Monday, July 14, 2008


What and exciting day.  They finally put a plug in Carol's trach tube, and the difference seems like night and day.  This was kept from me for most of the day, as Heath and the nurses were trying to suprise me.  At the end of work, I called up there, and got to talk to her on the phone How surreal......she was don't have to come I am fine..I know you are busy with the girls and work.  Crazy Carol!!  When I got up there she was talking great, she said she was tired and started rambling about how she couldn't go to sleep until they took out her (at least what I thought she said) trach was taken out.  I said in time it will come just get rest if you need it.  I again went over everything that has/had transpired.  She knew of everything, and understands how and what is going on very well.  Apparently the nurse earlier in the day asked her how she was doing and if she was depressed.  She said she thought she might be, so they started some medication for that.  Carol wanted me to reassure her though that if it made her act weird to stop funny.  We talked about lots of stuff......she wanted me to thank everyone who has supported us and she welcomes anyone who wants to see her....but I have to at least know them...haha!! 

I kind of got emotional with her and what not, and she insisted that she is fine, and that she has to be. What a strong person.  Eventually after me putting off her comments of taking out the trach. she said she was tired and that the thing in her throat needed to come out so she could sleep.  I kindly passed it off, but the nurse said ok we will take out the plug in the trach and restart the oxygen so you can goto sleep.  I am an idiot.  Anyway she made sure I was ok with her going to sleep now, and said goodnight.  night



Erica said...

So wonderful to hear that her voice is being heard! What another great step!
Thank you for sharing her with me this past week! THANK YOU!

Linda Jenner said...

Judy called me today to say that Carol had talked to Jim. This so incredibly awesome! You are both such fighters, what long way you have come! I know you still have a long haul ahead of you but together
you two can do anything . . . you have two beautiful little motivators!

Ally Van Leuvan said...

Crying tears of joy!!!

Unbelievable. We are so happy you can talk to Carol, and that she can say what she needs.

Please tell her we love her, Scott.

Ally & Pete

Stephanie said...

This is amazing!!! I am so happy...reading this entry brought tears to my eyes!! Thank you! You both are so strong it is unbelievable.

Tell her hello from us and we miss and love her!

Stephanie and family

megan said...

Mom called last night to tell us the good news!! We are sooo excited for Carol and you! This is such good news--definitely needed. We love you guys. Everytime we talk to anyone in the family they keep telling us how strong you have been as well as Carol and the girls. Happy, happy tears.

Kellie said...

Carol, you are abosolutely amazing!! It brought tears (happy tears) to my eyes to know that you and Scott were able to talk again. We love you, miss you, and are constantly thinking of you!
Love, Kellie & Eric

Monic said...

Yeah Carol!!!, This is soooo great. I am sooo glad to hear all good things. This is great, now you two can be a team again. Tell He I think about her everyday.


sara koen said...

you both are so amazing.
love you guys-

Lori said...

I've got chills. I bet that was so exciting to talk with her. She is so amazing, what a great team you guys are. You have inspired and touched so many lives. Thanks for being so great.

Lori Stafford

Lil' Miss Handiman said...

What a great day indeed! Carol, you are amazing as always. Love you girl! I hope to be there to see you soon. Stay strong :)

Luvs, Kari

Candie said...

That is so awesome!!! Just like Carol! I can hear her now telling everyone she's fine. I can't wait to come see her again!! Please tell her that I have been thinking of her everyday and my prayers continue.

Thanks Scott for the blog, I read it everyday! :-)

Candie (Russert) Lansing

marie bailey said...

Hey Scott!!!

Praise GOD!! This is the best news. Kelly called me a few minutes ago an asked if I saw the blog. I said yes! She said you didn't comment yet. I told her I was waiting to comment. I'm not sure why. I'm so happy for both/all of you. This is an answer to a lot of prayers. I told Doug that when she comes home, and you decide to have a homecoming party we are flying up. This is truly an answer to pray. You both amaze me more and more everyday. I'm so happy to know you both.

Love and Blessings!

Dawn Bowerman said...

Some good news...ahhhh, just what we needed! I am just so relieved and thrilled that Carol is on the road to recovery.

Blaine & Bryn said...

So much to be thankful for!!!! Thank you Scott for keeping up on the blog it has made my family (kids included) more aware of what we are blessed with and to show thanks. You both are great examples. Welcome back Carol.

The Halls said...

What an exciting day! I am so happy to hear how well she is doing and for her to finally be able to talk! That is wonderful! I think about her every day. You both are amazing and strong!

Tracy Alter said...

Scott and Carol,

I am so happy to hear that you are in communication again! You both are amazing people and I feel very lucky to know you. Carol your strength is such an inspiration. You are in my thoughts and prayers everyday as well as my friends and family. Love and miss you both.


The Cater Family said...

Sounds like things are going well for Carol. That's very good to hear. She seems as though she is a very strong woman. How many more surgeries do they think she'll have?

My neighbor and I were talking and we were thinking that maybe when your wife and my mom are out of the hospital and feeling up to it, we should set up a meet. I think that it would be good for both of them to know someone else who has gone through the same thing and who also has all the obstacles to go over and through.

Let me know what you think!

-Samantha Cater

Heather said...

Scott & Carol,

We are so happy and thankful to hear the great news! Carol you truly are amazing!! Best wishes, you and your family contiue to be in our thoughts and prayers everyday.

Much love,
Tom & Heather

the piccolos said...

Can't tell you how thrilled I was to get a call from both Jane and Wendy today saying that Carol said to tell me "hi"! You guys make such a great team! Still thinking of you and praying for you. Kathryn

Scott & Carol Decker said...

Sounds good Samantha!! scott

Nikki said...

I'm so excited for you guys! Everytime Carol makes another recovery, it's like we are. Keep on fighting guys and we'll keep praying!

Much Love

Nikki and Kirja

Brandee Hogg said...

Dear Scott,

I am so excited to hear that Carol can actually be heard!! When Judy called me yesterday to tell me that Carol got to speak to Jim, I just cried!!! I am so proud of you and am just amazed by the strength of your entire family!! I always knew that Carol was a fighter, (she would have to be with that Vance blood in her)!! And you too are an amazing husband and father! Congratulations Carol on your most impressive milestone yet!! Thanks Scott for keeping us all informed! We really appreciate it!

The Hogg Family

erin said...

Carol, you rock! I am so happy for you, Scott, to finally be able to have your best friend verbal again. I love your wife so much and am SO happy she has had such a great milestone. What a day you both must've had. I don't think I have cried as much my whole life as I have since June 10th. We'll get up there as soon as we get home!!!

Rachel Nelson said...

Hi, this is Rachel Nelson (Sarah Hammond's sis) I have recently heard of your amazing family and I would like to offer any help that you need. I will do laundry, sit with the girls if you need to be with Carol or relieve other relatives. I live in town and can mostly help in the evenings. Email me if I can be of any help to you & your family.
Rachel Nelson

Sarah Hammond said...

Hi Scott,

I don't know how you are doing all that you are doing - I wanted to let you know that I would be happy to help out in any way that I can. I am home alot during the week. I can watch the girls, clean your house, run any errands, provide any meals. We will continue to pray for your family. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help - or 253-740-2205.

God Bless,