Welcome to Dick's CaringBridge site. Kristen and I created it to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most.
Many of you have contacted the family to ask how you can help and/or for preparing meals. Click on the planner tab above. This will help keep everyone informed of who is doing what and when. NOTE: Please consider meals that are gluten and dairy free.
Visitors are welcome! Please keep visits short and quiet. Keep volumes down, no stimulation. On behalf of the Roeters' Family, Thank You! ~Peg Pyper
For a little background on what happened ....
Early Thanksgiving morning, Dad was walking up the steps in their house when he became light headed and fell backward - down almost the entire flight of stairs. As a result of this fall, he fractured or dislocated (we think these terms are used interchangeably) his C5 & C6 cervical vertebrae in his neck. At the time of his injury, he remained conscious but was unable to feel his arms or his legs. Dad underwent surgery mid-day on Thanksgiving, with doctors inserting a stabilizer at C5&C6, and was then admitted into ICU. Looking around the "thanksgiving table" in the Spectrum cafeteria, we were Thankful our entire family was home, we were all together, and my dad had access to some of the best doctors in the country!
You may see my dad referred to as Dete throughout posts and pictures. It means grandpa in Russian, and has been his name since Misha and Vienna came home. : ) ~Kristen