Ron Sipes/Friend and Musician

 
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Created by Daniel Bowling on January 7, 2013

Ron Sipes is an extraordinary musician and friend and for all of you out there who have had the pleasure to meet or know him, you know what a special man and artist he is! My friend Ron suffered a massive stroke last month, December, 2012 and is battling his way back from the brink! Ron was best man at my wedding and is not only a dear friend, but one of the most passionate musicians I know.


I'm appealing to all who have met or know Ron and even those of you who don't, to help a fellow artist in need.


Ron's medical bills are and will continue to be astronomical and EVERY DOLLAR YOU DONATE WILL GO DIRECTLY TO RON AND PATTY to assist them in paying for Ron's care!


No donation is too great, but more importantly, no donation is too small and every dollar will help this wonderful artist quite literally get back on his feet. I ask everyone to share this link with their fellow artists and implore the entire artistic community to help one of their colleagues in this direct and extremely effective way by donating even the equivalent of one cup of coffee. Every dollar will be appreciated equally and will help this wonderful man and artist in the most tangible way possible. Please, please take a moment to donate a small gift toward helping Ron!


I gratefully thank each and every one of you!
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Dear Friends: well, I could post ALOT tonight. Progress, personal moments with the Divine, students doing well at Interlochen (way to go Lawson Long and Sophia Wonneberger!). But tonight I am choosing something Ron shared with me recently. I have been looking to him for Hope and Faith. I asked him, "how do you do it? How do you keep going?" And he told me this: I had a dream and saw God. Well, those are big words! So I asked him to describe it. In fact I asked him to describe it twice just to be sure that cognitively, he was truly remembering. He was. So I wrote it down, and this is it in a nutshell: Ron said: 1) I asked for my Life 2) God said Yes 3) God said "Don't give up." 4) God said your mother loves You 5) God loves Patty 6) God said patty loves Ron 7) God said Patty is a good wife and her intentions are pure God said "I am going to cure you." 9)God said "keep loving your wife." 10) Ron said, "okay, I will." I had no words when I heard this dream description, just tears. And I still have no words. Just Gratitude and Awe. And I wanted to share it with all of you. Much love......much gratitude....always.........

posted by Patty Plombon 10 months ago

Dear Friends: what a day! We had physical therapy first and Ron got on his stomach. For someone with a brain injury, this helps not just physically, but with the brain itself. I got him to stay in that position by singing the slow mvmt. of the Brahms violin concerto and the second mvmt. of Scheherezade with him! Then, cognitive therapy, and then occupational therapy where we focus on Ron's weak left arm and hand. Today, we had Mimi, not our usual lovely Kelly. We worked during lunch hour with her, so 3 hours straight. That's really hard, with no breaks. Mimi started with stretches and exercises. Then, like yesterday, she had Ron lift a glass again and put it down. Many many times. So, I said"you know, Kelly asked me to bring something today."(which she had.) and, I brought out Ron's oboe reed case with a dozen reeds or so. Ron hadn't seen this in 7 months. I said "does this look familiar?" and he says to Mimi, "I lift a reed to my mouth using either my left or right hand." So, Ron, with his right hand, takes out a reed. Mimi asked him to put it in his left hand. Instead, Ron puts it near his left hand, but moved his left thumb and index finger to hold it! Like he's done for40 years of playing the oboe! Then, he LIFTED it to his mouth and blew! Sweet Divine, I haven't heard that sound in 7 months. I was stunned. I had to leave the room because I started to cry. Can you believe it? After a moment, I went back in and he did it 3 more times. He was so happy. And declared it a Good Day. Yes, indeed my beautiful husband. The he cracked a couple of jokes about the squawking sound the reed makes, but to me, it was Bach times a thousand. Folks, today was Divine. Magical. Mystical. And so so Sweet. I ask you to keep the prayers coming as we work each and everyday. Ron and I feel your support, and we are truly Grateful. Bless all of you......from our hearts.......always....

