Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Ohio Help Needed

For the past 9 months, Dan has had 2 faithful nurses: Kathy comes every single Tuesday, and Trish cares for Dan 3 days a week during the school year. These women have rescued the Knudsen family by going above and beyond the call of duty to take care of Dan. We could not do it without their help. You cannot imagine the hours it takes to care for a quadriplegic (24/7, actually). In addition to our nurses, we have numerous others who weekly or occasionally stop by to bring Dan lunch, watch a ball game, do some physical therapy, clean, sit with Dan while we get some house things done or go out to eat. Again, we could not do it without their help.

Since the beginning of Dan's accident, many from the Cedarville area have asked for a tangible way to help Dan. We need another Trish and Kathy and Sue (stayed with Dan when we were in Costa Rica.) as well as new volunteers to help in those other areas. Dan is on target to return to Cedarville this semester; in fact he leaves in less that 2 weeks. Dan has his personal assistant who will be with him, but he still needs some help in the following areas: personal morning care (nursing or nurse assistant-type person), some physical therapy (to give Garrett some breaks), and a few other areas. The nursing/CNA care is a paid position and requires approximately 2-3 hours per day. You can sign up for even one day a week or so, or even as a substitute once a month. Please spread the word to health care professionals you know who live in the Cedarville area. If you are willing to help, we will train you -- nothing is too difficult. Bill will be staying at Cedarville University until Dan's full schedule is established. Email us at: checkinondan@gmail.com for more information or to leave your name.

The Lord has provided for our family in amazing ways, and we eagerly await to see who He brings our way!!


Jane-Jane said...

2 weeks! Dan that is GREAT!!!!

I'll be praying for all your needs to be met in a very speedy fashion. God has been thus far in answering our prayers, we will trust Him with this detail too.


Anonymous said...

I wish I lived closer...I would love to be the hands that Christ uses to help Dan.
Praying in Northern Ohio

Anonymous said...

I can't help with the medical needs, but I am ready to drop off brownies, cookies, or whatever is needed when they are here in the area! We'll keep praying for the necessary help to be found.

Anonymous said...

Like so many others I wish I lived close enough to help in this way. Knowing however that our faithful God will provide as He always does. We will be down this weekend dropping Joe off, maybe we will see you. It is really good to see Dan so upright in most of his recent pictures! Continuing to pray especially for medical helpers. Blessings to you all.

Beth Bolander

Amanda Martin said...

Great pictures! Thanks for sharing!