Sunday, January 23, 2011

January 23, 2011

Mom's first week in rehab is officially over. She is still getting into the groove of things as far as scheduling is concerned. For some reason the daunting task of bandage changing always seems to put a wrench every machine. Hopefully we've worked past those and this week will be another under her physical therapy belt allowing us to inch closer to home. She has decided that rehab is in need of some serious traffic control when it comes to wheel chairs (especially those that are motorized). She is still a bit nervous around crowds but still does very well maneuvering around obstacles. We even took the chair out for a bit of a four wheeling adventure today (off the sidewalk!). 

Her biggest irritation at this point seems to be healing the hole from the trach so that she can talk without whistling. She is getting stronger as everyday goes by and is absolutely determined to be as healthy as possible to get some length back in her hair. She is drinking as much Ensure as any one person can stand (if you've ever had the pleasure of drinking Ensure on a regular will understand this sarcasm). With Dad's daily support she goes to breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the dining hall and can also take strolls outside the building. Though both nature walks and dinning socially seem fairly small in comparison to what we might experience in a day, these are both huge considering the amount of traveling she has done over the last few months (while lucid and not on a ventilator). 

These are pictures of last week's hospital escape that just so happened to be celebrated with cake and lots of smiling faces. I will post more as I receive them so that all of you can put a face to the many people we are so deeply indebted to for being involved in saving the light of our family: 

Parting sweetness!

Dr. Caruso and Dad

And again from their better side

Dr. Machado and Mom

A close-up of Mom's BEAUTIFUL cake

This picture is from the end of last week after her big move and stylish new do!: 

The famous woman that this wonderful blog obsesses over 


  1. She is truly a champ.....her determination and will is amazing....her sprit is just has beautiful has her smile.

  2. Congratulations!!! I am so excited for you, Nadine, and your family!!! Your progress has been amazing and especially the positive attitude with which it has all been handled!!! You are my hero!

    I will be in Phoenix this weekend and definitely want to come visit. When is the best time and where are you?

  3. From Germany, I read your blog every day and think of you, pray for you. What a wonderful family!!!

  4. Nadine you look great!!!!

    The Howe Family

  5. Nadine, you are beautiful! I am so happy that you are out and about and can't wait to come see you! Congrats to all of you for getting to this point. What an awesome milestone. Go! GO! GO!

  6. I have been following your blog through Nie Nie's link.
    I am so happy that you are surpassing milestones.
    Good for you Nadine.
    Keep up with your updates even though people don't comment it doesn't mean they are reading and praying

  7. I am so Happy that I got to spend some time with Nadine. Rhonda and I went to see them on the 28th of January. She was looking and doing so much better then the last time I seen her. She was laughing and smiling. I truely feel so very happy and so very proud of her. She is a wonderful, sweet and giving person. I love you Nadine keep up the good work. So you can come home. Love KKI

  8. I have been following your blog through Nie Nie's link.
    I am so thankful and impressed with your progress - mostly Nadine's, but, really all of you!

    Love to you all,
    ~Mad(elyn) in Alabama

  9. Nadine,Bobby and Family, You are on my mind so much. I am so Happy that my wonderful and amzing friends-family are so strong. I cannot wait till you are all closer so I can tell you in person how lucky I am to have such wonderful friends. You have been thru so much and have shown the strength that love and family can do if you ride the rocky roads. What a radiant and strong beleif you have instiled in so many that have had been lucky to be apart of your family. With Gods grace may we all see the glory of life. Thank you god for letting us keep our angel on earth longer. Love KK