Friends of Paul
"Wow. As I get stronger and better and more like the person I was, I realize that I could not be here without the help of so many people. I hope that I will be able to thank each of you in person sometime very soon. In the meantime, please accept this post as an expression of my gratitude.
I would like to name names, but that would take forever and I would still manage to miss many of you. Even in thanking deeds, I am bound to miss way more than I should.
Almost from the minute I entered the hospital, so many people sent their love, well wishes, prayers, and positive energy. I could genuinely feel all of it and it helped more than you will ever know. People seemed to be willing me to get better from every corner of Cincinnati, from all parts of Ohio and Michigan, from both coasts and many of the states inbetween. I got love from as far away as England, Japan and Thailand. It came from family, friends, people I only kind of know, and complete strangers. Thank you!!
I would also like to thank all of you who sent a card or a postcard (or 20) to me in the hospital or here at my house. Each one brought a smile to my otherwise grumpy face. What a way to brighten my gray days. Thanks!!
I owe a special thank you to everybody who visited me in the hospital. I know that wasn't a particularly uplifting experience, and I'm sure I didn't help by sleeping through most of your visit. But I knew you were there and I won't soon forget it.
So many people have done so many things for me since I've been home recuperating that it really boggles my mind. Although they won't read this, and i said I wouldn't name names, I have to mention my parents who have been in Cincinnati for almost 11 weeks now. They have helped cook, clean, drive, and childrear to name a small smidgeon of what they have done for me. In so many ways I would not be where I am without them.
I've always known that my friends were good cooks, but geez Louise some of the meals you people brought over were amazing! I would have been happy and really grateful for sustenance, but you went all gourmet on me. Thanks!!
Although I know I have missed a lot, I'm going to end this by thanking all the people involved with the event at Fries. From the people who planned and organized everything, to the bands, to everybody who secured or gave a donation: Thanks!
I am jealous of the people who were able to go and have a drink or two. I have such a fantastic group of friends; I wish I would have been able to hang out with all of you for a night. Maybe a "Friends of Paul" reunion under better circumstances is in order.
For your love. For your friendship. Thank you!!!"
--Written by Paul Jirkans
Thank you so much for your continued support of my brother Paul and his family!
He is getting out and about much more now, taking walks when he is able. He is still not cleared to drive or work, but that will come with time. He will have an appointment with an ophthalmologist soon.
He looks great and still has his sense of humor and sarcasm in place. The only thing that worries me is that he has not called me "E-Pain" or "Lame" since this whole horrible ordeal happened 7 weeks ago. The brain aneurysm may have made him nicer.
Through the help and generosity of so many, we have been able to raise enough money for Paul to pay for his rent, utilities and groceries for some time to come. The hospital and doctor bills are another story...it is too early to get a feel for the number there.
My parents are still living with Paul and taking care of him and the kids. We hope they are able to come home sometime this summer--because that means that Paul has been cleared to live on his own again!!
Thanks again and again and again. You are all angels.
Paul continues to progress in the positive direction daily! He has now been home more days than he was in the hospital. The doctors say that he needs about 5 days home rehabilitating for every day he was in the ICU. He is much more active, alert, mobile and conversational than he was a week ago, way more than two weeks ago, and completely transformed from three weeks ago. I spoke with him today and he is absolutely overwhelmed by your kindness and generosity. His body is fatigued, but his heart and mind are as complete and full as possible. Thank you, thank you, thank you!