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  • william f smith
    8/21/2010 Dearest Friends, Dad (William, aka Smitty) wanted me to write and thank you for all of your prayers, cards, letters, and emails. As you know, prayer
    Message 1 of 8 , Aug 21, 2010
      8/21/2010





      Dearest Friends,



      Dad (William, aka Smitty)
      wanted me to write and thank
      you for all of your prayers,
      cards, letters, and emails.
      As you know, prayer is the
      most powerful medicine.
      Hearing from his friends is
      very therapeutic for him. His
      disease keeps him from getting
      out of the house much. My
      brother tries to take him
      somewhere once a week or so,
      but those trips are relatively
      short as dad tires very easily
      these days.



      The disease's progression has
      seemed to have slowed down,
      since my last letter. The
      doctors have prescribed the
      only medicine that has been
      approved to treat Amyotrophic
      lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou
      Gehrig's disease). I forget
      the name of the medicine, but
      it is supposed to slow down
      the disease's progression, and
      it seems to be doing just that
      in dad's case.



      He's been enjoying spending
      lots of time with two of his
      grandsons this summer (the two
      who live here in town). Those
      two boys have been a huge help
      to him this summer doing
      whatever he needs done that he
      is now unable to do for
      himself. My sister plans on
      coming down for a visit, this
      weekend and brining her little
      girl and hopefully her boy,
      too.



      He's still able to manipulate
      the mouse on his computer
      using both hands, and reads
      every email that comes to his
      inbox. He has his newspapers
      bookmarked on his computer and
      reads them, daily. I
      bookmarked an online Bible
      website on his computer for
      him, and he has made it his
      goal to read through his
      Bible.



      Not sure if I mentioned his
      now having home health in my
      last letter. He has an aide
      three hours a day, seven days
      a week. He actually has two,
      one that comes five days a
      week, and one that comes on
      the first one's days off. The
      home health agency didn't want
      to work one seven days a week,
      so they split it up. They
      told us that this way if one
      of them needed an extra day
      off for whatever reason, the
      other one would be able to
      fill in for her. This way, he'd
      always have someone who is
      familiar with his situation
      and who knows what he
      routinely needs done. He also
      has a physical therapist who
      comes three times a week, and
      a nurse who comes once a week.
      My brother and I tease him
      about all these women fussing
      over him. Dad has managed to
      maintain his sense of humor
      through it all, so far.



      Dad wanted me to thank
      everyone for all their prayers
      for him, and for the cards and
      letters he has received. It
      seems just hearing from his
      friends cheers him up more
      than you could ever imagine.



      For those of you who are not
      familiar with Lou Gehrig's
      Disease, Dad wanted me to give
      you a brief description of
      what it is and what it does.
      Amyotrophic lateral
      sclerosis( ALS, or Lou
      Gehrig's disease) is a disease
      of the nerve cells in the
      brain and spinal cord that
      control voluntary muscle
      movement. Persons with ALS
      have a loss of muscle strength
      and coordination which
      eventually gets worse. This
      eventually makes one unable to
      do routine tasks such as going
      up steps, getting out of a
      chair, breathing, and
      swallowing. ALS does NOT
      affect the senses (sight,
      smell, taste, hearing, touch),
      bladder or bowel function, or
      a person's ability to think or
      reason.

      Symptoms of ALS include:

      a.. Difficulty breathing
      b.. Difficulty swallowing
      a.. Gagging
      b.. Chokes easily
      c.. Head drop due to weak
      spinal and neck muscles
      d.. Muscle cramps
      e.. Muscle weakness that
      slowly gets worse
      a.. Commonly involves one
      part of the body first, such
      as the arm or hand
      b.. Eventually leads to
      difficulty lifting, climbing
      stairs, and walking
      f.. Paralysis
      g.. Speech problems, such as
      a slow or abnormal speech
      pattern
      h.. Voice changes,
      hoarseness
      Additional symptoms that may
      be associated with this
      disease:

      a.. Drooling
      b.. Muscle contractions
      c.. Muscle spasms
      d.. Ankle, feet, and leg
      swelling
      e.. Weight loss
      I hope this helps you to
      understand what dad is going
      through a little better.





