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Vegetable soup or how i am learning tolerance. 
 
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 specialist works to check the samples. her doctor said he is THE expert. i like her, she seems commited to helping my wife. its been a trying week. i've begun the process of starting social security benefits for her. she is so much better! she has begun walking at rehab (only) and beginning to feed herself. her left arm is still wrapped. my sister-in-law from chicago flew in today and will spend the week with her. terri is a terrific sister, she will push claire to the limit.i'm so very glad she is her for her big sister! the nurse said they are ready to start sme speech tests. next step would be removal of the trach! claire hates it...i understand. her doctor called thursday and we talked about her progress. this is when i found out about the blood-thinner and how it was affecting her. but the good doctor also brought out the problem of my tater being more mobile. she wants to restrain her in the evenings. i was astonished...my tater is trying to move..go to the bathroom? terrific news! of course, i say restrain her. she still needs an escort to the bathroom, heck..anywhere. she has a portion of her skull implanted in her abodmen (for safe keeping until reinstalled) and she's on a blood thinner. if she fell and hit her head or cut herself things could go dim quick. but i did find it funny, 3 weeks ago i was praying for a twich and now we have to use restraints. a miracle in the making! ok, best news yet...i asked her to move her left hand. she did with her right hand,  yeah that doesn't count i tell her. couple hours later, before i leave, i tell her the first thing she moved when she became  somewhat cogisnant was her right hand. again i tell her to move her left hand. she does...she kinda spiders it, then releases and does it again. i kiss her. then i kiss her some more. my wife is going to make a nice vegetable soup one day and i am going to remember the kind souls here for your support and wish you could have a bowlful of " vegetable's" soup as well. may you be at peace and love each other...it's all we have.
 
Comments
Jul. 18, 2009 10:38 pm
Gderr, your blogs always move me to tears, but thank goodness the last few have been tears of joy. The news continues to get better and better and I am so happy for you. My DH was in the hospital recently and is now on coumiden. It takes some time to regulate and to coordinate with the diet. They told him not to eat green leafy veggies (too much vitamin K) but now he takes his pills and eats 1/2 cup of spinach a day and his levels are fine. They just need to find the correct combination, and I know that they will. Take care Buddy. Give Tater and Moose and Gator big (((hugs))) from Oregon.
 
katieo 
Jul. 18, 2009 10:47 pm
That is beautiful news....I'm so happy for you both! Prayers continue for you,Claire, and the girls. And He's listening....that's the best part...He's listening.
 
Jul. 18, 2009 10:51 pm
Fabulous news. I'm so happy for all of you. It's getting brighter in this tunnel every day Gary.
 
Jul. 18, 2009 10:53 pm
Yes! ♥
 
Jul. 19, 2009 12:09 am
The best news I've had all day! Can't wait to share it with the family...Thanks for including us;)
 
Kitten 
Jul. 19, 2009 1:01 am
Gary did you get the post on your last blog about the book? It is by a woman who had a stroke. Her line of work? She is a brain specialist. She does research on the brain and it's function and she put everything down in a journel. Now I don't know what I did the the name of the book and the ladies name. Go back and look on your last blog. IL am so happy for the Derr family. Long, long road but I have no doubt Claire and you will make it just fine. The power of God, the power of love, the power of the human spirit is enough to over come a lot. Still in my prayers and thoughts. Love, Annie
 
Jul. 19, 2009 1:37 am
I had to go back & catch up on a couple posts. So glad I did. Such wonderful good news was in them. I learn from the comments your name is Gary so I hope it is ok to be familiar. I continue to keep you all & Claire's team in prayer. The positives that come from people sharing their hearts, their hopes & prayers, their love are such moving things. As I've seen mentioned by others in comments over these past few weeks just as Claire and you are being blessed so are we "out here". I personally feel very privileged just to be privy of this so that I may join in the prayer for Claire's recovery. I praise God for her progress and for sticking very close to you as well. And I'm also very thankful for each & every one who has offered you words of encouragement & the desire to share the weight of this load. I love it that Claire is feisty enough to humor you (moving the one hand with the other), shows what she's made of. May the blessings continue to flow your & Claire's way!
 
