everyone! Here's a long overdue update - I'm sorry it's been so
long. I'll try hard to do it more often.
is doing well and staying healthy. The operation on her feet went
very well and they look beautiful! We hope to get a standing frame
in July that will enable Mandy to stand up and bear weight on
her feet. She has been in one before and they are great - I think
it makes her feel great.
you so much to all of the awesome volunteers - you all just don't
know how much you help us! There is going to be a special place
and many treasures for all of you in heaven. There are not enough
words to express our gratitude. We love you!
promise to update more often. Please pray for our respite nursing
situation to be resolved soon and that the right person would
be sent for Mandy.
you for your prayers. We love you all.
and all the Bradshaws
is doing pretty good -she's getting over persistent bronchitis
right now, but she's getting better and stronger. Mandy has started
going to a place called-C.I.T.E. every Monday morning. They are
trying to figure out a way for her to communicate. It's a pretty
neat place - they have all kinds of gadgets and gizmoes for her
to work with. There is a computer that she might be able to work
on, they are trying to get her to consistently use what they call
a switch device. Right now they have figured out that it works
best on her by getting her to touch the switch with her knee,
so we are hoping and praying this will work. If it does... WOW!!
- then she could use the computer to communicate!
you all who write in the Guestbook, we print it out every couple
of weeks and read the entries to Mandy. Her face really lights
up with a big smile when we read them and tell her who sent them.
Thank you also for your prayers, we treasure every one of them.
There is a young lady we met while Mandy was at ORMC by the name
she came to the ICU about a week after her. Angie was in a motorcycle
accident and her condition is very similar to Mandy's. We were
wondering if you all could add her name to your prayers, we know
Mandy would want her to be prayed for as much as she is.
We love you all!!! We couldn't make it without you!
Love, Rick, Pam, Mandy and Joey
February 25, 2001
Everyone, It's been a while since the last update, Mandy's overall
health has been excellent, she has been in good spirits, laughing
all the time, vocalizing a lot and smiling. She has been
to church a few times, went to her Aunt Shannon's wedding, around
Cranes Roost Park a few times, and even went to the movies (thanks
to Robin). She saw "What Women Want" - Robin said
she laughed more than anyone else did (typical Mandy, she hasn't
lost her sense of humor at all) so we have a lot to be thankful
She is moving her left arm a lot, even knocking pillows off of
the bed, she wants to talk so much! Please pray that God
would give her that ability to communicate somehow, some way.
If you know Mandy you know she loves to talk.
want to thank everyone for their continuing support, prayers,
meals, exercising Mandy - you all mean so much to us - more than
we could ever ever put into words. When we all get to heaven,
God will surely pull each of you aside to give you a special reward.
We love you all very much.
Rick, Pam, Joey and Mandy
Mandy has come a long way since the car accident, but still has
a long way to go and needs a miracle from God, and we believe
it will happen!
doctors are saying that she is still in a light coma, which is
a little hard to understand - when we talk to her we can tell
that she understands us because she responds with her facial expressions.
She responds with laughter when we say something funny, and when
she watches TV she laughs at the appropriate time when something
is said or done.
Anyone who knew Mandy before this accident can recognize that
she hasn't lost her sense of humor.
It seems as though she is locked in to herself, because besides
facial expressions and laughter she doesn't seem to be able to
communicate with us any other way. When someone that she recognizes
comes into the room her face lights up and a smile is never missing
(unless she's not feeling well). Sometimes she moves her arms
and legs, we hope because she wants to make herself comfortable,
but we're not sure.
pray for a miracle: that Mandy will be totally restored to her
by Pam Bradshaw)