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February 16, 2020

  Hello purple nation and prayer warriors!!

    I know, it’s about time, and no I haven’t forgotten about you all!! So the last time I updated back in October we had just gotten Gail home from the manor, things were going pretty well for the first 2-3 weeks. About half way into November she developed some diarrhea issues, we didn’t dare do too much or go anywhere for the next 2 months. I did get her in to see her doctor in the first part of January, with blood and stool samples showing negative we were told to increase her fiber to help bulk up her stools, that wasn’t working. In the mean time I had been working with some friends and other remedies to help with symptoms. In the last 2-3 weeks we have found that the main culprit is gluten, sorry but I struggle with gluten-free, I like bread——a lot!! So Gail is gluten free and that issue is for the most part a lot better to under control. I don’t know if I want to have a full diagnosis done, it appears to be just an intolerance and not celiac disease. Talk about some very frustrating times!!!! I’m not going to put any details  on here for you but it was pretty crappy- - - - with an “s”!!!!  Praise God we were able to get through this to!!!

  Gail was able to walk on her own without the walker by Christmas!! It seems pretty small at this point but we are still grateful!! With the decrease in activity and diarrhea issues she still used the walker for safety purposes, just easier to get where she needed to be!! So now it’s time to increase the activity again and I only allow her to use her walker at night to go from the bedroom to the bathroom. It’s also been nice to get her out of the house a little, we’ve been to a few basketball games and to church, if it’s warm outside she does go for walks! She does like to take her walker with if we go somewhere to use as a chair.
  So we’re coming up to one year of the day when this all started, we were in StCloud last Friday for Gail’s one year appointment with Dr Kennedy, he was all smiles again!! Quite happy with her progress and ability to walk without a walker, he did some testing with her eyes and found that the nerve in her right eye is starting to work again!!! This a huge praise item!!! We remain hopeful that she has full recovery with her eyes working properly and maybe needing a new prescription not surgery or special glasses with prisms to help with the double vision. Praise God for all of he progress she has had to this point!! I don’t believe she is done yet! With her age, time is definitely on her side!
  In May we go back for another appointment, Dr Kennedy wants to have another MRI of the damage area. Prayer item!!
                    His will,His way, always!!

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October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween purple nation!
  So I thought I better update, many of you already know from the Facebook posts but we did get Gail home on the 23rd. Her first week home has been really good, it’s also been a really good challenge but we are figuring things out. She still is getting her pt and ot that come to our home, started some speech therapy today, all may be for another 4-6 weeks. Since she is a couple months ahead of her goal of getting home by Christmas I told her that her new goal should be to walk without her walker by Christmas, well on Tuesday pt had her practicing walking (no walker) she did awesome!! so I believe that goal will be attainable also, praise God!! Gail continues to improve with her speech and memory, also amazing stuff!

 On the 18th we were in StCloud for a visit with Dr Kennedy, her Neuro-surgeon, he was quite pleased with her progress. We will be weaning her off the anti-seizure medication so that will be a good thing! We don’t go back now until the end of February or March at twelve months from the day, than we will know more about what things will be permanent. So lots can change in 4 months, God’s not done yet!!!

  The manor had a pretty big send off for Gail, put on a cap and gown like graduation and had her walk through a crowd of nurses and staff! It was the best!!! And then like her therapist predicted, she walked out of there!! We are soo thankful and grateful for the care that she received, new appreciation for what they do!!
 Bye for now, it’s kind of hard finding time to update but I will try my best!! Love you all!! His will, His way, ALWAYS!!


October 6, 2019

Just a quick update, 
    This is the day we have been praying and patiently waiting for!!! October 22 will be the last day of therapy from the manor, at this time we will be transferring her to her home. Home healthcare will be required in this transition time for however long they feel is needed. I don’t know the exact date we will be home, could be the the 23, some details we need to work out yet, more updates to come!!

   Gail continues to improve and get stronger, as a result of the swallow study last week she was upgraded to 3 which means more options with food. The meats will not be chopped but still cut to small bites, it was very interesting watching the ex-rays. I can understand and be aware of potential issues. 
     She had pizza for the first time last night!!! Yummm!!

     Again, thank you for all of your support!! 🙏🙏❤️❤️!!!
                      God’s will!!


