Sunday, September 27, 2015

Quad wife tip #398

If you are a quad wife, you know the evils of "the bag".  Our backpack consists of literally everything you can think of and more.  So when your husband needs gum you go through 6 zippers of stuff until you find gum.  If you need tools same thing.  So I decided to take inventory and name what is inside each hidden pocket. It may not be pretty, but it is going to save me lots of frustration!  It's the little things.... Much love, Cheri

Sunday, August 16, 2015

New Chair??

We are excited!  This week Dennis got mapped for a new Wheel Chair.  Getting mapped means that they are making sure the place that there is pressure is adequately padded and that his weight and hieght is right for the chair he is getting.  Pressure sores are the evil of being a spinal cord injury patient and we do everything we can to prevent them.  See this blog post if you are not faint of heart!

So we had our favorite PT helping us with the mapping.  Her name is Dawn and she just so happens to be one of my best friends!  Keith is from Tulsa and he brought 2 kinds of chairs that he thought would suit Dennis the best and they decided together what all perks he needed.  Last time Dennis got fitted for a chair he weighed 220 and this time he weighs around 145 to 150. 

Now we just have to get it approved (please pray) and they will start building Dennis's chair.  Much love, Cheri


Friday, July 17, 2015

Quad Wife Confessions continued....

I can take a lot of things, but when mechanical things go down I'm out.  Dennis has a diaphragmic pacemaker and the other night one of the teeny weeny wires popped off.  He has to have these wires to breathe so the alarm sounded and I had to hook him up to the ventilator.  We have had this happen one time before and with the help of our good friend Mr Wizard and his son got it back on.  We had to contact Cleveland and get the right tools and then they sent us a video.  Well, this time it was at night and we didn't have tools.  Well our great crew of Mr Wizard and his daughter this time, plus Dennis's dad, got it going.  It is so teeny and it has to be insulated or those wires will shock Dennis when we start the pacemaker.  I was pacing and praying God to give them wisdom and knowledge.  What a team effort with the Master's hand guiding everyone.
But, on a good note, Dennis is feeling good and we took a drive to the lake the other day.  Of course, I stopped and took the cutest baby goat pictures!!

I grew up on a farm and we had every kind of animal except goats!! Now i want one.  For my readers out of country, it is high 90's and HOT!!!  Dennis can not take the heat for very long so we have to watch what we do.  Have a great weekend!  much love, Cheri

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July!

I love my country and I hold fast to my belief that our founding fathers fought for our religious liberties.  If you ever need a great book to read about that time in history, read "The light and the Glory. it's an awesome book.  My country seems to be changing at a rapid race and it's not going in a direction I like.  People are so disrespectful to the country I hold dear.  Isaiah 5:20 says Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!  It seems to be happening a lot.  So this 4th of July I am very glad I serve a God that is bigger than Isis, is bigger than government , is bigger than hateful people and is bigger than any circumstance you can find yourself in.  Jesus is making intercession for us right now and Lord knows we need it.  Happy 4th of July!!  Cheri

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Still Here!

It has been two months since I have posted anything and I want to thank a lot of my blogger friends who have asked about us and gave us encouraging words, they mean a lot.  Things are going very well, Dennis is working with a pain doctor trying to get the neuropathy controlled, as there really is not a cure but God is good and we will never give up.  I haven't got to take many photos but I decided to show my viewers a little part of my town.  I have many followers that live all over and when I follow someone I love seeing a part of where they live and their community.  Dennis and I live in a rural Oklahoma town, and trust me when I say that I would NOT want to live anywhere else in the world.  The people here care deeply for one another, church and God is very much alive here, helping one another, and it is very peaceful.  Yes, we have are small town problems, (everyone knows everything about everybody!)  Here is a sneak peek at what my town looks like.
                  This is a little south and east of Fairview near a little town called Homestead, they are growing Canola and it is beautiful!
 We are a county seat and in my back yard is the Major Co fair building.  We show livestock and have judging on food items and almost everything else.
 Also in my backyard is the baseball and softball fields.  They play during the year and almost all summer.

 We have a great pool at our city park (also in my backyard).  The water slide is an added bonus!
 Downtown Fairview is mostly Main Street and we have great stores.
 My mom has worked at Jensen's car dealership for over 20 years.  I love their neon sign.
 We have an annual car show and it is a great time.  It is a little hot for me as it is in August and August in Oklahoma is not pretty!

 This is our American Legion Building.
 This is our "high rise", the Broadway Tower.
P.S.  Al, Rose, Grace, Marianne, thank you for kind words of encouragement.  Thanks everyone for peeking in even when I haven't got to post in awhile.  Much Love, Cheri

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Valleys

Two weeks ago I thought my husband might die.  Now, I have thought this many times because it comes with the territory when your husband is a C2 quadraplegic on a diaphragmic pacemaker.  The neuropathy in his stomach and his breathing had gotten so bad he was begging for relief.  We have never had to have oxygen and now he is on the highest dial of oxygen we could get. He didn’t even have a voice because he could get enough air over his vocal cords to talk.  It was one of the lowest points, besides our little trip to the hospital in December, that I have had in a long time.  I thought maybe an outing would cheer him up so we got in the van and took out.  He breathing was so weak and bad that he couldn't even trip the mobile oxygen machine so I had to turn around and take him home.  He said go on on to Enid I will be fine so I did, but I knew he was disappointed and I cried all the way to Enid, moped around in some stores and came home. We had our devotions that night and I truly believe that when you are in the lowest valley, God gives you revelation and wisdom because you have to rely on Him since you have run out of options.  I got the vent down out of the closet and told Dennis we were going to do an hour vent session in the morning and a cough assist session at night.  Both machines open the lungs up and I was hoping for better breathing.  Then we had an appt with one of our doctors and Dennis is going to get scoped again to see if there is something else going on in the stomach.  We are praying there is because neuropathy is the worst and there is not a great cure for it.  The next day we saw a pain management doctor and he is trying different things for the pain.  He is breathing better and I can hear him great!  He has slept the last two nights without oxygen and we are doing little spurts in the day without oxygen.  While he was home one day he told his dad there had to be a way to do the oxygen without having to go through his nose. (it was raw).  So Dennis and his dad made a contraption that goes right in his trach and he can trip the mobile every time and his nose and ears get some relief!  We believe God gave him that wisdom also.  To everything we give Him the glory!  I talked to my daughter the other night on the phone and she said, “Mom, maybe we are getting out of this valley.”  I believe we are.  Much love, Cheri

Here are some of our spring photos!  We have had such a wet spring and it's been wonderful.  We have been in a two year drought so this moisture has helped.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Tornado season.

 I love spring in Oklahoma when everything is getting green and all the perennials are coming to life.  It's before the dreaded heat wave and after the last frost.  It's also tornado  time.

 I have wrote about this before, and every season we swear we are going to have a safe room big enough for Dennis to get in, and every year we don't have it.  Here is our dilemma.  Dennis is usually in bed by the time the night time storms start up.  So we have a cycle helmet and a shower trolley that we can put him in and roll into the shower which is cement and in the middle of the house.

The cellar is in my patio room but the stairs are very steep and it's all I can do to get my two dogs, my mom and myself down there.

 So we do a lot of praying for safety and trusting in God to see us through.  Much love, Cheri

P.S.  these things scare me!