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Margaret’s Story

We would like to say Thank you for all the love, support and prayers you have given us. 

We are often asked how you can help.  We have a benefit account set up for Margaret and you are welcome to send a contribution to help with her medical bills, trips to therapy.  You may send to the Margaret Romph Benefit Fund Central Bank  238 Madison St.   Jefferson City, Mo 65109 ATTN: Lisa

Thanks again for all your support.

On Friday, Jan 2nd, 2009 Sherline was working at McDonalds when Erin, Margaret and Grandma Kay came to visit her. Shortly after leaving they were in a very serious car accident. Sherline saw the ambulance and fire trucks go by her work and immediately felt sick. She called Erin and no one answered. She called Kay 's phone and was told she needed to come to the scene. When she got to the scene, they would not let her see Margaret. Erin and Grandma Kay were taken to St. Mary's to be treated and were released. Margaret was life-flighted to the University. She is suffering from severe head trama, where they had to shunt her head to release pressure. Other injuries were 2 broken femurs and a broken neck. She is in the pediatric intensive care at the University. The doctors say that it is too early to give a prognosis but if she does make it through this she will probably be paralyzed from the neck down. The extent of the head trauma is unknown at this time. Please pray for a miracle for they do happen. Our faith is strong but we need the circle of prayers to embrace the family during this difficult time. Sherline, Eric, Erin, Katharine, Patrick, and Margaret need our support!

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To answer some of the questions about her therapy garden.  A wheel chair swing is actually really awesome.  It is a plat form she can drive up onto and it has flaps that come up in front of the wheels that secures the chair and it is attached just like a swing and you can swing a child in a wheel chair.  She loves it.  they have one at school but it seems like she doesn't get on it much because they usually seem to make up work, cath or other things during recess so she misses out.  We don't have one at a public park anywhere I don't think.  He is looking to put in a water fountain type thing.  Margaret calls them "water Farts"  but it is a calming soothing thing for a SCI patient. He is putting a bench and a shade tree so we can go out and read books, talk, play.  Floors to look at and I think he is wanting to incorporate a fish pond with the water fountain.  But there is not where for her to go outside at our house because she is scared of the street which is ok.  KKI where she goes for therapy at has a therapy garden and they are amazing for the patients.  I am not sure what else he is doing because he is wanting to keep some of it a surprise for her us.  I am very proud of him for it.  

WE do have a PO box if anyone is interested in sending some thing to Patrick to help.  Thank you so much for your support.   

Well I am not sure what to say about the new chair. Its very pretty, big lots of new gadgets. I think we will have a lot of work to do on it. Margaret is very excited she can turn it on and off by her self which she is so excited about. It gives her more independence. It goes way toooooooooooooo fast for this momma. She makes me very nervous with it but SSSHHHHH!!!! don't tell her Paw Paw be...cause she wants to race him in the golf cart again. Lol. She is going to have to learn the new speed and figure out how and when to stop. It is also about 6 inches longer than her pink one which is making it a challenge because she is hitting things, taking out knees, knocking things on tables because the handles are right at that height. She can run my Samsung tablet with it but not her IPAD. So we are checking into getting her a tablet that she can run and play on but I am excited cause I want to set her up with a nook account to buy books to read. Her reading is low so it will make that better. Or maybe we can get it to where she can read books from the library. The arm rest are really far apart and I don't like how they sit and her arms fall off and down a lot. So we have lots of adjusting to do.

Well I am going to bed but wanted to give you that quick update.  Have a great night and God Bless. 

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Elaine Mattingly
By Elaine Mattingly
The garden reminds me of an old gospel song "I come to the garden alone while the dew is still on the roses and He walkes with me and He talks with me the son of God discloses And He walks with me and he talkes with me and He tells me I am his own and the joy we share as we tarry there none other has ever known." She will never be lonely in her garden and may the Lord bless her precious brother. Love Elaine
Rosemary K.
By Rosemary K.
Hi Sherline, Thank you for the explanations of the wheelchair swing and about a place to go outside. Your son is nice to be so thoughtful about his sister. I hope Margaret picks up on her reading. People who like to read never have to be lonely or bored. I don't know what I would do without books. I am in my 80s now and books are the most important things in my life - now and back decades ago when I first learned to read.
Valerie Maples
By Valerie Maples
I forgot to ask, what kind of chair did she get? When Nichole got the new Permobil, we found the same problem with the armrests. Also, have you looked at all into Bookshare? We are volunteers, but Margaret is eligible for a free membership because she is school-age and the student. It is a great way to make reading more accessible and the best part is there is no cost and hundreds of thousands of books. Feel free to email me for more details or text me. :-) Sorry, we've been so out of it since Nichole died, but we are still here. ;-)
Valerie Maples
By Valerie Maples
Is anyone shown you the new accessibility built into the iPad? You can now run it by moving your head. It's truly amazing. There are also many different Bluetooth switches that can be worked with it. Just a thought before you spend more money. ;-)
Jeanne Leder
By Jeanne Leder
WOW! A lot of exciting stuff! A picture of Margaret's new chair would be really nice... I sounds like she really likes it!

God's blessings!
Jeanne <><