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Arlo's latest update

by arlo tejada 25. March 2014 08:03

Finally! I am ready to get you an update. Since it has been a long time and A LOT has happened I will going to break it into many parts.

I will start with bullet outline of basically Nuts and bolts.


Then I will write something about feelings and details . I will break these up also. Could be rather chaotic but I hope it is entertaining. And I promise lots of grammar issues. I blame that on the chemo, half of obes stem cells, and steroids.


And again I know this should have come out a long time ago.


DEC-
• Last PD1 End of Nov
• PET SCAN Dec 8.
• Left Moab on Dec 15. Moved into Sean and Mary’s that evening. They were not home which was kind of an odd feeling. Like a whole new beginning.
• Dec 16- Early morning surgery at LDS to place the line for all my chemo and such.
• Moved into the hospital that day.
• First couple of days of chemo were not to bad.
• Chemo Days 17-23
• Obe gave up the stem cells on Xmas eve.
• Best Christmas Gift ever!
• I felt great, even ate a giant burger Ari and Josh brought on the day I received his stem cells.
• The day you get your stem cells they call your birthday or day 0. (even though I had been there 7 days.
• Christmas was great with lots of friend visiting.
• I felt ok for about the next couple days. Lots of visitors, holidays are the time to be in the hospital because everyone is running through SLC then.
• Including a santa. (though my brother was bummed their was no Jazz bear who went to the huntsman instead)
• Did the last of the chemo on dec 28
• I had a mini break down on Jan 4th. I really needed rest from everything. My Family was great but sometimes I need space.
• I still had not really thought about how much harder it was going to get.
• Started to have side effect around Jan 30. Kindeys issues, too much water issue sucky food.
• It was a while ago so I can remember all the issue.
• No Sleep, more vomiting than normal.
• I also had a running headache that was rough


Jan

• Do not remember new years and not in the way I like.
• To be honest I do no remember a lot of this time frame.
• I had massive headache during this time frame.
• The Dr gave a lot of different drugs to battles this. Nothing worked really (except leaving)
• I did have the tv schedule memorized and I hate all insurance company commercials.

• I started to feel better around the jan 9
•I left E801 ( the LDS suite0 on Jan 11. )
• I still had a bit of a swollen are on my left arm.
• But I was drinking water and food pretty well. And no fevers in a while.



Going Home:
• Getting home allowed me to eat and drink much better. (still barely making 1000 calories)
-Best night of sleep in a month.
-14 pills in the am and 7 in the pm is very hard.
-Sore from walking more yesterday than I have in a month.
• I had the whole clan over for a while at Sean and AMrys.
• They are way over the top in how much they have opened up their house. • Could not have a better situation.
• I started a rash not too long after getting out.
• My left arm swelled way up! Club Boy for sure.


Back to it.
• It was nice to be out but I was not right.
• It only took 7 days to be reemitted.
• I had a high fever and very weak.
• They moved me to a new room that was way smaller ;(
• I have had a member of my family around since the beginning, but this was where I realized I did needed a caregiver.
• The family has been great.
• A rash started to grow on my body.
• They gave me steroid cream that made my skin burn.
• The gave started me on a lot of steroids overall.
• They had to stop the major GVHD immune suppressant because of complications.
• This left me (and still does) leave me rather open to chronic GVHD.
• The rash was acute GVHD which is not a bad thing…kind of.
• I had a bout of tiredness I cannot began to explain for two days probably around Jan 17. Hardly move.
• This is where I was probably more scared than I have even been.
• I had to sit down to brush my teeth.
• This second stay was HARD.
• I had MAJOR issues. The drs did not lead on at time but since 4 of the team member have expresses their concern with my condition.
• fix one issue had the potential to cause others.
• Kidneys had gone down hill and may need dialysis is the future.
• Started high dose steroids to combat GvhD • Had to stop all other GVHD drugs because of reactions.
• Lots of swollen parts. looked like the girl from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory.
• Went from 155 lbs to 210. (back to 160)
• They gave me a drug that made me pee every 10 minute and looked like dark grapes.
• Skin pealed like a snake. Gross and uncomfortable.
• Hard to talk to visitors
• Had to have a lot of test- lung test breathing, xrays
• I was on O2 for a while.
• Lots of drs coming by, kidney, lung PT,, BMT.
o Highlight of the lung test: the Dr answer his cell phone in the surgery room. Wanted to get off that Sunday and my test was taking longer then they had thought it would. (5 hours)
• There was a point I was not allowed to have more than a .5 liter for the day!
• Skin was super blotchy.
• I guess I looked bad.
• This is probably around Jan 20 on.
• I know there are more specific items but I cant think of them
• oh and the Boncos loss
• Bad days.


