Hello. In MN January 11-24, 2016. It has taken me this long to get my energy up enough to type an update.....
I apologize that it has taken me so long to come to give all of you an update since my surgeries. I also must apologize for any horrible writing or spelling...I am still on the mend. First I want to sayis HALLELUJAH i AM ALIVE!!!
This has been quite the experience and it will continue to be. More posts will follow this one, however for this one I want to address some special folks. I tried to keep track the best I could with my notes. I truly apologize if I miss your name.
Specifically to My Primary Care Physician and her office staff; my Counselor, Mercy Medical Angels (especially Steve Craven), Barry and Caryn Mehler (dear Friends), Mary Herndon-Williams (sister from another mother), Priscilla Benavides and her husband (an old soul friend), Karleen Robinson (my mother-in-law), Carly Kissinger ( a teacher), and Samantha Rogers (Trauma Survivor), and the Rabbi from Ahavas Israel in Grand Rapids, MI; and Unity Center for Spiritual Growth in Ada, MI; United Airlines and its many wonderful staff and crew, Gerald R Ford Airport out of Grand Rapids, MI to Chicago O'Hare (in nowhere else but Chicago, IL) to Minneapolis St. Paul. Minnesota and those of you who pushed my wheelchair - THANK YOU FOR GETTING ME THERE SAFELY. Without your help and support my arrival would not have been possible. To the gentlemen in 1st class who gave up your seat for me because I looked so uncomfortable in coach from Chicago to St. Paul - mere words are not enough to give you my deepest gratitude. You are a gem.
When we arrived. An enormous thank you to Yellow Cab, Embassy Suites, UBER, SuperShuttle, the hospital shuttles, delivery folks, and the beautiful people of St. Paul who made a very scary and lonely time not so scary and not so painful for my husband and myself. Thank you Unity in the Heart Church in St Paul, MN.
THE GOOD STUFF - MEDICALLY LAIDEN
To my EMG team and Dr. Olson at Regions hospital, the Radiology Department, the lab, Medical Records and the Welcome staff - thank you for being quick and efficient and accommodating.
Veronica the bone specialist and Dr. Pegrow from Infectious Diseases - you guys are amazing and taught us a lot. Thank you Charge Nurses and Patient Relations and for the Alternative Medicine that compliments the Allopathic side of things. This made a world of difference for me and helped manage my fear, anxiety, and pain..
For my miraculous Dream Team with Health Partners, Regions Hospital, my Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Peter Cole (our dedicated man of God and Science) who made all this possible for so many like me AND ME, Tricia Corbo, Jenny, Tina Most, his two fellows Dr. Hesse and Dr. Diskin, the Anesthetist and the Nurse Anesthetist and all the office and team members whose names I didn't write down, don't remember or I don't know in the office, this process and in the Operating Room - thank you for helping fix me and for keeping me alive to face another day. Your hands are truly the extension of the hands of God himself and I value and am grateful for each and every one of you.
For the floor staff thank you to Dr. Campbell (you were a sheer delight), Dr Brenner (miss that beautiful long hair :) ty for your compassion), Dr. Mehta (kind eyes and soft smile); Brigid PT and Lena OT and lets not forget the folks that make the Doctor's work look flawless and managed my pain and care in a more extended way my NURSES Alena, Stella, Annabelle, Megan, Jessie, Abbey, Kasie, Niki Z (or2),Rachel, Rin, Rose, Leann, Brian and Kristy - Annie I forgive you for missing my meds for the whole night....it was a good lesson for me not to miss my scheduled doses - even good comes from mistakes.....forgive yourself and move on.
Also my Nursing Assistants they call PCA's in MN: Fey, Hanna, Sandi Nettle, Laura, Dominique, Lisa, Mollie, Crystal, Lindsay, Nalee and any others I may have missed while sleeping or being to groggy to write. You were my hands when I couldn't and my extended family while away.
To my husband Rick Robinson and soulmate and best friend - thank you for braving the trip, this uncertain future, and for sacrificing so much of yourself and your time, and your sleep for me. I know it takes so much from you and you deserve more than I could ever begin to repay you. I love you and value every moment with you. Thank you for believing in me and not doubting me all along through this whole shabang.
To my family who waited for me at home, for my darling children, for those who lovingly cared for my children while Rick and I were gone.....Thank you and I appreciate the support , love, and prayers.
I am home dear ones I am home! I am so eternally grateful and not last or least, but thank you Heavenly Father for granting me purpose in this world and allowing me to carry on another day to tell this story and continue to recover.
Follow up appointments in MN with Dr. Cole on February 10, 2016, then at 6 week mark - then 3 months, 6 months, 9, months, and 12 months. We are grateful for these opportunities to watch miracles abound and grow.