Joddy was told he will have a complete recovery but it may take
time. He still has tingling and some numbness in his left hand and left
toes. He was told that the tingling could take from a few weeks to 6-8
months to go away. He has a soft neck collar to support his head and
remind him not to turn too fast or far. He left the hospital with a cane
and needed it constantly the first two weeks. He has been venturing out
this week without the cane. He needed it to keep stable, as he was weak
and dizzy initially. Each day he is growing stronger and more upbeat.
He does not need physical therapy. But the occupational therapist gave him
some hand strengthening exercises to do. He also needs to be careful
bending and lifting.
We finally arrived on B.I. Friday, April 13th. We got off the plane and as I turned to help him, I found him on the ground. My heart leapt to my throat and asked if he was ok? He told me he had gotten down there on his own and was merely kissing the ground! We were both happy to be home. But I told him he'd better get up, he was scaring people!
Thank you to everyone for your cards, prayers and words of support. It was so comforting and relaxing to be back within the Island's warm hug. This place is so nice to come home too. The Mexican hospital facilities certainly brought a renewed respect for the wonderful quality of care at the B.I. Rural Health Center. Also, thank you Joe Moore for teaching the Medical First Responder class at school. Stryder learned a lot from your class and I'm convinced he saved Joddy from further injury at the pool side.
And for the future.....if we even consider going on vacation again.....Joddy's not allowed to join us until the third day. For two vacations in a row, he's been injured on the second day.
Thanks for your support. Beth
On the morning of April 20th, the Beaver Island ambulance could be seen parked at the public beach in town where part of the basic EMT class was practicing their water rescue training. Keep in mind that the ice hasn't been out of the harbor for a full week yet so it was a wee bit chilly.
This was part of the basic EMT study of environmental emergencies which include hypothermia, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and near drowning. Instructor Joe Moore prefers to use the hands-on approach and show them what are water rescue techniques --- throw, tow, row, and only then go ---- using the Boy Scout "Be Prepared" slogan--- instead of just talking about it. This makes the class a lot more fun for the students and the teacher when you can do a practice session with students "doing" instead of "listening", and Mr. Moore thinks they retain the information better.
Although they did get a little cool since the suits were not completely watertight, Kellie Gillespie and Erin Russell (Abigail Adams did hers with the night class before her knee surgery) won't soon forget going swimming on April 20th with Mr. Moore. The class headed to Dahlwhinnie for a hot Latte afterward to warm up.
While the islanders truly appreciate all these lessons we certainly hope that none of them will ever have to be implemented but if necessary these students will know what to do and more importantly, the correct way to do it.
Deb Robert, first and second grade teacher at the Beaver Island Community School has been invited to help represent Michigan at the National Teacher's Forum/Conference in Washington, D. C. on July 8 through July 10. She will be one of the two representatives from Michigan, the other being Joan E. Garretson, the Michigan Teacher of the Year for 2000/2001, and a teacher of 2-5 grade Emotionally Impaired at Pleasant Lake Elementary in the Walled Lake School District.
The National Teacher's Forum/Conference was formed to partnership between teachers and government and promote education excellence and nationwide school reform. By gathering together both government and teachers the hope is that through this initiative the shift of focus will move from teachers as OBJECTS of reform to teachers as PARTNERS in reform.
Congratulations to Deb and Joan!
When we were children it was fun to catch a ladybug and recite, "ladybug, ladybug, fly away home." Those children who grew up to be interested in gardening, especially roses, would even purchase ladybugs to control the aphids that plagued their roses. Now, however, the imported ladybug, the Asian multicolored lady beetle has invaded us and it's no longer fun to recite the old saying.
Last year the island was inundated with these bright beetles. The front of the school and other buildings were covered with them as were some of the beaches. The beetles didn't go south for the winter, instead they crawled into every nook and cranny they could find and are now being lured back into homes and businesses as the days lengthen and grow warmer.
It's believed by many entomologists that the bugs plaguing us today descended, not from introduced, beetles but from more vigorous bugs that hitched rides on Asian freighters and jumped ship in the states. They moved quickly... first discovered in Louisiana in 1988, by 1992 they were colonizing in Mississippi and Georgia, and by 1993, Florida, Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania had become home. Now they can be found all around the Great Lakes, westward and eastward.
Researchers for the Department of Agriculture have made it their darling because of it's voracious appetite for aphids and other soft-bodied insects. A single beetle consumes about 300 aphids before reaching adulthood. That's little comfort to people like Don and Judi Meister and Jim and Donna Stambaugh who are finding them inches deep around and in their homes.
W. Louis Tedders, an entomologist retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Southeastern Fruit and Tree Nut Research Laboratory in Bryon, Georgia, has invented an indoor trap that uses a black light to attract the bugs. The USDA sponsored Tedder's work and people may want to check online or at their local farm/hardware stores for the plastic trap, which measures 12 by 24 inches and can be assembled in a couple of minutes. The trap does not kill the beetle, but traps it live so that it can be released outdoors. Then again you could always perform a RAID™ or wave a Black Flag™ followed by a little bug funeral.
NOTE: Mike Russell says that ABC Radio's Paul Harvey received a letter from a listener reporting that dried Bay leaves are suppose to make the bugs leave...he is supposed to have more info about it on his Saturday radio show WTCM 93.5 or 103.5 at noon. WTCM-AM 580 and 11:40 am.
The beaver population must be high this year. This one was found walking determinedly down the middle of Donnel'Mor lane near Rodger Lear's house seemingly headed for Barney's Lake, but where did it come from? It settled for the night in the big puddle at Pipers corner.
Ronald Gregg, son of Phil and Lil Gregg of Beaver Island, has been promoted to First Sergeant (1SG) and was "frocked" at 9:45 on April 18th with his wife, Ann, in attendance at Fort Campbell, Tennessee.
Ron will be taking the job of 1SG in Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 327 Infantry. It's the same battalion he's been in for the last four years, but it will be the third company. The new promotion is a great challenge and he's pretty excited about the whole thing. Hopefully, he'll be stabilized for at least a year before the Department of the Army decides he needs to go elsewhere. Ron just returned a few months ago from serving six months in Kosovo.
Ron, Ann and their children, Tom and Kayleigh live in Clarksville, Tennessee.
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