Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Nov 8, 2011

Nine years ago today I married Erin. What a wonderful woman. Erin was the best thing in the world for me. She kept me grounded, directed, motivated, centered, fed, clothed, and loved. She always made sure my clothes matched and weren't wrinkled. Today is a tough one for me. Erin and I always seemed to have things go our way. A successful marriage isn't something that happens by mistake, it takes hard work and the ability to work together. Erin woke up everyday making a conscience decision to have a good day. I love her more today than I ever have.

I am sorry for the infrequent updates. There really hasn't been much to say. Erin remains at home I am so thankful for the help that I get in taking care of her daily.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

House Call 9/13/11

Last night Erin got a special house call from Dr. Brennen. Any time he comes to see Erin he brings his bag of medical equipment and gives Erin a complete examination. His rates are reasonable and he accepts payments in raisins and yogurt so I can't complain.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

August 28th Update

 Well I am sorry that I haven't blogged in awhile but there hasn't been much to blog about. Erin's condition remains the same. No good news, no bad news. Erin's school has started recently and she would be so upset to be missing all the kids coming back to school.
 Along with Erin's family and friends we are into a good routine with Erin's care. It is quite an undertaking and I am thankful that she has not had to go to a nursing home for care.

I put one of our dogs on Erin's lap the other night and he looked so content that I had to take a picture.

Monday, July 25, 2011

July 25th Update

 No real reason to post too often it seems lately. There really isn't any news, good or bad and taking care of Erin consumes most of my free time. Thankfully Erin's friends and family have helped out and offered me opportunities to run to the store or catch a beer with a friend every now and then. It feels so weird that just yesterday Erin and I did whatever we wanted pretty much on a whim and now a relief must be arranged for me to go to the grocery store. I'm not complaining, just making an observation on how it is such a departure from our lives together. This situation is a testament to the fact that no matter how well planned things are they sometimes get flipped around. We led such a "free spirit" lifestyle and I am forever grateful to the memories and experiences we have made together.  
 I, along with everyone else that was fortunate enough to know Erin miss her dearly. It is so hard to watch her live like this without any communication or social interaction. I can only do so much, but the simple things that I can provide for Erin are done without reservation and I only hope that she continues with as little pain and suffering as possible. It seems that with her being home she can regain some dignity, although it is more than likely for me and her family as she continues to have little or no awareness. I remain positive , but I have come to grips with the severity or Erin's injury and the gravity of her situation. It is so difficult to hear the pure optimism of some who almost guarantee that Erin will be as good as new, when no doctor has ever remotely suggested that. I wonder how often it is that people tell you what they think you want to hear instead of saying what they actually think? This goes on in everyday situations where people say pleasant things to avoid any unpleasantness or being uncomfortable, it's human nature. I hope for the best, but have tried to prepare myself for the worst. It's not that I don't believe in miracles or miraculous recoveries, simply that waiting for a miracle when one isn't on the way can leave someone unprepared for reality when it doesn't happen. One of Erin's doctors explained it like this, "things don't always end up the way we want them to or like they do in the movies." I will continue to keep my chin up, love, and take care of my wife no matter what comes our way. She has taught me so much about myself and life in general. I am forever grateful to her for these things. I am also so grateful to those that have helped us so much in this time of need. You have made some things much less worrisome, thank you. Well if you made it this far, thanks for reading. My posts will surely be less frequent, but I will continue to update whenever there is news or the urge strikes.

Friday, July 15, 2011

July 15th Update

 Erin has been home for 8 days now and we are getting into a routine. Erin is stable the swelling comes and goes. Thanks to the friends and family who have come by and offered a helping hand or just sat and talked or shared a beer. Our house revolves around Erin's schedule and that fluctuates day to day.  Although it was a little intimidating at first I am confident that with some help I can handle it for awhile. Erin is in good hands during the day as her nurse is getting into the groove of managing her care during the day. I am looking forward to my Mom, Sister, and Nephew coming in for a visit this weekend. My Mom has never hesitated to jump right in and help out and I will be grateful to have her spending the weekend.  

Friday, July 8, 2011

First Night Home

 Well Erin was brought home last night at about 6:30. It was a hectic day with running all over town multiple times picking up prescriptions, meeting with the hospital, and picking up last minute items for Erin. It was a bustle of activity and I can say that, while bittersweet it did feel good to have her cross the threshold into the house we have built into a home. The next few days will be learning Erin's routine and combining it with mine. Hopefully I can become a little more proficient at the whole turning, changing, feeding thing that will happen all throughout the night. Last night went pretty well I think for my first solo gig.
Here is a picture of me cutting off those cursed bracelets Erin has had on for the last 4 months, I don't know if they bothered her but they drove me batty.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Erin is Coming Home

Well it has been 113 days since Erin has been home. Our world is now completely different than it was, but if you are reading this you probably already know that. I start this day filled with emotion. I am happy that Erin will be home, but sad that it is under the circumstances. I am confident that I have the friends and family that will help me adequately care for Erin, but I am anxious that I may stumble along the way. I guess I 'll figure it out. Thank goodness I have had all the help along the way because I don't have to figure everything out myself. It is because of this tremendous support that I am able to get Erin home today to a house filled with love and support for our girl.
 Well sorry to cut it short but there is still a ton of stuff to accomplish today. It will not be until this evening that I will be getting her home. There are still contractors working and supplies coming in to organize and arrange. I'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

June 29th Update

 Everything is coming together for Erin's move home. It looks like I will get her home late next week if everything goes well. She continues to have some swelling and the doctors are aware and monitoring it. All of Erin's home health equipment was delivered and set up yesterday. I was going to try and set up a bed in the room with her, but I'm not quite sure there is enough room. I'll figure it out. I was joking with someone, I feel like goldilocks I've slept in every bed in my house trying to pick out the best one. My dogs are super confused I keep changing bedrooms.  
 The contractor is moving along nicely he has done many renovations for the handicapped and is very well versed in what needs to be done in ordered to make the home more accessible. I just can't get interested in any aspect of it, other than functionality. He asks what color and I just shrug and tell him to pick one. Thanks for all the offers of help on the renovations, I just can't organize anything, I just needed someone to do the whole deal turn-key, kinda quickly too.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sunday June 26th update

