First and foremost we once again want to thank all our friends and family from around the world for their constant and continuous support of our journey in Atlanta. We have received so many wonderful cards, cookies, and wonderful stories.
Steve has worked his way to a healthier condition while being a patient on the wonderful fourth floor at the Shepherd Center. We can't thank all the nurses and techs and physical therapist enough for getting Steve in a healthier condition to continue his journey.
August 2 Ginny and Steve moved to a different part of the Shepherd Center into their very own apartment on site.
So now Team Orthwein, headed by our wonderful friend Joan Baer, take care of Steve totally on our own and he gets to "Day Program" every weekday by 8:30 and works hard till late in the afternoon with a new team of therapists on the third floor.
For this floor a patient must set goals. Steve's goals for this journey are to be able to operate his chair by a hand throttle instead of "sip and puff" through a straw. Steve is also going to tackle the aquatic program here. It is of top caliber and we are all going to get educated so we will be ready for Florida.
Steve also would very much like to get his hand working enough so he could feed himself instead of us constantly giving him broccoli!!!
We have a new lovely blue van which was delivered by our great friends Peter Von Gontard and Ray Laidet to Atlanta and we have been out and about several times. We love visiting Judy and Dolph out at their farm in vinings. Friday night we went out to a wonderful dinner with Choate and Yale graduates Dolph Orthwein, Sandy Carden Rob Mccallum.
This was quite a reunion!
Then on Sunday, Howard Stephens and Spencer Burke spent the day with Steve and there were more great stories!!
Again thank you to everyone. We are staying in Atlanta as things move in a positive way. This is the best place to prepare everyone for
"Life after Injury."
This is their motto and they are very positive and excellent at achieving this.
Love from Steve & Ginny