But not all bad:
• The Nurses saved me. The BEST nurse in the world Nurse LISA, brought in memory pad foam to help me sleep.
• There is a lot more I can go on about the great nurses at LDS and the the best one Lisa.


Getting out number 2
• I really started to turn around Jan 28th or so.
• I have been out of the hospital since feb 4. (wow and it is March 10th.)
• Things have been going well.
• Though every time I take a strong step forward I always have some bads news also.
• I was released on the condition that I would come to the hospital every day to see how my blood count were doing.
• The first couple of had out were hard physically and mentally. (I will go over later how screed I am to be free and so uncertain of what to do next.)
• Physically I have to walk up stairs to get to my room. Which at first was exhausting.
• Also my eye sight started to go blurry, and still does at point.


Friends
• A highlight was having my friend fly in from Portland, Texas and Moab. Really a nice pick up. Hospital
• A total of 45 days in the hospital now.
• A gross bill of $543,000 so far. Just hospital….dont want to think about the flights, hotel rooms, meals for my helpers, etc)
• I still go to the hospital every day.
• Take lots of pills. Two different infusions self giving.
• I am around day 81 now. The real reevaluations start at day 100.


My day goes:
• To the hospital around 9-10;
• Get labs.
• Wait 20 minutes to 60 minute to s see what my counts are.
• If to low transfuse, blood.
• Maybe do a test.
• If it Thursday meet with the dr.
• Meet with pharmacist to make sure the pills are rights.
• Get home from noon-3 depending on rest.
• Do SGRE marketing or watch tv, movie,
• Have insomnia. So lay in bed starting around 10. Watch Netflix.
• Cant read really well cause of my blurry eyes.
• Crazy cramps come on around 1. Last for 1-3 hours.
• Take a cocktail of pain pills.
• My hands also freeze up like arthritis. In crazy pain.
• Cant sleep so I go back to work.
• Or I get up and watch tv and eat cherries.
• Repeat.

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Ready to bring your family rafting on the Yampa River?

by GriffithAdmin 12. March 2014 13:57

Rafting the Yampa River this Year?

Tiger Wall on Yampa RiverThis week's "Family Rafting Highlight" is the Untamed Yampa River in Dinosaur National Monument. 


A guide favorite, this river stretch is great for couples, mature families and those who want to experience some whitewater.


Just a FEW highlights your family will enjoy on the Yampa River:

 

True Family Escape: This remote setting inspires a chance to reconnect with fellow family members and relax.

What you will love: The solitude of a rarely run canyon, inflatable kayaking during the day, and playing horseshoes with your dad or sister in the evening.


What you will love about being with the SGRE family.(the GUIDES!)
The way they express and animate the amazing stories of the Yampa River. How easily they can get the job done from cooking and cleaning to rowing the boats.


Nature that makes you say WOW:
Towering Steamboat Rock, The Tiger Wall and Warm Springs Rapid- with its infamously nicknamed MAYTAG HOLE!


Things you can learn along the way:
History of Fremont Native Americans, Smore's are just as delicious at 35 as they were at 10, and that a glass of wine is WAY better on the Yampa River's edge.

Why your family should do the Yampa River this YEAR!


Lets go rafting on the Yampa RiverThe Yampa River, through remote Dinosaur National Monument is an easy escape! As the last free-flowing river in the Colorado River drainage, the Yampa can be incredibly wild in May and June.

This remote rarely run canyon gives your family a great opportunity to relax, unwind and really have fun with new friends or old family members. With options such as inflatable through classic whitewater and hiking to the Mantle Cave this years “Family Highlighted" Yampa River trips are not ones to be missed in 2014!

The Yampa River has a short season, and with snow pack's changing year to year one never knows when the next time a large whitewater season is going to bless the Yampa. This trip is one of Sheri Griffith River Expeditions' most popular and can sellout quickly


4 Day Yampa River Booking Online NOTE: We have already closed our May 22nd launch for the 4 day Yampa River trip.The Yampa River is where you want to be this year, so book quickly!

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Skinny Tire has Raised 2 Million Dollars for Cancer Charities

by emma 5. March 2014 11:17

2014 Moab Skinny Tire Event!!!

Canyonlands National Park

 

Eleven years ago Mark Griffith started the Skinny Tire Event to help deal with his grief from losing his older brother to cancer. The first year the event only had a handful of riders mostly friends and family but raised $1,200. The event started to gain steam, and from there on out growing bigger every year. Now over 6,000 riders have participated and have donated over $2 million dollars to a variety of charities supporting cancer research and survivorship.