Erin got a special visitor on Friday evening. Her nephew Brennen came by to see her. He is always so sweet and it is nice to see how innocent kids can be sometimes. He simply sees his "nan".
 Erin is doing alright, fighting an infection.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

June 22nd Update

 Erin isn't doing too hot. She had a CT scan yesterday to try and determine what is going on. Erin is having some swelling in her head from a build up of excess cerebral spinal fluid CSF. She will go to Ochsner's main hospital tomorrow and be seen by her original neurosurgeon. Hopefully it is a simple adjustment of her VP shunt. She is sick and hopefully we will have an idea of what is going on tomorrow.
 Everything is coming along nicely to get Erin moved home in the next couple of weeks. One can only imagine the process it is to make a home ready to take care of someone in Erin's condition. I still have a ton to figure out about giving Erin the proper care that she requires. It seems like end up repeating the phrase,"I'll figure it out" about 20 times a day. Heck, it has worked so far so I will just let that be my motto for now. Thankfully with a little help I have been able to get almost all of Erin's 'big" medical equipment lined-up so that is one less worry. I must say that I have had really good luck navigating the insurance speed bumps to get these things done efficiently.
 I have been told that this is a series of peaks and valleys but it sure seems to be more valleys than peaks lately. Erin and I were supposed to have spent the last week at a beach house we had rented, it seems like that those plans were in a different life and in a way I guess it was. Things have changed and plans get canceled, that is life. I am okay with that. Tomorrow is a new day and with it a new set of challenges. I'll figure it out.    

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Thank you

I could not possibly fully express my feelings and thoughts about the Evening for Erin event but I will start with amazing and overwhelmimg. The 650 plus crowd drew many of Erin's medical staff, family and friends from near and far, some we see often and some we have not seen in many years. Yet ALL so special to us and in some way touched by Erin and her story. Since the accident, days and nights are difficult, your faith challenged, and you often wonder how you willl get through to the next moment. Yet I realized from the spirit of last Thursday night, we are making it thanks to an incredible amount of love and support. I never knew that such joy could exist in the midst of so much uncertainty and sadness. We know we are not alone and are in it together as Team Erin!
I would like to thank everyone who helped plan, organize, volunteered, donated, worked and attended the night. And a very special thanks to a dedicated group of chipmunks, who came through in true green and white fashion. This event would not have been such a success without each of you. This all started as a small idea that turned into a passion of the heart, many people hopped on board and stepped up for different reasons but all for the same, their love for Erin. It certainly showed that night.
A heartfelt thanks to the Blessey Marine crew for an incredible job at the Fishing Rodeo last Saturday. It was a great team effort by a special group of people who know what family is all about. We could never thank you enough for all of your compassion and care. I know Erin is so proud and humbled by your support.
We remain strong and hopeful for the future. Through faith and prayer, we continue to believe that God is on our side and will bring us peace, comfort and healing for Erin.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

June 15th Update

Erin is coming home. It isn't great fanfare and it certainly isn't a victory. there just simply isn't much that can be done with an unresponsive patient. I am going to take her home and make her as comfortable as possible. I will work with her and give her whatever therapy I can. I will meet with a contractor and get working on a few modifications to our house. I will get her room set up and she can have her dogs on her lap. Unfortunately Erin has mountains to climb and maybe with time can gain some consciousness. I am hoping to have all the necessary equipment and modifications for the first part of July. Once she is home I will hire in home care while I work and will need to lean on her friends and family to help in the evening. I am thankful to know that I will not be dealing with this alone. My Mom left for home today after helping out for the last week. It was nice to have some time with her and she is a strong woman how has dealt with her fair share of tragedy, much like many of you. I continue to learn everyday. Thank again to all for the thoughts and prayers.  

Monday, June 13, 2011

Monday June 13th Update

 Okay sorry for the blog neglect. Wow, did I have a great, busy, moving, and overall wonderful last few days. Erin's two benefits were both huge successes. Everyone involved did a great job getting organized, they worked their tails off to make 2 special occasions that will go down in the books!
 Erin is settled into her new temporary home at Ochsner's Elmwood facility. They seem to have a great team working for Erin. I am sad that she had to leave Touro, but hopeful that we can get her back in due time. She misses her "girls" and morning wake-ups. Erin is in room 323. There are no set visiting hours but she will have rehab during various times. I think they are from 0900-1100 and 1:30- 3:00 or thereabouts. If you go while she is in therapy you may not get to see her, but I think visitors are helpful and she has a nice big room for everyone to be able to relax while there.  

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tuesday June 7th Update

 Well there are some things you should never have to do for a loved one. One of these things I did today: I picked a color for my wife's wheelchair. ugh.
 Erin's benefits were on the news today. Big thanks to Rick, Tina, and Jennifer! you guys were great, Erin would be humbled to see the out pouring of love for her. Also thanks to those people that were instrumental in getting Erin's spot televised.  One of Erin's therapists said she recently sold her house and the folks that bought it asked her about Erin! She has touched a lot people.

Monday, June 6, 2011

On the News Tuesday Morning

Tune in Tuesday morning, June 7th for a segment on the benefits for Erin. It will air on The Morning Show on WWL-TV Channel 4 with Sally and Eric. The time for the segment will be 7:45 a.m. Looking forward to seeing everyone on Thursday evening!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Saturday June 4th Update

Erin is doing okay. She has been pretty stable over the last week. Erin had a barium swallow test to make sure that during speech therapy anything that was going into her mouth was going into her stomach. The results were not what we were hoping for. The test showed that Erin was aspirating instead of swallowing. she was able to cough when this occurred, so at least she can cough when something does go down into her bronchial tree. To make a long story short Erin won't be able to practice swallowing anytime soon. Aspiration would put her at great risk for pneumonia. This is probably our last weekend here at Touro, hopefully we can come back eventually. If Erin improves she can benefit from their great program and staff. Today she has been here 54 days. It has been 80 days since this nightmare started, but we are doing okay and will continue to hold our heads high and take each day as it comes.
 I hope that Erin isn't lonely, uncomfortable, in pain, depressed, or anything else unpleasant. It is so hard not being able to communicate to each to each other about what's going on. I just can't stand to think that she needs something and can't communicate it with anyone.
 Today a friend of mine went on the radio to promote the fishing tournament that he is helping to organize. He did a great job to spread Erin's story, (Great job Ken). We are so looking forward to a great weekend in the sun with family and friends.

