Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Update from Aaron

Hello All--

Kari is still on the up and down with the pain in her stomach and shoulders.  Mostly on the down, though. They found that she has a bacterial infection in her G.I. tract and a staph infection in her lungs.  Those are the main culprits of her stomach pain and the increased fluid in her lungs.  The doctors have also reworked some of her medications because the 8 or so drugs that they were giving her at a time (which all went into her stomach tube) were also contributing to the upset stomach.  In the morning today she had a PET scan (which is similar to a CAT scan) which was a little stressful, but all in all went well.  Her ventilator settings were incorrect for about 10 min, but all her vitals were fine.  They had originally scheduled the scan to try to find the source of her fever, but her temperatures have been basically normal for the last 2-3 days.  Even so, they went ahead with it because it was already on the schedule and with the pain that she's in it might reveal something.  A shoulder specialist came in today to work on her shoulder to and give her PT a little more guidance.  She was good.  You know someone's smart when you really can't understand what they're talking about but they explain it so well that you feel like you do.  Anyways, I guess the good news in all of this is that they seem to be getting to the bottom of all these issues and it looks like we're coming out of what has been a very bad 2 weeks and starting to move forward.

Today is also the second day of classes at Gage.  I want to send out a big thank you to Melissa Wilson, the Elementary band teacher that shares my office and whose students eventually come to me, and also to Kate Hicks who is filling in for me for at least the first few weeks of school.  From what I've heard so far, things are going great, but keep them in your prayers as the beginning of the year is always hectic, especially for a new teacher, or if you're (like Mel is) trying to do your own job while helping someone else.  I guess the best thing I can say about the two of them and the other band directors in Riverside who've been helping is that I'm not worried about school.  ****Quick note to any of my students that are reading this***

U R GONNA GET IT GRANDE STYLE IF U MESS AROUND WHILE I'M GONE, REMEMBER I HAVE SASI, SO I KNOW WHERE U LIVE (in a very deep and evil voice) HA HA HA HA HA HA HA--CUL8R

***Quick not to any teachers, parents, and administrators that are reading this***

THAT WAS JUST A JOKE, I'M ONLY TRYING TO BE FUNNY--YOU CAN'T GET MAD AT A GUY FOR TRYING CAN U??

Okay, well I guess that's all the news--thank you all for the cards, we're starting to get bombarded with them.

Aaron.

6 comments:

Barbara Villegas, etc. said...

Hi Aaron and Kari,

I am so happy that Kari is getting such excellent care. We read your blog every day (as many of us do). It helps her tremendously that you are in such good spirits. Keep up the great work Kari.

Aaron...well, yes first day of school was...uh..interesting. Jenni said that Kate had NO problem embarassing (her daughter) Sidney...she shared with the class about how Sidney waddles like a duck!!! and some other things that I probably would have ran out of class for. Jenni, Sidney and Daniel were on our soccer team last season. We got to know their parents. Kate is a wonderful lady and she'll do well while she's there. All the kids miss you and send their prayers over the virtual airwaves. Gage just isn't the same with our Instructor of "Band Geeks".

Kari, here's another PAINLESS Hug.

Love and Prayers,
The Villegas Quad

Lora said...

Hi Kari and Aaron. This is Lora- your night nurse from Swedish. I just want to let you know that you have made a special impact on me and I trust that God has a very special plan for the both of you. I have worked at Swedish for 9 years and it doesn't happen often that I get attached. But, I just wish the best for the both of you and really enjoyed taking care of you. I read your updates often and know you will come through this past 2 weeks stronger than ever. I can't wait for a chance to actually hear your voice. Lots of hugs- Lora

Anonymous said...

Hi Aaron and Kari,

Your Gage "family" think of you daily. Melissa and Kate are settling in well. Your students all miss you, Aaron, and everyone looks forward to you both returning home to California.

Hugs to you both from an Orchestra Mom.

The Blevins Family said...

Aaron and Kari,

I just wanted to let you know of a recent experience I had. Aaron, you have never directly taught either of my children, however, they both have been in the choir at Gage and they feel like you are incredibly special. Both my children were/are involved in student council which brought all 3 of us to Spirit Night to help with the registration. Was the "spirit" ever high! For those that knew of the accident - we couldn't help but talk about how special you were to the kids and how we hope you both continue on the upswing through this hard time in your lives. For those who were new to the school, they soon began to realize just how wonderful and special you both are.

God most certainly has a plan for you both (as he does for all of us). It may not be known now, but will become clear in time.

God Bless you both!

YOUR MOTHER!! said...

Hey Mr. Guzman, do you remember Alex Velazquez? Well, this is his brother Vincent. It sucks to what happened to your wife, really sad. Well, Not only am I a 7th Grader this year @ Gage, but I am in Intermediate Band (was Beginning but they canceled it) and Mrs. Hicks is teaching us. I have my brother Alex to teach me alot of things (he's a clown and a slacker) because (like him) I am in percussion....so..you get better and God bless you both.....
Vincent Velazquez

Anonymous said...

Hi Aaron,
Glad to read that Kari is making more progress. The ups and downs are inevitable. Keep your eyes on the goals, both big and small!
I had Thomas read your comments on the website. It's funny. The kids are beginning to not only realize they miss you, but they are also realizing "why" they miss you. It's true of us all I suppose, that we don't realize how much we value some things....until they are gone. I bet there is some truth in that statement for both you and Kari, too!
Melissa Wilson is a trooper! Mrs. Hicks, from what Thomas tells me, is hanging in there. Mr. Mooring (from Poly) has been helping out, too. Thomas says the timpani's look and sound great!
Know that you are both in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for writing to the kids. It means a lot to them (really).
Michelle and Thomas Gross