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Bullfrog Spas Thaws out Frozen Polar Plungers

February 19th, 2013 by

bullfrog spas helps a charity event Polar Plunge

Bullfrog Spas sponsored a Polar Plunge on Saturday, February 9, a benefit for the Special Olympics.

In the frozen north, on Utah Lake near Saratoga Springs, Utah they placed a large eight person spa to allow participants to shake off the cold of the 35 degree lake water.

Polar Bear Plunges, if you are not familiar, are fund raising events, held during the coldest winter months. Participants pay a fee, and can raise pledge money from friends and family. Polar Bear Plunges, as they are sometimes called have become strong annual traditions in many northern towns.

This plunge has adopted the phrase “We’re Freezin’ for a Reason” as participants leap into icy waters. The ice is so thick that chain saws are used to open up the ice sheet and form a pool large enough to fit everyone.

And of course, the smart people at Bullfrog came up with the idea of sponsoring some of these events – what do people need the most after taking the plunge in cold water – Hot Water, of course! According to a participant who slipped into the 100 degree spa, “Your hot tub pretty much saved my life.”

Polar plungers frequently don outrageous costumes, or plan funny group plunges. Hot food and drinks are brought in by local restaurants. There are corporate teams, couples, families and individuals taking the icy plunge. Polar plunges are always a festive event, full of smiles of shrieks.

I suppose that we could do a “Grizzly Bear Plunge” here in Orange County – brrrr! 65 degree water! I wonder if Bullfrog spas would bring by their large 8-person spa? We can supply the spa cover and spa chemicals, heck, if we break it, we can even fix it with parts for a Bullfrog spa!


Bruce Springsteen, Me, And a Hot Tub

October 19th, 2012 by


It was a hot summer day on July 26, 1984 when I drove down Highway 401 to see a Bruce Springsteen concert at the CNE in Toronto. I had been hooked on The Boss ever since seeing him deliver a marathon show in January 1981 at the Ottawa Civic Centre.

In 1984, Springsteen’s album Born in the U.S.A. was mammoth, delivering hit after hit — Dancing in the Dark, Glory Days, No Surrender, Darlington County, and the title track, Born in the U.S.A.

Certain albums can freeze time. And no matter how many years go by, the minute you hear that album, you are transported back to that period of your life. In the summer of 1984, Songs from Born in the U.S.A. blasted from car radios at red lights. You could hear the Boss everywhere, at a party, at the beach, the unmistakable voice singing I’m on Fire, volume reaching across Vincent Massey Park from a boom box that required 8 “D” cell batteries.

In those days, I wrote radio commercials for CFRA/CFMO (now BOB FM) and I was lucky enough to have my own office. An office that had a tiny cassette player with surprisingly loud volume ­— which I put to maximum use for hours on end, playing nothing but Bruce Springsteen music. It’s a wonder that none of my co-workers punched a hole through the wall.

Since my first Bruce concert, I was determined to own every album he ever made, and I knew all the words to all the songs.

I spent most of the summer of ’84 hanging out with two guys: Jeff Cohen (now the owner of the legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto), and Barry Kaplan (now an Ottawa real estate agent). We had one thing in common: the ability to talk about Bruce Springsteen for hours and hours. Jeff even started dressing like “Born in the U.S.A.” Bruce Springsteen, right down to the bandana tied around his head. I tried that look too, but I could never get the bandana tight enough and it would slide down and cover my eyes.

Not only did Jeff have the look, he had all the connections. And it was through Jeff that I learned a couple of things on July 26th, 1984. Number one: Bruce Springsteen enjoys a hearty swim at his hotel on the day of a performance. And number two: In Toronto, that hotel was the Harbour Castle.

It was early afternoon when I arrived in Toronto, almost six hours before I was meeting a friend at the CNE to see Bruce Springsteen. I had left Ottawa ridiculously early because I had visions of Highway 401 construction containing me and my Acadian for an entire day and missing the show.

I thought about killing time by going straight to the CNE, eating some pogos and standing in line for the Twister ride, but then I had a better idea: I decided to try to get Bruce Springsteen’s autograph.

