Back in Rochester

Mom and dad safely made it to Rochester just in time to take big naps and sleep off their early morning flight. Mom is feeling and sounding pretty good. Her external drain appears to have stopped working and we don't know why, but are trying to not be discouraged. We had a lovely Saturday evening of food and family before they zoomed off up north early today.

Me? Well, I'm in Seattle at a social media workshop and I just met a developer of the new Mayo Clinic/Microsoft Health Vault personal health record software that launched this past week (you may have seen a segment on NBC's Today Show). Needless to say, we discussed work, but I couldn't help and divulge how helpful the software will be for people like my mom who is seeing multiple doctors and has medical records all over the place. The software provides 24/7 health advice based on your health records (all secure, BTW), and there are new, really super cool treats coming with phase 2 of this piece of revolutionary health 2.0. It will even give my dad tips on how he can take extra steps to improve his health as a caregiver; it provides ideas stemming from the number of steps per day that will help you lose a pound a week to how caregiver journaling can keep your mind in a zen place.

I couldn't be more excited about working in the patient sector of healthcare.


  1. Good Morning, Paulette and Greg. A brand new week -- after several days of vacation in Colorado, you are back to work as the good folks at Mayo poke (gently now please) and prod (you're in my personal space, sport!) and put their heads together to put one and one together to get two (hurray). And so your marathon to good health is nearing a benchmark of treatment options. Thank You, God, for the wisdom of the medical team You've put together for Paulette's health. Put Your strong arms around both Paulette and Greg as they continue to trust You more and more each day.

    Today's Joke:
    After a long night at the tavern, the man was in no shape to drive, so he wisely left his car parked and walked home. Seeing him stumbling down the sidewalk, a cop pulled over and got out of the squad care.
    "What are you doing out here at 2 a.m.?" asked the cop.
    "I'm going to a lecture."
    "Who is going to give a lecture at this hour?"
    "My wife," said the man.

    Encouraging Words from Isaiah: "Fear not, Paulette, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, do not be discouraged. I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with my victorious hand."

    Keep smiling, Paulette, as you run. All of us are lined up along the sidewalks cheering you on -- you can do it, girlfriend. A watering station is just ahead. You are doing great; keep it up. Atta, girl!

    Praying for you and caring about you,

  2. Good Monday morning!!! Hope you are both well rested. Just a short note to let you know you are both in our prayers today and always as you start another week in the great care of the mayo staff. God is with you and will gently guide all their hands and minds as they see you through this. We'll keep watching the posts and take care.

  3. Hi Paulette,
    As Joyce says were lined up on the sidewalk cheering you on. I hope nothing but great news comes your way the next few days keep getting stronger your in the greatest hands of God and Mayo clinic doesn't get any better. Much love and prayers coming your way. Love Peg

  4. Good Morning Paulette & Greg,

    Snow came to Denver overnight! God blesses us with the needed moisture once again. I'm thinking about your winter coat being here... and hoping you have enough warm clothing there.

    Today is your big day at Mayo. We continue to pray for you and rest in the comforting knowledge that the good Lord holds you in the palm of His hand. I can barely imagine all of the praying on your behalf as you continue to mark off the steps in this journey. Know that you are so loved across the miles.

    On a little selfish note.... the house is too quiet this morning.... only the pups to talk to and they are snuggled down sleeping... no special YOU to care for, speak and laugh with during the day.... so I re-adjust to previous life.... but welcome your return any time!

    God Bless and Keep You!

    Loves and Hugs,
    xxx Susie

  5. (a beautiful prayer email from a friend this morning...)

    Saint Theresa's Prayer

    May today there be peace within.

    May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

    May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.

    May you use those gifts that you have received,
    and pass on the love that has been given to you.

    May you be content knowing you are a child of God.

    Let this presence settle into your bones,
    and allow your soul the freedom to sing,
    dance, praise and love.

    It is there for each and every one of us.

  6. Today I am relying on my favorite:

    "FOOTSTEPS in the SAND"

  7. Hi All,

    Ten days of email later.... thought I'd send out some feel good links while we all wait for news...

    and we thought we were good little jumpers on the schoolyard in the 1950s.....


  8. Paulette and Greg,

    Glad to hear that you made it safely to the Mayo Clinic. I hope everyting goes well these next few days. We are all praying for you. Please know you are always in our thoughts. Madison says "hello" and wishes you a speedy recovery.
    Take care,
    Bill #2

  9. Hi Paulette,
    Just wanted you to know that you are in my thoughts and always in my prayers. I wanted to share one of my favorite Bible verses with you:
    Isaiah, Chapter 43: "You are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned ... For I am the Lord, your God ... you are precious and honored in my sight, and ... I love you" (Isaiah 43:1-4).
    With Sisterly Love, Sandy


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