posted by Patty Plombon 11 months ago

Dear Friends: I don't even know if I can begin to describe our day today. Ron had 3 back to back therapies today at Inova Mt. Vernon - physical, cognitive and occupational, in that order. But before we even began, a miracle came to us. We were early and hanging out in what is called "the Bridge Room." This where you wait for your therapist to pick you up for your next session. It is also a gathering place to meet folks and share time with each other. So, I hear my name, and I look up and see Alan, the Program scheduler. This guy is a gem and somehow creates the schedules for everyone. Yes, a busy guy! And he proceeds to tell me this: "Ron's occupational therapist, Kelly would like to see Ron 3 times a week instead of just two. Oh, and the physical therapist, Jen has agreed to do the same. Would you and Ron be interested in coming more often starting in May?" Um......okay....this is even a question? I stared at him, and then I just started beaming and then I looked at Ron and he says, "hell, ya!" OMG - this is such a Gift! More time with these magical women is beyond description. The Divine is very generous...... Nice way to start the day, huh? Then, here comes Jen. First thing is Ron standing with just a bolster for balance for many minutes. Then, Ron standing, both hands to his sides keeping the balance on his own- yes! And 5 months ago, he couldn't sit up in bed! Then, we tried the "gait training"electric stimulation for the first time on his leg while walking. Now, sometimes a person's brain will work well with this and the result is that your foot and leg kicks up higher, making it easier to walk. For other brains, it doesn't connect. It's just a crap shoot. And for Ron? Success! Nice elevation as he walked down the hall with the assistance of Jen and only a guardrail on the right side. After cognitive therapy, we get the honor of seeing Miss Kelly. Of course I hugged her BIG TIME and thanked her for suggesting the bump up to 3 times per week. And she says "well, if anyone deserves it, it's you guys." Wow......I felt so humbled and I know that Ron is working so very hard for this privilege. Ron worked with a four pronged cane and then Kelly made a hand splint to wear at night. She also mentioned something about the young woman who plays cello. The day after meeting Ron, she had a therapy session with Kelly. And she remembered Ron's name and commented how nice he was. And Kelly told us that she never remembers anyone's name at this point. That is very powerful and lovely to say the least. So......a very good day indeed. Power nap at home and now laying next to Ron as he watches a little TV. I think back to one of my "bathtub conversations" with the Divine. And that night, I heard three things, "you have no control; patience; and give it to God." Still true....still my beacon during this journey with Ron. I am so grateful......to all of you........and I ask for more prayers and positive thoughts. Because those are also a blessing and a beacon. Xxooxoxo

posted by Patty Plombon 12 months ago

Dear Friends: what a day. Another full day at the magical Bridge program at mt. Vernon. I have a new favorite number. It is 80. Wanna guess why? Any idea? Well, it is because my beautiful husband walked 80 feet today with a four pronged cane! One girl just anchored the cane after he moved it, and the therapist assisted at times with his left foot. But he fired off that leg a lot and we were all impressed, especially with his stamina! We have tons of work to continue doing, but we are definitely moving forward each day. Ron also had speech therapy and that was good. And then occupational therapy with a full half hour of electrical stimulation on his left arm and shoulder. During his session we met a wonderful family that they want Ron to mentor their daughter. She is a 25 year old who just finished graduate school as a speech pathologist, but also plays the cello and went to JMU. She was in a car accident with her mom and dad. She, like Ron, is working to regain her left side. I spoke to her mom for quite a while and Ron and this young lady will be partnered at times to help each other. It is a Blessing in every way. We also saw a clinical social worker. This will now be a crucial piece for us. Her name is Kara and she can find us resources, but more importantly, talk us through our challenges. She will provide therapy to Ron and I both individually and as a couple. I told her that I had waited to get a therapist because of the uniqueness of our situation, and she agreed that it is best to see a therapist who knows strokes and brain injuries. I am so happy to finally have an outlet to share my fears and pain. She provided a safe place and I could tell that Ron thought so, too. Always a good sign when Ron pipes up and says, "so, when do we get to see you again?" Thankfully, the answer is this Friday. So, I am exhausted but still couldn't power nap with Ron when we got home. Instead, I laid next to him and cried silently. Maybe that is what I need, just as he needs to sleep. Healing presents itself in different ways at different times. And today, I felt compelled to share more with all of you. So, a mixed bag- tears and sleep,the number 80 and speaking of pain with a stranger, it just all kind of mixes together. Thanks for listening........all my love.......

