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Life is precious 
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 guilty walking into this place to see claire. i've learned @ 750 folks are admitted here each year from the u.s.. the folks stay between 3-5 weeks . claire's timetable is 6 weeks. i don't expect her to stay that long.  she is moving her left leg ! she is gripping fingers with her left hand weakly but it is a grip. that's how the right hand started. a matter of time now! she is so strong!  she was depressed wednesday night. i hate her being depressed...but (in my opinion another good sign---she understands the situation .)  she was in good spirts tonight. i can talk to her and she understands so much more. i miss her so much, i'll call late, very late and the nurse will let me talk to her. she communicates back to me by smacking her lips like a kiss. she is so much better! the folks at the shephard center had faxed me a questionaire concerning the widith of the doors and bathroom accomadations and such. i haven't filled it out. i feel theres no reason to...she's going to walk! she has an infection in her lungs (normal they tell me..because of her trach), she still has 1 catheter and the feeding tube. she is now on cumiden (sp) instead of the other blood-thinner. she needs to pass a swalling test and all the tubes can be removed (besideds that cat...) she has come  sooo far, so strong!  her case worker says she's so cute and sweet. yup a serious gazphaco is  riding along with me next time. thanks for the prayers and well wishes! my tater is cooking! i hope this finds you and yours in a positive light. may your dreams come true, mine is emerging. i love you. thanks from the bottom of your heart ( moose used to say it that way.)
Jul. 11, 2009 11:43 pm
So glad to hear about the continued progress and terrific care! It's fair for Claire to get depressed now and then(you,too) - even with all the positive news, this is still a very hard thing for all of you. Keep the strength; my thoughts are with you. And thanks from the bottom of your heart (ha!) for keeping us posted. ♥
Jul. 12, 2009 12:10 am
I am so glad to hear she is getting amazing care. I wish you and her all the best. What a beautiful love you two share <3
Jul. 12, 2009 12:14 am
I'm so glad to hear this great news. There will be times Claire will get depressed, it is perfectly normal. She is working harder (physically)than she has ever worked in her life. Those OTs and PTs are like drill seargents, but they do get the results. Six weeks will pass in no time....Go ahead and measure the doors and so forth...the OT will use the dimensions while teaching her how to manage daily activity. They'll try to recreate as close as possible her home environment. You all are still in our prayers. God Bless you all, Chris
Jul. 12, 2009 1:14 am
This is great news to hear that she is progressing. Prayers continue to be lifted for all of you there from SC.GOD BLESS!
Jul. 12, 2009 1:28 am
So much great news! I'm so happy for you all. Claire's responses & strength, the excellent hospital environment, the great drs., nurses, & therapists, your love & sense of humor ~ all of this will help her fulfill her potential! In a way, her prior choices in life are & will be her blessings: she ate healthfully, which has helped her physical body recuperate unencumbered by what junky, unhealthy foods do to the body; she has been a teacher & understands the struggles & frustrations & hard work required to learn, to excel; she has birthed children, & so understands the labor involved in birthing ~ the work she is & will be doing is a rebirthing of herself at all levels, & her own children are the ultimate motivators for her to come back to life. And then there is your vast love for each other...LOVE is what life is all about. Your strong love for her & your sense of humor have helped you maintain your sanity during the chaos, while helping her to grasp onto that intangible thread of life in a tangible manner. Blessed be!
Jul. 12, 2009 3:05 am
Gosh, that great to hear! Your strong attitude will keep her going! I can't imagine what she feels like, it must be very frustating so I can totally understand some depression. That will be great when she can swallow better and you can bring her some goodies from home!Kiss her and the girls for us here and stay strong, my friend! Claire is an amazing woman and she will need all the encouragement that you can give her. Keep us updated when you can, we sure miss you!
Jul. 12, 2009 3:15 am
I just read your blog and I am so glad all those baby steps are adding up. Long road ahead but and I pray God gives you and Claire and the girls the strength to keep making the baby steps all the way home. My love, hope and prayers to Claire, you and the girls. God bless and God speed to you all. Annie
Jul. 12, 2009 4:18 am
I'm so glad that she is improving. Please fill out the questionnaire! She may not need a wheelchair, but she may need a walker. You'd hate to not be able to take her home because she can't get around! Even when she does come out, you'll both have to realize that she may have a different body, one that does not do the things she used to do. I hope that she will go back to her normal-ness, but it may take some time to get there. Wishing you all the best! Hugs and prayers!
Jul. 12, 2009 4:33 am
Fabulous news! Keep up the postive attitude! LOVE for you all! &hearts;
Jul. 12, 2009 5:02 am
I'm still praying for more miracles for Claire.
Jul. 12, 2009 5:34 am
Gary ~ What GREAT news. . . I have always heard great things about The Spinal Sheppard Center but nevr really "knew" anyone who was there. Six weeks will go fast!! And then she'll be all yours to take care of. Both of you are going to have your ups and downs BUT you can see a light at the end of the tunnel. I still think of y'all often and say a prayer.
