see Caleb smile again, and I even got him to chuckle again which was so amazing.

But here is where the best news comes in…the highlight of our day.  Poppy (his grandfather) bought Caleb a Leapfrog book which lights up, makes sound, and narrates as you turn the pages.  I asked Caleb to turn the page, and I noticed that he tried to lift his hand.  I then supported his elbow to give him a little help, and on his own he turned the page, on command, 4 times.

That was the end of a beautiful day.  We thank God that we continue to see improvements in our son.  We wrapped up the day with a little TV time (Thomas the Train, and Caillou).  We read night time books, and off to sleep he went.

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  1. Mary Wagoner-Angelin

    November 12th, 2010 at 4:05 am

    I so much appreciate the updates and your family’s faithfulness. We are praying for Caleb and hope he gets better soon. Remember to take care of yourselves, too. As parents, we sometimes get lost in the shuffle taking care of our babes. :)

  2. November 12th, 2010 at 4:23 am

    Tim and Tiffany… Such WONDERFUL news for all of you, but especially for Caleb. I know this road to recovery will be a long one, but know that MANY of us are committed to seeing you thru ALL of it with our Prayers. As always, it you have ANY need, please let us know and we will seek to get it taken care of for you guys. As always, with much love from the Payne family, we wish you well.

  3. Teresa Pirtle

    November 12th, 2010 at 4:31 am

    Been following your updates since day one. Thanks to Linda Schwieger @ Crieve Hall C/C for that. Been praying for your family. I’m a grandmother of 2 girls ages 5, 2. We attend Mt Juliet C/C. Sunday we are having a Day of Prayer, starting @ 6:00 am thru 10:00 pm. Your family is on our prayer list. I know many prayers have already been answered, with many more answered prayers to come. God Bless your family!

  4. Dawn Pemberton

    November 12th, 2010 at 5:03 am

    Your story is so amazing. It has captured alot of people. I can’t believe you can actually find time to keep facebook updated and now a website. It is a great way though for others to continue to follow and pray for caleb. I share this story with family in different states, and hoping that they to share it with the people they know.

  5. Rachel Nighan

    November 12th, 2010 at 5:25 am

    I got goosebumps reading this update. That is such inspiring news! Continually praying for Caleb and your family.

    Rachel ( Franklin, TN)

  6. Tammy Cagle

    November 12th, 2010 at 5:42 am

    so glad to see that your family has made it to Scottish Rite. Hope all the therapy goes well and baby Caleb shows a steady improvement. Still praying for baby Caleb.

  7. Julie Silva

    November 12th, 2010 at 5:55 am

    I have been praying for your son! I anxiously await each new post to see how he is doing. I will continue praying for his healing and I’m praying for strength for you and your wife. God bless…

  8. jill

    November 12th, 2010 at 5:56 am

    what a beautiful thing to share with all of us! I love to hear about Calebs progress. Still praying!…. Kisses for Caleb! ♥♥♥

  9. November 12th, 2010 at 5:59 am

    Your story brings tears to my eyes everytime I read them…I am so amazed how much he is improving everyday..I found out about your family through my SS teacher (Lisa Bowker) she attends the Wed. night bible study with Tiffany..I send the prayer requests out every Sunday and include caleb and your family.. I want to take the time to THANK YOU for sharing your story..The thousands of people GOD is using Caleb and your family to reach out to others..Thank you for sharing with me..You have taught me a Lesson as well…I was on the phone with my mom yesterday asking for advice..I feel at my wits end sometimes with our 15 month old boy,Samuel…He is into everything,cat food, dog food,litter box ect. being a little boy..He will not stop..Caleb has taught me to live in the moment and not worry about it…Thank you sooo much..We love your family and pray for you all daily…My 8 year old girl prayers every night and includes Caleb in her prayers,too….The Conner Family

    • Lynne Jones (Caleb's Aunt)