      In Christ,



      Tom W. Smith.
    • Jerry Abcd
      Tom, Thank you very much for the update on your dad. It is appreciated. I am glad to hear he keeps a good sense of humor, that helps a lot for everyone. Take
      Message 2 of 8 , Aug 21, 2010
        Tom,
        Thank you very much for the update on your dad. It is appreciated. I am glad to hear he keeps a good sense of humor, that helps a lot for everyone.
        Take care and hang in there.
         
        SP4 Jerry Sullivan (A co 5/68 Armor, 1976-1979)

        --- On Sun, 8/22/10, william f smith <smids37@...> wrote:

        From: william f smith <smids37@...>
        Subject: [8thdivmodern] Update on Smitty
        To: 588thmaintco@yahoogroups.com, 39THENGINEERBATTALION@yahoogroups.com
        Date: Sunday, August 22, 2010, 2:50 AM

         
        8/21/2010

        Dearest Friends,

        Dad (William, aka Smitty)
        wanted me to write and thank
        you for all of your prayers,
        cards, letters, and emails.
        As you know, prayer is the
        most powerful medicine.
        Hearing from his friends is
        very therapeutic for him. His
        disease keeps him from getting
        out of the house much. My
        brother tries to take him
        somewhere once a week or so,
        but those trips are relatively
        short as dad tires very easily
        these days.

        The disease's progression has
        seemed to have slowed down,
        since my last letter. The
        doctors have prescribed the
        only medicine that has been
        approved to treat Amyotrophic
        lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou
        Gehrig's disease). I forget
        the name of the medicine, but
        it is supposed to slow down
        the disease's progression, and
        it seems to be doing just that
        in dad's case.

        He's been enjoying spending
        lots of time with two of his
        grandsons this summer (the two
        who live here in town). Those
        two boys have been a huge help
        to him this summer doing
        whatever he needs done that he
        is now unable to do for
        himself. My sister plans on
        coming down for a visit, this
        weekend and brining her little
        girl and hopefully her boy,
        too.

        He's still able to manipulate
        the mouse on his computer
        using both hands, and reads
        every email that comes to his
        inbox. He has his newspapers
        bookmarked on his computer and
        reads them, daily. I
        bookmarked an online Bible
        website on his computer for
        him, and he has made it his
        goal to read through his
        Bible.

        Not sure if I mentioned his
        now having home health in my
        last letter. He has an aide
        three hours a day, seven days
        a week. He actually has two,
        one that comes five days a
        week, and one that comes on
        the first one's days off. The
        home health agency didn't want
        to work one seven days a week,
        so they split it up. They
        told us that this way if one
        of them needed an extra day
        off for whatever reason, the
        other one would be able to
        fill in for her. This way, he'd
        always have someone who is
        familiar with his situation
        and who knows what he
        routinely needs done. He also
        has a physical therapist who
        comes three times a week, and
        a nurse who comes once a week.
        My brother and I tease him
        about all these women fussing
        over him. Dad has managed to
        maintain his sense of humor
        through it all, so far.

        Dad wanted me to thank
        everyone for all their prayers
        for him, and for the cards and
        letters he has received. It
        seems just hearing from his
        friends cheers him up more
        than you could ever imagine.

        For those of you who are not
        familiar with Lou Gehrig's
        Disease, Dad wanted me to give
        you a brief description of
        what it is and what it does.
        Amyotrophic lateral
        sclerosis( ALS, or Lou
        Gehrig's disease) is a disease
        of the nerve cells in the
        brain and spinal cord that
        control voluntary muscle
        movement. Persons with ALS
        have a loss of muscle strength
        and coordination which
        eventually gets worse. This
        eventually makes one unable to
        do routine tasks such as going
        up steps, getting out of a
        chair, breathing, and
        swallowing. ALS does NOT
        affect the senses (sight,
        smell, taste, hearing, touch),
        bladder or bowel function, or
        a person's ability to think or
        reason.

