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Aug. 14, 2009 7:30 pm 
Updated: Aug. 20, 2009 1:02 pm
  hi all! thanks for the kind and loving gestures expressed in posts, cards and visits. i have been at shepherds since tuesday. i've stayed in her room, night and day. i've been with her again with all her care personnel. what a place! wow! the more she makes it "back", the more she is… MORE
 
 
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Aug. 6, 2009 7:55 am 
Updated: Aug. 14, 2009 7:15 pm
  hi all. i got in from atlanta yesterday after spending the afternoon with claire. i met with a doctor that used a camera mounted on a small flexible tube inserted thru her nose to look at her vocal cords and throat. she has 50% blockage there. another surgery is planned. he will go thru… MORE
 
 
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Jul. 31, 2009 8:06 pm 
Updated: Oct. 17, 2009 11:34 am
   I've been with the claire since sunday, pretty much 24-7 for the past 6 days. it's been an amazing discovery of self-discovery...for her and myself. she has progressed and somewhat taken a step backward. it always seems that way. i want her HERE now. the shepherd center is… MORE
 
 
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Jul. 22, 2009 8:44 pm 
Updated: Jul. 31, 2009 6:31 pm
   moose gave tater a "haircut." so nasty. i'm glad one of her nurses gave me her hair from her 1st brian surgery. i'll just bring a stapler and correct that misadventure. life is grand. we have more movement in her left arm and hand. it's slowly coming back. her doctor said the… MORE
 
 
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Jul. 18, 2009 10:08 pm 
Updated: Jul. 26, 2009 3:01 pm
   hi ya! news continues to be good. some bad things to report. here's the bad ...the cumiden is not yet effective. we need to get a happy balance between her immune system and the blood-thinner. not in sync yet. her doctor is sending blood samples to another hospital where a blood… MORE
 
 
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Jul. 14, 2009 7:45 pm 
Updated: Jul. 26, 2009 2:56 pm
     hi all! i hope this finds you and yours in good health and better spirits. my tears come now writing this because i'm overjoyed at claire's progress!....where to begin? ok-- both catherters have been removed, she is now able to go the restroom (with a nurse present, but… MORE
 
 
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Jul. 11, 2009 11:06 pm 
Updated: Jul. 14, 2009 8:03 pm
   the folks at the shepherd center have been unbelieveable, from the guards at the gates to the hospital adminstrators. amazing tolerance and sensitivety. i've never seen so many wheel-chair folks in my life with such great attitude , motivation and fortitude. i'm blessed. i feel… MORE
 
 
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Jul. 6, 2009 9:54 pm 
Updated: Jul. 11, 2009 2:46 pm
  all good news, finally! today she was sent by ambulance to the shepherd center in atlanta. 120 miles away. i have checked out a couple other places for her, one at the hospital she was at. mother-in-law agree...too dark, dingy and depressing situation there. we have the franklin… MORE
 
 
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Jul. 2, 2009 9:23 pm 
Updated: Jul. 7, 2009 9:02 pm
   we were so fortunate, she is being moves the the shepard center in atlanta. it's a hospital that deals with spinal-cord injuries and as they call it "acquired brain injury rehabaillitation." i've had nothing but postive comments about the place. my problem is it's 100 miles away. i… MORE
 
 
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Jun. 29, 2009 10:11 pm 
Updated: Jul. 4, 2009 7:02 pm
 I'm exhausted. claire had the feeding tube inserted friday morning. her trach surgery was finished this morning. both with excellent results. no more tubes in her mouth and down her throat. it had been  21 days today, too long according to her sisters. i wanted to give her more time… MORE
 
 
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i enjoy cooking. the wife considers it a chore. i hate yard work. she loves it. we mesh. i love bass fishing, reading, music, baseball, college football and my family.
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i love vegetables, soups, and italian cusine.
My favorite family cooking traditions
holidays are a big deal! christmas is my time to shine. i try to add a new recipe each year, but the family demands pretty much the same menu. kinda frustrating!
My cooking triumphs
i cared for my mother in law about 3 months when she had shattered her shoulder. i didn't work, so money was tight. we survived on only wife's paycheck during that time. ma-n-law had diet restrictions. it was difficult to make cheap, nutritious meals everyone would eat. we prospered as a family and learned alot about each other's strenghths and weaknesses.
My cooking tragedies
a stove top fire. i explained that one already. the grill falling over was another one...oops grill season is here! i love the tragedies...those are the ones that i'll always remember!
 
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