Saturday, February 19, 2005

Radio silence and migratory birds

Jeez, like 48 hours with no postings. Bet you guys all think that I have fallen off the earth.

Well, there is a good explanation. Really. No foolin'.

With regard to all the dead air, the trick has not been not wanting to write but not having capacity. You see, we have been embroiled in quite a mini-adventure inside the larger voyage. Yesterday, as of noon, we started on a migratory path home. Roland left for LAX right around ten. Meanwhile, Mom and I waited around chatted at the hospital until approximately noon. At that time, the Lifeflight crew arrived with local paramedics to begin the transfer process. As you will see in the following series of images, it was quite an adventure.

We arrived at Vanderbilt about 9pm and were met by Jennifer Stein, assistant to Harry Jacobsen. She was incredibly helpful in facilitating the smooth transfer. About that time we were also met by Mom's new attending, Dr John Morris, Chair of the Trauma department. Wow. And he wasn't even on service... I stayed with Mom to get her settled in before zipping out for a quick bite to eat with Bill and Kelly (true angels). I then returned to the hospital to cuddle Mom while the Christies went to the airport to pick up Roland. They made it back to the hospital right before midnight but Mom was then in a little procedure. We had to wait till almost 1:30 for Roland to be able to say a quick hello. Home by ~2:15 and to bed about time for the roosters to rise. Woken in the night by the nurse who hadn't realized we'd gone and called to give an update.

Up again too early and spent a little time trying to get sorted out before heading back over to Vandy. Mom totally whipped when we arrived, having just finished physical therapy. They already had her sitting up on the edge of the bed and practicing brushing her teeth. We stayed just a little while to say hello then Mom was off again for repeat CTs of her ankle and face. A couple hours of critical errands then back to the hospital for a more animated visit. Mom awake this time for her visit with Mickey (her Mom). A real relief for Grandma to see we hadn't been misleading her about Mom's progress. Mom still very very tired so the visit was limited. Heck, I am still very very tired and I didn't make the trip with fractured ribs, a shattered ankle and a healing brain injury. Sheesh.

So, I know you are all wondering and waiting for me to tell you what this means with regard to visiting Mom and showering her with presents. Currently, unfortunately, not much.

Mom is way too whipped from the trip for visits and the Trauma CCU prohibits visits from non-family members. Given that the Vandy team may want to start reconstruction of her ankle within the week, it is essential that Pam receive as much rest as humanly possible. We ask, therefore, your patience with regard to visits. Once we feel that Mom is more stable from her trip, I will work out some sort of graduated visitation schedule so you can all catch up with her. For now, please content youself with updates through the site and know I read all your cards to her as she is awake. Also, please refrain from calling the home number as we will rarely be there and will have limited reserves for checking messages. With regards to cards etc., the best address to use is probably the home address (3214 Merlyn Lane, 37214).

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your patience, love and prayers. I look forward to filling you in on the sundry and sordid details of our trip as I get caught up on sleep. Feeling the joy of Southern soils and hospitality-

jackie chris


Blogger rostitchery said...

wowie! it feels so good to know that pam and roland are back "home". in a sense, pam is at home when she is at vandy. just knowing she is down the street, instead of across the continent, just makes my day.

jacqui, there are TONS of people who would be happy to help in some way--could we perhaps set up a chuckwagon to bring you guys meals? stock up the pantry with quick, healthy, fun stuff? run errands? make phone calls? please, don't be shy about asking for the help you need.

please give pam and roland a big hug and much love from rowena, rudi, and ella.

ps--please tell pam that each morning when we go for coffee in the faculty lounge, ella bangs on her window and says "hi" just as she has since pam moved into that "office". :)

6:19 PM  
Blogger Angie Antkowiak said...

HOW EXCITING! I had no idea that you guys would be back in Nashville so soon! And to hear about Pam's continued progress, well, it just makes my heart swell! And although many many people would love to visit Pam, I am glad to hear that you will be the "gatekeeper" and ensuring that your mom gets the rest she needs. (Speaking of which, YOU and ROLAND definitely need some rest too!)

I would also like to echo the previous post and offer my services to you and your family. As I am a single person with flexible work hours (I work either 6-2pm or 12-8pm), I would be available during the day for whatever you need...just let me know! You can email me at:

Welcome HOME!

7:38 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

Well....I'm just saying YAY! If you need errands run, I'm at Vandy all day during the week......I have access to lots o food, drinks,, if you guys need anything, just call..........3-2465/566-0056.

7:48 PM  
Blogger David R. Linn said...

It's a selfish thing, I know, but *I* feel better knowing that Pam is back in Nashville where Mickey can see her and there is a *deep* support network for all of you. I too am available for whatever I can do to help (3-6164) (probably computer stuff related to one or more of the choirs)

7:59 PM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

All I can say is WOW!!! This is incredbily good news!! Even though you discussed this in your earlier posts, I didn't think that Pam would be back here in Nashville so soon, but I'm very relieved that she's a little closer to all of the people that love her.