The concierge at the Harbour Castle Hotel didn’t flinch when I marched right up and asked, “Hi, where’s your swimming pool?”

I grabbed an elevator, and up I went. I arrived at the indoor pool area, where three kids were having a great time splashing about. Besides the kids and a hotel towel guy, there was no one else, which neither surprised nor disappointed me, as I had little faith that my hotel side trip would actually lead to anything interesting. I started to walk away from the pool area when a sound made me turn around. In hindsight, my about-face was likely due to a rather loud gasp from the towel guy. Which was quickly followed by a gasp of my own.

Bruce Springsteen had just slipped through a back door and entered the pool area. He wore a navy T-shirt, camouflage pants, and a baseball cap, all of which were being peeled off and tossed onto a patio chair. Now clad only in his regular-guy swim trunks, the Boss dove into the swimming pool and swam right by me. I froze. I knew that getting Bruce’s autograph would be tough, considering the fact that he was now wet.

The kids had climbed out of the pool and disappeared. Even the towel guy was nowhere in sight. That left just two people in the pool area: Bruce Springsteen. And me. I did my best to blend in, sitting casually in a patio chair next to the hot tub, stealing only the occasional glance at the Boss, who, as it turned out, was a Spitz-like super swimmer. Ten laps of the pool. Twelve. Fifteen. I kept my head down and waited for that amazing moment, when Bruce Springsteen would be dry enough to sign an autograph. Bruce finally climbed out of the pool, toweled himself off, and just as I summoned the courage to ask for his signature, walked straight past me and jumped into the hot tub. Yet again, the Boss was wet.

“It’s really nice in here,” I heard the words but didn’t think they were being directed at me. “Yes, I’m talking to you.” A gruff but friendly voice from the hot tub. “Why don’t you come on in?”

The fact that I was wearing street clothes was a minor detail. I wanted more than anything to be super cool, to say the right thing, even be a bit aloof. “I guess I could come in for a minute or two.” So, in the hot tub I went, shorts, T-shirt, sandals and all. Bruce was kind enough to ignore the fact that both of my sandals quickly floated to the surface of the hot tub and one of them was sucked onto a filter.

I couldn’t bring myself to admit why I was in the pool area in the first place: for the slight possibility that he would be there. I was nervous but I couldn’t look nervous because that would give away the fact that I knew who he was, which I did, but I didn’t want him to know that I knew who he was, and that made me even more nervous. I abandoned any hope for an autograph, because that would give everything away. Bruce Springsteen was my rock and roll hero, he was in amazing shape, he was sitting across from me in a hot tub.

Then a funny thing happened. We had a lovely conversation. We talked about things that anyone would talk about … weather, movies, the Toronto Blue Jays. Why it’s a good idea to swim every day. Which carnival ride is the scariest. Bruce was engaging, he was funny, he made me laugh. The time flew by and about an hour later Bruce finally said “I gotta go … it’s sound check time.” I responded with, “I know. I have tickets to your show tonight.” He looked a bit surprised. But nothing prepared me for what he said next. “Would you like to join me for sound check?”

I often wonder how many people in my shoes (or, waterlogged sandals) would have jumped at the chance to join Bruce Springsteen for a pre-show sound check. Probably all of them. But, in that Toronto hotel hot tub, I turned down the invitation from the Boss. I felt it was more important that I earned his respect. I didn’t want him to think I was a “groupie.” Do I regret my decision? Sometimes. But at least I had my pride. As much pride as someone can have while trying to pull her sandal out of a hot tub filter.

Moments before Bruce Springsteen disappeared through the back door, I took advantage of the fact that he was finally dry, and asked for an autograph.

Friday night at Scotiabank Place was my 31st Springsteen show. But I will never forget one show in particular, where it was impossible to wipe the smile off my face, after a sweet afternoon with the Boss. Just don’t call me a groupie.

Sandy Sharkey is a radio personality with 93.9 BOB

© Copyright (c) The Ottawa Citizen

Man Arrested Hiding Under Spa Cover

October 3rd, 2012 by

Dont Hide In A Hot Tub.