The comradery between cyclists, nature and donating to a very worthy cause make this event unforgettable year after year. Cancer touches so many people negatively its nice to turn some into a positive.

“It's about seeing an obstacle and knowing you can get through it. It's feeling the reward on the downside of the climb — the last day of treatment — every day you choose to live versus succumb. The scenery inspires... helps one think, experience, rejuvenate & regenerate.”- Skinny Tire Festival cyclist

Since Skinny Tire’s inception, Sheri Griffith Expeditions has always been a strong supporter, donating equipment and volunteering time.  In recent years, this event has become very personal to us as our own co-owner Arlo Tejada has been battling cancer for that past three years.  We know and have seen how this event has personally helped cancer survivors; people fighting cancer and people who have lost loved ones.

This year the Skinny Tire event is just $1,100 short of reaching their goal with only a few days left to donate to the cause. If you are interested in donating or joining in this weekend please click on the link for more info: Moab Skinny Tire Event

Let-it-Snow!!! Let-it-Snow!!

by emma 5. February 2014 11:20

SNOTEL Reports Looking Good for the 2014 White Water Season!!!

Canyonlands National Park

 

SNOTEL is an automated system of snowpack sensors operated by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. This system is one tool used to estimate what kind of the river runoff we can expect. SNOTEL sites report the current snowpack/moisture content expressed as a percentage of the average of the last five years for that date.

Unfortunately, the California Mountains have experienced a low snowpack so far this winter. Due to this lack of moisture and continuing drought conditions, the state of California has declared a state of drought emergency. It seems that their state will be relying heavily on its allotment of the Colorado River for water needs in 2014. This most likely means that they will allow more water to be released from the Glen Canyon and Hoover dams to help ease the lack of water.

The Colorado Plateau supplies the majority of the water in the Colorado and Green Rivers. The Gates of Lodore and Desolation Canyon on the Green River receive their water from the headwaters in the Wind River Range of southwestern Wyoming.  The runoff from these mountains is stored in and released from the Flaming Gorge Reservoir. The Yampa River is a free flowing tributary joining the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument. The 2014 SNOTEL sites currently show that the Colorado River Basin is at 106% of average and the drainage for the Yampa River is at 107% of average, with the wettest months of winter still to come. Actual river runoff can change depending on total snowfall as well as how fast the runoff occurs. At this point we are very excited about the 2014 rafting season!


If you have any questions concerning flows of any of the rivers we run, please feel free to contact us at info@griffithexp.com or call toll free 1-800-332-2439 (Please ask for Jose or Brenda). We love to talk about the river and share our 43 years of experience to help make your river vacation a great one!!

Sky West Airlines and Moab

by Kristl 7. January 2014 06:43
There has been a lot of Buzz in Moab over the last few months about a new company offering flights into the Moab Canyonlands Field Airport.  Well, we received the official word this morning that Sky West Airlines will be offering flights from Salt Lake City, Utah to Moab on a daily basis starting on March 2, 2014.  Here is the information from their official press release:

Book Your Delta Flight from Salt Lake to Moab Today!
Flights Operated by SkyWest Airlines
 

MOAB, Utah Jan. 6, 2014 – The new Delta Connection flights from Salt Lake City to Moab, Utah (CNY), operated by SkyWest Airlines, will begin on March 2, 2014! And right now is the perfect time to begin booking your spring travel plans.

There will be two daily, roundtrip flights from Salt Lake to Moab on Mondays, as well as Thursday through Sunday. One daily roundtrip flight will be available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The flight schedule is as follows*:

Freq

Departure Airport

Dept Time

Arrival Airport

Arrival Time

Thurs.-Mon.

SLC

9:40 a.m.

CNY

10:43 a.m.

Thurs.-Mon

CNY

11:10 a.m.

SLC

12:19 p.m.

Thurs.-Mon.

SLC

1:45 p.m.

CNY

2:48 p.m.

Thurs.-Mon

CNY

3:05 p.m.

SLC

4:14 p.m.

Tue. & Wed.

SLC

11:00 a.m.

CNY

12:03 a.m.

Tue. & Wed.

CNY

12:30 p.m.

SLC

1:39 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

*Flight schedule varies by day of week and is subject to change

Customers may book flights at www.delta.com or by calling Delta reservations at 800.221.1212. Remember, the best fares are always available at www.delta.com.

This press release and additional information about SkyWest Airlines can be found at www.skywest.com.

We are excited that there will be flights from the Salt Lake City airport, which is a large "Hub" airport.  I checked the price of the flights in June, and it looks like the round-trip flight from Salt Lake City to Moab will be about $174 per person.  I found this price through Kayak.com (the Delta website was working a little slow this morning).