        Symptoms of ALS include:

        a.. Difficulty breathing
        b.. Difficulty swallowing
        a.. Gagging
        b.. Chokes easily
        c.. Head drop due to weak
        spinal and neck muscles
        d.. Muscle cramps
        e.. Muscle weakness that
        slowly gets worse
        a.. Commonly involves one
        part of the body first, such
        as the arm or hand
        b.. Eventually leads to
        difficulty lifting, climbing
        stairs, and walking
        f.. Paralysis
        g.. Speech problems, such as
        a slow or abnormal speech
        pattern
        h.. Voice changes,
        hoarseness
        Additional symptoms that may
        be associated with this
        disease:

        a.. Drooling
        b.. Muscle contractions
        c.. Muscle spasms
        d.. Ankle, feet, and leg
        swelling
        e.. Weight loss
        I hope this helps you to
        understand what dad is going
        through a little better.

        In Christ,

        Tom W. Smith.


      • Dennis Padgett
        Tom I would like to say thanks to your dad and the rest of the group for his help and their help in my recovery. I was not doing to good myself when I found
        Message 3 of 8 , Aug 21, 2010
          Tom I would like to say thanks to your dad and the rest of the group for his help and their help in my recovery. I was not doing to good myself when I found the group. Not being able to do much I had time to find this group and all the great people that are in it.    spending years going down hill this acted as a pick me up and beleave me it did just that.  Now I am by no means back to being 100% but I went from going to the mail box that took every bit of 30 minutes and it's only 30 feet from my front door to now being able to get around much better and covering the ground I have covered in the past year is outstanding to me.  I was told about 8 years ago I would be in a wheelchair with in 5 years but I am now walking miles at the time conpaired to feet...    I do know what it means to hear from the guys here and I so hope that we do for your dad what he and the rest here have done for me..   GOD Bless him and all of you as well and tell him I for one am very thankful for what he has done for me and I will never be able to repay him. But any thing I can do I'll try my best.    40 ROUNDS and please keep us up to date....

          Dennis Padgett
            40 ROUNDS
           


          --- On Sun, 8/22/10, Jerry Abcd <jerry.abcd@...> wrote:

          From: Jerry Abcd <jerry.abcd@...>
          Subject: Re: [8thdivmodern] Update on Smitty
          To: 8thdivmodern@yahoogroups.com
          Date: Sunday, August 22, 2010, 6:25 AM

           
          Tom,
          Thank you very much for the update on your dad. It is appreciated. I am glad to hear he keeps a good sense of humor, that helps a lot for everyone.
          Take care and hang in there.
           
          SP4 Jerry Sullivan (A co 5/68 Armor, 1976-1979)

          --- On Sun, 8/22/10, william f smith <smids37@...> wrote:

          From: william f smith <smids37@...>
          Subject: [8thdivmodern] Update on Smitty
          To: 588thmaintco@yahoogroups.com, 39THENGINEERBATTALION@yahoogroups.com
          Date: Sunday, August 22, 2010, 2:50 AM

           
          8/21/2010

          Dearest Friends,

          Dad (William, aka Smitty)
          wanted me to write and thank
          you for all of your prayers,
          cards, letters, and emails.
          As you know, prayer is the
          most powerful medicine.
          Hearing from his friends is
          very therapeutic for him. His
          disease keeps him from getting
          out of the house much. My
          brother tries to take him
          somewhere once a week or so,
          but those trips are relatively
          short as dad tires very easily
          these days.

