Tag Archives: paralized

Some More News – Joan (my former blog partner) And my Mother Too – Health Wellness


Hi all, just a brief bit of news here.

Joan & Mariah Friends and Former Co-Owners of Joan and Mariahs Reviews & Giveaways (blog now closed) The first bit of news is about my former Blog partner for those of you who remember her from our old blog (that is closed now) Joan and Mariah’s Reviews & Giveaways. Joan is in the hospital again, as she’s very sick with what looks like problems with her Lupus SLE and a small stroke again. It also sounds like Joan is over doing it with some issues she’s dealing with at home, I won’t go into details here since that is up to her to talk about them, if she wishes. So, my friends, if you visit Joan’s blog at Joan’s 5 Star Reviews, it’s been a almost 2 months since her last post and it may be a while longer before she’s up to posting again… I send out my thoughts, and prayers for my sweet friend and her family and I hope you do the same.

A picture of Mariah Lockwood's MotherThe next bit of news is some great news again about my Mother, you will probably be getting sick of hearing about her soon. However I am very excited and optimistic for her latest developments (the previous developments were posted on my last post). Not only is she now moving her right leg inward now but she called again last night and said she can now wiggle the toes on that leg… AND when they were working with her in physical therapy they felt her tighten her butt muscles too!

So here my dear, lovely readers, as I close up this post after a mixture of bad news and good news, I wish to ask of you one thing for these two wonderful people… Please continue sending your warm thoughts and blessings for my Mother, Father and please add Joan Penfold too. May Joan get better soon and things improve at her home so that she will not overwork herself there and continue getting sick like this. Joan would appreciate it, I am sure, if you left her some messages full of care and concern for her here and I will make sure that she visits the blog to see your messages.

Love and hugs,




Great Hopes, and Dreams have me Grinning from Ear to Ear – Update on my Mother – News



Hello there everyone, I have been grinning from ear to ear for about 19 hours here and I am finally up and moving around more today, so it’s time to share some news.


Why am I grinning from ear to ear… well lets start off with the fact that the Life Care Center in Longmont had decided that it would be time to have my Mother go home next Tuesday as there has been no progress for her. That happened a few days ago. Things changed yesterday, suddenly my Mother could move her right leg, and she called me late last night with the news! This is why I am grinning from ear to ear and my face is starting to hurt from smiling.

My Mother and Father in 2012

Here is a copy of my fathers email as he couldn’t wait to get the news out and break it to some people that Mother wasn’t able to reach by phone last night:

 “(I) Know Mom has already called you all, but to verify:
Yesterday the performed several blind tests on Mom.  She was able to tell them where they were touching her on both legs.  Could not move it and could not sense hot or cold, but could plainly feel their touch.  Much more plainly on the right leg.
Today was something of a miracle.  For the first time since surgery, she was able to move her right leg.  After someone else separating them, she was able to move her right leg several inches until it was in contact with her left leg.  So far she is unable to move it in the  other direction.  But it is definite progress.  She did this several times during the day.  The therapist says it is common that motion recovery starts only in one direction at a time. So, please keep the prayers and encouragement coming.  She has shown vast improvement in the last two days.

Love,  Dad”

Anyhow, I simply HAD to share the news as many of you have been voicing your concern and your wishing for more updates on my Mother.

I called my Mother today and teased her on the phone, telling her “Mom, was I dreaming that you called me with news that you moved your leg last night?”… she got excited and said “No, you WEREN’T DREAMING… it’s true!” I laughed and let her know that I was just teasing and she of course laughed saying “I just knew you were teasing, you’ve always been such a little devil!” lol

My Mother and Father in about 2010
My Mother and Father in about 2010, before my Mothers illnesses started making it hard for her to eat. Autoimmune problems, they assume.

We laughed on the phone and cried, she finally admitted that she cried too, that she was upset that some people knew about the changes and the miracle before she got a chance to tell them herself! Lol Yup Dad sure got the word out to everyone, lol, just goes to show how very excited he is for her too.

