Honorary Lumberjock Down Ms. D. #1: Honorary LumberJock Down....Ms. D

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Blog entry by Dusty posted 04-18-2007 04:01 AM 1436 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am hurting tonight.

For those of you who have followed my blog you will remember my next door neighbor Ms. D.

She is the handicapped elderly lady who lived next door to me. She had a profound influence on my recovery from my accident and me getting into woodworking and home remodeling.

On Sunday morning I got a call from her. This is not unusual because I check on here at least once a day and take my basset hounds over for her to spend the day with her.

These hounds are her “kids”.

They are a large part of the reason for her recovery from depression after her mother who also was her best friend passed away.

She is alone in life. She really only has those of us who live on our block.

Besides her faith and church , all she really has is our companionship. Her family lives a long distance from her and they aren’t very close.

i got my Sunday morning call. However this time she was in trouble.

She had fallen and couldn’t get up.

I rushed over and found here laying on the floor. She was alert. She had tripped and fallen down. She said her leg hurt. She couldn’t feel her toes.

I suspected right away she had broken the leg.

I told her I was going to dial 911 and get some help. I was in no position to lift her alone.

She resisted me calling 911 because she didn’t want all the fuss and was worried about what the neighbors would think.

She also confided in me that she hadn’t changed blouses yet that morning.

She asked me to just sit with her for a moment and comfort her.

I did that.

I then called 911.

With in minutes help arrived.

She was taken to the hospital and they took x-rays.

She had broken it in two places and required surgery.

She had a rod placed the full length of her lower leg.

She is expected to make a recovery but this will take time and require extensive rehab in a special rehab nursing home.

I assured her that I would be there ever step of the way and bring the basset hounds over for regular visits. That seemed to make her feel better.

She called me this morn to tell me they had changed her room. She had a roommate whom she got along with well. She introduced me to her,while visiting her yesterday.

She called her name after she got off the phone with me last night and she didn’t answer. She called again.

It was to apparently to late.

They moved Ms.D. to another room.

She called me afraid and sad this morning.

I tried comforting her.

I hope I did.

If you will ,please remember Ms D in your prayers and thoughts.

I shall.

-- Dusty

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#1 posted 04-18-2007 04:07 AM

Thank you for the update Dusty. I will keep her in my prayers and ask a few friends to add her to theirs as well. God Bless.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#2 posted 04-18-2007 02:22 PM

Me, too.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#3 posted 04-18-2007 03:21 PM

what a horrible situation … poor Ms D. :(
my thoughts are definitely with her and I hope that she can stay focused on what she will do when she fully recovers

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 04-18-2007 04:32 PM

She has our prayers.

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#5 posted 04-18-2007 05:02 PM

You are a great neighbor… Around here the church makes sure things are handled and visits are made… when I lived in California there were those who went out of the way to make themselves acquainted with those in the neighborhood but most never met their neighbors let alone going the the extent that you have. Good for you… You make the world a better place…

-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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#6 posted 04-19-2007 01:47 AM

Lately I’ve been wondering what type of world we live in where people can just walk in to a room full of others and just shoot them. Well it’s nice to see there are also people like you out there who help take care of others! We will keep her in our thoughts as well.


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#7 posted 04-19-2007 04:11 AM

You’re a God send to her, Dusty. I will pray for her healing and your well being, too.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#8 posted 04-19-2007 07:05 AM

Our prayers are for rs D. Dusty and for you also.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#9 posted 06-29-2007 09:54 PM

I’ll add her to the prayer list in church on Sunday. She’s lucky to have a neighbor like you.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#10 posted 12-29-2007 06:32 AM

Thanks, Dusty, for this report on Ms. D. She is in my prayers.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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