Saturday, June 6, 2009

Andrew in Chicago

Andrew made it to the Rehab Institute of Chicago safe and sound (albeit a little bumpy) and is settling in. Everything is a little quiet there, because of the weekend, but he will start some light therapy tomorrow and jump into his full schedule on Monday.

As promised, we have an address for everyone!

Andrew Hippert
c/o RIC Room 730
345 E Superior St
Chicago, IL 60611


  1. Here's a little joke to brighten your day!

    A woman was shaking out a rug on the balcony of her 17th floor condominium when a sudden gust of wind blew her over the railing. "Damn, that was stupid," she thought as she fell. "What a way to die."
    As she passed the 14th floor, a man standing at his railing caught her in his arms.
    While she looked at him in disbelieving gratitude, he asked, "Do you suck?"
    "No!" she shrieked, aghast.
    So, he dropped her.
    As she passed the 12th floor, another man reached out and caught her. "Do you screw?" he asked.
    "Of course not!" she exclaimed before she could stop herself.
    He dropped her, too.
    The poor woman prayed to God for one more chance. As luck would have it, she was caught a third time, by a man on the eighth floor. "I suck! I screw!" she screamed in panic.
    "Slut!" he said, and dropped her.

  2. Not sure if you remember me at all. You were 10 I think the last time you saw me. I am Russ's sister. My prayers are with you and your family and I am glad to see that things are getting better for you.

  3. Hey Andrew, I am really glad to hear the good news about Chicago! My sister came today to drop off some guac but you had already been discharged (our internet was down last night and we didn't know you were leaving)...hearing that you are already progressing to the next step of healing is wonderful! My husband and I will be in Chicago on the 28th, I am hoping we can come and see you!

  4. how you diggin the new pad hip? just thought i'd let you know you gotta see the hangover. that movie is too damn funny :-) i'll see if i can grab a bootleg for you out here before i come back. there's this guy who walks around the neighborhood and i've seen him at Big Saver before slangin his illegal dvds but for you i guess i could break the law just this once ;-) do you have dvd player access or what cause i have 100s of dvds, movies and tv shows. i got a deccent amount from clay and have compiled a bunch over the years so let me know if you got any requests. figure you're gonna wanna relax and be entertained after rehabbing for 25 hours every day :-)

  5. Hippert I am happy that you are already feeling good enough to go on road trips, its just to bad it wasn't in a three cylinder geo or on Kawasaki ninja with a boat cushion on the gas tank for a more relaxed ride that screams leisure before looks.

  6. Andrew,
    I am such an idiot, I finally figured that Bayer had a filter on the blog site after I tried several times to post a message.
    I wanted to let you know that we all have been following the updates and I am so encouraged about the progress you are making. I am rooting for you to keep improving as you have been and look forward to reading when you will be back on your feet again. You have a long recovery ahead but I know you are determined to do what is necessary.
    I am praying for you and thinking about you daily. I will plan on visiting you in Chicago when I am up there later this month!
    By the way, Joanne wants you to call her because Project Trac has not been updated since you have been out. You are in trouble. LOL.

    Stay Strong!
    Brian Heine

  7. Hi Hippert,
    I have tried to post a comment 3 times already today and my computer is not cooperating and sending them....or maybe you've blocked me??? Hmmm.
    First off I want to say that aside from a few "Hippert" stories that Ashley has shared with me over the years, I was under the assumption that you saved your craziness for a FEW of your closst buddies. After reading all the comments on your blog (I have read them all as i check on you many, many times a day to see what and how you are doing) I am now convinced that YOU are the life of EVERY party...even when the party is officially over! (It ain't over til Hippert says it's over?) All the comments seem to say "Hippert = fun". What a great association, especially since I know plenty of people that " = boring"!
    I am thinking you could add a whole new dimension to therapy... I hope the RIC is ready for what just arrived there!
    Also, I got an e-mail from my college roommate who had a friend whose daughter dove into a pool during a swim meet and broke her neck. She rehabbed at the RIC as well and now is walking with a cane. She spoke VERY highly of RIC. Couple that with the prayers and support of so many and you have a great combination for success. If you hadn't known it before you certainly must know now how much you are loved.
    Enjoy your "settling in" day and be ready to give it "Hippert Hell" tomorrow. We're all pulling for you at the Van Hoof house.
    More prayers are coming your way...
    Dave, Tari, Kelly, Matt and Taylor
    PS Kelly moves to downtown Chicago mid June for her new job so Ashley and Anth will have a place to crash when they visit you. Sounds like you are going to have so much company that you may need to set up a schedule!

  8. Andrew,
    Good to see you made it to Chicago safe. We are all checking the blog daily and loving the fact that you are getting into full recovery mode!!
    -Cousin Norm