Friday, June 22, 2007

Progress and moving on!

Hi everyone,

Just a little update. Jim is having a great week. Wednesday the staff took him to the Indian Museum downtown. For those who don't know, Jim is an artist and loves to paint Indians.

They said he really enjoyed his time there and was showing them the different artist. He has begun to paint, again and has his easel and paints in his room.

Yesterday, he got the long awaited feeding tube out. The only outward sign left of his injury is his neck brace.

The VA staff have all been wonderful with Jim. They go above and beyond their duties and treat him as family. My family and I will never be able to thank them enough for their kindness and compassion. Laura, Tasha, Sandi, Dottie, Vicki Sherri, Mary, Carla, Craig, Dana, Leigh Ann, Jenny, Jackie, Audrey, Ramona and everyone else I may have missed, Thank you! Also, Dr. Buschbacher and Carlos. You have all been so helpful during the darkest of times. We consider them friends. But, it is time for Jim to move on. Wednesday, the 27th, he will enter Hook Rehab in Indy for, what we hope, will be his last stop before returning home. As I have mentioned before, Jim does not do change well. He is still focused on going home so I am a little nervous about his reaction to this change.

Again, I want to thank all of you who sent Jim a birthday card. They continue to pour in. (Pete and Pam, we did receive yours on Wednesday, thank you!) (Steve Korn, we look forward to your visit to Indy!) We read each on to Jim and taped them all to his window.

Please keep our son Jason and his wife Lynnette in your prayers. They are in Russia picking up their new baby girl! God's gift to us in the midst of all of this. Jim and I have been blessed with the most wonderful children anyone could ask for. Kelli, Jason, Andrew, Anna and Joe are loving, supportive and kind. Their spouses, Lynnette, April and Mike have been generous and supportive of the time and energy this has taken from their own families. I want to publicly thank each of them for their love.

That's all for now. God Bless. Have a great day!



Anonymous said...

Thanks for the exciting's truly amazing how far Jim has come from that very first day...God indeed is good!Let us know the address for
your new location and Steve will look forward to seeing you there :)
love you
Helen & Steve

Anonymous said...

Tell Jim Happy Birthday for me Roy call him ,they talk for a little while. I hope Jim does fine on his move.Tell him to hang in there things are geting better, and he his doing great.We are leaving for Boston Sat.Will call you in a few days.We love you all. Bill& Norene

Anonymous said...

Dear Sue, Jim and all,

Thanks for the update. We're so happy to hear that Jim was able to take a "field trip" and enjoy the museum. We're thrilled to hear that Jim is painting again. This is probably really good for him--who knows, maybe art will be his next career!

When you all return to Fort Wayne, we'd love to come over and see his paintings and talk about what mediums he enjoys working in. Would that be OK, Jim?

Congratulations on your new granddaughter! How exciting! How many grandkids does that make for you? We have eight ranging in age from 4 to just turned 12 years. (You do the math--that's right, someone was always pregnant for eight years and nine months!) What fun times!

We will be praying for this next change coming up on Wednesday. We will ask God to calm Jim's heart and mind and prepare him to receive this move--and see it as progress.

Love and Prayers,

Rosa and Ken

Admin said...

I've been out of town a few days. How wonderful to return and see such good news!

Will pray for a smooth transition for him and all of you.