Our own Stefani Schaefer has an update on her husband Roger’s condition.
Last April, Roger fell 12 feet off of scaffolding and suffered a serious brain injury.
Below is Stefani’s latest update on Roger that she provided on her Facebook page:
“Many of you have been asking for an update on Roger. He seems to be doing well physically… but no significant improvements in terms of him knowing his family or friends or anything about his life. His mom just visited him and she said he did not know or recognize her. He also seems to be having difficulty knowing males from females, even if you give him the names. So, for instance, at night I’ll say, “do you want to talk to Siena?” He’ll sometimes say “no, Who’s he?” We were just with friends in New York for the weekend and we put Roger on speaker phone so we could all talk to him and say goodnight. I know our friends were deeply saddened hearing Roger speak. It sounds like Roger, but it’s just not. There’s a lot of confusion and words just strung together that have no meaning. It just breaks your heart to hear him talk. As I’ve said many times in past posts… it is just so hard to process. For me, for our children, for our family and for our friends. As one of Roger’s doctors recently told me, “You lost Roger on April 27 the day of the accident. He is and will never be the man you all knew.” Yes, tough but realistic words that sometimes family members need to hear. Is there still HOPE? Of course so… and thank God we have such wonderful memories. Just yesterday, for the first time since the accident, we looked at video of Roger from before the accident. He was being his usual funny self…. it made us laugh… and it brought us to tears. We miss that Roger so very much… more than I will ever be able to put to words. But, we are thankful that we still have the “physical” Roger to see and hug. The last few weeks, we’ve had the difficult task of starting to look at long term facilities. Roger is just not at a level where he could be home. He needs constant supervision and medically still has many issues that are way beyond what we could take care of here. It’s heartbreaking and sad to begin this search… as many of you know and have had to do with your loved ones. We are getting close to the year mark of the initial accident… it’s hard to believe… but on the other hand, it seems like a lifetime. I thank all of you for your constant support, prayers and love….. I am SO appreciative of ALL of YOU!!! hugs, stef.”
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