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life is fragile 
Jun. 18, 2009 7:47 pm 
Updated: Jun. 22, 2009 11:45 am
 my wife of 27 years has started making her own blood cells (platets) which clogs the bleeding in the right-side of her brain. great news i agree ! doctors say the problem is her self-immune system is also causing blood clots in other parts of her body. she has blood clots in both lungs, another in an arota between her intestines and liver. they did a "doppler" on her lower body to check for more clots instead of 20 minutes, it takes almost an hour. she is allergic to heparin, kinda rare thing. i find out there is one more powerful blood-thinner like heparin out there. she is on the only other one, but the problem there is there is no anndote if bleeding begins in her brain. ok--good news. her vital signs are great! they re-inserted the brain pressure monitor and her pressure there is good. . she has made it 24 hours, they reduced her blood-thinner twice. i'm so very tired of trying to explain the daily update to her loving friends that come by constantly. this is the best news i;ve received since she survived the operations. we are not out of the woods...but i truly believe that she will gradually come back to me and convince me that she is indeed cooking-challenged. she has begin receiving cards from the kind folks on here--my mother-in-law opened the cards and said she read them to her. it truly irritated me. knows now not to open my wife;s mail. i truly appreciate your cards and thoughts! i wanted to let her open them and ask about the sender. i would give her my impression of the sender from my interactions with said sender. please let me reinterate that this is the best news i've gotten since she survived the operations. my heart-felt thanks go to each and all of you for your kind wishes, prayers and thoughts. i know i have not responded to my prior blogs, but please allow me time. i want to respond to each of you. i;ll never forget the out-pouring of sympathy exhibited here,. again. my heart goes out to everyone that has had a loved one experience such pain and suffering...i certainly know how you feel. thanks again...i love you all.
Jun. 18, 2009 7:58 pm
Oh so glad to hear good news...I know it feels like just a glimmer but each tiny good thing helps! Love ya, my GDear...stay hopeful and strong...we are right here behind you...feel my hug? Prayers daily for Claire, thinking of you and the girls alot! Love,Cindy
Jun. 18, 2009 7:59 pm
Continued prayers and good thoughts. One day at a time.
Jun. 18, 2009 8:02 pm
Things are sounding so positive now. We can only hope that she wants to prove to you how awful a cook she is!
Jun. 18, 2009 8:04 pm
I pray for daily improvement, and you and Claire are in my thoughts and prayers! She really sounds like a fighter!!
Jun. 18, 2009 8:04 pm
So good to have some better news gderr. Hope it's all upward from here. Give her extra hugs from all of us.
Jun. 18, 2009 8:07 pm
One night a man had a dream. He dreamed He was walking along the beach with the LORD. Across the sky flashed scenes from His life. For each scene He noticed two sets of footprints in the sand. One belonging to Him and the other to the LORD. When the last scene of His life flashed before Him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of His life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times of His life. This really bothered Him and He questioned the LORD about it. LORD you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why when I needed you most you would leave me. The LORD replied, my precious, precious child, I Love you and I would never leave you! During your times of trial and suffering when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.
Jun. 18, 2009 8:07 pm
Claire, you and the girls will remain in my thoughts and prayers. Glad to hear some good news and hope to hear more soon. Keep hangin' in there, Gderr! ♥
Jun. 18, 2009 8:12 pm
Gderr, thank you for taking the time to update us. We are continuing our prayers and think about you and Claire & the girls often. Hugs and positive thoughts from WI. Rachael, Aaron and Leah
Jun. 18, 2009 8:14 pm
Thank the Lord above for the better news! Hugs and good thoughts coming your way!!
Jun. 18, 2009 8:14 pm
I am so glad you are beginning to see improvement. We continue to keep you in our prayers. Don't worry about responding to us individually, concentrate on taking care of your Claire. I feel blessed to have had an opportunity to see and be a part of the group providing emotional support. God Bless you, Claire and the girls.
Jun. 18, 2009 8:16 pm
I'm very happy to hear that you've gotten good news. One day at a time and things will get better. I always try and tell myself one important thing when I'm going through a rough or trying time.."If God brought you to it, He will bring you through it". Just keep holding good thoughts and hope for her recovery. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Jun. 18, 2009 8:18 pm
I am so happy for your good news, but we won't stop praying for you and Claire and the girls. You have been great, so stay's still a long haul ahead. Your love and devotion to your wife and family is beautiful.
