Thursday, June 26, 2008
Posted by Wendy at 8:48 PM
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Ryker teaching Larkyn the basics of swimming above the water.
HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!!!
Posted by Wendy at 7:02 PM
Thursday, June 19, 2008
For all those people out there still waiting for their referral, your day is coming. Your wait is longer then ours and I can't imagine if we were still waiting how hard it would be. But once your referral comes it won't matter anymore because you will finally have your little one.
Posted by Wendy at 8:28 PM
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Both David and I are back in Toronto right now. Stephen has changed so much since we were last here.
All good changes, he's started the first steps in a long line of many more to come.
The only tube he has left is his feeding tube, which we are constantly making sure he does not pull out. Stephen enjoys sitting in his chair most days and we have taken him outside to enjoy the warmth of the sunshine. Unfortunately even though his mouth is now free from tubes he has yet to make a sound our try to utter a word. When that day comes, once again there will be a happy dance around Sunnybrooke.
It's very hard to decide if Stephen can recognize anyone at this point, most of his movements are similar to that of a new born, he's able to squeeze your hand if you take his in yours but if you ask him to squeeze your hand he doesn't consistently do it. The doctors here want to see more consistency with things like that.
Despite the fact that Stephen has a tremendously long road ahead of him his friends and family have high spirits that there beloved Stephen will once again energize any room he enters.
Posted by Wendy at 12:42 PM
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Steve has opened his eyes! Not only is that fact amazing but the story behind it is even more so. On Sunday morning many churches were praying for Steve. Between 10 and 11am our church, Elmvale Community Church had dedicated that hour to prayer and praise. It was about fifteen minutes into that hour on Sunday morning that Steve opened his eyes. I know hundreds of you are praying and it is working! How gracious of God to answer our prayers so fast! He is so good to me! I was in the depths of despair and now I am practically floating.
Steve is still not what they would call awake yet as it is a slow process of waking up but he is on his way. He is showing many good signs of his abilities. His right side had gone quite still for a few days but it is now moving again. He is focusing on faces and had made a couple of attempts to talk. Yesterday, he was focusing on a friend on one side of the bed and then turned to me on the other side of the bed and looked at me. He then raised his arm and ran his fingers through my hair and rubbed my back. It was a piece of normalcy that felt so good! He also ruffled our son Andrew’s hair when Andrew was hugging him goodbye.
Steve is still being ventilated to keep his airway clear and currently has another bout of pneumonia that is quite common when intubated. The doctors are hopeful that he will be more awake in the next few days in order for them to take the tube out of his throat. I look forward to hearing his voice.
We are on our way to recovery friends. It is a long and bumpy road and not one that I would have ever chosen. Thank you for all your support and prayers. Please continue to pray for a full recovery for Steve, endurance for me and comfort for our family. We are all really missing him.
In His Grace,
Posted by Wendy at 2:12 PM
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
So here's the Story... three years ago while Madonna had her Confessions on the Dance Floor tour my husband surprised me with two tickets in Vegas to see the concert. I was more then excited, Madonna and Vegas who could ask for more.
The day finally arrived I was packed and ready to go... We said our goodbyes to the kids and off to the airport we went. We managed to leave in plenty of time but the traffic was horrendous and for some reason my husband thought the time for departure was later. So once we arrive at the airport we had a nice diner. After finishing my husband double checked the ticket and that's when her realized the departure time was sooner rather then later... So we checked in and then proceeded to US customs. Now before I finish let me tell you we have been to the states many times before, but on this day as we ran thought customs looking rather stressed the officer there must have decided to make our day even worse. You see my husband has a funny kind of citizenship he was born in France but has a Canadian passport. This has never been a problem before but on this day the customs officer decided to make it a big problem and refused to allow my husband into the states. I don't know if anyone out there has ever had to deal with custom officers but they can be very scary people when the want to be. I even tried the tear thing and all they did was say that I was welcome to go but my husband was not. To this day I don't understand why all of a sudden they decided to make this an issue and since this incident my husband has rectify the problem... But I was in shock at the time,, to say I was disappointed would be an understatement.
As you can imagine my husband felt terrible and he promised me that if she ever had another tour that he would do just about anything to get me there to see it.
As luck would have Madonna starts her Sticky & Sweet Tour this fall, and you guessed it I AM GOING!!!
Here's the layout of the stage at BC Place. Pay particular attention to section A4.
Thank -You soooo much David!!!!!!
Posted by Wendy at 1:12 PM
This picture was taken last year while my son visited with Stephen and Donna. This is Stephen and Abby his daughter.
After Last weeks MRI when Stephen's family was told that he had an Diffuse Axonal Injury to the brain spirits were very low. The doctors explained that with injuries like these they no longer say when he wakes up because in 90% of cases people don't wake up. They also told Donna that if he did wake up he could have speech, memory and moter skills problems, but until he wakes up they will have know way of knowing the true extent of the injury to his brain.
Well Saturday Stephen started to open his eyes for very short periods and so far each day he wakes up for a short period. He's still intubated so he can't speak and seems very confused, but he is starting to respond when asked to give a thumbs up by the nurses.
You can call it the miracle of so many prayers or you can say just dumb luck, what ever you call it Stephen has taken his first step in a line of many steps.
Thank-You everyone who has prayed for Stephen and his family, He's still not out of the woods yet so lets keep those prayers coming...
Posted by Wendy at 11:50 AM