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What a haircut! 
 
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 nerves are regenerating and/or forming new pathways. she is extrememly sensitive. i raised her left arm to place a pillow underneath earlier this evening and she almost cried. i did cry. but, that was good...she felt it. i hated her pain. bad news,  always some bad news...the cumiden is not being effective. she has lost maybe 20-25 pounds. she is now a pin-up. i don't want to see her lose any more weight. august 17th is still her target release date. i'm going up this sunday and staying thru tuesday evening. i'll learn how to be her primary care-giver. i'm looking forward to see her in rehab situations. her princpal came by with his son this afternoon and reassured her her job was waiting. very nice of him to take time to drive that far. a great guy who had a good friend many years ago come to the shepherd center with a spinal cord injury. another test tomorrow to see if taking trach out is possible. she still has her feeding tube, but have not fed her thru it since sunday evening. with her trach and feeding tube out she could go in the pool which i believe would greatly benefit her. i'm concerned about her cumiden, but not letting her know my concern. i believe the levels will get worked out. may your trials be be few and your triumphs great. thank you for your continued support...i truly feel that the many blessings that have been bestowed upon her have helped her!
 
Comments
Jul. 22, 2009 8:59 pm
Gaary, always good to see your post. I look forward to learning what Clair has achieved each day. You are both so strong and brave and I admire you both greatly. God has been so good in answering our prayers for the two of you and I know He will continue to do so. I love you both and your two girls. Keep up the good thoughts and know you are loved by all us on AR Ginny
 
Sherrie 
Jul. 22, 2009 9:06 pm
Gary, SOOO glad to find out about your blog! Please give Claire my love and let her know that we pray for her daily. She is blessed to have the support of so many. Her courageous and competative spirit will not let her stop short of complete recovery. Your faith and the faith of those around her are the engines that keep her going! Give her a sqeeze for me! Take care of yourself so that you can take care of her. She needs you. Much love, Sherrie Watkins
 
Jul. 22, 2009 10:22 pm
sherrie you have been a rock. i know you remember the early days when we/i was just shell-shocked by this. she has been a rock...strong as an ox! i truly believe the many kind thoughts have contributed to her recovery. you, peggi, alberta and so many others to include these kind and caring folks on this site have worked a miracle. i'm just a witness. may god bless you and all the caring, supportive folks that have shown such compassion for my wife/life! she is my life.
 
Jul. 22, 2009 10:28 pm
gderr...would you share the address at Shepherd center again. I sent a card to each hospital but have lost the Shepherd address. Happy to see progress and tell Claire to keep it up and SHE can share my "80th" birthday party. I'll expect her there with bells on!
 
Jul. 22, 2009 10:52 pm
Baby steps Gary, every day there is some kind of progress, one foot in front of the other, you know the drill. The coumadin issue will be resolved, have faith, Lord knows we all do.
 
Jul. 23, 2009 12:09 am
Thanks for keeping us update, gderr; I'm glad to hear she's making progress! Take care of YOU, too!!! You & your family continue to be in my thoughts!
 
LisaT 
Jul. 23, 2009 4:39 am
Gary, each and every post is a miracle in itself. Claire has come a long way in a very short time. I'm so happy for all of you. We continue to pray for all of you daily and can't wait till the day she is up and running on all cylinders (it sounds like it is going to be very soon). I am in awe of her strength (and yours). God bless all of you.
 
Jul. 23, 2009 5:43 am
Thank you Gary for the update. I will continue to pray, especially that the cumiden issue is straightened up quickly. Have a super good weekend with Claire. Draw off each other's strenghts and take care.
 
Jul. 23, 2009 5:49 am
Gary, glad to hear Claire is making MORE progress...I am sooooo happy to hear the GREAT news. Thanks for keeping us informed, it really means a lot. (((HUGS))) to all! ♥
 
Jul. 23, 2009 6:34 am
hi all the address at the shepherd center is: 2020 peachtree rd. nw, atlanta, ga. 30309-1465 , her room number 426. thanks all!
 
Jul. 23, 2009 7:01 am
Thank you, Gary for taking the time to keep us informed. I continue to keep ya'll in my prayers. Much love, Cyndi :)
 
Jul. 23, 2009 7:35 am
Gary, we're all dancing for joy. Look how far this woman has come already! The pool would be an excellent way to rehab those muscles. Speak to her doc about your coumadin concerns. They'd be glad to put your mind at ease over that. Many, many prayers still heading your way. Love and hugs to all.
 
