Friday, September 09, 2005


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There is an update on our son Jimmy's condition below but, for the moment here, I'd like to give thanks for the abundance of Nature, and the nourishment provided for body, mind and spirit through even the worst of times, if we'll simply respond to these gifts with thoughtfulness, care and a small measure of rewarding effort.

Above is a photo of this morning's harvest from our garden and I was really in need of the calmness that descended upon me as I harvested this healthful home-grown food today.

All of us at Earth Home Garden (Jimmy & Lindsay will be staying with Peggy & I during his recovery) will need much nourishment in the days, weeks and months to come, and the importance of a garden in our lives is today freshly illuminated.


Dear friends & family-

Jimmy had surgery to repair his broken jaw last Tuesday afternoon and the surgeons said the jaw is now in perfect alignment again.

Yesterday they replaced his trachea tube with a smaller one that has a valve on it so Jimmy was able to speak for the first time since the accident, and he had quite a bit to say.

Two physical therapists also came in yesterday and got him up on his feet for a few minutes, but it was all he could do to get to the door of his room and back to bed again.

Jimmy also has been able to start drinking some liquids through a straw which he says is a great improvement over being fed solely through the tube in his nose.

His vision hasn't improved so he still can't see anything but vague shapes.

The doctors say that his CAT Scans and MRIs show no evidence of brain injury that would cause blindness and they are still hopeful that his vision will improve, but they don't know how much, or how long it might take.

His trachea tube may be completely removed in a few days and it's possible he will be released from the hospital some time next week.

He is making good progress now and we are just so thankful that he's alive.

Peggy and I want to thank all of you for your support & concern, and kind offers of help, during this very difficult time and we apologize for not being able to respond to each of your messages personally.


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Blogger aneglakya said...

Hi Jim & Peg

So wonderful to see your 1/4 acre of mountain providing the sustenance & healing needed in your own lives while you tend to Jimmie . . . thinking of you all in Santa Cruz!

Peace & Love

12:06 PM  
Blogger dragonfly183 said...

I am so glad to hear he is doing better. Recovery in the mountains with all of that good organic food will be just what he needs

1:59 PM  
Blogger Sunflower said...

I am so happy for you guys and Jimmie. You'll be happy to know that we haven't touched the car since Ruthie last talked to you guys. I do not know if she told you about this: After we read your first blog about your son, we both decided individually to really renew our commitment to avoiding the car. Then we decided to go to the library, As we walked to the bus, a car slammed into the back of an SUV and went under it slightly right in front of us. The scariest part for me was hearing the skid and looking and knowing "that person is going way too fast; even if the road was dry and they had perfect braking technique there's no way they can stop." It was 10 seconds before we could move.

When it was apparent that the situation was under control, we shuddered, breathed a sigh of relief because no one was killed, and went on. I don't believe in signs, but I have to admit that I felt so weird that it almost inspired me to. Ruthie suggested maybe it was a sign that we are doiing the right thing.

9:52 PM  
Blogger Sunflower said...

woops. Sorry, I mispelled Jimmy's name.

9:54 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

Just looking at the photo of all that wonderful, home grown food was very comforting to me too! I'm glad to hear Jimmie is recovering well.

I'm enjoying your blog too; you're a real inspiration!

11:22 AM  

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