          The disease's progression has
          seemed to have slowed down,
          since my last letter. The
          doctors have prescribed the
          only medicine that has been
          approved to treat Amyotrophic
          lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou
          Gehrig's disease). I forget
          the name of the medicine, but
          it is supposed to slow down
          the disease's progression, and
          it seems to be doing just that
          in dad's case.

          He's been enjoying spending
          lots of time with two of his
          grandsons this summer (the two
          who live here in town). Those
          two boys have been a huge help
          to him this summer doing
          whatever he needs done that he
          is now unable to do for
          himself. My sister plans on
          coming down for a visit, this
          weekend and brining her little
          girl and hopefully her boy,
          too.

          He's still able to manipulate
          the mouse on his computer
          using both hands, and reads
          every email that comes to his
          inbox. He has his newspapers
          bookmarked on his computer and
          reads them, daily. I
          bookmarked an online Bible
          website on his computer for
          him, and he has made it his
          goal to read through his
          Bible.

          Not sure if I mentioned his
          now having home health in my
          last letter. He has an aide
          three hours a day, seven days
          a week. He actually has two,
          one that comes five days a
          week, and one that comes on
          the first one's days off. The
          home health agency didn't want
          to work one seven days a week,
          so they split it up. They
          told us that this way if one
          of them needed an extra day
          off for whatever reason, the
          other one would be able to
          fill in for her. This way, he'd
          always have someone who is
          familiar with his situation
          and who knows what he
          routinely needs done. He also
          has a physical therapist who
          comes three times a week, and
          a nurse who comes once a week.
          My brother and I tease him
          about all these women fussing
          over him. Dad has managed to
          maintain his sense of humor
          through it all, so far.

          Dad wanted me to thank
          everyone for all their prayers
          for him, and for the cards and
          letters he has received. It
          seems just hearing from his
          friends cheers him up more
          than you could ever imagine.

          For those of you who are not
          familiar with Lou Gehrig's
          Disease, Dad wanted me to give
          you a brief description of
          what it is and what it does.
          Amyotrophic lateral
          sclerosis( ALS, or Lou
          Gehrig's disease) is a disease
          of the nerve cells in the
          brain and spinal cord that
          control voluntary muscle
          movement. Persons with ALS
          have a loss of muscle strength
          and coordination which
          eventually gets worse. This
          eventually makes one unable to
          do routine tasks such as going
          up steps, getting out of a
          chair, breathing, and
          swallowing. ALS does NOT
          affect the senses (sight,
          smell, taste, hearing, touch),
          bladder or bowel function, or
          a person's ability to think or
          reason.

          Symptoms of ALS include:

          a.. Difficulty breathing
          b.. Difficulty swallowing
          a.. Gagging
          b.. Chokes easily
          c.. Head drop due to weak
          spinal and neck muscles
          d.. Muscle cramps
          e.. Muscle weakness that
          slowly gets worse
          a.. Commonly involves one
          part of the body first, such
          as the arm or hand
          b.. Eventually leads to
          difficulty lifting, climbing
          stairs, and walking
          f.. Paralysis
          g.. Speech problems, such as
          a slow or abnormal speech
          pattern
          h.. Voice changes,
          hoarseness
          Additional symptoms that may
          be associated with this
          disease:

          a.. Drooling
          b.. Muscle contractions
          c.. Muscle spasms
          d.. Ankle, feet, and leg
          swelling
          e.. Weight loss
          I hope this helps you to
          understand what dad is going
          through a little better.

          In Christ,

          Tom W. Smith.



