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Old 07-15-2014, 10:01 PM   #19083
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hey lets not forget that timarti is the only Canadian in the family that isn't full-o-bull! Just sayin [whistling]
I probably resemble that remark?
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Old 07-15-2014, 10:35 PM   #19084
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Hmm, well, uh yeah, I like to dig in the dirt so for me it's been pleasurable, but I'm not sure weeding flowerbeds is most people's idea of fun.

We are getting Arlene and Don's house ready for Don to come home in 2 weeks. He went into the hospital 6 months ago with a rare form of Guillen-Barre syndrome, nearly died and has been battling his way back from total paralysis ever since. He's made a lot of headway, but he still has a long way to go.

His disease destroys the insulation around the nerve cells. Luckily, it can regrow, but it takes a lot of time and hard work. And it's a painful process. Don's mind is intact, but he has very limited use of a few muscles and they are all very weak from disuse. Most people recover at least 90% function and Don is very determined to get his life back.

I have promised to help with his care. So you'll either hear from me a lot, meaning I'm babysitting him, OR ... You won't hear from me hardly at all because he has me helping with his therapy several hours each day. Only time will tell.

I owe them a huge debt of gratitude. They have hosted us for the 3 summers and we stayed here last winter. Arlene helped me thru neurosurgery in November and double total knee replacement in February. I'm honored to be able to return the favor. AND, as the only member on his team neither married to him, or on his payroll, he won't be able to bully me. I'm looking forward to being a pain in his derrière and reminding him that his life was saved for a reason.
Happy to hear he is getting close to getting home! Just go easy on him... when he is tired... he will be actually totally spent... so don't push to much... he will be pushing himself hard enough... anything and everything he does will be 'therapy' so to speak... brushing his teeth, to eating his food, to just getting in and out of bed when able.
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Old 07-15-2014, 10:54 PM   #19085
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Oh Don's a LONG way from being able to do any of those things now. He's still totally tube fed, can't sit without back support, can only say words that use the back of the mouth because he's still working on getting his tongue and lips to work. He has small movement in some muscles, but not enough that he can do anything for himself. He'll need 24 hour care for months.

He's coming home because Medicare and his insurance will stop paying and he REALLY wants out of the hospital. I call him the $6,000,000 man because that's about what it will soon cost just to keep him alive. He had over $1M in lab tests and MRIs in just the first 5 weeks. This is a devastating disease, but strangely it's one that most people recover from.
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Strange thing happened to me this morning. I woke early, had coffee watched the weather and started getting dressed to do some chores outside. I kept hearing this mumble. I checked on Mary, she hadn't said anything. Anyway it was long pants and cowboy boot weather, in the mid 60's, almost a chile. Yet I could hear this sound. Stepped outside and back in to get tractor keys and again the sound, this time I could make it out. Come get me, Take me with you, Lets go hunting!

Yep, looking into the gun closet there it set. 12 gauge squirrel gun felt the chill and thought it was game on!

Not today big boy, but soon.
Jeff, you ever have that happen?
Hey Tim !!

Yep more than once, and more often since my long guns aren't as close as they used to be.

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Old 07-15-2014, 10:55 PM   #19087
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For the record, as best as I can recall, we have 5 RVMs who hail from the provinces. Y'all forgot Leslie, AKA Enokie. We haven't heard from her in quite a while.
Excellent Call Barb!! I don't read as many other threads as I once did but don't recall Enokie posting much elsewhere either. Hopefully out have a grand time in the rainbow!
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Old 07-15-2014, 11:02 PM   #19088
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Strange thing happened to me this morning. I woke early, had coffee watched the weather and started getting dressed to do some chores outside. I kept hearing this mumble. I checked on Mary, she hadn't said anything. Anyway it was long pants and cowboy boot weather, in the mid 60's, almost a chile. Yet I could hear this sound. Stepped outside and back in to get tractor keys and again the sound, this time I could make it out. Come get me, Take me with you, Lets go hunting!

Yep, looking into the gun closet there it set. 12 gauge squirrel gun felt the chill and thought it was game on!

Not today big boy, but soon.
Jeff, you ever have that happen?
Wow - you Arkansas boys apparently don't like squirrel much. 12 gauge squirrel gun - how big are these squirrel? Dowm here in Texas we shoot em with a slingshot or just hit em with a rock. We also only shoot or throw at em with our less dominate arm - for me it's left handed. Otherwise we tear em up so much we and might as well use a 12 Guage.

BTW - ever since Sparky came to live with us about 15 years ago - we have given up on hunting squirrel. And Sparky asked to see a picture of you and then went and hid in the other room. LOL
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Happy to hear he is getting close to getting home! Just go easy on him... when he is tired... he will be actually totally spent... so don't push to much... he will be pushing himself hard enough... anything and everything he does will be 'therapy' so to speak... brushing his teeth, to eating his food, to just getting in and out of bed when able.
Are you sure you were a physical therapist....
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Are you sure you were a physical therapist....
Good enough to know some things you just don't push too hard on or else they get broke.....
Many of the patients I ended up with were MS patients, as well as my mom and sis having that, so I learned. But... the hardest part for me was sitting on my hands... I have too much of a helper personality...
Give me some knees to crank on... oh yeah...
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Give me some knees to crank on... oh yeah...
Now that sounds more like it. When my hand was skin graffed and in a cast broken and road rashed - they said come back in two weeks and make a fist. It was stuck open - could not move it at all. I said what if I can't - he said when you come back - I will make fist for you and you can come back in two weeks and open it.

Two weeks later I made a fist - and have full mobility. But I do get your point. I had to push through some things and having someone push ya too hard - say to tears is no help. Takes a certain skill to where the line is. Sounds like you knew. Still - I am too big a softy to do it. Bless them that do it right!
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Say what! It depends on a person's perspective. Of the 10 provinces name one that is different, beside Quebec. Hee hee!
Well, there's Newfoundland, always a half hour ahead of the rest of us, lol. and just about another planet. The Newfie jokes are legion, but all told with love...them's family after all, just like those left coasters in BC. You know who you are. Then there's the rest of us in the middle. [/QUOTE]

So Tina - Knock Knock - Who's there? Newfoundland. Newfoundland who? Newfoundland know what your trailer looks like that's who!!! LOL!
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Sounds like a good time!
We have been to VB a few times over Thanksgiving. Good eats, great shopping.
You know, pics or.....

We are going to Myrtle Beach for the iRV national rally. We can't wait!
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We are going to Myrtle Beach for the iRV national rally. We can't wait!

Wow! "V" is not even close to "M", and I am not even a finger slider!
Broadway at the Beach was a lot of fun.
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