Hanging around

04 Mar

The doctors and nurses at Craig have put Joel on bed rest for the last couple of days. It looks like his escape from it may be on the horizon.

According to hospital staff, Joel may be taken off of bed rest Monday, but — and cross your fingers it doesn’t happen — Joel may have to continue bed rest until Wednesday.

Because of the complications from an old wound and his subsequent bed rest, Joel’s departure from Craig is expected to be pushed back by another week, instead of of his saying sayonara to ole’ Craig this week.

So anyone out there in the blogosphere, Internet land or wherever, send your good lovin’ on Joel by posting a comment to this blog.

If any of you out there want to help Joel in his recovery, you can make a donation at any U.S. Bank branch across the nation. Make your contribution to Joel’s Donation Account, which was set up in Vancouver, Wash., and is in the name of Joel W. Yates, of Tempe, Ariz.

Amber Nalgene bottles emblazoned with a Joel’s Recovery logo are also available for a minimum $25 donation. If you would like a bottle, send a letter with your name, address, phone number, e-mail address and a check made out to Joel W. Yates Donation Account to 6650 Walker Ct., Longmont, CO 80503. There are limited quantities of the bottles.

— Phill


Posted by on March 4, 2007 in Previous Posts


27 responses to “Hanging around

  1. Beth Hansen

    March 4, 2007 at 4:03 pm

    Hang in there Joel. Gotta heal in many ways. Think of it this way, you can catch up on all that great daytime TV you’ve been missing all your working life.

    There are more court shows out there than you’d like to know (our patients get sucked into them when NOT in therapy!).

    The bottles are awesome. I’m sippin’ H20 at work all day.

    Take care

  2. Bernadette and Gil

    March 4, 2007 at 5:45 pm

    Hey Joel,
    Keep up the spirits as you let your body heal. You will be as ready as ever when you finally get out of Criag and head to Arizona. We’re still praying for you and thinking of you daily.

  3. John and Juli Begley

    March 5, 2007 at 5:58 am

    Hi Joel,
    Don’t despair…when the time is right you will leave Craig and begin you new adventure. Take care of yourself. You are always in our prayers.

  4. Matt

    March 5, 2007 at 8:44 am

    Keep up the good spirits and I hope you heal up soon. The Yates factor will pull you through and you’ll be on the road to AZ in no time!!!
    Matt and Amy

  5. Karyl Thurston

    March 5, 2007 at 1:45 pm

    Dear Joel, I know a set back like you’re having right now doesn’t do anything for your morale, but keep your “eye on the prize”. You’ll be home soon, with lots to look forward to…ROCK AND ROLL.

  6. Amy Scanlon

    March 5, 2007 at 1:52 pm


    Does Joel have a subscription to “New Mobility”? If not do you think he would appreciate a year’s subscription as a gift?And if the answers are No and Yes, what address should I send the subscription to?

    Amy Scanlon (sister of Pete Scanlon)

  7. Uncle George and Aunt Elna

    March 5, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    Joel…Bummer on the release date! Do whatever your kind, loving, professional medical staff says, and you wil be back on track in no time. We envy your trip back to Tempe. Here in Roch. the windchill is -10 and there are snow squalls and accidents all around (even 3 cop cars). Are you watching those daytimes? Judge Judy, Dr. Phil, Laurel and Hardy reruns, etc.
    George is making a quick trip to Minn. later this week to look in on his parents. Other than that, we are frozen in here until Spring. Here’s wishing some sunshine and good luck on you in the coming days.
    Love and hugs, G & E…

  8. Brian Dietzen

    March 5, 2007 at 5:23 pm

    I’m sorry to hear you’ll be there another week Joel. But I was so glad to see you this past weekend. Your optimism in the face of bad news like his is what will make the diference and get you out of there. It was awesome to see your smiling face, and although I’m sure an extra ten days sounds horrible, hopefully it’ll go by faster than you think (especially once they let you start excercising again). Always in our prayers.
    -Brian and Kelly and…..little Dietzen

  9. Will Gilman

    March 5, 2007 at 5:59 pm

    Congratulations on your parole! I hope you’re off bed rest by this point and if not, you gotta hold out just a little longer. I’m sure it’s tough to sit on your hands when the end is so near but don’t let it get to you. You’ve come so far so fast that you got so much momentum standing still for a couple of days couldn’t slow you down. I couldn’t be happier to hear that everything worked out smooth for the summer in Cal, and depending on the timing I might actually be able to visit you out there. Rock and Roll, baby

  10. Adele and Steve Hansen

    March 5, 2007 at 8:02 pm

    Hang in there Joel. Think of all that sun coming your way soon!

    Adele and Steve

  11. Marge Scanlon

    March 6, 2007 at 7:59 am

    Hope that you are well rested and looking forward to your return to the Valley of the Sun. I do not work Fridays and would be happy to help in any way I can with errands or meals.
    Sent off my Nalgene order this morning. Let me know what else I can do.
    Marge(Pete’s mom)

  12. Matt Unger

    March 6, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    just think of the bed rest as storing up more celebration energy for your release, lol.

    Now……….. hurry up and get back to AZ, and then stop by the office sometime and say :hey!!” to all your Kinetics buddies.

