Greiner's Girl Tina
Her family, co workers, our loyal customers, the neighborhood, the community and people from afar are all hoping for Tina's recovery.
She has a long road ahead of her.
Please join us in helping her with her medical bills.
After 17+ surgeries, over $1.4 million in medical bills, 4 hospitals, myriads of nurses, lines of doctors, lots of cafeteria food, ambulances, planes and limos, and all of it just shy of 5 months, she has returned home.
I have been to Tina's home. She was welcomed by her husband Rick that made every effort to ensure that she came home to a house that was wheel chair friendly and life style conducive to Tina's physical challenges. Nothing shy of painting her room a new purple and supervising a ramp at the front door was enough for Rick; he wanted it sound and crowning for her. He would even confess to verbally smacking a few people around to make sure it was flawless- even down to playing her favorite song upon arrival.
And now the work continues.
Adapting to a new environment.
Talking about the accident.
Talking about the present.
Talking about the future.
Talking about God sparing her life.
This is just the beginning.
Rick now exercises the "For better or for worse. In sickness and in health" part, and he does it well. There are no boundaries for him - whatever it takes.
She remembers nothing after she had her first batch of bread mixing in the back and prepping the hot station in front. We now believe she probably heard the initial impact and had to turn around to face the SUV, which in turn, probably saved her life. She was buried underneath so much rubble that we now know that no one knew she was in there for a small pocket of time.
In the midst of all this new discussion, she doesn't complain; a big sigh to me is more of a gathering of more strength, not complaining.
She saw pictures for the first time of the shop and says it brought her to some tears.
She is in a wheel chair.
She has no use of her right arm.
Her left leg is healing still from skin grafts.
The operation on her stomach from internal injuries including a hernia leave her with a stomach band.
And again - she does not complain.
I left there yesterday with life lessons unknowingly taught to me.
I resolve to be that strong if I am forced to be one day.
As I type this most recent update, I see the $4495 figure that has been generously given by all of you and wonder if you have any idea of how much they needed it for incidentals. Car issues, housing issues, clothing and more. So thank you. On behalf of the family, THANK YOU so very much.
It is a privilege to know people and it's an opportunity to get to know what they are really made of through adversity.
I had hoped that Tina would be the guest of honor at the re-opening of Greiner's. It's looking more and more like that, that she will be able to do just this, at the beginning of July.
The attached photo is the new polished concrete floor that just got finished this week. It's significant in that it is new, it is polished, but if you look closely, you can see the ghosting of the previous floor which will always be a reminder to me of our earliest days. Many days of laughter with customers and with each other. Many days of hard work meeting the demands of food trucks going out, catering and the simple line to the door of our regular customers. - Tom's 2 bread sticks, Jerry's call in 5 minutes before he gets there order, the police officers sandwich wraps, Tina's over abundance of toppings on her completely platonic mutual crush relationship - Greg's salad, Mark - the $20+ ultimate over tipper,the girls from the court, Theresa and her lottery tickets as she eats her sub sandwich and so many more.
I've made an effort to make the new Greiner's not so fancy - that's just not us. But the fact remains that it will all be new, ALL of it. But I am pleased to say that one of Tina's best friends, Dee, her co-worker, will assume with pride, the duties of making our bread daily. She secured a job with a reputable Indianapolis company and after several weeks with them, gave her two week notice. She said that her heart with with Greiner's and that's where she was going to be. I can find no better person to pick up where Tina left off.
So look for a date for the Greiner's RE-OPENING in mid July.
We will ALL be there. While there may be a few tears that day, we will all have much to celebrate as well. Please join us and stay tuned for this date to be on your calendar for sure.
For the Greiner’s Team:
Lisa, Lisa Ellis, Robin Bennett and Dee Henderson
Okay, so when I think about today and what it means… election day and living in a free country, I am happy to be an American and to have the privileges that we do. And I still say this with the uncertainty sometimes of our future after the political campaigns of recent ! With that being said, we have some amazing opportunities with people that have dedicated their lives to our well being and our health.
Tomorrow, May 4, Tina Scruggs, her husband Rick and their daughter, Pammy will be flown by private jet, staffed with nurses, to Shepard Center for Spinal Cord and and Brain Injury in Atlanta, Georgia. There, Tina will have extensive testing and studies. Doctors will try take a more in-depth look at her injuries to determine whether or not they will be able to help her improve. Tina has no use of her right arm and has short term memory loss. This may be from loss of oxygen to the brain after impact.
This surely feels like a setback. I am immeasurably impressed by Rick and his faithfulness to Tina during this time. It is awe-inspiring to see her daughter Crystal be there by her side 24/7. Tina's nails look good at every minute.
This is their journey. It is not an easy one. They have those moments like “ What just happened to us? What happened to our life?” But they press on and fight to get better and to find their new normal.
Tina is a little anxious to fly. Rick in his own loving way, let her have it. “We got to baby. We got to. We’ve got to get you fixed . We gotta fight.”
If you have a moment, please take a look at a hospital that is certainly on a mission. A hospital with a story to tell.
A SMALL EXERPT ABOUT SHEPARD:
In a time of crisis, it may be reassuring to know that there is another family that's been in your shoes: the Shepherds.
