A couple weeks ago, my sister, Mandy and I were on our way out the door to get a coffee at a local coffee shop, Kaldi’s. There’s a small step coming out of the kitchen at my house. I forgot to tilt her wheels up when I helped her down the step. I wasn’t thinking. I guess I was used to my son’s stroller, which doesn’t need to be tilted back, the wheels just go straight down. She fell out of her chair and broke both of her legs. To top it off, she had a fatty embolism that punctured her lungs and was in the hospital and ICU all last week. It was very serious. Everyone was so worried. I couldn’t imagine life without my sister. I felt like I was going to choke on my heart.
Last Monday, she got to go home. I am so relieved.
Anyway, here is an interesting story about my sister and the accident. When she got back in her wheelchair right after it happened, she said she was fine. Since Mandy has spina bifida, she wouldn’t feel it if her legs were broken. Her one leg had a bump under it right under her knee. She insisted that it wasn’t broken because she touched it and didn’t turn white right away. (I think that was what she said.) So we went to meet my friend, Nichole at the Kaldi’s. We stayed for about an hour and a half. Then walked home.
On the way back, Mandy started to feel short of breath. She couldn’t push herself up my driveway. I pushed my son’s stroller up then helped her up. The bump on her leg started to look worse and worse. An hour later, my dad left work to take her to the hospital. That night, they took x-rays and found out one leg was broken. I felt terrible. How did I not know I was supposed to tilt her chair back? How many years have I been taking her around?
She sent me a text that night that said, “Yeah it’s broken.” I responded a few times. One of the next texts really says a lot about my sister read, “I forgot to say thanks for a great day!” I thought she was being sarcastic at first. No, she was serious. Despite 2 broken legs, she still had a great day. Wow!!!
So back to the injury, they didn’t find out the other leg was broken until Sunday. She couldn’t breath. The doctors originally thought she had pneumonia. Her breathing and pain had gotten worse, so Monday night they moved her to the ICU. They had her in a coma. She improved a few days later. They removed the ventilator and feeding tubes. On Thursday, the home nurse discharged her. She is going places again and transferring in to her bed and the couch from her wheelchair. YAY!!!
Now, she has a whole new outlook on life. I will have to have her tell you about it. Thank you everyone for all your prayers and wishes!!! We greatly appreciate it. It so great to have the real Wendy (Mandy) back on wheels!!
What a welcome!! The kids in the Adventure Club at Bristol Elementary made this. Cool, huh? Aren’t they cute? These visits are amazing!! I love reading to kids.
Last week was a good week for public relations. The St. Louis Post Dispatch mentioned Wendy on Wheels in an article about Blades Day of Giving. A little boy said Wendy on Wheels was his favorite.
Wendy on Wheels Saves the Day was submitted for publishing late last week. I’m waiting to receive the proof copy. I’m so excited to get it. I’m working on the launch party.
Book four has been discussed and is in progress as well. More information will be given at a later date. Just know that it is coming… I’m really excited about this one as well.
It’s Snowpocalypse in St. Louis. I’ve been hearing the ice hit my windows for the last few hours. I just finished putting Wendy on Wheels Saves the Day together. Now I just need to get it over to the designers.
This book is the book I wanted to write and publish since I started the series, but wasn’t fully ready. Niether I nor the audience was ready. I have Wendy dressed up a superhero to symbolize everyday people who do great things and make our lives better. In this story, Wendy feels an overwhelming desire to make other people smile.
Here are some examples of heroes in my life.
I appreciate these people very much. Despite what’s going on in their lives, these people still do what they can to make this world a better place. Even if some of the above are “doing their jobs,” they are still helping others. We need to take time to be grateful for people who make our lives better.
So tell me, who are some superheroes in your life?
This morning, I was fortunate enough to participate in Blades Elementary School’s 100% Day of Giving. A young man in the office handed me an envelope when I got there. It contained a map of the school, a schedule of all the presenters and classes, an invitation to lunch in the teacher’s lounge and nice gift for me.
I know its a small picture, but it says “From the desk of Angela Ruzicka.” That’s really sweet!!!
I presented in front of several different groups in a row. Some were 1st and 4th graders, then 2nd and 5th grades. I started out talking about giving, I talked about the different ways to give, ie. money, time, energy etc. I told them how some of the profits from Wendy on Wheels Goes to the Beach goes to the St. Louis Variety and some of the profits of Wendy on Wheels Goes to the Zoo go to the MDA. For the last group, I talked about how whenever you give you always get back more than you gave. I said I hoped the children and groups I read to get as much out of my visit as I do. My cousin’s little boy, Kyle, attended school there and was in one of the classes.
The books were well received. They loved Wendy. After the presentations, they had lunch in the teacher’s lounge from Bandana’s BBQ and some snacks and dips from Dierberg’s. It was a very nice lunch! I met some of the other presenters.
At the end of lunch, Kyle’s teacher told me her class was making posters to promote Wendy on Wheels and said I was welcome to come by the room to see them. They were making Wendy posters!! AWESOME!! Of course, I had to check that out.
Of course, I wanted my picture taken with them.
This was one groups poster. LOVE IT!!
This is adorable!!
This one was still in progress. The girls worked hard on it. I love it!!
Here’s me with some super creative girls!
Here’s me with Kyle and his friends and the poster they made.
Here is the final one. How wonderful!! Overall, this was a great day. I guess the answer is yes. Yes, the students enjoy having me there as much as I enjoy being there.