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Goin' to See My Youngest!!!

Friday, September 09, 2011

Today am going to Hood River to meet my youngest - am so looking forward to being with him. We will go to Pietro's for pizza - his favorite - and I love the salad bar!!!
We will spend time walking thru town and visiting all the little shops along the way.

For you Martha - here is a recent picture, except he told me he has shaved off his mustache. I like it - makes him look more his age - he is now 42.

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JITARIA 9/9/2011 12:58PM

    Have a wonderful time Barb, thoughts, prayers and love with you as always x emoticon

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MARTHA-ANN 9/9/2011 12:20PM

    Thanks Barb, hope you have a wonderful fun filled time.
He cute...lol...and doesn't look anywhere near forty two...must be all the pizza!! :)

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LRK4CHRIST 9/9/2011 11:00AM

    Thx for sharing. May u have good success! Be blessed!

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I Think I Am Back - for Today At Least

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

I have gotten so far off track - have been so distracted by my daughter's illness. She is now in a long-term health care facility in Portland. She is not recovering. The doctors know what is happening in her brain, but not what is causing it. At this point, they want to be able for a neurologist to see her; however, she is responding very little. She does not know anyone, not even her husband, she talks only in numbers, and is not walking. They have her on tube feedings and are beginning to feed her some. But, mostly she refuses to eat.

One bright spot - when my other daughter and I were over there last weekend, Vicki did respond when Kathi mentioned Barbie dolls. Their room when they were growing up was a Barbie Doll fantasy. Kathi had Vicki talking about some of the things they did. It was a very special moment.

But, I have gotten away from my exercising and my diet - my excuse??? I am just too tired. However, this morning I did exercise for only about 10 minutes. Did the Kickboxing with Nichole. And, am amazed at how much better I feel now. Just gotta get back in gear!!! Even 10 minutes each morning I am sure will make a big difference in how I feel and how I see my life right now.

I do eat right when I am home, but when I go to Portland it is a different story - and am going again this weekend. So, need to plan my strategy before I go. Will be spending time with my son who lives in Vancouver - and he is a pizza-freak!! He could eat pizza 3 times a day, 7 days a week I am sure!! Last time we went to Izzy's - my first time there. I really was good tho - had one piece of pizza and lots of salad. Love salad - my boys tease me - they say lettuce tastes like dirt!!

Well, gotta get back to work - since I am being paid to be here. Enough of my rambling for this morning.


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MARTHA-ANN 9/9/2011 12:17PM

    Thinking of you Barb, have fun with Gordon emoticon

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JITARIA 9/7/2011 1:02PM

    Big hugs Barb, you have a lot to cope with at the moment it's not surprising that things have taken a back seat. But you have made a positive step with this blog and I'm sure you'll get lots of support. Maybe a little exercising will help relieve the stresses, I find it helps me deal with what life throws at me. I nearly lost my oldest daughter and grandson to be when she was pregnant it was touch and go whether they would survive the birth. Thank god they are both still with me was the scarest time of my life. Somehow I did find a way to exercise through it all and it gave me the strength to cope.I send mt thoughts, prayers and best wishes to you and your family at this time and will give you all the support I can to help. xx emoticon

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JENS_LOSING_IT 9/7/2011 12:59PM

    My prayers are with you and your family. Keep up the good spirits!

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Still Waiting

Friday, August 12, 2011

My daughter, Vicki, is still at OHSU in Portland. And, she is slowly slipping from us. The doctors do not know what is happening in her body. Mostly she is unresponsive and does not know anyone or where she is.

They have sent samples to other facilities around the country and are now waiting for some word.

God has given me complete peace thru all of this. If He choses to take her Home, she will be completely healed (and she will be with Him and her grandparents - now that would be the icing on the cake!!!). If He heals her here on earth, we will have more time with her.

This situation has blown the heck out of my diet and exercise!! Have had little appetite - wonder if I have lost any weight?? And, have been exhausted. Have been able to keep up the little bit of gardening that I do - weeding and watering my flowers. So glad I have some that do not require much - petunias and geraniums. And they are really flourishing.

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MARTHA-ANN 8/13/2011 12:16PM

    Oh! Barb I'm so sorry for you and your family, it's so good you have your faith and you're feeling such peace through all the turmoil.
Your little garden will be helping you too.
I'm thinking of you all and sending big hugs your way emoticon

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CHEVYGIRRRL 8/12/2011 12:53PM

    i just wanna give u a hug emoticon and tell u you and ur family r still in my prayers. Holly

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Update on my Daughter, Vicki

Sunday, August 07, 2011

I have not written for a while - my daughter was taken to OHSU - a teaching hospital in Portland. She has been there over a week. Now we are not sure that she has MS. They are doing so many tests - but it just seems that she is shutting down. I went over last week (about 200 miles east of here.) She did not know anyone, including her husband and she has no connection with the present.

This evening i talked with my son who lives in Vancouver, just north of Portland. He said he was at the hospital for a couple of hours this morning and Vicki was not aware that he was there. She did move around some, but did not open her eyes.

I probably will go over next weekend. The trip is hard for me - both driving the distance and the heat. I know my pastor will not understand why I do not just go over and stay. But, I have to do what I can. My other daughter who lives here is having a very hard time - she finished her nursing last year and just wants to go take care of Vicki. But she has just started a new job and has 3 months training that she has to complete. And she has 2 daughters and a husband here. This evening I was with her and we talked about what is really important today.

I just know that whatever happens, God is in control and now I just have to trust Him and follow His direction.

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JENNIFERKCM 8/10/2011 11:32AM

    My heard literally aches for you and your situation. God know and he understands. I've sat at the side of family and friends in dark days, and it is so hard to know sometimes what will come next. Know you are being prayed for. God loves you and your family. He is with you even during this dark and uncertain time. If you need anything...extra prayes....to vent...just holler. emoticon

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MARTHA-ANN 8/7/2011 4:02AM

    I'm thinking of you all Barb emoticon

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BARCLE 8/7/2011 3:34AM

    emoticon and very best wishes for your Vicki and the rest of your family and friends emoticon

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My Daughter, Vicki

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Finally walked outside this morning - about half mile. The first part is slightly uphill - then downhill for a way - then flat. Was a good walk. I plan to do that each morning the rest of the week. If I am going to increase my steps each day - then I will just have to get out and walk. Won't increase just sitting here at my computer.

Had a good day at work. My son in Portland called to let me know that he went down to Salem to see his sister - Vicki is in the hospital there - diagnosed with MS. She is 54. She is responding to the medication - but the prognosis is still rather sketchy. She will be in the hospital for at least another week as they adjust her medication and as she regains some of her awareness. I know she is in God's hands - and whatever happens will be completely in His control.

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MARTHA-ANN 7/29/2011 3:38AM

    Glad Vicki's on the mend Barb, it must be so worrying for you when she's so far away...stay strong emoticonthinking of you.

I love my daily walk, I try to go in the morning. Sometimes I get my DH to drop me off outside the village and then walk back in, it's so invigorating and it sets me up for the day. I especially like walking when it's early on, there's a peace about the place before everyone sets off for work...on the odd morning I don't want to go I make myself and I always enjoy it once I'm out there...I always take my camera!

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FITANDFIFTY2 7/28/2011 12:41AM

    I love walking too! It just feels great!I hope the best for your loved one, Prayer surely is wonderful as you are so right, God will take care of her!

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