I've ridden with Shannon many times since my humble club-ride beginnings back in February, and she is one of the nicest people you could hope to meet (and she's a beast on the bike too btw).
Her husband Eric (whom I've not yet had the pleasure of meeting) started the blog. If you are interested, the link is above, just below the large print notice and is simply called "SHANNON". Eric has been posting updates about her progress and occasional pictures. The latest update says she is FINALLY well enough to travel up to San Jose where she will continue her recovery at an "Acute Care Clinic". Her insurance won't cover a helicopter ride, so they had considered flying, but now it seems they are down to 'ground transportation' (ambulance I assume, being as she's still on a respirator, breathing thru a tracheostomy). She's also still getting her food thru an IV (Eric said her calories were upped to 72 an hour just yesterday, as it's been quite a struggle to get her systems functioning again)....she's been thru Pnumonia among other things, including MRSA (had to look that up on the internet...it's a bad form of bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics). It meant everybody coming into contact with her needed to wear a smock and gloves.
Here's Eric's blog paragraph from the 19th (the day after the accident):
"Shannon underwent over 6 hours of surgery to remove the shattered bone and rebuild her neck with titanium. Shannon can control her biceps and shoulders but cannot feel or move anything else from just under her collar bone. She can feel most of her fingers, but not move them."
Here's the one picture I'll post, Eric put it on the blog 2 days ago:
I just don't see how this will ever be fixed until the law is changed to make cell phone use (non hands free) an offense comprable to DUI...where the first offense nets you a minimum 6 months loss of liscense, along with HUGE fines (and your needing to hire a lawyer) and even possibly a week or 2 of jail time...THAT would fix this problem in a jiffy I bet. Surely the drinking and driving is FAR less of a problem than it was 20 years ago, when the courts handed a wink and a hand-slap small fine even when someone died. Cell phones are surely the scariest thing to happen to cyclists since the invention of the automobile and booze. But as I said, I have no idea if the driver of the car that hit her was on his phone...I'm just going off on a rant becasue I know how dangerous they are to those of us not surrounded by a ton or so of steel (and even then, when 2 auto's collide it's never going to be a good thing). Surely all the drivers who use their phones non hands-free, I'm sure they all feel like it's no big deal (right up until they ruin somebody's life that is, and possibly their own). It's much like the drunk drivers...sure they are sorry afterwards, but up until that moment it was something that happens to 'other people'. And I'd by lying if I said that I've NEVER picked up my cell phone while driving and made a call (however I CAN say that I've never texted...but that's not really saying much as I think I've only made one or two texts EVER, and that was year ago)...but now I have food for thought and the will to NOT EVER do that again. I know I need to do better, and I vow that I shall. The posiblity of being hurt while enjoying a ride just got a whole lot more personal.