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I can't sleep 
Oct. 20, 2009 11:22 pm 
Updated: Oct. 23, 2009 1:15 pm
  This i hope will be the next to last blog concerning my tater. i'm about to leave to go back to the hospital to sit with her and wait for the folks to take her and prep her her for the final surgery. i started at the beginning of my blogs, (they all concerned claire), and read all of them again. quite a ride! she has been amazing. folks your care and kindness has been so appreciated...i wish i could repay each of you in some way! remember this is bass fishing paradise! she had a great ( yeah---sure...in the hospital hooked to an iv) 50th birthday! many, many visitors! today again we were flooded with folks and phone-calls and doctors. a lot of excitment. we heard from 1 doctor that it may be possible that she will not have to take cumiden the rest of her life. another doctor came in today when i wasn;t there that saw her when she spent a month in icu and claire said, he said,"amazing...amazing" concerning her progress. i tell claire that all the time but she was in a coma for @5 weeks and doesn;t remember the bad times...thank god! God must have a special use for her! she is a very special human being that truly wants to help people.her princpal came up and saw her tonight and he said he was taking some spanish classes in advance of an influx of soldiers for BRAC. i told him claire was self-teaching herself latin for relaxation prior to her stroke ...that's how she rocks. she is an egghead but boy howdy! she is my gorgeous egghead! we expect her to stay in the hospital between 5-10 days after the surgery for coming off the actrophan (sp) and moving back to cumiden...hopefully for only a couple months! thanks again for all the kind words, responses,prayers, cards! love radiates from here back to each of you!
Oct. 21, 2009 5:55 am
Our thoughts are with you, Claire & the girls, Gary!
Oct. 21, 2009 5:56 am
I have been only on AR for awhile but I've read everyone of your blogs. If there ever was a better example of the power of God and the love he has given to the two of you I haven't ever seen it. You are an example and an inspiration to so many people. You have no idea all the lives you have touched with you words. When you say you hope this is the next to last blog about your wife I truly hope you meant because she was making such a wonderful recovery that you wouldn't have to write anymore because everything would be great from now on! Please keep writing sometimes anyway as I know your family will continue to be in all our thoughts and prayers, you may have to change the theme of your blogs but we all want to hear from you. I pray that you will find peace and encouragement today during the surgery and the assurance that God is with all of you every step of the way.
Oct. 21, 2009 5:58 am
Prays and good thought going your way!
Oct. 21, 2009 6:04 am
Thinking of you guys today and sending you the "Luck O' The Irish"
Oct. 21, 2009 6:05 am
GDerr, give Claire a Hug from our family to yours! As always, keeping you and Claire in my prayers and thank goodness this hospital stuff may all be over soon! Take care of yourself and Tater, my friend! Love, Cindy
Oct. 21, 2009 6:07 am
Good thoughts and prayers are coming yo you and Claire from McDonough, GA.
Oct. 21, 2009 6:11 am
My first time seeing your blogs - my prayers are with both of you and will pass you both on to friends for prayers. God bless you both.
Oct. 21, 2009 6:15 am
Gary & Claire, I'm sending prayers, hugs, love and good thoughts your way! I hope everything goes really smooth and this soon will be all over. Love Ya~~~Cyndi
Oct. 21, 2009 6:23 am
Lots of prayers and hugs sent to all in your family! Have put your family on the prayer list and I know they have been faithful in praying as well. It is amazing to me to see that everlasting love that you both share. Quite a wonderful example to your daughters! Know that you've all touched our lives in hearing your story!
Oct. 21, 2009 6:28 am
Gary, I hope everything goes well for Claire. I'll be praying for her.
Oct. 21, 2009 6:34 am
Lots of love and good wishes sent your way! I hope everything goes smoothly today! (((huhs))) Cara
Oct. 21, 2009 6:35 am
that's suppose to be (((hugs)), ugh!!
Oct. 21, 2009 6:40 am
Wow, your love for your wife and family just transcends through your words to us. As always God speed with Claire's recovery. Pam
Oct. 21, 2009 6:46 am
Good luck today - hugs and good wishes to you both! Ellen
Oct. 21, 2009 6:52 am
I hope all goes well and Claire is up and running again very soon!!
Oct. 21, 2009 7:03 am
Best wishes that all goes smoothly!
Oct. 21, 2009 7:15 am
You and Claire will be in my thoughts and prayers today for a successful surgery and a quick recovery. Thanks for the update Gary and as always God Bless!!
Oct. 21, 2009 7:30 am
Prayers that Claire's and yours trial is over soon. Love and blessings.
Oct. 21, 2009 7:51 am
Your family continues to be in my thoughts and prayers.