Jul. 23, 2009 7:39 am
Glad to hear she's doing well! My mom had issues with coumadin - everytime she had surgery they had to take her off it, then getting back on was a pain. Took a couple weeks to get her levels where they needed to be...but it did happen, and hopefully it will for Claire soon! I love hearing "target release date"...she's come a long way! ;)
 
Jul. 23, 2009 8:29 am
How wonderful, Gary! Yes, the pool sounds like a great theraputic opportunity. Still praying for complete healing, and praising God for how far He has brought your 'tater' to date! I bet it meant a lot to Claire for her principal to travel to see her, that is sweet. Keep looking up to the Lord, isn't He just awesome?!! Bless ya Gary. ♥ from WA state.
 
cbjc 
Jul. 23, 2009 8:53 am
Thanks for the update! Glad to hear she is progressing so well! Things should get even better once the trach is out. Don't forget to take care of you to!! ((hugs)) Cara
 
Jul. 23, 2009 9:10 am
Little by little, bit by bit, one triumph after another, Claire will come through this; and that coumadin is going to work. Believing God for you all and refusing to give ground, KDStreet
 
Jul. 23, 2009 10:12 am
Hi gderr, thanks for the update. Being a lab tech I know how hard it is to get coumadin therapy regulated. It always seems to take so long for people new to it. Hang in there, they'll get it figured out! I think alot about your girls and what they must be going thru, they are in my heart as are you and your beautiful Claire. I am faced with that fact that I have to watch my dad slowing waste away from some yet undiagnosed progressive neurological disease. I have much empathy for your girls, no matter how old you are, it is so scary seeing your parents like that. I am so happy that Claire is making progress. Tell her I say hi and wish her well. Laura
 
Jul. 23, 2009 10:26 am
Good to hear all the news, even the bad haircut!LOL! I suppose we will need to rule out cosmetology as a profession for your Moose! Oh well, hair grows back! I know you have to be getting pretty excited about getting Claire home soon! I hope maybe they can figure out a good alternative to the coumiden soon. (((Hugs))) from Kentucky!
 
Ivy 
Jul. 23, 2009 10:51 am
Step by step = progress :)---Awww her hair will grow!! {After carwreck & surgery, I was bald once for a short time}...but I bet she's still beautiful to you. ~~~~Will be praying for the best time for the trach & tube to be removed. May your time together this weekend be full of blessings & smiles. Hope that you are all resting better. Hugs for derr family...take care!!
 
Jul. 23, 2009 1:49 pm
Thanks for the update, Gary. The day Claire goes home, we'll have to have an online party in her honor! We can take a picture of a recipe we make with a little sign that says "Welcome Home, Claire" and post it on our profiles... unless you think deviled eggs will make it through the mail, lol. I'll continue to keep you all in my thoughts, and can't wait to hear the next update!
 
Jena 
Jul. 23, 2009 2:06 pm
Your family remains in my thoughts and prayers. Your faith and love is so inspiring, I can't even begin to tell you. I know sharing your story has helped me to grow and believe in faith and hope and love. My best to you all.
 
njmom 
Jul. 23, 2009 2:48 pm
thanks for the update gderr. may claire get stronger with each passing day....take care of yourself and the girls. until the next time, god bless.
 
cstorm 
Jul. 23, 2009 5:12 pm
My mother-in-law was on coumadin. She had to have very frequent blood tests and make dosage adjustments. Do not despair...Continued thoughts and prayers to you and yours.
 
Jul. 23, 2009 6:30 pm
Hi Gary, such good news....It took over 3 months for the docs to get my coumadin levelled off and my body wasn't undergoing any of the changes that Claire's is. It is something to be aware of, but not overly concerned... I love the fact you can joke a bit...God Bless you all, Chris
 
Jul. 23, 2009 8:05 pm
Wonderful news! I know you don't want to see her pain but as you said.. she feels it.. that's a step forward. As always.. you're all in my thoughts and prayers.. *hugs*
 
Jul. 23, 2009 9:12 pm
Thanks for the update, Gary. I hope they get her coumadin regulated soon for both your sakes. Take care of yourself, too! {{{{hugs}}}}
 
Jul. 23, 2009 9:19 pm
Great news, each step in the right direction is a good one. She's done so well in the past few weeks its simply amazing. I continue to keep you both in my prayers. Awww at Moose tryin to do her hair, least she tried right?! Just dont let Claire know if it looks bad ;) Huggggggs
 
Jul. 24, 2009 6:17 am
Wow! Such beautiful words from everyone. I'll just add in my happiness!
 
Jul. 24, 2009 11:56 am
Thanks for the update and it is a blessing that so many people are praying for Claire. I will continue to pray for healing and her body to get regulated with the meds. Hugs to you both ♥
 
Jul. 24, 2009 1:49 pm
I continue to pray for more miracles for the Derr's.
 
BB 
Jul. 24, 2009 3:20 pm
I am so happy to hear how she is doing! August 17 is just around the corner! I will continue to pray for you and your family.
 
mary 
Jul. 24, 2009 4:48 pm
Continued prayers are being sent your way. Don't fret over the Coumadin levels. Concentrate on the positives. Your Claire is making a remarkable come back. Thank-you God for answered prayers. Much love and blessings from me in PA.
 
Jul. 24, 2009 8:14 pm
I have been reading your blog for a while now and just haven't commented. But I just wanted you to know that your story, however difficult it must be has made me see that we can overcome terrible obsticles in our lives. I pray that you two will have many happy times together after this is behind you.
 
Jul. 24, 2009 8:23 pm
Just keep on trudging, Gary! And your girls, too! Love you all.
 