James Shepherd set out on a backpacking trip around the world in 1973 after graduating from the University of Georgia. While bodysurfing off a beach in Rio de Janeiro, he was slammed to the ocean floor by a wave. James, who was 22 at the time, sustained a serious spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the neck down.
After spending five weeks in a Brazilian hospital struggling to survive, he returned to the United States. With the help of a family friend - Clark Harrison, the former DeKalb County commission chairman who'd been paralyzed since being shot by a German sniper in 1944 - the Shepherd family located a rehabilitation treatment facility in Colorado. After six months of intensive rehabilitation, James regained his ability to walk while using a cane and a leg brace.
After returning home to Atlanta, James and his parents - Harold and Alana Shepherd - were frustrated with the lack of rehabilitation care options in the Southeast. With the help of Mr. Harrison and David Webb, chairman of President Carter's White House Conference on Handicapped Individuals, the Shepherds hurled themselves headlong into the task of creating a rehabilitation center.
With enthusiastic support, Shepherd Center was founded in 1975 as a six-bed unit operating out of leased space in an Atlanta hospital. Almost immediately there was a waiting list.
Please seize the day today.
Thank you all for staying with us on this road, and it's not an easy one.
For Dee H., Lisa E. and the Scruggs Family
So it is a little fun to be able to give you this update on Tina. Additionally I will give an ever so brief Greiner's update as well.
Tina Scruggs is a little pistol. She has fought through this recovery like a soldier in battle and should receive a medal of some sort. Perhaps I will make one up. Let me ponder this.
She is now in her first level of rehab and is talking. She does not remember the accident, which clearly is a great thing. She has been receiving terrific care and is in daily therapy. This Friday she will be transferred to the next higher level of rehab including more intensive therapy. It will be then that she will learn after some weeks when she will be able to go home.
It's easy for all of us to go on with our grind, as we need to... it's just what we do. But I have found it extraordinary with the number of people that have continued to inquire about Tina and her wellness. It's quite impressive and on behalf of the family, I want to thank all of you.
We continue to look at some housing opportunities. Thank you to all of you that have forwarded your feedback. I will work closely with the family until this issue is settled.
Alright now. For the questions that I have been asked in great numbers:
Will Greiner's reopen?
When will Greiner's reopen?
EARLY PART OF JUNE
PLEASE LOOK TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE AND TWITTER FOR DETAILS OF OUR RE-OPENING.
Today is a great day.
Find your favorite person and go hug them.
Find your least favorite person and, well, hug them too.
Tina is on a road to recovery and we will continue to celebrate these milestones with her.
They would like to settle in a different neighborhood. While I am unfamiliar with this area, they are looking in the South West part of Indianapolis area. They have provided a neighborhood and some street names : Kentucky Ave, Collier St. Rybolt St. Marshall St, Lyons, Foltz, Raymond Ave.
IF YOU KNOW OF ANYONE THAT HAS ANY RENTALS IN THIS AREA, PLEASE LET US KNOW. WE WILL BEGIN THE SEARCH FOR HOUSING TONIGHT.
I saw Tina today. She has been transfered to REHAB ! There she will learn to move her body, little by little and learn to talk again ! She whispered a couple of words today that I was able to interpret.
I learned today from the doctor that for EVERY DAY that she has been immobile in the bed, it translates to a week of physical therapy to recover. With six weeks into this, you will now see that there is a long road ahead.
THANKS in advance everyone for any input and support provided.
She can now have visitors over here. It is IMPERATIVE that if you have been sick, please do not come over. Keeping Tina healthy is going to be a huge goal through her stay at rehab.
yes, the owner has insurance, however, there are immediate needs for this family as Tina fights for her life, she was gravely injured and we all know how long it takes insurance companies to pay out money. Tina is her family's bread winner, they depend on her, she is a mother, a wife, a grandmother and she is fighting for her life. Every little bit will help this family and Tina, Better question is not whether the owner has insurance but what will you do to help??? Keep strong Rose and Crystal and Rick, I love you and you have my support!!
Prayers are with Rose and her family. Ive known Tina close to 20 years she trained me when I worked at grieners and Rose worked and trained my daughter last year. Tina has a heart of gold and very strong willed. Wish I could visit her. Rose feel free to add me to fb and keep me updated please. Your family will be in my prayers and im sharing the go fund me in hopes many others do the same and donations roll in.
Tina is the best sandwich maker ever. I can always tell if someone else makes it. She doesn't deserve this. She's worked this job through a multitude of owners because she loves it and all of her customers. We love you back Tina. Please stay strong and wishing you a speedy recovery. Praying for you hard girl!
Thank you Lisa for posting the news of Tina's progress. It is wonderful to know that Tina is getting better. I look forward to the reopening of Greiners ! The pizza burger with added mushrooms is my favorite!
Continued prayers for you Tina. I have been trying to keep up on your progress through your friends and loved ones on the Nextdoor page (which let's folks know about what is going on in our neighborhoods. ) I am hoping you are making progress.... Stay Strong girl and Keep Faith....
Sorry wrong key phone number is 317-626-0346.
I think I know her did her husband used to work at bagget tires a couple doors down
Does the owner not have some kind of business insurance that covers accidents?