The Soldier and the Squirrel introduces children to the Purple Heart

through a loving story of a friendship between a newly wounded soldier

and Rocky the squirrel with his backyard friends. This story began as a

blog during my first year in bed after my incident. With much

encouragement, it is now a book and has been placed in the

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum. Please watch the video

on the About page to learn for the Soldier & Rocky are changing children's






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Aloha & Mahalo - Today's Spinal Update

My family and I are in disbelief at how rapidly our world is changing. Because of those who given so much of their energies to us. We are breathing into the gifts you have sent our way. Thank you for your kindness, your notes and generosity.My chidlren are in awe that through this difficult time in our lives, our community has stepped forward to make a change. To show them the humanity that does thrive in this world. And because of you, our world will never be the same. And that is the greatest blessing of all.


As of today, the rhizotomies are still not approved. It has been six weeks. It should take 7-10 days. I think the insurance company is waiting for its close-up. That moment when there is a crowd of people anticipating their every move so they can at once, proclaim their generosity to my needs. Or. They're just hung over on popcorn. My doctor's office is going to bat for me. Which is a good thing, because I have lost my swinging arm. We are supposed to know more by this afternoon. But it is already afternoon. So perhaps they meant, afternoon in Hawaii. Perhaps they are still out surfing. That's a whole  three hours earlier. So there's still hope.

I sent in my official application to The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Kind of like a college app. But without the grades. Or the drinking. Now I wait for them to tell me whether or not they feel I am fixable. Or if I go under the Ginsu to simply control the pain. Which will mean my legs will stay limp. But the good news is, I can wear heels. Because I don't have to walk in them. And my pedicure will last longer. Panty-lines are no longer a concern. When others sweat going uphill, I will simply switch my chair to rabbit mode. The turtle is for following slow people. The rabbit is much more fun. My goal is, to get back to the rabbit.

My next surgeries will be the rhizotomies as well as the Spinal Cord Stimulator implant. The implant will be a six month recovery for it to seal within my back. Purpose

A rhizotomy is the destruction of nerves within the facet joints of the neck. It is normally done by burning them with a radiofrequency current. This eliminates the pain sensations The objective with a cervical rhizotomy is to reduce pain in cases of facet joint degeneration. Talk about getting fried.

So that is it for today. Until of course the insurance company calls from Hawaii, under the rising moon with a long lens fixed upon their face, and they say, " Shakah bra! You are SO not approved. But call us back after surf tomorrow eh? Cool!"

And I rest upon my dreams of approvals surfing under a blackened sky of gold, knowing that the sun is only one more night away.

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