Thursday, October 29, 2009

Family Favorite of the week~

Chris with his sister Carla :)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Halloween Past

Timmy as a bunny~ his first Halloween

The punkin'patch

Kevin as Egon from Ghost Busters with Tim the dinosaur & Matt the LiL' Monster

Cookie Monster & Big Bird

Chris & Elayne

Grandpa Ski & Tim as a puppy

Kevin the pterodactyl!

Grandma Ski & Matt the baby Ninja Turtle


Monday, October 12, 2009

Family Favorite of the week~

Tim's travel by train with a group of friends to Karlstein Castle- outside of Prague.


Thursday, October 8, 2009

Trip to Tulsa

Chris and I took a 4 day trip to Tulsa Friday-Monday to see Ed, Lois, Judy & Bob. We arrived Friday and Ed was still in the hospital. At that point he was still weak and tired but Judy and Bob said he had much more energy than just the day before. We were quite anxious to get there and be with him.
The next 3 days were spent getting Ed home, settled and everyone learning how to administer his insulin shots as well as making sure his diet was appropriate for diabetes and gluten free. Kind of challenging.
He has decided it would be best to stay in an assisted living home for now and we visited one in his neighborhood. They invited us for lunch and to talk. I had no idea how nice those places are and what a great option for anyone needing extra care, but remaining independent in a great social environment. I think we were all ready to move in :)

Each day we saw Ed getting stronger and doing more and more. Including his typical "cutting up" with everyone. He was asking staff at the hospital and assisted living for a skateboard and trying to play "bumper cars" with his walker with the others. He never ceases to amaze me and keep me laughing :) He learned quickly that if you push the "emergency " button on the hospital bed the nurses come running- it did work!

We decided to stay in a hotel with a pool and hot tub which was much enjoyed after we did a 16 mile run downtown Tulsa at Riverside Park on Saturday morning ( more info. on the run see my blog;

Monday afternoon we had to head home and knew it was just not a long enough amount of time there. His sister Judy and son Bob are holding down the fort right now and Carla should be there tomorrow, followed by Cindy and then Dave. All to help get Ed and Lois situated and Judy back home to Michigan. She has been a wonderful aunt and sister through this!

For more detailed and up to date info. on Ed please follow his blog that Bob is keeping up.
Prayers for Ed and the Minich family are welcome and much appreciated! Ed~ a big hug to you from me :) Love~ Elayne

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Grandpa Minich updates

This is the latest update regarding how Ed is currently doing He was brought into the hospital after a blood test revealed his blood sugar level to be at 600. His sister Judy is now there taking care of Ed and Lois. The following information was an e-mail update last night from his son Bob.

"Dad's doing OK. He's still physically weak. He's alert and talkative, but still wants plenty of sleep. His blood sugar is still not well controlled but they are working on that with insulin and diet. The MRI results are in and the doctors are happy with the result. They said the tumor is shrinking and the treatment is doing what it is supposed to do.

Judy said Dad is eating well, though his menu is now both gluten free and diabetic appropriate. He said he didn't have any visitors other than Judy today and that's OK because mainly he just needs to rest and sleep. A diabetic nurse visited while Judy was there. They think Dad will require insulin when he gets home so they are going to set him up with a blood tester and supplies. According to the diabetic nurse, the three main causes for diabetes are steroids, genetics, and stress. It sounds like Dad is lined up with 2.5 of those factors.

Dad got his radiation treatment today and is still on the prescribed drugs. They are working to lower steroid dose. Dad still needs assistance. He is too weak to move between the transport bed they use to bring him to the radiation treatment and the bed in his room. They will be working on physical therapy to get him more active.

Chris and Elayne are planning to come to Tulsa."

-- Bob

Please continue to pray for Ed while he is getting the rest, treatments and care he needs to regain his strength. We are looking forward to getting there and giving him a hug :)


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