Just Updates #6: Long Haul

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 01-27-2014 12:22 PM 1145 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My dear friends and family!

Thank you for your patience and for your kind words of encouragement, your thoughts and prayers, and for your friendship. Doubtless this has been some of the hardest few months of my life.

First thing first, Theresa is out of the hospital down in the Bay Area. She had surgery shortly after we got there, where they placed a stint in her liver and took more biopsies. Then after a few days of intense care, they finally diagnosed her with a very, very rare auto immune liver disease. She responded well to steroid medication and we were able to leave once her numbers normalized, adding to just over three weeks we were in the hospital! She has to go back down to San Francisco to have the stint removed and have her medication changed off the steroids as those are very bad for you long term. She will be on medication for the rest of her life and will require regular monitoring/liver test to insure her liver is functioning properly. Her pain is definitely down but her liver is still very tender from all it has been through. She also has to be careful what she eats, but overall, it is a huge blessing having a diagnosis and a plan! No more wondering!

Secondly, forgive the long delay in getting any updates to you. Once we got home there was so much to do with the house and the boys. My best friend, Steve, the Navy Surgeon also organized a work day for the Saturday that we got home, so a bunch of men from church came over and helped finish the last of the wire and fill in the ditches! I believe it was that day I tore my hernia mesh. All those days and nights sitting idle then a surge of work was hard. And all the hospital coffee gave me more kidney stones. I have had them before, so I should have been smarter about it!

Anyway, I tried to manage the pain for awhile, but it kept getting worse and worse! I do see more docs this week!

I will do better about keeping you updated. To add insult to injury our internet at the house has also been crashing so I have not had consistent service in which I could log on and write to you all! Very, very frustrating!!!

Thank you all again so very much!

More to follow…


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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Kaleb the Swede

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#1 posted 01-27-2014 12:50 PM

Nate, really happy to hear about your wife. Must be nice to have her home and at least some answers for you guys. You guys keep on going, we will keep praying for you. Happy that you got some work done to, just don’t kill yourself, because as my wife tells me all the time, “If you die, I will kill you!”

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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Nate Meadows

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#2 posted 01-27-2014 01:03 PM

Thanks Kaleb,

It is nice to be home! One does not rest in the hospital!:) And yes, having answers is so relieving. I can say I was not excited about the work day, I was tired and having a ton of guys working where I could not control the work was very anxiety provoking. But T really wanted me to let them come and do it so I gave in. In the end it ended up being a blessing.

Now if I can just get back to feeling well enough so I can finish the project and get back in the shop!!!!


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

View Bob817's profile


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#3 posted 01-27-2014 01:10 PM

Geez Nate… Is that all you have to worry about? Please my Friend get better first and worry about work later. We’re glad it’s looking better for you and T. lots of prayers and hope coming at ya.

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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#4 posted 01-27-2014 02:11 PM

good news then nate
for both you and theresa
(and all the rest)

one day at a time guy
thats how it’s done
even days of doing nothing

the prayers continue

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 01-27-2014 02:15 PM

Glad to hear that this\ngs are settling down for you and the family.
We will continue to send prayers and good thoughts your way.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 01-27-2014 03:34 PM

Good news on your wife, glad she is home. Just remember, one day at a time. Sounds like you got some great help to finish up a few projects. Take care of yourself, also. God Bless.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#7 posted 01-27-2014 04:12 PM

so glad your home and im really glad you got some help with the wiring and filling of the holes…both of you take care of yourself, get well and enjoy life being with your boys, you have both been through a lot, and it will alll take time to heal from…my prayers are still with you…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Bob Kassmeyer

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#8 posted 01-27-2014 04:18 PM

It is good to read that your wife has a diagnosis and that with medication she should be good to go. It is good to have friends and brothers and sisters in Christ who will help you when you need it. Praying your body heals quickly. Take care of yourself too. Bob

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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#9 posted 01-27-2014 04:55 PM

Keep the Faith Nate, your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Best Regards. – Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#10 posted 01-27-2014 06:40 PM

What a great blessing to have this positive report of Teresa’s recovery and now youy get well and be ready to do some woodworking this spring, PLEASE!

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#11 posted 01-28-2014 12:39 AM

Things will get better. Keep it on the upswing.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#12 posted 01-28-2014 02:12 AM

That’s great that they figured out your bride’s liver problem. Treatment without a diagnosis is rarely rewarding.

Now about you…... Just kick back and try to heal up/get well. All those projects will get done! I know you resist others help but that’s what friends are for. Let those other guys do the ‘heavy lifting’ while you supervise and concentrate on getting well.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

View lanwater's profile


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#13 posted 01-28-2014 05:05 AM

Great to hear both you and your wife are back home.
I am sad to hear she will be on meds for the rest of her life. Hopefully they will discover a cure.
I think being home with the kids, family and friends will help both of you recover.

As for you my friend, don’t worry about projects, get back in shape first. I think you deserve a big break from tranches, wire etc… It is great your friends came to help.

I hope it will look much better for you guys from here on. You definitely went through a lot.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#14 posted 01-28-2014 06:33 AM


We’ll continue to uphold you and Theresa in prayer. Realizing what a perfectionist you are (God wants us to do our very best), we know that having others doing things for you can be difficult, but when God is in the plans, He makes them a blessing for all involved. In these difficult times you can cling to His Word. Feelings often betray us, but Jesus never fails!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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