No sooner had I gotten back to Kari's floor from posting my last update than they announced they were moving Kari out of the critical care unit and to a new room one floor up. Kari's room number is now #4277. When you send her emails send them to Karen Morris-Guzman, room 4277. The hospital updated the info almost immediately, but it might happen that a few of your emails get lost. Shona and Linda are putting emails in binders. One big binder is already full, another is half full, and there's a third waiting. Thank you all for taking time to write. It lifts everyone's spirits here.
With all the progress Kari is making, there are still many moments of suffering. When Kari tries to cough and when she has to be suctioned these are moments still very hard on her, and they are difficult to watch. When she suddenly found she was moving, I saw a look of fear come over her face as people were moving all around her, packing up her belongings, taking things down from walls, unhooking all the wires and tubes she still depends on, and wheeling her down strange corridors to a strange new room. I thought of the fear that must have gripped her in those first few hours after she got to this hospital with no one around that she knew, Aaron 250 miles away, her parents 550, and us over 1000 miles away. Before they moved her they had to suction her several times, and also after she got settled in the room. When she tries to cough her body, especially her right arm, shakes, and there is that panic we all get when we can't quite catch our breath. These things happen side by side with what everyone here can see is amazing progress. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but it hovers near at times, held off by the enormous hope and trust we feel in God, and by the knowledge that you all are out there praying and sending your love. We're on our way to having two binders full of proof for that. Thank you all, again and again.
--Richard R. Guzman