      November 12th, 2010 at 5:35 pm

      Hi, I am Caleb’s Great Aunt and I was touched by your post and just wanted to say Thank You SO MUCH. We all get lost in the day ti day and it means so much to us for everyone to give a minute of their precious time to pray for Caleb and check on his status.
      It also struck me about your little boy getting into everything…LOL
      I had three little girls (all grown now) and it goes so fast…however it made me laugh because my youngest one used to get up early before me and I would find her with all the sugar – washing powders -cereal, you name it…was on my kitchen floor and her (what a mess!!!!) and she would not stop no matter what she was so silly, but I would give anything right now to wake up to that, cause it seems like yesterday and now they are all grown and moved out and it really does seem like yesterday. Just wanted to share with u because it sounded so familiar and sweet memories.
      God Bless You and your Family and Thanks Again.
      Lynne Jones


    November 12th, 2010 at 6:05 am


  11. Nelda Bilbrey

    November 12th, 2010 at 6:44 am

    I’,man old grandma, if i was there i’d want to cuddle Caleb too and give lots of hugs to you both, along with wanting to feed you lol..we all are praying,we can’t all be there,but we are with you in spirit, i beleive theres angels camped all round you, there on commission by King Jesus himself andas i read your words,i thought Jesus is there .there is power in prayer, and glory in praise, we will continue both in Caleb’s name..
    God Bless

  12. Nelda Bilbrey

    November 12th, 2010 at 6:44 am

    I’,man old grandma, if i was there i’d want to cuddle Caleb too and give lots of hugs to you both, along with wanting to feed you lol..we all are praying,we can’t all be there,but we are with you in spirit, i beleive theres angels camped all round you, there on commission by King Jesus himself andas i read your words,i thought Jesus is there .there is power in prayer, and glory in praise, we will continue both in Caleb’s name..
    God Bless

  13. Donald McKaig (Jason's Dad)

    November 12th, 2010 at 6:56 am

    Tim, thank you for the wonderful update. You and your family are blessing to people all over the world. Our prayers continue and will until al things are made new again Hope Caleb has a blessed day.

  14. Jackie Thompson

    November 12th, 2010 at 7:09 am

    Dearest Tim and Tiffany,

  15. November 12th, 2010 at 7:15 am

    I am so pleased to hear all the good things that are starting to happen with Caleb and your family as a whole. This can be a trying time on a family but if you let it can make you stronger. Please know that my thoughts and prayers continue to remain with you on this journey and I am praying for a full recovery.

  16. November 12th, 2010 at 7:17 am

    So glad to read the positive things about Caleb. I am an elder at the Goodlettsville church. We have Caleb on our prayer list and look forward to getting your updates. This coming Sunday our entire contribution is being given to the fund to assist your family during this period. We hope Caleb can soon get back home! God bless.

    • November 12th, 2010 at 10:36 am

      I am so thrilled to hear of Caleb’s progress, Isn’t jesus truely wonderful. we are going to continue praying for your family and this precious little boy. God bless.

  17. Sandra Krech

    November 12th, 2010 at 7:22 am

    Your daily log brings tears of joy to us. Thank you so much for finding the time to keep us all informed. We are praying daily for you each of you.

  18. diana dudding

    November 12th, 2010 at 7:38 am

    sweet angel, hope you recover soon <3

  19. Marcie

    November 12th, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Hi Tim and Tiffany,
    The updates are so wonderful! I love that you are getting Caleb “back” again. He is such a sweet boy. We’re still praying and updating the congregation twice a week on Caleb’s progress. We love you guys! Your family has such a special place in our hearts at Journey Pointe. Give the boys great big hugs and kisses from all of us!

  20. Sylvia & Steve

    November 12th, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this incredible progress. Will continue to pray for Caleb to be running and playing very soon!