With the hot tub cover on, there is only a small air space above the water, which can quickly fill with gasses. Plus, it’s very dark and disorienting, like an isolation chamber.

From the Associated Press:

In ALMENA TOWNSHIP, Michigan,  police captured a runaway suspect trying to hide in a backyard hot tub in southwestern Michigan following a more than 100 mph chase.

Large hot tub cover where man was caught hiding - a customer of Hot Tub Works!

Large hot tub cover where man was caught hiding – a customer of Hot Tub Works!

The Van Buren County sheriff’s department says one of its deputies stopped a pickup truck early Wednesday for expired tags, but the driver took off. The department says the driver lost control and the pickup overturned in Almena Township, west of Kalamazoo. The driver fled on foot.

The department says a Kalamazoo police dog tracked the man and he was found hiding in a hot tub with a cover over it. The 28-year-old man was arrested on charges including fleeing police, resisting arrest, driving with a suspended license and operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs.

Don’t hide under a spa cover! The police already know that trick. Plus, it can be very dangerous in a spa filled with water.

Hot Tub Film Festival

September 20th, 2012 by

The UK is becoming the hot spot for hot tubs. They top the status list, hot tubs are in all the big box stores, and the British are very creative in their use of spas.

Movies In a Hot Tub

No popcorn at this event……but I sure hope there is fresh spa filters and spa chemicals.

Hot Tub Cinema may be the most relaxing way to watch a good flick. London movie fans have had the unusual opportunity to blend the enjoyment of the outdoors with motion picture entertainment. There is no known equivalent permanent viewing experience in the United States, but perhaps the success of the London rooftop theater will prompt a creative entrepreneur to open up similar venues across America.

Young moviegoers looking for something different to do on a Saturday night flock to the outdoor movie theater. The fun experiment has now grown into a successful business which currently boasts 12 spas that are always occupied on viewing nights.

hot-tub-cinema in London

Asher Charman, one of the masterminds behind this splashtastic endeavor, had this to say about the Hot Tub Cinema during a Sky News interview:

“We wanted to watch a movie, we wanted to use the hot tub, and we just thought, why don’t we project it out of the kitchen window onto a bed sheet on the washing line, and see what the results will be, and that was how it was born. About a year ago we thought, you know what, it’s about time we’ve grown our garden here, we’ve got three or four tubs, it’s time to take the step up and here we are now.”

Movie buffs are treated to a glass of champagne before stepping into either the six or eight person spa. Watching a cool flick is just part of the fun at the rooftop cinema. After patrons watch a colorful London sunset from their prime vantage point, water relays, dancing bikini-clad women, and socializing once the credits stop rolling are all part of the exciting atmosphere at the outdoor theater.

Hot Tubs Top Status List In UK

August 21st, 2012 by

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Modern status symbols revealed: Hot tubs now top of the list for show-off homeowners

Popular with the cast of TOWIE, they are now the ultimate showpiece to flaunt in front of family and friends

Lovely tubbly: The TOWIE cast enjoy a soak
Lovely tubbly: The TOWIE cast enjoy a soak
By Ruki Sayid From Mirror News-UK

The only way is… hot tubs. A spa in the garden is the No 1 status symbol for show-off homeowners.

Popular with the cast of The Only Way is Essex, they are now the ultimate showpiece to flaunt in front of family and friends.

They took first place in a survey of Top 10 objects of desire for the home, ahead of walk-in wardrobes, US-style fridge-freezers with ice-making machines and hi-tech digital sound systems.

Our latest must-haves mark big lifestyle changes compared to the equivalents in previous decades.

A hostess trolley, colour TV and answerphone were the height of style in the 70s, while in the 60s we craved washing machines and electric carving knives.

Mark Swift of gadget maker De’Longhi – which polled 4,000 adults for the study – said: “It’s fascinating to see how status symbols move with the times and fashions over the decades.

“Some are very clearly of their time and don’t date particularly well, whereas others become widely accepted as the years go by, to the point that eventually no home is without them.

