We have not left the country on a world wide trip!
We left for a few days after retiring to get our bearings, celebrate and write our bucket lists. Without warning, our bucket list was written for us. Judy suffered a major stroke while we were visiting Holmes County. She refused to go the Canton Hospital because she didn’t know anyone. Seriously…she wasn’t doing real well knowing who we were. Michelle and I packed the truck and then wheeled Judy down from the fourth floor of the hotel in a desk chair. It sure didn’t look comfortable but at that point she didn’t mind.
She is at Reid Hospital on the Acute Rehab floor training for over three hours per day. What drill sergeants they are. She doesn’t mind the work because we are looking for our graduation day when she can come home. Three hours-plus a day working to stand alone, talk to be understood and working on dressing and undressing, I had to question today’s therapy. She quickly shared with me that she was working with a pole. I couldn’t imagine her being a “pole dancer” but had to check it out. The therapists and doctors indicated that they weren’t here to only help them heal but to also suggest possible job careers. Oh my! This could be entertaining.
Judy’s left side was hit with a vengeance. Her left leg is beginning to take some responsibility for standing but her left arm which has been named Hazel by the staff is just not cooperating. It hangs limp by her side. These are the frustrations for Judy. She struggles looking at the asked requirements knowing that at one time she was able to participate but now has to look at the arm and cry. It’s also hard for us.
Kevin, her youngest from Texas, visited and helped to keep our spirits up and had Judy laughing. He participated in her therapy and both of us acted as cheerleaders for Team Judy. Craig, from Brookville, and his family have also been there to lead her through the trials. JB, from Centerville, helped to collect family pictures which we have used to design a family wall of memories. The nurses often stop by to talk to her about her family.
She also has a goal wall to inspire her to walk out that door and fly She plans on going to Texas in September to watch Stori, a granddaughter barrel race. Stori was named Rookie of the Year for Texas as a barrel racer. Grandma is proud. She wants to ride a horse with Stori, go zip lining again with Kevin and is planning a trip in Disney World. What an agenda! We know that God had a reason for this stumbling block and will walk through it with us until she is better. We just have to believe!
Keep her in your prayers and special prayers for those who are working with her. She can be ornery!
The Garden Walk was held this past weekend. Thank you to the families who have worked so hard to beautify their gardens and then share them with us. We were not able to attend but the stories around town express gratitude, wonder and excitement. Thanks again for the Tri-County North Community Association for their hard work in this endeavor.
Wednesday, July 2: Neighbor Night Lewisburg Trinity Lutheran Church 5-6:30 p.m. Great food and awesome fellowship. Eat some for us while we are eating hospital food.
Friday, July 4: Happy July 4th Happy Birthday America
Saturday, July 5: Farmer’s Market Lewisburg Trinity Lutheran Church
Saturday, July 5: Carson & Barnes Circus
Pre-Circus Breakfast 7-11 a.m. at the TCN Community Center 261 East Clay Street Menu: pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, toast and beverage for $5
Circus: two shows 2-p.m. There is no 7 p.m. show! Pre-sale tickets: Adults, $12. Kids, $6.
Petting zoo Miniature Train Super Slide Camel Rides Elephant Rides Pony Rides
Tickets can be purchased at: LCNB Bank—-Lewisburg Branch only, Judy’s Hair Salon and the Village of Lewisburg Office
For more information about this fantastic day, call Pam Baker at 937-962-2190
A coloring contest to entice the children to the circus and advertise the circus was recently held. Thirty four entries were received.
The results are as follows:
Pre-school First Addison Clearmont Second Sean Madigan
First Grade: Rachel Keathly
Second Grade: Chloe Harry
Fourth Grade: Alexis Madigan
Free Elephant Ride: Madison Evans
I would have colored a picture to ride the elephant!
Saturday, July 19: STeak & pork chop fry and auction
Dinner served from 5-7 p.m. TCN Community Center Tickets: Adults $15. Child (12 and under) $7.
Immediately following the dinner the Infamous Auction will take place. This is so much fun to watch and participate in. Bring some cash and be ready to bid.
Saturday, July 19: Movie in the Park starts at dusk If raining, the movie will be held at the TCN Community Center. “Goonies” will be showing.
August 14, 15, 16: Derby Days
Pay it forward
To the citizens of the Village of Lewisburg, we say “thank you”. It takes a village to present the many activities that are presented each year. One person just can’t “pull it off”! I’m not even going to try to name the folks because I won’t want to leave any names out of the column. Thank you Lewisburg!
Since Judy has been in the hospital, she has received many cards, notes, and well wishes. We would also like to thank Pastor Laura Thies, Pastor Dave Justice and Pastor Brent Cavendish for their visits and prayers. God is in control of this matter. I only hope that he excuses her for some of the many antics and words that have been shared when she didn’t know what she was saying. Only time will tell. Thanks to those who have kept a watch over Michelle. Brian Wagner, thank you. Linda Creech, thank you for bringing Michelle to the hospital.
None of us are ever prepared for a shocker such as this. Someday, we will laugh about the most expensive retirement vacation ever. We have been taking lots of pictures for our vacation diary. We could have traveled around the world two times. Thanks again for everything.
“There is spirit; there is grace in our peaceful country place.” See you Around the ‘burg! Until next week…