Monday, March 31, 2008

Recent Pix

Here's some pictures from the birthday celebration, including the saddle, and the temporary apartment.

Sunday, March 30, 2008


We have good news!!

Our apartment is finally on it's way!

After many many months of waiting and anticipating, we can report that it is in the beginning stages.

We have had several meetings with the architect and the contractor, and this week the project was started. The first thing they had to do was remove the tree stump from the back yard. There had been a huge storm down here a couple of years ago, and the kids lost their big tree, so had to have it cut down. The stump remained however, and now it has been put to rest.

This week on Tuesday, they will start the cement foundation. We have been looking at IKEA and other places for our cupboards, bathroom fixtures, and counter tops and flooring.
Yesterday, Jules took us to a Home Show at the stadium, and we got some more good ideas. It is very exciting to be thinking of building another new home after so many years in our other house in upstate New York.

The Lord has been good to us in every way. We thank Him every day for all that he has provided, the greatest of all being our family. We cannot express how good they are to us, and we are very appreciative and blessed.

There will be pictures posted as the project gets underway, so keep posted.
We would love to hear from all of you if you get a minute or two to write.We do miss all of you, and hope all is well with you and your families.

Please don't forget us!

More next week!
Love and hugs,

Thursday, March 20, 2008


I had a birthday on March 12th.
I turned 66 years old!
I can't believe I am that old, but that is what they tell me.
I feel like I am 45 years old, so that is what I stick with.

We had a wonderful surprise 2 days after my birthday.
Our son Woody and his family came for a visit!
It was so good to see them all, and especially just to be able to "hang out" at our apartment
and catch up on everything.

Terry gave me a wonderful little book that tells me all of his feelings for me, and it is so precious to me.

Jules and Seamus took us out for dinner to our favorite diner on the 12th. We are card members there, so you get a free dinner and a dessert. We enjoyed it very much.

On Saturday, which is when Wood and family arrived, we went to a restaurant called,"TEXAS ROADHOUSE. Pastor Ben had mentioned it in a sermon one day, and we decided to try it out because it sounded so good. Let me tell you something....He was RIGHT! We have never had such good food and service in our lives. When you go in, there is a meat case there with many different kinds of steaks, and you get to pick the one you want, and the way it is cooked. It was fantastic! The service was excellent also.

Of course they come around and sing to you for your birthday. I asked to decline on that one. They were very courteous about it, but they do bring a large horse saddle to your table, and ask you to sit on it for a picture. Guess what? I declined on that too. I told them that old ladies don't do that. We did get a nice picture of me with all three of my grandchildren on the saddle though, and I was very happy about that. The owner asked me how old I was and I told him 66. then he asked me how old I felt, and I told him 45, definitely! He made a huge announcement to the whole restaurant, "DONNA IS 45 YEARS OLD TODAY!" (EVERYONE HAD A GOOD LAUGH!)They brought me a huge piece of strawberry cheesecake too, which was my choice from several offerings. It was large enough to share with all my grandchildren and Terry and one of my children.

All in all I had a very nice birthday. the greatest part was getting to be with all of my family.
I know that the Lord put us down here for a reason. One of them is to be close to the ones we love the most. Thank you Jesus!

Terry's 6th hospital visit!

Terry went back into the hospital for a 6th visit for breathing problems. This time however he was sent to the hospital closest to our home. It was such a pleasure to hop in the van and be there in less than 5 minutes every day, compared to the other hospital, which was quite a distance to drive each day. He was in the hospital for about 5 days this time. They got his breathing stabilized, but he came home with a nebulizer and a prescription, which he has to use every six hours. Just one more thing to add to his already long list of meds.

He is doing quite well right now, but I don't want to say that too loud.

Our V.A. doctor is located only 2 minutes away, as well as the oncologist, so we can pop in and see them when we have a need. The V.A. doc really surprises us. He is very young and very caring and is well versed in diabetes problems and solutions. He is actually turning out to be our primary care doctor. We still need one though because the V.A. doc cannot treat Terry if he goes into a hospital. We have been given the name of a primary care doc from our orthopedic specialist, who happens to be a good friend of the V.A. doc, and located in the same building with him. Besides, I will need a primary care doctor for myself.

All in all, we are very happy we got this apartment because of all that is available to us here, especially the medical help.

Ter's breathing is doing fine, his B/P is a little high still, but his blood sugars going down little by little. Right now his sugar is staying slightly high because on top of all his other meds, he is on steroids for the chest infection, and we were not told that it would make his blood sugar level go sky high! He is being weaned off of the steroids each day, and eventually (in 3 more days) he will go off of them, and hopefully then he will get back to normal.

His cast will come off next week, so he will be able to walk once again, with his walker.

We thank the Lord every day for all of our friends and family who look out for us. Jules and James are a wonder! With all that they have on their plates with Seamus, they still have time to spend with us, and help us out. They came up with an idea to order a portable ramp for Terry. It is made out of a light weight metal, and folds up like a suitcase. We put it out on the sidewalk and it goes down the step, and then I wheel Ter down in the wheel chair. It fits nicely in the back of the van and we take it along with us wherever we go, in case we run into a problem with steps or curbs.

Praise Jesus Christ for all that He provides for us each and every day!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Ter-Bear's many visits to getting well!!

For less than 4 weeks we have had Terry in and out of hospitals 5 times.
He had his first chemo therapy session 4 1/2 weeks ago, and that started a string of many many trips to two separate hospitals in the area.

Terry developed a harsh reaction during his chemo session. Unfortunately, this triggered a period of dehydration, and a sugar count of 42. He wound up at Doctor's Community Hospital, located only 3 minutes from our apartment. He spent 4 days and nights there, and came home to continue on the same meds that he has been taking for 4 years. the dehydration was still present.

Two nights after he got home he had a very low blood pressure. He had to go to the hospital to get it brought up because I could not wake him up. The EMT's got a very low reading when they arrived. This time they took him to a hospital which was alot farther away called Washington
adventist, and with his history of heart problems they wanted him to be at the best possible hospital, and this one is consideered the best in heart health problems. He went into Intensive Care for 3 days and they struggled to get the BP stablized. He came home with the same meds he has had for the last 4 years.

About 3 days later Terry was walking with his walker outside and he did not see the step on the sidewlk, and neither did I so he fell down and got a broken ankle from it. He went to emergency by ambulance, once again, but did not have to get admitted.

The very next day we were in our primary care doctor's office and Terry's blood pressure was so low they called 911 and sent him to the hospital for one week. this time however, the doctor took a look at his meds spreadsheet, and decided to do some revamping. Many of the meds were eliminated, and some more adjusted. He seems to be doing much better no, praise Jesus!

He does have a recurrence right now of a acteria staph infection though, called MRSA. He is very infectious, and especially to people with lung disease, like our grandson, Seamus, who has Cystic Fibrosis.

Please keep us all in prayer.