ROSELAND — A Roseland woman who was injured in a fall Jan. 26 continues to improve each day.
Cheryl Sidlo was leaving her son’s house in Roseland when she missed a step and fell. When her chin hit the ground, it is believed the jolt from that caused a brain bleed.
She was rushed from the Mary Lanning Healthcare emergency room to St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island where she received emergency surgery to try to stop the bleeding.
Initially the prognosis wasn’t good.
Sidlo’s family was told the amount of swelling and bleeding on the right side of her brain could cause paralysis on the left side of her body, but there would be the possibility of some movement on the right side.
“She came out of surgery, but it was still kind of grim at that time,” said Emily Sidlo, Cheryl’s daughter. “She’s been progressing every day since then.”
This Sunday, the Roseland and Assumption Knights of Columbus and the Roseland Fire Department are organizing a soup supper benefit for Sidlo from 5-7 p.m. in the Roseland fire hall. Chicken noodle and chili will be served.
During the benefit, raffle tickets will be sold for cash prizes of $100, $75 and $50. Everything is a free-will donation with proceeds going to the Sidlo family to help with medical expenses.
For anyone unable to attend the benefit but who wishes to donate, a savings account dubbed “Cheryl Sidlo Benefit” has been set up at area Pinnacle banks. Checks should be made out to Ron Sidlo and “Benefit Cheryl Sidlo” should be written on the memo line.
Donations can be dropped off at any Pinnacle Bank branch or mailed to Pinnacle Bank, P.O. Box 98, Roseland, 68973.
Emily started a CaringBridge page to provide updates about her mother. She said her mother is alert but tired all the time.
Cheryl was moved to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln on Feb. 12. Between speech, physical and occupational therapy, she has 2 to 2 1/2 hours of therapy each day.
She is starting to talk and can wave.
“We are very pleased with the progress she’s made,” Emily said. “She’s made tons of progress, moving more and trying to communicate with us.”
Sidlo’s family asked well-wishers to make flowers to decorate her room, creating what they are calling Cheryl’s Garden.
The longtime Roseland resident has worked about 20 years as the bookkeeper for E-Z Kitchens, 2215 W. Second St.
Since the fall, Sidlo and her family have received support from co-workers, Roseland residents, family members, friends and friends of her children.
“It means a lot to us to know how much support we have in the community,” Emily said.
“It’s just very touching to know how much Mom has meant to our family and friends and everybody in the community.”