Ewart Family Tuesday Update
Here’s the latest update on the Ewart Family. In the early morning on Tuesday, December 20th, fire destroyed their Valencia home. Six family members were in the house at the time, three were seriously injured and sent to the Grossman Burn Center. Since the fire, our Valley has jumped in to assist. Last weekend, David was the final family member to be released from the Grossman Burn Center. All the Ewart's are back in Santa Clarita. This is the latest update courtesy of neighbors, Josy and Steve Block.
Today (Monday), I had the pleasure of meeting Pastor Greg and what a delightful man he is! The two of us helped tell the story and share the needs of the Ewarts to our local hometown radio station KHTS AM-1220. We would like to thank Janice Murray for facilitating the interview. We know you won't be surprised to learn that DAVID was listening to the show, and even called Pastor Greg a couple of times. He wanted to make sure that everyone knew just how grateful and appreciative he is for everything that everyone is doing. You will also not be surprised to learn that David even "threatened" to come down to the recording booth so he could say a few words. He was trying to talk his niece into bringing him down. Thankfully, the voice of reason prevailed this time. On air, Janice Murray even told him to stay in bed! LOL!
DAVID had 'his first night of "normal temperatures" because of the heated mattress pad. This has been a huge help to David and those surrounding him as well. The doctors say that when you have burns, you turn hot & cold over and over. This way he can control it himself. Again, our prayers have been answered.
Today, MICHAEL started school - he did very well today. He went to three classes and was very happy to be back. They carted him around between classes so he didn't have to walk. He was a bit tired when coming home and then had to be whisked off to a doctors appointment. Tomorrow, he won't be able to go to school because of doctor's appointments. Jacqui & Fred really think it boosted his spirits being back at school. He will be getting measured for his pressure garments on Wednesday, and it will take about 10 days to 2 weeks for them to arrive. The family is deeply appreciative of the meals, so a huge thanks to Diane Kaufler for coordinating the meal rotations and deepest thanks to all of you who are helping so much by providing meals. Caring for Michael is truly a 24/7 job at this point and they just don't know how they'd be able to prepare dinner with the schedule they are keeping - Michael has 5 doctor appointments just this week!
*** SPECIAL REQUEST ***
* David, a professional violinist in LA had several violins, bows and a viola in his home on December 20th all of which were lost as a result of the tragic fire. This unfortunate loss included several bows by Sartory, Hill and Nurenberger and a fine Italian violin by Jannarius Gaglianus, made in 1765. Anyone who knows David, knows that the music continues to live in his heart, his soul and his spirit. He can't possibly keep it bottled up inside - his music must be shared with not only the community...but the world. If there is anyone who might have a Jannarius Gaglianus violin in their possession, would they consider letting David use it to share his beautiful music once again? It would be a most amazing blessing if we could help to reunite a masterful violinist with an instrument worthy of his talents.
* We want to thank Carol Rock at the DAILY NEWS for a most remarkable and well-told story appearing on the front page of the Daily News - it was both in the Santa Clarita edition, and in the regular paper as well! The staff photographer, Andy Holzman, did an exceptional job of conveying the emotion of the day. We are so grateful to the Daily News staff for keeping this story in the papers.
* How can we find the words to express our thanks to the folks at KHTS AM1220? They helped us to get the word out to all the listeners out there and hopefully inspired an army's worth of resources to come join our effort! Furthermore, they offered to do this again whenever it is necessary to facilitate an event we have planned or need to make announcements about something important. Thank you so much for the opportunity to spread the word and get the long-term assistance that we are going to need.
* Do you have ideas on how to raise money? Please...take a minute & jot down your ideas & email them to us. We have several items planned for now, but we are going to need to plan a years' worth of activities - at least one "big" item every other month. Just because David and Michael are out of the hospital, it doesn't mean they are out of the woods. They will need continued funds over the course of the next several months.