September 29, 2019

Purple Nation and Prayer Warriors

   First, I want to say thank you again and again for all the support you have gifted us with, whatever form that is in!!!! When they talk about being the hands and feet of God, that means you all and whoever comes in our path along this journey we are on, we have been so blessed!!! 
  We are getting so close!!! Last week Gail got her wheelchair taken away from her which means she needs to walk wherever she goes, and she does, with her walker and a little guidance from a nurse (more milestones) I’m thinking in another week or so she will be walking without the guidance, just her walker. It’s been amazing to watch!!
  Today I brought her to church for the first time, we did use a wheelchair just to make a little easier for her,  little overwhelming for her but she loved it all the same. Also brought her home for the afternoon for the first time, that made her feel really good, and we also had a home assessment done for when Gail transfers home. She did really well, was able to do all the things that are required to do just not on an independent basis so that’s what therapy will be working on moving forward is her independence. There are a few things I need to do or have in place to make things better for her to be successful at home, she will probably need some therapy yet when she gets home but that could change in the next month. So that’s what we are aiming for, for her transfer home by the end of October 👏👏🙏🙏🙏!! This is exciting and scary all at the same time!! Praise and prayer items!!

  This week on Thursday she goes in for another swallow study, I have learned that there are 4 levels in that ability to swallow properly so the average person is at 4, Gail is at 2. I am going to be their so I can watch and better understand that process

 Gail’s sister Mary will be here for another visit this weekend, looking forward to that, prayers for safe travel. The next update just may come from her again!!

                  Thank you again!!! Love you all❤️❤️❤️!!    Do you believe in Miracles???!!!!
            God’s will!!!


Laker Nation


September 7, 2019

Well hello purple nation and prayer warriors, wow it’s been about another month since our last update, Gail continues to show progress and I believe it is most noticeable in her speech. She still struggles with having the right words when she uses her own thought process which includes pointing things out in her room. She sometimes gets frustrated when she can’t find the right word but always has a good attitude about it praise God for that!.
 She is working hard in her ot/pt, slowly getting stronger., progressing nicely in her transfers from her bed to walking behind a walker, still with some help from the nurses.
they have also been working on transferring to a car which is pretty exciting!!
There has been some concern about Gail’s mental state, she has been spending a lot of time sleeping during the day or when ever she can and refusing some of the activities they have for her. We feel she may be going through a stage of depression which is understandable in these circumstances, I would like for her not to have to be on any medication for this if possible Or she is just not getting good quality sleep at night. This is definitely a priority prayer item, we also know how much of a people person she is so if at all possible please visit and if she is sleeping, wake her up!! 

On to some really fun fun news and it includes KARE 11 news at that!! Last night before the Lakeview Football game with Minneota I took Gail to the football field, first time riding in a car!! We met with Kare11 news reporters, they were doing a story with Gail and our football team. When the team arrived they presented a signed jersey to her and then offered hugs  cause Gail is a hugger ya know!! Then chanted the Laker song, Gail does cry once in a while! and she did!! What an amazing night, just what she needs to help lift her spirits and get her out of this rut she is in, it was her first time out besides doctors appointments, praise God everything went well, we left at halftime that was long enough for her.

  We still have a long ways to go so still need prayers because I know that works!!! Gail’s goal is to be home by Christmas, we will keep you posted!!  She has also asked about going to church! so I’m thinking about making that happen sometime later this month, that will be so awesome!!

 Oh I almost forgot, we go to marshall and get the feeding tube peg removed on Monday!! Yay!!! Huge Praises!!! just one more big step!!!

       Later.      God’s will be done!!!


August 4, 2019

“We proclaim how great You are and tell of the wonderful things You have done.”  Psalm 75:1

Day 165: Dear Friends and Family,

It was my heart’s delight to spend the last few days with Gail.  She is doing so well and is in such a lovely spot at the Minneota Manor. I wanted to pass along some of my thoughts and observations from the past days:

Typical Day

Breakfast is between 8:00 and 9:00. Lunch is between 12:00 and 1:00, Supper is usually around 6. Her therapy sessions are approximately 1 hour each. She continues to have OT and PT everyday.  Speech Therapy is 3 times per week. She rests in the afternoon and sometimes in the morning as well, if her therapy schedule allows it. If she doesn’t have time to get in and out of bed before her next appointment, she will “power nap” in her wheelchair.

