Mon, 08 Mar 2010
Here we will keep everyone updated on Ronnie while
he is in the hospital. Please keep him in your
prayers for a speedy recovery!
Latest Update on Ronnies Condition
Rick and I just came from the hospital seeing
Ronnie. The MRI results did not show a stroke
although he is still having the symptoms of a
stroke. They did a lumbar puncture (spinal tap)
this afternoon but have not gotten the results
back yet. The Drs. are going to wait until the
spinal tap results are in and then do a repeat
MRI. Ronnie still has the double vision and
dizziness and still has tingling in his hands.
He is able to speak, but to me his speech
sounded slurred somewhat. He has not gotten any
sleep since admission because every time he
would get to sleep the nurses would come in and
wake him for another procedure. He ate well
today but has a diminished apetite. They had him
on an IV of 1/2 normal saline which had run in
and had been unhooked from his heplock when we
arrived. He cant get comfortable in bed and the
slightest noise startles him and he jumps up in
bed. When we left his wife, Cynthia and his Mom,
Betty were at his bedside. I will keep everyone
notified of any changes that occur. Please keep
Ronnie in your prayers.
We finally have a diagnosis on Ronnie. He has
Guillain- Barre syndrome which is a neurological
disorder that attacks the muscles and mylen
sheath around the nerves. It can cause full
paralysis but was detected early and
imunoglobulin stared IV which is the treatment.
He was transfered to ICU for closer monitoring.
The recovery time can take up to 6 mos. to a
year but Ronnie is very healthy and strong and
we expect a full recovery. Please continue to
pray for him.
More news about Ronnie
Today they had to place a temporary feeding tube
(NG tube). He was having trouble swallowing.
Bless his heart. He has had in 2 days time some
of the worst procedures to go through! Please
fans he needs daily prayers! God be with our
Finally some good news
I just talked to Cynthia and we have good news
to post! They are going to give Ronnie a tube
feeding this morning and if he tolerates it well
they will move him back to a regular room. Also
his double vision has slightly improved since
yesterday. God has answered our prayers for
healing and I just know that he will continue to
answer them for full recovery! Thank you to
everyone who has lifted him up in prayer!
Update on Ronnie
They started the tube feeding on Ronnie and he
tolerated it well. They are planning to move him
to a regular room sometime today! Cynthia said
he rested well last night! Thank you Jesus for
placing you healing hand on our friend!
Ronnie has been moved to a regular room now!
Praise God!! Also on a comical note, Cynthia
said that last night he put his eye patch on so
that he could watch American Idol! Thats our
Ronnie, can't miss Idol! LOL
Latest news on Ronnie: Monday they are going to r
emove the NG tube and take him to surgery to i
nsert a gastrostomy tube. This is due to the f
act that he will have to continue the tube f
eedings for a while until his swallowing d
ifficulty subsides. The NG tube is just i
rritating the throat. This will be a lot easier o
n him. We are going to the hospital in about an h
our so I will be posting any further updates. A
lso Occupational Therapy is working with him to s
trengthen his muscles! Please continue to lift h
im up in prayer!See More
Friday, March 12
I went to see Ronnie today. It seems so odd to
see him in a hospital bed when he is always so
full of energy! Ronnie was wearing goggles with
the left side taped since he has been having
double vision. He was on his 4th bag of
immunoglobulin and has one more to go. While I
was there, the physical therapists came to work
with him. When one of them had him push against
her hand, she was surprised by his strength (of
course we all know that he is strong as an ox).
They got him up and he was able to walk down the
hall on a walker! Praise the Lord for that! I
believe he would have kept going right on to the
elevator if they would have let him! Ronnie still
has a long recovery ahead and will probably go to
rehab when he gets out of the hospital. They are
studying him so other people in his condition may
be helped in the future. Continue to keep him in
Our Ronnie The Joker
Just got back from seeing Ronnie, Jesus thank
you for your devine intervention! He is so much
better today. He was talking and talking and
joking with me and the nurses. He even said
bring my guitar! They moved him to room 9913
while we were there and we helped them move him
for yet another room (hes been in 4 differen...t
rooms since admission.). I feel much more
relieved since seeing him tonight! It does seem
so sad to see him in a hosp. bed because We all
have to run to keep up with him all the time.
Like I said in another quote, he has the energy
level of a 5 year old. He will be back with us
before we know it!See More
Update as of March 16th 2010
The tingling in Ronnies legs is gone! He is
doing great in therapy! He is also doing great
with the new thickened diet! He ate all his
grits and drank all his thickened OJ and milk
for breakfast! Now if he can just get his
blinking reflex working again! Thank you Jesus
for answering all our prayers!
Prayers for Ronnie
Glad to hear that Ronnie is improving. Please
tell him that Paul and I missed him on Saturday
and that we will continue to pray for him. Doris
Thank you, Doris, for your kind words. You don't
know how much it means to all of us to have the
suppport and love of all the folks at Newton.
Rick and Debbie took the card to Ronnie and he
greatly appreciated it. Continue to remember
Ronnie in your prayers because that is what has
gotten him this far.
Update on Ronnie 3/17/10
We went to see Ronnie last night. He is doing so
much better. He still does not have a blinking
reflex and they are keeping his eyes taped shut
so they wont dry out. He is doing great with
therapy. We took him some caffiene free Sundrops
and Orange Crush and Tea that he requested. He
was sitting up on the side of the b...ed and
talking about the set lists for the band. God is
so good! Thank you Jesus!