 Here is an "old" picture of Erin and her Chapelle classmates with Father Paul at our wedding. Erin is very fortunate to have such loving friends during all of this. I am also fortunate, as they have all taken me in and offered their unconditional support. (that really goes for everyone). Thanks.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Wednesday June 1 Update

 Well it seems that Erin will be moving out of Touro next week. Erin will be going to Ochsner's skilled nursing facility. This is a short term situation but it allows me some breathing room to try and figure out what's next. It will also give Erin some more time to try and heal. She will still be getting therapy and I am confident that she will get the same excellent care she received at Ochsner's ICU. A special thanks to the people who helped me make this next step much less stressful than I had originally thought.
 Erin will be fitted for a special wheelchair next week. The chair she uses now is a loaner, she will get fit for a chair specifically for her. Many thanks to everyone who have helped me afford this expense.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Wednesday May 25th Update

  I was going through Erin's pictures and found one I took of here right after the Saint's won the Super Bowl at the victory parade.

 Erin loved to have her picture taken and I am glad that she did. She may look different now but she is still a beautiful woman.

I will never be ashamed of my wife and I will always love her. This week has been a tough one I am learning things that no should ever have to think about and certainly not this early in life. It is easy to think that everything in life will come easily and I wish that was so. Erin and I have had a great marriage and have been truly blessed to have found each other. We get along so great and have had an action packed relationship. I enjoy reading anything she has written and recently found a diary which mapped out our first years together. She really was head over heels for me come to find out. Erin has had a good week with positive results from therapy. Her anticipated release date is now June 8th. I have been hard at work to determine where we go from here. I'll keep everyone updated with any news.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Evening for Erin Information

I would like to share some information about the upcoming benefit on June 9th.

- the time has been changed to 6:30-11:30

- must be 21 to attend the benefit at Southport

- Cash, check, and credit cards will be accepted. However, if you purchase your tickets at the door, you must use cash or check.

Speaking of tickets, if you would like to avoid the rush, tickets are available to purchase before the event. You can email eveningforerin@gmail.com and our ticket sales team will be happy to arrange to get you the tickets.

It is going to be a great night and all for a great cause! There will be lots of food from local New Orleans restaurants, awesome auction items and some raffles that you will not want to miss out on! Thanks to the benefit committee for all of your efforts and thanks to all who have already made donations to ensure the success of this night. Hope to see everyone on the 9th and keep the prayers coming for progress for our girl!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Saturday May 21st Update

Erin and I did are usual Saturday routine. Well usual for the last few weeks.... We went outside for a few hours and caught up. Of course Erin did all the listening, for those of you that know Erin you know how much she liked to talk. She is doing a lot more listening lately. Hopefully she will be back to her old ways, telling stories and bossing me around. Erin is doing well, just minor medical issues. It's hard to stay healthy when you don't get out of bed for a couple of months. They are doing an excellent job taking care of Erin here and I am worried about what the future of her medical care holds for her. Extended medical stays cost tons of money and insurance companies want to see results. I understand this, everyone wants a return on investment. The problem is that results are coming slowly. I hope Erin has a big week and shows some solid results. It is difficult to think about it but much of the decision making processes on Erin's near future are based on purely numerical data. Putting it simply, each week numbers are tallied in accordance to her abilities if the numbers are not rising the insurance company starts thinking about throttling back funds for rehabilitation. I guess it could be worse, some companies just allot a certain number of rehabilitation days and once you reach your limit you wait until the next calendar year. Regardless of Erin's short term prognosis I remain confident that she will continue to make gains. We will see how the next few weeks go. Her projected release date is still June the 1st. This is only days away from now.

 I am still amazed by everyone's generosity. All of the good folks at Tulane University greeted me this week when i stopped in to pick up my diploma. I almost lost it, but was able to keep it together enough to shake some hands and thank everyone. I got out of there without balling my eyes out.

 Erin got a great surprise this week from my mom who made her an awesome quilt. The quilt has different patches depicting some of Erin's old favorite things: Mardi Gras, Saints, wine corks, and school stuff. It also has a new favorite thing: dinosaurs. Erin just hasn't had the chance to realize her true respect for a dinosaur's strength and tenacity.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Monday May 16th

Well the weather isn't really very pleasant for too much of the time here in southern Louisiana. This weekend was an exception. Kelley, Kay, and Henry came in and we had a nice time. We were able to take Erin out on the deck at Touro Saturday for a few hours. Sunday we went back outside with Melissa and a few friends. Just sitting outside feels so much better than in the hospital room.  It has to be nice for Erin too, even if there isn't much to look at. Kelli was a sweet sister and painted Erin's toenails last night. Erin has been doing okay. She has avoided any fevers over the last few days. I apologize for the reduced frequency of updates, but there is less to report lately. I will keep everyone in the loop on any news though, you can be sure of that.  

Friday, May 13, 2011

Thursday May 12th Update

Today, Kelli and I met with Erin's case manager and her main doctor. Erin continues to make baby steps in her recovery, and her therapists are happy with her progress thus far. We were reminded again, how early we are in the grand scheme of things. Erin has been having some "minor" medical problems that of course side track her progress. There were predictably no predictions of eventual outcomes. The doctor went over the possible complications and all the outcomes that we need to be possibly prepared for.
The doctor told us that Erin has moved on from a comatose state to a vegetative state. I suspected this was coming. In the last few weeks Erin has started spending more time with her eyes open. The presence of "sleep/wake" cycles indicates the progression from a coma to a vegetative state. I have also read that only a very small percentage of traumatic brain injury survivors remain in this vegetative state. Erin can still progress with the continued therapy and stimulation. We remain hopeful that she will continue to heal and continue to show more signs of awareness. She has made steps in the right direction. The therapists all report that she has progressed nicely in the last month that she has been here at Touro.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Sunday May 8th Update

Erin had a quiet weekend. Now that she is off of all the "extras" like oxygen and iv's I was able to roll her outside. There is a concrete "yard" right outside the unit she is in. It looks like a prison yard minus the guys working out and barbed wire. The positive is that it is outside and for Erin to get to have some sun on her face and fresh air in her lungs does my heart well, and hopefully her's as well.
Erin is starting to have longer periods with her eyes open. It is nice to see, but there has been little movement and her pupils are still fixed. We are still hopeful that she will continue to progress. She did great with her tracheotomy out all weekend. Please keep Erin in your prayers.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Thursday May 5th Update

 Well I walked into Erin's room today and low and behold she had her tracheotomy removed. Erin will now be able to vocalize. Her speech therapist even fed her three spoons of pudding! It's amazing last week I was told she would have the tracheotomy for the foreseeable future, and today it's history. I sat in with her therapists today for an hour or so and they are an amazing team. She is doing well otherwise. 

