Re: [gardeners] Friday in the garden

George Shirley (
Sun, 13 Jul 2003 07:45:50 -0500

Good for both of you, Jim for perservering and you for being patient. I 
think you're probably getting plenty of prayer assistance since the 
three prayer circles here are still including you and your family. I 
have strong suspicions there might be another group on the West Coast 
doing the same. <VBG>

Before you know it Jim will be back shoveling snow in the nude.

George wrote:
> Hi there, George -- Jimmie is being discharged this coming Thursday,
> like it or not. Up to now he has had round-the-clock aides with him;
> once he gets home, I am going to try to eliminate the night aide.
> Jim can walk with a walker (and an aide behind him dragging the
> wheelchair) for about 130 ft before he tires out. His posture is a
> problem -- he sits upright in a chair, but stares at his shoes when 
> on his feet. He'll fall into a manhole the first time he walks 
> outside of the nursing home! 
> Wednesday he could not climb down the therapy steps, altho he
> could climb up them. Thursday he could not go up or down. 
> Friday he successfully climbed both up and down!  If he can 
> continue using the stairs, life will be MUCH more satisfactory
> for all of us at home, since we have 3 steps up to our bedroom 
> and shower, and also at the front door. 
> He also cannot manage the bathrom or dressing himself. The 
> surgeon says he wants to wait for more time for the squashed
> nerves to heal. We don't go back to him for a month .. 
> He is allowed to ride in a car so long as he has the neck brace 
> and a seat belt on. No problem there, since he has to wear that 
> brace for 3 months anyway. 
> He can feed himself, but it is so difficult that he finishes a meal
> soaked to the skin from effort. Nevertheless, he does it all by 
> himself. It takes about 2 hours for each meal. 
> His outlook is incredibly positive -- Bless him for that! I know that
> everybody wishes him well, and he will need all the good vibes he
> can gather up to make this transition to home. 
> So will I. 
> I actually saw Jim eat some yellow and green squash for dinner 
> tonight -- and I did see him eat the fish last night!  Maybe he has
> learned to increase his food acceptances, I hope-a-hope-a-hope...
> Penny, NY
> . 
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