        • Danghippy (Radaryuppy)
          Thanks Tom
          Message 4 of 8 , Aug 23, 2010
            Thanks Tom

            --- In 8thdivmodern@yahoogroups.com, "william f smith" <smids37@...> wrote:
            >
            > 8/21/2010
            >
            >
            >
            >
            >
            > Dearest Friends,
            >
            >
            >
            > Dad (William, aka Smitty)
            > wanted me to write and thank
            > you for all of your prayers,
            > cards, letters, and emails.
            > As you know, prayer is the
            > most powerful medicine.
            > Hearing from his friends is
            > very therapeutic for him. His
            > disease keeps him from getting
            > out of the house much. My
            > brother tries to take him
            > somewhere once a week or so,
            > but those trips are relatively
            > short as dad tires very easily
            > these days.
            >
            >
            >
            > The disease's progression has
            > seemed to have slowed down,
            > since my last letter. The
            > doctors have prescribed the
            > only medicine that has been
            > approved to treat Amyotrophic
            > lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou
            > Gehrig's disease). I forget
            > the name of the medicine, but
            > it is supposed to slow down
            > the disease's progression, and
            > it seems to be doing just that
            > in dad's case.
            >
            >
            >
            > He's been enjoying spending
            > lots of time with two of his
            > grandsons this summer (the two
            > who live here in town). Those
            > two boys have been a huge help
            > to him this summer doing
            > whatever he needs done that he
            > is now unable to do for
            > himself. My sister plans on
            > coming down for a visit, this
            > weekend and brining her little
            > girl and hopefully her boy,
            > too.
            >
            >
            >
            > He's still able to manipulate
            > the mouse on his computer
            > using both hands, and reads
            > every email that comes to his
            > inbox. He has his newspapers
            > bookmarked on his computer and
            > reads them, daily. I
            > bookmarked an online Bible
            > website on his computer for
            > him, and he has made it his
            > goal to read through his
            > Bible.
            >
            >
            >
            > Not sure if I mentioned his
            > now having home health in my
            > last letter. He has an aide
            > three hours a day, seven days
            > a week. He actually has two,
            > one that comes five days a
            > week, and one that comes on
            > the first one's days off. The
            > home health agency didn't want
            > to work one seven days a week,
            > so they split it up. They
            > told us that this way if one
            > of them needed an extra day
            > off for whatever reason, the
            > other one would be able to
            > fill in for her. This way, he'd
            > always have someone who is
            > familiar with his situation
            > and who knows what he
            > routinely needs done. He also
            > has a physical therapist who
            > comes three times a week, and
            > a nurse who comes once a week.
            > My brother and I tease him
            > about all these women fussing
            > over him. Dad has managed to
            > maintain his sense of humor
            > through it all, so far.
            >
            >
            >
            > Dad wanted me to thank
            > everyone for all their prayers
            > for him, and for the cards and
            > letters he has received. It
            > seems just hearing from his
            > friends cheers him up more
            > than you could ever imagine.
            >
            >
            >
            > For those of you who are not
            > familiar with Lou Gehrig's
            > Disease, Dad wanted me to give
            > you a brief description of
            > what it is and what it does.
            > Amyotrophic lateral
            > sclerosis( ALS, or Lou
            > Gehrig's disease) is a disease
            > of the nerve cells in the
            > brain and spinal cord that
            > control voluntary muscle
            > movement. Persons with ALS
            > have a loss of muscle strength
            > and coordination which
            > eventually gets worse. This
            > eventually makes one unable to
            > do routine tasks such as going
            > up steps, getting out of a
            > chair, breathing, and
            > swallowing. ALS does NOT
            > affect the senses (sight,
            > smell, taste, hearing, touch),
            > bladder or bowel function, or
            > a person's ability to think or
            > reason.
            >
            > Symptoms of ALS include:
            >
            > a.. Difficulty breathing
            > b.. Difficulty swallowing
            > a.. Gagging
            > b.. Chokes easily
            > c.. Head drop due to weak
            > spinal and neck muscles
            > d.. Muscle cramps
            > e.. Muscle weakness that
            > slowly gets worse
            > a.. Commonly involves one
            > part of the body first, such
            > as the arm or hand
            > b.. Eventually leads to
            > difficulty lifting, climbing
            > stairs, and walking
            > f.. Paralysis
            > g.. Speech problems, such as
            > a slow or abnormal speech
            > pattern
            > h.. Voice changes,
            > hoarseness
            > Additional symptoms that may
            > be associated with this
            > disease:
            >
            > a.. Drooling
            > b.. Muscle contractions
            > c.. Muscle spasms
            > d.. Ankle, feet, and leg
            > swelling
            > e.. Weight loss
            > I hope this helps you to
            > understand what dad is going
            > through a little better.
            >
            >
            >
            >
            >
            > In Christ,
            >
            >
            >
            > Tom W. Smith.
            >
          • den
            Heres one for you Smitty.... SOMEBODY S RAISING THEIR KID RIGHT! One Nation, Under God . One day a 6 year old girl was sitting in a classroom. The teacher
            Message 5 of 8 , Aug 23, 2010
              Heres one for you Smitty....

