Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Catching Up....again!

So, I'm not exactly a frequent blogger, am I?! My, how time flies! Thankfully there is not a whole lot of news of any huge consequence! Well, aside from John's accident in June. Yeah, that was pretty major.

On June 1st I got a call from a paramedic saying that John had been in a work related accident - he was OK - but had a seriously injured arm. Off I flew to Overlake Hospital in Bellevue which was the closest to where he was injured. Long story short, he fell from the back of the box truck he drives for work. About 5 feet. Onto concrete. On his arm. Elbow exploded. June 6 he had surgery to repair what could be repaired. The surgeon was great and I'm really glad I didn't see the "before" pictures until after surgery! He put him back together with baling wire and chewing gum, I swear! Plastic, metal, etc.! He has undergone a lot of physical therapy and after a skin graft about a month ago, is finally out of bandages and braces! He will never be able to lift anything heavy again, and may not even return to light duty til after the first of the year. You may be wondering how he fell off? He is not entirely sure himself, except that it was raining and he was manuevering the electric pallet jack with an empty pallet on it when it slipped, knocking him and the pallet jack off the back. The jack evidently hit him, but thank God it didn't land on top of him! He thinks he probably jerked himself away. Also, someone saw it from a restaurant window and went out to check on him and called 911.

Actually, it was a blessing in disguise as he had his two children with him for 7 weeks this summer and was able to be with them! Not the way he had planned it of course, but.....

We enjoyed having the grandkids around and every Friday night we had a sleep-over here! What fun! Hannah was 6 in June and Johnny turned 4 about a month ago.

The most fun we had all summer was going on an Alaska cruise! Our 40th anniversary is September 11 and we have never done anything really big to celebrate. It was time! We took a 7 day cruise out of Seattle and were wowed by the glacier we saw. Unfortunately, it was socked in the day we would have gone to the Mendenhall glacier and we didn't see it, but the Tracy Arm one was fabulous!

Brian bought a house in Algona, and after nearly 10 months of the bank dragging their feet, he finally closed!  He and Bill still have their "hot rod" night once a week, although his work schedule didn't work out so well for awhile. That has changed and once Brian fixes up his garage, their time will be spent there for the most part.

Well, that's about enough catch up for now!  I won't promise another post before six months, and even thought about deleting this, but for now, I'll post when I think of it!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

MS Walk

I haven't posted since November? Really?!  Well, last year was not exactly the best year in my life, but so far, 2011 is shaping up to be pretty good! It is early on, but....

I am very excited about the MS Walk this year because I am participating in it! Yes, not only did I sign up, but I am the team captain of Team Olympic View!! The walk is Saturday, April 2 at 9:30 a.m.  I have reached my own personal fundraising goal as well as the team goal. It is such a worthy cause and one I am all too familiar with.

I am compelled to walk this year because on April 1 of last year, I couldn't walk without assistance, being in the throes of a very serious MS exacerbation - the first in almost 30 years. Thank God I am back to being "me" and having now experienced first hand the terrible consequences of the disease, I really NEED to walk this year!

Here is a link that will take you to the MS Walk site. Check it out!http://www.nationalmssociety.org/goto/TeamOlympicView