Friday, September 30, 2011

iJoseph


Who would have thought, that a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers family and a die-hard Baltimore Ravens family could look past this budding NFL rivalry, one of the best in the league right now, and instead actually become forever linked in a positive way because of a funky contest for an iPad gone wrong?

Stranger things have happened I guess.

Of course, it is easier for me now that the Ravens laid such a WHOOPIN' on the Steelers in Game One of this season, after the Steelers so effortlessly sent us home from the playoffs last year after the Ravens were leading 21-0 at halftime in the Divisional Round.


Ouch is correct. Though I will admit that when the score three weeks ago was 21-0, in favor of Baltimore, at halftime, against the Steelers, AGAIN, I almost threw up. But in the end it doesn't matter. They'll beat us, we'll beat them. Ebb and flow.

And besides, what's great is that I got a chance to make friends with some people I probably would NEVER have had a chance to otherwise. Which is cool all by itself.

When Joseph's iPad showed up, his parents were scrambling to get a lot of stuff ready for their Buddy Cruise, a journey for the non-profit organization that both of Joseph's parents are involved in I believe, so there wasn't a lot of time for chit-chat, even about the game. In fact Pamela, Joseph's Mom, felt the need (unnecessarily from where I sit) to apologize because she had to scramble and disappear for a while. But hey...stuff happens.


Anyway, she wrote a very nice blog on her Facebook page which I am re-printing here with her permission and colorizing in beautiful...Ravens purple. :)

'About 8 months ago I learned about a beautiful little girl Marissa who has Infantile Spasms (she references a Part One written a few months earlier which explains the original contest for an iPad). Ok...About 3 months ago I learned that there was no foundation and no IPads. There is however, a beautiful girl named Marissa, who does have Infantile Spasms and her father who started the iPad giveaway.'

'Whether the giveaway was a fraud from the start, or snowballed into something to big for the father to handle, I don’t know for sure. What I do know is that there were 40 children with special needs who were counting on the device to help them communicate, develop and grow. Something happened, a trust was broken, and I observed members of the special needs community who would count on each other for advice and guidance start to look for ulterior motives in every act of kindness or word of advice.'


'It was a sad thing to see happening. A few people who were involved in the original giveaway and others who knew of it decided that something had to be done to restore the faith of the special needs community and make good on a promise to the children who were assured a device. Of the 40 families, 20 decided to take the leap and continue with the newly formed Mission: iPossible.'

'Mid-July MiP started a campaign to solicit donations. They teamed up with a non-profit, and promised full disclosure every step of the way. Each child’s name was drawn randomly to determine fulfillment order. Joseph was number 16 of 20. Today, Joseph received his iPad! I have to thank from the bottom of my heart, Heather, Ken, and the others who were involved in setting up Mission iPossible, obtaining devices for our children and restoring trust.'


'Back to the full disclosure. I have to admit when I saw the box I started to tear up. It has been a journey of mixed emotions. Joseph now, finally has a device to help him communicate and to help him acquire much needed fine motor skills. I cant wait to see and share his progress. Heather and Ken, be prepared for stories & photos...now and for years to come.'

That's great, as is the promise that I have a 'Pen-Pal for Life'. Now...I take those kinds of promises VERY seriously, and especially from a person who follows a class organization like the Steelers, who I have deep respect for as a rival.


I expect each year to be able to chit-chat about the games AND to be able to talk about how great Joseph is doing!

PEACE.

-Ken
On behalf of:
The Mission: iPossible! Group

Thursday, September 29, 2011

iSuper-T



The fact is, when it comes to how we approach our therapies with our kids, we can often trip over ourselves in our own zeal to try to hit that next thing to help them reach that next stage.

I've done it. Still do. ALL THE TIME.

Human nature. We get SO excited about some new discovery that we sometimes forget that as different as we might think our kids might be, they are also, at the core...kids! They can have your basic, average reaction just like anyone else.


When Super-T's iPad arrived Justine, his Mom, found herself in a similar predicament, which she happily shared.

