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    Sunday night, kids gone to bed, Bruce on the floor in the living room, trying to follow his PT's instruction: "More reps, more weights!"

    Radio in our room playing the blues, dishwasher running, dog snoring behind me.

    I was away for 24 days, and here's a couple of things I found out:

    1--My kids are just as capable of housework/yardwork shit as I am, and even better, they're willing to do it!

    2--My husband doesn't need as much sleep as we both thought he did. [img]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]

    3--I have a better sense of how much work a good day can hold. I don't feel defeated and guilty because it's not ALL done. At least, I haven't felt that way yet.

    4--Do I dare to say it here? I love my life. I still hate SCI passionately, and I'm determined to make a giant noise about what it's like with this book . . . but I love my life.


      Welcome back, Kate!

      Tough times don't last - tough people do.


        [img]/forum/images/smilies/eek.gif[/img] Happy Hallowe'en!!! [img]/forum/images/smilies/eek.gif[/img]

        The fall colors were glorious this year, but they're gone now, for the most part. Living in this beautiful countryside means: no trick or treaters tramping hopefully up to our door!! I'm a little sad about this, although I did get to witness the elementary school's Halloween parade yesterday...that was great fun! I've been working at one of the other library branches this past week. When the kids from the school (which is right next door) came over for their library session, they had to touch a "brain" to get their Halloween candy!!

        My Vista "job" may turn into a REAL job, if all goes well. They would like to keep me around, and I think I should get a real paycheck, with Brianna planning on college in the fall. Wish me luck!

        Speaking of college, Bri LOVED Marshall University! It was like night and day when compared to WVU. The entire campus is FLAT. It's two blocks wide and four blocks long, and everything is RIGHT THERE. [img]/forum/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img] They have transportation for disabled students. It was like a dream come true. So...we go apartment hunting soon...the building she has her eye on is one block over from campus. It used to be a hotel, but was turned into apartments. She also found out that she can join a band without being a music major...this was MAJOR good news! If she couldn't participate in band (I think she's leaning toward a concert band) she was planning on....are you ready?....trying out for cheerleader. [img]/forum/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img]
        We've come a long way....

        Okay, you guys, check in....if only for Jimmy Mack's sake!! [img]/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif[/img]

        "God warns us not to love any earthly thing above Himself, and yet He sets in a mother's heart such a fierce passion for her babes that I do not comprehend how He can test us so."
        ~Geraldine Brooks, "Year of Wonders"

        "Be kind...for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle."
        ~Philo of Alexandria


          The Charleston 'fall' has been cooler than usual, a nice transition for me from the North! Beautiful weather, usually in the 70's during the day ( I remember usual temps in the high 80's in October!).

          Pippin (yes, from LOTR, because he's such a mischief maker) has taken over the house; I've never met a more gregarious or outgoing kitten; after two days, he knew his name and was coming to me when I called him! And absolutely fearless around the other animals who don't quite know what to do with him. His first habit the first few nights was sleeping - or trying to sleep -on my face!!!! After a few firm reminders, he now sleeps on my pillow with one paw on my forehead.

          We have a contract on the Jersey house, but it's complicated - depends on the buyer's house being bought by a developer who's going through all his permits and stuff - we should know by next week. I will be SOOOO glad when this is all over!

          Matt is in physical therapy and will start cognitive therapy in two weeks. Physical therapy is frustrating because he runs so many old tapes from prior sessions, but at least he's getting something.

          We've been doing major yard and house work here - the previous owners had let the yard go, and planted things with no regard as to what they required sun-wise, so I pulled and transplanted and planted some of my own - looks really neat! Hubbie took down a tree from the front yard, and now you can actually see the house! We took up the wall to wall in the LR and hallway, beautiful hardwoods underneath, and just finished installing the toe molding around the borders.

          Don't know if I've mentioned this before, but I'm investigating buying a catering kitchen truck - like the guys that park outside office buildings. Much less $$ than a remodel of the house to do catering; lots off office buildings and hospital/doc's offices to park at and do breakfast and lunch. I'd also be able to do private catering, because all the prep would be done out of the truck.

