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fatherjohn
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   Posted 8/27/2009 12:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been on the road in Arizona and have not had internet access and will not be home again until Saturday. I then have to get ready to go to Waskington for 3 days and then to California for a week or more. I am tired and the back and leg pain does not hold up well with the schedule. I have my daughter with me this week which has been good as we have shared some great time together.
 
I find that I miss the late nights on the forum as it was an outlet like many of you find as well. I have not been able to keep up with all the new people on here and even all the threads and like many of you experience, you feel like you have missed out on something.
 
On the home front, our son is now in Iraq but has not been able to let us know where but we should know soon and more precisely what he will be doing. He called and said his orders were changed again (4th or 5th time) since he headed out several weeks ago and now he has no idea where they are sending him. He is supposed to fly someplace or convoy someplace this weekend. The news media and the enemy knows where our troops are but the military won't tell us. I know that the military does what they do their own way. My wife on the other hand thinks that they should clear every thing with the mothers first. He tells me is okay with the limbo, waiting and changes so that helps.  
 
I keep my CP family in my prayers. Blessings!

Piercings
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   Posted 8/27/2009 12:43 AM (GMT -7)   
fatherjohn,

I'm glad to see that you are back. You and I have never really talked directly, but before I really started posting in this section, I read a lot and you were one of the ones that I used to pay attention to. I appreciate a lot of what I have read from you and just wanted to say thank you for being you.

Something that I've always wanted to know, if I remember correctly you're in Oregon? Just asking since I'm in Portland.

Hope you're getting on well.
Curious people are interesting people, I wonder why that is.
Bill Maher


fatherjohn
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   Posted 8/27/2009 12:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Piercings, I am located in Lebanon but get to Portland on a regular basis. We moved from Portland almost 3 years ago.

PAlady
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   Posted 8/27/2009 12:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Fatherjohn,
I sure have missed you, but I remembered you were going to be on the road for a bit - although not as long as it seems it will be!

I'm glad you're having some good times with your daughter, but I can't imagine all that driving and even sleeping in strange beds and everything helps the pain.

Hope you can get back soon and get some rest. Maybe a day off???? Just a thought! :-)

I hope your son stays safe. Maybe it's best if the security is tight. Not sure how I would deal with a child in a war zone. A woman I know has THREE children (2 sons, 1 daughter) deployed, although not all in Iraq.

Please, try to take care while you're off on the road!

Hugs,

PaLady

bsjaguar
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   Posted 8/27/2009 4:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Do you drive to all the places your work sends you? I would think you'd be permanently bent at the hips by now.
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3


Chartreux
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   Posted 8/27/2009 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Missed ya! glad to see you back sure hope you can get a low pain day...
hugz....it hurts me to type right now, but will get back wit you later...
i posted an update, but think it's on page2 now...
i agree with palady and hope you can catch a day off, or heck just take one
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prayers for your son!
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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 8/27/2009 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   
 
 
 
   Dear Father John,
  
     Good evening *warm huggs* I am glad you stopped by! But gosh! I just wish sometimes that EVERYONE didnt need you so much so you would have time to relax. You are always there, caring for others, hold our hands in our darkest times. Reminding us that nothing is too big and too hard to deal with. I do not know how you do it. But, I am ever so greatful that I have met you.
 
     I am glad something "steps" are done, but I cannot help but wonder how your DIL (or soon to be?) is doing? Perhpas you posted before.. ive been..  in the yucky pain med fogg. Please bear with me if youve already posted about it.
 
My wife on the other hand thinks that they should clear every thing with the mothers first
 
     Shes on to something there!
 
 *warm huggs*
     dani
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,  
And sorry I could not travel both  
And be one traveler, long I stood


fatherjohn
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   Posted 8/27/2009 10:13 PM (GMT -7)   
PAlady, I actually took most of today off but it was still busy as we drove across southern Arizona on a sight seeing trip. Sleeping in strang beds do not work very well. It has been an experience.
 
Jag, I flew from Oregon to Arizona but have been traveling, several thousand miles so far this week. The driving is not all that good for me but I have no other options. At home I have a commy car but one thr road I get the cheapest car to save money.
 
Char, I will look for your update and thanks for the prayers for my son.
 
Dani, I have not posted an update on the GFIL Girl Friend In Law (?). We have had her over to dinner at least once a week and she finally just looked at my wife and I and asked what we thought of her and all that has gone on. We told her that our son brought her into our lives and family and we would do anything for her just as we would for our son. We explained that our views are different from our sons but we don't forse him to accept everything we believe. He has a problem with God right now because he sees what I have been through and can't grasp that God would allow this. I tell him this is nothing compared to what some people face and they still walk their faith out. I have spoken to several hundred drug and alcohol addicts this week and the response has been so great. We had students crying with joy and some really good things happening in our presentations. Seeing what God does during these times is enough to refuel me.
 
