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SoBuzy replied on Wed, Mar 13 2013 12:01 AM

Mine too as well as Bill!  Barbara, take care of that knee!

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SoBuzy replied on Wed, Mar 13 2013 12:04 AM

Sorry, my prayers are still with George and Bill and didn't want to forget Bonita or Barbara with her knee nor Isabella's father..and Bana, I hope you are feeling better as well!

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Barbara replied on Wed, Mar 13 2013 1:45 AM

Gretchen ,thanks for letting us know about Isabella 's Dad .I will keep him in my thoughts and Prayers .Barbara

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Barbara replied on Wed, Mar 13 2013 1:47 AM

Hey Sam, we hope to have another one there as well . I loved having it there . andy our staff were all great . good job. to all of them.

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Karla replied on Wed, Mar 13 2013 6:50 AM

Have begun the long journey home, but will be glad to arrive...too many days scrunched up in the truck, but if I thought all of you were still in Branson I would turn this vehicle around and head right back there.  So glad and thankful to have met everyone...had a great time.

Thanks Sam and Gini for the great hospitality.  I keep telling everyone about our strip poker game and they can't believe it.  When the laughter dies down about us gals playing strip poker in the dining room, I then tell them it was for strips of fabric.

Hope to see all of you again, it was so nice to meet everyone and hope to see you all on the Oregon Coast in October.  Well time to get back on the road, taking the northern route home.  Will make a brief stop this morning in Dodge City, then on to Nevada.

 

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Judy, how is George doing? I hope you will keep us informed about his status. He's still in my prayers.

 

Thanks Elaine. He's doing fine. Over the next couple weeks he's undergoing various tests. Doctor said there is usually an underlying problem that causes such a sudden and severe attack.  He's adjusted well to being on oxygen, which surprised me as he's such an active man who thrives on his exercise routines. Once we see the specialist I'm sure he will be going through some kind of pulmonary rehabilitation. Even though we're facing some lifestyle changes, I think it's a fairly positive outlook.


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Thea replied on Wed, Mar 13 2013 10:26 AM

Judy, I am so glad to hear - what a wake up call and it always amazes me how we handle health issues.  

I told my DH that he had to get rid of his cigarettes - ASAP - no more thinking about quitting - it was now and whatever we needed to do to get him through it we have to do now... he was so agreeable after hearing about your DH at the retreat.  So the Lord is working miracles for all!

 

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Thea:
I told my DH that he had to get rid of his cigarettes - ASAP - no more thinking about quitting - it was now and whatever we needed to do to get him through it we have to do now... he was so agreeable after hearing about your DH at the retreat.

 

I do hope George's situation helps just one person quit smoking. Once this happens it's really horrible and his regrets are tearing him apart. There can't be much worse than gasping for air. Tell your DH to try this....you pinch his nose shut for just 10 seconds, let him take a few breaths then repeat the procedure. Over and over. That is what he could be facing. As I said in Branson, the anger I felt towards George when he admitted he hadn't completely quit smoking like he'd told me and the doctor said he had advanced emphysema and would be connected to that tube the rest of his life, was overwhelming. I knew the anger stemmed from worry but it was anger none the less. It was a selfish reaction "How could he risk his life and do this to himself, to me, to his family and friends who love him!!!".

The anger is gone, now it's just this huge lump at the top of my stomach that never quite goes away. (I've lost 5 lbs, hell of a diet).  Looking at this active, vital man connected to that umbilical cord tears me apart. His spirits are good and that helps.


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Nana replied on Wed, Mar 13 2013 11:21 AM

Judy

He will adapt to using the oxygen and will soon be able to do some of the things he did before.  He will need to get a small oxygen tank that he can carry on his shoulder and will be able to get out and walk and do some things.  This too will get easier as time passes.   Just know that you remain in my prayers.

