Marla’s summer has gotten off to a great start, with many visits from family and friends,
her 30th birthday, a couple of weddings, hiking, and more! Be sure to drop in the
Photo Gallery to see updates from Marla’s recent activities.
Marla continues to improve in her physical endurance, while her speech progresses
on a somewhat slower pace. Marla’s workouts on the stairmaster, stationary bicycle,
and treadmill, have prepared her to go on several hikes! Meanwhile, Mary and Leo’s
diligent home therapy on her shoulder and hand continue to reap rewards in
increased flexibility in Marla’s injured right arm. Marla underwent surgery at
Swedish Hospital in Englewood on Thursday June 26th, on her left ear, to
repair damage to the small bones suffered in the accident. Some cartilage was
removed from her outer ear to provide tissue for the repair. The procedure was a
success, although Marla endured a great deal of pain after recovery from severe
headaches. She ended up staying overnight, and the headaches continued
through Friday. Finally Friday evening, Mary, coordinating with Marla’s doctors,
found a medication that helped relieve Marla’s headaches. She slept well
Friday evening, and awoke Saturday feeling much better. It is hoped that the
repair will help to improve Marla’s hearing and comprehension. It will likely
be some time, after healing has occurred, before the benefits are evident.
During the month of June, Marla enjoyed seeing many friends and family members.
Her good friends from high school, Keelie Gaddis and Tiffany Vanderschaaf, both
came to visit at Marla’s home in Northglenn, Keelie all the way from Louisiana!
June 14-15th, Marla’s grandparents, Howard and Mary Williams from Montrose,
and her Aunt Margaret from Los Angeles, visited her, Mary and Leo, in Glenwood
Springs. It was a very enjoyable family weekend, as Howard, Mary, and Margaret
had not seen Marla since visiting her at St. Anthony’s immediately after her accident.
They were all awe-struck at her progress.
That same weekend, Marla enjoyed attending the wedding of Michael Flood,
a good friend from high school. Many good friends were in attendance, and
all were very excited to see Marla out and about, and impressed at her
tenacity, strength, and hard work. Some commented that an angel had
been in their presence.
Marla celebrated her 30th birthday in style with friends in Northglenn, in
the sun at poolside! She enjoyed cake, ice cream, and laughter with
close friends from Glacier Peak and beyond, as her friends and family
marked this milestone with all the more to be thankful for.
As a birthday surprise, Jean and Peggy, Marla’s original PT and OT
from Craig hospital, took her out for a hike on Marshall Mesa, near
Boulder. Marla really enjoyed the views, the dogs (of course) and the
wildflowers, including Sego lilies (Mary’s favorite). Marla continues to
impress with her endurance and strength, as she covered over 3 miles
around the trail loop!
Marla participated in the wedding of her close friend Missy Soriano
on June 28th, as a bridesmaid. Marla was honored to be a witness to
this special occasion, and Missy was joyful that Marla was able to participate
in such an awesome event, amongst much laughter and tears.