Jun. 18, 2009 8:21 pm
Gdear, glad to hear the good news. And I'm also glad that both you & MIL got to have your way w/ the cards. I love your idea, but I also think it's important for Claire to hear these words, to bring her back. You could read some of them to her now, describing the sender, & save them all for her to see later. ~~~ I suggest that you carry little photo copies of your AR blog address, to hand to all the folks so that they can read for themselves, & you don't have to continually repeat the news! Only tell them what has changed since your latest blog. If I were there, I'd take care of that for you, & make delicious healthy meals for you & the girls, & for Claire when she awakens. Take care! ((hugs))
Jun. 18, 2009 8:30 pm
Can't wait for the next installment of the cooking challenged wife. . . hoping that day comes soon!
Jun. 18, 2009 8:41 pm
I'm so glad that there was some good news for you and your family. Prayers for your lovely wife are in full force, Gderr. ♥
Jun. 18, 2009 9:12 pm
Thank you so much for the update Gderr, I am so happy that Claire is doing better. I think of you all every day and I am sending good thoughts your way. Miss seeing yours and Claire's beautiful faces on the RE, tell Claire that we love you both and miss you and as soon as she wakes up and feels better we would love to hear from her. (((hugs))) from Oregon
Jun. 18, 2009 9:51 pm
God bless you, Claire, and the girls. I'm praying for more good reports...
Jun. 18, 2009 10:10 pm
So glad to hear the good news. ((hugs))
Jun. 18, 2009 10:25 pm
My prayers for you, gderr, and for Claire and the girls. May God be with you all and hold you close and keep Claire strong so she can come through this.
Jun. 18, 2009 10:32 pm
prayers and cyber hugs
Jun. 18, 2009 10:55 pm
Wonderful news! Continued positive thoughts always headed your way! ♥
Jun. 18, 2009 11:18 pm
Hang in there Gderr, don't forget to take care or yourself too!! One day at a time!!
Jun. 19, 2009 12:49 am
Its the little things that ARE the most important, every little improvement no matter how small IS an improvement. Thinking of you all everyday. Thanks for taking this time to keep us updated when you have so much on your plate already it means a lot to ALL of us. You take care of yourself, Trish xx
Jun. 19, 2009 4:22 am
I am so happy that you have some good news! I hope you continue getting good news. As for the friends that care enough to be there, but who want updates, and you hate explaining the same things over and over---write out a message, similar to how you informed us, and let them read it. Be gentle, they mean well! Claire really needs rest than she needs to entertain visitors at this point! I will keep on praying for you, Claire and the girls!
Jun. 19, 2009 4:38 am
Any good news is always welcome! I hope that the gains continue and that you keep getting good news. My best to you all!
Jun. 19, 2009 4:42 am
I am so happy to hear the wonderful news. Be patient with mom. As a mom, no matter how old our children get, we see them as our children and we just want to do something, anything,that we think would make them feel better. Mom, may have thought reading the cards would encourage her daughter while she is going through this ordeal and that this gesture would give her daughter the strength to endure ordeal, if she really knew how many people love her and are praying for her recovery. I dont know if your wife can respond but I know that she can hear all the encouraging words that were written. I am praying for your wife and your family. God is a healer. I speak life to you and your family in Jesus' name. I believe God for total healing and restoration and that he can do what the doctors cannot do. He can thin the blood, stop the clots, and restore your wife to former health. I believe that God is going heal your wife in Jesus' name.It is written in his word. St. Mark 11:22-26. Keep the Faith.
Jun. 19, 2009 4:46 am
May Claire and your family be blessed with God's love.
Jun. 19, 2009 4:52 am
gderr. . .baby steps, baby steps. I know - so hard to be patience. Having a loved one ill & hospitalized turns the families life upside down. Life is hills and valleys. You're just starting to climb up that hill again.
Jun. 19, 2009 4:58 am
Glad to hear that you had good news to report. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family!! Thanks for the update and keeping us all in the loop!
Jun. 19, 2009 5:22 am
I'm so happy Claie is doing better. Thanks for taking time to keep us updated. I'm keepng your family in my thoughts and prayers. Mag
Jun. 19, 2009 5:26 am
So glad to hear good news gderr!!! I believe she's going to recover, usually these things do not happen overnight, or quickly, but it will happen. I have went through similar experiences with loved ones with health problems, and it just literally takes everything out of you, so draining, and the ups and downs emotionally is just awful. Please stay strong for Claire, I know it's difficult, and so painful to have a loved one go through something like this. My continued prayers and thoughts to you and the girls, and Claire of course..Take care gderr...Love--Cyndi
Jun. 19, 2009 5:29 am
Wonderful news! Will keep you all in my thoughts!