“Styles and fashions may come and go, but it seems we’ll never tire of buying things for the house to act as status symbols.”

Aga cookers, gas barbecues, temperature-controlled wine cabinets and 3D televisions all made the craving list.

A quarter of women confessed they found buying such items more thrilling than splashing out for a new pair of shoes.

And one in five householders said they deliberately pointed out their new showpiece when friends and family visited.

The survey found women were more likely to suffer from status-symbol envy than men and insisted on keeping up with trend-setting friends.

A walk-in wardrobe like the one owned by Carrie Bradshaw in TV’s Sex and the City was seen as the No 1 want for women.

Men put state-of-the-art music kit as top of their list, but with both sexes choosing a hot tub in their top three, it was voted 2012’s most wanted status symbol.

Asked to predict the most sought-after gadget in 2020, Brits opted for a shower that blow- dries hair and a dishwasher that puts the dishes away.

Top Ten Status Symbols Now

1. Hot tub

2. Walk-in wardrobe

3. US-style fridge

4. Music equipment with speakers in every room

5. 3D TV

6. Noise-activated lights and blinds

7. Range cooker

8. Coffee machine

9. Temperature controlled wine cabinet

10. Gas BBQ

Top five in the 1990s

Alessi kettle

Burnt orange Le Creuset set

Black dining table and chairs


Beige Carpets


Commodore 64 home computer

Avocado bathroom suite

Soda Stream


Waste disposal unit



Electric Fondue set

Sony Betamax

Colour TV

Mini bar


Washing machine

Electric sewing machine


Colourful kitchen cupboards

Electric carving knife


Transistor Radio

Home telephone, buttons

Electric Toaster

Kenwood Chef


Hot Tub Brings Health Benefits to Leading Children’s Hospital

August 6th, 2012 by


SLC, Utah (PRWEB) August 03, 2012

Bullfrog International, manufacturer of Bullfrog Spas, an innovative luxury hot tub brand, recently donated a 8-person hot tub to raise money for Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Primary Children’s Medical Center is the premier children’s hospital in Utah, serving children from Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, Montana, and beyond in cases of severe illness and critical trauma.

The large hot tub, a Model 682 Bullfrog Spa valued at over $11,000 was on display at a charity golf tournament hosted by Smith’s Food and Drug. The charity tournament in Midway, Utah was followed by an auction where the hot tub was awarded. All of the proceeds from this auction go to Primary Children’s Medical Center to fund their critical medical and recovery programs for children.


Not only will the funds raised from the hot tub be a benefit to the children’s hospital and kids who require their services but it will also benefit the health of the lucky auction winner.

Recent studies published by the National Aquatics and Sports Medicine Institute show that therapy in hot tubs can provide important physical and mental health benefits. One of the most important findings in this research is that spending time immersed the warm waters of a hot tub can bring the autonomic nervous system into balance. This leads directly to improved physical and mental function. This creates a sense of balance and peace that can lead to better overall health.

About Primary Children’s Medical Center

Founded in the early years of the twentieth century as a church-sponsored institution, Primary Children’s Medical Center is now owned and operated by Intermountain Healthcare, a charitable, community-owned, nonprofit health care organization based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Primary Children’s is the Intermountain West’s only full-service children’s hospital. Located on the beautiful campus of the University of Utah overlooking the Salt Lake Valley, the hospital cares for children with acute and chronic medical needs from Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, Montana, and beyond. The hospital is equipped to treat children with complex illness and injury and is recognized as one of the top children’s hospitals in the United States. For more information on Primary Children’s Medical Center or to make a donation please visit

About Bullfrog International

Bullfrog International produces the world’s only hot tubs with JetPaks, which are modular jetted spa seats. This technology allows the user to customize, interchange, and upgrade their spa’s jetted massages at anytime. JetPaks are backed by six U.S. patents with other U.S. and foreign patents pending. Because of the efficiency advantages of the JetPak System, Bullfrog Spas are more powerful and are extremely energy efficient. To learn more about Bullfrog’s patented JetPak Technology or to design a custom hot tub online, please visit

Hot Tub Safety Tips

July 20th, 2012 by

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Your Health: Hot tub safety tips

by Terry Hollenbeck, M.D.