Jacqui, thanks again for every update you've posted. I'll check in with Kelly and Bill to see if there's anything I can do to help.

Wishing you a peacful night's sleep.

8:01 PM  
Blogger Pamela Sixfin said...

So glad Pam is back in Nashville at Vanderbilt! I hope she get's through this week OK. I know her mother must be so happy to see her. Can't wait to see her myself.She is on my mind 24/7.

8:06 PM  
Blogger charlotte said...

that is SO wonderful that mrs. schnell is back in our beautiful city of nashvegas!!! what a relief!! welcome home!! we (all her children's choir girls) will DEFINITELY be thinking of her as we are singing the "st. matthew's passion" tomorrow afternoon.
send her our love!!!

8:48 PM  
Blogger Veronica H said...

just reiterating what my fellow chorite (charlotte) from Blair said. I am ecstatic that the schnellers are back on this side of the country and look forwards to getting to visit her when I can! All the best! We'll be singing with her and you all in our hearts!!!!


9:37 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Hey Jacqui, I just spoke to you, but you sounded too tired to keep you on the phone. So, this is just a written reminder that if you ned ANYTHING done back here (bills, etc) that you have a huge support crew waiting in the wings. I just spoke to Serena, and, being far more practical than I, has already begun to worry about your day to day affairs back here. She was over to water your plants today (just healing form her rather severe flu saga). So, if you need something done, you know we are here. As for you, and I say this publicly, so that everyone out that way will continue to think about you guys as well as your Mom, you are not superhuman. Your Mom is in a safe place with a huge support system. PLEASE take the time you need for yourself now, OK. I know that you have played the role of protector and advocate for a very long and strenuous time, and you have kept everyone and their mother informed of all your Mom's wonders and strengths, but now it is time for you to back off a bit and give yourself a break- OK? Sorry, I know I am always the one yelling at you about these things, but I heard it in your voice on the phone- you need some support and love and self time my friend. If you need me there, say the word. In the meantime, all of you absolutely WONDERFUL sounding people out there in Nashville (a place I have never been)- look after my friend. She is too is as amazing as her mother, but she too is human. Ok, I'm off my soap box. Good night lovely woman. I love you. Kisses to the family and Kelly and David. Love, Nicole

9:56 PM  
Blogger Jan said...

SHAZAMMMMM!!!!! What a surprise. The talk about a Life Flight seemed like just planning, not doing, but we are all so relieved to have all of YOU home. Dear Pam, rest, rest, rest. Please know we are being ever so good in your absence and making you proud to be our conductor.

Whenever we get the green sign, we will all do whatever we can, whenever we can. Jacqui, you are a mother, like daughter. Roland, keep singing to your sweetheart. "Music hath charms." Love...Jan (N)

10:02 PM  
Blogger anne and ben said...

team schneller,
how thrilled we are. i work at a cafe at vanderbilt and can bring food to you all whenever you need it there at the hospital. eating out must get tiring and this is cooked all from scratch in our kitchen. i'll make you whatever you need if you come in (in the jewish center on campus) and i'll make you feel at home. my cell is 496.8940 and i'm glad to accomodate you in anyway - especially now i FEEL LIKE I CAN DO SOMETHING HELPFUL!! i've been sitting around wishing i could do something. now i can. i hope you'll let us reach out to you and help you as much as possible. i can take glenn for walks, etc. we are all here for you. love you lots,
anne and ben

11:29 PM  
Blogger Cynthia Cyrus said...

Let me add my voice of welcome. I'm looking forward to seeing Roland and meeting YOU, Jacqui, and (eventually) to seeing Pam. Please tell her how THRILLED we are to have her back in state; it may not be such a big change medically but it is a huge marker emotionally.


5:25 AM  
Blogger Dave & Nancy Estes Park said...

Hi Jacqui and gang, WE JUST KNEW you were on the move! I bet you are all happy to be back in TN, especially your grandma. Just wanted to say to you Jacqui, listen to your sister Nicole! She is a very wise woman.
Nicole, if there is anything we can do help you with Jacqui's stuff let us know we are just an hour away our number is listed. How are her cats doing? Who is taking care of them? Jacqui hope you got our package, hug everbody for us even though they don't know us!
We love you, good thoughts to all.
Take care
Dave and Nancy Rocknich

7:23 AM  
Blogger Mary Kathryn said...

I am so thrilled to read that you all have returned to southern soil. It lifts all of our spirits to know that Pam was well enough to make the jouney. Jacqui, you are the best. You and your familly are true examples of Love. Do take time to take care of yourself . I know your Mother would want that.

I am looking forward to more good news.

best wishes
Mary Kathryn VanOsdale

8:49 AM  

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