'I'll be honest, I was hoping Super-T would be crazier about the iPad than he was at first. It is totally MY fault, though. In spite of knowing better I kept trying different apps with him the first couple of days and frustrated him until he was tired of it.'

'HOWEVER he does love a couple of apps (Signing Time and Soundtouch). I decided to lay off the iPad for a day or so. The next evening, after not having used the iPad all day, Super T said "iPad". He thought of it himself and wanted it and SAID it! I am thrilled!'

'He is really enjoying it now that mom is not all crazy making him try out millions of different apps. It is wonderful because I can be focused and use an educational app and then use his favorite apps as a reward. The first time I did this we were doing color matching on an app and he was just messing around and touching random things and laughing (he loves the touch screen), but when I told him that if he did it right he could do Signing Time, he IMMEDIATELY matched the colors correctly! Amazing!'


'I really think this is a game changer for my little boy. I am amazed by all of the apps that are fully customizable, which is exactly what Super-T needs. And of course it is so rewarding to find something that can make him laugh and giggle and stay engaged for more than a few minutes. I am really looking forward to learning to use it to help him communicate!'

In addition to photos, Justine also shot some video, which she loaded up to YouTube for us.

'Here are the videos I shot with lower resolution. Unfortunately the ones at a higher resolution weren't as cute. I have a half a dozen like the second one. It was a tough but fun job deciding which giggle was cutest. I ended up going with this one because of the line in the song that says "where friends can meet and find we're not so different after all."



'The first video (which actually was shot second) is great because not only does Tim say "thank you" and "iPad" with prompting for each word (thankyou is one word in our house LOL), he then (after a fake smile because he thought I was taking his picture, not videoing) says "Thank you iPad." A whole phrase!!! Put together without me prompting each word!'



Those words came in first, after the first couple of days. In a way I am almost glad there was a time lag in getting to these iPosts because there was a follow-up, and I can include it here.

'I think we have had our big iPad breakthrough today (after I initially made Super-T not like it by making him try so many apps the first day). Today, not only did we get in some OT via Dexteria (at which he has improved dramatically since starting it just a few days ago) and some color matching, and a bit of word recognition, we found an app other than Signing Time that made him laugh hysterically and totally held his attention.'

'Seriously HYSTERICALLY laughing while interacting with the screen to fling pictures of family members around. The app is called AlphaBaby Free (it also does colors, shapes, ABC's, etc.) I almost immediately spent the $.99 to upgrade to the full version so I could put on more pictures...so worth it! He wasn't just watching he was controlling it! I actually had to take the iPad away finally and say that that was enough for a while (want to keep it fresh and not burn him out). Yippee!!!'


'These apps that Super-T loves so much are great rewards for doing the things that I want him to do on the iPad (like Dexteria, or color matching or sight words or, in the future, a communication app). I can't say enough how this is changing things for him, and we are just at the tip of the iceberg here.'

That is 3,000% awesome, don'tcha think?

PEACE.

-Ken
On behalf of:
The Mission: iPossible! Group

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

iKenyon


It was SURREAL today watching the last two iPads go from my hands into the hands of Melissa, the usual Postal Carrier who has the route in our neighborhood.

I didn't know whether I should be happy or sad, or a combination of both. To be honest, I actually did not have the time to experience any emotions at all, I got robbed! I was right smack in the middle of a telephone call when Melissa came to the door and she was a little later than usual, so it took me by complete surprise. So there were no tears, no toothy grins...just a transfer. The surreal nature of it comes to me only when I reflect on the experience, when I play it back in my head, which I have been doing all afternoon, for some strange reason.

On the one hand, it is the beginning of the end of something. On the other, it is ONLY the beginning.

Um...what?


Don't mind me, the afternoon's dose of pain medication is just starting to kick in. Yeah...I am STILL on that stuff. Can you believe it? 4.5 weeks post surgery. And it still feels like there are a couple of burrs stuck to my uvula.

NICE.