Remember that if you are flying in to the Moab airport, you will either need to rent a car through Enterprise (at the airport, advance reservations required) or arrange for a shuttle into Moab, as the airport is about 14 miles outside of town.  Please feel free to call me (Kristl) at 800-332-2439 for shuttle information.

American Outdoor Association

by emma 26. December 2013 09:54

American Outdoor Association Convention

Tejada Family Rafting

 

American Outdoor Association Convention (AOA)

“Growing, protecting and supporting America’s outfitting buisnesses”- AOA mission statement

www.americaoutdoors.org

 

 AOA is a great tool to grow an outdoor outfitters business to become bigger and greater in their field with experts from their field.  Camaraderie with friends yet competitors is a great way to excel in giving the best and greatest experience in our industry.

 

With that said, Sheri Griffith River Expeditions spent a week at the AOA Conference taking in so much information and making connections to grow and expand what we can do for our guest and their experience.

 

At the AOA trade show Arlo and Emma looked at the new and upcoming equipment from boats, life jackets, and all the new trinkets!!  Proud to say we are ahead of the curve in providing top-of-the-line equipment. There was also great information on the new Google algorithms and many other marketing tools.

 

Though the Internet is very important, we still feel providing great trips and great customer service will carrier us higher! !

Written by Emma Tejada:

Here is your perfect 2014 vacation!

by emma 23. December 2013 06:35

Is this a vacation you want in 2014?

Our river rafting trips are about so much more than just great whitewater. But sometimes you need to just enjoy the rapids. From the splashy “riffles” to the HEART pounding waves.

 

Whitewater Rafting class

Cataract Canyon: Now with NEW rapids!

by Brenda Milligan 9. December 2013 10:00

Cataract Canyon...Now with New Rapids!
Cataract Canyon rafting

September’s record breaking rains and the shrinking of Lake Powell have combined to form some new rapids in Cataract Canyon. For about 10 years, Lake Powell has been at record lows. These low lake levels have allowed the Mighty Colorado River to reclaim some of its former rapids. This has given us the chance to run 5 “new” rapids including the very fun and almost mile long rapid of Water Hole.

Our operations manager, Brenda, was able to squeeze in a Cataract Canyon trip before the government shutdown during the last week of September, and she reported lots of new debris flows from the recent rains.


Cataract Canyon Booking PageOne of these mudslides created a brand new rapid! Here is Brenda’s description of the new unnamed rapid: “A brand new rockslide has come from the right-side of the canyon to narrow the channel below Water Hole Canyon. At the low water level I ran it at it is was not huge maybe a class 3. The start of the rapid has a classic “V” into some fun splashy waves. If you break through the “V” to the left there is a runnable hole. The hole is little smaller than the Little Delores hole on Westwater Canyon. This should be a really fun rapid at higher flows.

YEAH new RAPIDS!"

Cyber Monday Deal

by GriffithAdmin 2. December 2013 06:10

Cyber Monday Deal

The Majestic Canyons of the Green River

Looking for a great 2014 family vacation that will create wonderful memories? Get $100 off this week on our easy, fun and unforgettable Green River Family trip.

Click the link below and enter promo code DESO13 before Saturday, December 7, 2013. Family River Rafting Booking Page

Things to be thankful about at Sheri Grififth River Expeditions

by emma 28. November 2013 11:01

A Time To Be Thankful!

Tejada Family Rafting

Being thankful for what you have and find joy in the simple things in life.

Written by Emma Tejada:

On this day Thanksgiving, I’d like to shine some light on the things in life we as a family owed company are thankful for.


The past three years have not been easy to say the least for us, with, my brother and co-owner, Arlo battling cancer. To read more of his story click here.


With that said, our family is so very thankful for our wonderful staff, guides and the SGRE family that have stepped up and helped in so many ways during this trying period.


We are thankful to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world; with bright starry skies, beautiful sunsets and sunrises to calm any person’s soul. We are thankful to be able to do what we love with the people we love!!


We are thankful to YOU! For the opportunity to share the love for the river with each and every one of our guests!!


Emma Tejada is the newest member of the Sheri Griffith River Expeditions team though is not new to the company. As Jose Tejada youngest daughter, Emma grew up going on the river trips starting at the age of 3. She worked a variety of jobs at SGRE since middle school including in the commissary, warehouse, boat swampper and answered phones. She comes back to Moab from 10 years living in Colorado Springs to be Arlo marketing assistant.

Happy Thanksgiving from SGRE!!!

Canyonlands National Park



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