Monday, July 12, 2010

Adjusting to home

Cory and I visited Debbie on Saturday evening. It nearly made me cry to walk into Wright's home and finally have Debbie there. I had been there a few times while Debbie was in the hospital and it felt empty.

Debbie is doing well and adjusting to being home. She does really well getting around the house and taking care of small tasks. Her body is pretty healthy- skull, of course, is still healing. She is now working through the remaining side effects of the accident. On the right side of her body she has trouble with vision, hearing and face numbness. The hearing and numbness (inside her mouth as well) make talking clearly difficult. Several people have compared her current situation to recovering from a stroke. Doctors told Debbie that it could take up to a year for her to be fully recovered. We will all be there supporting her along the way.

Cory and I were both impressed with how well she looked compared to the last time we saw her. Her recovery thus far has been a miracle.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Thursday Evening Update

Debbie is settled in and resting now. She is getting used to her new surroundings- or old surroundings with a new situation. Her sister, Rhonda, will be staying with the Wright's through the weekend to help care for Debbie. Debbie's mom, Judy, will come when Rhonda goes home. There have been many people who have volunteered to help in any way needed. In the next few days the family will have a better idea of what their needs are and how everyone can help.

Although Debbie has returned home, she still has a long road ahead of her. Her progress is continual but it will take up to a year for her complete recovery. For now, she is trying to rest and slowly ease back into a normal routine.

When I visited with Kelly this evening, Debbie wanted to express a most sincere thanks to EVERYONE who has sent their love. She has had many visits, flowers, cards, blog comments and phone calls. She is also thankful for those who watched out for and took care of her home the past ten days. She said it was wonderful to come home to a yard and home that were in order. The love of her friends has been comforting to her as she has experienced this trying time. Thank you!

Home Soon!

Debbie should be arriving home in Pocatello around 1:00 today. She is excited to finally be back!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Debbie is coming home!

From Kelly: Great News! We are coming home tomorrow!

Deb's hearing test was good. No damage to her ear drums on either side. She does have blood behind the ear drums which should disappear with time. When it does, her hearing should return to normal. She'll still be able to hear the kids!

Wednesday Morning Update

From Kelly: Well sorry for not getting an update out. Deb is continuing to improve daily. We were a little bummed yesterday that we were not able to go home. We met with a lot of therapists yesterday. The speech therapist has asked Deb in the past to subtract seven from 100 and continue subtracting seven from each answer until she reaches zero. It was a little funny yesterday when Deb told the speech therapist "ask me to do that again and you are going to get it! Who cares!" It sounds like if more tests go well today that we might be able to come home. However, heading home soon seems to be the answer we get every day. Deb will do a hearing test this morning. It should be interesting because the kids claim that she could not hear before the accident! :)

We've found out that no matter how bad we feel for ourselves that someone else has it worse. Deb met a lady who works here in the hospital who's brother-in-law has been in a coma for four weeks. He was hit in the head at work by a pipe. So, we should feel blessed with where we are because it could have been worse.

We'll keep you posted as we learn more about Deb's progress today.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


Sorry that we haven't posted yet today. I usually get several texts throughout the day from Kelly. None yet today. I've put in a phone call to him and hope to get something substantial posted tonight.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Monday Evening Update

From Kelly: Well, another exciting day for the Wright's. Deb got 2 thumbs up for her evaluations today. One was speech therapy and the other a psychologist. Deb still wants to come home tomorrow. :) Now we are off to dinner.