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We have so much to be thankful for!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Here was my dear man, hubby of 46 years, six weeks ago, towards the end of his battle with three different infections in his body, two in his brain...he did not know who I was for a while, was unable to speak or even eat.


And when he was discharged at the end of acute rehab (41 days in the hospital)
This was almost 4 weeks ago.


And here he was yesterday, after we went to see his neurosurgeon, who is thrilled with David's cognitive recovery.
He was trying to do the NYTimes crossword puzzle.


See what I mean?

BTW, his doc explained why my guy is unable to put on any wt despite eating many many mostly healthy calories (I estimate 4000) every day. Apparently it takes an enormous amount of energy just to heal the brain. Also explains why he is still so weak and tired (still has regained very little muscle mass).

Have a peaceful Sunday.

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BETHGILLIGAN 11/26/2014 9:08AM

    What wonderful pictures!! I am so happy for both of you!

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AJDOVER1 11/25/2014 1:07PM

    He's blessed to have you by his side.
I'm blessed to know you and receive your inspiration!
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HIPPICHICK1 11/24/2014 2:54PM

    His progress is truly amazing! Yahooooo!!!

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TWILAQ1 11/24/2014 7:40AM

    I am thrilled with his progress!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! You DO have so much to be thankful for!

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MARITIMER3 11/23/2014 10:29PM

    He looks so much better! The strength and the weight will come back. I'm so happy for all of you.
Gail

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_UMAMI_ 11/23/2014 10:22PM

    WOW!! emoticon

Thanks for the update...with PIX! (yes, I *did* turn my laptop sideways! ;-) )

You have gone through a truly exhausting experience. But a miraculous one, as well.
I think gratitude has a lot of healthful side benefits.
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It's wonderful to hear you sounding so upbeat, and to hear such wonderful news about your family this holiday season.
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JANTHEBLONDE 11/23/2014 8:43PM

    This is fabulous news! Your DH is looking great! I am so happy for the two of you! Wishing you both a day of love and happiness!
Hugs and love,
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DOOBRIE 11/23/2014 6:43PM

    It's great to see your DH looking so well again. I'm sure your loving care has a lot to do with it!

So pleased for both of you.

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HEALTHY4ME 11/23/2014 6:23PM

    So thankful for you both and your family. HUGS and know you are going to have a happy thanksgiving!

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GABY1948 11/23/2014 5:40PM

    He truly is a walking Miracle! So happy for you, I remember how awful it was at first for you! Lots to be thankful for this year, for sure!

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JOANNANOW 11/23/2014 2:04PM

    Thank you is the best prayer. So glad to know that David is doing so well. emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 11/23/2014 1:08PM

    How marvellous -- the NY Times crossword.

(My mum and dad did the Toronto Globe cryptic crossword: in ink!! Show-offs, basically!!)

And: he has a lot to be grateful for too, beginning with you. Don't be shy in telling him, mmmmKay?

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LKWQUILTER 11/23/2014 12:34PM

    He is a true miracle and God has blessed both of you so much. (((HUGS))) Linda Kay

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LESLIESENIOR 11/23/2014 11:25AM

    What a wonderful testimony to his miraculous recovery. I am grateful that you shared with us all along the way. It truly reminded us all to be grateful in the present moment.
Sending continued prayers for strength and healing!

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KALANTHA 11/23/2014 11:04AM

    Wishing him a complete and speedy recuperation.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 11/23/2014 10:55AM

    You must feel so blessed.

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NEW-CAZ 11/23/2014 10:33AM

    wonderful to hear he's doing so well! emoticon

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MEXGAL1 11/23/2014 10:29AM

    That is wonderful that he is working towards his recovery. I sure wish my FIL would do the same thing. He has pretty much given up. We will visit with him today and I am sure all he will do is complain.
Thank God your DH is on the mend!
Have a terrific day!
Peanut

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IAMBIZI 11/23/2014 10:13AM

    such good news to read this morning! You are quite a team!
(((((HUGS)))))
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TRAVELGRRL 11/23/2014 9:32AM

    OMG, I don't think any of us realize how much we have to be thankful for until something hits us upside the head like your husband's bizarre series of medical catastrophes! I am so grateful that he has made such a remarkable recovery, and is well on his way back to normal!! Have a blessed Sunday.

