S: Amerika, augustus 2012
FC: Amerika augustus 2012
94: 21 augustus. Om 8 uur gingen we op muilpaarden rijden in Yosemite. Om 8.10 hadden we een korte check voor onze beugels en teugels. De gids achter ons (ik noem haar voor het gemak even Rodeo Queen) vroeg aan Susanne om haar voeten uit de beugels te doen. Op dat moment schiet het paard op hol en begint te steigeren. Susanne vliegt van haar paard af en stuitert keihard op de grond (gelukkig voornamelijk aarde met wat stenen). Mijn paard schoot daardoor ook op hol, maar omdat ik nog in de beugels zat kon ik 'm kalmeren. Susanne kwam waarschijnlijk hard op een grote boomwortel terecht. Ze viel op de linkerkant van haar rug. Rodeo Queen schoot als eerste Susanne te hulp en legde haar stabiel. Wij mochten absoluut niet afstijgen en moesten hulpeloos toekijken. Er moest namelijk eerst hulp komen om de andere paarden vast te zetten aan bomen. Susanne had enorm veel pijn over haar hele lichaam en we vreesden het ergste. Rodeo Queen had haar bijnaam niet voor niets en herkende de pijn. Ze dacht aan een aantal gebroken ribben. Toen wij ook afgestegen waren kalmeerden we Susanne en wachtten we op hulp. Dat duurde voor ons gevoel uren. De ene medic na de andere kwam, maar het duurde vrij lang voor er een ambulance kwam. Een medic kon gelukkig wel constateren dat er geen lestel was aan haar ruggenwervels. In plaats van pijnstillers begon een medic acupunctuur te geven in Susanne haar oren. Deze medics hebben namelijk niets anders bij zich. Stelletje sukkels. Toen de ambulance kwam werd ze verder onderzocht. Ze klaagde vooral over pijn in haar buik en dat ze moeilijk kon ademen. Susanne ging op staan en probeerde een paar stappen te lopen. | Dat was een geruststelling. Want dat toonde aan dat er inderdaad geen letsel was aan haar ruggenwervels. Echter, door de pijn en de benauwdheid trok ze wit weg, en moest ze alsnog met een brancard naar de ambulance worden gebracht. Daar werd ze opnieuw onderzocht en waren de dokters bang dat haar milt was beschadigd. Een urenlange ambulance rit uit Yosemite was geen optie. Dat duurde te lang omdat ze misschien inwendig zou bloeden. Daarom werd besloten om haar met een heli naar een groter ziekenhuis te vervoeren. Ze wilden haar eerste naar Modesto brengen, maar omdat ik nog nooit had gehoord van dat gehucht stond ik er op om haar naar Fresno te laten vliegen. Ook omdat John daar woont en omdat daar een vliegveld is. Omdat Susanne in Fresno toch een MRI zou krijgen, besloten ze in Yosemite geen rontgen te doen, maar dat meteen te combineren in Fresno. Om een uur of 11 's morgens vloog Susanne met een heli uit Yosemite naar Fresno. Een vlucht van 15 tot 20 minuten. Rond dat tijdstip was het in Nederland nog overdag, maar ik wilde jullie nog niet op de hoogte brengen van onze situatie. De toestand was namelijk nog te onzeker en ik wilde geen paniek zaaien. Nu jullie dit lezen is de situatie duidelijk en onder controle, vandaar dat ik dit nu pas mail. Ik hoop dat jullie dit begrijpen. Inmiddels had ik contact opgenomen met John. Hij was nog voor de heli in het ziekenhuis en kon dus Susanne opvangen. Dat was erg fijn want wij moesten noodgedwongen achterblijven in Yosemite en met de auto naar Fresno. John heeft overal contacten en regelde meteen een VIP treatment voor Susanne.