But thankfully you don't have to listen to me TALK about kids receiving their iPads, you only have to READ about kids receiving their iPads. And the iPads they are a'flowin'.


Kenyon's mother, Jen, took some photos of her son Kenyon and had a few things to share about the experience.

'Sorry for the delay, and for the quality of these phone pics! Kenyon is really enjoying his iPad!'

'One of the biggest reasons for wanting an iPad for Kenyon was that it would be a bridge for him to the typical world of boys his age. He knows that boys like technology toys - and he is no different in that regard.'


'We have tried almost every handheld and game console out there - and it either moves too fast or requires complex hand coordination. Anyway, long story short - the iPad's large touch screen works for him! The iPad has apps on his level. Books that will read to him. Fun learning - in a typical way that he can manage and operate with very little assistance.'

'He's been saying over and over, "My very own iPad! Not the boys iPad!" meaning, he's got something special that his brothers don't!! :) Thanks to you, Mission iPossible, and the special needs community for building this bridge, giving him something of his own, that he can work on his own. He's in love!'


I think we are, too!

Hey Jen, sorry about the Bush thing, I know y'all are living in Texas and everything. I lived there for 4+ years myself and my good buddy Richard still resides there. I know...'Don't mess with Texas!' Hey I liked the man quite a bit, he's just always an easy target and he always comes up on the Google Image searches on 'confused'. ;)

THERE'S the toothy grin...

Send more pics in when you can, that goes for ALL the parents out there!

PEACE.

-Ken
On behalf of:
The Mission: iPossible! Group

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Brief Change in Plan


Was going to kick off the iPosts today, but instead, I wanted to postpone that in light of the fact that, if you glance over to the number at your right above the little Thermometer widget, the $11,000.00 goal HAS BEEN ACHIEVED.

That means that in 76 days, from the time this site went live on July 12, this community came together to raise money for 20 kids to get their iPads.

That's amazing, when you think about it.

Stunning.

Miraculous.

I posted on our Facebook page last night and Heather posted about it on hers, and I know that she and I are both in agreement on this statement...no need and no desire to say anything about how amazing WE are. In fact, we prefer you did not. The fact is...YOU are amazing. The COMMUNITY is amazing. The WORK is amazing. The KIDS are amazing.

You should always remember that.

In fact, it is almost a tragedy that I have to address something so pedestrian in light of something so awesome, but I got word yesterday that someone was very uncomfortable with the idea that I used the phrase 'an anonymous helper' yesterday in my post. This person went so far as to compare me to a certain individual who ran a contest on a different website. Now, I could care less about the person who bitched about it, but if there is anyone else out there who might have issue with my choice of 'phrasology', let me be absolutely clear and totally frank.


Occassionally, there are going to be other people involved behind the scenes of this venture. And sometimes, those people are going to request to remain anonymous. Just as I would respect any of the Parent's requests not to give out their information, just as I respect the right of any donor who chooses NOT to be placed on the Supporters page, I also respect the right of any volunteer who wishes not to be called out by name.

One such person, who stepped in during my recovery from my tonsillectomy and helped me out in a HUGE way, asked me if I would keep the name private. And so I did. I don't apologize for that, nor will I. If that creeps you out or makes you think that this feels like the old MB thing? Well, then this is clearly not the place for you.

It was also suggested that I do this for praise and recognition. Particularly that my statement yesterday regarding how the money breaks down (and that some costs were eaten by us) was a plea of some kind to let you know...*sniff*...that money was coming out of my own pocket. The reason the money thing was even in there was because one of the parents asked me to address the monetary discrepancy since the numbers did not add up, so I wanted to offer disclosure on it.

Technically it BELONGS in the FAQ, but I admitted even in yesterday's post that I have been FAQ-slack and need to get that thing done. I copped to it being my bad, but I will get to it. But rather than keep the parent waiting on an answer, I felt it more important to give the parent an answer and do as requested...answer it publicly.