posted by Patty Plombon 12 months ago

Dear Friends: today was truly exceptional. One of those relaxed days filled with simple gems. Ron felt a little sad this morning so I changed gears. Instead of cognitive worksheets, we read the nice emails that folks have sent. Inspiring, funny, heartfelt- the perfect way to chase away the rain and mental blues. Then off for a quick lab appointment to take some blood. Then, sushi lunch with our lovely CNA Sylvia. Actually, I had sushi ( I really could use a 12 step program just for sushi....hello, my name is patty and I love spicy tuna and unagi......)and Ron and Sylvia had hibachi. As we had the most delightful lunch, it dawned on me. Just 5 1/2 months ago, Ron was in a coma. And just 4 months ago he was using a feeding tube and we were excited that he could swallow ice chips. Wow. What can I say about the Grace of Divinity when you witness this? His shrimp and scallops were even tastier and our Hearts were bursting with Gratitude. Then, home for our homework with the electric stimulation machine on his left leg. As his ankle moves, Ron is supposed to hold his right hand over his left hand on his left knee and push. So when he feels the stimulation, he pushes and says push. This reinforces the brain's connection. Well, we started off fine and then Ron's humor shattered any attempt at being serious. By the end of the 15 minute session, Ron was saying words like fart, bite me,poopie pants, hammer toe- you name it. Oh well, as long as we get the job done, vocabulary is optional! Then a very nice stroll in our neighborhood with sunshine and the most exquisite breezes. We were just enjoying each other and God's Grace. At one point, Ron simply said, it's great to be alive. Yes.......it is. Tomorrow is another dr. Kim session followed by a visit with our dear friend Eric de Waardt who promises to bring our canine niece and nephew, Gracie and Timmy- yay! As I told Ron during our stroll, this is a tough road. But I told him that he has always been my greatest teacher and the last 5 months have taught me even more. He thanked me. And I thank all of you for the support, the Love and the Prayers. Watching Ron eat lunch today was a perfect example of Divinity and all the Angels that surround us. Thank you.....always......

posted by Patty Plombon 12 months ago

Dear friends: well, today was a Rock Star kind of day. First stop- the best acupuncturist and humanitarian, Dr. Kim in Annandale. He put Ron on a diet of brown rice, veggies, salmon, and recently, tofu. And it is working! Ron's energy level is way up and his sugar levels way down. Now, let 's talk needles. After sticking Ron 3 times per week, Ron can squeeze his hand on command and is moving his arm. Ron's therapists actually asked if next time, Dr. Kim could work on Ron's left bicep to make it looser. Hell ya- Dr. Kim will work his magic. Plus, he always tells Ron to practice just trying 100 times per day to move his left arm and hand. And to say, "I can do this." We are faithfully following Dr. Kim's lead and are grateful to have known him for many years now. Okay, then up Duke street to inova Mt. Vernon where Ron did his acute therapy for 6 weeks back in December and January. He has a temporary speech therapist, and the two Angels - Jenn for PT,and Kelly for OT. The first day Kelly asked Ron his big goal,and Ron said his left arm. And Kelly says, okay let's get you playing again. Yep, I knew right then and there, that I loved this woman! Oh, and her brother plays guitar for Tom Petty- how cool is that? Today we did electric stimulation on Ron's shoulder and arm and everything was moving like a jackrabbit! She also made a mold of Ron's hand and made him a night splint. It is white and looks like a gloved hand. So Ron says, "oh, look......it's Hamburger Helper!" Kelly cracked up, as did Sylvia and I! Ron also had PT with Jenn to finish out his 3 therapies back to back. Yep, Ron rocked it today! They worked on balance and walked quite a few steps. Then we broke out the electric stimulation machine for Ron's leg. Yep, let's get that ankle moving! I have managed to borrow this expensive machine from a friend and now we can do it at home everyday.YESSSSSSS!!! So we have more homework and I am excited. Jenn said that in her written evaluation that she wants Ron to be able to walk with a four prong cane in 3 months! Jenn has also been "adopted" by us and has shown us her angel wings. This post is long......sorry! But so many of you have asked about us and specifically, Ron's progress. There is more to tell, but suffice to say, that we are Blessed,Grateful,and Humbled. I almost lost my beautiful husband just 5 1/2 months ago as he lay in a coma. And now we are Here. Thanks to our Community, Prayers, Positive Thoughts, and so many Angels who have and continue to help us everyday. Ron and I have the chance to rebuild a love-filled Life. Thank you everyone......much love.....always........