95: De beste dokters werden aan het werk gezet. En via de telefoon verzekerde hij me ook dat dit ziekenhuis de beste keuze was uit de wijde omgeving. Wij gingen vervolgens koffers inpakken en uitchecken bij Yosemite. Na een autorit van ongeveer drie uur kwamen we aan in Fresno. Geloof me, ik reed enorm voorzichtig de bergen uit. Elke overturn ben ik gestopt om snellere auto's me in te laten halen. In het ziekenhuis konden we gek genoeg Susanne eerst niet vinden. Ze was als een anonieme trauma-patient ingecheckt: Ladder H. Toen we daar achter kwamen hadden we haar snel gevonden op de trauma afdeling. Daar vertelde een vrouwelijk arts ons het nieuws: ze had helemaal niets gebroken. Dat vonden we een wonder aangezien ze zo hard terecht was gekomen en zoveel pijn had. Door de klap was echter wel haar milt - als een druif die op de grond valt - gescheurd. Tijdens onze autorit is Susanne meteen geholpen. Geen zware operatie, maar een kleine ingreep. Via haar lies hebben ze de milt opgespoord en het gat gedicht. Dat scheelde een flinke operatie. Susanne was behoorlijk groggy en ik moest haar vertellen wat er met haar aan de hand was, want zelf wist ze van niets. We spraken daarna de dr die haar heeft geopereerd: dr. Davis. Hij vertelde ons dat Susanne een aantal dagen en nachten moet blijven ter observatie. Op maandag naar huis vliegen zit er dus niet in. We hebben geen idee wanneer wel. We zien het nu dag voor dag. John heeft verder voor ons geregeld dat we in een superdeluxe zorghotel aan de overkant van het ziekenhuis kunnen verblijven. Voor slechts 30 dollar per nacht, die we ook nog eens naar de verzekering kunnen sturen. | We hebben een eerste klas kamer en worden echt als VIP's behandeld. Wat een geluk bij een ongeluk dat John hier woont en dit voor ons kon regelen. We zijn in de loop van de dag veel bij Susanne geweest. Haar bloeddruk gaat weer omhoog en de waarden in haar bloed ook. Dat betekent dat het gat in haar milt dicht is. Ze heeft uiteraard wel enorm veel pijn en is enorm misselijk. De kinderen hebben het er moeilijk mee maar houden zich goed. We hebben alledrie al flink wat gehuild, maar zijn erg positief. Susanne ligt in een top ziekenhuis met top hulp. Dankzij John hoeft ze niet zoals andere trauma-patienten op de gang te bivakeren, maar heeft ze een ruime prive kamer. Zodra Susanne uit het ziekenhuis wordt ontslagen, zal ze nog een tijdje moeten rusten hier in de VS. Hoe lang? Geen idee. De verzekeringsmaatschappij heeft ons wel verzekerd dat we niet meer hoeven te rijden. We vliegen dus vanuit Fresno naar San Francisco en dan naar Schiphol. Ik hoop zsm te laten weten wanneer dit is. De hele VS-familie biedt hulp aan en wil voor de kinderen zorgen. Ook voor afleiding. Na een vreselijke en moeilijke dag hebben we nu weer een beetje rust en kunnen we weer ademhalen. We weten dat Susanne in goede handen in en dat het ergste achter de rug is. Nu moet ze gaan genezen. Zodra we meer weten, laten we jullie dit weten. Maar alsjeblieft: bel ons niet als we liggen te slapen, want dan schrikken we ons natuurlijk helemaal kapot.
97: Quick update: Just got a call that Susanne had been moved to SDU room 1020. They told me her situation hasn't changed, but they can keep a closer eye on her there. I can't go over to there, because the kids are finally asleep. When I left her blood pressure and values were up, so that means it's improving. 22 augustus The kids are still asleep. So I'm not sure if we will make 9:30 at the hospital. They fell asleep like a log thank god around nine o'clock. I didn't get anymore news during the night. So I guess no news is good news It appeared that Susanne does have two broken ribs after all. I need to speak to Dr. Davis about this, because I'm a little surprised they just discovered this. Good news: the nausea Susanne had yesterday is gone. Now she's still in a lot of pain. But that's not strange considering what's she's been through. Rebecca loves reading stuff out loud to Susanne. So keep those mails coming and we read them to her. Just got back from Susanne. She still has a lot of pain but has really improved since yesterday. She talks more and there is more color in her face. She is still not allowed to eat. They do this to keep her intestines calm and make sure there won't be too much pressure on the spleen that now needs to heal. For that same reason she also is not allowed to walk. I keep asking for a time estimate, but they won't give it to us. So we really don't know when she can leave the hospital, or when she is able to fly. | 23 augustus We just got back from a visit at Susanne. She's getting better every minute. Today she's going to start drinking liquids. She still has a lot of pain, but all the rest is good. It seems that her spleen is recovering well. She was also washed a little bit today, so she could finally get rid of the Yosemite dust. I spoke to dr who mentioned we might be able to fly back to Holland next Friday, august 31. But: he said 'might'... there is nothing sure. It all depends on how Susanne recovers if we can make that date or not. Susanne is improving. She needs to do exercises to keep her lungs healthy. These exercises prevent pneumonia. She needs to in- and exhale and hold her breath for a long time. It hurts a lot. It also hurts a lot when she talks, cries or laughs. She had quite a fall. She slowly can start sipping on ice cubes and drink a little bit. She regained the color in her face, so she's back on track for becoming that gorgeous woman she always was.She is still on a floor that is called a SDU, a step down unit. I don't know exactly what it means, but they keep a close eye on her there for 24/7. She can't pick her nose without four nurses seeing it. ;-) The three of us are staying in a wonderful facility called Terry's House http://www.communitymedical.org/news-events/video/terrys-house-tour It's similar to the idea of a Ronald McDonald House, but if you watch the video, you will see it gives us comfort and facilities beyond our wishes. It is a marvelous place to stay here. It is so great to have family in the US who help us. Without John we would never be in Terry's House.