I was not hoping to have anyone break out the world's tiniest violin. I was just trying to explain the breakdown of costs. I even had a screen shot of our spreadsheet, but then I thought...well, that's probably TOO much disclosure.


I don't do this for accolades or awards. I do this because I have a 4-year old son who had a brain tumor, brain surgery, unexplained malformations in his brain tissue, catastrophic epilepsy, an autism spectrum disorder and who can't communicate and these Missions mean something to me very deeply and very personally. To be involved in something that helps to bring communication to kids who have a communication related disability is enriching to every aspect of my being.

And for other reasons too. Granted, being involved in an online community is a part of who I am. I have been involved in some kind for as long as I can remember. It used to be toys and collectibles. Now it is Special Needs families. It is just something that I do.

When I started my own business after leaving Palisades Toys, the last major toy company I worked for, the main goal of the new company, Creatus Maximus, was to get other people's ideas made into product, because I thought it sucked that so many people out there had so many great ideas and no means to get their stuff produced. It was all community-driven.


At Palisades itself, when Message Boards were the thing, and this was LONG before the social media craze, long before Facebook, I spent many hours on that site getting involved in that community, getting feedback from people who lived and breathed the licenses that we were making products of.

They would get involved in the design process, and in the production process. And in return I would get them a bunch of free toys and get their names on the back of the package. Would have paid them had our budgets been higher, but they were cool with what we worked out.

In fact, some of those people and I are still friends today, and read THIS site, if you can imagine that. Some of those people donated to this cause. They know me very, very well. Many of them I have had the pleasure of meeting in the 'real world'. They know what kinds of things motivate me.


Glory? Nope. Patton said it best...at least the film version did...all glory is fleeting.

But let's remember the best part of why this post is NOT an iPost today.

Mission One, at least the financial aspect of it, is A-FREAKIN-COMPLISHED! And, the two iPads are sitting right here. So they will be shipping today or tomorrow. I will do my best to get them out today, but I was not expecting the last $740 to drop in last night, so I have to scramble to get them packed up and out the door. I will do my very best to get them out though.

I can promise you that.

That doesn't mean the end though. We still have many an iPost to write, and lots of things to think about as far as how to set up our plans for what will be our Mission Two. And some other changes that will be taking place, all of which will be gone over in due time.

But for now? 

If you feel compelled to do any back-patting? You go right on and pat...on each other. (KEEP IT CLEAN, PEOPLE!) All we did was facilitate this process. All we did was become a conduit for the generosity of a community that I could not be more proud to be a part of.

Enjoy the moment, because this is YOUR success.

You've earned it.

PEACE.

-Ken
On behalf of:
The Mission: iPossible! Group

PS - HAPPY BIRTHDAY HEATHER!!!!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Getting Ready for a Week of iPosts


Despite the slower roll-out of actual 'iPosts', do you realize that we are only 2 iPads away from completion of this first Mission? That's unreal, isn't it? And it isn't really 2 FULL iPads. It's $740.00 to put an exact number on it.

That's DAMN close to the end.

Ever wonder why 20 iPads at $499.00 each equals $11,000.00 and not $10,000.00? Well, you have to factor in tax, which is around 6.75%, and also a merchant service fee on most donations, which is 5%, and shipping costs, and materials for shipment. The truth is, when it comes right down to it, the ACTUAL cost per iPad is more like $577.48, but rather than put some wacky number in the Goal Total we just figured as a unit we'd round up to $550.00 and any overages we'd eat the costs. And so we do.


It's not THAT bad of a hit...in the end the overall cost is going to be 5-6 hundy in actual dollars, most of that in the shipping and materials area. My opinion? Small price to pay for what we ALL gain from this.

Yeah, you can blame me for not having an answer on that one somewhere on this website. That should and will go in the FAQ, just hasn't yet. I used to feel guilty about that. I don't anymore.

It will go up when I can get it up. As will many things when it comes to this site. I don't mean for that to sound callous or cold, because I do not feel that way about this at all. In fact, this entire experience has changed me in ways that are all for the better. I intend to try to explore charity work as a career now, in my now mid-40's, totally changing my path from toy designer and artist to something completely different. If I can.


