Archive for the ‘Lance and Carla’ Category

Latest News on Our Friends

December 20, 2008

On Thursday, Michael L Mac Donald provided an update for folks over at the Back to Tea Fire Survivors: Lance and Carla Hoffman Facebook page: 

This past weekend showed more improvement for Lance & Carla. Carla is making steady progress in movement, eating, walking, and is gaining strength knowing that Lance is improving as well. She visits him at the entry to his room and makes him smile. The regimen of healing is exhausting but she is determined. They clearly give each other strength so vital to recovery. 

Lance continues to have some complications but is improving as well. He is alert and attempts to communicate with only his eyebrows and silent lips. It was great to see the real Lance in his eyes again but very frustrating to know that he has so much to say and has to keep silent. I’m really bad at the multiple choice game in trying to interpret his lips but it’s great to know that his brain is working and it’s just a matter of time. Either today or tomorrow the doctor plans to exchange his current trach. for a slightly smaller one which will allow him to talk a bit! He is mostly able to breathe without the ventilator but at times they do need to assist him with oxygen again. His lungs are getting stronger and he’s gaining momentum in his battle with the pneumonia. I know that being able to see Carla has assisted him greatly in his own healing journey. 

Michael also discussed in general terms the December 15 Star Trek II Wrath of Khan fundraising evening, but rather than take all of his news, I suggest you follow the link for the full scoop. 

As for the auction, there are a few items that only have a day or left before the item closes. For example, you can  score Alan’s War: The Memories of GI Alan Cope graphic novel by Emmanuel Guibert. I can’t think of a better deal for all parties, help Lance and Carla, as well as purchase a book that has been named  “… a PW Best Book of the Year, a National Public Radio Best Graphic Novel of the Year …


Lance and Carla Progress Report

December 18, 2008

Thanks to Lucas Siegel at Blog@Newsarama 2.0 for bringing attention to an update that Carla’s brother,  Jason McComb  posted earlier today in the Blog@’s comments section.

I am Carla’s brother. I live in South San Francisco and commute to Orange, CA where the UCI Burn Center is. I just got back from visiting them yesterday, and I am happy to report that they are both out of danger and have begun the hard tasks of rehabilitation from both the smoke inhalation and burns. Burns require daily cleaning and the ‘hydrotherapy’ is taxing and painful. Carla is able to talk and is walking a little, and we hope that Lance is not far behind.

Fortunately, UCI is a top facility and even the nursing staff has decades of burn treatment experience. As far as bad situations go, its the best it can be right now.

So, at this time, anything that can be done to keep their morale up is vastly important. I have been out the comic world since high school (I am 42) so any help from the blogsphere would be most appreciated. Anyone know Stan Lee’s unlisted phone number?

Carla has asked for updates on the following:

Secret Invasion
Dark Reign (Rain?)
Final Crisis

Iron Man
The two new Thor books with Matt Fraction
Man of War
God Sized Thor . . .

Jason went on to offer his email address for people to send him information. Please follow the link if you want to get Jason’s email address. But Lucas actually advises a better way to get info to Jason in his post:

So, folks, what I’d ask is this- Let’s flood this comments section with well wishes and updates on Carla’s favorite books.  We’ll then send Jason the link for a nice, easy single place to check (and his email won’t be flooded) . . . So sound off below, and please, keep any negative thoughts on these books to yourselves in this case, k?

Thanks again to Lucas for bringing attention to the update, as well as Blog@ 2.0’s continued support of the auction efforts.

Latest Good News on Carla & Lance

December 12, 2008

According to a recent Kristin Hoffman post at the Tea Fire Survivors: Lance and Carla Hoffman Facebook page (with thanks to Lea Hernandez and Dirk Deppey getting the info out to folks [also thanks to Lea for directing folks to this auction site):

“Lance is conscious and breathing on his own! Today he was able to focus, smile, sit up and breathe without the respirator! He was doing so well that the nurses were able to wheel Carla outside of his room so they could see each other, wave their heavily wrapped arms, and exchange “I love you’s (Lance can’t speak yet but Carla has her glasses and could read his lips). An emotional time for all, including the nurses! The staff there is wonderful for many reasons, but their investment personally is undeniable. 

Lance is scheduled for his fourth and hopefully final surgery this coming Friday, to do the final grafts on his left arm and hand, and possibly his right ear. Once the surgeries are completed, their progress should be able to go nowhere but forward!”

Some good news on Lance and Carla

December 3, 2008

Via the Facebook group set up for Carla and Lance, Lance’s mom Linda provides an update on the couple, who have been upgraded from critical to serious condition:

Lance and Carla are both doing much better this week. Carla was able to have the ventilator removed, is conscious and breathing completely on her own! Dave (Lance’s Dad) was able to talk to her today during his visit and her whispered message to you all is that she is hoping to be back in time for First Encounter. Not knowing exactly what that means I hope I got the message right. She has smiled and shows her personality in facial body language. It was quite a rush!

Lance is improving as well. He still has a persistent fever even though all cultures and toxicology tests show no reason for it, other than the fact that he has burns. But his facial burns have improved enough to allow his face to be without dressings. He can open his eyes on occasion and although he cannot focus he can respond to simple questions with slow blinks. We can see his face and, as his mother, I thought he looked beautiful! He is able to breathe a few breaths of his own above the ventilator which was wonderful to see on one of the many monitors. His lungs are showing improvement and we’re hoping for a good week of increased breathing, even after surgery.

Stephanie Chan is working on posting our first auctions as I type this, so watch for more info on them soon. And thanks to everyone who has contributed items so far!

Update: I saw this in the comments field of that same thread on Facebook, and it made me smile:

Scratch that previous message from Carla. After double checking with her, she actually said she hoped to be back in time for Secret Invasion. I still don’t know what that is but for those of you who, like me, don’t have a clue, it has something to do with the world of comic books and such. By my next message I should be able to hear Carla myself for better message transmission!