Jul. 12, 2009 5:52 am
Wonderful extra good news! I couldn't be happier to hear of the progress Claire is making. I am also so very happy to her her care is excellent. I look forward to the day you blog about her going home! Still praying and looking to God for the strengthening and healing of Claire.
Jul. 12, 2009 6:03 am
Great news, Gderr!
Jul. 12, 2009 6:25 am
Oh, wow, gderr! Such great tidings you bring! I'm not sure if it is a miracle or just destiny that you two are together. (Maybe there's not a difference?) Best wishes to you all.
Jul. 12, 2009 6:41 am
Great news Gary! I'm so happy that she's making such wonderful progress. Keep the faith buddy, she'll be home in no time. We are praying for her speedy recovery.
Jul. 12, 2009 6:51 am
Great news!!!
Jul. 12, 2009 7:05 am
Wonderful news Gderr. It is truly amazing that Claire has been able to do so much in such a short time. I sent her another card this week. Been thinking of you guys a lot. Don't forget to take care of yourself too. Big (((hugs))) from Oregon.
Jul. 12, 2009 7:06 am
I am so happy and excited for Tater, and you too! Keep making progress Claire, you are doing an amazing job! Stay strong and keep postive, Gary, and give that beautiful Tater of yours lots of hugs from me! Hugs to you too! &hearts;
Jan's Kitchen 
Jul. 12, 2009 7:15 am
Hi Gary! Soooo very happy to see that Claire is doing so well. It's only a matter of time before she is on her way back to you. Your love for each other will see you both through this difficult time in your lives. We send our thoughts and prayers to you, Claire and your family. Don't look back, keep forging forward!
Jul. 12, 2009 7:28 am
Gary this is fantastic news!! She is such a fighter and I doubt she will quit fighting until she can walk :) Thank you so much for sharing and updating us, prayers are continually coming your way.
Jul. 12, 2009 7:40 am
Happy, happy, happy. Healing combines so many things- you staying positive and sharing that positive energy with Claire combined with all those prayers? How can she help but make progress. Keep up the good work and don't forget to take care of yourself in the process:) I'll be thinking and praying for you and your family.
Jul. 12, 2009 7:41 am
How wonderful to hear such good news. I'm so relieved she's getting better every day. What a blessing you two are to each other. I will continue to keep both of you in my prayers. Keep on keepin' on. BTW, there is a killer gaspacho salad in my recent reviews. You should give it a go!
Jul. 12, 2009 7:58 am
I'm so glad to hear the great news! She is a strong woman and I think she gets a lot of that strength from the love and bond you have for each other. She is fighting her way back to you and the girls! I'm glad you like Sheppards, it must take a lot off your mind knowing she is well cared for. Still thinking of y'all and sending postive thoughts your way! ((hugs)) Cara
Jul. 12, 2009 8:24 am
Can I just say it once? Can we all say, "I told you so"! What grand news to read. Look at the progress this woman has made. She is made of steel and the blessings are still coming! All of you remain in our hearts and prayers. Love and hugs, SGma
Jul. 12, 2009 8:47 am
gderr...echoing all the sentiments above. Also, get those papers filled out and back to the hospital. Six weeks is going to go by really quickly AND the hospital is preparing YOU for some changes as well. We all fully expect Claire to be walking and talking even before she leaves the hospital but now is the time to prepare and have a fewthings ready before she gets home. Don't wait and then stress yourself AND her just because a door isn't wide enough or a bar isn't in place. Better to be ready and not need these things than to need even one and not have it. Claire's doing ALL she can to get home and we're all rootin' for her.
Jul. 12, 2009 8:57 am
Gary, BE SURE TO PICK UP TODAY'S PARADE MAGAZINE from the newspaper. Lee Woodruff, wife of newsman Bob Woodruff, has written an article about the good prospects of those who have suffered from brain trauma. Read it and rest assured that she is strong.
Jul. 12, 2009 9:16 am
Great news to hear! May he love you have for each other continue to grow and strengthen. Both of you are so strong - more than you both realized! So, please take care of yourself and my continued prayers for you, your fammily and for your lovely Claire to have a full recovery. Please listen to patricia3096 the bars will be removed when she no longer needs them and the doors can always be changed back.
Jul. 12, 2009 9:38 am
Hang in there gderr. I've been thinking about you and Claire. You are a much stronger person than me, and your strength and optimism are inspirations.
Jul. 12, 2009 10:01 am
I am so glad to hear such wonderful news about your Claire :)
Jul. 12, 2009 10:07 am
Thank you for the update Gary. It blesses my heart to hear of the progress she is making. I will continue to ask God for guidance through this difficult time for you guys. Take care of yourself because there is soon to be a homecoming!!!
