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Every move she makes. 
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 lovelingly challenged! i find it hard not to help her...but i don't . she wants to find the right word, use her left hand to open envelopes, type on her laptop, answer jeopardy questions, etc. she still kicks my butt at jeopardy. when she was 1st admitted to shepherds less than 6 weeks ago she scored a 21 on a "fem" test. i have no clue what that means. this thursday, her primary dr. said she scored a 97. she was amazed. everyone is. i'm a witness to a miracle. ok more good news...i toured "pathways", an offshoot of shepherds, her case-manager there pretty much said, she could certainly benefit from a stay there, but our local area had a terrific progam as well.  she is coming home and starting an outpatient rehab locally. moose and i were checked out on a resiperator in case of choking. we both suctioned her throat today. scary but essential. her sister from chicago is with her now but leaving monday. she, as always, has been terrific! claire is to be released wednesday. she will start local rehab thursday here at home. she still needs 2 operations. the removal of the trach to close the wound (hole) will be gauze and tape! she will have to go off cumiden to "roto-rooter her throat, then replace her skull flap. the light at the end of the tunnel is a speeding train and soon we will aboard! i hope your misfortunes can have a happy ending like the one i highly anticpate here! much work still to go, but boy howdy! has the prayers worked! hug your loved ones, my tater is cooking!!
Aug. 14, 2009 7:38 pm
Oh Gary, I am thrilled for you all...A miracle indeed! Glad she is coming home and the rehab is local. Please give her LOTS of hugs from me and keep a few for yourself. I am so happy to hear the GREAT news! ♥
Aug. 14, 2009 8:25 pm
Gary, I'm so happy to hear such terrific news! That's just awesome! And it will be so much easier on all of you to have her home - I'm so happy for all of you!
Aug. 14, 2009 8:41 pm
Gary, I am so happy for all of you! You all are one terrific family and we have all learned a great deal from you. We'll keep praying for you. God Bless you all, Chris
Aug. 14, 2009 9:08 pm
Just thinking of you both yesterday and here you are with really good news. Do you by any chance have a p.o. box so we can continue to support Claire with cards etc.? I'm so glad she's going to be home with you all. Things will progress so much faster with familiar surroundings.
Aug. 14, 2009 9:22 pm
See? The power of Prayer!! It works! I am trilled for you and Claire, Gary!! She can only get better with you driving her health train:):) God Bless you and your family Gary! Hugs and more hugs sending your way!
Aug. 14, 2009 10:09 pm
I'm so happy for you and your little family, Gary. :)
Aug. 14, 2009 10:13 pm
Gary, thank you so much for keeping us updated, for letting us in, and for accepting our prayers.
Aug. 15, 2009 4:55 am
Hi Gary. I remember first reading your blog at the beginning; WOW! God has done great things indeed, and may He continue to do many many more. I am happy with you to hear the wonderful report; and continue with you in prayer believing for full recovery. Grace, peace, and strength to you all. kdstreet
Aug. 15, 2009 6:14 am
My daily prayers are with you. What a miracle. Good luck to Claire when she goes home. I think she will recover more quickly in her own space. You have such a support system from people you don't even know. I know in my heart that the Holy Spirit is in the middle of this. God Bless!!!
Aug. 15, 2009 6:56 am
That is good news! Your Claire is blessed with such a wonderful husband. Take care.
Aug. 15, 2009 7:17 am
i always look forward to your updates gderr. remember to stay strong for the tater, moose & gater! it will be a challenge for sure, but i know you all are up for it! take care and god bless!
Aug. 15, 2009 7:24 am
What great news! I'm so glad she can go back to Columbus! That's going to be so much easier on you and good for her to be in familiar surroundings! You and the rest of the family are doing a great job! (and so is she!) Take care! ((hugs)) Cara
Aug. 15, 2009 7:36 am
That is amazing news. Wow, Claire is going home. You all must be thrilled. I wish we all lived closer together so that we could give her a homecoming party. What a spread that would be. I am so happy for you and your family. Take care gderr. Big (((hugs))) from Oregon.
Aug. 15, 2009 7:40 am
What a journey it's been for you all! So glad to hear she's making progress and coming home! Take care.
Aug. 15, 2009 7:48 am
It's been a long haul, but what precious cargo! Just remember to take care of yourself, Gary, since you are just as important a cog in this wheel as she is! Congrats!
Aug. 15, 2009 7:53 am
Wonderful news! It sure will be great for her to be in her own house and have her family around all the time. Prayers and hugs going your way. ♥
Aug. 15, 2009 7:57 am
Fantastic news! I could not be happier for you!
Aug. 15, 2009 8:04 am
I'm so happy for your good news. I hope additional progress flows smoothly, too! What a miracle! Prayers and hugs!
Aug. 15, 2009 8:34 am
Hi Gary- So happy to hear all your work/love is paying off and Claire is progressing well. A loving family and prayer is a great thing to have. Keep up the good work and special congratulations to Claire who is obviously working very hard. You have a brave family. I know that suction thing is tough work and stressful-- for all involved! I'm sending more good wishes your way with lots of extra energy to keep your whole family working well together. ;)
Aug. 15, 2009 8:34 am
Great news to hear! Continued positive news and prayers for you, Claire and your family.