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sunday May 1st Update

I took a break from the hospital today and was picking up a cup of coffee and bumped into a celebrity. I bumped into Tracy, who was Erin's nurse during the first few days after the accident. We instantly recognized each other and exchanged pleasantries. He will never know how much he did for our family by reassuring us and explaining what in the heck was going on. Thank you Tracy, and everyone else at Ochsner. Heck, he was even wearing a red "pray for Erin" bracelet. A friend of mine recently wrote an essay that she shared with me entitled "Humanism in Medicine". In the essay she explains the care that different staff members have displayed while treating Erin and how that care translates into comfort for both families and patients. These are intangibles that can not be reflected in data or statistics but from personal experience I can say that humanism in medicine is a concept I can get behind.
Erin had a restful weekend. I tried to work with her over bending her legs and arms, trying to keep her loose for therapy and prevent muscle tightening from taking place. She had a slight fever this morning, but seems to be doing alright. I hope everyone had a great weekend.

Here's a picture of our girl gobbling up some spring rolls at last year's Jazzfest.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Friday Night Update

Sorry for not updating sooner. There really hasn't been too much news this week. Erin has has had a fever that got up to 104.5 yesterday morning, yeah I know scary right? The good news is that they have ruled out infection. It seems that her brain is just not able to regulate her temperature, up or down. The nurses will now be able to just treat the fever with medication and not be worried they are masking other problems. The pulmonologist said that Erin has a weak reflex cough. This means that she will not be coming off of the tracheotomy anytime soon, they had thought she could be weened off of it in the next couple of weeks. Oh well, in the grand scheme of things it really isn't a big deal.
Nurse Ina reported today that Erin was able to nod to a question. She was stoked to be able to give some good news, as i was stoked to get the good news. She seems to be coming "to the surface". She seems to have more periods of awareness. These mostly happen during the day while they are doing therapy.

Here's a picture of Erin taking some time to smell the flowers.

Here's Erin with one of her favorite men.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tuesday Update

Erin continues to fight the fight. She continues to fight a fever as well as an elevated heart rate. She is maintaing her weight, they weigh her weekly to make sure that she is meeting her dietary needs. Me and her sisters attended an informational seminar yesterday and it was very insightful. Unfortunately some of the information was hard to swallow. Of course the not knowing Erin's outcome is the most difficult. I am a patient man and will wait and work with her every day. The doctors and therapists had their staff meeting today, predictably with the same results from last week. She has made improvements since her admission such as an increase in tone and withdrawing from pain more readily. The therapists have been teaching me some physical techniques as well as caregiver tips.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

An Evening For Erin & Easter Update

 Erin has some wonderful friends that are organizing some great events on her behalf. Here is a flyer that Angie Daigrepont designed for "An Evening For Erin" on June 9th. I'm sure this will be a great time and I am looking forward to seeing everyone come out. This is the Thursday before the "Fishing For Erin" tournament so if anyone comes in from out of town you have 2 great events to attend. 
 Erin had a nice day, she had her eyes open for a few hours this afternoon and hasn't had a temp in a few days. I think she is starting to become more aware. she was moving her arms and fingers spontaneously, more so than usual. We're looking forward to this week and are continuing our hopeful, but patient approach to this process. Thanks again to everyone's support Erin couldn't do it without you.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Saturday April 23rd Update

Erin's doing okay. Yesterday they did a lumbar puncture (spinal tap) to determine if she has an infection. The unofficial results came back negative, thank goodness. I talked with her doctor yesterday he seemed to think she was doing well.
One of Erin's doctors at Ochsner, Dr. Paul McCarthy came up to me one morning several weeks ago and slipped me a CD. He asked if I liked the blues and we talked a little music. He told me that he produced this CD of Louisiana artists in which proceeds benefit: Northern Louisiana Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Foundation, of which he is on the board of directors. It's nice to know that he has a genuine interest in the advancement of TBI research. The proceeds go to funding neuroscience research and helping sufferers of stroke and TBI all over Louisiana. But it really is a good CD of blues,jazz, and zydeco. Louisiana Swamp Stomp can be purchased at Amazon. Dr. McCarthy along with all the doctors at Ochsner and Touro so far have been very attentive never hesitating to come and answer any questions or to just chat.
The doctors have ordered up another CT scan for Erin to have a look at her brain. This will be her first brain CT in weeks, I am interested to see if there are any marked changes, or what a different set of doctors have to say about it.

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival starts next weekend. Erin loved to go every year, here's a picture of her enjoying a beautiful day and good music.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Thursday April 21nd Update

Erin is doing good. Today she wasn't as zonked out as she usually is. It was nice to see, yawning and looking looking around. The nurses all are great. The all poke there head in checking in on Erin and checking out her pictures and cards. They said that they come in the morning and turn on the iPod that I have in the room to play music for her. One of the nurses said that they all think she has the coolest music on her iPod. When you think about it I guess looking at someone's music is like looking into their medicine cabinet, it tells a lot about the person(or so you may think).

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tuesday April 19th Update

Well today was first meeting of Erin's staff to determine some goals for her. I won't get into all the details here, but the initial outlook was less than stellar. They listed off all kinds of functions and a level at which they are predicting Erin to function at after completion of Rehab at Touro. Of course they cautioned that these were just predictions and they could be moved forward or back each week after evaluating the week's progress. At first it was a little hard to swallow. I have yet to hear any predictions and this left me with more questions than anwsers. I decided this evening that we can't totally get caught up in predictions this early on. Erin has been at Touro for only eight days and I know that she will be kicking it into overdrive once she becomes a little more aware. A friend at work reminded me this morning that, "doctors are practicing medicine, they don't know everything so they are still practicing." I totally respect the doctors and staff but I've known Erin for awhile and she is stubborn and will surprise them.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Monday Update