Not sure HOW I will do it. I only know that I want to. I only know that for the first time since I started working as a toy designer and felt 100% fulfilled in my career I haven't for, oh, around 7 years now. This...this gives me that feeling again.

It's THAT important to me.

But these little things, like that FAQ, I can't sweat right now, ONLY because there have been other things to do, like getting iPads coordinated and purchased (with help from a new anonymous helper), take care of myself and my health and my family, and frankly...put food on our own table. Since this is not a full-time job for any of us (YET!) we all still have to try to manage our roles in this part-time, and so while I was a bit obsessive about it initially, I have had to sort of come to terms with allowing some breathing room and letting the whole process evolve.

Learned a TON though, as I have watched these kids receive their iPads. A TON. And what joy it brings me every single time pictures or video comes in.

I love it. And I love talking about it to people. I love the way their faces light up and smile when I tell them about YOUR children and what they have done, about OUR community and what they have achieved.


It's great. It's special.

Over a week ago a batch of FIVE iPads all got shipped at the same time, for Kenyon, Super-T, Liam, Joseph and Thomas.

You might be saying hey WHOA...you skipped over Luke S.

Well, not exactly. Luke's Mom, Kelly, VOLUNTEERED to be skipped over. Not sure how much you know about the Olson family, but their son Liam was in the hospital, then out, then in, then out. Then Hurricane Irene shows up during the last hospital visit. So Kelly said to let Liam take her spot and they would wait. As it turned out, the wait was not long. Luke S.'s iPad actually shipped last Friday.

So that was actually SIX iPads shipped in around a week's time.

That's a lot of blogs I need to catch up on, after just having got caught up on the last batch (except for Becca's, which is kind of a 'unique' scenario). I'll get those going as of tomorrow, which is actually easy enough because I have three of them done already, just waiting for pics and text from a few of the parents.

So that's where we are.

$740.00

That's our goal.

And to think. It was $11,000.00 on July 12th. That was only 76 DAYS AGO.

I've never, not once during this whole process, asked you to donate. Not going to start doing it now.

I have gone after sources on the side and done my own fund-raising, as have we all, as have MANY in this community. I would ask that you all continue to do so, continue to seek out sources of revenue so that we can close out this first Mission, get Sam N. and Erin their iPads, and get Mission One wrapped up so that we can start preparations for a second Mission.


I have some interesting thoughts on what that might actually involve.

There will be many changes in how we manage it, based mainly on the things learned along the way in how the process went during this first one, but I only see bright things for the future of any child who has access to devices like these, so let's see what we can do to get the last two kids taken care of!

PEACE.

-Ken
On behalf of:
The Mission: iPossible! Group

Sunday, September 18, 2011

iJake


You ever have one of those days where everything just goes wrong?

I'm having one of those months.

Except for this place, and this Mission. It is probably the ONE thing that is keeping me going. Keeping me motivated. Keeping me sane.


It's also the one thing that is keeping me thinking about the positive things in life, and JUST at those moments when I really, really need it.

You know it is funny, this Mission involves breakthroughs in technology, and in the case of the iPad we sent to Jake, one of the delays in writing about the experience of his receipt of the iPad was a breakdown of a technology of a different kind, and that was the Walker family camera.

In fact, they haven't even kept up much with their own blog, Moving to a Zone Defense, ever since that device went down, though they did manage to snap some pics with their phone for me for the purposes of this write-up.


'I've attached a few photos that I've taken with my phone (not the best quality). If we can ever catch Jake on video, we'll be able to show his true excitement. He bounces on his toes and yells, "iPad! iPad! wan da iPad!" One morning as his Dad was working outside, Jake poked his head out the dog door and said, "iPad!" It's amazing how clear "iPad" is when most of his speech is slurred.'