Oct. 21, 2009 7:58 am
God is so good to us! He will be with you and your family today. Hugs and Prayers to you all~Kathy~
Oct. 21, 2009 8:33 am
Thanks for the post. I continue to keep you, Claire and your whole family in my mind and say a prayer for you often. While today will be a long and trying day it is one more day towards your new and wonderful journey together. I agree with you that Claire is a special person that God has great plans for. She already has to be an inspiration to other families that are in the same place you were last summer. Heck, I'm not even in that place and you guys are an inspiration to me!! God is good and so is Claire!
Oct. 21, 2009 9:05 am
Prayers and positive thoughts continue to flow your (and Claire's) way, Gary. The two of you are amazing, and I'm sure everything will go as it should. Thanks for keeping us up-to-date on what it happening. My best to you, Claire and your family.
Oct. 21, 2009 10:21 am
Continued prayers and any my god bless you both!
Oct. 21, 2009 11:16 am
Thoughts and prayers are with you!
Oct. 21, 2009 11:36 am
So glad to hear your situation is finally winding down with the most uplifting and positive ending! Yeah, ya'll have a lot of positive energy vibrating around you and I'm glad you made us part of this journey. Love and prayers to your entire family.
Oct. 21, 2009 11:48 am
Praying for Claire and all your family today as I have so many times. So glad to hear of her progress and I'm sure with all our prayers and God's healing hand she will come through just fine. Thoughts and love are with you and Claire today and always.
Oct. 21, 2009 1:30 pm
You have our prayers also. I am so happy that things are looking brighter and Claire has made such amazing progress. You both have been inspirational to so many. God Bless you all, Love Chris
Oct. 21, 2009 1:34 pm
Sending my prayers for your family. You have come a long way, and I pray that your Tater has an easy time of this surgery. Love from a Mississippi neighbor!
Oct. 21, 2009 2:00 pm
Gary, good thoughts and prayers going out for Claire today and for you. God give the doctors strength and knowledge to do a perfect job during her surgery and make this the las one she will need. You have both been such inspiring people all through this and such a witness to God's healing power! Stay strong and please don't stop blogging about your family!! Love you all Ginny
Oct. 21, 2009 2:56 pm
Gary, you mentioned wishing you could repay everyone for kindnesses, etc. But you have given us back more than we've given you--the idea that love springs eternal, that love conquers all, that life really is worth living, and much more. Take care. I just know all will be OK.
Oct. 21, 2009 3:22 pm
We remain in prayer believing for you all Gary; hang in there. The best is yet to come. Grace and peace to you all. kdstreet
Oct. 21, 2009 3:33 pm
Dang, late to the party, but know that she and you have always been in my thoughts and prayers from the first moment you posted all those months ago. At this time, since I'm three hours behind you, she has come through the surgery and hopefully doing well. I look forward to your posting. ♥ 's to all of you.
Oct. 21, 2009 4:53 pm
sending prayers your way gderr & claire (and girls). god bless!
Oct. 21, 2009 4:54 pm
Can't wait to hear from you again! You & Claire have been a big blessing in my life, and it makes me happy to lift you both up in my prayers!!
Oct. 21, 2009 5:35 pm
I pray that the surgeries were a success and Claire is resting as comfortably as possible. Give her a hug for me.
Oct. 21, 2009 5:59 pm
Hugs and prayers coming your way! Not only is Claire an amazing person, you are also pretty amazing yourself Gary.
Oct. 21, 2009 6:07 pm
Its evening here. And I usually start my day with Claire and you, hoping for a good day for you both. By now the trials of the day are over and I hope everything went well. As always I will keeps good thoughts for your family and keep all of you in my prayers. Mag
Oct. 21, 2009 6:26 pm
Gary, I'm sending thoughts, prayers, good vibes, love and big hugs to Claire, you and the girls. She is AMAZING and will pull through this. ♥
Oct. 22, 2009 9:12 am
My, what an inspiration Claire, you and lovely daughters are. Special hugs and prayers to all.
Oct. 22, 2009 10:44 am
Thinking of all of you today...Hoping all goes well!!
Oct. 22, 2009 12:50 pm
Hope all is going well!!
Oct. 22, 2009 7:07 pm
Gary, Best wishes coming to you & Claire & your family. Just showing the love & hope that is alive & well is a gift to all of us. It is so nice to know that good & happy marriages do still exist. Best wishes to both of you!
Oct. 23, 2009 7:04 am
Gderr, every person that has read your blog has been blessed, I know that I have. Hope that you and Claire have a good weekend!! ~~You both have a new appreciation for life, love & each other; may it continue to grow and touch others. We continue to lift Claire & your family up in our prayers. ~~Best wishes!
Oct. 23, 2009 1:15 pm
Gderr, my thoughts are with you and your family. I hope everything goes well with Claire's sugery. Happy birthday Claire!
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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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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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