Tuesday, January 31, 2006

update 1/30

Today the doctors brought in flashcards. Some of the flashcards had numbers on them. When the dr held up a number card Randy was able to hold up that many fingers. He apparently did very well with them. He did physical therapy again and that will continue for the foreseeable future. We are expecting for him to wake up dramatically in the next fews days due to some medicine he is being given. More reports soon.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Pic from Hank Williams visit



The man behind Hank Williams is my uncle, the woman in the WV shirt is my aunt and the two kids next to Hank are my cousins. Of course Anna and the kids are there and Randys and Annas parents and Randys brothers.

Back from WV

Hi there! I am back from West Virgina...and am very tired. I got to see Randy Friday and Saturday and he was awake quite a bit of that time. He looks very good! He's doing a lot of purposeful movements like he will scratch his head, laugh and if he doesn't like the food he's eating he will spit it out! He was able to drink Pepsi out of a bottle that Anna was giving him too. The governor and his wife came by to visit today. They visit rather frequently.

I got to hear the song that was written by a local group about the mines. Its an excellent song. The group is called Southern Drawl, the title is "The Other Side" and the proceeds of their cd go to the families of the miners. I'm going to find out if the group has a website that they are selling off of.

There's a lot of family and friends around him all day long. His kids come by when they can. Theres a lot of love there!

Friday, January 27, 2006

no posts this weekend

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

answers to questions

Just to answer some questions and clear up some things for everyone....the MRI wasn't necessary or they would have done it then. They have done many and just wanted to look for any changes and the timing wasn't good. If they thought it was important enough they would have given him something to calm him down.
They havent talked to him about the mining accident as of yet. Right now all they are talking about is their children and good times...there will come a time for all of that. If he remembers and if he wants to talk about it then I'm sure everyone will know. As of right now him saying I love you is all that he's said. He can only speak with the voice machine on him right now.
My computer at home is being pretty strange so I will try to leave updates while I am at work. That is completely up to whether my kids take a nap (I teach at a daycare). I hope to have another update soon!

update 1/23

Hi Sorry about the missing post. I was having computer problems. Heres what I know. Randy hasn't required dialysis for two days now and has been upgraded to fair condition. Also the doctors wanted to do another MRI but Randy was very alert and wanted nothing to do with that. Before we know it he will be out of there!

Sunday, January 22, 2006

I just heard from my uncle. Randy had some special visitors today. Two rescuers and their families came to visit. They brought a rescuers cap for him too! Also today they shrunk the size of the trach tube from an 8 to a 4 and hope to soon get rid of it completely. Hopefully Randy will only be receiving 2 more sessions of dialysis.

lack of updates

Hi. Sorry for the lack of updates but this is a slow process and some days there just isnt any news to report. Also I am a college student at Ohio state and work as well. As soon as I get information I will try to get it up here. Thank you for you interest in this story. Hope to have a report soon.

Friday, January 20, 2006

updates 1/20

Just heard from my uncle and he said that Randy had his first meal of bananas and pudding. yay for that! Also the doctors put a voice machine up to Randy's trach tube and he said I love you to Anna. More updates soon!

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

update 1/18

The previous posting was given to me by the family and you may check my sources at http://www.health.wvu.edu/mccloy/mccloy.htm Also I am happy to report that Randy as sitting up with his feet over the side of the bed today and is eating ice chips. I am hoping to have answers to some of your questions soon. I havent forgotten them.

Randal McCloy Jr. Fund

Randal McCloy Jr. Fund Established

The family of Randal McCloy Jr. wishes to announce the establishment of the Randal McCloy Jr. Fund. People from around the world have made inquiries to the family hoping to make contributions to assist and support Randy’s recovery.

The family is overwhelmed and truly touched by the kindness of so many strangers.

The Randal McCloy Jr. Fund will be facilitated by Clear Mountain Bank in Morgantown, W.Va. and contributions should be sent to the Sabraton branch office. Contributions to the fund may not be tax deductible.