Jul. 19, 2009 2:52 am
Excellent!! :)
 
sueb 
Jul. 19, 2009 3:47 am
Seems funny to think of a Beatle's tune now, but Love Is All We Need! Claire is a lucky woman to have you, Gary! Keep the progress reports coming! Hugs and prayers!
 
Jul. 19, 2009 4:26 am
That's terrific, Gary!
 
Jul. 19, 2009 4:51 am
Hi Gary and Claire. Glad to hear such wonderful news; and yes, the restraints are a good idea :-) I am believing God with you that the coumadin will balance out. From my own past experience with it, I know that it takes consistent monitoring many times before the levels adjust, and afterwards to keep it in check. Through all that has been, and all that is ahead I know that God has a wonderful purpose in store for you both. His grace be with you. kdstreet
 
Jul. 19, 2009 4:53 am
So glad to hear Claire's doing better. And I know she's going to get even better!! God bless you Gary!
 
Maggi 
Jul. 19, 2009 4:55 am
Glorious news to start the new week. You all continues to be in prayers and loving thoughts. God love you all!
 
Jul. 19, 2009 5:22 am
Great news! ♥
 
Sooze 
Jul. 19, 2009 5:41 am
So happy with your update. I am sure there will be ups and downs but the ups are absolutely incredible!! So happy she moved her left hand. And I am sure the meds will get straightened out. You guys are so lucky to have each other! Take good care. hugs...Sue
 
Jul. 19, 2009 6:37 am
Love to hear all the progress and GOOD news! Hugs to all!!!! ♥
 
Jul. 19, 2009 6:40 am
Such good news. ♥
 
Jul. 19, 2009 6:49 am
I'm so glad to hear all your good news! Hugs to you and your family!!
 
Jul. 19, 2009 7:04 am
Yea!!!
 
Jul. 19, 2009 7:21 am
Wonderful news!!
 
Jul. 19, 2009 7:23 am
great news! Thanks for the update
 
Jul. 19, 2009 7:25 am
♥ ♥ ♥ The right words just aren't coming to me right now, I'm so happy to hear about Claire's progress.
 
Keri 
Jul. 19, 2009 7:34 am
I'm so glad to hear about the wonderful progress Claire is making!! That is totally amazing. God really does work miracles in our lives, doesn't He? I'm happy to "see" you in better spirits, too. Thanks so much for the update!
 
njmom 
Jul. 19, 2009 8:11 am
Awesome news!! Thanks for keeping us all updated. God Bless you all.
 
LisaT 
Jul. 19, 2009 8:54 am
Gary, thanks for sharing this awesome news, we're all continuing to pray for her speedy recovery and it looks like Claire's well on her way! I'm so happy for all of you. ?
 
LisaT 
Jul. 19, 2009 8:54 am
I have no clue why there is a ? there. Must have finger fumbled. Sorry!
 
TIE 
Jul. 19, 2009 9:20 am
Wonderful news, I'm glad to hear she is moving her left hand and is more moble....she is making great progress:) my prayers for all of you!
 
cbjc 
Jul. 19, 2009 9:23 am
Yay! Such great news! It's awsome that she moved her left hand! They will figure out the cumiden issue. It's a tricky drug! I'm so happy for you and your family! ((hugs)) Cara
 
Jul. 19, 2009 9:40 am
hi kitten! i did tell claire about the book. thanks so much for the suggestion. i'm going to call the local book stores and pick it up. i love all of you! claire knows about you all and now can begin to read and appreciate the great kindness and consideration shown by our loving friends here. i'm witnessing a miracle folks.
 
Blazer 
Jul. 19, 2009 11:45 am
What a great blog, you get me teary eyed every time. I am so happy to hear about Claire's improvements. You and your DD most be over joyed.
 
Jul. 19, 2009 11:46 am
Wonderful news again! I am so glad you two have each other and are willing to share a difficult part of your lives. Because it encourages me to treasure my loved ones more each and everyday. Praying for you and Claire.
 
Ivy 
Jul. 19, 2009 12:28 pm
Sooo good to read the updates :) I know there are long days for Claire & you, but yall will get through them :) May each step bring more and more smiles to you both!!! This big AR family continues to keep yall in prayer!! ((((your family))))
 
Jul. 19, 2009 12:37 pm
God is so faithful Gary I am so happy for you all.
 