  13. Laurie Marta

    March 6, 2007 at 2:40 pm

    Hi Joel,

    Today is Tuesday so maybe you are up now. If not, your body must be preparing itself for the next part of your journey. You know the adage that says inside every cloud is a silver lining. Fasten your focus on all that is good and keep the faith that tomorrow will be a brighter day. I look forward to reading more of your insightful writings and encourage you to write a book about your experiences. You could help a lot of people.

    What an exciting summer you and Erika have to look forward to. Please pass my congratulations on to her.

    Thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers, Laurie

  14. Eric Hansen

    March 6, 2007 at 7:48 pm

    Come on J-dog! Things are tough right now, but that hasn’t stopped you before. Strap up your boots and get through this! You’ve already come so far, so fast. Keep the faith brother, your time will come.

    We think of YOU and smile because of YOU every single day.

    Here we go…

  15. Holly Bob, Andy, Liz

    March 7, 2007 at 8:54 am

    I know it’s tough! After seeing you on Sunday, I realize just how Nucking Futts it is. But hang in there! There is a reason for the madness and none of us know what it is. But somebody must! I truly believe. Remember be kind to the ones that love you the most. They are the ones that will always be there for you. We all miss your blogging, so get your butt back into the blogg mode your fans are waiting. Besides it is good for your soul. Love you!

  16. John and Juli Begley

    March 7, 2007 at 1:28 pm

    Hello from sunny San Antonio…
    Joel, we sure do miss your writing and daily updates. Hope all is well.
    Miss your jottings and are praying for you.
    Take care!!!!!

  17. Dennis Phillips

    March 7, 2007 at 4:56 pm


    Been following your progress from the sidelines until now. Hang in there, it sounds like you have a great support staff in friends and family there. At least you have those beautiful mountains to stare at, here in Nebraska we have hills but they are covered in cows, not very scenic. Keep thinking positive and take care.


  18. Lee Bentz

    March 8, 2007 at 12:12 am

    I could just feel your frustration on Sunday. Good thing the usual suspects were there to keep you somewhat entertained.

    I hope you’ve gotten some good news by now. First they teach you to be mobile and then they make you stay in bed. I’d be bored to distraction. I think you have the right idea about sleeping to make the days go faster. At least you will be well rested before you stage your break-out. Even tho’ it is sunny here, it’s also warm in AZ. You will be there soon!

    If you would like me to come down and push you around on the gurney so you can visit your buddies, I’d be happy to. Or, I could bring Abby, get her a gurney, and then let you guys race up and down ramps again. Has your shadow gone back to New Mexico? I bet you miss him if he has.

    I’m sure you’ve heard “hang in there” enough times to make you gack, but I guess that is really all there is to say. Hope good news comes your way soon and you can get back home and get on with your life. Give Erika our love, too.

    Love, Lee et al

  19. AD

    March 8, 2007 at 2:17 am

    Yoeller – Gotta let you know that I’m keepin’ the California sun warmed up for your arrival this summer. Just remember in all this that you’re stronger than the rest of us. There are many, many people who have you in their thoughts every day.

  20. Suze Biehl

    March 8, 2007 at 7:57 am

    good morning my friend***help let me out of here ! ! ! ! !

  21. Matt

    March 8, 2007 at 8:10 am

    I hope the rest is speeding up the healing. I hope you heal up soon so we can start reading about continual success!

  22. Loren and Susan Melvin

    March 8, 2007 at 9:07 am

    Hi Joel,

    Sorry to hear about your recent set back, but you

    are a strong young man and will be able to move

    on real soon. We think about you daily.

    Love Love, Susan and Loren

  23. Leigha

    March 8, 2007 at 10:15 am

    Hey Joel, did you know you’re home already? According to Lucas, you are. So keep that in mind – you’re already here in spirit. Now we’re just waiting for the rest of you. 🙂 Take care.

  24. mb

    March 8, 2007 at 10:43 am

    I know you have heard enough platitudes for a lifetime, and know inspirational stories better than ever so I won’t say my usual lines! I will say that we want you to know how we appreciate the love and friendship you filled our lives with, and will continue to do so…
    MB & Ron, E&K&C

  25. Eric

    March 8, 2007 at 11:35 am

    Joel – Just wanted to let you know that a ton of people on the East coast are thinking about you every day. Here’s a list of people who have contributed to your bottle fund.

    -George, Keri, Paul, Beth Hansen
    -Dean, Dele, Jill Theodorakos
    -Steve, Adele, Maria Hansen
    -Don, Sharon Boddle

    We continue to send good vibes and are confident you will triumph when it’s all said and done.

  26. Dyan Orsello

    March 8, 2007 at 4:40 pm

    I have found that sleeping really does make the days go by faster.
    You probably need the rest for the next part of the journey. I didn’t see any of the pictures of you with the red hair, did I miss them? Keep up the good job with the blogging.
    Hugs and smootches

  27. Sharon Bodle

    March 8, 2007 at 5:31 pm

    I hope you are well on your way to healing with the days of bed rest. I know you are anxiously awaiting your departure from Craig and getting back to Arizona. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.


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