* Are there any Tupperware Representatives out there? At some point in time, David is going to need Tupperware. We would like to plan a BIG Tupperware party where we can get a little something for David...and maybe a little something for ourselves, too!
* Patti Sulpizio is going to be working on a video montage of all of David's years as the Artistic Director for the Variety Shows at Wiley Canyon and Old Orchard Schools. David helped with everything from building the sets, to drawing covers on the programs, to even borrowing special lights from the Canyon Theater Guild! If anyone has home movies or still pictures that they took of any of the rehearsals or shows, please contact Patti at: PattiSoul@aol.com or call her at (661) 253-1673.
* We would like to share Mary Berg's Recap of "David at Church" yesterday...
As you may have seen in the Daily news (attached, in case you did not see, or don't live in Santa Clarita), yesterday was a wonderful day. I just don't know if it was more wonderful for David, or for everyone who got to see him! The article really shows David's faith, strength, determination and warmth.
I picked up David to take him to church and we got him into his jacket, scarf, sunglasses, hat and gloves. He will have to wear these gloves for 23 hours a day. These gloves are the "pre-gloves"...he will get a pair soon that will be very tight and will smooth down the scarring. The gloves he has now is to get him used to the feel of what is to come.
I had some seats saved in the back so that we could leave early, if needed. But David told me he wanted to sit where he normally sits...right in front! So, I called and got that changed. When we got there, we were just a minute or so late so we had to walk to the front. Everyone was looking at him and smiling. I felt like I was escorting the bride down the aisle! Pastor Greg welcomed him and everyone applauded. David stood up and acknowledged everyone and told us all he loved us, too!
David stood for all the songs. (And we sing a lot!) I kept telling him that he didn't have to do that, but he wanted to! Earlier, he had asked me to watch out for him at Friendship Time (the time at church where we greet one another, and are free to move all over the church to see or greet someone). Well, Friendship Time came, so I turned to him and he was GONE! Okay, is anyone surprised???!!! I turned around and he was at the back of the church hugging and greeting everyone!
After church, we were to take him home where he could rest up because Carol Rock, the reporter from the Daily News, was to interview him at 3PM. But, he decided he had the energy, and since she was there, why not do it now! So they sat and did that for about a half-hour.
Yesterday at the Church, as many know, was also the bone marrow drive for Ryan Baker. But after the interview when I suggested to take David home, he insisted on staying and having a hot-dog, chips and soda for lunch. After all, it was a fundraiser and he could visit with more people! (He felt bad that he couldn't give blood or test for bone marrow, but he knows the Bakers understand.) We bundled him up in his outdoor clothes and kept him in the shade. He was standing there and when I returned from going to get a chair for him, he was, can you guess??? Gone again!
Isn't it great to know that our David is back? Same old David! Praise the Lord!
After he ate, and after Duncan called us wondering (and a little worried) about where David was, we got him home! I know that he will be very, very tired today. He told me yesterday, before church, that each hour feels like a day. On Sunday, I'm sure it was an adrenaline rush that he was on, as he was so happy to get back to church. He still has a very, very long way to go. But he will do it! (And probably faster than anyone every has!)
When I picked him up yesterday morning, I noticed 3 or 4 Crosses that we had gotten in the Amazon. They were a little charred and burned, but otherwise, intact. I didn't mention them to David, as it's better to have him bring anything up first. But when Dave (Berg) took him home that afternoon, David told Dave about the Crosses. They were the ONLY thing that survived the fire! How wonderful that God gives us such signs that His hand is in everything! WOW!
As for visiting, I knew that today was not a good day. The family, and David, tell me that mornings are the best time. David commented that morning, for him, begins at 11:30PM. He is not sleeping well. It is difficult to level his body temperature. It can be a very warm room, and he will feel cold, or vice-versa. So please pray for rest and sleep and continued healing. I will let those of you who have asked about visiting know either later on today or tomorrow.
Remember to check the websites... http://www.EwartAid.org
and Jonathan's website: http://firstname.lastname@example.org/