Hot tubs, also known as spas, Jacuzzis and soaking tubs, have long been enjoyed by people seeking relaxation, stress reduction and a way to soothe aching muscles.

In my research for this column, I could find no scientific studies relating to the safe use of hot tubs. Most literature I reviewed states that if you have health questions relating to safe use of your hot tub, you should consult your physician.

Well, folks, because of the lack of medical research data, this physician — and most of my colleagues with whom I have spoken — can’t give any scientifically proven guidelines for the safe use of hot tubs. What advice we can give falls along the lines of experience and common sense.

With that being said, here are my guidelines for the safe use of hot tubs:

  • Shower with soap and water before and after use of a hot tub.
  • Do not heat your tub hotter than 104 degrees Fahrenheit, and use an accurate thermometer to determine the temperature. Even if you’re in good health, do not soak longer than 20 minutes at a time.
  • A temperature of 100 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes is safer for those with heart disease or chronic medical problems and during pregnancy. It would be best not to use a hot tub during the first three months of pregnancy.
  • Children should be at least 5 years old and soak no longer than 10 to 15 minutes — and always under adult supervision — in a tub no hotter than 100 degrees.
  • Avoid hot tub use if under the influence of alcohol or drugs such as tranquilizers, antidepressants or sleeping pills.
  • Slowly exit the tub after soaking. Sit on the edge for a few minutes before standing upright. This should prevent the possibility of passing out because of the tub lowering your blood pressure.
  • Keep the tub clean and well maintained.

One way to prevent overheating is to not submerge your entire body in the hot tub water. Keeping your arms and shoulders out of the water is a good way to avoid getting too hot.

If someone with heart disease has been cleared by a doctor as well enough to exercise, they are probably at no risk when using a hot tub according to the above guidelines. Contrary to popular opinion, there is no evidence for increased risk of a heart attack while relaxing in a hot tub.

Hot tub folliculitis is a common pimple-like rash that will afflict some people after the use of a tub with a low chlorine level. It can be avoided by properly maintaining the tub and by showering after tub use. Unless severe, this rash will usually heal itself without the need to seek treatment from a doctor.

Enjoy your hot tub — that’s what it’s for.

Terry Hollenbeck, M.D., is an urgent-care physician at Palo Alto Medical Foundation Santa Cruz in Scotts Valley. Readers can view his previous columns on his website,, or e-mail him at Information in this column is not intended to replace advice from your own health care professional. For any medical concern, consult your own doctor.

NOTE- Many safety issues arise when the hot tub is not use, please use a locking hot tub cover to secure hot tub when it’s not in use.

Hot Tub Health Benefits – Spa Therapy

July 17th, 2012 by

 Hot tubs and their therapeutic benefits



I have chronic low back pain, neck pain and migraine headaches. I feel sure that most of the pain is due to a car wreck in my thirties. I was stopped at a red light to make a left-hand turn when a drunk driver plowed into the back of my car. I did have on my seat belt, but it was before the days of air bags, so I suffered quite a jolt. My car was pushed through the light and into a parking lot on the other side of the street.

I wasn’t injured (at least not in a visual way), and I was so angry I didn’t go to the hospital. I just wanted to scream at the lady. Which I did. It helped me emotionally, but not so much my back and neck.

Last year, my husband and I were talking to our doctor about physical therapy, and we came up with the idea of installing a hot tub for hydrotherapy. Let me tell you, I was all over that idea.

Well, my wonderful husband went and bought me a hot tub almost immediately. And we have both reaped the benefits. It has been great at relieving my back and neck pain. When I wake up with a backache and the beginning of a headache, it is the first place to go. The backache goes away and the headache usually calms down dramatically.

Here’s what the health specialists have to say about hot tubs and their benefits: hydrotherapy, or warm water therapy in hot tub spas, consists of three main healing ingredients: heat, buoyancy and massage. Hot tub hydrotherapy on a regular basis provides physical health benefits that go much deeper than just relaxation and pleasure.

