Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Road Trip-OKC Bombing Memorial part #2

When we went in to the memorial we were lead to the 3rd floor and
went into a room that had an actual recording of the the Water Board resources meeting.  She hit her gavel at 9:00 and started the meeting and at 9:02 you hear the bomb go off.  Doors open and it takes you through the chaos of the following minutes.  Even though we remember the day, this reminds us of the horror that everyone went through in the following minutes.  The first helicopter video and the shock when we saw half the building gone.

We went through and saw the displays of baby shoes and eyeglasses and car keys.  This is the actual sign made by a man on the 9th floor.

It had a lot of photos of the many dogs they used but this one melted my heart.


 A man from New York made this when he saw the picture of the firefighter and the little baby.
The thing that really stuck out to me and I wish I would have got a picture was the way the pieced together the Ryder truck that carried the bomb.  They had tiny pieces and big pieces but they had them all lined out forming the truck.  In all that mess they had pieced together what they could.  It was amazing. 
As we left there was one last glimpse of Jesus.
In my next post I will have a quad wife confession of what went on behind the scenes of Dennis and I's day.  It was crazy and it was also God being in control of our lives.  Much love, Cheri

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Road Trip to the OKC Bombing Memorial Part 1

There are no words...
I didn't really know what to expect but I didn't expect to have to hold back tears or look into faces of people I had never met and wonder why they were there at the particular time.  And the babies......
I am doing this blog in two parts and the second part only a wife of a quad would understand!  The whole day was God's grace at work.  We got lost, then we had to park and ok, this is a picture of the parking meter.  I felt like I was an idiot!
If the parking attendant isn't there you put 5.00 in the slot your car is parked in and push your money in with that key?  Really..

Then we walked to the entrance and the first thing we saw was this beautiful statue of Jesus.  It was truly moving.

Then we went across the street to the gates and the entrance.

When you go into the courtyard it is stunning!

 They have 9:01 on the first building and then the chairs of the people who were killed placed in position of where they were in the building at 9:02, and then on the other end you have 9:03.  Beautiful....

I will do part 2 in my next blog.  Much love, Cheri

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Road trip #1 - Stillwater

I am officially on vacation for a week.  Last year we went to Grand Lake but this year we decided to stay home instead of packing up everything we own, and just take some day trips.  I always need a vacation after my vacation because taking care of Dennis away from home is harder than at home.  The first road trip we took was a few weeks ago and we went to Stillwater, Ok to see our daughter.  I love Stillwater in the summer when all the students are away, but in the fall it can be very busy!  I still love it and it always brings back great memories of how I squandered my two years of college!  But I can say without a doubt I did have fun.  The first part of this road trip blog is my nostalgic look at my time at OSU. 
This is my dorm South Bennett and at that time really bad dorms with no air-conditioning.  The rooms were really nice and big but it was HOT in the fall and spring.  The girls were on one side and the boys on the other.
 This was my best friend Jackie Martini and she was from Owasso.  I didn't know a soul and she came into my room on the first night and said hello because she didn't know anyone either.  She had a huge corner room.
 She was also on the OSU track team as a hurdler and that is Gallagher- IBA behind her.  Yes, I am old.

 This is me getting ready to go see....
 Ted Nugent!  This was the 70's after all!!!
 Much love, Cheri

Friday, September 6, 2013

Caregiving 101

Road Trip!!
When I say road trip, it's not like a normal road trip where you just get in the car and start driving.  When you take a road trip with a quadriplegic it's a very precise thought out plan.  First you have to make sure the van is full of gas and the tires are ok.  If you broke down in this heat it would not bode well for Dennis.  Then you have to make sure the bag is packed, now this is not a normal bag, this is an essential life or death bag.  It contains the other pacemaker in case Dennis's stops working and he can't breathe.  His shoes because he has to prop his feet up since he has a pressure sore.  He meds, regular and pain.  An empty bottle (use your imagination).  Plus usually my camera for all those little moments in life you want to capture!
Now this bag can not be confused with the bag Dennis has on the back of his chair that goes everywhere with him.  It contains an ambu bag to give him breaths if his pacemaker stops.  It also has extra meds, money, kleenex, latex gloves, saline, straws, identification, every size of allen wrenchs you can imagine and gum or candy he can suck on.

He also has to have water while he is on his antibiotics.  In the van we have to have a suction machine in case something gets stuck in his throat.  We also have to have the portable ramp in case we need it to get in somewhere. 
This is all for a "road trip".  I am usually sweating and exhausted by the time I sit in the seat to drive.  But as we pull down the road it is all worth it cause it is usually just what we need. Driving and listening to the oldies ont he radio is just what the doctor ordered!
Much love, Cheri