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Status Update

First of all, many, many thanks for the outpouring of love and good wishes we've received from you all here. We are so grateful for so many friends out there, and your concern means so much to us, lifting us up and giving us strength. God bless you all.

We spent Monday resting and arranging medical appointments. I ran out for a few minutes to pick up milk and eggs and a few other essentials, but otherwise was home, serving ice water, tea, food, and otherwise looking after my Steve (rootbeer1). We watched the second Harry Potter movie; Steve napped a lot (Vicodin) and I checked in with work online. In the afternoon, our friends Jim (sflonestar) and Gregg came by to visit, with a beautiful orchid that is just about ready to bloom. A little later, Phil (foodpoisoningsf)dropped in, bearing dinner (meat loaf and mashed potatoes, comfort food supreme). Our friend Dave H. had called earlier, and given us great moral support and medical advice (he's an MD), including the surgeon we will be using. And just before Phil left, our close and dear friends Victor and Mel came by for the evening. They are both nurses, and brought us all sorts of supplies, set up the living room and moved Steve downstairs, had dinner and stayed around giving us just incredible comfort and support. Two kinder, more loving and compassionate men don't exist.

Tuesday Steve's brother David and his wife Andrea came over in the morning to help Steve and I get to the orthopedic surgeon, Gordon Lundy. Andrea has MS, and they have a wheelchair she uses occasionally, so that was a great help. Plus, David is used to pushing it around, so I let his push his brother around like when they were kids. Dr. Lundy is great, and Steve's surgery is scheduled for Thursday at 1:55 PM. Steve has a multiple fracture of the proximal tibia, with some compression fracture and potentially some cartilage damage. They will insert a few pins and a plate to hold everything together, and Steve will be getting some PT as he heals, but will be as good as new in a few months. He will be in the hospital until Saturday, then we're home for awhile. I have hundreds of hours of sick time accrued that can be used for family medical support, so I'll be home as long as I need to be, perhaps telecommuting a bit. David & Andrea stayed he evening. We ordered pizza and watched Napoleon Dynamite, a strange little film that the men in the room liked and the woman wasn't too keen on, for some reason. They'll be back on Thurdsay to help transport Steve to the hospital. Again, support from family and friends that is so very much appreciated.

Today (Wednesday) is a day of rest and DVDs. We're were prescribed a wheelchair with leg elevators, so that will be delivered today, and we're well-stocked with food and beverages, so we're all set. We'll keep you posted.

And our love and well-wishes go to Steve Z. (double_ohsteven)and everyone else who are also dealing with health issues. Let us know if there's anything we can do to help you. Steve is bearing up so well under the pain and stress, and the support of our family and extended family here is a big reason why.
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