Well, it was bound to happen eventually. I miss Erin. I'm not lonely, but I sure miss my wife. We did everything together it seems like. We had a lot of plans together. So many things are up in the air now. I do not know what the future holds for us and that's tough to think about. I was sitting with Erin tonight and it was almost as if she knew I needed her today. She kind of half way opened one of her eyes. I'd like to think she was listening to be ramble on about the last few weeks, filling her in on the dogs and her friends. Hopefully as this goes on more light will be shed on Erin's condition and the doctor's expectations of her rehabilitation.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Saturday update

Erin had a great day today, the therapists worked her hard this morning and said she did great. They are very pleased with her progress so far. She had her trach "plugged" all day and she tolerated it , so the nurse said that also was very good. She had some good sister time today and cheery visitors and was resting peacefully tonight. No therapy tomorrow so we are looking forward to her break and rest on Sunday. She will start again on Monday with the intense rehab. Thanks agin for the continued support and well wishes coming her way as she starts the next phase in her recovery. Keep the prayers coming for our girl!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Friday 4/15 Update

Erin seems to be doing well at Touro. Her speech therapist is optimistic and upbeat about Erin's abilities so far. The staff there all are taking great care of her.
The fishing tournament that the guys are putting on for Erin is going to be real nice. A few people have asked how that's going to work and I really don't know, because I'm not much of a fisherman. What I do know is that there will be plenty to eat and drink and there will be live music and some great raffle prizes. Email fishingforerin@yahoo.com for raffle tickets or any other information. A huge thanks to all the guys and gals that are getting this put together. Additionally I think there may be another benefit announced in the near future, I'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wednesday 4/13 Update

Not too much to report.
I talked with Erin's speech therapist today. She reports that Erin has a strong swallow. She said that getting her weened off the traech will be a priority. I also had a chance to speak with Erin's case manager from Touro. She seems very nice.
Tonight I am in Houston on business. It will be hard not seeing her, but she is in good hands with her sister Melissa tonight.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tuesday April 12th

Today starts the next leg of this crazy journey called life. Erin is less than one mile from where she has spent the last 10 years growing professionally and personally with the good folks at St. Georges. Yesterday I met with Erin's new nurses and doctors at Touro. They confirmed what I already knew, Erin suffered multiple injuries to her brain that are all very serious by themselves and compounded even more serious. They seem to have a really nice staff and facility. Hopefully Erin is knocking their socks off today. Erin will be working with three groups of therapy daily, each of these therapies will increase in complexity as Erin progresses. The doctors and staff will meet each week to give a projected finish date for Erin that will move forward or back depending on that week's progress.
Erin is in room M4-11. Touro's visiting hours for Erin's section are as follows: Monday-Friday 4:00-8:30 P.M. Saturday 12:00-8:30 P.M. and Sunday 10:30-8:30 P.M.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Monday Update

Well Erin made the move to Touro today. It was long day, but she should be resting well in her new home away from home. I'll give a better update tomorrow morning. Suffice it to say that today was long one. Sorry for the abbreviated post tonight.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sunday Update

Erin got put in her chair again today four hours. She handled it pretty well, but was pretty tuckered out this afternoon. Today Kelli, Liz, Tina, and Jen came over to the house to help pack up some things for Erin to prepare for Touro. Thank goodness they came to help, it would have taken me hours and I would have screwed it up for sure. Tonight Erin is going to get a leg shave and a pedicure from her girlfriends.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Saturday 4/9 Update

Yesterday we received some great news. Erin was accepted into Touro Hospital's Neuro Rehabilitation program. They felt that her age and prognosis is good and she can benefit more, the earlier they get her in. This may happen as early as Monday. She remains unconscious, but they start with the very basics, sitting her up and moving her around and build from there. This stimulation will help push her along.
Today when I came in nurse Tiffany and nurse Mandy already had her in her chair sitting up. Its great to see her out of the bed. I hope everyone has a great weekend. Here's a picture of Erin and Jennifer on one of Florida's best beaches.

Guest Book

I made a picture book for Erin and would love to have everyone sign it. Please make sure to sign your name in one of the margins the next time you come visit. I know it may be difficult to think of the perfect thing to say, but the most important thing is just to get your name in there!

P.S. Erin is AMAZING! :)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Physical Therapy Friday

Erin just got physical therapy. They got her sitting up in the bed and she was really able to get her lungs cleared up a bit. She was able to cough up quite a bit on her own. They worked on her legs, arms, and hands too. The two therapists who came in were so nice. They were just chatting with Erin like it was nothing to meet a girl in a hospital room under these circumstances. I tell ya', It stinks being being in a hospital but if you have to be in one Ochsner is second to none. The staff here have all been amazing. I'm always curious to see who Erin's nurse will be for the day or night shift. Everyday I am greeted, not just by her nurse but all the nurses. They all check in on Erin daily. The doctors will leave messages for me just to say hello if they don't have the chance to stop in. I am sure much like any job nurses, doctors, and medical staff have "off" days but I have not been able to detect anything but the most courteous professionalism day in and day out. Thank you.
I want to thank everyone for all the thoughtful things you have given and done for me and Erin. My lawn has never looked as good as it does now, thank you. Erin's room has had a steady stream of wonderful plant and flower arrangements. They really do brighten up the room. All of the cards and letters get read over and over daily. I especially enjoyed the cards with letters and well wishes addressed specifically to me. I am not a father but the parents and teachers of the kids who have written have got to beam with pride to know how sweet their kids can be. I have had petit fours, sandwiches, salads, mints, cupcakes, and everything in between. I loved it all. My waistline, not so much. I am grateful to everyone for their thoughts and words of encouragement.
Anyway, no more PT till Monday. Hopefully Erin will have a peaceful weekend and be ready to get back to work next week.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

This moves to the top.

You don't know me, nor do I know you, but I am a friend of a friend that told me about your beautiful wife Erin and the tragic accident that you both are going through. My husband was hit by a freight train 13 1/2 yrs ago and suffered a TBI (traumatic brain injury) to the right frontal and right parietal lobes. He also suffered a broken neck and many other injuries as you could imagine. He laid comatose for 63 days in ICU with Drs telling me he would never wake up, and if he did he would be a quadriplegic and a vegetable. I prayed so much that I'm not sure I left room for anyone else's prayers to reach God. But to everyone's amazement my husband woke up and is back to his old self again. As you mentioned about Erin, Daniel's age was on his side and after Five long years of rehabilitation and determination he started walking working driving...you name it he does it. The only thing that he sometimes has problems with is his long term memory, but after a moment of really thinking it comes back to him! I am a registered nurse and had trouble understanding all that he went through, so I can only imagine what you're going through. Let me tell you this...a brain injury is like a jigsaw puzzle. The puzzle gets tossed up in the air and comes down in 500 little pieces, and then that person has to put all the pieces back together again. I will keep Erin and you in my prayers and pray that my words have given you some kind of hope! Take care and God bless!