To make contributions to the Randal McCloy Jr. Fund:

Randal McCloy Jr. Fund
c/o Clear Mountain Bank
1889 Earl Core Road
Morgantown, WV 26505

Randy’s wife, Anna, and the McCloy family would like to strongly encourage contributions to the Sago Mine Assistance Fund which is supported by the West Virginia Council of Churches. Contributions to the Sago Mine Assistance Fund are tax deductible and benefit all affected families of the Sago Mine Disaster.

Contributions to the Sago Mine Assistance Fund should be sent to:

West Virginia Council of Churches
Attention: Sago Mine Assistance Fund
2207 Washington Street, East
Charleston, WV 25311

The family wishes to express its gratitude to everyone who has reached out to them with letters, cards and prayers. The family remains hopeful that Randy will continue to show improvement and they are very grateful and encouraged by your support.

update 1/17

Here's what I know... Randy is doing very well at following simple commands that the dr's have been giving him. He even tried to talk today but nothing came out which apparently frustrated him. Hopefully he will be more successful tomorrow.

There will be a press conference at 10:30am tomorrow. It looks as though the information about Randy's fund will be released then. I was hoping to receive the information first but it doesnt appear as though thats going to happen.

Some people have been asking how he likes him new room. Well from what I hear it has a couch and some chairs for the family and security so it seems like it will be a lot nicer for everyone. More updates soon.

Monday, January 16, 2006

More good news!

Good news! Randy has been moved from ICU to a private room! We have been so lucky to be getting all of this good news (knock on wood). Hopefully it keeps coming!

update 1/16

Im sorry for the lack of updates. I must now wait until late to call my uncle because we are both running out of cell phone minutes. However this is what I know. It is confirmed that he has been upgraded to serious. After returning from the memorial service Anna went into Randys room and was talking to him. She said if you can understand what I am saying then give me a sign. Then he intertwined his fingers with hers. I hope to have a new report sometime after 9pm tonight. That is when I should be getting them from now on. Thank you!

Sunday, January 15, 2006

heard on the tv...

Good afternoon. I just heard on the news that Randy has been upgraded to serious condition. However my family is at the memorial service so I could not talk to them about Randy's condition. But I wanted to let all of you know. I will talk to my uncle and let all of you know

Saturday, January 14, 2006

update 1/14/06

Good evening everyone. My dad and brother are visiting the hospital again this weekend and told me that instead of Randy only having his eyes open for a few seconds at a time he is keeping them open for 3 hours at a time. He has not tried to talk however he is yawning and looking around when he is awake. My dad also said that his swelling is down from last weekend and looks a lot better. More tomorrow.

update 1/13/06

Hey there again. Heres what I know about Randy's condition today. For 15 seconds he followed his nurse with his eyes around the room. This is a great development for the family because there were fears that when Randy was opening his eyes it was a blank stare and he wasnt conscious of what was going on in the room. Atleast this tells us that that is not the case. Hopefully by tomorrow he will be opening his eyes even more and continue to show these signs of improvement.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

update 1/12/06

Hello again. I wanted to let everyone know how Randy is doing. I have just received an update a few minutes ago. He is much more alert today and responding to his doctors, even getting red in the face. He is opening his eyes more and more everyday. Hopefully tomorrow we will see even more improvement. Thanks all I know for now. I'll have more tomorrow!

Hank Williams Jr

Thank you for spreading the word of this website lately. I greatly appreciate it. Hank Williams Jr visited yesterday. I had known about the visit but due to possibility that the media might find out I had to keep quiet until he left the area. He stayed with the family for over an hour and talked with everyone. My uncle said he is very down to earth and talked with him about hunting. He visited with Randy as well. As soon as they reach me I will be putting pictures up from his visit. I will have another update later today.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

National Enquirer article

Reports have been made that Randy's brother has taken a picture of Randy in the hospital and sold it to the National Enquirer and given an interview.