Now the STUPID, STUPID STUPID thing I did today. Why wife is upset with me, my daughter is worried but we made a memory today that will last the rest of our lives. I surprised my daughter with a horse back ride in the desert during the sunset tonight. She was so thrilled but when I drove up to the stables, she saw 3 horses. One for the guide, one for Sarah my daughter and just guess who rode the third. Stupid, Stupid Stupid but is was worth it. We had so many pictures taken of us out there riding horses through the catus  and desert plants. The problem came when they tried to get me off the horse. It was not a pretty sight. I will cherish the memory of riding with my daughter but will pay the price. There is no number on the pain scale tonight that describes where I am at. I can't even get up or to the bathroom without help. Even with the pain, it was worth it. This was the best thing I have done for some time (probably also the worst). My daughter will never forget the LAST horse ride she took with her dad. I am not sure the tears are joy or pain or a mixture of both. Blessings!

White Beard
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   Posted 8/27/2009 10:54 PM (GMT -7)   
fatherjohn

The memories you have made will be with you and your daughter for the rest of your lives! I think you will find it worth all of your pain that you have! May God Bless you and Keep you both! Thank you for sharing your time with us, it really means allot!

Peace be with You!

White Beard
Moderator Chronic Pain
 
I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


fatherjohn
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   Posted 8/27/2009 11:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Whitebeard, thanks for your thoughtful words. The memories will remain. Tomorrow is my last day in Arizona and I had planned on taking her to the mall in Tucson. She is now saying I am confined to bed but we might make a consession if I us a wheel chair. God blessed me with such a wonderful daughter. I know you have had your struggles with your daughter and that even speaks to me that I need to do whatever I can to keep the relationship I have with mine everything it can be. Blessings on you my friend,

White Beard
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   Posted 8/27/2009 11:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Did you happen to be able to tour the Bone Yard in Tucson? The place where old air craft go to die, and be moth balled! I it acres and acres of nothing but old air planes!

White Beard
Moderator Chronic Pain
 
I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


fatherjohn
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   Posted 8/27/2009 11:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I did not take a tour but I have stopped and just gazed at the rows of planes.

PAlady
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   Posted 8/27/2009 11:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Fatherjohn,
I'm so glad you posted, and I will just hope the pain from the ride with your daughter eventually subsides so that the only thing left is the beautiful memory.

Still, next time maybe you could just rent a stagecoach? :-)

WB - rows of dead planes. Sniff Sniff. I love airplanes! Sounds like a sad place!

Looking forward to your return Fj!

Hugs,

PaLady

golitho
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   Posted 8/28/2009 12:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Sometimes we all do the craziest things but I think it helps keep you sane. My weakness is dancing, I find a glass of champagne a perfect anaesthetic (I don't drink normally because of my meds) but maybe once or twice a year I'll have that drink and have a dance with my hubby. I know I'll pay the price but somehow it makes it worth while to feel like a normal 49 year old, out there having a good time. So I can really relate. Safe journeying and just don't make a habit of it!!! Lovely to hear it was worth it for both of you, golitho. :-)

skeye
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   Posted 8/28/2009 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi fatherjohn!

We've certainly missed you here! I'm glad that you were able to do some fun things with your daughter during the trip. I can't believe you rode a horse! I bet Sarah was beyond thrilled! I just wish it didn't hurt you so much, but as you said, that moment was certainly something that you will both remember forever! I hope things calm down for you soon! As always, you're one busy bee. I don't know how you do it, but I know you love what you do! I hope you can get a little rest between your Arizona trip & your next few trips! You & your family are in my thoughts & prayers! Tell Sarah & your wife that I say hi! I hope all is well with them.

hugs,
Skeye

fatherjohn
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   Posted 8/28/2009 11:05 PM (GMT -7)   
PAlady, golitho and Skeye, I am glad I have a possitive memory of the ride because the day after will not be on my list of positive things. My wife and daughter tried to convince me to stay in bed but I managed to get enough kinks worked out to take Sarah to the mall here in Tucson. I found places where I could get a padded seat and just told Sarah not to forget where she left me.  You know like when you go to the mall and can't remember where you parked your car. I could just imagine Sarah going to security saying I thought I left him right here.
 
Anyway, early day tomorrow as we fly home. There is no place like home. There is no place like home. There is no place like home. I need a pair of ruby red slippers.

PAlady
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   Posted 8/29/2009 12:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Fatherjohn,
We'll be glad to have you back "home", with or w/o ruby slippers!

I can just imagine you roaming around in your little cart in the mall sort of wandering off and then blaming it on your daughter!! :-)

Hugs - Safe home!

PaLady

edt
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   Posted 8/29/2009 6:27 AM (GMT -7)   

Fatherjohn,

It sounds like you had a wonderful time with Sarah.  I can say I would have done the same thing, sometimes you just gotta do what your heart tells you!  You know the saying "this too shall pass" I'll say a prayer that the added pain exits quickly.

I'm so sorry our plans to meet didn't work this time out.  Let me know when you'll be back to AZ!!

XXOO
Patti


LLPLUV
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   Posted 8/29/2009 8:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm just glad you jumped in to say Hi... We all miss you. Those late nights that you miss will come back and we will see you posting at 2 AM..lol

Laurie
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39 yr young female with,
Chronic Kidney Stones, PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease), Chronic Kidney Failure, Severe Hypertension, Urological RSD

Also CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) and Sleep Apnea

Hopefully NO MORE........

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