Steel went home today. Well... home away from home. He returned to his Pacific University family, back to the his rental at school. Back with his two wonderful room-mates and terrific friends. What a relief to have made it to this milestone. I feel as though I can finally breathe again. Leroy and I flew home this evening as well so right now, all is as it should be. We are extremely confident in the people surrounding Steel at school. Between the university staff, coaches, his teammates, friends and most of all his roommates, all of Steel's needs will be met. It would be difficult, if not impossible to leave his side if I wasn't sure he'd be care for, but fortunately that is not the case. The vascular surgeon released his care to the orthopedic surgeon who will dictate his physical therapy and continued recovery from this point forward. Since the orthopedic surgeon is the Pacific Team Doctor, he's on campus every Monday so he'll be able to keep a close eye on Steel's progress. Before he was released today, Steel walked around the floor with the help of a walker and even put some weight on his right leg. He's got a long way to go, but this was a huge first step. (Pun intended.) Steel also underwent an MRI before going home. We'll know the results of that either tomorrow or Monday.
We'll never be able to thank everyone for all of their kindness, prayers, generosity and all around good wishes. It is that support that has pulled us through this and also made it possible to support Steel when he needed us. The facility and staff at Providence St. Vincent Hospital in Portland was absolutely wonderful. We could not have asked for better care or more compassion. They certain exemplify the true definition of providence as the protective care of God.
I know what it feels like to be held in the palm of His hand.