Aug. 15, 2009 8:45 am
Wonderful news Gary! Please let us know where we can send cards, I have one here and ready to go. I'm afraid if I send it now it won't get to her so I'll wait for the new address. Again, I am thrilled she is doing so well! She's such a trooper.
Aug. 15, 2009 8:50 am
Wow, this is fantastic. God bless.
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Aug. 15, 2009 9:23 am
Hi Gary, Great news!! You have my e-mail address, I have a small gift that I would like to send to you and Claire, and would appreciate if you could drop me a line whenever you get around to it, to arrange how I can send it! Trish xxx
Aug. 15, 2009 9:38 am
Hi Gary~ Praise the Lord!!! I am so excited about this news! You are over the hump and Claire is proving that she is amazing! I knew she was determined and a workhorse but now we have all seen for ourselves! She is amazing and So is the Lord! He has shown all of us a miracle in Claire!
Aug. 15, 2009 9:59 am
Hey Gary, this news is simply fantastic!! I am so happy for you and Claire, she is coming home yippee (: She sounds like such an amazing woman, and she is proof that prayer and miracles happen. Please give her a big hug from me too (:
Aug. 15, 2009 10:11 am
Oh, Gary, what fantastic good news! I am so happy for you , Claire and Moose & Tater. You seem like such a wonderful family who really pull together. Claire is a real trooper and you are a sweet, wonderful husband. Keep believing God will take care of it all and I know things are going to be well for you all! Much love and hugs to all. Ginny
Aug. 15, 2009 10:33 am
What wonderful news! Thanks always for sharing and keeping us updated. Maybe you can e-mail someone on here your mailing address who would be able to send a group e-mail. Will continue to keep you all in my toughts and prayers. ((( Hugs )))) to you.
Aug. 15, 2009 10:42 am
You have been through an amazing journey and truly humbling. Just in the short time that she has been at the Sheperd Center she has made unbelievable strides. Coming home, you most likely will see even more at a faster rate. So, so happy for all of you! Why don't you video tape her at home walking around and talking then enclose the tape with assorted "vegetables" and have it delivered to Dr. Idiot.
Aug. 15, 2009 11:05 am
Hi gderr! I've been out of the loop for the last couple of weeks, so I just went back read the blogs you posted while I was gone. So glad to know that Claire continues to improve and progress. My thoughts are with you guys, as always. ♥
Aug. 15, 2009 11:44 am
Aug. 15, 2009 4:15 pm
So happy to hear the wonderful news! Keep up the good work, both of you & know that plenty of love & support is still coming your way.What a fighter the "tater" is, & hope the coming struggles ahead will also be falling by the wayside soon. Prayers from CA!
Aug. 15, 2009 10:39 pm
Dear Gary and Family..............Praise God He is still in the business of miracles. I pray that you all never forget what Our Precious Savior has done for you through the power of prayer from faithful people of God. I rejoice with you all and continue to pray for complete recovery for your most precious "tator" GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME. Much love to you all, Sylvia
Aug. 15, 2009 10:46 pm
Dear Gary and family..............Our precious Heavenly Father is still in the business of miracles! HALLELUJAH!!! I will continue to pray for you all. IT IS SO CLEAR THAT OUR SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST LOVE YOU ALL MORE THAN YOU WILL EVER KNOW AND HEARS THE PRAYER OF ALL THE PEOPLE OF GOD! Much love, and thank you so much for sharing the blessings you are receiving for the building up of the body of Christ. Much love in Christ, Sylvia
Aug. 16, 2009 8:16 am
Oh my, that is suck wonderful news! Just fyi, I looked in my medical dictionary fem test is a Finite Element Method. So, I doubt that's the test they are running. :)
Aug. 16, 2009 1:16 pm
Awesome news! Thanks for sharing
Aug. 16, 2009 5:25 pm
Thank you Gary for taking time from Claire to update us. You and Claire are the prime example of the phrase Love Conquers All ! Mag
Aug. 17, 2009 6:33 am
I'm totally thrilled about this fantastic news! Going home!!!! I know your family and Claire have got to be so very thankful to be going HOME at last! I'd actually been checking for an update last week and was elated to find this wonderful news today. Take care of yourself, Gary, you're going to need some good energy to help Claire's healing process. You all have my blessings and are in my daily meditations. She's a lucky lady!!
Aug. 17, 2009 8:15 am
Great news Gary. I'm sure Claire will continue to excel at home with family.
Aug. 17, 2009 11:31 am
((gderr & claire))We praise the Lord for her wonderful progress!! This week going home will be some different steps for Claire & you, praying for daily strength & patience for your family. Appreciate the updates! Yall have our best wishes! Yall are both very blessed....take care :)
Aug. 17, 2009 12:42 pm
Wonderful news Gderr!! So very excited for you!! Start making the "Welcome Home" signs!! Take care!!
Aug. 20, 2009 1:02 pm
Awesome!! So glad to read the good news! My thoughts and prayers will remain w/ Claire and the family as she continues to make progress.
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