Last month, hubby (Mudflap4869) had a deterioration in his health which resulted in several falls and eventual surgery for a ruptured disc in his neck and spinal fusion of C 6-7. The last fall was at home. We were headed out the door to go to the ER at the VA hospital when he fell down the last step to the ground.
He told me to go get our neighbors. I ran next door and beat on the door until I woke them up. It was 6am, on a Friday. Terry and his wife, Mitchie, came over and helped Jim into the car (Terry, and his crew, are the ones that built our current shop building after Old Man Winter crushed the old shop under I don’t know how much snow! Funded by the insurance settlement). While helping Jim into the car, Terry commented “You all need a ramp”. We agreed.
The VA did an MRI, diagnosed the problem and transferred him to St. John Hospital in Tulsa for surgery the next morning. LJ gfadvm and his wife offered a place for me to stay while Jim had surgery and recovered in the hospital. LJ Gary drove up from Texas to visit for a few hours the day after surgery.
Jim was transferred to a Skilled Nursing Facility closer to home after a few days to continue to heal and receive physical and occupational therapy. He was scheduled to be there 20 days.
I talked to Terry about the aforementioned ramp. Showed him a sketch
of what we had in mind and he said he’d get back to me.
While waiting to hear from him, I pretended to know what I was doing and drove some stakes in the ground at approximate locations and strung some twine.
Well, Terry is an officer in the local VFW, and convinced them to help a fellow veteran and pay for half the materials! Terry, himself a hoarder in the very best sense, volunteered to supply some of the materials and all the help.
Saturday, two days before Jim was to come home, Terry, his wife, Mitchie, son, Adam and his son Ian, started building and digging post holes and setting posts.
The next day, Terry and Mitchie returned with son, Brian and friend, Scott to finish placing the deck boards and the top of the hand rail.
^^^Scott and Brian using speed squares to equally space the decking boards.
^^^Terry, trimming the posts.
The new, almost complete, ramp. Another rail, halfway up the posts will be added, for safty, and a concrete ‘approach’(?) was poured on Tuesday. I’ll post more pics when it’s finished. I couldn’t post this in projects because Terry wouldn’t let me do anything! Mitchie, either, so we picked up cut offs and tried to not get in the way.
I can’t say enough about these folks that helped us get through this ordeal. Neighbors being neighborly, from right next door, to another town, to another state, and all those on line that have been pulling for us. Thank you each and everyone.
Mudflap is home and recovering. Raring to try out that ramp with his new walker and then without it. It’s hard for me to hold him back! Thanks for reading along.
-- God bless, Candy