Tuesday, January 6, 2009


Well a little bit of a rough couple days for Carol. She got her xrays back from Harborview yesterday on her legs, hand, and arm.

Her right leg has 2 bone spurs which explain alot of the pain she has been having while trying to walk. Each are about a half inch long. The are between her fibia and tibia...one on each of them. Her left arm also has exposed bone again and needs to be corrected. All this means another leg surgery, and another arm surgery, and about 6 weeks of not using them at all. They are talking about doing another in hospital rehab after that. She will need to be refitted for all the prosthetics again after the recovery time. Something she needed soon anyway. She is pretty disheartened by all of it, but I think we both knew it was coming. The arm surgery will shorten it another 1/2 to 3/4 inch. The leg surgery shouldn't change the length. So another 1 step forward and a couple back.....the timing of all this is to be determined. On a brighter note, she finally got her computer today. It talks to her, and she can talk to it. She has a bunch of training on it over the future.



Kellie said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the additional challenges but I know that you two are amazing, strong individuals. We send you positive wishes constantly.

On the happy side, I can't wait to have Carol on the computer for easy cross-country communication!

all our best,
the walgreens

Heather said...

I've been following your blog for a while and have never commented but I just wanted to say how much I admire Carol. She's very strong and inspiring to me, I'll keep her in my prayers, as well as your two *gorgeous* daughters!

KariAnne Deines and Benny Clark said...

Hang in there girl, you are making awesome strides from where you have been. I think you are amazing!

Such great news about the computer, you must be stoked!

Stephanie said...

Carol and Scott,

Sorry to hear about this news. Thinking about you guys and hope that the leg surgery will ease the pain.

Let us know when email is up and running.

Stephanie and family

lisa said...

Carol-so good to hear your voice-I loved talking to you the other day. Stay strong, I know that you can make it thru anything. Love you- Lisa.

Ally Van Leuvan said...

Hey Scott and Carol,

We are really sorry to hear about the surgeries needed. The goal is comfortable walking, so this is a step in that direction.

Lots of love,
Ally & Pete

Strawberry_Lamb said...

Hi Carol & Family, been following the blog for a while now and I just wanted you to know that all the way from Cape Town South Africa we are thinking abd praying for you and your lovely family. I think you are all amazing and I am certainly learning from you.
All the best

Pauline said...

Hope surgeries go well-keep your head up. Hopefully this will ease some of the pain. So excited to hear about new computer!
Luv ya

rjcmommy said...

The Decker Family, I have also been following your blog since August! You have one amazing family! Your family is always in my thoughts and prayers! This blog is coming from former Enumclaw residents currently living in Germany!!
Sorry to hear about the up and coming challenges of multiple surgeries. You all are so strong and full of spirit!
The new computer sounds like it will be a great tool!!
Take care,
The Stock Family
Eric, Robbin, Reagan, Justin & Charlie

Candie said...

Hang in Carol! You've come along way since the beginning! That's the fighter in you!!!

sara koen said...

love to you guys.

-sara and justin

Jaina said...

Love and prayers coming your way. She is such a trooper.

joyfuliving said...

praying that you will see the Lord at work.

isn't technology awesome?! have fun 'getting to know' your new computer!

Nene said...

Carol = Inspiration. Enough said.

Erica said...

I'm sorry to hear of the recent set- backs. I know how frustrating that can be for Carol.

I'm thinking the computer is or similar to the one she and I were told about while at Harborview. That will be great! You may already have something like this but "Natural Reader" from Natural Soft is a great program. Just fyi.

Take care and we'll talk to you soon!

Valerie said...

So sorry to hear. You'll be in my prayers!! She'll come through this stronger and will be an inspiration and guide to those who face this challenge in the future

hatch said...

The new computer sounds very cool!!

You are an amazing couple, and I know you will get over this new hurdle too. I am thinking of your all the time. Please know my love and prayers are with you.

Jodi said...

Sorry to hear about the steps back, but we know Carol can handle it. We're still keeping you in our prayers and thoughts. Take care! Jodi (Wiberg) and Mick McDonald

BTW, Carol has met my husband - I'm not sure if she remembers him, but they rode to RICKS together YEARS ago. I have a picture of him with her, Kim Hatch, and Lisa. Small world.

Shane and Michelle said...

Carol, can you communicate with us on your new computer? I am sorry to hear about this new set of challenges you have to face. I'll be praying for a smooth surgery and that afterwards things will start looking up for you. You look really great by the way!

Lori said...

So sorry to hear that. One thing after another. Carol, you can do this. You are so impressive!!! Scott you're doing an amazing job taking care of everything. Let me know if I can bring in dinners or help in any way.