'At first, he was only interested in videos, but now he's enjoying other apps, particularly instruments like guitar and piano. I even caught him playing Toca Boca Doctor. He also loves the special effects camera and holds his favorite toys over the iPad to see how they look on the screen.'

Deb, who has been the main person I have talked to from the Walker family, also sent me some nifty pics of Jake and his first day of school this year (which I peppered through this post as well). They are REALLY looking forward to the new year and what it might hold in store.


'Another wonderful turn of events happened last week when I spoke with his new teacher for this upcoming school year. For the first time, he will have someone who knows that technology is the way to reach him, is knowledgeable about technology, and bought an iPad this summer so that she could be ready for him. We'll be sending his amazing MiP iPad with him to school so that we can coordinate apps. School starts Tuesday, and we can't wait to see where the year takes Jake. This year is pivotal for him since it is his last in elementary school.'


That is...super cool. But then there is this...

'We cannot thank you enough for how you all have impacted our lives. And, I don't just mean the iPad but also bringing trust back to the community. When you have children with special needs, it's easy to feel alone and separated from other families. MiP reminds us that we're not alone, others live in and understand our world, and support is there when you look around.'

'We truly hope that we'll be able to meet you and your family in May when we're visiting. :)'



Remember when I said one of my regrets is that I don't get a chance to meet these families in person for delivery? Well, even though it will be well after the fact, I might have a chance to meet the Walkers some time next Spring, so that will be a very nice thing. They are supposed to attend a wedding somewhere nearby and while I don't know that I can get the whole family coordinated maybe I can still swing some kind of meet.

I do dig meeting the people in the Blogoverse in real life!

PEACE.

-Ken
On behalf of:
The Mission: iPossible! Group

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

iJaxson


The five iPads that started shipping out earlier in the week have started to arrive.

That's always nice to know. It's a good, warm feeling.

You need those, especially when you might be struggling. I know I have been of late, with Bennett. He's just not been himself lately. His behavior has been hard to understand. Some of his self-injurious stuff is back, stuff that we thought was gone. Not sure why.


A couple of weeks ago he had an emergency MRI, just to see if possibly his tumor was back, since there was odd swelling on the left side of his head. There was some thought that maybe that was the cause of the behavior changes and some of the learning regression he had been having.

As it turned out, the MRI was clean. Thank God, of course...and yet, you do pause as a parent and say 'OH...OK, so why, then?'

That is, unfortunately, a road that you walk when you are walking down the road of Multiple Disabilities, as many of our kids are. It's a winding road of unanswered questions or questions that might be answered with...more questions.

Very frustrating.


And it also can lead to making the receipt of something like an iPad a very different experience as well.

In Jaxson's case, every day is an adventure, a struggle, in all kinds of ways, and the iPad is something that you have to put into a certain perspective. I know that his Mom, Lacey, who writes Jaxson's Fight does. Her messages to me have always been very matter of fact, which is amazing to me in and of itself, as is her blog, considering the battles she, and her family, fight all the time.

In one of her notes, she summed it up better than I ever could.

'Sometimes its hard to concentrate on development with him, because we are just trying to keep him alive.'


If I have one regret in all of this...Mission, is that I do not get to actually deliver these devices in person, or meet these kids and these families in person. I think I could learn a lot about life, about people.

Certainly in Lacey's case, about perspective, humor, warmth and courage, all of which she has in great abundance. Because with a statement like the one I just gave you, and multiple hospital visits, you would think that there would be a bleakness about her. But no. She, very much like many others I have encountered in this journey, like the Strong family, are instead beacons of light where you might expect to be surrounded by darkness.

Because right AFTER that, Lacey wrote, 'But man his spirit is amazing, and he makes people cry when they meet him in person. Just ask Heather. :)' Which of course I did, and the stuff Heather told me about the little guy and his family were amazing.

On a side note, I should point out, and I checked first and got the OK, that this iPad was given courtesy of a single donor. Joyce, mother of the Sarah from My Name is Sarah, has an ongoing friendship with Lacey and donated the iPad to Jaxson specifically this time around.