posted by Patty Plombon 12 months ago

Dearest Friends: thanks for the kind words and the private messages of encouragement. Yesterday, was tough. A lot of crying on my part (which is draining) and general fatigue. I have had night duty since feb7 th. I usually have to get up to help Ron 2-3 times a night. After 2 1/2 months of interrupted sleep, everything gets magnified. And the thought of losing Sylvia was jarring to say the least. Yesterday got better- we got into the car and drove to our old neighborhood. It was good to get out, but it was also a memory exercise. I want to thank some folks who I haven't acknowledged recently, but believe me, they are Angels and appreciated! Wendy Cheng for her sheet music and lovely email that she sent to Ron! Tim Zecha for the giant box of supplements. What a great guy and we have started Ron on them with the approval of his doctor. And Helen Fall, who thought of the idea of having Ron play a recorder first since it is lighter. And what shows up on our doorstep? An Amazon box with TWO recorders and sheet music. Of course, the idea of me playing any kind of wind instrument is frightening, but hey, anything for therapy,right? I will post tomorrow about the amazing Bridge program at mt. Vernon. But I want to first thank three amazing women who got Ron strong enough to get there. Amy Smith O'Leary (PT), Frances Wiley (OT), and Colleen Burgos (Speech) came to our home and worked some serious magic. I applaud these Superwomen who not only helped us, but who travel miles everyday helping home bound folks get better. I hope that you applaud them as well. They are unsung heroes, believe me. All right- off to give Ron a shower, then breakfast, then cognitive work, then acupuncture, then I have to work tonight. I want to ask again, if you have a moment, to please send Ron a private email at Frayedtip@aol.com. He has read all of them, and is re-reading them to boost his spirits. This is also great medicine and I thank all of you for the Healing. Much love.......xxoooxoxooo

posted by Patty Plombon 12 months ago

Dear Friends-I have a special request for those of you who have time to help. With Ron's stroke, it has been difficult to read some things, especially a computer. However, with therapy this has improved. So, I would like to ask you to send Ron a direct email with whatever words of encouragement you can offer. He is not on Facebook much, so if you could send it to FrayedTip@aol.com, that would be super. It will boost his spirits and help him work on his cognitive therapy and reading skills. Thanks so much to all of you.....We are so blessed to have such a wonderful community........xxooxoxooxxo

posted by Patty Plombon 12 months ago

Perhaps there is something particularly unique about today. And I feel compelled to say something. My husband is my Hero. I deeply thank you for listening and witnessing this for me.