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William is four today!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Lucy's little brother and Pearl's big brother is four today.
He is such a unique little man...very smart and inquisitive...Loves books and anything with wheels.
He has a wonderful imagination and loves to play pretend games.
He is good at amusing himself but adores playing with his Papa and missed him so very much when Papa was in the hospital so long.
Will was a cranky baby and had (still has, some days) some painful intestinal problem that his doc says will sort itself out.
I feel so blessed to be such an active part of William's life.

  
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BOOKAPHILE 11/20/2014 10:14AM

    He's a charmer! Happy Grandma :-)

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BETHGILLIGAN 11/20/2014 8:44AM

    Happy birthday, William!!! Hope you have a great day!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/19/2014 9:54PM

    Happy Birthday William.

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LKWQUILTER 11/19/2014 7:41PM

    Cute little man.

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IAMBIZI 11/19/2014 7:24PM

    so cute glad that he can play with his grand pa again.
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WATERMELLEN 11/19/2014 6:52PM

    What an adorable little boy! Happy birthday to William!!

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AJDOVER1 11/19/2014 5:16PM

    Thanks for sharing him with us!

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MARITIMER3 11/19/2014 4:25PM

    What a handsome little boy. Hope his birthday was a real treat!

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MEXGAL1 11/19/2014 2:25PM

    Happy Birthday to such a real cutie!

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HIPPICHICK1 11/19/2014 12:53PM

    4 already? Where has the time gone?
Happy Birthday William!
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JANTHEBLONDE 11/19/2014 11:58AM

    Happy 4th Birthday little William! He is absolutely adorable! I hope you have a fabulous Wednesday!
Hugs and love,
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JOANNANOW 11/19/2014 11:32AM

    What a cute little boy. You are blessed with adorable grand kids. May it be a fun B day and happy al year long for William and emoticon emoticon for all of you.

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DOOBRIE 11/19/2014 11:27AM

    Happy Birthday to William. Sweet boy!

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    emoticon William, he's a real credit to you Liz

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MOJO0607 11/19/2014 10:48AM

    Such a cutie! Happy Birhday, William, and Happy day to you as well, Mama!

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 11/19/2014 10:48AM

    emoticon William! Such a cutie (I remember when you first posted his newborn pic)... that's how long we've been friends here on SP (at least lol).

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EDWARDS1411 11/19/2014 10:30AM

    Oh my, look at how big he's getting! Happy B-Day William!!!
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Aaaaahhhhhhh!

Monday, November 17, 2014

My massage today was divine! emoticon
Just what I needed right now.
My therapist is just a doll and gives an amazing massage.
I have gone to her off and on for 15 years or more...less since I retired (no $!).
She took a good long time working me over, especially my hips, and gave me lots of advice of things to try.
Since retiring, as my income declined, I tried at least 5 or 6 different massage places using Groupon but no-one compares to Angela, and I told her so.
She is the one who messaged me on FB asking if she could please GIVE me a massage when she heard what I was going through during my dear man's health crisis.
How very kind.
I still cry when I think of what a kind and generous act that was.
So, I told her that I was planning on a massage every month henceforth and, guess what?
She is giving me the 'friends and family' discount.
She probably does it for all her regulars but I still am pretty happy about it!
People can be so kind.
Hope all is well in your world.
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HIPPICHICK1 11/19/2014 1:15AM

    What a lovely and compassionate gesture! I'm so glad you have an "Angel"a.
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BOOKAPHILE 11/18/2014 9:32PM

    What a compassionate, giving friend! Enjoy your monthly indulgence...you deserve it!

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LKWQUILTER 11/18/2014 9:22PM

    She is a keeper. Glad she helped you so much.

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That is so sweet of Angela. I went once years ago because of my back, loved it.
So happy for you and happy that your husband is doing better.

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 11/18/2014 11:58AM

    How nice of her to offer that to you!! So very well deserved - glad it made you feel better!

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TRAVELGRRL 11/18/2014 10:43AM

    I am so glad to hear that your husband is improving! I'm working on catching up with Sparkfriends and am so happy to hear things are going better in Your Corner of the Universe....

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EDWARDS1411 11/18/2014 8:55AM

    Well-deserved!!!
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TWILAQ1 11/18/2014 7:57AM

    Wonderful!

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BETHGILLIGAN 11/18/2014 7:29AM

    I love a good massage but have a difficult time justifying the money and time. I still think of it as a luxury although in my head I know it has so many health benefits! So glad you were able to get yours. I know how much better you must feel and, you're right, she is awesome to offer the discounts to you!!

