Friday, May 22, 2009

The Two Molly M's

The anti-seizure medication that Erwin is taking really seemed to knock him out yesterday. He slept for most of the day and only woke for a few hours in the evening for a walk and a visit with friends. Today was a different early morning phone call from our son Jason, saying that he would be arriving in Bonaire shortly with his new boat, had Erwin up and ready to go! We went to the pier at Club Nautico to see Jason arriving with the boat from Curacao. Our granddaughter Molly was also there and very happy to have her Dad back home! After taking some photos of both of the Molly M's (boat & baby), Erwin went to his physical therapy session. Erwin then ate a good lunch, took a short nap and went back over to the boat this afternoon with Jason. I am so glad to see him come back to life again today!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Home Again

Erwin was released from the hospital yesterday evening. He has been put on anti-seizure medication and we will have to make a trip to Curacao next week to see his neurologist and get an EEG done. He is doing well today and went to his scheduled physical therapy session this morning.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Bad News

Erwin had a seizure this morning while sitting and waiting for his physical therapy session to begin. He apparently fell to the floor shaking and was unresponsive. An ambulance was called and he was taken to the hospital where he will remain for observation and testing for at least 24 hours. He is stable now and talking but has no memory of what happened this morning.

Saturday, May 16, 2009


I don't know how much updating I will be doing now that we are settling in back home. In the first days after Erwin's stroke, a therapist from the hospital told me that when talking about the recovery of a stroke victim......not to think in terms of days or even weeks but in terms of months. The recovery process is very slow. Since getting back to Bonaire, we have set up physical therapy sessions for Erwin three times a week. I try to take him swimming several times a week but I am going to have to find some more people to help me with this part of his therapy. We stopped by at Bistro de Paris last week to pick up the funds generated from the breakfast that Patrice served at the windsurfing event/fundraiser. We were treated to a delicious lunch...Thank you Patrice!!

Another milestone was reached yesterday...some movement in Erwin's left hand. This was the first time he has moved his hand since the stroke. Although he regained some slight movement in his arm last month it is not functional here's hoping that he can gain some sort of function with his left hand and arm!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Curacao Friends

While in Curacao we met a lot of new friends and reconnected with some old friends, as well. We couldn't have gotten through this ordeal without their help. One person that stands out is Erwin's ex brother-in-law, Esmeraldo, who visited Erwin almost daily, throughout his stays at the hospital and the rehabilitation center. Many thanks to him for being such a bright spot that we could look forward to every day, even through the most trying times. Some other friends I have to mention are Roy Bottse, Salma, Ele and Angeline, Leo and Cleesia, Physio Ben, Ivo Stomp, and the staff and patients at Mgr. Verriet. (Pictured are Erwin and Esmeraldo)