Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Finally Home

Ilene was brought home yesterday. She is in good spirits and happy to be home. Somethings are familiar to her and others not. Her family has her all set up, with a hospital bed and plenty of room for her wheelchair to roam. She will be getting adjusted for a few days and then will start going to a new therapy center daily for several hours. She will also have some home care. Ilene is working hard each day and eager to please all her fans. She says it's much better to be home. Most importantly she still likes the curtains she made, she thinks their cute.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Happy Birthday Ilene

Today is Ilene's Birthday.  She celebrated her big day with a big chocolate cake.  She was showered with gifts, friends, and family.  Scott, Jason, Chad, and Jacque helped make her party a success.  Scott had some new pictures of Taylor that everyone enjoyed.  She worked hard on her birthday and was able to do three squats at physical therapy.  Rosie painted her finger nails for her big day.  Her nails are a beautiful bright purple.  They match her spirit, which is bright, cheerful and happy.  Grandpa Oswald showed up with a cooler full of ice cream. Happy Birthday Ilene!!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ilene's on the Move....

Ilene was moved to a new rehabilitation hospital named Health South.  It is located on Charleston and Valley View.  This is an exciting move for Ilene.  This facility will be working with Ilene to help her regain her strength and work on learning new skills.  They demand a lot of energy and hard work from Ilene.  This is sometimes exhausting and tiring for her.  She is talking more each day.  Ilene is still having her ups and downs, but the progress she has made is amazing.  She has been very well taken care of by her loving husband, dear family members, and kind friends.  She has received a ton of support and her family appreciates it.  Thank You..

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Busy week for Ilene

Ilene was very busy this week.  She had her trachea and neck brace removed early in the week.  This is very positive and another step towards recovery.  Ilene was also moved to a new care center.  It is located on Cheyenne and Jones.  Ilene is talking more each day.  Ilene's visitors and helpers are enjoying their conversations.  She  is alert and full of personality.  She is still getting lots of help and enjoying the visits of loved ones.  Thank you for all the love and support.     

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Visits with Ilene

One of Ilene's former students named Alissa came to visit Ilene.  Alissa presently lives in California.  Her mother brought her to Las Vegas for Spring Break to visit Ilene.  This touched Ilene's family deeply.  What a special relationship Mrs. Sorenson and Alissa have. 

Thanks to all the families, friends, teachers, students for their love and support.  Ilene's room is full of cards and pictures and notes from people who love her. 

Yesterday I recieved a phone call from Rosie.  She put her cell phone to Ilene so I could hear what was going on.  Ilene was counting fast and correctly.  (12, 13, 14, 15) She was practicing her numbers and letters.  Later in the day we went to visit Ilene and see all the excitement.  She was awake and practicing words with her speech therapist.  She also ate choclate pudding and they got her to sip some apple juice.  It was very exciting.  MacKenna Osborne and Kelsea Smith were standing next to Ilene.  Ilene said, "Rosemary promise me you'll bring Mackenna back!"  This was very exciting and of course made Mackenna's day.  -B. Smith

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Talking Ilene

Today was an exciting day for Ilene, her friends, and family.  While a few friends (Lisa Lopez, Carly Perez, Tom & Debi Carli, Palolo, Rosemary Osborne) were visiting Ilene today the Respiratory Therapist put an adapter on Ilene's trachea.  Ilene spoke a few words and names.  She said Scott, Lisa, and said "Why?" Rosemary, Ilene's sister told her that "she was a miracle".  Ilene then said, "I am a miracle!" They were able to reach Scott on the phone and let him share in the excitement of Ilene talking.  Good News