Mara 
Jul. 19, 2009 12:38 pm
Wonderful news!!!
 
Robin 
Jul. 19, 2009 12:48 pm
I know this has been so tiring for you and your daughters, but Claire has made so much progress. Faith is on your side. Thank you for keeping all of us updated during these long weeks. I will continue praying for Claire, you and the girls.
 
Jena 
Jul. 19, 2009 1:48 pm
No matter what trials God has in mind for me in life to come I will always....always think of you and Claire and the faith, hope and love you have. Your attitude, your outlook are so inspiring. I am so glad good news keeps pouring forth and I'm grateful you share it with us.
 
Jul. 19, 2009 2:46 pm
I keep you & your family in my prayers. Claire continues to improve & you are the steady "rock" that she needs to lean on. Hope your girls are doing OK & how nice that family is there to help, also. Baby steps,keep positive.
 
Jul. 19, 2009 2:54 pm
Hey there my guy! No soup for you! I see a garden here! She is blossoming! Our Hugs from KY! Cindy, Danny, Cotton and Marley!
 
tanya 
Jul. 19, 2009 3:09 pm
What wonderful news!! Once again you remind us all what is really important! I have been sitting here being kinda angry at my DH for something really stupid... when he gets home I plan on hugging him tightly! Thanks.
 
stacey 
Jul. 19, 2009 4:43 pm
Great blog gderr! Wonderful to hear of such great progress!
 
Jul. 19, 2009 5:12 pm
What exellent news !!!!! So very happy to hear about such great progress so soon !!! Your Tater is awesome !!!! (((HUGS)))) to all from Arizona !!!!!
 
Jul. 19, 2009 5:29 pm
Claire seems to be coming along, but it will be slow. Every new thing she can do is wonderful. After my moms brain surgery for aneurysm even before she was moved to rehab they kept her restrained and then in a net bed when she slept. It was really hard to see her in there trying to get out like an animal at the zoo and pleading to get out. But it was for her safety, she kept trying to run away. She even tried to bribe the grandkids to let her out of the wheelchair when they would go for a ride down the hallway. She was hilarious at times. She started watching Xena Warrior Princess on tv, something she had never done! Her sense of humor is still a little skewed, but unless you knew her really well you wouldnt notice. They did a really good job at the rehab, they have a whole place setup to let them relearn how to navigate restuarants and movie theaters. They have a kitchen and a car inside to relearn them how to drive and get along in the kitchen. They wouldn't let her go home until she could do all those things again. I'm just glad to have her for as long as God lets her and my dad be here. She's almost 82 now. I'll keep praying for your Claire!
 
Julie 
Jul. 19, 2009 5:54 pm
Gary, this is such wonderful news! I am so happy for you and Claire, it has indeed been extremely hard on you, but your devotion has been what has made her so much stronger!! Thank you so much for all the updates and of course you and Claire remain in my prayers!
 
mary 
Jul. 19, 2009 6:17 pm
Such a touching blog. Thanks again for sharing. I'm not sure I can offer words of wisdom. You are teaching me/us such a valuable lesson. Your love for your wife moves me to tears. Your gratefulness for the staff is awesome. God is indeed an awesome God. (((cyber hugs))) Mary
 
Nicole 
Jul. 19, 2009 7:21 pm
You are all such inspirations, gderr. Your courage and strength renders me speechless. Keep up the awesome work Claire! Love to you all and BIG hugs!
 
Jul. 19, 2009 8:06 pm
Double Yay!
 
Jul. 20, 2009 7:06 am
From vegetable a couple of weeks ago to looking forward to vegetable soup! What remarkable changes. Keep sending your wonderful blogs. And I think there is a special place in heaven for Rehab hospitals and the folks who are there, patients, families and especially staff.
 
Jul. 20, 2009 8:40 am
Gary, I so glad Claire is in fast motion, so to speak. Go Claire!!! ♥ Love ya :)
 
ruth 
Jul. 20, 2009 9:24 am
i love to say i told you so!!miracles are happening everyday .thank you jesus. i pray you experience more,we have a good GOD.MAY HE BLESS YOU ALL ,KEEP PRAYING!
 
