Preparing to go home

Aaron’s Aunt Deb was with Aaron this morning and he was awake and alert.  I arrived around 1:00 and found Aaron was STILL wide awake and alert.  That was wonderful.  He had a visitor today around lunch time, April Coble.  April touts herself as being Aaron’s “biggest fan”  because she faithfully attends/assists with as many fundraisers as possible. April’s highschool reunion was recently held where she spoke of Aaron and his accident.  Money was raised at the reunion and will be donated  to Aaron’s Journey.    April, we appreciate all that you do!   Actually, we appreciate ALL OF YOU;  those who attend the fundraisers, those who haven’t been able to attend but still find a way to participate, the local businesses who have so graciously donated gifts for the raffles held at the fundraisers, the business owners who held the fundraisers,  those who send good thoughts Aaron’s way, those that pray for his recovery, those that send cards and gifts, those that visit.  We appreciate everybody who checks this blog and passes the word on about Aaron.    I could go on and on but I won’t.  Oh, I guess I did.  Sorry, I was on a roll!

As the days wind down at Select, we will be busy preparing to take Aaron home.  Today, Gina and I started training on the ventilator Aaron will be using when he leaves Select.  First we learned (or were refreshed) on the tracheostomy, the different supplies used with regards to the trach, etc., then moved on to the ventilator itself.  We  just learned basics today, such as what the buttons on the face of the machine are for and about some of the possible settings.  Tomorrow, we are going to have a four hour training session to learn MORE about the ventilator.  It’s a lot to learn and it’s extremely important, so we have to get as much from this training as we can.  Aaron was involved in the training, too.  (He slept during the very beginning, but was awake for most of it. )

Aaron was in a good mood today, but he was a little saddened tonight before I left him to go home because he talked to Jaime on the phone and both she and Tory are not feeling well.  Hopefully Jaime will be feeling better soon and can get up to Select to see Aaron.  She was planning on visiting tomorrow, but can’t now because she’s ill.  He really misses her when he doesn’t see her for a few days.  Must be love, huh?

Please pray for Aaron and his family as we get ready for the trip home.  Thanks!

13 thoughts on “Preparing to go home

  • Meam's 8th Graders

    Dear Aaron, It is December 8th and we will be attending Mass today for the holyday–as always we will remember you in our prayers. You will have alot of people praying for you today because the entire school will be going to Church. We think of you every day and keep you in our prayers whenever we are together. WE are glad to hear you will be going home soon. Take care, Meam’s 8th Graders and Meam

  • Karen Hicks

    Good morning Bud! I hope by now you are home and I hope that Tory and Jaime had their chance to “attack” you. I will continue to pray that the transition goes well and I hope that you feel better being “home”. I am sure Tory will be glad to be able to see you and spend time with you. You know any time Tory and Jaime are in town and Tory would like to meet and play with Leana, I would be glad to get them together. Jaime, just let me know. I promise I would take good care of her. (I think Aaron would vouch for that). Just wanted you to know that I think of you everyday, several times a day. Keep your head up Bud and keep fighting. Love you!

  • Aunt Missy

    Aaron, Just want you to know i’m thinking about you and think of you often. Hope to see you soon. Love, Aunt Missy

  • Pete and Diane

    I’m sure you are as anxious to come home as your family is to see you there. It’s hard to believe it’s been 3 1/2 months since you’ve been home. This next step means more progress on your journey of recovery and there will continue to be countless prayers being raised for you. Stay strong, keep fighting !!
    We love you,
    Aunt Diane and Uncle Pete

  • Jerry Mattern

    Hey Aaron, so good to see you again Buddy. Sorry the visit was so short. You & your family are always in my thoughts.

  • Karen & Jim Gingrich

    Aaron we are always thinking of you. Hoping the transition to home goes well. A journey for everyone for sure and we are all that journey with you in some way. Love you!

  • Danielle

    Hi Aaron,
    I wish you the very best with your move home. I hope that your transition goes smoothly and also that you will adjust quickly. I’m still praying for you and thinking of you daily. Bill and I will see you around Christmas time. The 19th -27th is when we’ll be back in the area. See you around then!

    love you bud!

  • Mammaw and Pappaw Wood

    Dear Aaron, Well, this is it. The day we have all been waiting for. Be tough, keep up your positive thoughts and be expecting great things from God. Remember God and you are an unbeatable combination! Love you.

  • Natalie

    Aaron how exciting to be headed home! Everyone sounds very excited to have you closer. Hopefully Jamie and Tory will feel better by the time you arrive. We continue to pray for your healing. Love Nat and Bill

  • Karen Hicks

    Diane, I agree with all of the above. You sound so hopeful and positive and that is a blessing, even with the ups and downs. You give us all hope. I know that there are a lot of things to overcome, but if anyone can do it Aaron can. Aaron has so much love and support behind him. With all that is wrong in the world, I am amazed at what this tragedy has shown me. Not only has family and friends surrounded him with love and support, but look at the whole community. Aaron’s accident has allowed me to see God’s love at work. I will pray for his transition going home and for you and Gina and your training. Thank you and thank you to all the family for also showing it to me.

  • Sandy Marts

    Debbie, I agree with your comments to Dine- she has always had such high energy and a smile. I remember Diane as always being happy, having something funny to say and making us laugh. It was always fun being with the Peiffer family. How blessed is Aaron to have a mom like that, I am sure it is part of the reason for his attitude. Aaron is fortunate to have 4 loving, giving supportive parents, it has been tremendous reading these blogs, and not only reading the love you all have for this young man, but feeling it. It has been contagious. Love you Diane, you are always in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Aunt Deb

    Dear Dine, you have expressed the whole families gratitude and overwhelming feelings. This accident is a journey for all of us and we are all learning every day. Your comments made me feel so proud of you. You have so much on you. We just don’t realize what you are going through. You with your high energy and great spirit are keeping the rest of us hopeful. Love you

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