Therapy Goals

Her goals in PT are bed mobility--moving from lying down to sitting on the edge of the bed, moving from sitting to standing and walking with a platform walker.  Her goals in OT are upper body strengthening and skills of daily life like getting dressed. In speech therapy she works on swallowing and her “thinking” skills…  Her speech therapist wants everyone to know that: “When you are visiting Gail, if she is having trouble finding a word: 1) Give her time  2) ask her to describe it  3) ask her to point to it and 4) if she still can’t find the word, offer cues or suggestions based on what the topic of conversation is.”

Best time to visit

Any time !!  There is a GREEN LIGHT on visiting now.  This truly fills her cup and encourages her in her hard work of therapy. If you come and she is not in her room, (that’s actually a good thing) you can track her down and join her / encourage her wherever she is. She has a white board with her schedule in her room that may give you a clue.  She loves to go outside. Any of The Manor staff can assist you to take Gail to the garden area where the kittens are. You don’t have to stay long-- 15-30 minutes would be one suggestion. If the TV is on, I like to turn that off so she can hear and focus better. When you leave her, make sure her call light is within reach.  

To do and not to do

For Gail’s safety (preventing choking or aspiration), she uses a special cup so she can keep her chin down for most effective swallowing. (NO STRAWS)  Her drinks are thickened, no regular water. Her food is soft and ground. If you bring her treats or things to eat -- please check with The Manor staff. One joy is that things taste good to Gail and she has a good appetite. She may not be able to give you an accurate answer on what she can and can’t have, so ask staff.

She has earrings, perfume and lip gloss in her room--offer her those.

She is often cold, offer her a vest, sweatshirt of blanket.

Take her out of her room.  She can push her wheelchair--she uses her feet to propel too.   ….or you can push her.

Check and fill her essential oil diffuser, there are instructions on the stand.

She has a variety of “therapy things” to do in her room, encourage those  ie squeezing sponges, playing the card game “Go Fish” and flash cards for “naming things/people”

See if she will sing with you

Offer a gentle shoulder massage and encourage her good posture.

Recent Eye Appointment

Gail may be wearing an eye patch to cover her right eye the next time you see her.  We found out she is seeing double and the patch is to help with that. It is hard for her to read...she tries.  You may want to assist her if she has mail or if you bring a card.

So many wonderful things and we give God all the glory! Thank you for your love and support.


July 13, 2019

Hey there purple nation, so it’s been about a month since my last update and maybe that’s a little too long for some,   I apologize for that! I am so blessed to have her so close to home. It’s also nice for her to get visitors, she really likes that. The best time to visit is later in the afternoon. She has had ot/pt 5 days a week and speech therapy 3days a week, her therapists are very optimistic about her recovery, I have been getting weekly updates on what she has been doing in her therapy time. They have had her standing with help by a machine, not really focusing on her walking abilities yet, more focus is on her arms and legs strength and her core strength, balance. Working on transferring from bed to wheelchair without aid of a mechanical lift, that would be huge!! Huge praises for the progress so far!! Last Friday we had an appointment with Dr Kennedy in StCloud, he seems very pleased with her progress so far, he didn’t have any concerns and we need to just stay focused on at least a one year recovery time and then we will kind of know more of what her life will be like. He wants to see her again in 3mnths, to me that’s a good thing!! He also made a prediction that Gail will be walking with the help of a walker at least, the next time he sees her. Dr Kennedy had a little grin on his face the whole time! To me that speaks volumes!! Personally I do not see her stopping progress any time soon!!  Clearly this has been God’s will for her!!! Glory be!! Gail has one therapist who specializes with stroke patients and she has told me that she thinks Gail will walk out of the manor one day, so I’m holdin her to it!! Hah! Gail’s short term memory is getting better also. So lots of good stuff happening!! God is so good!!!

I realized that I can post photos on this site so hopefully next time I will get that figured out how that is done so the people that aren’t able to visit can see her progress.
I promise it won’t be a month!

           Love you all!!! Keep praying!!    God’s will be done!!!