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CaliforniaPeggy

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Name: Peggy
Gender: Female
Hometown: Manhattan Beach, CA
Home country: USA
Current location: Right here!
Member since: Thu Feb 3, 2005, 01:41 PM
Number of posts: 111,289

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****WCGreen Update --Wednesday August 13, 2014****

From his wife:

A Christopher Green update:


Chris has now been talking with the special piece that goes into his trach, so he is NOT on the respirator! Just some oxygen. (I call it the talking stick). This means he is either using his diaphragm or muscles in his lungs have stepped up. He sounds like Chris!

When he is too tired or it's harder to breathe, he goes back on the respirator. This is so exciting! Who would have thought this earlier?


Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Wed Aug 13, 2014, 06:36 PM (74 replies)

I am very happy to announce the publication of two of my poems in Decanto!

It's a poetry magazine/anthology out of England.

Fatigued

eyes rimmed red
gritty sand down the throat
shallow breaths
muscle ache–
in my lower back
nothing looks
normal
the walls are skewed
pictures rattle
inside their bent

frames

the music is off-key


©2014 MLC


Concentration

Clearly waiting no distractions

no

diversion




I see nothing else

My mind is focused


There is silence

calm alertness


Till I have my arms around you

yet

again.



© 2014 MLC




Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Tue Aug 12, 2014, 07:24 PM (54 replies)

****WCGreen Update --Saturday August 2, 2014****

From his wife:

Another Christopher Green update:

On Tuesday I received a call from Chris and he asked, " How does my voice sound?" Before, he was speaking on the exhaled breath. He is now on a portable respirator and can speak anytime! He has also sang! (He has his guitar) Last night he was transfered to J55, an ICU, for evaluation. He was moved to the J building because that is where the lung transplant team is most of the time. Ironically, it is where he was for about a month and a half after his transplant. Then, he will probably be transfering to a step-down unit there on the 5th floor. Unfortunately, he had a bad stomach ache last night and still does today. I'm going to see him very soon and will say hello for all of you!

I want to also thank everyone for their prayers and positive thoughts. This has been a week of miracles!

Another Christopher Green addendum:

He has been eating!* Also, the doctors actually told him that in the future, he very well could be going home! What did I tell you? A week of miracles!



*mechanical soft diet, and thickened liquids

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sat Aug 2, 2014, 07:41 PM (61 replies)

Well, I just got home from seeing my orthopedic doctor...

And the news is good!

The surgery went well--no surprises, no problems. My rotator cuff is good.

I've had no real pain. No infections post-op, either.

He gave me copies of the pictures he took while he had the camera in there! Pretty neat.

I see him in 3 weeks, and then the formal PT will start. In the meantime, I can shower and wash my hair!

He wants me to do some very simple exercises with that left arm in the meantime.

I want to thank all of you for your good vibes as I pass through this latest medical adventure!

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Fri Aug 1, 2014, 02:14 PM (105 replies)

****WCGreen Update -- Sunday, July 27, 2014****

From his wife:

A new Christopher Green update:

Yesterday I got a strange text from Chris, then my phone rang.. It said it was Chris, but the person on the other end was talking! i asked who it was? IT WAS CHRIS!!!!!!! He was a little froggy, but my darling man was talking! I could not get ready and race ti the hospital without crying tears of joy! It was a wondefrul day!

It turns out it is a fairly simple thing to transform his trac. Why didn't they do this before?
Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sun Jul 27, 2014, 02:53 PM (60 replies)

I made it!

I'm home typing one-handed...

My doc said there were no surprises and all went well, as expected.

Your good wishes and vibes worked! I am so grateful for all your help...I love my friends.
Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Fri Jul 25, 2014, 08:05 PM (51 replies)

Once more into the breach, dear friends......tomorrow's the day.

Tomorrow I present myself and my defective left shoulder to the hospital where my doctor will operate and hopefully fix said wonky shoulder.

I'm scheduled for out-patient surgery, so I should be home late in the afternoon...

I really REALLY hope this is the last surgery! I want to be myself again...

So, if you can spare them, a few vibes, or good thoughts, or whatever you think will help...I'd greatly appreciate it.

Thank you.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Thu Jul 24, 2014, 04:51 PM (93 replies)

Solar Freakin' Roadways: a 7 minute long video on just that. It's fascinating.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sun Jul 20, 2014, 05:38 PM (53 replies)

We were boys, we were friends, we were enemies...today's LA Times:

snip...

In the fall of 1961, I was 8 years old and living in the Israeli hamlet of Kfar Saba, where my parents and I were born. We could see the Samaria Mountains from our porch, and the town of Kalkilya, now in the West Bank but then part of Jordan just a mile or so away. A valley of orchards and wild brush lay between us and was forbidden; the border was more or less defined by an old rail path.

But precisely because that citrus-scented valley was off-limits to me, it was also enticing one Saturday afternoon. I rode my bicycle past the village square, beyond the old bus station and into the valley that unfolded against the biblical mountains.

Kalkilya was close by where I walked in the thick groves that divided the two worlds. And then I realized that I was not alone. Standing and staring at me was an Arab boy, about my age, as surprised by this encounter as I.

We both froze in fear. But curiosity quickly prevailed and we began to talk. It was a halting mixture of Hebrew and English; I did not know any Arabic. I still remember that he knew words from both of my languages and I did not know any from his. I remember his face very clearly, particularly the way he smiled.


The rest at the link: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-kamin-israel-two-boys-20140717-story.html
Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Thu Jul 17, 2014, 01:53 PM (4 replies)

Luckovich from Facebook:

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Wed Jul 16, 2014, 07:11 PM (33 replies)
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