Labor Day!

A scrapbook is going to be in the making during Aaron’s long “journey”, therefore we have began taking pictures. With Aaron’s approval of course, we thought we would put up some pictures to show just how tough this journey is and how he still keeps his contagious smile through it all. Aaron had a great day today! Worn out because Magee is amazing and works these people to recovery ; ). They are in the process of weaning him off the ventilator. Not sure how long that will actually take, but sooner than later because he tolerated it like a champ today! The respiratory therapists are amazing, the sneak up behind him and turn down the settings without him knowing. It’s great. Mind over matter as Aaron would say…And let me sum up the pictures..he has to wear a neck brace due to his spinal fusion surgery(that took place the day of the accident) for 4-6 weeks..and the tracheostomy is the tube from his neck that the ventilator is hooked to. Once he gets off the ventilator for several days that WILL be removed. The tubes to his chest are a form of chest physical therpay..the tubes hook to a vest and a machine that shake, rattle, and rolls him to get the fluid out of his chest (pneumonia). That picture was taken in the ICU at Hahnemann. He only gets his “vest” treatment a few times a day, about 20 minutes long. It’s funny, but annoys him(however very productive!!). And I put the shower cap on him to be silly.
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31 thoughts on “Labor Day!

  • Jess 'Songer' Straub

    It’s so good to see you with a smile on your face. I continue to keep you in my daily prayers.

    Much Love My Friend,

  • Caroline Knaby

    Hey Ern, it is so great to see you smiling. My family and I are still praying for you everyday. Keep up the hard work! You encourage and inspire me everyday to not take anything for granted. Every morning when I walk to work, I say a prayer and thank him for the day (rain or shine) and then say a prayer for you. I know soon my prayers will be answered. God told me I just have to be patient 😉 Love you bud!

  • Sam and Vince


    It is so great to see you and hear about your progress through your blog. Den has been keeping us informed of what’s happening. Vince and I are praying for you and your family. My sister Jo-Anne’s church is praying for you too. There are so many people out here who care about you, remember that. You are blessed with an amazing strength of character and a fantastically supportive family.

  • Gilman

    A-Ron – Great to see the pictures, but can’t wait to see you in person. We are all planning a trip as soon as possible. Hang in there and work hard! T-man

  • jlewis

    Keep smiling son, the shower cap is a good look for you! Glad to hear your improving, keep it up. Jen and I are praying for you.

  • Beth Vastine

    Aaron – I love the man-love from your friends…I hope Joe has contributed to that. Just wanted to say hello and remind you that you’re in our thoughts. I have complete faith in you and God and medicine, and I’m hoping for the best. I live just outside the city, and if there’s anything I can do, or if anyone needs a place to stay close by, I have a spare bedroom and am more than happy to help out! Take care, and keep workin on your recovery!


  • Terri Matthews

    Aaron- I will continue to pray for you and your family. I can personally tell you that God is amazing he never makes a mistake and he will see you and your family through this! Your smile is beautiful to see even in your current position. It won’t be easy but keep smiling and this will aid in a more positive recovery.

  • Susie Sinkovich Spadone


    I am a high school classmate of your Aunt Deb Keyser and learned about your accident. Just want you to know you have been in my thoughts and prayers. I am glad to be reading of your progress and will continue to follow your healing process! The love, prayers,and support of your family and friends will get you through this! Remain strong in your faith and remember that attitude is 90% of the battle. God Bless!

  • Kristen Davis

    Aaron –
    It’s so great to see your smiling face. You are in all of our thoughts every day. I can’t wait to compare fantasy football notes!! Keep that positive spirit and determination and you can do anything!! 🙂


  • John

    Woody-buddy, good to see your face-smile brother! I’m a bit confused though, have you already started a playoff beard or did you trade Bill for Kyle Orton’s beard at some point during the draft? Hope to see you soon, keep the good news coming. PS I added you to my RSS feeds so I get your updates wherever…your newest update is showing up between Tila Tequila/Shawne Merriman and Ludacris giving away 20 cars.

    Love you bro,

  • jim nye

    Hey Aaron, we are all thinking of you and look forward to the day when you walk back in here. Everyday is a day closer to your recovery so keep up your spirits and know that you are getting better.

  • Barbara Nagurney

    Aaron, I could not wait to get home to check on you so I peeked on work time. Yep, that’s right! You truly do look great.. Can’t mess with perfection that is for sure. Your determination blended with your amazing support system is inspiring as well as impressive. Keep it going and smile knowing how much others truly care.

  • Jerry Mattern


    Now that’s some grown up facial hair! (you know I turn 40 next month; maybe when I grow up I’ll be able to grow a beard.)

    We miss you Buddy. It’s great to see you smiling and your progress is inspiring.

    Keep the faith my friend,

  • Leana Sullivan

    I am so proud of you, you are doing a good job and I love your smile and I am still saying prayers to God for you. Love always Leana.

  • April Coble

    Aaron! You look so good 🙂 Keep smiling.. we all love it! Im still thinking about you every day and hoping for the best. You can do it Aaron!!!

  • Erin, Nate, and Betsy

    Hi Honey! You look so handsome! I love to see you smiling! Nate envies your beard! haha. We love you and miss you, Erin, Nate, and Betsy

  • Olivier De Mey

    I’m thinking of you down here in Belgium..

    I just checked Magee’s website; i’m sure you’re at the best place to get yourself back on tracks. The place looks amazing.

    Keep giving us those cute smiles 😀

    I’ll be following you through this website.

  • Dr. Sam Smith


    It was nice to see the pictures on the site. I have been following your progress through your relatives. Your dad played softball on my Smith Chiropractic softball team 20 years ago, and you spent many a day playing with my daughter and son (Abby and Doug). I hope you continue your progress and will continue to follow your site. You may give my email address to your dad if he needs any info or just needs to talk. Dr. Sam

  • Bill

    Look at how glorious that beard is!!!!!! You keep doing what your doing man. I love you and your beard.


  • Carol Souder


    Glad to see that great smile and with everything you are going thru that makes me feel better . As you know, we are all thinking about you and praying for you every day. I am so glad you have such a great Mom and Dad to support you and also it sure sounds like Jamie is a great girl and I am glad she is there to help get you thru this. Hopefully, your 3 buddies from Crump hope to come for a vist soon. It’s great to read about the improvements so keep up the great job and good attitude!


  • Dad & Gina

    Hey Aaron,

    It’s back to work for me tomorrow. It will be tough to focus because my thoughts will be with you at Magee. We continue to be amazed by your strength and humor. We are so proud of you and love you so very much. Keep looking up for strength.

    “He gives strength to those who are tired and more power to those who are weak. The people who trust the Lord will become strong again. They will rise up as an eagle in the sky; they will run and not need rest; they will walk and not become tired.”

    Isaiah 40:29,31

  • kelly beach

    still praying for you both!! it is great to see him smiling!!! must be a strong guy…can’t wait to meet him in person jaime! he’ll have to make it to the reunion next year!! best of luck to both of you through everything..

  • Becky

    So good to see that smile of his!!
    It’s great to hear such positive news.
    We all know he’s going to come out of this stronger than ever!

  • Karen Hicks

    What a good looking guy!! I know the nurses love you and your smile. I’m thinking of you…Keep up the hard work!!

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