Stress, headaches and sleep

As for stress, warm water massage stimulates the body to release endorphins that reduce stress. Also, a hot tub’s hydrotherapy jets dilate blood vessels to help prevent headaches. When it comes to nightie-night time, a 15-minute soak in a hot tub will have you sleeping like a baby. Soaking in hot water about 90 minutes before bedtime lowers your temperature, thus helping those with difficulty sleeping. This all-natural sleep aid can also be achieved by soaking in a tub of warm water – it doesn’t take a hot tub!

Muscles and joints

Hot tub and spa use by athletes has soared to repair injured muscles. Tennis Magazine said, “Your skin and muscles loosen and relax from the increased blood circulation” and if muscles are injured, “a soak in a hot tub or whirlpool increases blood flow to the injured area, bringing nutrients to help repair the damage.”

The Arthritis Foundation found that warm water hydrotherapy can help those with arthritis. According to the Arthritis Foundation “The soothing warmth and buoyancy of hydrotherapy makes it a safe, ideal environment for relieving arthritis pain. Using a spa adds another component to the therapy – massage.”

Doctors and researchers have also found healing benefits for those suffering with diabetes. A Colorado study at the McKee Medical Center showed that patients who spent 30 minutes per day in a hot tub reported a 13 percent decrease in blood sugar levels, improved sleep and a higher sense of well-being. A hot tub is a natural and successful in stress relief, blood pressure, headaches and the acceleration of the healing process.

The muscle relaxing and joint loosening benefits of hot tubs help those with depression, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, tendonitis, scoliosis and bursitis. Thermo spas hot tubs have even been known to provide significant help for those afflicted with diseases as serious as multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy.

So, the verdict is in: you can’t go wrong with a hot tub or Jacuzzi if you are suffering from chronic pain, arthritis, insomnia – the list goes on. Hydrotherapy has been used for thousands of years. It’s a natural therapy, safely used by hospitals, physiotherapists and health spas around the world. And now it is used by me. I will be the first to say that it relieves back pain and headaches.

Caution: If you are pregnant, have high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, or any other medical condition, you must consult with your physician before beginning any hot water therapy program. Infants and children are more sensitive to the effects of heat, and experts recommend shorter soaking times. Always consult your doctor.

Reposted from the Daily Record – Health Corner by Kay Bona does not sell hot tubs but rather all the supplies needed to care for your hot tub; hot tub covers, spa filters, and hot tub supplies.

Bullfrog Hot Tubs Fighting Cancer

July 9th, 2012 by

Fighting Cancer with Frogs and Hot Tubs


Bullfrog Spas supports cancer research by fielding team for Relay for Life, a charity to benefit the American Cancer Society



Bullfrog Spas will be participating in the Relay for Life, a benefit for the American Cancer Society on July 13 and 14. The relay event itself is located at River Front Park in South Jordan, Utah, just a few miles from the Bullfrog Spas headquarters and factory.

Relay for Life is a charity event organized to benefit cancer research and outreach. Individuals and corporations commit to raising funds and circling a track non-stop to commemorate those lost to cancer and to show strength to those now battling the disease.

As one or more team members walk, the other members of the team camp out around the track and all take turns walking laps throughout the night.

Relay for Life began in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a Tacoma WA colorectal surgeon, decided to run for 24 hours to raise awareness and funds for his local American Cancer Society. Today, inspired by this early all-night and all-day run, Relay for Life events are held across the nation to raise money for cancer research and awareness.


Sean McKinney, Director of Manufacturing at Bullfrog Spas, along with Patti Mahon, Bullfrog Executive Administrative Assistant, have been leading the company-wide efforts to raise money in fun and creative ways.

Bullfrog has held contests, played games, charged good-natured fines for misspoken comments at meetings, and has provided some rather interesting contests to get company executives and managers to do all kinds of craziness when donation goals are reached.

It’s nice to see companies become involved in a cause. It’s good for the cause – and the company, as a morale builder, it brings people together.