              SOMEBODY'S RAISING THEIR KID RIGHT!

              One Nation, 'Under God'.

              One day a 6 year old girl was sitting in a

              classroom. The teacher was going to explain

              evolution to the children. The teacher asked

              a little boy: Tommy do you see the tree Outside?

              TOMMY: Yes.

              TEA CHER: Tommy, do you see the grass outside?

              TOMMY: Yes.

              TEA CHER: Go outside and look up and see if you can see the sky.

              TOMMY: Okay. (He returned a few minutes

              later) Yes, I saw the sky.

              TEA CHER: Did you see God up there?

              TOMMY: No.

              TEA CHER: That's my point. We can't see

              God because he isn't there. Possibly he just

              doesn't exist.

              A little girl spoke up and wanted to ask the boy some questions.

              The teacher agreed and the little girl asked

              the boy: Tommy, do you see the tree outside?

              TOMMY: Yes.

              LITTLE GIRL: Tommy do you see the grass outside?

              TOMMY: Yessssss!

              LITTLE GIRL: Did you see the sky?

              TOMMY: Yessssss!

              LITTLE GIRL: Tommy, do you see the teacher?

              TOMMY: Yes

              LITTLE GIRL: Do you see her brain?

              TOMMY: No

              LITTLE GIRL: Then according to what we

              were taught today in school, she possibly

              may not even have one!

              (You Go Girl!)

              'FOR WE WALK BY FAITH, NOT BY SIGHT'