Please everyone, keep the positive thoughts and prayers going for my Mother and send out a happy note for the fact that she is showing some improvements. We certainly have a very good sign here right now, lets hope and pray that it continues to improve!

Thank you everyone for all your thoughts and prayers for my Mother!

Love and (((hugs))),


Finally Up and At Em here – News on Me and on my Mother


Sick Teddy Bear Bandaid Taking TempuratureHi there my loyal readers, I am finally back with you all here after a bought of pneumonia. My first experience with Pneumonia and I hope I never get that sick again. I never imagined how Pneumonia would feel nor that I could hear my own rattle as I soaked my head laying in the tub. When I heard the rattle from my breathing in the tub, it made everything more real for me and I just threw up my hands and said “okay, I surrender, it’s real and when I feel tired (all the time) I will go to bed and not fight it any longer.” As it got worse for 2 days, I also couldn’t imagine that I would feel the lungs filling up and pushing on my rib cage, or at least that is what I imagine the new pain was all about… it felt like someone had gripped the back of my spine from between shoulder blades and down and started just pulling the spine and lungs outward. OUCHIES! Again the only escape since my pain meds didn’t touch that pain, was to soak in a very hot bath tub and then go back to bed again.

I hope that none of you caught that nasty bug that is is going around, for me I called everyone that I knew that had a cough and told them to see their doctor to make sure they were okay. Seems I was the only one that the bug went this far, I blame stress and my autoimmune for this, my first experience, with pneumonia. I am a worry wart and spent a lot of time thinking about my Mother and her becoming paralyzed from the waist down.

A picture of my Mother, pre drastic weight loss and a few years back.
My Mother in better times, on prednisone in the picture, and a few years back.

Speaking of my Mother, two Sundays ago, she moved one leg about 5 inches! Unfortunately she doesn’t have feeling at all, and it hasn’t happened again since. Talking to Mom, she wonders if what they saw as movement could have been that they were moving her upper body and her limp legs just happened to follow and so one looked to move on it’s own. *sigh*

Well, I choose to believe that Mom moved her leg some… I continue my positive thoughts of love, warmth, strength and my prayers for her. I believe in miracles in our modern world and I have witnessed a few in my lifetime… so I am waiting for more miracles for my Mother. More miracles? My Mother is in such a positive mood despite all she’s going through, she has the strength to laugh through it some and the strength of spirit to go ahead and be herself still as she complains about physical therapy still… to me, well… her spirit alone as she goes through this difficult time is a Miracle in it’s self, she’s such a strong woman and I am so proud of her!

A Sample of my Mothers Artwork, she paints in oils, this is her Calligraphy, her own poem and drawing which is painted in watercolors.
A Sample of my Mothers Artwork, she paints in oils, this is her Calligraphy, her own poem and drawing which is painted in watercolors.

Dare I say that some Nurse or someone that is taking care of Mom, possibly a physical therapist told her something terrible… told her she could just stop eating and give up, saying goodbye to what she’s going through! Of course Mom won’t tell me who said it, that does make me mad! I cried and screamed on the phone when Mom told me that… I don’t care who said that to my Mother while she was just so freshly moved to the Life Care Center in Longmont, this was all so new to Mom, and being so new a situation for my Mother to be going though… I had a feeling that my Mother thought about it for a moment or two! I hope this person doesn’t make a habit of this, as a friend said to me, who knows what this person, that said that could be capable of!!!!

Anyway things seem to be doing well, Mom even thinks that she may need some new clothing since she feels she’s putting on weight! Yay, now weighing more than just 71 pounds is great news! 🙂

Me, Mariah forming a Heart with my hands fingers, red nail polish on with white stamped hearts
Me forming the shape of a Heart to send to all my lovely readers… love you all!

Please, keep my Mother in your thoughts and prayers… lets help get a miracle for her legs or just help keep her mood so wonderfully happy and strong!