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An Utterz- Update On Lani



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Benn Rosales is the Founder and CEO of The American Genius (AG), national news network for tech and entrepreneurs, proudly celebrating 10 years in publishing, recently ranked as the #5 startup in Austin. Before founding AG, he founded one of the first digital media strategy firms in the nation and also acquired several other firms. His resume prior includes roles at Apple and Kroger Foods, specializing in marketing, communications, and technology integration. He is a recipient of the Statesman Texas Social Media Award and is an Inman Innovator Award winner. He has consulted for numerous startups (both early- and late-stage), has built partnerships and bridges between tech recruiters and the best tech talent in the industry, and is well known for organizing the digital community through popular monthly networking events. Benn does not venture into the spotlight often, rather believes his biggest accomplishments are the talent he recruits, develops, and gives all credit to those he's empowered.

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  1. gotbob

    February 28, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    Wishing her a quicker recovery that predicted.

  2. Dale Chumbley

    February 28, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    Thank you Benn for the update! Continued blessing to you and Lani for a speedy recovery. Allow it to happen and don’t try and force it. Praying for you both through this challenging time!

  3. Chris Shouse

    February 28, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    My prayers are still with you and I know this will be a thing of the past soon GET WELL

  4. Matthew Rathbun

    February 28, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    I know it’s rough in the short term, but that’s great news for the low run! Wishing your family all the best!

  5. Jennifer Wilson - Agent Solutions

    February 28, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Thank you Benn. You both are in my thoughts daily. Here’s to a speedy recovery.

  6. Teresa Boardman

    February 28, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    Now you need to make her laugh, she will recover faster.

  7. @mikeneumann

    February 28, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    I haven’t stopped praying for you both, and will continue to do so. Just let me know if I can do “more”. 🙂 Hang in there, Lani.

  8. Maureen Francis

    February 28, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    Nasty virus, but happy you got great news from the Docs. Get better quickly!

  9. Susan Reynolds

    February 28, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    The good news outweighs the bad news and I’m so thankful for that. Tell Lani I send a big hello and hope to see her again soon.

  10. Sarah Cooper

    February 28, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    Thank you for the update, and poooooooor Lani. I hope she’ll be feeling better soon. Learning what’s going on is relief, hearing that it can be healed is a blessing! I’m so glad she can walk and is smiling!!

  11. Robert D. Ashby

    February 28, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Thanks for the update Benn. I will continue prayer for a miraculous recovery so we can see her twittering away again soon.

  12. Connie Reece

    February 28, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    So glad to hear that while the short-term effects will be pretty miserable, there is no major disorder or life-threatening disease going on. Thank God for that. Lani, take all the time you need to heal, get lots of bed rests, follow the doctor’s orders (yes, I mean that, young lady; you’d better behave). We need your cheery self back online soon. Most of all we just want you well.

    Benn, please let me know when she is well enough for a visit.

  13. Ines

    February 28, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Oh man!! I’m glad it’s nothing major – although I suffer from vertigo and it’s the single most uncomfortable and frustrating thing in the universe!! Get better girl! and soon you’ll be able to focus, I promise!

  14. Tom at The Real Estate Bloggers

    February 28, 2008 at 2:56 pm


    Thanks for the update and I am very thankful that this is a short term problem for Lani.

  15. Bob Wilson

    February 28, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    Benn, I’ve been thinking of Lani most of the morning. My sister called me this morning to tell me my 85 year old father had a heart attack. We have been fearing a stroke for some time, so it was a twisted kind of relief that we experienced (some will understand that. If you don’t, you are lucky). He is resting, but is not a candidate for the bypass he needs.

    I don’t know Lani, but the moment I saw my father in the hospital bed, I thought of her and had to check here for an update. My thoughts and prayers are with both of you.

  16. Jeff Royce

    February 28, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    Benn and Lani,

    Great to hear this good news. I hope the bug goes away quickly.

  17. Jennifer Castillo

    February 28, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    I am a n00b here, but I have been reading this blog for a couple of weeks now. I am glad to here the positive update on your wife. A speedy recovery to her!

  18. Kim Wood

    February 28, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    We appreciate your updates with whatever method you can give them !!!
    Thank you! We miss her.

    Not only has Lani been in my thoughts daily, but you, Benn, as well, as her “caretaker”. It’s hard to see someone you love out of whack.

