Rich Behm's Journal
Written Jan 11, 2011 11:19pmHello everyone, it's been over a year since we posted anything and for that I'm sorry. We are going to start a blog at some point to keep those who are interested in things up to date. Once that's up and running I'll be sure and let you know. We truly appreciate all the thoughts and prayers that have come our way. We would read everyones comments to encourage us throughout this journey. Rich is doing wonderful and is adapting to this "new normal" better than anyone could imagine. He's my hero and our children look at him everyday and admire him so. Thanks again to everyone who has been here to visit. I promise I'll send an update soon.
Take care, Michelle
Written Jul 11, 2009 7:51pm
June 17th-July 10th
Wow it's been almost a month since the last posting. I have to say that all falls on me. Let me see if I can quickly hit my hilites of the past month. Being home has definently been a big transition. Although it is safe to say my entire focus and drive while at rehab was to get home to my wife and kids our lives have not slowed down one bit. Both my boys are playing indoor soccer and flag football. I haven't missed a game...Watching them compete in sports is probably one of the most rewarding things of being a dad. I just want to run out there at times and get back to coaching but that day will come.
I had my first lesson of drivers ed and after 3 hours of driving around Colleyville and Grapevine I think I'm ready to get back to driving here soon. Hand controls are a huge adjustment but it beats the alternative of being driven around all the time.
We took a vacation to the family lake house in Three Lakes, WIS at the end of June. I was able to take my first plane ride with no problems. Transferring from my chair to cars is getting easier but the larger SUV's are proving to be the most dificult. The first few days we spent in St Paul, Minn staying with my uncle Jim. Special thanks to him and his family for putting up with our family circus.
The boys got a big kick out of Mall of America and the roller coasters inside the mall. It was on to the lake after that. The first few days were cold (high of 59) and wet but the weather got better during the week and by Thurs it was closse to 70 and sunny. I spent alot of time on the pier watching the boys get up on ski's, jet ski, and tube all over the lakes. I chose the less adventurous route of spectator for fear of further hurting myself doing something stupid. We also got to see one of the best fireworks displays in recent memory courtesy of the Three Lakes Fire Dept. What a show!!!
We returned home to a busy week. On Tuesday my new chair arrived along with my standing frame which allows me to stand with assitance and will help with blood flow, stretching, and other things that come along with being in an upright position. Then on Thursday I got a Hand cycle donated to me by Ambucs. Special thanks to Cliff Bauerie for all his help. What a workout. I can now keep up with the boys on bike rides with out the fear of flying out of my chair.
Now for the most exciting news. On Friday Michelle and I went to Miami for the day and visited with the Miami Project. They are one of the top spinal cord research facilities in the country. They took X-rays, CT scans, and I had a 3 hour MRI (not something I would wish on anybody). At the end of the day I got to meet Dr. Barth Green and with some of the new advances I feel really good about my chances to walk again one day. We were able to have dinner at the Rusty Pelican with Jeff and Rachel before catching the last flight out back to Dallas and getting in at 1:30 AM. Thanks again to everyone who brought meals last week and to Brandon for mowing the lawn...what a huge help that has been to us.
Written Jun 16, 2009 9:32pm
Weekly update from June 8-12
Rich and I (Michelle) are going to start updating the journal. Thanks to Dad and Jan for doing it up till this point. Now that we are home and settled a bit, we should have more time now. It was a busy week with some therapy sessions at home and a trip up to Valley Ranch to see the new ramp they installed for him. He got to visit with everyone and talk about the upcoming season. He saw the practice fields for the first time which was good for him. Its hard to believe it’s only been 6 weeks. He also went to his desk to see how he will be able to get around and other than a few door ways that are being widened he’s in great shape. The boys had camp this week and are loving being off for the summer. They are playing indoor soccer, indoor flag football and are on a swim team, so life for us does not slow down one bit. Our daughter Kendall turned three months old this week…boy how time flies. She is sitting up pretty good with support and is grabbing for toys and laughing out loud a lot.
On Thursday the 11th we went to a wonderful event put on by the Dallas Cowboys Women’s Association at RA Sushi in Plano. There were several Cowboys players and wives along with some of the coaches wives as well there to raise money for our family. We are truly blessed to be a part of such a wonderful team and it’s really a family. Like I said to one of the reporters…they (Cowboys players) are ordinary guys who are some of the best football players in the league. Even little baby Kendall went home with her very own pink Cowboys helmet signed by Witten, Ware and Romo….perfect addition to a little girls room. Our boys had so much fun with the players and taking pictures. The food was excellent and we want to thank RA Sushi for hosting this event and for your generosity…it’s overwhelming!! Plus a big thanks to our family and friends who were in attendance that night. We have the best support group in the world…we love you guys!! Keep the thoughts and prayers coming…we can hear all of them!
Weekend update June 13-14th
This week was busy, we had Don and Judy in town for the weekend from Houston and had some wonderful salmon and salad bought over by David and Shana…the best part was them staying to eat with us. Saturday was a early with a flag football game at 8:20 in the morning. It was the first game of the season and I have to say…we looked great. The boys won 34-22. Taylor caught a 2 point conversion and also played great defense and Peyton had some good runs as well. The big surprise for the boys was Witten coming by to watch them play. It was so much fun! Later on Rich and I went to pick out a new dining room table and chairs that will work out better…we had recently gone out and bought a counter height table and chairs which is a bit tough for Rich to eat at. We found a great new set that Rich’s dad and brother, Chris put together on Sunday with Rich supervising of course. I did get him a pair of Crocs shoes to wear when he doesn’t want to wear tennis shoes. He has to be so careful of his feet when wheeling around the house and the Crocs will help him grip onto the chair and also help him in the pool. Who knew they would help his feet to float!
Update for Monday June 15th
Today I took Rich to minicamp in Carrollton. They had two practices today and Rich went to both of them. It was a full day at the office…back in the swing of things. He did push it a bit and paid the price at home. He was a little stiff and sore when he got home and took a nap. I let him have some piece and quite and took the boys to football practice and swimming. Kendall came too and was such a good baby the whole time. We got home around 9:00 and the boys crashed on the couch.