99: 24 augustus Still in Susanne's room. She had a good night. She got a medicine to sleep. It made her very, very sleepy. But on the other hand it kind of paralyzed her. So, she also felt a lot of pain, but couldn't move or do anything about it. So, she doesn't wanna take that anymore. She will get melatonine this evening, which is better. The only thing she eats/drinks right now is just some crushed ice. Maybe, just maybe she can have some liquid food like soup and broth today. Susanne has been sitting up - in her bed - for an hour this morning. It felt good, because it relieved some stress on her back where the spleen is. On the other had it made her feel dizzy and nauseous because she doesn't have plenty of blood for her entire body. And when your head doesn't get enough blood, you feel dizzy and nauseous. The dr's want her to sit up more today and even start walking. Susanne is NOT ready for that, and she doesn't even want to try that. That is alright. The dr's wait for her to feel strong enough to do that. Right now they don't want her of the SDU and moved to a private room. Although she feels better and looks better she is still very sick. They want to keep a very close eye on her and her spleen. She loves it when we read out message to her. So please keep those mails and message coming. Her bloodvalue is climbing. It's now between 9 and 9.8. You and I are between 12, 14 and up. So, she still has a long way to go, but she's not in danger anymore. We slowly start to realize that Susanne was very critical on the first night and day. The dr's never shared their panic with us, which I am very grateful for. The made us feel that everything was in control. And it was, but it seemed to be much more serious then we thought. | Dr. Wolf came by. And explains she HAS to start moving. This afternoon she will be getting out of her bed and walk by herself to a chair to sit. This way they can see if the spleen holds and that the wound is healing. Also, she will get a ‘menu’ of various liquids to drink from this afternoon. Dr. Wolf also mentioned that a broken spleen can burst open again even after two of three weeks. So we really don’t know when we will be leaving. All depends on Susanne’s exercises. If that goes okay, we might be coming home soon. Susanne is moved from SDU to a private room. Which is a big relief. It means the dr's have more trust in her healing process. Also, she's not disturbed by the noises of the other very sick patients. She didn't do her exercises to walk and sit on a chair. I don't know why. But the had been sitting straight up for 1 hour and 45 minutes all together today. Which is a big step. She got some liquid food, but she said that was disgusting. I have no idea how much she drank. Her new bed is a lot harder. I hope that will get better soon. It's also a lot colder in her new room. But she got some extra blankets. The three of us went to Tim and Allison for a special dinner. We introduced them to the world of dutch cooking: gourmetten. Together with John, the six of us has lots of fun. These things are pleasant and welcome distractions. Especially for the kids. I noticed two things: if they don't sleep well and don't get enough distraction they don't have the energy to face all this. I'm so glad that they don't have sleeping problems. Each time they go to bed they sleep immediately. We've had our share of tears in the last few days. And we did a lot of talking and hugging to comprehend the situation. The four of us are all getting stronger day by day.
102: 25 augustus Susanne had a restless night.In her new room was a very, very hard bed. She didn't sleep at all. Because she is now on liquid food they are making her take her medicine orally now. After taking them and drinking some water and green tea she felt really sick. She also tried some jello. Which was disgusting. It was very sweet. Susanne prefers tasting salty and sour things, not sweet. But salt and sour might be much stress for her stomach. The kids were up way too soon. And that proved my theory: they shed a lot of tears this morning and found it hard to deal with everything. We are on our way to recovery, but it's a bumpy road. For all of us.
