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Hello Family and Friends.

Sorry for the long delay--it's hard coming up with updates lately since our days are pretty much the same.  If you are keeping track, Dad is almost done with his total, flat-on-his-back bed rest.  Thursday will mark 3 weeks since the surgery and as long as everything looks as good as it does now, Dad will begin his "sitting schedule".

The schedule entails Dad sitting up in his wheelchair 2 or 3 times a day for 15 minutes each time for the first 2 days, then 30 minutes for 2 days, and increasing by 15 minutes every two days until he is back to spending his day up in the chair.  The only crummy part of it is that when Dad is not in the chair, he needs to be back in bed, flat on his back again.  But we have been able to make the days at least bearable, if not slightly entertaining.  We are learning more about Grace Kelly than we ever thought we'd know!! 

As far as we know right now, Dad is on schedule for being discharged to home on Sunday.  We still aren't quite sure how he's getting home, seeing as how it's an almost 3 hour trip and he will only be on Day 4 of his schedule which only totals 1 1/2 hours in the chair.  He may take an ambulance or he may ride in the van.  I guess we'll find out closer to the actual day.  I suppose we have to leave something til the last minute to build the excitement, right? :-)

Thank you all for your continued thoughts, prayers and support.  Today I was sitting in the cafeteria eating my lunch and I looked around at the faces of families who were clearly in distress.  I remembered when we were the family with those faces--picking at our food, staring at the wall, fighting tears, looking pale.  My heart went out to those folks and at the same time, I was grateful for how far we've all come in the past year plus.  This time at Froedtert, if nothing else, has reminded all of us of the progress we have made and has given us hope for what more can be accomplished.

Bethany