Steve Emrich's Journal
Written Nov 27, 2013 5:43pm by lisa emrich
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
I'm so sorry it has been forever since updating! It has been a very busy fall and the last 48 hours has been super busy. We found out about a month ago that Steve's fractured foot was not healing well and that the contractures were making things worse in his right foot. So, long story short, Steve had surgery today to release the tight tendons in his foot. It took about 2 hours and multiple releases, but he did really well and was able to come home. He is currently in minimal pain and resting comfortably. I was so proud of him because he was really nervous about the procedure and was having a lot of myoclonus up until today. However, once we got to the hospital, he calmed down and did great. We are so fortunate to have my brother and his family in town to celebrate Thanksgiving and keep the girls entertained during Steve's recovery:). Unfortunately, this week our 12 year old dog passed away after a sudden severe illness, so that has made this week extra challenging. On the bright side, Sarah quickly found an adorable, very similar looking dog online and he has become a great addition to the family in a short period of time.
We are so thankful for all of our friends, family, church, and loved ones! We hope you all have a wonderful week! Pray that Steve's foot heals well and that we keep everyone healthy. Praise God!
Happy 41st Birthday Steve!
Written Sep 18, 2013 4:58pm by lisa emrichToday is Steve's 41st birthday! This day reminded me that in the midst of school starting I hadn't updated in a while. Since my last note, A LOT has been going on both praises and prayers.
The girls are all back in school; Lauren and Sarah are in 3rd grade now and Abby is in 1st grade. You would think that this would mean that the days would be a little less crazy, but not so much. They are loving their new teachers and classmates (and so do I!) but it is always difficult getting back in the "groove" of doing homework, making lunches, getting to afterschool activities, waking up to an alarm, and just being on a schedule. I'm expecting this to settle down a bit as we get back on track.
We have had several wonderful visits over the last month as well. Most of the Emrich family came down for Labor Day weekend for Steve's parents 60th wedding anniversary. We had a great time celebrating, playing and socializing! Steve did great with all the visitors and had very little myoclonus during the visit which was so nice! He was exhausted by the end of the weekend but LOVED the company. This was the first time Steve and I had met his brother's twins who are almost 2! We had a photographer come to the house to capture the moments (of course it was the one day all summer with temps in the upper 90s and humidity 100% but makes for good stories ;) ).
The following weekend we were then blessed to see my brother's wife and our oldest neice. Another awesome visit because we drove together down to Charlotte on a Friday afternoon to watch our youngest neice play college soccer then got to drive on Sunday to U. South Carolina to watch her play again. We even got to see our youngest neice score her first college soccer goal-very fun! The girls LOVED seeing their cousins and aunt.
Another positive praise...Lauren won the North Carolina state competition for the Most Beautiful Eyes. Thank you for voting! Her picture is on to the Nationals to be voted on by some "celebrity" judges. We should hear the results in early November.
As far as Steve goes, we have restarted speech, OT, and PT. He is able to do a few swallows of popsicle or thickened something without choking! He fatigues quickly and tells us when he feels he can't do anymore which is usually pretty quickly, but this is huge! Also, he had one day with PT where he was sitting in his wheelchair and was able to lean forward on his own and sit back on his own without help! He could only do it 1 time all by himself then needed help. However, we all sat staring at him, like "how long have you been able to do that?"Since that time though, his myoclonus has been much worse and we actually held off PT this week because of it. We are hoping to go to a wheelchair clinic soon to see if he is able to use a sip and puff or head controlled wheelchair-We will see! We are still trying to wean Steve's valium and are almost to 30mg every 4hours (down from 35mg every 4 hours 2 years ago)
On to the not so good news...Tuesday evening while Steve was being rolled, he had a large myoclonic spell, slipped out of the nurses grip, and fell to the hard tile floor. He did hit his head but didn't lose consciousness and is fine from that standpoint. However, his right foot managed to hit pretty hard and he immediately complained of pain. Yesterday, we spent the day in orthopedics to find out that he has 3 fractured metatarsals in his right foot. Because he is essentially non-weight bearing he doesn't need a cast or pinning. We just have to wait for it to heal. Big bummer. Please keep Steve and his foot in your prayers.
Also, someone very close to me has recently found out that they have stage 4 lung cancer. Please pray for a good response to therapy.
We are all very thankful for Steve's 41 years and praying for many more with continued improvements in his health. Please pray for our entire family as we have been battling many ups and downs recently.
most beautiful eyes contest
Written Aug 3, 2013 8:53pm by lisa emrichOur 8 year old Lauren inherited Steve's beautiful almond shaped blue eyes. I've entered her picture for a chance to win a college scholarship via the Prevent Blindness association. If you get a chance, vote for her through the link below. Apparently, there is a popular vote first to narrow down the pics then judges finalize the state winners for $10,000 college scholarship:
In the search box, type "Lisa Emrich" and Lauren's picture will pop up. You can vote up to once a day through August 31.