103: During the day she went up and walked a few times in the hallway. She went to the bathroom and sat in her chair (not in the bed) straight up. Small steps, but big steps for Susanne’s recovery. The physicians gave her a different time plan then the other dr’s. Some say she can leave the hospital on Monday. Some say she can’t leave until Friday. Some say she needs to walk on her own on Monday. Some say: no way. Susanne asked to get the dr’s together so they don’t give her different views on the situation. This evening we spend a couple of hours at Susanne. She was sitting up all the time. She tried to go to the bathroom a couple of times and ate some solid food. Like pieces of bread and watermelon. After a while she got very nauseous again. It took an hour for that to go away. Because of that we stayed quite (too) long and I couldn't get the kids in bed at the time I wanted to.Her blood values are stable: 9.8 - 9.2 - 9.6 etc. That is why the don't check her blood every six hours, and also not every 12 hours, but only once a day now. That means the dr's are hopeful and trust her recovery. She was very sleepy when we left. I hope she gets a good night rest. 26 august Susanne had a good night rest. Susanne’s blood count was 8,9 this morning, but that was nothing to be alarmed about. It’s still within the safety zone, but it’s an indiction she’s still got a long way to go. This morning she felt pretty well. She ate an pouched egg and some toast. During the day she ate more so was taken off the IV because now she can eat ‘normally’ again. She also went to the bathroom this morning. On. Her. Own! That was a big surprise for all of us. During the day she made several walks up and down the hallway, also on her own. This is one day earlier then we all expected. After her breakfast it got a little bad again. It’s three steps up and two down the whole time. She had more pain and was nauseous again. Those minor set backs will be popping up. She also ate some chicken today, some grapefruit and watermelon. | Around 3 PM she had another (bigger) set back, but that was gone in the evening. When the kids and I said goodbye she was feeling very tired and was longing for a good night rest. All and all a good day, but there’s still no view on leaving the hospital. Our family in the US had been an incredible support for Susanne and for us. The things John, Allison, Tim, Don, Lois have done for us will be never forgotten. Also the friends of the family is helping us. By giving the kids a chance to cool off in their pool once and a while. John and Allison were there when Susanne landed with the heli and those familiar face in the middle of a nine-headed trauma team is a nice relief. John also set us up in this great Terry’s House. Don and Lois arrived yesterday. They made meals for us all and spend a lot of time with Susanne while I was trying to distract the kids in a waterslidepark. Tim and Allison came too. So, they are not seeing Susanne that often, but being their for me and especially the kids who love them, is the best gift they could give to Susanne. Because fun and distraction is what these kids need to hold on. Besides sleep of course. Don and Lois made a long trip coming down here and are staying until Tuesday afternoon. We are so glad with all this support. I wonder how we would have done it without their help. We are realizing more and more how lucky we are. Susanne’s injury was more serious then we all thought. It was life threatening. A heli was the only way for Susanne to get out of Yosemite. And that quick procedure they did on her while I was driving in the mountains was necessary to save her. She remembers now that she had to sign a form for the procedure while she was in a painful hell. The four of us never knew that it was this serious. And I thank the medics for his. Otherwise I don’t know how I would have driven out of Yosemite. I love Susanne more then I love myself. And the idea that I almost lost her is hard to comprehend.
116: 27 august Crazy morning. Susanne had a bad night. She only slept for max 3 hours. She had a lot of pain and nausea. This might be caused by the fact that she has switched from medicine via veins to medicine orally. She had a little bit of breakfast, but her taste is not as normal, so many things are just too sweet or too salty for her. The entire team came together and made some important decisions. They want her out of the hospital today or tomorrow. The hospital prefers today. Susanne and me prefer tomorrow. And the dr’s won’t push her if she is not ready to go today. Susanne gets a shot today against blood clotting in her legs. Lying in bed for such a long time might cause blood clotting. But they couldn’t give the med before because the spleen might start bleeding again. Susanne is very nervous about getting that shot. Also, Susanne will get some shots against influenza and tetanus. These shots support the function of the spleen which is not working properly. Susanne will have to take this shot every year now. When leaving the hospital Susanne is not ready to fly yet. She needs a few more days to rest somewhere. We are glad to know that Susanne is welcome in Terry’s House too although they normally never take in patients. They made an exception for us being abroad. We will stay a few nights and days in Terry’s House, but we have no idea for how long. That all depends on the dr’s. Susanne hasen’t been lucky with the beds she is was in. One too hard, one got broken, one pumps the entire time so it hurts her ribs
117: So now she keeps moving from one bed to the other. Her taste is not working as it should. The side effects of all the medicine cause the food to be very dry for her. Because of that she doesn’t eat a lot, which is a shame. The exercise team came by again and practiced walking up and down stairs. That went well. All by herself and without any problems. Late at night she also took a shower all by herself, so she is getting more independent. She walked a lot up and down the hall with the kids and with Lois. Meanwhile I ran up and down to the cafeteria to buy some food for her, but nothing tastes right. Too dry, too salty, too sweet, too sour In the evening she got a Waffle Mattrass to make her bed a little softer. That seemed to help. Let’s hope this will give her a good night rest. She needs one. She was exhausted of being awake, doing so much and eating so little. Her blood level is higher today, it’s 9.8. The dr’s made it clear she won’t be leaving today, but tomorrow. Susanne wants to leave to. Before I left she felt some stinging pain between her spleen and her stomach. The nurses were not alarmed, but will keep an eye on that. It could be related to the fact she had a hard time going to the bathroom. Again a day with lots of ups-and-downs, but still pointing in the right direction.