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NEW-CAZ 11/18/2014 3:19AM

    Liz I am so glad you took time out for yourself, it's been a stressful time for sure.
Hope David continues to improve....won't be long before you're able to go to your "retreat" and have some beach time emoticon emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/18/2014 12:28AM

    I thought you meant your husband was getting a massage. emoticon

Now I need a massae.

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_UMAMI_ 11/17/2014 11:23PM

    What a fabulous and compassionate business-woman!
Definitely give her the thumbs up on Yelp (or whatever local site that's good) when you're comfortable sharing your "treasure"! emoticon
Sounds like she deserves good feedback!
And am envious of your wonderful massage. Just trying to fit in some yoga here.

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IAMBIZI 11/17/2014 10:40PM

    That is great.
So happy for you!
thanks for sharing!
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JANTHEBLONDE 11/17/2014 10:21PM

    Awww.... That is so sweet of Angela giving you a discount so you can get a wonderful massage every month! That is fabulous! I am so happy for you... You definitely deserve it my friend! I hope you and your DH are doing well! You both are in my prayers!
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All is well!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Things are going even better than we had been told to expect. emoticon
David is still weak and tired and too skinny (has hardly gained any muscle mass) but his cognition is almost back to normal. emoticon
He is reading voraciously...like his brain is hungry...sometimes a book a day!
Lots of people sent books over when they heard he was sick, not knowing he was unable to read for a long period.
I let him drive (with me in the car) a few short distances (we live in a small town) and he was very comfortable so I am letting him drive himself to PT atwice a week, then he drove himself to a neighboring town to visit his 90 yr old father (who is doing pretty well living on his own, with support services).
I drive us to the university for the warm water pool therapy (good for both of us) as there is a lot of traffic around the school.
My hips are still killing me...I think the months spent driving to and from hospitals and mostly sitting in his room, plus the stress, has caused a major flare-up of my bursitis.
The pool helps, as does the new cleaning service, and I am going for another massage tomorrow. emoticon
Anybody have good luck with acupuncture for bursitis in the hips (and the sciatica it causes)?
I am amazed that throughout all this I have not gained any weight (or lost any) but I feel like a blob as I have not exercised much in months...also contributing to my bursitis, I am sure.
I am cooking lots of healthy fattening food trying to beef up my dear man but keeping myself away from most of it. emoticon
Anyway, wanted to give you an update on my little life.
Hope you all had a fabulous weekend and will have a wonderful week.
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AJDOVER1 11/17/2014 6:21PM

    It's so good to hear of the improvements for you DH! We're blessed that my guy didn't suffer any complications from his surgery. His physical recovery isn't as fast as he would like, but I see improvement every day.

Best wishes on finding a solution for your bursitis.

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LESLIESENIOR 11/17/2014 2:29PM

    What fantastic news, Elizabeth!!!!!!
My husband and I started yoga 6 months ago. Our chiropractor and two different doctors suggested it. We have very different body types and different back, neck, hip, knee joint pain etc..... but yoga 3-4 times a week has been HUGE in eliminating much of our pain, and keeping it away. We knew there would be benefits, but we are quite amazed. My running and his golfing are so much better, too! Just a suggestion.

I'm so happy that things are moving along so well for you both. What a blessing!!
Prayers will continue!

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JANTHEBLONDE 11/17/2014 10:58AM

    This is Fabulous news! Woo hoo! Let's do the happy dance! I'm so happy for you and your honey! My prayers go out to you and your dear man! I hope you have a wonderful Monday and a fabulous week!
Hugs and love,
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JOANNANOW 11/17/2014 10:47AM

    Oh it is so great to hear you guys are almost back to normal. The warm water pool sounds so wonderful.

We are getting a new hospital in our community it is under construction and there was some talk of putting in a therapy pool but I think it got vetoed. We don't even have a swimming pool ....our town is only 1500 people so the expense always stands in the way. I love it anyway ... so can't complain.

A warm water pool for sore hips sounds just perfect.
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MEXGAL1 11/17/2014 10:30AM

    I am just so happy to read about David and how he is doing. I do hope the recovery continues to be good. He sure has a great support with you in his life.
Have a great week.
Sallie

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HEALTHY4ME 11/17/2014 10:05AM

    OH so happy for you.... glad he is doing so well!!! and sure hope your pain goes, I have had severe sciatica numerous times... Right now wearing thigh high compression socks before knee surgery, and they are helping my leg that aches from sciatica but don't have a butt ( sciatic ) flare right now but sure making my legs feel better.
HUGS so so glad for you both! what a great Christmas present this is for you guys!

