Monday Dec. 18

18 Dec

This morning I went in to see Joel and Erika having breakfast. He’s really getting good at eating. He’s also changing his positions a lot. I was told he slept well with Erika by his side. He still is trying to get ride of some mucus in his lungs. That and a little pain are the only big things right now. He has had a consitent stream of visitors today, keeping his spirits high.

He still has both chest tubes in and his temperature is still a little high. When I left him he was doing physical therapy, they were going to sit him up again and move his legs.

Erika went back to Phoenix earlier in the day. We are still trying to get the Internet to him so he can see the video on Craig Hospital and get on the blog himself. Mom is at Craig right now, taking the tour of all the facilities. Hopefully we can make this decision soon.

— Bryan


Posted by on December 18, 2006 in Previous Posts


9 responses to “Monday Dec. 18

  1. Bernadette

    December 18, 2006 at 7:06 pm

    Hey Joel…
    Really hope you keep up the continuted progress on your recovery. Sounds just like you…determined and full of positive energy. We check the blog several times a day for updates. Thanks to Phil for putting this together. And to Bryan for the updates. We’re keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Gil and Bernadette

  2. Karen Copperberg

    December 18, 2006 at 7:23 pm

    Hi there Joel – This is a great thing your family did putting this blog together. We are pulling for you and a speedy recovery. Lee O’Donnell made sure I got the link, and we are hoping your sunny outlook improves everything. Hang in there and know that our prayers are with you! Karen, Charlie, Andrew, Stephen & LIndsay

  3. LIsa Pavlicek

    December 18, 2006 at 7:43 pm

    Hey Joel! This “blog” thing seems kind of yuppie and trendy to me, (give me a break, I’m from Nord Dakodah don’ ya know!) but since it is my only contact information for you I guess I’ll give it a shot. I’m ridiculously happy that you are making improvements and I’ll be checking back every day to see how things are coming….and to make sure that you aren’t getting too sassy with the nurses. You’ve propably gotten them to break every rule for you already. Love from N.D.!

  4. Leigha

    December 18, 2006 at 8:16 pm

    Hi Joel,

    I’m so glad to hear your surgery went well! You and Erika are in our thoughts and prayers, and I’m wishing you all the best for a speedy recovery. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.


  5. Erica Etheridge

    December 18, 2006 at 8:29 pm

    Hey Erika and Joel! Glad to see Joel’s recovery is looking promising! I’ll keep you guys in my prayers for strength and healing! When the going gets tough, just remember, what doesn’t kill you only makes you STRONGER!!!!

  6. Jessica and Jonathan Reed

    December 18, 2006 at 8:42 pm

    Hi Joel,
    This is Jessica, Jonathan Reed’s wife…I have not yet met you but have heard a great deal about you and your family…just wanted to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers, sending you good healing energy. Man, you have a lot of people you there who love you!!
    Jess&Jon in Durango

  7. Renee

    December 18, 2006 at 9:23 pm

    Hi Joel,

    I’m glad to hear you are in great spirits. Clay and I can’t wait to see you and flash that Yates smile of yours. 🙂

    Thanks Bryan and Erika for keeping up the blog. There are a lot of people out here that really are encouraged with the daily updates. Joel you are our constant thoughts and prayers.

    Renee and Clay

  8. Jill Theodorakos

    December 19, 2006 at 12:13 am

    Hi Joel,
    I am so happy to hear that you are making such great progress in your recovery!! Keep up the hard work, everyone is cheering for you!

  9. Matt

    December 19, 2006 at 12:23 am

    Glad to hear that you are on the road to recovery, I never underestimated the Yates factor!!! I am amazed at the response to the blog, its a true testiment to the kinda guy you are. In addition you have managed to compell a wonderful young man from Walsenburg to learn how to blog, truly amazing. I want to thank you Bryan and Erika for setting this up and keeping it going, it really helps us who cant be there stay in touch. Keep up the good work buddy and I will continue to check the site and write obnoxious blogs. This is blogging right??


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