Jun. 19, 2009 6:05 am
Still sending positive wishes and prayers for Claire, you and your daughters.
Jun. 19, 2009 6:08 am
That is great news, gderr! And thanks for the update. I'm one of those lurkers that don't post too often, but have always enjoyed the fun you generate with your posts. Take care. Claire & your family will continue to be in my prayers.
Jun. 19, 2009 6:14 am
Do you know about the websites that allow you to post news about your wife's progress and allows your friends and family to access your updates? Also allows them to leave messages for you. One of them is but I'm sure there are also others. But please don't stop letting all of us know how she is doing. I look every day for news of her gradual recovery. Wishing you peace and strength.
Jun. 19, 2009 6:36 am
Thanks for the update and the good news. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you, Claire and your daughters.
Jun. 19, 2009 6:39 am
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family..
Jun. 19, 2009 7:20 am
So glad to hear the good news. Still sending you and your family positive thoughts and prayers. I wish I had been on last night to chat with you! Maybe next time. Stay strong! ((hugs)) Cara
Jun. 19, 2009 7:26 am
It is so good to hear some positive news. We will keep praying!
Jun. 19, 2009 7:29 am
I'm so happy you have some postitive news. Love, hugs and prayers!
Jun. 19, 2009 8:01 am
Wonderful news! I am so happy for you to be able to see improvments in her and in test results as well. I will keep praying and give Claire a kiss from all her AR friends.
Jun. 19, 2009 8:33 am
~~Indeed life is fragile and so precious...thanks for updating us all gderr. ~~I can relate to the blood clot news, (after a bad car wreck in 1997), an implanted greenfield vena cava filter saved my life from blood clots. ~~~~Praying for Claire & you, girls & the Medical Team. Know that God is with you in this. May He increase Claire's strength & heal her completely...bless you with rest & His peace. GBu
Jun. 19, 2009 8:36 am
Life is so fragile and every day is a gift. So glad to hear your good news. I will keep on praying and don't ever give up!!!
Jun. 19, 2009 8:46 am
you are so kind and thoughtful to stop a moment to give us an update. thank you. and what an update! glad to hear the good news :) my heart goes out to you and your family with along with postitive thoughts and (((wrap around hugs)))!!!
Jun. 19, 2009 9:48 am
thanks for the update gderr. i will continue to pray for you, claire and your daughters. keep the faith and take of yourself, i know it is easier said than done. hope to hear more good news soon!
Jun. 19, 2009 10:33 am
Glad she's showing improvement. Every single day she gets through increases her prognosis that much more. Touch her, hold her hand, talk to her constantly; it's like a life preserver she can latch onto and will do both of you much good. I'll continue to pray for all of you. :)
Jun. 19, 2009 10:59 am
Thank you so much for keeping us updated. Like many others I cant wait to see news everyday of progress. It is so amazing! You will never know how much and how many lives you and your precious wife have touched. I don't know you but we feel as though we do. I have a son home from Univ Tenn. and he ask everyday how "the lady" in Columbus is doing. He has heard us speak of her so much. I have so many calls from friends who do not blog but are praying for you all. The prayer chain in SC will continue for Claire and your precious family. God Bless!
Jun. 19, 2009 1:52 pm
So glad to hear some positive news~hang in there & know that prayers are still in force for your whole family. Hope Claire continues to recover & that you are taking care of yourself also,as these trying times continue And that soon the news will be even better for both of you. Cyber hugs from CA!
Jun. 19, 2009 5:02 pm
your humility should be a lesson to us all. don't worry about replying to posts, just do what your love, your children, your family, your friends and you need now. Be stong. You're an amazing lesson.
Jun. 19, 2009 5:03 pm
I am so glad there is good news gderr! I continue to pray for Claire and your family. God Bless You.
Jun. 19, 2009 5:33 pm
Please remember to take care of yourself. Something we always seem to forget to do when we are caring for others. you can not take care of Claire if you get sick yourself. I don't think anyone expects individual thanks or response. We all know you are grateful. Continued prayers.....
Jun. 19, 2009 6:24 pm
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers every day.