Jgirl 
Jul. 20, 2009 11:12 am
Gary..I love to log on and read positive news on your blog. Glad to hear Claire is continuing to improve. Hugs to all!!
 
Jul. 20, 2009 11:28 am
Good news!! Slowly but surely!! Hang in there Gderr!!
 
redhot 
Jul. 20, 2009 6:36 pm
We'll continue to pray for you here in Pittsburgh. Claire's progress sounds terrific! Sending you prayers and support.
 
redhot 
Jul. 20, 2009 6:36 pm
We'll continue to pray for you here in Pittsburgh. Claire's progress sounds terrific! Sending you prayers and support.
 
Jul. 20, 2009 10:04 pm
Gderr, so glad to hear the wonderful news about "our" Claire! Your posts are always the first thing I look for and my thoughts are still with you all. My husband was on coumiden and it did take some time for adjustment so don't give u[. Go Claire Go!!! Love you both Ginny
 
SD_GAL 
Jul. 20, 2009 10:04 pm
My Bible study friends and I are still praying for you and Claire. Bumps in the road, my friend. The good thing is that she is on the road (to recovery). God bless you, Claire, and your family.
 
Jul. 21, 2009 8:59 am
I haven't been around for a while since my dad had a stroke. I've been too busy juggling time between my home and my parent's home and they don't have a computer. I wanted to take a few minutes to check up on you and your girl this morning and I'm so glad I did. I knew Claire was doing better because someone was kind enough to let me know the last time I made a brief appearance on the exchange, but I didn't realize how far she has come, and now the nurses have to "restrain" her? LOL!....That is such amazing and wonderful news. I am so happy for you and your family.
 
Jul. 21, 2009 11:44 am
Again Congrats, progress is in the wrks along with you answered prayers :) I couldn't be happier for you :)?
 
Jul. 21, 2009 12:09 pm
Gary, I know blogging about this has been a good release for you, but by doing so, you have also enriched all of us. Thank you for your generous spirit. God Bless You All, Chris
 
Jul. 21, 2009 1:08 pm
This all sounds great. I have a bit of experience with Coumadin too. It is notoriously difficult to regulate and even patients who've been on it for months need to have blood tests done every week or two.
 
Jul. 21, 2009 1:44 pm
Gderr, I have missed alot about Claires Progress while I was away, I think its fantastic how good shes doing, a couple times while I was cleaning out my old house from the flood and moving being overwhelmed by everything I would sit and take a moment and thank god for what all He did for us and I would always add in a prayer for Claire, hearing all this great news about your beloved wife is some of the best news I have had in two weeks. WooHoo! Tell her to keep up the good work. Hugs to you both
 
Jul. 21, 2009 3:14 pm
So glad there is progress. Hope they get the Cumiden situation fixed up ! like now . Hope her sister can motivate her even more. God be with you and all the family
 
Lace 
Jul. 22, 2009 7:14 am
So very glad to hear some good news and you just keep hanging in there with your Claire. I too, always check your blog for updates as you both are in my thoughts and prayers.
 
Jul. 22, 2009 4:04 pm
It's so good to hear your Claire is recovering! We continue to pray, our family prays and we keep you in our thoughts! God Bless!
 
christyscrivner 
Jul. 22, 2009 8:48 pm
Hi Gary! I just became a blogger when I learned of this great site from the carepages site. I am overwhelmed with tears of sadness and joy all rolled up together when I read all the past blogs! My son is a student of Claires and we have loved getting to know claire at Richards! She is an amazing teacher, dedicated to her students success and willing to do whatever it takes to help each one of them. Please tell her that Chris Scrivner says Hi and that his whole family and church is praying for her! Thank you for sharing this miracle with us!
 
alafan 
Jul. 22, 2009 9:01 pm
So very glad to hear the encouraging news! It is so wonderful that she is progressing. We will continue to pray for all of you from SC. GOD BLESS!
 
Jul. 26, 2009 3:01 pm
Our prayers are with you and yours! She will rock it out and just an fyi.. no beer with coumidin meds. :)
 
 
 
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