          Hubbie has some interesting job possibilities in addition to what he's doing now.

          Vicky, I think we'll be just the opposite of you tonight for Halloween - our NJ house was so isolated we got no trick or treaters; now, we're in a medium upscale community, so we've had fun decorating and figuring out just how many bags of candy we should buy!

          How's everyone else doing?

          Tough times don't last - tough people do.


            Just in from trick-or-treating here. We headed to friends house in Delaware, had dinner and took the kids out. Both boys were pirates but bits and pieces of the costumes were taken off as the evening progressed. The eye patches kept falling, the wig got itchy and the hats wouldn't stay on.
            The boys actually asked to head home as they pooped out from the walking. They looked marvelous in the costumes and had great fun.
            The weather was great tonight, just a sweater needed....much different that we have been getting. Perfect for tooling around outside.

            It is hard to believe that christmas is less than 2 months away and that I don't have a clue about Thanksgiving! We are on our own aas family is on the West coast...this can be a lonely time of the year. The boys are already for a snow day from school while I can't believe they had 4 days off in October.

            Martha, peek out from under the rock and give us an update..I miss hearing from you. How about others, whats new, the same, good, bad or changing?

            "A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles"....C. Reeve 1998

            Every day I wake up is a good one


              Fall is pretty spectacular [img]/forum/images/smilies/eek.gif[/img] here in the valley I really must say although I could live without the -10C temps thankyou very much! I must be getting psyched for winter though since I did finally break down and buy Kat's season pass at Holiday Mountain so she can snowboard all Winter... pray for lots of snow!! . . .sheesh..

              Laure-Jane is passed out on her bed - didn't even wait for her good nite smooch from her Dad - completely spent from her school Halloween party and then trick or treating after supper ... yes its a mad mad mad world when your nine! She dressed as a pop star this year complete with head set (her Dad's), blue spray paint bangs and of course plenty of beautiful aqua blue sparkles!! [img]/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif[/img] Kat is off to a dance the RCMP sponsor (in an effort to keep Halloween pranksters off the streets) complete with gigantic dual video screens, dry ice machine and plenty of very loud music - DJ provided of course!!Lots of prizes and really imaginative costumes. It's totally awesome - sometimes I think I was so born in the wrong generation...**sigh**

              Bill is healing ever so slowly but surely although since the wound care specialist ladies attached "the Vac" to his tummy his incison has closed mucho rapido, its an amazing little contraption anyone here familiar with it? He seems to be able to eat most everything he likes and except for the fact he has lost his job as a result of this whole process he was/is doing fine! The whole ileostomy thing is really not so bad ... (if I say it often enough I'll believe it) - no really - it has its down side for sure but it definitley has its up side! For instance whenever we needed to stay in a hotel, bathroom facilities were of paramount importance, now of course the only real concern is if the door ways are wide enough for a wheelchair to get through, no more bowel routine so "no worries" as dogger would say! [img]/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif[/img] Anyway we have a Municipal Convention to go to for three days at the end of November (Bill is a town Councillor, hence all day meetings for him - shopping and 'r n'r for moi [img]/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif[/img] Yes!!!!

              We/me are presently in the process of moving my mother-in-law for the second time in three years (although this time not 1700 miles just a few streets over) and I've said goodbye once again to my snowbird Mom and her husband as they leave to spend the winter in Arizona! We are all settling in for the long Winter ahead ... I'm already looking forward to Spring... [img]/forum/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif[/img]

              Marmalady you reminded me of our Marmalade cat (God rest her soul) with your story, thank goodness we have Shady the wonder dog to entertain us this if we could just figure out why she naws on her own leg... its certainly not for a lack of treats - anyone have an idea????

              Be well everyone!!
              ~ Be the change you wish to see in the world ~ Mahatma Gandi

              " calling all Angels ...... calling all Angels ....walk me through this one .. don't leave me alone .... calling all Angels .... calling all Angels .... we're tryin' and we're hopin' cause we're not sure how ....... this .... goes ..."
              Jane Siberry



                I have used the wound vac on patients on my floor..both in the neck for cervical wounds that abcessed. It works very well for that, I was amazed...