              II CORINTHIANS 5:7





              --- In 8thdivmodern@yahoogroups.com, "Danghippy (Radaryuppy)" <bfort@...> wrote:
              >
              > Thanks Tom
              >
              > --- In 8thdivmodern@yahoogroups.com, "william f smith" <smids37@> wrote:
              > >
              > > 8/21/2010
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > > Dearest Friends,
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > > Dad (William, aka Smitty)
              > > wanted me to write and thank
              > > you for all of your prayers,
              > > cards, letters, and emails.
              > > As you know, prayer is the
              > > most powerful medicine.
              > > Hearing from his friends is
              > > very therapeutic for him. His
              > > disease keeps him from getting
              > > out of the house much. My
              > > brother tries to take him
              > > somewhere once a week or so,
              > > but those trips are relatively
              > > short as dad tires very easily
              > > these days.
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > > The disease's progression has
              > > seemed to have slowed down,
              > > since my last letter. The
              > > doctors have prescribed the
              > > only medicine that has been
              > > approved to treat Amyotrophic
              > > lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou
              > > Gehrig's disease). I forget
              > > the name of the medicine, but
              > > it is supposed to slow down
              > > the disease's progression, and
              > > it seems to be doing just that
              > > in dad's case.
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > > He's been enjoying spending
              > > lots of time with two of his
              > > grandsons this summer (the two
              > > who live here in town). Those
              > > two boys have been a huge help
              > > to him this summer doing
              > > whatever he needs done that he
              > > is now unable to do for
              > > himself. My sister plans on
              > > coming down for a visit, this
              > > weekend and brining her little
              > > girl and hopefully her boy,
              > > too.
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > > He's still able to manipulate
              > > the mouse on his computer
              > > using both hands, and reads
              > > every email that comes to his
              > > inbox. He has his newspapers
              > > bookmarked on his computer and
              > > reads them, daily. I
              > > bookmarked an online Bible
              > > website on his computer for
              > > him, and he has made it his
              > > goal to read through his
              > > Bible.
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > > Not sure if I mentioned his
              > > now having home health in my
              > > last letter. He has an aide
              > > three hours a day, seven days
              > > a week. He actually has two,
              > > one that comes five days a
              > > week, and one that comes on
              > > the first one's days off. The
              > > home health agency didn't want
              > > to work one seven days a week,
              > > so they split it up. They
              > > told us that this way if one
              > > of them needed an extra day
              > > off for whatever reason, the
              > > other one would be able to
              > > fill in for her. This way, he'd
              > > always have someone who is
              > > familiar with his situation
              > > and who knows what he
              > > routinely needs done. He also
              > > has a physical therapist who
              > > comes three times a week, and
              > > a nurse who comes once a week.
              > > My brother and I tease him
              > > about all these women fussing
              > > over him. Dad has managed to
              > > maintain his sense of humor
              > > through it all, so far.
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > > Dad wanted me to thank
              > > everyone for all their prayers
              > > for him, and for the cards and
              > > letters he has received. It
              > > seems just hearing from his
              > > friends cheers him up more
              > > than you could ever imagine.
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > > For those of you who are not
              > > familiar with Lou Gehrig's
              > > Disease, Dad wanted me to give
              > > you a brief description of
              > > what it is and what it does.
              > > Amyotrophic lateral
              > > sclerosis( ALS, or Lou
              > > Gehrig's disease) is a disease
              > > of the nerve cells in the
              > > brain and spinal cord that
              > > control voluntary muscle
              > > movement. Persons with ALS
              > > have a loss of muscle strength
              > > and coordination which
              > > eventually gets worse. This
              > > eventually makes one unable to
              > > do routine tasks such as going
              > > up steps, getting out of a
              > > chair, breathing, and
              > > swallowing. ALS does NOT
              > > affect the senses (sight,
              > > smell, taste, hearing, touch),
              > > bladder or bowel function, or
              > > a person's ability to think or
              > > reason.
              > >
              > > Symptoms of ALS include:
              > >
              > > a.. Difficulty breathing
              > > b.. Difficulty swallowing
              > > a.. Gagging
              > > b.. Chokes easily
              > > c.. Head drop due to weak
              > > spinal and neck muscles
              > > d.. Muscle cramps
              > > e.. Muscle weakness that
              > > slowly gets worse
              > > a.. Commonly involves one
              > > part of the body first, such
              > > as the arm or hand
              > > b.. Eventually leads to
              > > difficulty lifting, climbing
              > > stairs, and walking
              > > f.. Paralysis
              > > g.. Speech problems, such as
              > > a slow or abnormal speech
              > > pattern
              > > h.. Voice changes,
              > > hoarseness
              > > Additional symptoms that may
              > > be associated with this
              > > disease:
              > >
              > > a.. Drooling
              > > b.. Muscle contractions
              > > c.. Muscle spasms
              > > d.. Ankle, feet, and leg
              > > swelling
              > > e.. Weight loss
              > > I hope this helps you to
              > > understand what dad is going
              > > through a little better.
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > > In Christ,
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > > Tom W. Smith.
              > >
              >
            • william f smith
              Dearest Friends, Once again, I thank you for your care, concern, prayers, emails, cards, and letters. Dad has been having good and bad days, as of late. His
              Message 6 of 8 , Sep 13, 2010
                Dearest Friends,



