Well, it’s been almost one week since the shooting and I must admit the reports that I’m getting about Ruby and Ed are nothing short of amazing. They are out of the hospital and are recuperating at a hotel with my mom and aunt. For now, they just need to heal from their initial wounds before the real doctor work can begin. When I’m on the phone with my mom, I’m trying to write down the details as best I can so I can pass the information along. Here’s the new news I’ve got. I’m sure they’ll tell me if I got anything wrong and I’ll correct it:
Ed was shot one time, but the bullet passed through his body several times. Here’s the scenario as it was presented to me: At the moment he was shot, he was trying to get off the ground from having been beaten severely by the wastes of human flesh (hereafter WOHF) that entered their house. He was trying to get back up to go after them again. One WOHF turned and shot him point blank. The bullet entered his body somewhere on the side of his face near the jaw. The bullet then started to dance around his mouth, taking most of his teeth with it (Ed says he can remember feeling the bullet doing this) and exited through his lower jaw. Then the bullet re-entered his body in his stomach and went all the way through his abdomen. As it exited his body again, it clipped his heel leaving a wound there. The bullet continued through the floor of the upstairs hallway and proceeded to bury itself in their dining room table downstairs. Because of the proximity to his ear, Ed is very nearly deaf from the blast of the muzzle.
Ruby was the first to be attacked in the house. The WOHFs went immediately to the master bedroom where she was sleeping alone (Ed was in one of the guest rooms with one of his grandsons). The WOHFs attempted to smother her with a pillow, but when she faught back, they put the gun against the pillow and fired. The bullet entered her cheek, travelled through her head behind her eye and came out through her forehead. Considering how indescriminant the WOHF was with his aim, it is nothing short of a miracle that the bullet missed both her optic nerve and any brain tissue as it did this. She did visit an eye doctor today (Friday) and they informed her that there was some bleeding on her retina for which they gave her some drops and told her not to go back to work for 4 weeks. (She’s stubborn and is talking about going back in 2, but not to worry…that’s why my mom is there.)
On Wednesday, Ed wanted to go back to the house. So, his son-in-law took him back for the first time. My mom was quick to point out that his son-in-law had been working almost non-stop on getting the house cleaned up after the invasion of the WOHFs and the investigators who were combing the house for evidence of any kind. The visit was not easy, but Ed did it.
On Thursday, Ruby wanted to see the house again, so they all made a trip back. This was incredibly difficult for them, but it’s a step in the right direction. They are both determined not to let the WOHFs take their home away from them. They want to feel safe there again, but that’s going to take a long time.
They have been out of the hospital since Tuesday and continue to make progress. Every day I get a report and it sounds better and better – even if they are baby steps. Your prayers and thoughts are appreciated and the phone calls and e-mails that I’ve gotten alone have been overwhelming and very emotional. Keep it up. There’s a long way to go and they will need all the help they can get.
There are two suspects in custody. That’s all the information I have about that. No, the state of California will not allow us to take our turns with them before any other punishment can be devised. It’s a damn shame.
Finally, keep them in your prayers tonight. Tonight (or rather early tomorrow morning Pacific time) marks the one week “anniversary” of the attack. I’m sure they will not be thinking about it, but it won’t stop from crossing my mind.