Diario de Karina and Elias Schulte
General update, been a long time
Escrito el Feb 4, 2014 7:24pmI want to let my friends and people that have supported us all over know how everyone here is doing. It's been awhile and lots of people have been asking so here goes...
My wife Karina has been at home for several months. She continues to build strength and regain daily living skills. She's walking, talking, and in general, doing many normal daily-life-kind-of things. She does not walk or talk like her previous self and her left side has some permanent damage. But she's made incredible progress and outdone the doctors' expectations in many ways. She's now getting outpatient therapy. They will help her continue on this marathon for the foreseeable future. It's slow but she is still moving forward. It's hard to put into words how proud of her I am. She has come so far. She doesn't give up. She is SO strong, the strongest human being I know. AMAZING! as many people have witnessed in one way or another.
Our son, Elias, is the most awesome child I've ever known. He is equal to his mother in strength. In his mind, none of this ever happened. He may not be able to see perfectly. In fact, he suffers from severe Cortical Vision Impairment (CVI), due to the trauma to his brain. However, it does not phase him. He may just be the happiest baby not only on the block, but in the whole city! He's one happy little dude. He loves music like his papi and loves to be social like his mami. He's already pounding away at his little piano that came all the way from his Great Aunt Ruthie in Indianapolis.
He's also developing fairly normally through much assistance from his therapists who visit him regularly. He's a bit behind in some categories, but none of that matters to us. Not only may he catch up some day in most of these categories, but also he's clearly moving forward like his mami. He's gaining weight (he's a great eater!) and he continues to learn new tricks.
With all this said, his recovery is far from over. He and his mami are on the same, long marathon. Elias has a surgery scheduled later this month. It's a pretty intense surgery to repair his dura (the membrane between his skull and brain) and patch together the bones of his skull. It's really not a surgery we're looking forward to. We're just looking forward to it being over. It's scary but we know that he'll be in the best hands at Seattle Children's Hospital. Breathe in / Breath out. That's what I do. Your prayers, mantras, chants, thoughts, whatever it might be, would all be much appreciated.
My sister Marilyn continues to live with us and helps out in so many ways as I've said before in the public sphere. We couldn't do this without her. Karina's family is all in Chile at this point, except our niece who arrives in the city this week. We're all very excited about that.
Me? I am just marching on and remaining as hopeful as possible for the future. I don't know what that future entails. I've seen some darkness --let me tell you-- and know the depths it can reach. But now I'll focus on present and the light instead. I'm not wasting time worrying too much or drinking too much or anything too much. As a good friend tried to teach me years ago, it's important to remember moderation. I think that goes for nearly everything. I believe things will continue to get better and that the worst is behind us. I truly hope so.
Please remember the damage that driving under the influence can cause and refrain from doing so. There are alternative choices out there!
Peace to all, Dan
DUI PAC - disgraceful
Escrito el Sep 3, 2013 1:00pmHi again,
Although this post isn't directly about Karina or Elias's health I wanted to post a message about a topic that hit me hard when I found out about it.
Here in Washington there is a political-action committee (PAC) made up of DUI defense attorneys. This group appears to be influencing the election of local judges, and in turn one could argue, the outcome of DUI cases. I find this PAC disrespectful, shameful and very disturbing. The group is called Citizens for Judicial Excellence, but it should be called "DUI Defense Lawyers Trying to Buy Judges." Judges, please don't let them buy you!
Here's an article in the Seattle Times about the group:
And their website:
I just want to be on the record to say that this group is not about "judicial excellence" and it's not regular "citizens" that make up the group. The funders of the group are well-known, local DUI criminal defense lawyers. I feel the fact this group exists needs to be more public. I hope that my voice will be louder and stronger than their voice in the shadow of the tragedy that hit our family.
If DUI defenders have a strong defense case, they don't need a PAC like this! They just need to provide evidence. Driving under the influence is a big crime that kills people (like my parents) and critically injures as well (like my son and wife.)
DUI lawyers should be defending their clients to make sure they aren't charged if they are not guilty and make certain they clean up if they have a drinking problem. Everyone has the right to a good defense. These lawyers should not be buying judges!
If you want to add your voice, please comment on this post. And make it public in your own social sphere (especially if you live in Seattle) as loud as you can.
Dan, Karina and Elias Schulte
In memory of Dennis and Judy Schulte
Post surgery Update
Escrito el Sep 3, 2013 12:38pmKarina and Elias continue to make lots of progress in their recovery.
Karina's surgery last month -- the cranioplasty -- went very well. It's been almost three weeks and she is now stronger and safer than before the surgery. She still has to make some big steps before going home, but is moving rapidly in the right direction. She is walking more and more all the time and working diligently and daily on strengthening her knee and hip.
Karina's other limitations are with speech and the use of her right arm. Progress on those front is slow but she is bravely pushing forward. I'm very proud of all the progress she has made but as the doctors have said, "it's like a marathon."
Elias is a great baby boy. He is acting much like any other normal 5.5 month year old child. He will have another surgery on his skull ahead in the coming months but we hope nothing major between now and then. The best recent news is that it seems he is no longer suffering from any seizure activity. We're crossing our fingers this remains true for the long term.
Thanks again for all the well wishes and support! We won't forget it. If I haven't reached out to you personally, please understand I wish I could. I have read every post here and all the other messages sent my way and they mean a lot to me, even if I'm not here posting that often.
Also, note there is another post coming today about DUIs. Please take time to read it too.