The doctors have decided to do another procedure for Kevin this evening to help increase his level of comfort. Kevin will undergo a minor procedure to put in place a tracheostomy tube, which will allow the doctors to remove the breathing tube. This should make Kevin much more comfortable.
Kevin still won’t be able to talk right away — that will come when he is completely off the ventilator. But this will greatly increase his comfort level, and it is the first step in the process of getting him speaking again.
The procedure will be done this evening, so we do not know when or if he will be able to have visitors tonight. We will be in the waiting room if anyone does stop by. If you’re reading this and know of anyone who’s planning to visit, please let them know.
That’s all for now. Kevin has undergone a lot and he’s tired, but does not seem daunted.
We wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving. As a family, it’s clear to us that we have a lot to be thankful for — from the enormous amount of support we’ve gotten to the mere fact that Kevin’s with us and will continue to light up our lives in the future.
-The Neary boys
I’ll be praying that all goes well tonight. I’m thinking of you and counting you among my blessings. All my love.
Nick Tortorello said:
All my prayers are with Kevin and the entire Neary family. Keep up the good and brave fight Kevin. We are all pulling for you.
joan stahley said:
This is fantastic news….this just made my day. It’s great to hear that he is progressing each day. Happy Thanksgiving to the Neary family! We have a lot to give thanks for…that Kevin is still among us and that he has a wonderful family who loves him so much.
Liz & Mike DeSantis said:
Praying all goes well with this next procedure…
Thanks for the update Chris,
You are all in my thoughts.
Danielle Davies said:
Thanks for the update guys. Praying all goes well tonight and that Kevin is more comfortable. I’m hoping to see you all soon, but in the meantime, know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you.
Thanks so much for the updates….Our prayers are with you all ….Happy Thanksgiving…
Here is a poem written By Joanna Fuchs
Thanksgiving Day brings to mind
the blessings in our lives
that usually go unnoticed:
a home that surrounds us
with comfort and protection;
delicious food, for pleasure
in both eating and sharing;
clothes to snuggle up in,
books and good entertainment
to expand our minds;
and freedom to worship our God.
Most of all we are thankful
for our family and friends,
those treasured people
who make our lives extra special.
You are part of that cherished group.
On Thanksgiving, (and every day)
we appreciate you.
God is with you and will get you through this…In all things give thanks…
Ruth and Rob Norbeck
michele pendergast said:
Thanks so much for the constant updates! We love you so much. Remember, my dad said, if you guys need anything, let him know, that goes for aunt Judy and me also!
Dear Neary Boys, What a tremendous job you are doing in keeping all us informed of Kevin’s condition. You are all in our thoughts and prayers . Happy Thanksgiving! We all have so much to be thankful for. God bless all of you.
Mary and Charlie Kelly
Margie Morgan said:
Joe, Chris & J.P. , Just want you to know I’m thinking of you & keeping Kevin in my prayers. Wishing you all Gods’ Blessings.
Matt Andress said:
Thank you so much for the updates. Wishing Kevin and all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving! Your collective love, strength and spirit is an inspiration!!!!
Marianne Kaplan said:
Thanks guys for the loving updates on our Kevin. He is at the epicenter of so much love, prayer and caring right now, as are the other three ‘Neary boys’ (can’t leave out that older Joe!). May tonight’s procedure go well. I’m delighted they are doing this so Kevin can be more comfortable. Love you all.
Rosemary Connors said:
To the Neary boys – what a beautiful example of love and support you are offering to one another and all of us throughout this time. You are grace in action. Happy Thanksgiving.
Reynolds Comstock said:
Our prayers go out to the Neary family especially Kevin. I can say Kevin is a great guy and more importantly a fighter. Hands down the best teammate I ever played with in little league CBL baseball. Just keep fighting Kevin. We are all behind you 110 percent.
-Reynolds and the entire Comstock Family
Our prayers go out to you at this difficult time. The Neary family has always been strong and strength will be each other.
Sending love to Kevin and to all of you.
That\’s not just the best aesnwr. It\’s the bestest answer!
Dear Neary Family,
Thank you for the updates on Kevin’s progress. My thoughts, prayers and love continue to be with all of you during this difficult time.
Kev…. i will stop by to see you soon.
Wishing Kevin and the Neary family a very Happy, Healthy Thanksgiving..Keep Fighting the Fight Buddy…All the LOVE..
Pam Seibert said:
Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving. Keep positive and keep fighting!
Katie Morgan said:
Mr Neary, J.P., Chris, and of course Kevin, I am so sorry this happened to such a great person. I have known you all for so long and even though it’s been a while since I’ve seen you please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I know Kevin is a fighter and he can pull through this. Keep fighting buddy, all my prayers are with you!!!
Gordon Bassett said:
Happy Thanksgiving to all the Neary family… we are indeed thankful that Kevin’s life was spared, and that he is recovering with the help and support of his wonderful, strong and caring family and friends.
Please let us know how we can help.
Gordon and Lorraine Bassett
barry kienzle said:
I work with Kevin at UT. Happy thankgiving to Kevin and his family!! Always thinking and praying for you.
Maureen Strazdus said:
We know your Dad from the Community & Church. You are all in our thoughts and prayers everyday. God will bless & take care all of you. Much love coming your way surrounded by prayers.
Stev & Maureen Strazdus