  19. Andy Kaufman

    February 28, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    Phew… glad to hear that there’s a diagnosis & that there shouldn’t be any permanent effects, but sad that her recovery might take a while and that we won’t be able to rage SXSW together next week ;(

    Can we joke around about this yet? I just hope it wasn’t all the youtube earworms on twitter that caused it. 😛

  20. Teri Lussier

    February 28, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    Andy gets an elbow in the rib from me. 🙂

    Give Lani a gentle hug. Sending continued well wishes.

  21. JB

    February 28, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    And the congregation said, Amen!

  22. Rob Aubrey

    February 28, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    Hi Ben, Thanks for the updates, It is awsesome news and you guys are in my prayers.

  23. francine hardaway

    February 28, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    Thank God! So happy she’s getting better. I have been searching for updates. I only know Lani from Susan Reynolds and Twitter, but I found myself compelled to search every day for updates on her condition, and even did some Googling myself. One thing that produces her symptoms is Meniere’s syndrome, and that lasts a long time. I hope it’s not that. Give her the love of a stranger.

  24. Hang in there.

    Rudy + 4

  25. Lucretia

    February 28, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    I’m so glad to hear that it turned out to be something that isn’t permanent, life-threatening, or untreatable!!

    Was more worried after your cryptic twitter update from last night’s specialist. What today’s specialist said makes much sense.
    Are they giving her any anti-emetics still for nausea? or is that hopefully not a factor any more?

    Send tons of gentle hugs to Lani. Hopefully her progress will out do the projections – but either way, tell her to take it easy!!!

  26. Todd Carpenter

    February 28, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Lani, Lani, Lani, you’re supposed to keep your inner ear AWAY form those public drinking fountains. :p

    Get well soon!

  27. Derek

    February 28, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    The comments doesn’t sound too good, (but I am reading that the issue is not serious – so there is a little bit of good news) but since I am nearly deaf could someone give me a run down on what was said?

    Either way, hurry up and get better Lani. Don’t make me go cuss you out and order you to get well soon like some guy did last week (According to to his wife who was in a coma. Apparently, he cussed her out and she snapped out of the coma!

  28. Mariana

    February 28, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    I am with Derek B. – I cannot get the Utterz to play for me. Can we get a written run down? Please?

  29. Benn Rosales

    February 28, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    I’m spending the first night I’ve had with Lani in days, I promise tomorrow I will write something. I’m sorry for any inconvenience.

  30. Mariana

    February 28, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Benn – YAY! Enjoy your night! Tell Lani we love her!

  31. gotbob

    February 28, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    There’s no need to apologize for spending time with the family. Enjoy

  32. Lucretia

    February 28, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    Derek & Mariana:

    The short version is that the new specialist believes that Lani has a viral infection in her inner ear. She is being treated with steroids to reduce the swelling, and diaretics to reduce swelling and possibility of scarring… and valium.
    Short term: she will keep having the vertigo for a few weeks until this is resolved.

    No computer, lots of bed rest, lots of healing – anticipated 2-3 weeks before day-to-day activities resume. Balance issues could continue for a few months – but it is not a life-long condition.

    She seems to be improving somewhat – is very happy to hear & see all of the support.

    Hope this helps.

  33. Mariana

    February 29, 2008 at 8:48 am

    Lucretia- Thank you!

    Lani – WOW! Thank Goodness this is something that you will recover fully from! No Computer … That will be tough, but in a fwe weeks you will just have all kinds of cool stuff to catch up on.

    Heal quickly! 🙂

  34. Benn Rosales

    February 29, 2008 at 9:21 am

    Lucretia, you are a blessing, thank you.

  35. Rebekah

    February 29, 2008 at 9:54 am

    Thanks for the update, Benn! Please let Lani know I’m praying for all of you and for her a quick recovery.

  36. Daniel Rothamel, The Real Estate Zebra

    February 29, 2008 at 10:24 am


    This is good news, indeed. I know that being able to have an accurate diagnosis relieves a whole lot of stress. Now that you know what you are dealing with, you and Lani can concentrate on rest and recuperation. An inner-ear infection can’t stop a Genius!

    Kari and I will continue to keep you both in our thoughts and prayers.

  37. Derek

    February 29, 2008 at 12:14 pm


    Thanks for the explanation!


    Hurry up and get better, I gotta have someone to tell me I’m crazy.

  38. Ginger Wilcox

    February 29, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    I am really, really happy to hear the diagnosis. As much as the short term stinks, short term pain is definitely better than long term. After a very severe car accident in my early twenties, I had a severe case of vertigo that lasted about three months with it progressively improving over that period. Feel free to contact me if you want more info. I do still suffer occasional bouts with it, but nothing like that. It was not a fun experience. I definitely feel your pain and my thoughts are with Lani for a quick recovery.

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