Thursday 4/7 Update

Erin is still comatose. She responds to pain, but not to commands yet. As most of you know she has responded to a few commands in the past such as thumbs up or opening of the eyes. Her pupils are still unresponsive which is not a good sign overall (they have been this way since she got here). The longer someone is in a coma, the greater the likelihood of residual symptoms, particularly physical disabilities. The doctors are optimistic that she will be able to come out of the coma eventually but the severity of any impairments will be a mystery for probably months. Erin's youth is a distinct advantage as well as her pre-injury intelligence level and personality, as these have been identified as possible indicators for levels of recovery. Her vitals are all stable and she continues to breathe on her own. The doctors are talking about an EEG later today which measures brain wave activity. Apparently there is an EEG severity index used on patients with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). I will update the blog with any information as it becomes available to me. Just to verify, I am not a doctor or a medical professional. I am just a concerned husband with a silly internet connection, and a lot of questions.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

RSVP for the Blood Drive

Ochsner would like to have as accurate as possible head count for the blood drive that is being held on Tuesday April 12th. Mandy Ducote is trying to get the number as accurate as possible. If you plan on attending please email her at mducote@blessey.com So she can get you on the list if you haven't already done so. Let's make Ochsner pull out all the buses next Tuesday!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Three Weeks

Erin is resting tonight. Tomorrow she will get another CT scan in the morning to make sure everything is going as planned.
I have of course had plenty of time to think about "stuff" lately. One thing that I have been reminded of is just how precious relationships are. Erin and I have an unbelievably strong marriage. We never went to bed without a goodnight smooch. We never hesitate to break out in song and dance at a moments notice. We try to never take each other for granted. These are just a couple of things that get me through the day. I can't wait to have her back dancing around the house. People ask me how I can be so strong, Erin makes me strong. She wouldn't have it any other way.
Erin has a ton of friends. She is going to need you guys more than ever as she recovers. This won't be easy, but Erin will know she has the best friends during this process.

Post Op Update

Erin is back in her room and recovering. The procedure went well. She will be recovering for the next 36 hours or so. I will give a more detailed update later tonight. Thanks Guys!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Monday Update and Blood Drive

Erin is having another operation tomorrow morning. She will have her drain ran permanently. She is unable to regulate her ventricular pressure on her own. The doctors attribute her quiet weekend to this fluid build-up.
There will be a blood drive at Blessey Marine at 1515 River Oaks Road East in Harahan next Tuesday April 12th if anyone would like to drop by and give blood on behalf of Erin. I think the bus will be there at 0800-until? She has not needed blood since she came to the hospital but I have a new found respect for blood donation. Erin diligently gave blood as often as she could and was luckily the recipient of someone's donation.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Zee and Shrek

We had new guests today at Prissy's Palace! Many of you already know that our family has dinner together every Sunday at the infamous Metairie Restaurant named Prissy's Palace.( a name that we came up with when we were younger, when we played waitress at my mom's restaurant!) This has been a family tradition for at least the last 20 years and it is something we all look forward to, home cooked meal, free refills and the price is right! Both of the boys asked me this morning if Nan and D would be there. So we started to think of something we could do for them. After gathering 2 stuffed animals, clothes and paper and pens, our project was complete.

My boys have decided to hold the spots at the table for Nan and D until they come back. Brady made signs with their names on it and insists on leaving it there, even "if its for 2 months". So Zee is in Erin's spot and Shrek is in D's spot, waiting for them to join us again at Prissy's Palace.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Saturday Night Update

Erin had a quite day today. She is stable though. I am fortunate to have some awesome visitors this weekend. A few of my high school chums came into town along with both my brothers and Sis in law and nephew. I thought I was having a great weekend, little did I know that it was going to be kicked into overdrive with a special homemade treat pictured here. And yeah the cupcakes have Dino shaped sprinkles! Thanks JAB!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Friday Night Update

Erin was officially zonked after her morning of moving back and forth from the chair. The results from the EEG show no signs of seizure. They also said there the were no large areas of inactivity. The brain is moving slow, but is to be expected from a coma patient. The doctors are going to monitor her brain ventricle drain this weekend and determine whether or not to internalize it, making it a shunt.

Look Who is Out of Bed

Today they moved erin out of bed and into a chair. The chair is a special chair that allows Erin to sit almost upright. This will help with her bruising as well as challenge her lungs. Sitting also will make her use muscles that laying can't do. She will be allowed to sit for no more than 2 hours and will be fatigued afterward.
She is continuing to move her left side more which is so encouraging.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Thursday Update

Erin had a good day. Tonight she was moving her left hand, squeezing and holding my hand. This is her hand that hasn't been responding too well, good news. Nurse Bob told me they did an EEG today. An EEG is used to measure brain activity. None of the doctors have evaluated the results yet, maybe I'll get some more info tomorrow. I didn't even now they planned on doing one and maybe they are looking for something else. Erin looks restful, right before I left I got another huge yawn. Everything else is stable, she's off antibiotics as well as the ventilator. We're hoping for a great weekend!

Strong and Sassy

I could not help but post this picture. It is so Erin, just posing and showing us just how strong she really is. Dustyn is so right about the families, we are all very blessed. Some family members are established from birth and many others you gather along your life journey. Regardless of where and when you meet, your family becomes an important part of who you are.