posted by Patty Plombon 13 months ago

Dear Friends: well, today is one of those days that I love. 9 am therapies for Ron, prepared a healthy shrimp salad for lunch and now listening to Ron breathe peacefully during his power nap. A relaxed afternoon, followed by a vibro-massage for Ron from our wonderful CNA Sylvia, then cognitive therapy with me with our workbooks, then a pharmacy run to Walgreens (where, yes, they know me intimately!), and then dinner and some physical exercise afterwards. Ah, yes, another day of stroke rehab! All of this is interspersed with me making phone calls and doing paperwork. It is a full time job, but I am so blessed to be helping my beautiful husband and sharing in his ongoing progress. Slow and steady..... Ron will start outpatient therapies either April 15th or 22nd due to a waiting list at Inova Mt. Vernon. I am very excited about this new chapter. It will be strenuous and a long commute twice a week, but we will do it. We are also practicing car transfers from the wheelchair, so I hope to start acupuncture very soon. As for me? Lots of ups and downs. Still finding some version of Balance. I have returned to nightly meditation and conversations with the Divine. I don't have time for baths, but at least I can converse and listen in a back bedroom for a few moments. Last night, I heard the words "Think Differently." And, I am doing that. My mind has been overwhelmed, mainly from old patterns of thoughts and not keeping an Open Heart. I look forward to another opportunity this evening to learn and practice, knowing that the Divine's guidance and illumination is always there. Ron has a doctor's appointment to check his clot filter tomorrow via an ultrasound. Please send a prayer or positive Energy if you can..........we appreciate All of You so much.......

posted by Patty Plombon 13 months ago

Dear Friends: where to begin? Such blessings, such progress, and such Gratitude. Firstly, let me thank my Sheet Music Angels, including Peggy Beck, Dorothy Knowles, and others. I am slowly incorporating the keyboard as part of Ron's therapies and these books are great! Secondly, Ron's brother Ken is here to visit and this is a huge blessing. He is so kind, positive, loving and Good Energy. Ron has been impressing him with his strength and developing skills. We will enjoy every moment we can with Ken. So, where are we? Well, Ron can stand for over 4 minutes now - yay! He is still working on walking. The greatest challenge is balance and finding the middle so that he can stand tall. Today, the lovely therapists brought one of those giant therapy balls to sit on and keep balance. After the inevitable "ball jokes", we had Ron work his core and he did very well. Only one scream and no cursing.....pretty good! Also, I FINALLY got the okay t...o stop his Heparin. This means no more of me injecting my Super Honey in the belly twice a day. Sweet Jesus - thank you! Still getting the Coumadin dosage correct, but goodbye syringes - see you never! Our next big goal is to graduate soon from in-home therapies to outpatient. Whoo-hoo! So, I have chosen the Bridge program at Inova Mt. Vernon. We should begin in early April. And if something changes, then so be it and I will follow the Divine's lead. I have learned not to plan......only to accept and be thankful. Everyday I think about our Community. About the prayers, the cards, the donations of all types, the reaching out and asking "how can I help?, the Divinity that has touched Ron and I through so many human angels. We are all stardust, all "balls of energy" as Ron told me once, all Divine. Thank you to all of you and please continue the prayers and positive Energy for our continued Journey. I love you so much........

posted by Patty Plombon 13 months ago

Dear Friends: well, today I truly wish that I had a video camera in the house. Ron had physical therapy this morning with Miss Amy. After standing for over 3 minutes (a new record!), we did some walking with the platform walker. This walker places the left arm up high and you have to place weight on it. This is very difficult and very painful for Ron at this point. But, he did well and walked about 20 feet or so. Then Amy says,"I'd love to get him on the floor." So, I said okay, I'm game how the hell do we do that? Next thing I know, Amy, me and our CNA Sylvia lift my 175 lb. Super Honey out of the wheelchair and onto the floor! I looked at Amy and said I wouldn't have thought that was possible. And she says, We're women, we can do anything! Next time.......I seriously need to record these moments! After some arm stretching and gut-wrenching screams from Ron, we lifted him back into the wheelchair. Another day in stroke rehab, and I am very Grateful for another productive day. And a much-deserved power nap for Ron as he lays next to me. Much love to all of you......always........