Note: There is no affiliation between and Bullfrog Spas.  We just respect these efforts and wanted to help spread the word. Of course, we do make replacement hot tub covers for Bullfrog spas! ;-)

Hot Tub Brings Joy To Little Boy

June 26th, 2012 by

Warm water spa therapy helps Eddie Davis enjoy life more


When the hot tub’s water bubbles and swirls around Eddie Davis, he’s comfortable, content, and getting the help he needs.

For Eddie, 7, the spa isn’t a frivolity, although he definitely enjoys it.

It’s therapy, and the local wish-granting charity Gotta Dream of Yuma made it happen.


Eddie has a profound form of cerebral palsy, a result of brain damage during his birth. His family has devoted itself to his constant care, but they couldn’t afford the spa that now sits on their back patio for the soaks he gets twice a day most days.

Eddie’s spasticity, or the rigidity of his muscles as a result of his condition, is severe. His father, Jeff, said it’s like having a charley horse all the time.

The spasticity is degenerative — “for us, it’s a losing battle,” Jeff said — but constant kneading and stretching is tremendously helpful, and that’s easier to do when he’s loose.

Nothing makes Eddie loose, and happy, like warm water.

It was always obvious that he loved bath time. With a family member cradling him, he’ll lay back until the water reaches his temples. His muscles will unknot, taking stress off his bones, joints and organs. But as he grows, the tandem bath arrangement becomes a tighter fit.

On a lark, his grandmother, Susan, wrote to Gotta Dream after reading about the charity in the Yuma Sun. She explained how Eddie could truly use the spa or hot tub.

About a month ago, the therapeutic spa, which would have cost the family about $6,500 without Gotta Dream’s help, was installed.

Against the odds

Alma didn’t know her son would be different until the day he was born. At her 38-week checkup, Eddie showed an alarmingly low heartbeat. Alma was taken in for an emergency Cesarean section, and when Eddie was born, he had no heartbeat.

His doctor spent 11 minutes trying to resuscitate him. For 11 precious minutes Eddie was getting no oxygen to his brain, but the doctor kept working. The boy was otherwise flawless. He was so pink, the doctor couldn’t let him go.

Technically, the term is multicystic encephalomalacia — in other words, because he was without oxygen for a critical time, Eddie’s brain liquefied. About 85 percent of his brain — almost all except for his brain stem, the part that controls basic functions like breathing and heartbeat — was damaged.

Doctors didn’t know how long he’d survive after that, but the prognosis was grim. At first it was hours, then days. He received his baptism and last rites sacraments at the same time, in Yuma Regional Medical Center, at four days old.

Eddie continues to face many physical challenges. The spastic arching of his back puts pressure on his heart, and the twisting of his trunk can be hard on his lungs. Because his swallowing ability is poor, he’s prone to inhaling irritants that could give him life-threatening pneumonia.

The Davises give him everything they can now.

Alma learned a lot about acceptance not long after Eddie was born, when she asked his sister Kelsie, then 6, if she would like another little brother or sister, one that she could play with.

Kelsie, who would excitedly tell her mother’s belly about taking him camping and teaching him to swim, said no.

“I asked God for a perfect brother, and he gave me one,” she said.

In his happy place

Eddie is not verbal, but he is vocal. He gurgles happily, and he hums.

“A lot of kids with his brain damage don’t make any noise,” Susan says, with pride. “He does.”

He has challenges with swallowing, but he can enjoy the taste of a Popsicle. pressed against his tongue. He is nearly blind, but he seems to know when “Barney” is on TV. With a hearing aid, he can hear pretty well. His big brown eyes track his family’s voices.

As everything is with Eddie’s care, spa time is a family effort. Kelsie will sit in the tub with Eddie on her lap, and as the heated water relaxes his body, his parents and grandparents will work his limbs.

Breezy or smoky days aren’t good for his spa sessions, as pollen and other particulates can get into his delicate lungs, but he still takes dips at least five days a week.

His giggle-gurgle comes out, or he gets so mellow that he falls asleep right there.

For this, the Davises are grateful.

“They say that blind kids are afraid of the water,” Alma said. “Not this one.”