  21. Heather Gulledge

    November 12th, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Oh my goodness, this makes me cry to read. (Happy tears) I remember so well those days when my son Josh was there. It sounds just exactly like the same scene we lived on the first days at Scottish Rite. Every little thing you see him do is a step closer. Just wait til you hear him speak again:) I believe that is what made me the happiest. Although all improvements were a blessing. I have a story I wrote about Josh’s journey too. If you are interested in reading it, let me know. It may help to know someone else who has been through the same thing your little Caleb is going through. Just let me know. ( Meanwhile, I am praying for Caleb and all of you taking care of him. God Bless:)

  22. Carla

    November 12th, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Thanks for bringing happy tears to my eyes! Praise the Lord.

  23. Amanda Maddox

    November 12th, 2010 at 8:26 am

    I am so happy to hear the good news of Caleb’s progress! I am praying for you all daily. He is a beautiful little boy, and the good Lord is with you all.

  24. November 12th, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Our family prays for Caleb’s speedy recovery.

  25. Laura Hall

    November 12th, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Sounds like a great start to amazing things for you all. We love you and continue to pray for healing and strength.

  26. Jennifer Rubino

    November 12th, 2010 at 9:09 am

    I’ve been tracking Caleb’s progress ever since the incident. I was so happy you made a facebook page to kept people updated. I share your story with my coworkers & friends here in Antioch, and with my family up in Pennsylvania. Each little update just make me eyes well up with happiness at how much progress he has made, how strong that little man is, and how thousands of people are banding together in prayer all over the country. You son’s is such a beautiful story and I’m honored to be able to follow it as it takes place. Thank you so much for sharing those videos of him smiling, and keeping the updates coming. Caleb is so amazingly strong and I know you’re a couple of proud parents to have such a tough lil guy. He will bring hope & faith to many as I’m sure he has already. All my love & prayers as your journey continues. God bless!

    ~Jennifer, 25, Antioch, TN

  27. Chassi

    November 12th, 2010 at 9:11 am

    I love this! Whoever set this page up…. its wonderful! I am so glad to hear such good news!!! I love you guys!! I cant wait to see you guys in a couple weeks. Way to go Caleb. Your still my buddy! I love you w/all my heart. More than the world! Cant wait to tell you! Oh, Tim… yesterday… 11-11-11! Good things are happening!!!! Love you guys!!! Love- Aunt Chassi

  28. Karen

    November 12th, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Praise God for the break throughs with Caleb journey. Keeping you and your family in my prayers. Just remember that we serve an awesome God.

  29. Melissa

    November 12th, 2010 at 10:11 am

    I get on here everyday just to see how well Caleb is doing. It is such a blessing to see all of his progress. He is such a sweet baby boy. My eyes fill with tears everyday as I read your post, I pray for a very successful recovery for Caleb. Caleb and his family will remain in my prayers and thoughts.

  30. Jonnda Burner

    November 12th, 2010 at 10:19 am

    So very happy to hear of Caleb’s progress, so grateful to our Father! Still remembering you all in prayer every day.

  31. Candi Skiles in Hixson, TN

    November 12th, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Ohhhh, thank you Jesus for your blessings! The good news brings tears to my eyes and joy to my heart. Caleb and family, so many people are pulling for you and praying for you. Our prayers will not return void. We serve a mighty God! Continued blessings!

  32. Amber Spurlock

    November 12th, 2010 at 10:59 am

    The situation that Caleb and your family have been put through hits close to home. I have a little boy, Trenton, that is 2 1/2 years old. He also LOVES to eat, like Caleb =o) and loves to be outside. My family and I visited Fall Creek Falls and took the long hike form the nature center and down to the falls when Trenton was 1 years old. What happened to Caleb could have very easily happened to Trenton or even my other two children. I pray that Caleb continues to recover and gains strength everyday to improve his mobility. Physical therapy isn’t easy for an adult let alone a child. I will also pray for your family as you all are there for Caleb through his journey.
    On wednesday I will put caleb on our Prayer list at church. I know maybe people at Cornerstone Baptist in Smyrna, TN will be more than willing to take a moment and lift you all up in prayers!

  33. Candy White

    November 12th, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Your page looks really good. So glad to have you at Children’s Healthcare here in Atlanta. Please know that you can call on me at anytime. Blessings to each of you.

