moving forward

navigating through the life that was and moving into the life that is

10:15 PM – UPDATE

on November 11, 2011

Sandra had a busy day. She had PT (Physical Therapy), OT (Occupational Therapy) and Speech Therapy. Also, Xrays and a CT scan (Computerized Axial Tomography, CAT scan) to determine the extent of the damage to her left ankle and the 3 brain hemorrhages. Her therapy went well but no results on the scans until tomorrow.

She is eating some solid food which is a first. She keeps asking for chicken and pizza. These are good signs.

Also, for the first time, she has been asking about Glen and the kids and why was she in the hospital. Up until now she has been able to answer questions (mostly accurately), but has not asked many questions. She was told that Glen is there in the same hospital and that the kids have been with Uncle Jim and Aunt Margot. She seemed to be OK with that and didn’t really pursue it any further. Also all good stuff. Really don’t want her to be thinking too much about those things.

Glen’s day was decidedly different but nevertheless positive. He made some improvement in his ability to breathe of his own accord and was able to spend another 4 hours on his back. His recovery will be measured in smaller increments over a much longer period and we all need to be prepared for that. He has difficult hurdles to make and will require time to accomplish them. We are in it for the long haul with him and will do whatever is necessary to return both he and Sandra to full capacity.

Alana and Cameron are doing well and are missing their folks even though they haven’t verbalized it too much yet. I hope they will be able to hang in there for awhile. Aunts, uncles and grandparents are OK for now but we’re a poor substitute for the real thing.


3 responses to “10:15 PM – UPDATE

  1. Hannah Cargill says:

    This is Hannah Cargill and I am Cathy’s step daughter! I just wanted to let you know that our Family is thinking of Sandra and Glen! We wish we could do something more however we live a ways away!!
    My sister and I have been through something similar and we know how Alana and Cameron feel. You are doing a great job!
    Also as an OT let them do the therapy! Sandra has a long road ahead of her and it is going to hurt and she is going to cry because she is frustrated and down right pissed! She will get through this!
    Much love to everyone!
    Hannah Cargill (Cathy’s stepdaughter)

  2. Char Firlik says:

    Today the sun is shining in Michigan and it reminds us of what a warm smile Sandy has. each small step forward will lead to more progress. Thanks for the update. We are so glad that Sandy is under the care of so many highly skilled medical staff. And loving family members. Hugs to Cindy and you. Love Jeri and Char

  3. Kristen says:

    Hello all. My husband Romano and I were finally able to go visit both Glen and Sandra today. Sandra was asleep since she was pooped from all the therapy she had had. But we let her know that she and Glen will continue to be in our prayers. The machine that Glen was in is somethin else!! It’s amazing all the technology they have come up with. And I pray that this machine continues to help with Glen’s recovery. I believe that they will both fully recover but also know that it will take a while. But we are happy that they are alive and fighting and they need to continue to fight as well all should continue to pray for them and their families. ;o)
    ~Kristen Dudley

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