And the final tally...

...drumroll please...$1700+!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WOWEE!!!! At last count, there was exactly $1700 raised for HSP this morning at the Applebee's fundraising breakfast.

I really can't even put into words how humbling this experience was. I would say there was about 150 people. At one point, the place was pretty near full. We had so many volunteers show up but at times, there just weren't enough to keep up with the people. It was a wonderful problem to have!

And the other things is that out of all those guests, I didn't know about 3/4 of them. So, to me, they were strangers...coming to lend a helping hand to someone in need. Stay tuned because I've got a list of volunteers coming. If you know them, I'd like you to thank them next time you see them.

And for those of you are live in the area or might be passing through or visiting the area of Spring Hill, please go by the Applebees near the Publix on Main Street/Hwy 31. Ask for Reggie the manager and tell him you appreciate allowing us in his facility and providing all those pancakes! And then patronize his business by having lunch, dinner or just dessert.

For those that are reading that did make it out...my deepest and most sincerest thanks to you. So many sweet, loving faces...all asking about us and praying for Steve. I love each and every one of you. My Bible study girls...the Abbotts, Shipps, Lamberts and Swords...thank you so much for coming! I can't start naming those that I knew because I'd surely leave someone out, but every one of you are appreciated!

OK, now for a quick update on Steve...I arrived at the hospital today to a totally different man! He was coherent, sitting up in a recliner and looking all around better. Shortly after we got here, they came in to give him a bath (his first since our arrival), so I went with Deanne and Jenna and ate lunch in the Atrium. When I got back, he looked like he was ready to walk out of here! He had on his own clothes and even had his hair and teeth brushed. He did his breathing exercises, ate a great lunch (no nausea!!!) and then took a voluntary walk around the hall. After that, he got in a wheelchair and we went walking downstairs for a change of scenery...so all in all, today seems to be WAY better. Blood sugar level is under control more, fever is gone, appetite is coming back and he's ready to do whatever it takes to get home.

We may be looking at some in-patient rehab, but he might not be eligible for that because he's progressing so well. I'm torn about that idea because while it's probably a great idea being in a rehab place 24/7, that means just more days he's not at home. So, we'll just wait and see.

This is a long journey for us. We have not yet decided whether we will continue on with our vacation in August. I know we are both going to need it but we just don't know about finances. Keep those prayers coming!

We love you all!



Christy said...

Hooray! I am so glad that the fundraiser went well! Wish we could have been there, but it's a bit far from Phoenix to have breakfast. =) So glad to hear that Steve is doing well as well. I have a friend in her 30's who had a hip replaced and it was amazing how well she did after she turned that first corner! Still praying for all of you!

The Lamberts said...

I'm so glad to hear he's doing so much better. We're praying for you and are here to help! Let us know what we can do!

Kim said...

San, so glad to hear that the funraiser went so well! How far are you from your goal? And, even happier to hear that Steve is doing better. We are all thinking of you!

Love, Kim

leigh ann said...

That is amazing! I was wondering what the total would be. What a blessing it was to see all those people there! So glad you will get to come home tomorrow. Still praying!