Monday, June 29, 2015

If you are lucky you may have some friends that you may consider as family.  They are always there blending in.  They show up to family events and are just there for you. You let them in as a part of your family because you have become to love them as one of your family.  That is what Jeff was to me, my brothers and sisters for the past thirty five years. When Bob and I would go to Lafayette Indiana to visit he would many times call and say "hey, I heard you are going to be in town!" "Would you like me to call everyone and have them to meet at such and such time at such and such place?" Jeff knew everyone's schedules and how to get a hold of them.  (don't forget I come from a family of twelve kids) He called himself number 13 kid.  Jeff was also very hospitable, offering us a place to stay at his home.  When Mom was sick we took him up on it.  These seem like little things but it meant so much to us. God took Jeff home Saturday. We are really going to miss him. Jeff had a good sense of humor and was very kind. There will be a huge feeling of emptiness with out him.    

R.I.P Jeff

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Joy and Rob are renting the lake house. We went out for Father's Day on Sunday. The second round of flooding was more than I have ever seen. We went from drought to flooding. The water reached up to two steps down from the porch. Everyone was joking you could fish from the house. The water is going down now and I really hope there will be no more flooding. It is scary to think the damage it could cause and has caused. I imagine the boat house is going to be in need of repairs. They took the boat out of the boathouse and tied it to the railing by the pier. There is a picnic table on the boathouse completely covered by water. Rob said he placed heavy stones on top of the table to keep it from floating away. There is much debris and green moss floating on top and washing a shore. We are so glad Joy and Rob are there to help us with everything. There is no way we could physically do it right now. Pictures do not show the reality of really being there. We had a small Father's Day celebration but it was nice.

Flooded Waters at Eagle Mountain Lake

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Bob had his 60th birthday!

 There's nothing quite as delicious as an ice cream cake!
Bob had his 60th birthday yesterday.  We had a small family dinner/swim/party. When Angie asked what she could get for her Dad I told her Bob has been asking for a Johnny Jump Up.  So, she made this card for him.  It is about the closest thing he is going to get to having one.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Catching Up!

I have a lot of catching up to do!  I am going to try and put into sequence the things that have happened in the past few weeks and soon I will post some pictures.  I caught a virus that lead to a sinus infection and have had a cough for about five weeks. I am just now getting over it. Even though there has been a lot going on I have had very little energy.  I guess a sinus infection will do that to you. Hopefully this will explain the void in my posts.

Our friends Joe and Char from Chicago came for a visit for a weekend before we went to Chicago.  It was great to spend time with them. We have had a lot of company since Bob had his stroke.  It has been so appreciated because until last month traveling for us was not an option.

The week before we went to Chicago we were informed our daughter Angie had melanoma.  From birth she had a mole on the top of her foot.  It was itching and oozing.  When she had it looked at they found that she had melanoma. They did surgery and we waited a few days to make sure it had not spread through the lymph nodes.  It did not spread and we were so thankful and relieved.  They grafted some skin to place over the top of the open wound.  The mole was pretty large and they dug very deep and wider than the actual mole in hopes to get it all.  As of now, the skin graft did not take but the doctor said it is healing from the bottom up.  This will cause a slower healing time.  Angie's boss is allowing her to work part time from home.  I think this will make the recovery much easier for her since she now has other things to think about.

After that, we drove to Chicago to see our daughter Jane graduate from college.  She went four years to college but never got her degree.  She changed her major and needed more credits.  She got a very good job so she put school off until now.  She didn't want to make a big deal about it but we are very proud of her.  She is a mother, works and has a lot of responsibility for work outside her regular hours. It was not an easy task for her and she was on the Dean's list the whole time and graduated with honors. While in Chicago we had a little dinner and invited some relatives and a few friends to celebrate our anniversary.  Bob and I celebrated 29 years of marriage.  It was also Mother's Day.  We thought we would leave the following Monday but I became so sick I went to the doctor there and was in bed for about a week. Unfortunately when we left my daughter, her husband and son got sick.  I felt so bad.  I have not been this sick in years.  Bob did get it but I was very happy it wasn't too bad and only a few days.
The trip to Chicago was the first time we had gone anywhere since Bob's stroke.  Bob did very well with the traveling.  We only drove 5 to 6 hours per day to make it easier and to get out and stretch.

Bob's niece Joyce graduated from high school a couple of weeks after we left. I wish we could have been there.

Since we have been home Bob has had a lot of therapy, doctor visits and both of us have become very active at the rec center.  I usually walk in the water for exercise while Bob has found some machines that work for him. He also walks.

Tomorrow we are having a small family party for Bob.  He is turning 60.  I will post pictures of that later.  


Saturday, April 18, 2015

The YouTube link goes to a video of Bob opening and closing his hand with some finger movement. This shows progress of the eighth month after his stroke.  He attributes this after many repetitions.

Bob's last UT Study Testing was this past Thursday.  We hope it was helpful to the study.  It was also helpful to Bob in many ways.  Although it was many trips to Dallas and we are happy not to have to make that trip we will miss the people involved.  They are a great bunch of people and were a lot of help to both Bob and I.

Because of insurance purposes Bob is trying to get all three therapies (physical, OT, and Speech) all in one place and together.  I hope it all works out well.

Bob is making so much progress but it has been a long, long road.  If you look back to where he began the progress is amazing!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Below is Bob with his sister Rina and her Bob.  They visited for a few days and left on Tuesday morning.  This was the first visit to the DFW area for Bob and was Rina's second.  We spent a couple of days being tour guides especially in Ft. Worth. We always enjoy doing that.  The photo below is of Bob, Rina and Bob at Gas Monkey restaurant in Dallas.  Rina's Bob is big into cars and racing.

We have actually had company for the past three weeks and that is why I have not been posting.  To start out with my daughter Jane and her family were here. After that my sister and her daughter's family came to visit.

 It has been 2 1/2 weeks since Bob had his Botox injections. He has still been in a lot of pain and hasn't seen a lot of results.  We are hoping that after 12 weeks when he gets more injections that it will be more helpful,  The one positive thing is that he has been sleeping better.  He does wake up often but goes right back to sleep.  I think this is huge because he really needs the sleep.

Rina's Bob and Rina with Bob

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Bob had the Botox shots yesterday in certain muscles.  It takes 5 to 10 days for the results to appear. I really hope this will make a difference in alleviating his pain and allow him to move with more ease.

The two birthdays this month in our family are our son-in-law Brent and grand-son Jack.  Happy Belated Birthday to Brent and Happy Birthday to Jack today.

One of Bob's ex-co-workers John S. and friend came by yesterday and visited for a while. We both enjoyed his visit.  I think Bob misses the friendships of the people he worked with through the years. He has had to make a lot of adjustments.

Today our daughter and her family from Chicago arrive for a visit.  We are really looking forward to spending time with them.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Bob had some good news yesterday.  The doctor's office called and said there was a cancellation on Monday March 23rd.  He took that time slot to get his Botox Shots. I am so glad.  He has been in so much pain.  I really hope the shots will be as helpful as everyone says they are.

This past Sunday John and Casey had a small family party to celebrate Jack and Peyton's birthdays.  (early for Jack and late for Peyton)  The photo below is John, Jack, Casey and Peyton.