posted by Patty Plombon 13 months ago

Dear Friends: So many changes in a short time recently. Ron's Healing is a full time job and I am grateful for his progress. We have a new CNA, Sylvia, in our lives and she is wonderful. She and Ron sing songs together, she massages his left side, and she laughs and brings the best Energy into our house. I pray that she stays and that we get to enjoy her for a long time. I believe that I have solved the sleep issue. The 3rd and latest sleep aid has allowed Ron to sleep through the night for 4 nights in a row. Thank the Divine! This means I sleep, too! But, it has really changed Ron's moods and has helped him focus more on his healing. Less agitation, no outbursts as of late, and much calmer. Physically, he is getting stronger and actually pedaled for 50 minutes continuously today! My little Iron Man! And with the warmer weather, Sylvia and I got him outside in his wheelchair for quite a long stroll. Seeing Ron's beautiful face in the sunshine, laughing at his jokes, saying hi to the neighbors - what a treat! A very good day indeed...... So, the prayer for Now? I don't know......that the Divine gives us Time. The the Divine keeps us healthy and progressing. That the Divine knows how Grateful we are. That the Divine hears our prayers and knows that we see Divinity in all of our Community and beyond. That the Divine will guide us and that we will be wise enough and Open Hearted to follow the chosen Path that has been graciously given us. Much love to all of you.....please help us with the prayers.....xxoxxooxooox

posted by Patty Plombon 13 months ago

Dear Friends: well, I was looking at the calendar and realized that it has been 4 months since Ron's stroke on Halloween. Those first days were horrific and I can't even remember it all. I remember deciding to approve the craniotomy and then watching over Ron as he lay in a coma. I remember being shown each new brain scan and praying that the swelling would stop. I remember crying all the time and being able to only touch a small patch on Ron's arm that didn't have a wire or tube coming out of it. I remember having music playing all the time. Playing and praying....that pretty much sums up those first 9 days until Ron emerged from his coma . Today? Ron is home. He is eating well. He is walking some steps entirely on his own. He can kick his left leg out and use a stationary bike pedal machine. He can stand. He can talk, cry, share his love with me, and crack great jokes. 4 months is a blip in the realm of Time. I simply pray for more progress, Grace, Healing and yes, Time. Everyday is an opportunity to Heal and to say Thank You. Thank you to our Blessed Community. And much Gratitude to the Divine for the Gift of Time. It is truly precious.......

posted by Patty Plombon 13 months ago

Dear Friends: Well, quite a roller coaster as of late. The BEST news is this: Ron has had 3 physical therapy sessions, Friday, Monday and today where he took some steps on his own with his left leg. AND, he has moved his left arm a little by himself as well. This is very promising because it shows the potential of some of the new neuro pathways that are being created to "wake up" his left side. It is a very slow process right now, but it could change quickly, or simply continue slowly. Back to my phrase - "I don't know." The therapist asked me to order a leg brace, and we will try that on Friday and see how he does with it. The moods are still bouncing around. Half the day today was exquisite - two good therapy sessions, a power nap together, and a full hour of an intimate conversation about what a stroke feels like. Ron described it as having two worlds that your brain can enter. The stroke world which is like a dark alley, unclear, an...d unsettling. Or the "real" world which is calmer and easier. He says it is a struggle to stay in the real world and that it truly is mind over matter. I cannot even imagine this struggle. So, as the day progressed, and the stroke world emerged, and he is unpleasant to say the least, I kept trying to keep an open heart and honor his struggle. I wish that I could have some magic weapon and just make it stop for him, but it doesn't exist. So, I pray. I pray for Mercy, for Grace, for Peace and for Healing. I would like to ask all of you for two specific prayers - one for Ron's physical improvment to continue; for those neuro pathways to keep opening and growing. The second prayer, is for his mind to heal, to stop tormenting him, and to stay in the real world more and more each day. I love you all........always.....and thank you........