Thanks to all who attended the Rosary and who prayed at their own location last Friday. What a powerful showing of support and prayers for Erin! We appreciate the continued support and prayers. Keep it up Erin- we are so proud of our Nan!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wednesday Nights and Green Lights

Well were two weeks into this now. Tonight I had a nice break, I had dinner with a hundred of my friends tonight at a great Metairie restaurant, Dragos. Each year we bring all of our Captains in a week of meetings and conferences. A couple of us were talking and it dawned on us that we have been working together for so long that we practically grew up together. When you grow up with people they are your family. When all else fails, you lean on your family. I have been blessed with an unbelievable family. I love you all. You have taught me the gift of a hug, an offer to help, or a bran muffin. I will not forget these gifts. I will "pay it forward". We will get through this and I will make sure that those in need in my life in the future get these same simple considerations. It really makes a difference. After laughing and talking and eating I took off to the hospital to see Erin for my hour of "ICU therapy". I have become an ICU regular. Every morning there is a new family confused and upset. Their loved one has had an unfortunate accident or circumstance and the family doesn't know how to act. This morning there was a family that couldn't figure out how to get into the ICU unit. I told then how the little card reader on the ICU door turns green during visiting hours, a fact I wish I didn't know. All the nurses and doctors wish me a good morning on my way back to Erin's room, comforting but not somewhere you want to have VIP access.
Tonight, on the way to the 8 o'clock visiting hour I got every green light on the way to the hospital. It felt good. Erin had opened here eyes for the first time in two weeks just hours earlier and I was eager to see her again. Tonight Erin yawned. As cheesy as that sounds it sure was nice to see such a relaxed, natural action. Erin will continue to heal and her body will show new progress. I am thankful for this progress and mindful of certain setbacks. Hopefully tomorrow will bring continued success for Erin's
recovery. If you've hung on this long to my rambling, thanks!

Wednesday Update

Erin is showing her determination today. Today she was able to move her eyes toward me when held open. This afternoon she opened her eyes for Dr. Smith. These are steps up the Glasgow Coma Scale towards being conscience. This is great news!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Words of Encouragement

I think this sums it nicely. Erin just needs to be strong like a dinosaur. Thanks to all the kids at St. Georges for the words of wisdom!

Love this picture!

Small Victories

Erin was resting quietly after her procedure. The shunt is draining her excess cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) effectively. The physicians are also measuring her "opening pressure" each hour which is an indicator of how much intracranial pressure Erin has. So far, her ICP has been within an acceptable range. The other good news is that the fluid that is draining is clear and pale yellow(non-bloody). When Erin's nurses came in to assess her, they asked her to give them a "thumbs up". Instead, she lifted up her bossy index finger! :) She also squeezed Dustyn's hand. V for victory!

A very important thing to remember is that this drain has direct access to Erin's brain and spinal fluid. Although we are always concerned about infection, it is of greatest importance to keep this area infection-free! Keep up the great hand washing! She is on prophylactic antibiotics at this time.

Like Dustyn said today, "It's a small victory in the grand scheme of things, but we'll take it". Well said!

Surgery Update

Erin just got back from her surgery. The doctors report that it went well. The nurses are getting her situated again. She will have a CT scan tomorrow morning to have a look at her brain and determine the operation's success.
She will remain in the ventilator for her protection. She will require some quiet time until tomorrow and we are cautioned to please keep stimulation to a minimum when visiting. Keep up the prayers and positive energy!

Tuesday, back to the Operating Room

Erin's brain is still experiencing swelling. The doctors don't think it is up from yesterday, but it is still cause for concern. They are performing a ventricolostomy shunt. This is a drain placed in her skull to relieve the blood from the ventricle in her brain. Normally we have fluid in a healthy brain, Erin had blood as well as fluid. By draining the blood it will allow the brain more room for the swelling. Erin will in turn need to recover from this operation over the next 36 hours or so.
I may not have all of the facts straight, but I'm only playing a doctor on a blog. Please forgive any medical misinformation in this post.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Monday Night Update

Erin is keeping us on our toes. Today the top notch staff at Ochsner noticed Erin hasn't responded as well as she had late last week. They gave her a CT scan at around 1400. After reviewing the scan it was determined that she may be experiencing an increase in swelling. They will give her another scan tomorrow morning to decide whether or not to put in a shunt to relieve some pressure.
This is one of the setbacks the doctors have warned us about. We are staying positive that she will bounce back and continue to improve.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sunday Update

Erin had a relaxing day. She seems to be healing every day. It is amazing to see her every morning. It is human nature to want to see her make an "improvement" every day. We have to remember that she does. Her body is healing itself. Every day that she rests is a day that the trauma subsides and her brain swelling contracts. The doctors and nurses aren't expecting any further swelling, but are constantly monitoring her vitals 24 hours a day.
Erin had an awesome show of support today from all of her friends and family. My cousin Shawn and his wife Tracy came in from Canada to help out for a few days, it's great to visit. Erin had a slight temperature last night, but it quickly went down.

Erin found St. George's 10 years ago and we are so thankful for the experience and support she gets from her "Dragon" family. This week the 8th grade is making their yearly trip to D.C. and Erin is absent for the first time since I can remember. I think I've mentioned this in a prior post but it is worth mentioning again today. She always looked forward to the trip and loved to see the kids learn about our country's rich history and take part in a future generation learning about our government, an aspect that is uniquely American. Sorry for the late update. I am looking forward to a positive week in Erin's recovery.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Visits are my Therapy

Everyday I realize how many lives Erin touched. Here's a picture from last week of Julie H. And the gang. It was great to visit them. It is great to visit with everyone. Erin has stacks of letters and cards to read while she recovers.
The doctors enforce the fact that this recovery will last months. I don't think they know just how strong Erin and her support group are. She will need everyone to continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers and keep the visits up. I believe that talking with her let's her know how loved she is. Thanks to all!

Saturday Update

Erin is resting up well. She has had some moments today of strong movement. Dr.Smith seems to think she is progressing nicely. He confirmed that the swelling has in fact gone down and the brain is recovering from the shifting that occurred.

Erin Crossin Grenon Foundation

A not for profit account has been set up for Erin.  You can walk into any Regions Bank and make a donation to the fund.  All you need to know is the name "Erin Crossin Grenon Foundation" and the account number, would not hurt either 0083988572.  If a Regions is not convenient to you, you can mail a donation.

Region Bank By Mail
P.O. Box 2527
Mobile, AL 36652

I am also gonna try to link this account to Paypal.

This is gonna be a long road for Dustyn and Erin.  Lots of expenses will be incurred.  This is the easy part that you and I can take care of, for Dustyn and Erin.

Friday, March 25, 2011

No Ventilator!

I just got word that Erin was taken off the ventilator completely. What great news. Nurse Robin is confident that she will zoom right along. It is great to see this progress!

