Wednesday, December 14, 2011
I did 62 minutes of fitness today.
Today's highlight was 30 minutes on the exercise bike while reading The Hobbit (read the awesome chapter where Bilbo gets the ring!)
I wanted to post an update about Sunny, our injured member from Texas – received this SparkMail from her daughter a couple of days ago – great example of the amazing support in our community!
Date: 12/12/2011 - 5:18 AM
Subject: Sunny (RC2CATTLE)
Message: First, let me start by saying Momma is doing well and making steady progress in her recovery. I will send along a few details in a minute, but first I have to say something to all of you from me and my family – and from EMMITT!
Wow! When I told Momma I would read her the emails people might send I had no idea the impact it would have on me and the rest of our family.
We are all really close and have great support not only from our extended family but from Momma and Daddy’s church family as well. But we have been absolutely OVERWHELMED by the outpouring of love and sincere compassion and concern by the people who use the Spark website. We are amazed so many of you have taken the time to write to her with well wishes and prayers. More than 400 Spark members and counting have sent notes to her private email address and I haven’t even begun to count those who have written notes on her Spark people page.
It is amazing and it has touched our hearts that so many of you want her to know how much you really care. What is so remarkable about this entire thing is that you are so sincerely concerned about someone you know only through this website.
We cannot begin to tell you how grateful we are to all of you and how humbling it is to have such tangible evidence of the amazing Power of God’s love for His people. We are really sad because there are so many of you who have sent such wonderful messages to her, it will be impossible for us to respond to each of you individually. That’s really awful because we all wish we could tell each of you individually how much your kind words, thoughts and prayers mean not only to her, but to all of us as well.
Thank you, so much.
Now, on to Momma. First of all, for those of you who were worried about her dog, you will be happy to know that Emmitt The Wonder Dog has fully recovered and spends most of his day keeping watch at the foot of her bed. He really likes that he has graduated to a part-time house dog and is loving the extra attention he is getting these days. We laughed when Momma said if everyone doesn’t stop giving him treats he is going to be so fat by the time she is better HE will need to get his own Spark page!!
A physical therapist comes to the house every day to help Momma and beginning next week will be here only three days a week. Her mobility is certainly improved and she is recovering some dexterity in her hands. There is still lots of bruising, but even the deep bruising is beginning to lighten a bit. She is working really hard and says she is less sore every day. In her usual upbeat, positive way, she also works on keeping all of us laughing and focused on trying to always see the humor in all that has happened. I can tell she is doing all she can to help Daddy think he shouldn’t be worried about her. Almost losing her rocked him to the core and it has been touching to see how despite how hurt she is, her focus, as usual, is on doing all she can for him. They have been an amazing example of love for my brother and me all our lives and we consider ourselves two of the luckiest people on the planet to have these two as our parents.
We will go in for a doctor’s visit later this week so they can check her breaks, do some tests and get an overall good look at her progress. Getting to the truck and getting in and out of it will be a real challenge but she says she is up to the task.
The days are very busy for all of us as you can expect, but I will try and send another update next week. I am going to post this in the few places I know of and ask that if you see it needs to be posted somewhere else I don’t know about that you pass it along. So many have asked for an update, I want to make sure no one is missed. For those who want her email address again, it is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you again for reaching out to Momma and all of us as well. You just cannot know what it has meant to all of us.
I am uploading a couple of pictures of Emmitt to Momma's page so you can see him.
I hope you had a great day! Did you get at least 10 minutes of fitness? What's your highlight?
Thursday, December 08, 2011
I did 17 minutes of fitness today.
Today's highlight was fighting off a bug. Felt it coming on and did a bunch of good things to fight it off and feeling good this evening – woohoo. Hope everyone is staying healthy out there!
Today's member highlight is a fun comment from a SP member getting healthier and then getting pregnant – another SP member baby on the way!
SHAMROCK1949 said 'I turned a friend of mine on to this diet and her irritable bowel syndrome and acid reflux went away in about two weeks. Then she was also able to get pregnant. It is a very valid diet.'
I hope you had a great day! Did you get at least 10 minutes of fitness? What's your highlight?
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
I did 25 minutes of fitness today. I'm dedicating those fitness minutes to our member Sunny mentioned in the post below -- go Sunny!
Feeling good today! Today's highlight was tossing football with my 5 year old. For the first time, he threw really good spirals that were like bullets (ok, maybe not bullets, he's not Peyton Manning yet, but fast for him :)). I didn't count this as fitness minutes, but it was still the day highlight.
Today's member highlight is a long story that involves fitness minutes. It's a story of SparkFriends rooting each other on even in the face of serious injury (fortunately it sounds like there will be a full recovery). I got this comment below on my SparkPage last night:
12/6/2011 7:23:36 PM
Good Evening Chris,
It sounds like you have been very busy (and tired) this past few days but have inspired us all to "get it done" anyway!!! Woo Hoo to that!!!
I wanted to let you know about one of our Sparkers who has been such a supportive and encouraging friend to many of us. Her name is Sunny (RC2Cattle). She had a very frightening accident at her ranch in Texas after Thanksgiving. Many of us were worried when we didn't hear from her for several weeks. Her daughter figured out how to notify us on her Spark page. She is a cattle rancher and was feeding the bulls with her dog in toe, when one of the bulls and her dog went after each other. Long story short, she tried to rescue her dog and was beaten up and buried by the bull. Her dog saved her life. She was hospitalized with multiple broken bones and contusions.
The Great Spark news is that a Sparker named Angelabauer had the idea today for her friends to dedicate one or some of our workouts each week to Sunny. A brilliant idea, don't you think? So here we are as Sparkers supporting her recovery by honoring our own health. She will love that.
I thought that you might like this almost tragic, but uplifting story.
Thank you, again, for all you have done to connect the world in health and well being. You have truly paid it forward and people like Sunny are the beneficiary. We are all benefiting by your benevolence.
Thank you and Peace,
Then, this is the story posted on RC2Cattle's page by her daughter
News about Sunny (RC2CATTLE)
I hope I am doing this right and that I have found the right place. My name is Amy and Sunny (RC2CATTLE) is my mother. Saturday, November 26, Momma went alone with Emmitt her dog to the bull pens to take care of feeding the bulls while Daddy was haying the cows. Something happened that Emmitt didn't like and he got between two of the bulls that were butting heads. That set off one of the bulls who got Emmitt down and in an effort to try and save her dog, Momma jumped right in the middle of it.
One of the bulls got her down and spent we don't know how long trying to bury her in the pen. In the end, it was Emmitt who probably saved her life. When Daddy found her, Emmitt was bleeding and injured pretty bad, but he was standing guard over her keeping the bulls away. It was clear which bull had done the damage because his nose was ripped to shreds.
She spent a week in the hospital and it was a very scary situation, but we are so grateful we have been told she will fully recover. She has a broken leg, some broken ribs, a slight concussion, a broken right wrist and several broken fingers. There were some internal injuries but we have been told there was bruising but no ruptures or permanent damage of any major organ. And, as you would expect, she is black and blue all over.
She is home now, but it will likely be several weeks before she can do anything that requires the use of her computer. She asked me to post this note so anyone who might be wondering where she was would know what happened. I am going to try and post this in the few places she told me about, but I have no idea how to reach anyone else she might know here.
For those of you who are believers, please pray for her, and for Daddy. He, as we all expected, won't leave her side.
She won't be able to respond any time soon, but for those of you who would like to send her a note, you can send it to her email at email@example.com. I will read the notes to her.
Here's a link to her page if you'd like to send her best wishes or dedicate your fitness minutes to her!
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