Tuesday, December 26, 2006

December 26, 2006 - MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Merry Christmas to everyone from Mack and us. I know he loved having all the visitors there on Christmas day.

Daniel and Jenny, his little sister, got Mack the Grinch pajamas for Christmas and Richard and I got him the Santa hat and Grinch to round out the outfit. I think that together, this makes a cute picture of Mack. The hospital gown (at least it was green), unfortunately, is a "must" since he is still on the feeding tube. The nurses need access to it at all times, so we couldn't put the pajama t-shirt on him that came with the pants.

Mack looks forward to Richard feeding him his ice pops and frozen juice ices when he comes to visit each day. He actually puts his finger to his mouth as soon as he sees us coming. For now, all Mack can have is icy liquids to help quench his thirst. We aren't giving him anything else (pudding or applesauce) because he does seem to have difficulty in swallowing those things right now. It's just a little set-back. Mack has also lost some of the mobility of his right arm that he had before. We had him brushing his teeth with his right hand in November, but now he can't seem to do that anymore.

Belinda, Richard and I brought Mack's dog, Alex, up to the hospital room to visit Mack again weekend before last. Mack had to have help to pet Alex, but seemed to be happy that his dog was there. The way we can usually tell when he's happy is by the way he moves his legs (like clapping his knees together). I've noticed that if he's happy or content about something, he will move his legs like that.

Mack's doctor ran another CT scan on Mack's brain about three weeks ago and he actually said that "we might see a miracle in about six months". So, in the mean time, we're keeping his brain stimulated each time we go to visit him with pictures, talking to him and telling him what's been happening on a daily basis, and feeding him ice pops and ice chips (for now). Richard actually got Mack to stick out his tongue on command several times in the past week or so. Mack didn't do it yesterday, but he did open his mouth like a little bird when the ice pop stopped coming as fast as he wanted it. He wanted more and NOW!

Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. David Farmer! They were married on December 10th, 2006. We will always support you and wish you all the best life has to offer.

Their winter wedding was absolutely beautiful! They planned every detail of the wedding to perfection. The decorations were gorgeous and well done. Their four children, together, were part of, and included in the wedding vows, which was well done. The wedding and reception ran so smoothly that it was like a dream. And - I've never been to a wedding that included cocktails, crudities, and a sit-down full dinner before! Their wedding cake was beautiful and the best I've ever eaten, not the usual run of the mill pound cake with icing. We wish you all many, many years of wedded bliss together and happiness always.

Richard and I have had a busy month and particularly, the weekend of Dec 8th -10th. On Friday night, we went to a friend's surprise 60th birthday party, Saturday night - a friend's Christmas party in a beautiful Victorian house, and on Sunday - at Crystal and David's wedding. Even though we were busy, it was nice to be able to put away the day-to-day duties for just a little while to spend time with friends and family. I'm thankful that Richard and I have each other for support during the rough times and also for sharing our happy times together. That's what married life is all about, being there for each other through good and bad times, and to always look out for each other.

Merry Christmas from our family to yours,

Ruth & Richard

We wish everyone a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

Goodbye 2006

Welcome 2007!


Anonymous Sue said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Kevin and I went to visit Mack Christmas day and we spent several hours with him. When we got there, he had one leg over the side of his bed and thankfully, two nurses were there, taking his vitals. I noticed he had fever blisters on his bottom lip, so when I went to put Blistex on it, he poked it right out for me, and he rubbed it in himself! He stuck his tongue out one time when I asked him to, and when I held up his little keyboard and told him to push one of the keys, he put his forefinger to it and pushed it. Jimi, Kelly, Holly, Nicky, and step-uncle Dwayne came by later on to visit, too. Mack absolutely loved it when Nicky rubbed and scratched his head. Nicky asked one of the nurses to look at the crook of his left arm where he keeps it bent because it was really raw from sweating, so I hope they took care of that. Jimi and Kelly got him a little Spiderman that plays the theme song and "Itsy Bitsy Spider", and he seemed to enjoy that. Keep praying for more improvements and, hopefully, full recovery soon!

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