Saturday, August 18, 2007


Elaine came home today!

Melissa and Ben brought her home about noon today. She is very excited to be home. She will have therapy twice a week in home for about 8 weeks, and have to go back to the doctors every 2 weeks for x-rays.

We all want to thank everyone for all the support we have had over the past 30 days. This has been a life changing event, but all the thoughts, prayers, and support has really helped Elaine and all of us through this. Elaine said she was just going to have to make the best of it and she really has. It is amazing that she has come so far in so little time.

Thanks again for all the prayers.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Progress Report

Elaine continues to amaze everyone with her recovery. She walked (hopped) with the walker 200ft, she has praticed sitting up in a normal bed, she has practiced getting in and out of a car, and she even made hot tea and muffins in their rehab kitchen.
Elaine is very excited about her progress. She is counting the days until she can come home and get back in the classroom.
Neurology and Orthopedic continue to check her progress and have reported that she is healing very well. She has about 9 weeks left for the halo and to be able to put weight on her right leg.
She will have in-home rehab at least three times a week to help get her through those 9 weeks.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

August 21st!!!

They gave us a tentative release date of August 21st. Recent x-rays confirmed that her spine and pelvic bone are both healing well. The neurologist say she will wear the halo until mid October. She should be able to put weight on her pelvic bone at the same time.

Therapy continues to go well. Besides increasing Elaine's mobility, therapy has also brought back her appetite and "wears her out " enough that she sleeps better through the night.

Every day she is able to do more and more. It is truly amazing to see progress so well.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007


Elaine was worn out by therapy again. She was so tired after her morning session, she had to nap before she could eat her lunch tray. All the hard work is really paying off. She was able to take ten steps(hops she can' put any pressure on her right foot) today with the use of a walker. We hope by Friday there will be an assessment to chart her progress and hopefully give us a better timeline for her rehabilitation.

I can't think everyone enough for all their continual thoughts, calls, and prayers!!!

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Weekend Update

Elaine is continuing to progress very well. She had Therapy on Saturday that really pushed her. Today was her rest day. I got to see her sit up in her bed and pivot into a wheel chair by herself tonight and then she sat up and ate her dinner. She still doesn't have a real strong appetite but I think that will grow as her activity level does this week. She'll have at least 3 hours of therapy a day Monday through Saturday. We get a schedule the day before to let us know. It really varies. Sometimes it is all together , other times it will be spaced out between 7:30 and 4:00. I know it is going to be tiresome week for her, but I look forward to seeing her progress even more through this next week of therapy.

If you want to call her, her telephone number is 336-702-5366.

Below I will list her address exactly how it needs to be, if you want to send her a card or letter at the hospital.

Elaine Partin
North Carolina Baptist Hospital Sticht Center Room 366
Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157

Friday, August 3, 2007

Sticht Center

GREAT NEWS!!!!!!!!!!

Elaine has been moved to the Sticht Center. She is on the 3rd floor, room 366.

She will be in Therapy most of the day from 7am to 3pm, Monday through Saturday. Sunday is her "free" day.

Ben and Melissa toured the facility today and were very impressed. They have everything...a full gym, stairs and a ramp set up, even a car to teach patients how to move their body in different situations.

We are not sure of the duration of her stay, but I will continue to post info about her progress.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Therapeutic Therapy

Occupational Therapy worked with Elaine for about an hour. Elaine stood up twice with their help and the use of a walker. She was able to do so with no dizziness or pain!!! She has to be extremely careful not to put weight on her right leg. Physical Therapy also came by and worked with Elaine on sitting up on the edge of the bed and doing some stretches to increase her mobility. Hopefully she will be moved to the Sticht center soon, we'll find out more about that tomorrow.

2 long weeks...
We've gone from the shock of the accident to the multiple injuries; the thoughts of invasive surgeries, and now to therapy on the way to full recovery.

Through this all we have had so many people keeping Elaine and us in their thoughts and prayers. Thank you again for all your support and prayers.