Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Wednesday, January 14

Despite the fact that I dropped both our girls off at the airport at 5 a.m. this morning and the snow and cold weather, it was a good day. When I finally arrived at the hospital, Mr. B was not in his room. He was having an X-ray swallow evaluation to see if he would be able to eat solid food. Before he came back to the room I got the news that he would be transferred to Dodd Hall in the afternoon. At 2 p.m. Mr. Bichler was settling into his new room at Dodd Hall. The good news of the day is that at 6 p.m. a food tray was delivered to his room with roast beef, potatoes and vegetable soup and by 6:15 everything was gone. Mr. Bichler ate like he hadn't eaten in two and a half weeks (which he hadn't!). Tomorrow he gets started with his therapy sessions, a pretty busy schedule beginning at 8:30 a.m. that include physical, occupational, speech and cognition therapy. I imagine he will be pretty tired by 3:30. The bad news for Mr. B is that they don't have "snow days" at Dodd Hall. Every day we enjoy the cards, letters and comments that you have sent. They really brighten his day! Thank you again for all of your support. Just knowing how much you care keeps us going!!


  1. It sounds like you'll be working hard Andy, but the good news is that progress is being made every day!! (You have to keep that up by the way...we expect it!) Missing and thinking about you all.
    Jackie Potts

  2. Mrs. B.
    How are things going? I am pleased to know that Mr. B is progressing so well and I am sure he is glad to be eating solid food again. I check the blogs that you and the girls have been doing since his accident. Please know that I am thinking of both you and wish you a speedy recovery. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for the both of you. Take care!

    Kim Harvey

  3. Andy and family,
    We couldn't be more thrilled for your progress!! I'm sure that the meal was much enjoyed after not having solid foods. The therapy will be hard work, but you have proven through this process how tough you are. You are in wonderful hands at Dodd Hall. We are here for you for WHATEVER you may need and love you so much.

  4. Wow! Sounds like a busy but super productive day! Isn't it amazing how great hospital food can taste when you haven't eaten anything in a while! :) Glad to hear things are continuing to go so well! Keep up all of the hard work and enjoy the fact that you don't have to trudge through the mess outside! - Krysten Smith

  5. Andy, we are so pleased to hear of the progress that you are making. It is great that you are now able to eat solid food. Sounds like you are going to be very busy. You will get wonderful care and help at Dodd Hall. Carol, Please let me know if I can do anything at all.
    Mary Lee

  6. Hey Mr& Mrs.B! Its awesome to hear that Mr.B is doing better.. its also wonderful to hear that he is eating solid foods.. i bet he was hungry!

    I will keep him in my thoughts& prayers.

    we all miss him soooo much!

    His student,
    ( Sammi Cerino)

  7. Andy and Carol,

    We're thinking about you both. We're looking for a 4th to go fishing in Belleterre, QB this year, so get movign with the therapy!

    Cindy Crawford and Jamie Arnold

  8. Hey!!!!!!!! Mr.B
    Get well soon......Or else:)

    P.S. we are glad you are feeling better

    Delaney Mathew and Kelsey Jennings

  9. Carol, I am sure the food tray was not as good as you could have made for him, but I am sure he will be eating home cooked food soon with this progress. Stay warm and be careful out there. Lori

  10. Thats wonderful we miss him and you too!!!!
    Lauren Pullins

  11. Very awesome on the progress... keep it up!
    Brian Postle

  12. Hey Mr.Bichler its so good to here your getting better we all have you in our thoughts and prayers. We all miss you very much at school. Every time i walk into science class i always think of you and know it takes some weight off my shoulders to know you are getting better. YOU'RE THE BEST!!!!

    Leanna Henry :)