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Thea replied on Wed, Mar 13 2013 11:43 AM

Judy T-Bellingham:
I do hope George's situation helps just one person quit smoking. Once this happens it's really horrible and his regrets are tearing him apart. There can't be much worse than gasping for air. Tell your DH to try this

Judy, My DH is trying so hard to quit smoking.  I wrote just about a month ago about my Momma Hilda passing from this earth to her next life... she was a smoker - a woman about my height maybe an inch taller - very vibrant in life - but for the past about 10-15 years she has had emphysema and then was diagnosed with lung cancer - she spent the last years of her life in good humor and she made knitted almost every day - she made hats and scarves and wash cloths for my grand kids that I will treasure them wearing.  

But she lost her life because she smoked - at the end she weighed in at just over 40 lbs.  it was no fun... she had a hard time talking at the end with her gravelly voice.  We all loved Momma Hilda so much and it hurt to see this happen to her.  I quit smoking cold turkey on June 1st 1996.  I used the Lord to help me each and every day after I quit to keep me from picking up those cigarettes... I had great will power.  I know it is the hardest thing to do for most everyone that tries - it was hard for me... but I am so thankful that I kept to my guns... in 97' I had a small spot show up on one of my lungs but in 06' it was completely gone.  So if you quit you can stem the damage that has been done.

it is easy to say - like I could - that my grandmother that lived to be 91 and smoked her entire life and never had any illness because of it so why should it happen to me... but the point is - why take the chance when you know that living a smoke free life doesn't completely keep you safe from emphysema and lung cancer but the chances are greatly reduced.

I know the anger that you feel - and I know that that anger comes from the love you have for your family.  It is okay.  Now your DH has to live for the rest of his life knowing that he has this disease and life will change but he sounds like he is positive about it and that will be half the battle.  

I know a lot of people who are on that oxygen and still smoke... it is the hardest thing to quit for some and so easy for others... it is very hard for my DH but I have told him that he has to do it now because I just cannot deal with anything more at this time in my life... I told him i was being terribly selfish but that is what I am right now - and he has said he will do everything in his power to quit... I just can pray that the Lord will give him the strength to do it and anyone else that realizes it is time now!!!

 

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Ginny replied on Wed, Mar 13 2013 12:12 PM

Judy, I can relate to what your husband is going thru and all of the tests he will go thru.  I ended up with a paralyzed right diaphram after a chiropractic adjustment .  The adjustment damaged the phrenic nerve. It is a permanent injury, but I too had to go thru many tests to make certain nothing else was the cuprit.  I did go to pulmonary rehab also and it was a benefit.  I do a lot of pursed lip breathing and I am always asked if I have emphysema.  I don't have to use oxygen during the day, but do use it at night via an oxygen concentrator and the head of my bed is elevated.   The problem has stabilized now and actually the lung spec. said I could do without the oxygen at night, but I find that I don't feel s "foggy" in the morning if I use it.   I hope George gets stabilized with his breathing and quits beating himself up.  You just go on and do what you have to do to the best of your ability.   Good luck to both of you.    Ginny

  

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Karla replied on Wed, Mar 13 2013 10:49 PM

Glenwood Springs, Colorado tonight.  Enjoyed Dodge City but spent too much money on souvenirs for the grandsons....no fabric though.  I'm going into sewing and fabric withdrawal.

 

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Leslie replied on Thu, Mar 14 2013 5:24 AM

Karla, hope you make it home soon, you and Sonny, be careful

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MNnancy replied on Thu, Mar 14 2013 4:42 PM

Judy T-Bellingham:
Even though we're facing some lifestyle changes, I think it's a fairly positive outlook.

Thanks for the update, Judy!  I will continue to keep you both in my prayers as you adapt to these changes in lifestyle.  Hopefully you can both make the best of this difficult situation.  Love you!


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MNnancy:
Hopefully you can both make the best of this difficult situation.  Love you!

 

Thanks Nancy and everyone else for your support. We're doing fine. George did push ups and jumping jacks today (with his oxygen in place). That really made him feel good. We just came back from a short walk. He tried the walk without his oxygen but after 1/4 block, his oxygen level was dropping rapidly so he put it back on.

Our suitcases with my sewing supplies and our clothes arrived yesterday, FedEx. Things are settling down and I'm starting to feel the urge to sew.


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