As the holiday season approaches, we want to thank each of you for all you have done for Eileen on her road to recovery and for our family. Words cannot express how much your support and encouragement means to us.
Eileen continues to work hard every day. Two days a week she goes to the Neuro Center of Illinois at Centegra for OT and PT. Her physical therapist comes to the house one day a week to work with her and help her with exercises she can do at home. She also continues with aquatic and massage therapy. Judy continues to come twice a day to help Eileen in the morning and again at night.
Eileen works hard at getting back to being able to walk and to improve the movement in her hands. We are continuing to search for a clinical trial that might help Eileen move forward at a more advanced pace. We have had a few setbacks sending Eileen to the hospital twice over the last month. As you can imagine all of this is very expensive and most must be paid out of pocket.
Our insurance policy has been discontinued, and last year when I was shopping for our new policy I had 52 choices of PPO’S that were offered in Illinois. Now I have only one company available to us…makes the shopping easier but comes at a price of $2500 per month.
Patrick, Bridget and Jacquelyn continue to do whatever they can to assist us with Eileen’s care. Patrick is living in Crystal Lake, Bridget is going to be married this coming April (Eileen has a goal to walk down the aisle), is living in the city and working hard at Toll Brothers, and Jacquelyn still teaches and lives in the city. The kids give up much of their free time to assist both of us.
Our holiday wishes this year for you and your family are good health, peace and happiness. We hope you enjoy the holiday season and that you will remember Eileen as you make your end of year tax-deductible contributions. If you would like to make a contribution in honor of Eileen, please visit: https://helphopelive.org/ca.... You will also find our latest blog posts, photos and videos.
Rich, Eileen, Patrick, Bridget and Jacquelyn
Nov 07, 2016
Happy Fall to all!
I am sorry I have not kept up with the posting and I will try to keep you all informed on what is going on with Eileen and her recovery.
We are well past two years since Eileen’s injury and she continues to heal with the determination that she will once again walk.
The Golf Outing in June was a huge success, netting over $55,000 towards Eileen’s care. The date has been set for 2017 and it is June 19th, 2017 at The Golf Club of Illinois.
We had a great trip to Craig Hospital in August and also went down to Durango for a few weeks. The trip was hard but well worth it and it was great seeing everyone.
Eileen continues to have Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Aqua Therapy 4 days a week. Keep in mind she has been doing this for over two years and yet doesn’t complain……… Not much noticeable improvement but she is improving and has not stopped improving or gone backwards at all.
Lately we have had a few more setbacks, like a few overnights at Sherman Hospital and then there is the insurance issue. Like most people we have been informed that our current policy has been discontinued in Illinois. The choice for PPO (so we can pick up Docs and Hospitals) are slim with only one company offering coverage with policies that are $1900- $2600 per month and doesn’t even cover half of our providers. Who put the word Affordable in this!!!! Real scary stuff, and the net result is that in addition to the premium we will have to pay out of pocket possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars.
I have loaded up all the fundraiser photos on Eileen’s website for you to see and will be adding quite a few videos when I have a free moment!
Time to sign off now so I can continue to research our insurance options and I promise to keep you posted with more blogs.
Love , Rich
Jul 25, 2016
We made it to Craig Hospital in three days as we can only travel five hours per day. Starting boot camp today with three sessions a day with the pt's and million dollar machines. Next week is...
Jun 14, 2016
2nd Annual Golf Outing Registrants please be advised that the link to register for the event has changed. This is the new link: http://bit.ly/2016golfoutin....
Jun 01, 2016
With our Love Dear Eileen and Rich,
We had such a wonderful visit with you yesterday and a delicious dinner. Rich you are quiet the cook and look like a natural in your kitchen. We realize...
Apr 11, 2016
Eileen continues what we have been doing since the first of the year. She continues to have Angelo , three times a week , Aqua Therapy once, Julie comes every other week with her...
Jan 30, 2016
It has been a long time since our last posting and for that I apologize!
In October Jerry , Eileen's brother held a great afternoon fundraiser at the Emerald Isle, many thanks to him , the...
Nov 20, 2015
Dear Friends and Family,
We hope each of you has enjoyed the beautiful fall season and are looking forward to spending time this Thanksgiving with your family and friends.
Looking back on...
Oct 19, 2015
Check out the latest group photo from the Saint Mary's University alumni fundraiser in honor of Eileen on October 17, 2015
Sep 07, 2015
A word from Eileen.........
Today I observe the first anniversary of a life altering event. I am amused that is falls on Labor Day because I have never worked so hard in my life. I am extremely...
Sep 02, 2015
The trip to Craig Hospital went very well. We had to stop every 20-30 minutes for Eileen to do a weight shift( a weight shift prevents sores on the rear end) The trip to Denver took two an a half...
Sep 02, 2015
Eileen is making incredible progress! Two new videos and look at her new photos from Craig this summer: