A Fractured Spine

My long-time readers may remember that almost two years ago my husband suffered a major stroke. It left him an invalid, half-blind, no longer able to read, and with expressive aphasia, meaning he has difficulty with verbal expression. I quit my job and have been his caregiver since that time.  Last week he fell, fracturing his spine.

Doctors are treating the fracture conservatively with rest, a back brace, pain medication, and physical therapy (which hasn’t yet begun.) After spending two nights in hospital, my husband is back at home. We are not having an easy time of it, so I may not be blogging much for a while, and I may not be able to read and comment on others’ blog posts.

Here’s hoping things get better!

My husband was on the fourth floor of the hospital, and I took a few photos from hospital windows…

From hospital window

From hospital window 3

From hospital window 2

When life throws trials and tribulations towards you, shield your destiny with courage, faith and perseverance.    (Edmond Mbiaka)

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  1. WELL FOR CRYING IN THE BUCKET!!!! MY DEAR FRIEND———- I AM SOOOOOOOOOOOO BEYOND SORRY——— WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF THE MOVE RIGHT NOW– JUST KNOW YOU & YOUR HUBS ARE IN OUR PRAYERS——- AND I AM SENDING LOVE & GOOD THOUGHTS—-& HEALING WISHES—- AND I DON’T WANT TO LOOSE CONTACT WITH YOU!!!!! MUCH LOVE NOW & ALWAYS—- YOU WILL BE OF COARSE IN OUR PRAYERS——

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    1. Thank you so much! You have been in my prayers every day and certainly will continue to be. I hope all goes well with the move and that you sell the other house quickly. I’m not going to stop blogging, so I’ll be in touch!

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  2. John Coleman says:

    Oh, Deb. I’m so sorry to hear this news. I toss posts up on my blog regularly, but have otherwise been pretty much silent. Please know that I think of you and yours often. You must be incredibly tired and sometimes discouraged–not to mention pained because your husband is suffering and grandson is never quite out of the woods. Remember in dark moments you have an unmet friend in Pennsylvania who cares deeply about what you’re going through and wishes you well. John

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    1. Oh, thank you so much for that, John. Yes, I am very tired and discouraged and often very frightened. I deeply appreciate your prayers and thoughts and your encouraging words. I’m glad I have an unmet friend in Pennsylvania. Here’s hoping you and your family are doing well. I love reading about your grandsons. They are really growing up! Take care, my friend, and thank you, Deb

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  3. Ana Daksina says:

    Prayers to you, my friend

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  4. de Wets Wild says:

    I am so sorry to hear about this latest tribulation, Deb. You and your husband have come through so much already and you’ll weather this storm as well with the help and grace of the Almighty. Prayers and best wishes for your husband’s speedy and full recovery.

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    1. I appreciate your kind words. Yes, we will weather this as well., and we definitely are depending on God’s help and grace. I am grateful for the life we have, for I know so many people who are experiencing much worse than this. Thank you for prayers!

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    1. Thank you. I appreciate your prayers.

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  5. arlene says:

    Wishing him a speedy recovery. So sorry to hear about this Deb.

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  6. jjaywmac says:

    Well, it is up to us, then, to comment on your posts. They are always beautiful photos of nature or beautiful settings that show your intense observation of life and its beauty and interesting curiosities. I look forward to your posts and love your photos and the quotes. From time to time, I use one of the quotes in something I write. Bob is a surviver, and so are you. Try to enjoy this holiday season as much as you two can. Enjoy family and hug each other a lot. Eat food that makes you feel good and enjoy friends who send love or drop by. Take photos of your interesting fireplace, the cat, the orange juice, whatever. We are here virtually from all over the word to support you. You are amazing, Debby. I love you. Please give Bob an extra hug from me. Janet

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    1. Thank you, Janet. I am slowly getting the house decorated for Christmas and am listening to music I enjoy. A winter storm is supposed to arrive tomorrow night, so maybe I can get some good photos of the ice and snow. Katie, Joshua and Ben are coming in a couple of weeks, and we will celebrate Christmas with them on the 22nd. I hope Bob recovers, but he is bedridden except to get up to go the bathroom and to sit and eat meals. The problem is that he isn’t really eating and isn’t drinking enough fluids. I don’t know that he has the will to survive this. Thank you for your love and support. I appreciate you, and you are an inspiration to me always,

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  7. The trials and tribulations must seem unbearable at times for both of you – hope you find the strength and courage you need as caregiver and not forgetting you are still husband and wife. I was so sorry to read this and really will think of you in my prayers

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    1. Thank you so much, Laura. Life, as you well know, throws many unexpected things our way, and we just have to carry on…

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  8. I am praying for you and your husband. Life is hard for sure. I am truly sorry you are suffering. I am praying for you and will follow your blog. Melody

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    1. Thank you so much. I have been enjoying your blog for quite a while now. Yes, life can be hard as you know, but God is faithful and will carry us through. I appreciate your prayers, Deb

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  9. I’m so sad to read this, you will both be in my prayers, your husband for a speedy recover with good pain medication and you for strength and patience and a wish to look after you too. If you are having to lift Deb you should ask his physio for tips and helpful suggestions on how to do this safely for your own back.

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    1. Thank you, Charlotte. I appreciate your prayers. So far I don’t have to lift him, so that’s good.

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  10. dorne Whale says:

    I hope that your hubby is on the mend. I care for my husband, who has Parkinson’s, so I think I understand how you feel. Sometimes, it’s a challenge… but, worth it. X

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    1. Thank you. He is much better. My best to you!

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