  34. Sherra Taylor

    November 12th, 2010 at 11:43 am

    What a wonderful update! Thanksgiving to our Father! Caleb is so blessed to have you two as his parents!


    November 12th, 2010 at 11:57 am

    YAHWEH bless Caleb and his family as you go through this trying time of healing.

  36. Sònia de Jaime, Barcelona (Spain)

    November 12th, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Very happy to hear all this news. I really hope that everythings keeps going better every day.

  37. Dorothy Pryor

    November 12th, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Hey little buddy how are you, I wrote you a lot to read this morning because I feel good about where you are now and I know you will be alright. I hear you like Caillou, well guess what, lam a grown lady and he’s my favorite cartoon, especially when he plays with his little sister. Yes Caleb I could watch him everyday but don’t tell anyone ssshhhhh, that’s our secrete! you are such a handsome fellow and daddy and mommy loves you so much Caleb, so you just get keep getting better and better so you can meet all of your new friends. I hopeyou have a good evening sweetiem take care of daddy and mommy and tell them hello for me.

  38. Nikki Luman

    November 12th, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    I am so happy for the progress that Caleb has made! I am praying for him and for his family. Children are so resilient and I know through prayer that God will see fit to help Caleb back to health! Keep up the good work!

  39. Kathy Wilson

    November 12th, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    I watch for the daily updates on little sweet Caleb. You are two very strong parents to remain so positive and so steadfast to your faith. I continue to pray for healing for your son. I lived in AntiochTN the first 8 years of married life and my children were born there. We now live an hour north of Atlanta GA. You couldn’t be in a better place than Scottish Rite. Take care!

  40. Mary Miller

    November 12th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    I absolutely love reading the updates you post about your amazing journey to recovery with Caleb. I pray for you all daily. I have experienced the power of prayer and it works! God is with you all and it is not going to be easy, but it will be ok through the Lord above who watches over you all the time. You are never without him. Keep him close and you will feel his presence. Caleb is such a beautiful child inside and out and has a great purpose here. Know you have so many people thinking of you. God Bless you all. I am so glad to hear of his inprovements and hope that you all will continue to hear good news. Caleb deserves the best and he has two of the most amazing parents in the world!!

  41. Brian Lancour

    November 12th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Our prayers have been with Caleb and you family since we heard of the accident.

  42. Ron and Gail Rogers

    November 12th, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Tim and Tiffany
    Thank you so much for sharing your journey in this way. We continue to pray for Caleb and for the whole family as you work thru his healing. Please give our regards to your parents also.
    May God continue to bless you and to heal Caleb.

  43. Glynn Dilbeck

    November 12th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Such great news! I loved to hear that he was responding so well to the Leap Frog book ..i.e., turning pages. Wow! I love the pics of you in the floor with your boy.

  44. Ron Boucher

    November 12th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    May his sweet angel keep walking beside him. God bless you and your family.

  45. Leesa Wright in Hixson Tn

    November 12th, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    This is some MORE AMAZING news! I can’t believe how quickly he is moving right along! Well, actually I can….I have seen the miracles God can do and I know what He is capable of. I am so glad you created this website to share these details with all of us! Give yourselves a hug and give Caleb a big hug. Keep up the great work! Go Caleb Go!!! You are amazing!!!

    Much love and prayers to all of you!

  46. Jennifer Grayson

    November 12th, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to share the wonderful updates on Caleb. It makes my day to know the blessings that have been sent to your son and family. May god bless you all and continue to bless your amazing journey.

  47. Jerry and Linda Schwiegeer

    November 12th, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Tim and Tiffany,
    Love to your family–thanks for the updates. We are following them closely and praying accordingly. God bless you all as you faithfully help little Caleb! Jerry and Linda

  48. Tammy Jackson

    November 12th, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    What a blessed day this was for you all. Thank you Lord for all you are doing for Caleb and his family. Thanks to you guys for keeping us posted. I end my day with reading about his progress and my prayers for you all. I know that I know our God will heal this precious Caleb. You guys are truly a blessing to me.