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 11/17/2014 9:26AM

    So happy to hear of his amazing progress!! I hope your pain subsides soon...

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MARITIMER3 11/17/2014 9:21AM

    That's incredible,Liz! He's coming along by leaps and bounds. I'm so happy for both of you. It's wonderful that he can drive again.

I hope you are able to get some relief from the bursitis soon.

Hugs to you both,
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IAMBIZI 11/17/2014 8:02AM

    wow! he has improved!!!!
so happy for you.
Now about those hips what about injections? or PT for you?
Time to take care of you!
(((((HUGS)))))
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BETHGILLIGAN 11/17/2014 7:53AM

    This is amazing good news!! I can't tell you how happy I am for you and David!!! emoticon

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PATTICAKES08 11/17/2014 7:06AM

    So glad to hear that things are going well! Time to focus on YOU!!!

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LKWQUILTER 11/17/2014 6:50AM

    Prayers are certainly being answered and such wonderful news. (((HUGS)))

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TWILAQ1 11/17/2014 6:18AM

    Fabulous news about your husband! What a relief!

I hurt my hip one day getting into the car on a cold morning. Pop! I did a year of weekly acupuncture, but it didn't help it. I find hugging one knee to my chest for a while, and then the other one is the best relief when it acts up.

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GABY1948 11/17/2014 6:03AM

    emoticon This is GREAT!

Blessings to you and DH!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 11/17/2014 4:21AM

    What great progress!

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NEW-CAZ 11/17/2014 3:33AM

    Great news about David Liz, sorry you're suffering though, hope the acupuncture helps....when you're in pain you try ANTHING.

There are protein, high calories shakes you can get from chemists (over here anyway) that you mix with milk- perfect for someone convalescing or unable to gain weight.
Worth asking!

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HICKOK-HALEY 11/17/2014 3:15AM

    So glad your Hubby is feeling much better. Driving must lift his spirits. I agree, stress can cause havoc on joints etc. emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/17/2014 1:46AM

    Haveyou tried iving him a protein shake in the blender like Whey powder and add some fruits or berries? I'm glad he's improving. Thanks for the oodie.

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DOOBRIE 11/17/2014 1:24AM

    So sorry about your bursitis. I am skeptical about acupuncture for it but at the same time I think it's worth a try! I hope you'll find something that'll help anyway.

It's great to hear that David is doing so well. It's really wonderful that he has recovered so much from the infections. Did the surgery completely cure the pain in his back?

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GOING-STRONG 11/16/2014 10:48PM

    So glad to hear that things are going well. Now if you can just get rid of that pesky bursitis!

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Aaaauuurrrgh!

Monday, November 10, 2014

TWICE I composed a long, literate, heartfelt, meaningful blog and
POOF!!!
They disappeared from my iPad (never had my iPad freeze up before).
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So, I shall try a third time to let you know that my dear man has been doing so very well recovering from his major health crisis of these last few months.

Mentally, he is doing grrrreat- his vision, hearing and focus have all improved-he is able to read and write again and actually has poked around on his computer a tiny bit these last few days. emoticon

Physically, it's going a bit slower- he was bedridden for most of the last four months with his back injury and then the life-threatening infections after his surgeries.
He lost 40-45 lbs and most of his muscle mass- his arms and legs are like sticks- and he is still very weak.
He has had two PT sessions and is learning a lot, plus we have been to the warm water pool for exercise twice.
He is not able to drive yet.
He gets discouraged by his progress but I try to explain to him how far he has come in the last month (he has no memory of most of it).
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I, on the other hand, am trying hard to turn my focus back onto my own health and well-being.
I have hired a cleaning service.
I am scheduling regular massages.
I am not over-extending myself socially (saying no).
I am making time to exercise and meditate.
I am weaning myself off the easy way to relax- my wine.
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I cannot begin to express my appreciation to all of my dear sparkpeeps and even total spark-strangers who have reached out to me in my time of need and comforted me with messages and goodies these past few months.
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46SHADOW 11/12/2014 8:07PM

    So glad you're taking care of you and your husband of course. Sounds like your on a good path and the right path

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DOOBRIE 11/12/2014 6:44PM

    Great ideas for taking care of you while at the same time caring for your dear man.

