First we would like to take the opportunity to thank all of you
sincerely for your support, prayers, kind words, and
kindness. We have been amazed at the outpouring of love
for Marla and recognize that as a mark of her preciousness
as a teacher, colleague, and friend.
On Tuesday 1⁄7, Marla was transferred from St. Anthony’s
Central hospital to Craig Hospital in Englewood for re-habilitation.
Although there were some challenges during the transfer, she
is now settled in here.
Craig is definitely a different environment. It’s a hospital,
but it is much less formal. Their focus is on facilitating the
re-habilitation process. As Marla continues to wake up and
become more aware, she is becoming increasingly confused
and agitated. However, they do not sedate her for agitation.
She has a 24-hour behavioral attendant that stays with her
at all times to make sure that she is safe. When resting,
she is in a “Craig bed”, which is low to the ground and
surrounded by four padded partitions, so that she can’t
She will have a full schedule of re-habilitation during the day,
with speech, physical, and occupational therapists each
working with her. This keeps her busy during the day. Her
schedule is more open on evenings and weekends, which
are the best times for visitors.
During this phase, we have learned that it is particularly
important not to over-stimulate Marla. The injured brain
often cannot understand and sort out all of the sensory
information coming in. Too much stimulation increases
her agitation. In order to give Marla a healing environment,
it is best if she has at most two visitors in the room at a
time, and that she have at least 20-25 minutes of rest
That said, please do not hesitate at all to come to visit
Marla. She needs the support and love of all her friends
and we know that this will help her healing. Also, Marla
has a “visitor’s journal” in which you can write Marla a
message or thoughts that we can read to her and she can
keep and read in the future as well.
Following is Marla’s address information at Craig:
2 West 202B
3425 South Clarkson
Englewood, CO 80110
To get to Craig from North Denver, take I-25 South to
exit at Hampden Avenue. Go west (right) on Hampden
approximately 2 miles to Clarkson street. Go north
(right) on Clarkson, two blocks to Girard. Craig is on
the southwest corner of Clarkson and Girard, immediately
east of Swedish Hospital. Parking is limited, but can be
usually found on the streets near Craig.
Sincere gratitude to each and every one of you for your
support for Marla–we continue to foster great hope during