The following statements were given to me from the family:

"The statements made by Matthew Mccloy in the National Enquirer are not that of the family and were not aprroved. They will not either confirm nor deny."

I would add that people should look at the national enquirer's previous record of reporting false stories. Thanks.

update 1/11/06

Randy is doing better today and is still in that slow process of coming completely out of his coma. Hopefully by tonight he will make even more progress. The family has been getting a ton of support from everyone in the country. I jokingly said that they are going to need another room just to hold all of your thoughtful packages. I hope to receive one more update today. Until then keep your messages coming.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

I have received the following update from my uncle. Randy's fever has broken. They tested his brave waves today and they are getting stronger Also they had some concerns with the way his heart was beating yesterday but his heart his doing much better today. Please feel free to tell people about this site and provide the link. I am having problems getting the emails out to everyone so your help is appreciated. Thank you.

Monday, January 09, 2006

the family

The family is holding up fairly well considering all they have been through. Everyone is being very nice to them at the hospital and in the surrounding areas. However it is a very exhausting time for them. Days are filled with meetings with dr's, press conferences and interviews with the media. On top of that they are trying to spend as much time as possible with Randy. They are receiving on a daily basis your cards. So please keep them coming.

email problems

If anyone has any questions for me please ask them on this site. In an attempt to let many people on the message boards know about this site AOL has stopped my account because of "unsolicited bulk mail". We are in the process of trying to get them to let me back on. Until then I will not be able to receive any emails. Thank you.

update 1/9 info I promised

Heres the information that I promised all of you. One person asked what Randall and Isebel's clothing sizes are. Randall wears a 4t and Isabel wears size 18mths in clothing.

cards or anything else you wish to send to the family can be done at this address:

Ruby Memorial Hospital
care of Coal Miner Randy McCloy
101 Stadium Dr.
Morgantown, WV 26506

(also you may want to put care of ICU)

I am waiting on a call from the governors office on the other site to donate directly to the families without going through the company.

Last night my dad was told that Randy smiled at his wife which is simply wonderful. Today when I talked to my uncle he seemed very frustrated with the constant media attention and says tomorrow it will be worse since the attention will be turned back to them. As you have heard from the Dr's at WVU he is now breathing on his own but it still hooked to the ventilator just in case. We should know more on how he will recover in the next few days. I hope I only have good news to report. Thank you again for coming back to check on how things are going in his recovery.

randy and little randy


If anyone finds a picture of the two children together or little randy up on his dads shoulders please send me the link...thanks

update 1/8

You may have noticed that there were not any press conferences today except for this morning. The family thought today should be about all of the other fallen miners. He is doing very well and I know atleast my aunt and uncle are very happy that he is closer to home. The children of Anna and my uncles children did not make the trip to PA. I am working on finding out several things for you. First by tomorrow I will have an address to send cards to the family. Also I hope to know more about the fund tomorrow as well. I will keep you posted. Continue to leave messages as they will be sent to the family.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Background

Thank you for everyone who took the time out to visit this site. This site will be updated as much as possible for as long as the family wants me to. If you are new to my blogs I am the niece of Randy McCloys brother in law. That has been an area of confusion since the beginning. My aunt is Anna's sister. Ok now that that is cleared up. Let me give you background on how this was started. The night the miners were found I was staying up because I wanted to see the families reunited. That is when I stumbled upon the AOL message boards and began reading them. When I found out that Randy was the sole survivor I called my uncle who gave me an update on how he was doing. I decided to post that information and the response was amazing! I received responses at times so fast that I couldnt even read them as fast as I was getting them. I let the family know of the post and they began asking me to say things for them. This past weekend by parents gave the family a book of comments and emails from that board and they greatly appreciated it. This blogger site was created so that people can still get information long after the media stops reporting on it. I will be putting links on here about where to send money and cards for all the families as I receive it. I can assure you that anything I put on here will be information that comes from the family or straight from the dr's mouth. Thank you for your thoughts are prayers. Feel free to leave good thoughts here!