  49. Dana A. Knight

    November 12th, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    It is so encouraging to read your good news. My heart has been touched by Caleb’s situation & I continue to pray for him daily. May God continue to heal him & continue to give you all strength & increase your faith. Bless you!

  50. Kelly

    November 12th, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Tim & Tiffany
    I am so glad to hear that this sweet litlle angel is making progress. I am still believing with you and your family for his complete healing. Thank you so much for keeping us updated in this time of trial for your family. I know that Caleb will be completly healed. I don’t think that God would let all the prayers of everyone binding together for Caleb, fall on deaf ears. Things happen for a reason?, why this happened to your sweet baby I don’t understand. But I do know this, I have been following you on facebook since day one, and I have never seen such an outpouring of love and people praying for one individaul in all my life. Caleb has touched my heart, as well as thousands of others around the world, and I pray for him daily. He sure is getting a lot of people talking to God, and I know that God is listening. Take care of yourselves as you take care of him. He needs strong parents, and know that your whole family is being prayed for, including your other two children. I know how hard it is and how expensive it is staying in hospitals months on end. I did it with my grandmother in Nashville a couple of years ago. So I pray for you too, that God strengthens your mind body and spirit. be blessed and know that God is in control…..
    Love and prayers coming your way daily,

  51. Richard Young/Bartlett Police Dept.

    November 12th, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Tim and Tiffany
    Thank God that Caleb is doing better. I have been praying for him. I know that the road ahead will be a tough one, but God is good and he will see you through the days ahead. Just lean on Him and put your trust in Him and He will be by your side through it all. Just remember that God loves you guys and He is there to help you. I will be praying for Caleb and you guys. God bless you and keep you strong.

  52. Carol M. Smith

    November 12th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    You don’t know me but I couldn’t resist sending you a message about your previous baby boy. I have a two year old grandson and they are very energetic. I know it is tearing your heart out to see little Caleb suffering like he is; but, I just couldn’t rest without telling you that God has his hand on Caleb and his mom and dad. We are praying for all of you, especially little Caleb. God is going to do something special in Caleb’s life. We are praying for the best and that he will be well and strong again soon. Thanks for letting us be a part of his life.

  53. Nedra Wright

    November 12th, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Tim and Tiffany, it is so good to see the photo’s and get the detailed updates. It has been a privileged to pray for your family. God is amazing and doing a great work through this whole situation. If you need anything specific for Caleb, you guys or for your other boys, please post it and we will try to get it to you. God bless you all and I pray that Jesus continue to work Miracles in Caleb’s life.

  54. November 12th, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    So many people are praying for you all daily. Children are so resilient. And I believe God can and WILL heal Caleb completely. When he is feeling stronger, call me for a free portrait session, for the whole family.

  55. November 13th, 2010 at 4:44 am

    Praise Praise Praise God!!!!! I’m crying just reading about it. The good news is…. even better days are ahead. Better days are ahead for sure!

    Be still and KNOW that He is God!

  56. Dayna Sykes

    November 13th, 2010 at 6:59 am

    How Wonderful!!!! God is healing him every day….what a wonderful God we serve!! Today is a big day for little Caleb and one day he will see what a wonderful blessing he has been to so many people. So many continue to lift you guys up in prayer and are asking how they can help. You guys take care of yourselves and try to rest knowing Caleb is in good hands. Love you all!

  57. Chris Hughes Bridgeman

    November 15th, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Dear Tiffany and Tim,
    We are all praying. Care carefully for each other during the extroardinary demands and pressures of these weeks. You are “running a marathon” not a sprint. The Community of Reconciliation at the National Cathedral articulates the basic elements of good self care as RADICAL BALANCE.

    The wisdom of the ages points to careful tending of five main areas in life: prayer, study of the Bible, hospitaIity, productive work and recreation. Already these have been your longstanding priorities. Just be very conscious of them as you move through the weeks to come. You know we love you. Charlotte and Alton join me in sending lots and lots of love and concern to you all. Christy

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