Friday Afternoon Update

Erin was resting well this morning, ready for her procedure. Around 1015 she started to stir and I could tell she was "waking" up. It is like there is another level of consciousness. Her grip strengthens and she straightens her head up. I shook her right arm and asked for a thumbs up, to which she replied with a thumbs up!
Her procedure went well and when I came into the room to see her afterwards she had tears running down her cheeks. I've never been happy to see my wife cry, but to see her display emotion was a great sight. Nurse Colleen promptly gave her something to ease her pain. so no worries.
Erin's CT scan from last night shows slightly reduced swelling. The doctors think that she may be off of the ventilator in a few days.
Tonight is rosary Praying for Erin at St. Edward the Confessor at 5:30 Central.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Reason to Sing

Here is a view of the serenade that Erin got tonight from the late crew. She was tuckered out from all the work they put her through. Nurse Robert said he'll work with her tonight. She will get her rest all day tomorrow after her procedure. CT at 0400 also, they'll check for swelling as well as any other abnormalities.

Erin's First Physical Therapy

Well, while I was at work today Erin had her first workout. Melissa was supervisor/coach along with the nurses and doctors. Erin started her workout by giving a thumbs-up. For real. She resisted with her legs when asked by the nurses. Everyone was ecstatic, there were tears of joy, staff included!
Erin is getting her tracheal intubation Friday morning as well as her feeding tube directly into her stomach. This is a tough step but is a step towards her long term recovery. The doctor was very optimistic and thinks that she may be able to get off the ventilator and breath on her own days after the trach with only oxygen as a supplement.
On a side note one of her doctors comes in and states how popular Erin is. He said he doesn't really go anywhere except the hospital or home but he can't go anywhere without being asked about Erin Grenon! He stated that due to HIPAA laws he can't say anything and doesn't. I assured him that HIPAA laws be damned if he told someone it was the whole truth and nothing but the truth so go ahead.
I'm expecting we'll have some minor setbacks but today was a victory for Erin's recovery!

Moving on and Baby Steps

Erin is still stable and resting. As this progresses I am coming to the realization that I will progress along with Erin. Tonight will be the last night staying here in the Brent House Hotel. I am ready to "hold down the fort" at home until Erin makes it home.
Due to everyone's generosity there will be "credit" upon my checkout. If this isn't credited back to those who gave please rest assured that it will either be returned or held on to for Erin's recovery costs. Thank you again for the outpouring if love, prayers, hugs, and generosity. I think we are all figuring this thing out as we go. I have changed so much in the last few days. I think this is how a soldier must feel that trains for years and then is called to combat. You don't really know how you are going to react when you need to but somehow you just do, if that makes any sense.

Rosary for Erin

Please join us to pray the rosary for Erin. All are welcome to attend.
Friday, March 25th
5:30 p.m.
St. Edward the Confessor Church
4901 West Metairie (corner of West Metairie and Transcontinental)
Thanks again for your support and prayers for our girl!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Kicking Butt and Taking Names

Erin is resting up for the night. She had a good day. No news, but no news is good news. She is stable, comfortable, and healing. Erin is tough, but she does love her rest! To prove how tough she is I have included a picture of her practicing for the apocalypse.

Love from a student!

Beautiful, Alexandra! Mrs. Grenon will LOVE it!

Wednesday Update

Erin is doing okay. She has a Chapelle girl working on her! Not the first Chapelle girl though, but I thought it was worth mentioning. Nurse Ashlie wrote "Go Chipmunks" on the note board before I even got there. For those of you not "in the know" Archbishop Chapelle is a Catholic girl's high school in New Orleans. Their alumni all seem to have great things to say about it and are a loyal bunch, to say the least.
Erin is quite feisty today. While its hard to watch, sometimes it is good to see her seemingly aggravated. Who wants a tube in their throat? While they were suctioning her today she bit down on her breathing tube and would not let go. The nurses were excited to see Erin put up such a fight it signals to them some type of reflexes.

Erin & Ava news report... A lilttle something to hope make you smile!

Here is a little clip of Erin and Ava. They take the 8th grade to Washington D.C. every year. Michael was kind enough to dig this up and share it. You have to watch it until the end though.....

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Pretty Young Thing, Michael Jackson. I had dated Erin for about three weeks when we were somewhere and this song came on. She jumps up and proceeds to dance throughout the entire song performing her dance interpretation of it. I knew then this girl was special. She still danced every time she heard this song, every time. I was right, and she was special.
Erin is doing good she had a quiet day and seemed so peaceful today. I played her song for her and thought about the day I get to see her break PYT down one more time.

How can you not dance to this?!

Erin Loves New Shoes

Erin got new shoes today. A nice faux fur pair with teal accents. I think they match her pink nails nicely. These will help keep her feet at a right angle and reduce muscle problems down the road.

Tuesday March 22nd

Most of you guys know that I am a runner. I get these little daily devotionals via email that I usually just delete. Well I just got one that I thought was pretty appropriate for the situation, " DON'T EXPECT EVERY DAY TO BE BETTER than the last. Some days will be slower than others, and some days might even hurt a bit. But as long as you're on the road, it's a good day."
I just met with Erin's nurse for the day. Erin is doing good. Stable with the same vitals. I will meet with the doctors in a few minutes and let everyone know if there is any news.

Happy Birthday, Dustyn!

Thinking of you on your birthday today! I know you told me that today is "just another day" but I feel like it's important to celebrate your birth today. Without you, I probably would not see Erin laugh and smile as much as she does. You bring her so much joy! You have the wonderful gift of being able to light up a room with your smile- one of the many things you have in common with Erin. You are an amazingly strong, selfless man and I could not have hand-picked a better husband for Erin. Thank you for taking such good care of her and for constantly demonstrating your love for her. You are simply the best.

So, as today may just be "another day", let it remind everyone how thankful we are for Dustyn. We love you!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Fortune Cookies and Foot Rubs

One of Erin's close friends and co-workers Ava brought over a fortune she got recently. It said, "A gathering of friends brings you lots of luck tonight."
I am hoping this comes true. I certainly had a gathering of friends, thanks guys.
Tonight I took the three layers off "accessories" off of Erin's legs and feet and gave her a good old foot and leg massage. She just looked like she needed it. She had a good day and looked very relaxed tonight on her new "airbed".

Here is Erin running the Turkey Day Race, Thanksgiving 2010.