118: 28 august Late last night dr’s came to check on Susanne’s belly for the stinging pains. They weren’t concerned, but are going to keep a close eye on it. She had a good night rest. In the middle of the night she was awake and tried to skype with her brother. She also walked up and down the hallway in the middle of the night. She ate well during the day and was in a good mood. Of course the pain in her ribs and spleen is far from over, but it’s manageable. We were told she could leave the hospital around two. That turned out to be around five. We waited for a long while in Susanne’s room tob e discharged. We asked some last minute advice on the swelling on Susanne’s left arm where the IV’s where. It is a little inflamed and can be healed with hot packings every once and a while. She also wears a splint to reduce the pain. Both her arms are covered with bruises from all the IV’s, the shots and the bloods amples taken. Susanne gets bruised very easy. There is one big bruise on her leg of the knot of the Western saddle she bounced on before falling of the horse. And although she bruises so easy, it’s strange to see that there isn’t a single bruise near her ribs or her spleen. Not even a scratch. She also complains about the pain in her shoulder and her shoulderblade. The dr’s say it’s not broken, but probably bruised from the fall. Around two o’ clock we had an emotional goodbye when Don & Lois left. They have been so great for the past four days for us. Playing with the kids, cooking, groceries, it’s been marvelous. But now it’s up to us again. Just the four of us. About flying home: the dr’s didn’t gave an advice on flying. They only said take a few days/nights rest and then go. This means that it all depends on Susanne now. When she feels up to it, I will make the arrangements to leave. | She already asked to take it slow, and have one hotel night in San Fran before flying straight to Amsterdam. She has Sunday in her mind right now, but the next days will tell us more. She feels comfortable in our room in Terry’s House. She likes the bed. She eats more and more and drinks enough. Now hopefully she can have a good night rest here too. When entering our room she saw a beautiful sign the kids made and bursted out in tears. We all cried an hugged. Now she saw where and how we were living for the last week and the emotions were too much. For all of us. 29 august Susanne is doing so well. She had a good night rest in Terry’s House. Finally I could play nurse for her. During the night she woke me up frequently to help her. But we both had plenty of sleep. As a matter of fact, I found our midnight adventures kind of cosy. During the day Susanne ate and drank almost as she used to. We went to a mall, where Susanne finally found herself for the first time in 8 days in a more pleasant environment. At the end of the day she had more pain. She was very tired and the pain was hard to handle. I keep reminding her that three steps forwards always end with two steps back. And as my aunt said: as long as the steps forward are bigger then the steps backward, she’s on the good track. And she sure is. I’m so proud of her. How she recovered within a week from the hell she has been in... We shared our plans for returning to the Netherlands with our insurance company. The dr’s of the insurance company now need to get in touch with the dr’s from Fresno before they can arrange our flights back home. So, our trip is out of our hands right now. Fingers crossed.
