Thanksgiving 2004

HI Everyone !

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. Dave, Matt and Sue were all here - although they all had considerable trouble on the way here with traffic & snow. My dad was up here with us since last Saturday and went home to St. Louis on Wednesday and had to stop after only making it 100 miles in 4 hours. He spend the night in Bloomington & continued home on Thanksgiving Day. L to R: Matt, Sue, Dave, Sarah

The hotel staff (The AmericInn Bolingbrook) kindly gave us gift certificates for Thanksgiving dinner from Cracker Barrel, and set up their meeting room complete with cloth table cloths and a big pot of coffee for us to enjoy our meal.

Later, we retired to the "Living Room" (Lobby) by the fireplace to sit around, visit, and look at photographs. Here are brother and sister hanging out


On Friday we went to the Field Museum which was a great time for all. The museum is awesome - we don't think we even saw half of it. We did see the Machu Pichu exhibit, the Native American exhibit, a lot of the nature/animal exhibits, and here we are in the "Underground Adventure" in which it is as if you are 2 inches tall and underground.

Field Museum Lobby


That night the Laidermans joined us for dinner at "Rancho Santa Fe" right by our hotel on their way to a Chicago wedding. It was great to visit with them. Stacy Laiderman is doing a documentary on HBOT, and has been video taping Sarah's story. She is a senior in Film Production at Columbia College in Chicago & the daughter of Barry and Lisa.


On Saturday Sue and I left the boys behind to look after Sarah and drove to downtown Chicago to tour of about a third of the Miracle Mile. We had so much fun seeing the sights with all the Christmas lights & decorations. And, yes, we did a little shopping. The boys enjoyed quality time with Sarah.

This holiday weekend really felt like a vacation. Everyone left last night - Dave and Sue for St. Louis and Matt back to school. This morning Sarah and I went to church - Sarah again wearing her surgical mask to avoid catching something. We really enjoyed the service - It was the first time we had been to church while up here.

We'll be back to our regular busy therapy schedule tomorrow. We only have 14 more hyperbaric treatments to do. Best case scenario would put us home December 11th, worst case December 17th. This depends on how many double treatments we can do a week. We are on the home stretch!

Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts and please continue to keep Sarah in your prayers! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and that your blessings are many. Ours are!!

Sandy Smith