Monday, October 13, 2008

10.13.2008

Hello all. Carol had a very tiresome day. After a few days off, they really worked her. Talking to her tonight on the phone I could hear the exhaustion in her voice. She has one her good friends from highschool staying with her the first couple days this week. Thank Erica.

She got her first new feet today. They made them an inch shorter than her normal height....which Carol wasn't too happy about, but it's a temporary thing. Something about it being easier to learn how to walk etc. They shot her down on being 5 foot 7 also. Just her normal 5 foot 3 eventually:) She did great on them. She walked a few feet right off the bat. In her words, she felt like she was 6 feet tall. The right leg was very comfortable, the left no as comfortable. I think was expected, her scar on her left leg is not quite in the ideal spot, but this we new since her amputations, and revisions. It was the only way to do it, with the available good skin on her leg for closure. Her other comments on the day were on the lines of how am I ever going to be able to put these things on. I reminded her that a week ago she was saying how is she going to ever hold Safiya, and she is doing that with ease now.

23 comments:

Mark and Anji said...

I have kept up on your posts and I am so grateful for the updates. It seems like it would be such a roller coaster, feeling discouraged and overwhelmed, and then discovering that these things are possible and lead to incredible blessings. Keep the faith and keep sharing your progress. You have a beautiful family and are inspiring so many others to accomplish great things.

marie bailey said...

Way to go Carol! You truly are an incredible woman! I feel blessed to have met you both and have been able to pray for you through this new journey in your lives. I'm sorry we weren't able to stay for the dinner to talk with you, but hope you understand. Someday, I'm sure. Again, thank you for your updates, I love how positive you both are. It is a gift!

Love and Hugs,
Marie

Scott & Carol Decker said...

Sorry we didn't get to seem you Marie. I looked, but alot going on. Hope trip went well.

M2 (Melissa) said...

Carol - You are amazing! I am glad you are plowing through! You are in our prayers!

Laura Solomon said...

WOW! WALKING ON THE FIRST DAY!!She is amazing! (and so are YOU for updating the blog all the time) Each day for her is a HUGE jump into recovery! WOW. Can't wait to hear more good news.

Stephanie said...

Awesome job, Carol!!! Keep up the hard work! I know you can do it.

Love,
Stephanie

Tammy (Mom to this crazy bunch) said...

This is miraculous news! Our prayers continue...

Lori said...

Yeah Carol! So glad she's making progress. Love to hear the she is holding Safiya with ease. What a woman. Always praying for you guys.

Candie said...

Way to go Carol! Just like you to ask to be taller!! :-) To bad the doctors won't agree to it! What a bunch of stick in the muds!! Heeee Heeee :-)

Keep up the awesome work dude! Your great! :-)

Love and Prayers
Candie

The Springen's said...

Way to go Carol!! You are amazing! It was so good to see you and visit with you. You are truly an inspiration. Love you lots and are always in our thoughts and prayers. Keep up the hard work!

Amy(Davis)and family

Brandee Hogg said...

Way to go Carol!! You are such an inspiration!! I am so excited for you! It was so great to see and talk to you this weekend. Just wish it was on a happier occasion. I will talk with you soon! Give my love to the girls! Way to hang in there Scott! your doing a fantastic job!

Brandee

Shane and Michelle said...

Thanks for the update on Carol's progression. All the hard work is paying off. We are still praying for Carol every day--in all she stands in need of. Here is an article on optic nerve regeneration my sister sent me with regards to Carol: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/02/050224122317.htm

Meredith said...

I have been following your blog for some time now. Thanks for being SO great about updates! I check every day!
You are one amazing husband! Im sure your wife knows how lucky she is, but just wanted you to know it too !
You have a beautiful family. And if you are the one dressing and doing your girls hair (the older one I guess on the hair) then GOOD JOB! My husband would be so bad at that!!!!

megan said...

Yay!!! We are so excited for you Carol! Post some pictures soon!

K2cole said...

I've been lurking for a little while and am so impressed at your family, attitude, and ability to keep it in perspective. Way to go on walking for the first time on new legs!!

You are in my prayers,
Karen Cole
Mesa, Az

Lisa said...

I am excited too. Go Carol! :)

Ally Van Leuvan said...

Wow! Great job, Carol! Scott, thank you for being such a loving, motivating partner. You are amazing!

Cheers,
Ally & Pete

kathryn_m said...

In reading your "story", it is so apparent that Carol has surmounted so very many obstacles that I have no doubt that what she sees as challenges today will be only a blip on the radar screen of her recovery in the coming days.

What an inspiration you both are to families throughout the world.

It's kind of sad that it takes a story of such heroic proportions to really make us appreciate all of our many blessings and to not sweat the small stuff.

I continue to offer you my prayers and encouragement.

Hugs to those sweet daughters!

Pauline said...

I am so excited to hear things coming together. Carol you are so strong. You are my hero. Keep up the good work. I am thinking of you always.

Luv
Pauline

Scott & Carol Decker said...

Pauline, I got your text on Sunday night on Carol's phone but left her phone with her. Not sure if she has gotten back to you yet. Do you want the number to her room at the hospital?

scott

Lucky said...

Carol will feel so empowered once she starts walking! It's very encouraging for us to here of this progress. And to read about the
optic nerve regeneration info
too. Our prayers are always
and forever with you Carol

Kathleen

Mike said...

Carol,

a voice from long ago, Mike Franks, we use to babysit you Shawn and Heath when you were little in Kennewick. My mom, Carolyn Franks, heard about the trials you have been going through and forwarded Scott's blog on to me and my siblings. You may remember them, at least by name (Mark, Lane, Robb, Lance...and my sister Shelly). I am so sorry to hear of all the hardship and pain you have gone through. What a sweet beautiful baby you have as an addition to your gorgeous family. You are an inspiration to many. May the Lord Bless you and comfort you. Regards, Mike Franks

Jaina said...

I'm so glad for these updates. I'm glad to hear of Carol's progress. She's beating great odds here.