Glad that the we were able to help facilitate the gift in some small way, and glad that Jaxson is finally home from this latest round in the hospital. That, of course, is the best gift of all.

PEACE.

-Ken
On behalf of:
The Mission: iPossible! Group

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

iAddison


Writing again...I feel a little rusty.

You know how it is. You haven't been at something for a couple of weeks, been in a sort of 'recovery' or 'rehab' mode, but now it is time to get back into the thick of it. But you still kind of wonder, how is it going to be when you actually have to step up there and take your swing or throw the pass?

Oh sure, practices went fairly well, but now it's a game. Now it's for REAL.

People expect RESULTS.


Well, the fact is, the TRUTH is, it doesn't really matter what I write. My words are inconsequential.

What matters, in the end, is that no matter how long it might take me to put up a post or to recover from a surgical procedure, thanks to the generosity of the community, the donations kept coming, the process kept moving, and certainly the kids that have the iPads already...keep using them.

Kids like Addison, who got her iPad a couple of weeks ago. Addison's Mom Debbie, who writes Finding Normal, wrote a terrific post about the iPad's arrival already, and she also had this to say of its' arrival.


'The journey is just beginning, but for now...she's all giggles! Noah (6) played Addison's favorite iPhone app (babies laughing, cooing, etc) on the iPad and she could not stop smiling and laughing at them, probably because they are SO much bigger on iPad!'

'He also showed her some foods and animals on it, and she was quite interested. We need to work on gentle fingers and the fine motor it will take, and then of course figure out which communication app will be the best for her. Hoping our communication therapist will advise me on that during Monday's appointment!'


'Also has been great practice for Noah's left hand, which is still suffering from nerve damage from July's broken arm!'

'I'm attaching some pics and will send/post more as we take them. I can't wait to hear her voice on this amazing device!!! Thank you all again. You are changing so many lives, one mission at a time!'


Well said, and well said in your OWN blog. I hope that she's still continuing to make some progress. Keep us posted!

PEACE.

-Ken
On behalf of:
The Mission: iPossible! Group

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Updates and Support For One of Our Own

Hi Everybody. Been a while.

Of course it was never my intention to be sidelined this long. One never expects that when the doctors say 'It will take you at least two weeks to recover from your Tonsillectomy.' that it will actually take you at least two weeks to recover from your Tonsillectomy.

But it did.

The fact is, I'm not DONE recovering from my Tonsillectomy. Which really stinks. Something weird is going on along the right side of my throat and it still hurts like...the DICKENS. Not sure what is up. A phone call will be placed tomorrow to my ENT to see if I can get seen tomorrow and have him take a peek down there and tell me the 'what 'fer'.

BUT...I gotta do my level best to get these wrapped up and ready to ship in the meantime. Think I can do that?


I dunno...been slipping lately...

The trick will be not messing up the addresses while being woozy on pain medication. There is a VERY interesting story behind these five iPads that will be going out, but I'll get to that this coming week, along with catching up on the iPosts for Jaxson and Addison and Jake, all SERIOUSLY overdue, and I am very sorry to each of those families for the delay on that.


Speaking of recovering from stuff, Sam, one of the earlier Recipients, is recovering from a broken femur in the hospital. His Mom, cerealgirl007, who you can find over at her blog Cereal World, could probably use some encouragement, as she is stuck 24-7 all by herself over 14 hours away from her home at the Children's Hospital, and poor Sam is in traction for at LEAST three weeks and has a LONG road of recovery ahead of him.

We gotta show some support, that has to be BRUTAL!!!

Anyway, I hope you are all having a fairly good day, remembering the events that happened ten years ago in your own way. I have a ton of things I wanted to say about it but decided it was just too much. I think I want to leave it alone for now.

Let's focus on Sam and the iPads for now and getting everything caught up and back on track, and anything else can always be left for other places in the Blogoverse!

PEACE.

-Ken
On behalf of:
The Mission: iPossible! Group