                  "A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles"....C. Reeve 1998

                  Every day I wake up is a good one


                    ummmm- Cheesecake - hope that isn't your comment on life, lately? [img]/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif[/img]

                    We had Steven over for lunch today - he's a sweetie, and a good time was had by all!

                    And we actually hung some pictures around the house last week!!!! I'm getting ready to make new curtains for kitchen and dining room, and then tackle painting the dining room and put in new wainscoating.

                    Weather is pretty gloomy all weekend, so it'll be a good time to get started.

                    How 'bout y'all? Haven't heard from 'yous guys' in a while!

                    Tough times don't last - tough people do.


                      OMG . . . just got done talking with my 15-yr-old, who has chosen to make a paper-mache model of a nerve cell for her biology project. I got out my copy of "In Search of the Lost Cord" and showed her the description of how Schwann cells make myelin . . . and how myelin is what makes axons able to conduct information rapidly.

                      In the middle of the conversation, she said that her teacher had told the class that neurons in the brain and cord can never regenerate.

                      Major teaching moment.

                      She has to do an oral presentation on the nerve cell, which she chose because she was pretty sure her dad and I could be helpful with the project. Good call!

                      I'll keep you posted on what she decides to share with the class. [img]/forum/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif[/img]


                        I apologize in advance for the detour, but I just saw this...

                        Originally posted by Marmalady:

                        We had Steven over for lunch today - he's a sweetie
                        Lies! [img]/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif[/img]

              's worse than we thought. it turns out the people at the white house are not secret muslims, they're nerds.


                          Too bad Steven--

                          Your cover is blown. No more masquerading around here as some kind of mean & nasty guy. [img]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]


                            I have just returned from a wonderful fundraising event at our daughter's high school. She graduated in '01. My husband did not attend because his focus is returning to good health so we can go on our first family vacation in over 4 years.

                            Everyone always asks about him. Regeneration came up several times in conversations...can you believe it? lay persons used that term with me. The word is out there. Is his body regenerating? I heard that more than once. Yes! Absolutely! Though we were never told it could or would and we are believers. We have had many set backs, but he continues to improve in his level of function.

                            Marmalady, painting and decorating? I have pictures on the walls but my walls are very blah! no color, yet. Just settling in to my third job in one year, decorating had to go on th back burner, bummer, cause I love color, lots of color.

                            Hope you all can stand it, but I feel the need... the need to brag a bit about our children. Our son is a senior in high school, an all boys school of 1500 students. He was asked to be one of six leaders for the annual fund drive and their goal was $100,000. They raised $175,000. Can you believe it? through a telethon. He mentioned it, as an after thought. Our daughter is chair of philanthropy in her sorority and has spearheaded fundraisers for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis ... they raised over $4000 so far this year. OK, so I haven't been able to volunteer this year, as I have been adjusting to full time work, but point is the legacy, sort of continues...hooray!


                              Martha~ I am looking for you in this thread. What color did the bathroom end up? How about the dogs? Are they all still there with you? I miss your posts......please poke your head out [img]/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif[/img]
                              Kate~ How's the book? What is new in your household? Is there any snow yet?
                              Marmalady~ How did the planting turn out? Is the yard more to your liking? What about the catering truck?
                              SCI Mom~ Please, more about the library, and Bri's school.

                              I look to this post are a lifeline for me. And remember, we have to help Kate with a second book.

                              Obie and KDK~ It was wonderful to read your updates. Thanks.

                              "A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles"....C. Reeve 1998

                              Every day I wake up is a good one


                                I think Kate should write her next book as if we were posting here. Take a few stories from here and either make it fiction or non. You know the genre...remember when books were written as if letters were being exchanged, same idea, but of a new century and new medium. Short, sound bites geared toward todays readers. You could even include those face icons and dates and times. A whole book, Kate, gosh you are an amazing woman!