Jul. 25, 2009 10:01 pm
I posted this in RE for you but I wanted to post it here as well so it's not lost in cyber space... not sure if you would see it there either. I hope you like it------> "Gary.. you and Claire are on my mind and in my thoughts and prayers every day. I am so in awe of the love you guys have for each other... a love rarely seen anymore. I found this video on YouTube and wanted to share it with you. It reminds me of you and Claire and how you never lose your hope and faith. This is both a song about the love i see between you two and the love that God has for you both as well. I hope you like it.. please click the link and have a listen. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DfhdfMCDJw&feature=relate (I hope this works)". I also am posting lyrics. Sorry for the long post but I wanted you to have the words to this song as well. Here they be:::: You walked with me Footprints in the sand And helped me understand Where I'm going You walked with me When I was all alone With so much unknown Along the way Then I heard you say (Chorus) I promise you I'm always there When your heart is filled with sorrow And despair I'll carry you When you need a friend You'll find my footprints in the sand I see my life Flash across the sky So many times have I Been so afraid And just when I Have thought I'd lost my way You gave me strength to carry on Thats when I heard you say (Chorus) I promise you I'm always there When your heart is filled with sorrow And despair I'll carry you When you need a friend You'll find my footprints in the sand When I'm weary Well, I know you've been there And I can feel you when you say I promise you I'm always there When your heart is filled with sadness And despair I'll carry you When you need a friend You'll find my footprints in the sand
 
Jul. 26, 2009 8:50 am
very nice. thank you starr! i'm going up today and spending 2-3 days with her. thanks for taking your time and thinking of claire, i appreciate it very much...and she will too when she can read the kind thoughts and support offered here. she has double vision now, and unable to read. "a stroke of insight" by a dr jii bolte is a book terri , her sister from chicago, has been reading to her. i'll finish reading it to her today. kitten, she's a regular here, suggested it. i highly recommend it to anyone that knows someone with a hemmoragic stroke. thanks again!
 
Sooze 
Jul. 26, 2009 10:52 am
Thanks for the update...I always look forward to the good news! I'm sure everything will work out with the cumiden!! Take good care. Sue
 
alafan 
Jul. 26, 2009 1:41 pm
Still praying and thinking about you and Claire in SC. So proud she is doing so much better, and I'm sure the other issues will work out. GOD BLESS!
 
Jul. 26, 2009 6:32 pm
Gary, I hope you had a safe trip up there.I am so thankful for the way God has touched Claire. I live here in Columbus and would like to maybe catch up with you all and meet.
 
christyscrivner 
Jul. 27, 2009 7:21 am
Hi Gary! My son, Chris, and I are praying for you, Claire and your daughters! I want u to tell Claire that she has a lot of students praying for her and wanting her to be well! They all love her and respect her! Give her a big hug from me!
 
Jul. 27, 2009 9:53 pm
Gary, Once again you have brought me to tears with your love and devotion. Claires recovery is a given with all the love and suppot she has. Your family is always in my thoughts. May God continue to bless all of you. Mag
 
Jul. 30, 2009 1:25 am
Sounds like things are SO MUCH BETTER!I'm thrilled!.. As Froghopper said Coumadin is that way. My Dad is on it and has to have his blood tested every month since he's had a pacemaker put in. The lab is always calling and telling him to change the way he takes it! (All the time!) It gets frustrating because you think they'd figure it out by now he's only been on it for 10 years! :) Well for him it's for life since he has a pacemaker and the blood has to be thinned with the coumadin to pass through the pacemaker! Too thin and he bruises and bleeds very easily!.. It's just one of those things and it keeps my Dad alive! Well, hope Claire's not too upset about her hair... I'm sure she's beautiful! God bless!..
 
Keri 
Jul. 30, 2009 11:42 am
Gary, I am so happy to hear about the improvement in Claire's left side! The doctors and staff at The Shepherd Center are truly angels working miracles!! I agree with you - if Claire could get into the pool it would be such a help. She'd be able to exercise her muscles without the stress of gravity interfering and her rehab would be so much more effective. I will pray for her to improve to the point where they can remove the trach and feeding tubes ASAP so she can start some aquatic therapy. Also, don't give up on the Coumadin therapy. The doctors will find the right balance for Claire's system. Sometimes it takes a really long time to find that fine line between a therapeutic dosage and too much or too little. Massive hugs coming your way from here in California!!
 
TIE 
Jul. 30, 2009 1:21 pm
Thanks Gary for keeping us updated! Each time I read your blog I get excited how well Clair is doing and also you and your family:0 Continued prayers to you and your family.
 
Jul. 31, 2009 2:33 pm
This will give you a giggle...http://allrecipes.com/Cook/Photo.aspx?photoID=148473
 
Jul. 31, 2009 2:55 pm
Catching up with how things are going with Claire & you. Continue to keep you all in prayer. I'm so thankful for the progresses, God is so good and your Claire is so blessed & strong!
 
Jul. 31, 2009 6:31 pm
Safe journeys to you, gderr as you visit Claire. Our continued prayers for her progress.
 
 
 
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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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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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