Monday, September 17, 2012
Rose attends parents night at Catholic Central football game. Rose’s beauty and spirit shined brightly on Friday night to honor the parents of Catholic Central football players. Last year, Bob and Rose beamed with pride when they appeared at the same ceremony with both Tanner and Salvatore. Watching their twin boys play football was a pleasure and joy. It was a small consolation for the hard work and sacrifice they poured into their family. It was the right time and place for Rose to make a public appearance. The family at Catholic Central provided the necessary comfort and security for Rose to attend the ceremony without the unnecessary fanfare of the media. It was so fitting that the same stadium that held the widely attended vigil back in April was the location of Rose’s first appearance in public.
Sal was not in attendance on Friday, but his progress has allowed him to take day trips from the rehabilitation facility. Entertaining family, friends, coaches, and teachers has been a great source of spirit for his recovery.
Not enough can be said about the warmth and love the community has poured on this family. Prayers, Love, and kindness really do work. Thank you for all of your support.
The privacy of the family continues to be our shield and we appreciate the fans at the stadium having respected that request. Thank you.
Monday, July 30, 2012
Finally, Rose joins Sal at Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center for critical brain therapy. Having completed acute medical care at Botsford Hospital, then sub-acute care at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan in Detroit, they have both been transferred to their third facility which will focus on intense brain rehabilitation. We do not release the name of the facility until after they leave because we are protecting their privacy and preventing unwanted visitors from interfering with their medical care. We trust that the public will continue to respect this request until they are ready to re-enter society on their own terms. Rose and Sal continue to make daily progress in their uphill struggle to regain 100% of their physical selves. Obviously, emotional and mental recovery will take a lifetime, but with all of our help, we can make that struggle smoother for them.
Blue Care Network denies coverage for Cognitive Rehabilitation. This medical journey has been loaded with daily obstacles. Most recently, the struggle has been with the medical insurance provider, Blue Care Network. This is the health insurance company provided through Bob’s employer, the Dearborn Public Schools. Like most employer provided health insurance companies, coverage for cognitive rehabilitation is excluded. In other words, they do not pay for it. The only people getting cognitive rehabilitation in Michigan through insurance are those people injured in a car accident or on the job. When Rose and Sal reached the third level of rehabilitation, we requested from Blue Care Network that they be sent to facility that specialized in cognitive rehabilitation which was out of their network of providers. Blue Care Network denied our request and provided a list of nursing home facilities which were inappropriate for either Sal or Rose. This decision is being appealed.
Our decision to get the best medical care for Rose and Sal is costly. Because the facility is out of network and Blue Care has denied coverage, full payment for the facility, which runs thousands of dollars per day comes from the money donated to the Cipriano Children’s Trust and personal funds of Bob and Rose. For their benefit, we now hope for an even more immediate recovery to avoid a depleting the Trust and Rose’s personal assets. We could not have provided such quality care without your prayers and support which has been as much a miracle as has been their recovery.
Again, we thank you. God bless you!
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Sal makes his move! Confident that he successfully completed physical therapy, he winked to the nurses station as he walked back to his room. His confidence also stems from news that he’s surpassed every physical and occupational goal set by the staff at Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan in Detroit. Today, he moves to his next level of rehabilitation where he’ll focus very intensely on reconnecting with his cognitive abilities.
Monday, July 2, 2012
Rose and Sal were reunited this morning for the very first time. While walking back to his room from physical therapy the elevators doors opened and out walked Rose. They fell into each others arms as they were supported by the surrounding family. A meeting prior to today has been impossible due to the differing injuries, physicians, and facilities. Today has been a glorious day. Our hope is to reunite them together at the same rehabilitation facility in the very near future.
Sal walked without a walker today for the first time!!!!
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Salvatore has been intensively training for a triathalon. Well, not exactly, it’s more difficult. A triathlete will tell you, the training regimen requires every fiber of one’s being to prepare. Bedridden for two months in intensive care, he lost weight and muscle. For 10 days he has endured painful sessions of physical, occupational, and speech therapy. He is pushed hard by the therapists, and when pressed, he pushes back. His will to recover is most inspiring. When he has to do 10 reps, he does 15. He has gone from wheelchair to walker in this short time. Today, he played a full game of Yahtzee, picking the correct dice and taking appropriate risks. Yesterday he played catch both throwing and catching at the same time. Sal’s shy pensive demeanor is back. Caught him in his “hand to chin pose” today after staring at the photo book from his brother and friends where they mimic him in photos with the “pose.” When we’re not around he’s watching movies on his DVD or ESPN on TV, listening to music, or just sleeping. How dare he sleep? His sense of humor has also returned. He laughed hysterically when we showed him a video of his brother Tanner umpiring at a little league game where he, apparently late for a date, started calling every pitch a “strike.” Some of those balls were so low and outside the catcher had to dive to make the catch. .
Rose continues to take her rehabilitation in stride. No one should worry about Rose’s ability to speak, she has already made up for the time she was in ICU. Very much in control of her rehabilitation, but also aware of her abilities to take things a week at a time now.
Tanner and Isabella are knee deep in summer activities and out of town for the July 4th holiday.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
In the last update, we declared that Salvatore cleared a major hurdle . . . but were too optimistic and his infection returned so he was in a holding pattern receiving a battery of antibiotics. They finally worked, so now we can boldly say he cleared it. He is on his way towards escaping from two months in the intensive care unit at Botsford Hospital. We anticipate his departure to a rehabilitation center soon absent any further complications. The family is intensely pleased with this news. We hope you are too.
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Rose’s physical recovery has been a miracle. She transferred to a new facility designed for rehabilitation of post-operative critical care patients. This is the third level of care for patients who’ve suffered traumatic brain injury. To have come so far in only six weeks is amazing! Her desire to return to her role as mother could not be more evident than in the patience she held while Isabella told her the story of catching painted turtles with her brother and cousins at Turtle Bay up north at the cabin over Memorial Day weekend. Isabella was interrupted once by Rose to scold Tanner for interjecting. Every day she shows marked improvement. If we were told six weeks ago that Rose would be this far along we would not have believed it. Family members are constantly at her side providing love, encouragement, and privacy.
Salvatore leaped over the largest hurdle toward the exit doors of the Intensive Care Unit. His recovery, which had been slow due to an infection that developed a couple weeks ago, has been hastened by the brilliant and caring team of medical doctors and staff at Botsford Hospital. With the help of antibiotics, Salvatore beat the infection off, and is getting prepped for the next leg of his journey. He is responding to instructions and is actively working with the therapists to regain the muscle strength which has been lost over the past 6 weeks. Yesterday, he put his Catholic Central baseball cap on and then caught the ball!!!
Tanner and Isabella have been in their “normal” routine at school and with friends. They visit their mother and brother on a regular basis – which is good therapy for all of them! Tanner has completed his last day as a Junior at Catholic Central High School and Isabella will soon finish third grade at Saint Fabian.Both are ready for their summer vacation. Thank you so much for your continued love, prayers and support.