Great news! Ronnie was transfered today to
Carolinas Rehab in Mt. Holly! There he will have
extensive rehab to get on the road to a full
recovery! And he went by car, not ambulance! I
talked to him on the phone and he sounds so much
Wishing and praying for the best
Ronnie, I feel a deep concern for your well-
being. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
During early 1980's I considered myself
"A FAN" of rock stars; such as, Doobie Brothers,
Beach Boys, Anne Murray, Barbara Streisand, Bob
Seger, James Taylor, Charlie Daniels and
others. Now, though, if I had a choice between
you and The Crimson Rose Band and the great
musical entertainers mentioned above, well Ron,I
would, for sure, choose you and those with the
Crimson Rose Band. Also, I sense each of the
Crimson Rose Band Members has a "heart of
gold." Ron, I would like to visit you in the
hospital after I return from my trip here in
Mississippi. Wishing you a needful recovery.
Thank you for your kind words and prayers, and we
will be sure to give Ronnie your message. We are
humbled that you place us above such classic
performers! Wishing you a safe trip from
Mississippi and Ronnie will be looking forward to
A Bump In The Road To Recovery
Yesterday they had to restart Ronnies IV because
he isnt taking in enough fluids! They also had
to take him off the BP meds because every time
he got up his BP would bottom out and he would
get very dizzy. There has been no change in his
vision or blinking reflex. He is still doing
well in therapy, but will do even bet...ter when
they get his BP problem straightened out. Please
keep praying!See More
Yay! Fantastic News!
The doctors came in today and told Ronnie that
barring any further complication, he could go
home on April 1st! This is fantastic news. He
beat the therapist again today in Wii bowling!
He is gonna become a Wii champion!! He still
cant blink and his vision is still blurry but
maybe by April 1st that will be better also!
A Special Thank You From Ronnie
Just came from seeing Ronnie! He wanted me to e
xtend a special thank you to everyone who has s
ent him cards, come to visit him and everyone w
ho has prayed for him. Several people from C
harlotte Zodiac and Newton Zodiac visited him t
his past week. He loves having visitors. When R
ick and I left tonight, he walked us out!...... H
e almost runs on that walker. He misses e
verybody and is so ready to get back on stage w
Sunday, March 28
Bobby and I just got back from visiting with
Ronnie in Mt. Holly. He has come a long way since
my visit when he was in Charlotte. He was lying
in bed at first with his eyes taped shut (since
he still has the double vision) but was talking
to all of us (Linda, Terry, Debbie, and Rick were
also there along with Cynthia). He was very
interested in what had been going on with the
band in his absence. It is very obvious that he
misses being with us onstage. Ronnie has received
many cards, including one from Colours Band.
Special thanks to Tim, Terry, and Rodney. That
was very sweet of you guys! Before we left,
Ronnie had one eye uncovered and walked down the
hall on the walker, but unassisted this time. He
still is feeling some numbness in his body, but
is still planning on going home on April 1st.
Keep the prayers going, because they are
Just 2 more days!
Just 2 more days and Ronnie will be coming home!
Thank you Lord, our almighty and healing God!
Thank you for answering our prayers! Please
continue to answer our prayers for a complete
recovery and let Ronnies eyes heal completly.
Ronnie is home!
Ronnie came home yesterday and is doing well! He
starts his outpatient therapy next week!
Hopefully it wont be too long until he is back
onstage with us in some capacity. He wants me to
bring him his guitar so he can try to play again.
Great news... Phil Weathers, who is Ronnie's
longtime friend said that Ronnie came by the
church where they always played basketball every
week. He said that Ronnie walked several laps
around the track by himself and even dribbled a
basketball back and forth across the gym. Praise
God! He is working miracles for Ronnie!!!
Best news yet
I have great news to share. We were playing at
Newton zodiac tonight and looked up and low and
behold was our Ronnie walking in the back door.
We were all so happy we almost started crying.
He stayed about 30 minuites and got tired and
had to leave. But hey , at least he came. Maybe
before long he will be back for good! He really
surprised us good! We love you Rockin Ron and we
miss you more than you'll ever know!!! You MADE
our night !!!!!
Saturday, April 17
Ronnie came to Statesville Zodiac last night and
played keyboard for the first 2 sets! He had to
sit down the whole time, but this is remarkable
considering his condition. God is working
miracles for Ronnie, so the prayers are working!
"Go" "Go" Dancers
Hello Crimson Rose. This is Paul. I feel each
of you are connected in a special way, a
musically spiritual way. I feel sad in regard
to Ronnie. Mainly I feel happy, though, to see
him at recent dances. Also thank you for such a
great, fun time while I enjoyed Crimson Rose at
Love Valley, North Carolina. Also, I look
forward to this weekend; I plan, for sure, to be
in Newton Saturday; and maybe, in Monroe, North
Carolina Friday. Also, has Crimson Rose ever
thought about tryiing "Go Go Dancers" during a
dance, just to see how it might work out. If so,
I would suggest Kim, don't know her last name;
she is usually at Newton Dances, she is slender,
brown hair, and during songs she jumps up and
down; also, I have seen Ric give her a guitar
pic. And if you needed a aging, old man, I
would audition as a "Go Go Dancer"(hahaha)
I am no fan of anyone, no politican, no movie
star, nor rock star; however, I am a fan of
Crimson Rose. With admiration and respect to
the best band east, and west, of the
Mississippit River. Paul
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