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    You're an inspiration! It's so good to know your DH is improving
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    So good to hear you are looking after yourself. I've been cutting back on wine too and find I hardly miss it on the days of abstinence! emoticon emoticon

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HIPPICHICK1 11/11/2014 2:13PM

    We've all lost blogs, I'm sure. I usually write them on my notepad (on the computer) then copy and paste into the blog.

Does David have any idea how long he has been out of the game, so to speak? Is he aware of how much time has passed? Just curious.

Thanks for letting us all in on this part of your life. So much easier to handle than if you didn't have anyone to talk to or a blog to write.

Still sending you good vibes.

Super happy to hear your are scheduling in massages for yourself!

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MEXGAL1 11/11/2014 1:00PM

    I simply hate when that happens. for me it's something I do when I am typing with my crippled hands. I wish I knew what it was. There used to be a way to undo your last action but have forgotten how to do that.

I am just so happy to read about the progress your DH is making. Yes it will be slow but as you say he has come so far already.

I am also glad to hear that you are now focusing on yourself and taking care of yourself. So very important for us care takers to care for ourselves so we will be strong enough to care for our loved one.

Have a nice day!
Peanut

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LKWQUILTER 11/11/2014 10:31AM

    What wonderful news and so glad that David is steadily improving and you are taking care of yourself too. emoticon emoticon

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PHOENIX40S 11/11/2014 9:45AM

    I love your plan for self care. That's so important when taking care of a loved one. I'm so glad things continue to progress well with your DH.

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REBECCAMA 11/11/2014 8:41AM

  Glad to hear things are going so well! I know it's been a long journey so far and it's not over yet. 4 months can feel like forever when things like this happen.

Good luck to both of you as he continues to recover.

(And thanks for the Spark goodie.)

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GABY1948 11/11/2014 7:46AM

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TWILAQ1 11/11/2014 7:21AM

    I love how your news is becoming all good! You were filled with anguish for so long, that this new turn is very welcome. I'm so glad that your husband is improving and that you're taking care of yourself. Hugs!

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 11/11/2014 5:34AM

    You have a great plan of self-care!! emoticon emoticon

So happy to hear that your hubby's recovery is progressing so that you can shift the focus back on YOU a bit :)

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NEW-CAZ 11/11/2014 2:55AM

    Great news on all fronts Liz, I am chuffed he's doing so well and glad to see you're being sensible and sharing your load with a cleaning service.
It's one thing less to worry about and you can concentrate on getting you feeling stronger!
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HICKOK-HALEY 11/11/2014 1:17AM

    Glad your Hubby is doing better. Sometimes progress is slow, but he will get thee. So glad he as the pool for exercise. emoticon

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MARITIMER3 11/10/2014 11:22PM

    No need to thank us, Liz... we know you would support us un the same way.

Glad that your DH is coming along so quickly and that you are taking steps to look after yourself as well. I hope the sciatica clears up soon.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/10/2014 10:33PM

    You go, Lizzie. Stay strong.

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_UMAMI_ 11/10/2014 10:20PM

    You sound so VERY VERY together, but I know how hard it can be. I'm glad that you have found ways to monitor DH's progress but also your own needs. And I hope that someone is there looking out for YOU looking out for HIM, if you KWIM.

Don't sell yourself short, and don't overextend yourself either.
One of my kids made me a birthday card once, called "Mom's OTHER job", and it was me like a Marine or SWAT officer, coming out of a helicopter. Kind of surprised me, that he saw me like that. But glad that he saw me "rising up to the task".

'Cause sometimes I just have to get the job done. But sometimes, ya gotta take care of yourself, without feeling guilty. Time to rejuvenate, and process information.

Please take care of yourself. So happy that things on on the upswing for all of you.
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GOING-STRONG 11/10/2014 10:11PM

    So glad things are more positive and Thanks for taking time to rewrite your post!
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IAMBIZI 11/10/2014 9:49PM

    oh elizabeth,
this is great news. glad that he forgot what has all happened to him.
Happy to hear that you are going to be taking better care of you!
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JANTHEBLONDE 11/10/2014 9:44PM

    Yippee! I'm so glad to hear your dear man is recovering very well from his major health crisis! He has came along way in the last few weeks! I am so happy that you are able to focus on your own health now! You and your honey are in my prayers! Sending you tons of hugs!
Hugs and love,
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EDWARDS1411 11/10/2014 9:27PM

    Such wonderful news and progress!!!
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WESAPHILLIPS 11/10/2014 9:18PM

  OH how I hate when I lose stuff on the computer...A Love-Hate relationship with technology!!
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