Jul. 12, 2009 10:31 am
Not to much longer before she'll be handing out orders hehehe I'm happy Clair's progressing so fast. Love ya! &hearts;
Jul. 12, 2009 10:38 am
I'm so glad Claire is doing much better.
Jul. 12, 2009 11:41 am
That's great news gderr!!!It's amazing what a person can do with love and great family and friends around&hearts;
Jul. 12, 2009 12:33 pm
Gary, please do fill out the questionaire. As someone else said, Claire may indeed be using a walker for a time and will need to be able to get from room to room. Also, there may be Physical Therapy changes that need to be accommidated. These things can always be changed when she no longer needs them but best to be prepared and not be overwhelmed when she does get home. Granny Gigi (Ginny)
Jul. 12, 2009 4:06 pm
Awesome Awesome news gderr!! So so wonderful. While you are very lucky to have Claire...she is equally lucky to have you. I know Claire will be fine. Stay positive. Sue
Jul. 12, 2009 5:09 pm
Really glad to hear such great news!
Jul. 12, 2009 8:47 pm
I've been so busy and hadn't looked to see that you posted an update. I'm sorry.. I would have been here sooner. I'm so happy to hear yet more good news! It's amazing what a person can recover from when they have the love of family and good people behind them. God truly is great! I continue prayers for you and yours. Keep up the positive attitude... it's working!
Jul. 12, 2009 9:21 pm
Gary, you are getting your Claire back, thanks to your vigilance and dedication! Stay strong and as much as you want her to Walk into the house, please help the hospital and give them the info they need just in case! Please! God Bless you and your family!
Jul. 13, 2009 7:57 am
Sounds like Tater is in a good place! I know there is still a long road ahead for both of you. Remember we are always here for you through the good and the tough times. Depression and frustration do go along with all of this and is perfectly normal. Claire is so strong and you are so supportive, a winning combination! Take Care.
Jul. 13, 2009 9:13 am
Thanks so much for updating us. Glad to hear that Clarie is improving daily. I'm sure it's very difficult to watch a loved one go through this. I also encourage you to fill out that questionaire. While she may be strong enough to manage without a wheelchair or even a walker when she gets home, having your house evaluated to make it as user-friendly as possible can't hurt and may be helpful at some point later on-for either of you. Appreciate your continuing to update us on her progress.
Jul. 13, 2009 9:52 am
great news gderr! thanks so much for the update. continued prayers coming your way for all!
Jul. 13, 2009 2:00 pm
May your good reports and blessed health be as it is spoken of the "eveready bunny"... "It just keeps going and going and going and going and......... God Bless ya reeeel reeeel good! kdstreet
Jul. 13, 2009 2:00 pm
May your good reports and blessed health be as it is spoken of the "eveready bunny"... "It just keeps going and going and going and going and......... God Bless ya reeeel reeeel good! kdstreet
Jul. 13, 2009 5:28 pm
Great news! So happy to hear it.Praying that the miracles continue & both of you will be happy back at home as soon as possible. Stay strong & keep the love flowing!
Jul. 13, 2009 5:55 pm
I'm so happy to hear that she is doing better! I hope she continues to progress more each and every day, and I'm sure she will! *hugs*
Jul. 13, 2009 8:15 pm
Jul. 14, 2009 8:48 am
Good News Gary! As I read your blog I can't help thinking how lucky your whole family is to have each other. The Love that shines through each post makes me feel, I don't know, happy. It lets me know that such a little word (LOVE) can make big things happen. Thank You Gary.
Jul. 14, 2009 9:49 am
Thanks for the update, Gary! I've been thinking about you, Claire, and the girls a lot. I'm so glad to see that you're celebrating each small improvement, because that's what Claire's recovery is all about - taking one small step at a time. Please do one thing, though. Fill out that questionnaire. It's not about being sure Claire will be wheelchair-bound. It's about being prepared for any possible outcome. Filling out the questionnaire will help the staff at The Shepherd Center prepare Claire for the types of obstacles she will be facing when she comes home, ESPECIALLY walking. She'll need to be trained for all different terrains, etc. that she'll encounter and that questionnaire will help her doctors, nurses, and therapists to tailor her therapy sessions to suit her exact needs. Keep up that wonderful faith, dear Gary. We're all pulling for you and your family!
Jul. 14, 2009 12:02 pm
Great news is always good to hear, so happy for you and my BIL went thru something similar and baby steps is what it takes! Prayers still going your way :)
Jul. 14, 2009 1:17 pm
Keep positive - you have a big fan base rooting for you. We are all praying for the best possible outcome, because it sounds like you have a great love, and those are hard to come by anymore. Thanks for keeping us all posted.
Jul. 14, 2009 8:03 pm
Sure appreciate you sharing updates, hope you are both resting well!! Praying that God will bless you both with daily strength!! Hope your girls are doing well. I've been on vacation, so I was glad to read the good news....take care; continuing to lift you all up in prayers...
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