Letters to the Editor
To everyone who's had a thought for Marcus
To the Editor:
So many have written cards or letters to Marcus. It has meant an awful lot to all of us, especially to Marcus. Marcus continues to make great strides with the healing process. He has been in the Acute Rehabilitation Unit since last Monday, April 20. The ARU is the final step of our hospital stay. Here one learns to transfer from bed to wheelchair, begin the process of walking, and generally return to the outside world. Pain medication has been reduced, and physical therapy has begun in earnest. Four hours a day is devoted to topics ranging from navigating a shower, to throwing a ball, learning to stand up, dealing with the physiological fallout of the trauma and more. The physicians and therapists are all top notch, and the range of issues they deal with on this ward is extreme.
This past Monday, April 27, as we entered the fifth week since the ordeal began, Marcus was allowed to lower his right leg for brief periods at a time. That allowed him to begin to use a walker. Each day Marcus has walked farther down the corridor. His determination continues to drive remarkable results. The permanent casts were removed from his forearms yesterday and temporary splints have been fitted. That made showering and using the wheelchair so much easier.
The best news is that we expect to be able to leave the hospital this weekend for Scottsdale, Ariz., where Barbara, Marcus' mom, lives. Our plan is to spend the month of May there with a therapist / trainer. Then Marcus will return to his home in West Tisbury for the summer. In September, he will be returning to USC.
We are all looking forward to these next steps, as each one brings us closer to the normalcy we long to return to. The support we have gotten from all of our friends and friends we have never met has been outstanding. Marcus has been getting more mail than anyone else in this hospital, and every letter or note has been instrumental in the extraordinary recovery that Marcus has been working so hard to achieve. To think that anyone could survive this tragedy, and be in a position to leave the hospital so quickly is astonishing.
Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to everybody who has taken the time to include us in his or her thoughts and prayers.
Myron Garfinkle West Tisbury
Editor's Note: In a letter to the editor published on April 9, Myron Garfinkle described how on the morning of March 29 his son, Marcus, was walking his friend Adrianna Bachan back to her dorm after a fraternity event, when a hit and run driver struck both 18-year-old students. Adrianna was killed and Marcus sustained severe injuries. Mr. Garfinkle asked friends on the Vineyard to take a few moments to write a note of love and encouragement. "Every gesture has significant meaning to Marcus at this time," he wrote.