119: 30 august Mixed feelings. Our insurance company wants Susanne home in the most safe way. A nurse will fly from Amsterdam to San Francisco to escort Susanne back home. Also, oxygen will be on board the plane to guarantee the safety of Susanne. All these measurements mean we will not fly before Monday. So we could be home Tuesday or even later Susanne had a hard time accepting this. She was very emotional and shed some tears. She wants to get home to see her family. And she doesn’t want the kids to miss the first days of their schools. Which is a new concern now. I have to inform the school the kids won’t be there the first days. Susanne’s nights are getting better rand better. She doesn’t need me to ‘nurse’ that much in the night. She still doesn’t have enough energy to be the Susanne we all know, but she’s getting there. Later today we agreed with the plan from the insurance company. As soon as the nurse arrives in San Fran we will drive from Fresno to San Fran. We will spend the night there to rest and prepare for the long flight home. The nurse will see and check Susanne before we board the plane. Now we need to wait for a phone call when to pack our bags. So Tim Sudiacal, we might be around in Fresno for your birthday ;-) 31 august Susanne is looking so well, you sometimes forget she is still very weak inside and still has a lot of pain. Today we finally know how and when we will get home: On Sunday September 2 we will drive to San Fran. There we will meet Susanne’s nurse in a hotel. | The next day we will fly with Air Berlin to Dusseldorf. Departure 17.55 local time. On Tuesday September 4, we will land in Dusseldorf at 13.45 local time. A taxi-van will drive the five of us (including the nurse) to Haarlem. It’s a three hour drive. Plus 1 hour to get through customs and 1 hour for stops to let Susanne relax, we might be home at 18.45 local time. It’s not the perfect way to travel, but the other options were even worse: flying to Frankfurt and then fly from Frankfurt to Amsterdam. Or wait until september 6 for a direct flight from San Fran to Amsterdam. Susanne will be in the business class where her seat can lay flat, and she will have the nurse right by her. The three of us will be in economy. Can’t wait to be home 1 september Susanne had still a lot of pain. But she’s tough. Yesterday evening we had a dinner with Tim, Allison and John. We said goodbye to Tim & Allison and today we said goodbye to John. A dear friend and family member who has done a lot for us and especially for my wife the past week. This morning he made us cinnamon rolls in his house and afterwards we did a little shopping. After lunch Susanne was exhausted. We went back to Terry’s House to relax and to pack our suitcases. We want to leave tomorrow morning as soon as possible for San Fran. Because in the mornings Susanne feels better then in the afternoon. Susanne has doubts about the taxi-van from Dusseldorf to Haarlem. She might go for the other suggestion from our insurance company where the three of us go in a cab and Susanne rides in an ambulance with the nurse.
120: 2 september We wanted to leave early from Fresno, but we couldn’t get away before 11 AM. It was a smooth drive to San Fran. Susanne hardly had any problems. With only one stop for lunch. Susanne had a pillow under her cute behind and a pillow on her belly to soften the pressure of safety belt. After 2PM we arrived at the El Rancho Inn in Millbrae. We met the nurse and had a long pleasant conversation with her. She checked Susanne’s blood and lungs. Everything was okay. She told us which medicine to order in the Netherlands to follow up the meds we got in Fresno. We won’t be sending you an update tomorrow. Because we will be in the plane. We will send you our next – and final – update from the Netherlands on Tuesday evening. (Tuesday morning US time) 4 september We had a relaxed day at El Rancho Inn. Susanne fell in love with the pillows of the hotel. The softest she ever felt. So that's why we're buying two. She slept very well. The kids played all day in the pool. Susanne, the nurse and me prepared everything for the trip. I drove the chevvy back to Hertz with the kids while Susanne took a shuttle bus with her nurse to SFO. At the check in we got a surprise visit from 49'er Mike and his son Mark. They stayed for a while and it was very nice to have an extra goodbye from them. Susanne and the nurse got bizz class seats while the kids and me were in economy. We flew with Air Berlin and the Luftwaffe was not pleased that I kept on sneaking into bizz class to check up on Susanne. Too bad for ze zjermanz...
121: We had a very comfortable flight. Only the landing causes a little nausea with Susanne. She was very glad to have the soft hotel pillows with her on the flight. She slept for only 90 minutes. She started moving in her sleep and the nurse woke her up to check her. It was nothing, probably a dream. From Dusseldorf we drove separately. The kids and me took a cab which dropped us at our beloved house at 5 pm (Tuesday). Susanne and the nurse took the ambulance. They had to wait a while before the ambulance came, so it wasn't until 6.00 PM that Susanne arrived home too. Susanne slept in the ambulance for almost three hours. When we got home the living room was full of flowers, cards and family and friends to welcome us. Once again we like to thank you all. For you kind words, your support and your Skype-talks. We like to thank especially our family in the US who has done so much for us in the past weeks. Thanks, thanks, thanks. And if you want to stay up to date with Susanne's recovery, you know how to reach us.