posted by Patty Plombon 14 months ago

Dear Friends: Well, in some fashion we are settling in at home. Ron's brothers, Ken and Bill Sipes have been a huge help. As Bill gets ready to leave to go back to Miami, I will miss him greatly. The support has been tremendous. Ron is getting better - without a doubt. Today, his new physical therapist, Amy (and a very talented Angel!) worked Ron very hard. She got him to walk at least 8 or 1...0 feet with a walker. She moved his left leg along, but he did it! I just cried when I saw it and it is only their 2nd session. His strength continues to get better, but with that are safety issues. So, we monitor him constantly and hope that he will get through this phase and that safety will be easier. I never imagined how hard that this would be, and I have help. I pray that I can continue, that Ron will keep healing and that the support of all of you will be there when we need it. I also know that I want to give back to all of you......desperately. Such generosity is in the truest sense, humbling. I don't even know what to do with my feelings about such Generosity. The prayers, the fundraising website, the benefit concert, the meals, the house construction, all of it......I mean, what an amazing thing. I love our Community.......I hope everyone can feel that now and in the future........ Much love......

posted by Patty Plombon 14 months ago

Dear Friends: I was witness to a most profound and moving experience last night with the benefit concert. So many folks and so much love filled that magnificent church! Every note that the extraordinary musicians played felt full of love and support for Ron and I. I cannot possibly thank everyone, but a special mention to Dalton Potter, Jim Kelly, Craig B. Teer,Sue Kelly, Ed Malaga, and Helen Fall. These are true Angels for sponsoring and organizing the concert. I love everyone who helped, donated and attended. And I am humbled. During the Brahms, I found myself looking up to the rafters of the church. At the very top was a Cross. And with that beautiful music being created and shared by our talented friends, I truly felt the Divine all around me. I felt not alone and I felt Blessed. Ron and I have some particularly tough days ahead. The recovery work is in the beginning stages and it will be a bumpy ride. But, last night was a Gift, and I know that it will carry us in our darkest moments. Thank you everyone........no more words......simply an abundance of heart-felt gratitude.........

posted by Patty Plombon 14 months ago

Dear friends: my post is simply one of Gratitude. Ron is home and we have help and we are blessed. I often wonder who I am anymore. And, it's the same answer I have had about other moments, I don't know. It is becoming more comfortable for me now. So, I am grateful for I don't know, it opens my Heart, and chisels away the years of armor that I had acquired over 47 years. My prayer tonight i...s continued Healing for Ron, and for me to stay as unarmored as I can. To be raw, to be pink with new skin, and to keep my open Heart as a doorway to our new lives. This is now the marathon part from what I have been told. I don't know exactly what that means, and that is okay. Persistence, Love, Gratitude and our blessed Community will be helping me learn this new chapter. Prayers and support.......I love you all!

posted by Patty Plombon 14 months ago

Dear Friends: We are home and starting to create our new lives. As it is for Now. Some things are easier and some are more difficult. Right now, my favorite time is hearing Ron sleep deeply next to me and to wake up and be able to reach out and touch him. I will not sugar coat things and I will be honest. This is hard. But each day is different, each day an opportunitiy to Heal and Create. I want to thank all of you.....and I truly mean all of you. From donations (so many of you!), to bathrooms (Elliott Rubino. Chris Allen and Greg Long), rides to the airport, meals, medical supplies, conversations, upcoming benefit concert, and many prayers. This is just a short list. Believe me, it is infinite. For 10 weeks, I've had to be strong, to be decisive, to be an advocate, to be Here. Now I hope that my role will change and I can be a wife, a friend, a teacher, a human being and a Spirit. I pray for that day when I can contribute in these ways and can be the soft place for someone else to land on. As we move forward in time, as Ron and I create a new life - whatever that may look like, I hope that our Blessed Community knows how much we appreciate them and in the future as our needs change, and hopefully, as Ron recovers.

posted by Patty Plombon 14 months ago

Dear friends: no words for tonight. Just prayers for a smooth transition home tomorrow through the Divine's Grace and Guidance............

posted by Patty Plombon 14 months ago

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I am in a kind of similar situation, although at the moment already in much better condition. I got into a traffic accident and had a brain injury as a result of it. Even a year later I am still not sure in my comeback as a professional bassoonist in ERSO (Estonian National SO), but my hopes are high. I wish to you and to all people close to you lots of vital force and positive thoughts.

 

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Ron, while I never had the honor of meeting you, I can certainly appreciate your difficult situation. This is a very small contribution. I hope it helps. Sincerely, Ul James

 

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