Just Updates #10: Improvement! and Thanks

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 03-19-2014 04:18 PM 831 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: Finally Home Part 10 of Just Updates series Part 11: Processing »

Dear Friends and Family,

I apologize for the terribly long delay. After the last update, I spend many days zoned out, resting. And then I spent many more processing the last few months. It has been quit a hay ride, to say the least. I definitely receded within myself for awhile, so if I did not answer your emails or messages, please! forgive me.

Things are definitely looking up! I am feeling so much better. I saw the surgeon this last week and he said that indeed all the bio test results came back on the gallbladder and appendix. Both were damaged from the blast all those years ago and have been struggling since. (That explains a lot!) I only thank God he finally send a surgeon who would listen to me and think outside the box of MRI, Ultrasound and Hydascan results!

I am scheduled to have a colonoscopy soon as there was damage to my lower colon, but he is sure it was caused by the explosion and not cancer or anything. However he wants to take biopsies just in case. God is in control there so there is not worrying about it! Again, I am thankful he sent me a doc who is willing to listen, look and do!

Theresa is doing so much better but has miles and miles to go. Her last surgery went really well. The doc told us we were very fortunate (I say blessed) to have her disease diagnosed here. It is a 1 in 4 million liver disease and most people have to go to Switzerland.

She is stabilizing but the medications are really hard on her! She still feels very nauseated in the morning and evenings, with a fluctuating energy level throughout the day. She is really hard on herself but I tell her it is ok to be rest, sleep and relax. She has a 1 in 4 million disease. So now not only is she a 1 in 4 million woman to me!:), she is super special! She hates it when I do that:)!

Friends…Brothers…Sisters…Fellow Woodworkers, I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your support. You constant prayers, emails, thoughts and patience with my rude silence has touched me ever so deeply! I am so blessed to be a part of your world!

I just told a LJ brother that I have been waiting for things to settle down, but they haven’t and in all reality they won’t. Life has suddenly and drastically changed gears. So I am learning so sail in the new winds of life. Give me a little more time to find my bearing and I will get my blogs caught up and definitely get snappy at replying to your emails and messages.

I really do love you guys!

More to Follow…



O here is a picture of Theresa’s dog, Izzy. She sleeps on our bed with us, crazy I know. I actually sleep better when I feel her next to me. She anchors me to the now and not in Iraq Anyway she follows T around the house from room to room. She totally knows T is not well. The only time she has left T is the night my mom died! She and Jake slept practically on top of me all night! (Jake will only stay on the bed for about 10 minutes then he gets down and sleeps by the door or in front of the fan.) I am continually amazed at the sensitivity of dogs!

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

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#1 posted 03-19-2014 04:36 PM

Nate you take your time my friend ,yall have been thur a lot ,keep you and Theresa in my prayers , love ole Izzy and Jake ,they do have a lot of love and a 6 sense and are aware more that given credit , they love being close to there masters ,sounds like Izzy taking the watch on the high ground and Jake is taking care of the low ground on there watch :)

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#2 posted 03-19-2014 04:51 PM

so glad that your both at a better place with all that has happened, one day at a time. great doggies you have, yes they are incredible…

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

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#3 posted 03-19-2014 04:52 PM

good to hear things is looking up,about the sensitivity of dogs some times its more than pepole. good day. god bles you and your family

-- Punk in PA

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#4 posted 03-19-2014 04:53 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you. Count each days blessings, and take things one day at a time.

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

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#5 posted 03-19-2014 06:39 PM

got to deal with life where it is

it is a blessing
however He gives it to us

get well
prayers for you and the family

-- 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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#6 posted 03-19-2014 07:07 PM

Take care Nate.
My thoughts are with you through all of this. As David just said, got to deal with life where it is.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 03-19-2014 07:18 PM

Wishing you and Theresa the best. Get better soon. Hang in there.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#8 posted 03-19-2014 07:23 PM

Really glad to see you post again, Nate. You have an amazing attitude in the face of the challenges you and your family have faced. Being a Soldier is as much a matter of how you face obstacles as it is of training. Some guys in uniform never get it; some guys forced out of the ranks draw strength from it for the rest of their lives. You are obviously the latter. Soldier on, Nate. God is with you.

-- Dave K.

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#9 posted 03-19-2014 09:26 PM

Be at peace, my brother, we are all here and sending our prayers and Thanks for you, T and the boys.

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

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#10 posted 03-20-2014 12:11 AM

Nate That’s great NEWS, keep up the good work!!

-- Regards Robert

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#11 posted 03-20-2014 12:22 AM

Nate, I’m so glad you guys are doing better! We have been worried. I couldn’t agree more on the value of dogs to our mental well being. Me and Betty Lou have been together now for 6 months 24/7. She had some big tracks to fill but has risen to the occasion. Y’all remain in our thoughts and prayers.

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

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#12 posted 03-20-2014 05:21 AM

Nate! I am so glad you and Theresa are doing better. It’s comforting to know that.

Izzy is gorgeous. I am dealing with 2 of my coworkers dog right now. I take them for a walk every couple of hours.
I think I am enjoying the walk more than they do. I made the mistake to bring 2 juicy bones… now they sleep by my desk :-)

You are very courageous. I cancelled my annual because the doc want’s to schedule a colonoscopy ): I guess I am going to do it sometime…

One step at the time. just take care of yourself and your wife.

Best wishes brother!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#13 posted 03-20-2014 11:34 PM

Glad to hear all are improving

-- Norman

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#14 posted 03-22-2014 12:13 AM

Nice to hear you’re both doing better. Keep it on the up-side.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#15 posted 03-22-2014 05:27 AM

It’s so good to hear from you Nate, and know that both you and Theresa are healing … although you must feel it a very slow pace at times! Slow and steady wins the race, and so it must go until full strength returns you both to good health!! And we all patiently await your next posting :)

-- Elaine in Duncan

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