July 20, 2002 all our lives changed dramatically as Sandee suffered
She was speaking at a memoral service, in the Chapel of Lutheran
General Hospital, for
a friend and former associate of hers when they worked together during
the 1970s and 1980s.
Being at the hospital and so close to the ER, her life was saved.
After a three week medical
hospitalization, she began a four week rehab program in the hospital
with great therapists.
We got her home in mid September and she
went to outpatient therapy until Thanksgiving.
We feel blessed that so many friends as well as current and former
associates of hers have sent
their prayers and well wishes.
The good news is that December 2002 she resumed both her Park Ridge
United Way and Park
Ridge Senior Center Board roles and felt well enough to do both. We've
made a couple of trips
to downtown Chicago and even managed Chicago's Blue Line rapid transit
with the wheelchair.
Now that warmer weather has arrived in Chicago, after a mild winter, we
are able to get out
and about more. We still need to use the wheel chair for strolls around
the block or when
Shelly or others take her shopping. She can and does climb stairs so we
don't have to use
the wheel chair ramp son-in-law John built for us last summer. Ella
thinks the ramp is great
fun and we are sure she will teach Luke to use it once he starts
walking and climbing.