Kari was moved this afternoon to the adjacent Craig Hospital where she will begin rehab work, presumably tomorrow. Her new address is:
Room 304, Bed A
3425 S. Clarkson
Englewood, CO 80113
EMAILS: The Craig Hospital does NOT appear to have a similar email system as Swedish Hospital. We'll see how best to keep the emails coming--perhaps sending them directly to Aaron, who has his laptop with him. It will take a couple of days to sort this out. For now, I think cards and letters would be a good way to keep in touch with Kari and Aaron.
Linda reports that moving caused Kari another bout of maximum stress. Just like last time there were seven or eight people flying around her, taking things down, packing things up, unhooking this and that. Seen from a slight distance it was a little comical, like the Three Stooges times two! They move patients from Swedish to Craig via an underground walk way. "We're going to have to get a good running start," Linda heard one of the movers say. Sure enough, one part of the walk way seemed to be on a 20-25% incline, so at one point they were almost running. Kari wanted Aaron at the foot of her bed when they were moving, just so she could see him because she was so afraid. But it was a bad position for him. He ran the bed into the wall a couple of times and was moved elsewhere along the bed. The position was bad for his back, too. Recent x-rays reveal that Aaron suffered some compression fractures in an upper vertebra (perhaps around C4-C5, I'm not sure yet). Dr. McVicker, the great surgeon who operated on Kari, saw Aaron and said these should heal on their own in a couple of weeks. Nothing to be alarmed about, unless Aaron strains the back by lifting too much, wrenching it, or running into more walls, none of which we hope he does.
Another whirlwind of change for these two, something they will be experiencing for quite some time. As always, we appreciate your intercessions on their behalf.
--Richard R. Guzman