Friday, May 29, 2009

Steady

Dear Joe,

I looked up what the pacemaker does. According to Medline it stimulates and steadies the heartbeat. What a good thing to have. As in life, we get to dry and weary places and sometimes there are people who inspire us, stimulate us, and steady us. You are surrounded by people at the ready...to keep you steady.

We love you,
carol and bella

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Unexpected fun

Dear Joe,

I am happy you are gaining strength and endurance. I hope having family visiting supplied more fortitude. I am praying for your heart to function as designed.

Driving to work, I saw semi-truck driver making a wild left turn while putting his tee shirt over his head. Just after I made the turn, I had to give wide berth for a mama duck and her goslings. What a disparity of visions! Both unexpected.

I wish for you unexpected fun today.

Love carol and bella

Friday, May 22, 2009

More

Dear Joey,

Here I am at the library on my day off...why would I do that? To say hello and let you know I am thinking of you. I'm glad to know you are having company this weekend. I am hoping that it will bring you joy. It's great that you are off the respirator more than on! And, talking more than not! I am praying for more of everything that is good for you. More healing, more strength, more joy, more, more, more...

more love, carol and bella
I'll be off line till Tuesday.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

wow

Dear Joey,

I have to confess I am one of those people who can't remember where her phone is and when I find it, it needs to be recharged. I'm sorry I missed your call but happy to have your message saved so I can listen to it for two weeks.
I loved hearing your voice!!! So, you'll be closer to the gym and moving ahead. My prayer is that the next set of staff on your new floor will be inspired to do their best for you in all that they do; that you will receive excellent attention; that things will be done for you before you even have a chance to ask.

love always, carol and bella
the finedogs

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Gym Dandy!

Dear Joey,

I read you've been to the gym and are getting exercise and therapy. All progress, of any measured size, is beneficial and encouraging. I pray for you to advance forward, just forward.

love carol and bella

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Spokes

Dear Joey,

My other nephew raced last night and he came in 9th place, as he said: Finally breaking the single digits. You can check him out on Facebook: Nemo McHugh.

His brother, who rides for Pitt, is Samson McHugh: http://www.pitt.edu/~sorc/cycling/
He will be cycling this summer, then doing a 3 week Leadership training at Deloitte.

love and hugs, carol and bella

back to you

Dear Joey,

I am just back from visiting my Mom for a looooonng weekend so I could spend Mother's Day with her. She's doing well. My nephew is still racing with the Pitt Panthers Cycling Team. Last Friday when I saw him he had just come home from a 50 mile ride where he did no drafting, it was 100% at pace with the guy he rode with. He's looking lean and mean.

It's great to see the progress you're making in all areas. You are in my prayers, my Mom's, and all of my church's.

Love carol and bella

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Friends are Everywhere!

Dear Joey,

New friends, old friends: here, there, and everywhere. I'm grateful for all of your friends in whatever capacity they are touching your life. May the touches, whether physical or intangible, be loving and kind and healing. May love abound all around.

love carol and bella

Monday, May 4, 2009

Therapy Day

Dear Joey,

I hope your first day of therapy was conducted with care and precision. I pray that your lung capacity exercise increases the volume of air you can intake. It's comforting to read that the fluid is dissapating. I hope you will rest well on your supersonic bed. What a great invention: it is saving you from being interrupted at night, and day for that matter, with someone coming in to move you. I'm praying everyday you will get stronger and mightier. May your fortitude increase to match the therapy.

love carol and bella

Friday, May 1, 2009

Settling In

Dear Joey,

I am hoping everything and everybody was ready for you when you arrived. May the transition to new surroundings and people go smoothly.
I am praying that the settling in process will be a breeze. I also am praying the doctors and therapists will design and construct a regimen that will benefit and promote healing to every part of your body, mind, and spirit.

Love carol and bella