Jun. 19, 2009 7:02 pm
I continue to pray for Claire and think about her, you, Moose, and Gator often. Thank you for sharing the small miracles that God is working in her life. I praise His holy name for the work He is doing through the wonderful doctors taking care of Claire. Remember to take care of yourself, sweetie. Claire needs you to be at the very best you can be. If visitors are wearing you down, you can ask for them to be limited to certain times. As for telling Claire's story over and over, perhaps you can keep a notebook (besides your personal journal) chronicling each morning's report from the physicians and offer to let any visitors read it so they'll know just as much as you do without you having to constantly repeat yourself. Give Claire a hug from me and consider yourself hugged, too!
Jun. 19, 2009 7:46 pm
I am so happy to hear that you have good news!! I hope thing get better and better for Claire. She is very lucky to have you. Take good care.
Jun. 19, 2009 8:17 pm
I'm glad to hear that she's improving. I still continue to pray everyday for you and your family. Please let me know if there's anything I can do.
Jun. 19, 2009 8:38 pm
So glad to hear of the good news! Thanks, gderr for keeping us updated. We continue to hold Claire and you and family up to God in prayer. He is the Great Physician after all. Please take care of yourself and get enough rest. I know how hard it is to do that, I have been in your shoes but it is so neccessary because she will need you to be strong for her when she gets better. Just know you are all loved by a great number of AR family members!! Ginny
Jun. 20, 2009 6:57 am
She is still in our prayer circle as are you and your daughters. This is a tough time but please know that you are surrounded by 100's of people who think of you and your family everyday. Stay strong and God bless. Gail
Jun. 20, 2009 8:16 am
Praise God! great news the prayers continue and we look forward to her departure from the hospital and back home where she belongs.
Jun. 20, 2009 10:19 am
I also wish to Praise God for the great news on Claire! GDerr, I know I speak for everyone on here; you absolutely do not need to respond to everyone, we know how much you have to deal with and how exhausted you must be. If you say a simple prayer for the 'folks at AR' the Lord will know who each one is, and it will be a wonderful blessing. Life certainly is fragile, but not so much so that He is not able to heal, and to preserve. After all, He created each one of us, knows every hair on our heads, and holds the universe in His hands! And, on top of all that, He alone can save our souls. How awesome it is to see the outpouring of love from those who know and love Jesus, desiring to minister to you and your wife. Again, thank you for keeping us up-to-date, and for allowing us to pray! And thank you for sharing your sweet family with us. We love you GDerr, Claire, Moose and Gator! ~decaf
Jun. 20, 2009 7:18 pm
I am glad to hear that she is showing small improvements! Each day is a new day! She will overcome! You both are still in my thoughts! Stay strong! God bless!
Jun. 21, 2009 6:30 am
Sorry I am late posting this comment but have been in the hospital myself. Now that I am somewhat human, I am revlieved to hear that your beloved Claire is making progress. You have been in my thoughts and will continue to be in there and in my prayers. Take care of yourself. jnb (Juli)
Jun. 21, 2009 3:15 pm
So glad to hear there is good news! I will continue to think good thoughts for you!
Jun. 21, 2009 5:42 pm
Wonderful news, and proof that PRAYERS work! I hope Claire continues to recover quickly and well, and you & your family will remain in my prayers, Gderr. Your love story is such an inspiration ; ).
Jun. 21, 2009 6:46 pm
Our prayers will continue. Take care.
Jun. 22, 2009 5:19 am
Glad to hear the positive news Gderr! My friends and I continue in prayer for you all. In 2000 I was hospitalized due to a severed patella tendon in both legs. Due to the injury blood clots formed and migrated through my body and into my lungs. My doctor put me on a heparin i v with regular bolus injections around the clock, plus coumadin tablets 2 - 3 times daily. To make a very long story short, I am here today; and after several surgeries, by God's grace I am making it well. I trust in Him that one day you both will look back on this time together and rejoice in God's kindness as I do today. Hang tough big guy. kdstreet
Jun. 22, 2009 6:28 am
Glad to hear the good news!! Thanks for keeping up the blog we do appreciate knowing what is going on!! Don't worry about responding we know you will when you have the time and if you don't we understand!!! Keeping you in my prayers.
Jun. 22, 2009 7:01 am
Praise the Lord for the improvements she has made since your last update. I will continue to pray for improvement and ultimate healing for Claire and peace for you and your family Gderr. Blessings - Kim
Jun. 22, 2009 11:45 am
I'm still praying for a miracle, gderr.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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