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Craig’s Story

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Craig Schuff was at a friend's house on Lake Monona on Friday evening.  He dove into the lake and damaged his spinal cord.  He has no movement from below the shoulders.  He is currently in intensive care at University of Wisconsin hospital.  He has a breathing tube and feeding tube in so he can't talk at this point, but will be able to talk when the breathing tube is removed.  He will be in the hospital for a week, then some kind of rehab.  This is his mom writing.  We value your prayers, thoughts, and notes, calls, and visits.  Keep them coming. This is what will sustain us during the long journey ahead.

Latest Journal Update

It has been a long time

Dear Team Craig,
It has been a long time since I have posted.  I spent part of this month up with Craig.  Right after school was out, over Memorial Day weekend, Rick and I went up to Wisconsin.  His dad wasn't doing well, and we wanted to see him.  Then I spent much of the next two weeks cleaning out my classroom.  I retired at the end of the school year.  It was a difficult decision.  I still loved being with the kids, but it has been four long years since the accident, and I am tired.  Very tired.  This way, I can also be a little more flexible, and it can be a little easier to be with Craig when he needs us.

After finishing up in my classroom, I went back up to Wisconsin.  Craig is still plugging away at work.  He is still struggling with pain and sleep issues. He was supposed to see a sleep specialist over a month ago (after waiting a long time for an appointment).  When he got there, he discovered that someone had messed up the insurance referral.  So he was not able to see the doctor.  He had to make another appointment.  He will be seeing the doctor on Thursday.  We also are exploring still more options.  A friend had recommended a good acupuncturist.  So we have put some things in motion for Craig to be able to see her.  We don't know yet when he will go.  He has also asked his pain doctor to look further into a possible surgical procedure.

Caregivers continue to come and go.  Rick and I were filling in the gap over Easter weekend, and I was training yet another new person.  Right now at least things to be relatively stable with the caregivers.

Please pray for the sleep doctor appointment on Thursday.  Also pray for the acupuncture and surgical possibilities.  Pray for his work.  Pray for his spirits to be lifted, and that life could get just a little easier for him.
Mary, Rick, and Craig