Wednesday, April 06, 2005

An ode to Family and Friends

Greetings to all and love!

I am honored and awed each day to read and hear your beautiful posts! I wish I could tell you how much they mean to me and tell you how much your words encourage and help me. My recovery is slow, but it seems to be steady and your help really helps me keep going. I have more energy and stamina almost every day, and I look forward to the time I can be with you all once again.

As I begin to feel better, I am overwhelmed with gratitude - for life, for love, for the gift of family and friends, and I must take this opportunity to say a big thank you to my dearest Jacqui. She has given up so much to be here and she does more for me than anyone can imagine. She goes with me to every doctor's appointment. She knows EVERYTHING about my case, and keeps these 12 or more doctors straight on exactly what has happened, what the concerns are, etc. Somehow she carries around the walker, my bag/purse, her giant briefcase full of medical papers, etc., and pushes my wheelchair and gets me where I need to go. She calms me down and soothes my aches. She is handy as well. At home, She has rigged up a first class shower seat that allows me to actually get clean! She makes sure that all is neat and handicap accessible so I can get around a bit and she constantly encourages me. I could not manage without her and I treasure every moment we spend together.

Roland has been a prince - he even makes a 6 am daily pilgrimage to get me food at McDonalds - for some reason I am ravenous each morning! His love nourishes me and sustains me and I am so lucky and grateful to him for all he is, for all he does and for the kindness he shares.

Thank you again for all your support and for helping support Jacqui and Roland as well. It is appreciated more than you can ever know. God bless you! Pam


Blogger Sarah-Elizabeth said...

I understand the need for McDonalds in the morning, if it werent for being the broke college student I would be in the same boat. I am so glad to here that you are slowly but surely getting back to being you! And although we all know it takes time, it has been amazing what you have accomplished so quickly! WE cant wait to have you back. Say hi to Roland for me and thanks to Team Schneller again for everything, especially these wonderful updates! Keep up the good work! And when you feel up to it, the trip to get some coffee is on me!
Love Hugs and Kisses

10:36 PM  
Blogger Dave & Nancy Estes Park said...

Hi to all,
Pam, so good to hear from you. Glad you are feeling better everyday. Being a Patient certainly does hone your patience. Jacqui is quite wonderful, but we already knew that. Roland you sweetheart! McDonald's every morning. You are so lucky Pam. Hope you have a relaxing weekend, no doctors, no therapy just fun.
Hugs to all
Dave and Nancy

7:23 AM  
Blogger Dave & Nancy Estes Park said...

Dear Pam,
Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday to you.
Happy biiiiirrrthday to Pam, Happy birthday to you.
Dave and Nancy

2:12 PM  
Blogger beth said...


I am a friend of Vanessa, who is in one of Pam's choirs. She shared the blog with me knowing I would be interested... because I am a physical therapist. I'm sure you and Pam are ambivalent about the profession by now! I have so appreciated your account presented with such candor, humor, and hope. I have praised God as Pam has emerged, truly miraculously. I'm not sure how continuously you are needed at your mom's house just now... but I wanted to let you know I will be out of my apartment (which is quite close to Vanderbilt) for vacation the last week of April and first week of May and you would be quite welcome to stay here. Perhaps even if you wanted for just a few days in there...if this peaks your interest, my e-mail address is:

Blessings abundant to you and beautiful, strong Pam,


3:14 PM  

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