Posted on July 1, 2017
Hello everyone, I'm sitting in the waiting room up here on the 7th floor at Harborview. It's been a really beautiful evening, an amazing sunset, and some wonderful moments with Tim & Cote. Apologies for the lack of official updates here, we've been posting more on Twitter and the Facebook group now as we move into the recovery phases. Below are a few updates we can share today. Thank you again for all your amazing support! See below for links to other ways of helping.
Big thanks to KIRO & KOMO for airing such tasteful stories on TV this week. That's been a huge boost. Find links to those stories via the new Twitter account we setup. https://twitter.com/helpTimCote
Friday 6:30p Pacific (via Sean Dimond) - Health Update
“they both made good progress today. Cote just came back to the room after her third successful surgery -- this one to repair three crushed toes. She is still in pain -- esp from her broken ribs. The big progress for Tim today is intestinal... they removed his intubation tube which is huge. No firm word on release. Cote at least 2 weeks and Tim maybe sometime next week. It really is a day at a time w small goals for each day. Continued focus will be on nutrition, slowly slowly ramping up real food and fluid intake, etc.”
Friday night (Tim’s Birthday Party), 7:30-9pm
Tim, Cote, Lukas, Joaquin were able to celebrate with a room full of guests including family members and friends. We all gowned up in blue plastic gowns and gloves and crowded in their room for a little champagne toast and cupcakes.
Tim & Cote were in super good spirits and looking amazingly healthy. They were admiring the beautiful Seattle sunset from their room windows and connecting with friends. Tim’s mother Jane said they always have candles so I made sure we had something to celebrate with even though the nurses said we couldn’t light them. Lukas and I held a red LED bike light flashing against the candle and we all sang happy Birthday together, then Tim “blew out” the candle.
Cote: “I’m so grateful for all the love & support. For the opportunity to appreciate life more fully. We just had a glorious birthday party for Tim in our room. (Cupcakes, champagne, and at least looked at some bottle of beers). Amidst dietary restrictions, recovery from surgery, and literal pain in the butt, probably the most special birthday to see Tim alive and enjoying his children and the love of family and friends. Hashtag #blessed :-) “
[Tim was getting sleepy after a fun birthday party and I asked him a few questions while the nurses were helping Cote prepare for sleep. ]
TIM: “We’ve been so grateful for all the help from the incredible staff here [at Harborview].
We feel like hour by hour and day by day we’re making progress. [Sounds like surgeries are completed for now. Cote can eat solid food, Tim hopes to tomorrow.]
But the truth is that what this accident has revealed, is that what matters most to us is essentially, relationships with the people we love. Since we feel like we’ve been surrounded by the people we love, even people in Cabo, and the team mobilizing around us to get us from Cabo Mexico back to Seattle.
We’ve never experienced this kind of trauma. Not being able to walk, not able to do basic daily tasks. And while the surgeries are over, we’ve been beginning to feel the weight of the new season we are in. “ [Nurses then had to do some things and Tim was getting sleepy so we will continue this another day.]
[Lukas did super well at the birthday, making giant cards with friends, helping to decorate the room, blowing up balloons, etc. Joaquin just kept smiling his giant world changing smilie, and wanting to chew on things.]
We are mobilizing more help if you want to get involved, check out the Facebook group or Google form.
Thank you all!
Twitter: https://twitter.com/helpTimCote #FabricOfCare
Other ways to help: http://tinyurl.com/helptimandcote
Visiting Hours: Tim Soerens & Maria Jose (Cote) Soerens: room 708
(Visiting hours are planned 10a-12p only unless arranged via the care team/family or with Cote/Tim directly. They really need their rest but love seeing people so the we want to help balance this out. Thank you! The room is pretty small so if you are considering plants/flowers please keep them compact. Sign the art papers that Lukas put up before you leave of course.)
Send an encouraging note via Harborview volunteers:
Initial FB post with comments and updates: www.tinyurl.com/fbtimcote