                Once again, I thank you for
                your care, concern, prayers,
                emails, cards, and letters.
                Dad has been having good and
                bad days, as of late. His
                energy levels seem to have
                tapered off some more. He is
                once again taking afternoon
                naps, and sometimes doesn't
                want to get back out of bed
                for dinner. However, the
                cards, letters, and emails he
                receives seem to cheer him up.
                A couple of weeks ago, he
                finally lost his ability to
                maneuver his computer mouse
                with both hands. Myself, and
                his home health aids have been
                helping him check his emails.
                We do the clicking, and he
                reads them. A few days ago,
                the VA finally delivered the
                computer they first began
                promising him a few months
                ago. This high-tech gadget
                has what is called eye-gaze
                technology. He can select
                items on the screen by looking
                at them and blinking. It has
                an on-screen keyboard, so once
                he gets the hang of it (it
                will take some practice and
                patience on his part to get
                the operation of this unit
                down) he will be able to do
                some typing. It has a voice,
                so when he is having a hard
                time being understood, he will
                be able to type in what he
                wants to say (using the
                eye-gaze technology) and then
                it will speak for him. It
                also has touch-screen
                technology as well as a
                wireless mouse and external
                keyboard, but these features
                are useless to him. They do
                come in handy for me when I am
                helping him set it up.
                Because of my blind eye, I
                cannot use the eye-gaze thing.
                My nephew thinks the eye-gaze
                technology is so cool, though.
                Dad says he likes this new
                computer, but has been too
                tired to use it much as of
                yet. I think he needs some
                encouragement to try it. He
                has been experiencing dry eyes
                syndrome, which I read is
                common among ALS patients.
                From what I read one of the
                causes of dry eyes in ALS
                patients is not blinking often
                enough. I am hoping that
                if/when he starts using his
                new computer that his
                blinking-to-click on items on
                his screen will help with dry
                eyes. The only other cause
                for dry eyes listed in the
                literature I read was related
                to ventilators, but he is not
                yet to the stage where he uses
                one of those. Me and my
                brother were talking about it
                last night, and we both
                wondered if it might be
                related to his breathing
                treatments he takes. The
                breathing treatments consist
                of mixing medicine in a vial,
                connecting it to the
                mouthpiece and to a small air
                compressor that is specially
                designed for such things.
                Keep praying for him, and keep
                writing to him, and I'll keep
                reading the letters to him,
                and keep helping him read his
                emails. Once he gets the hang
                of his new computer, he will
                once again be able to read his
                emails all by himself. We are
                trying to encourage him to
                play with it a little each
                day, as practice makes
                perfect. Maybe if some of his
                friends mention it in their
                letters/emails they will get
                through to him better than we
                can. The VA has also
                promised to send him a
                power-wheelchair with
                sip-and-puff technology.
                This is the same type of
                technology the chair
                Christopher Reeves (Superman)
                used. To go forward, Dad will
                blow into a tube, and to go
                backwards, he'll suck on a
                tube (I'm not sure if it's the
                same one, or two different
                tubes, but I think it's two
                different ones). I think
                another tube is involved for
                turning, but I am not yet
                familiar with this technology,
                personally. Dad's looking
                forward to getting his power
                chair so much that when I
                asked if there was anything
                specific he wanted me to write
                about, he said to mention it.



                Some of you have asked how mom
                is doing. She's doing as well
                as can be expected and is
                doing all she can to take care
                of dad. Mornings that I am at
                work, she has to help the home
                health aid get him in the
                bathtub for his bath, and
                administer his morning
                medications. Her and the aids
                take turns cooking his
                breakfast, and mom takes care
                of lunch. I usually cook
                dinner for Mom, Dad, and
                myself, but my sister-in-law
                cooks for them a couple of
                nights a week to give me a
                break. Anyway, Mom is doing
                well, and says hi to everyone.



                Someone wrote back this last
                month and asked about Elrod,
                or "Hotrod the cat." Both
                Elrod, and Elvis (or
                dipplebutt as Dad sometimes
                calls him) are doing well. As
                long as someone feeds them,
                they are happy. Both cats
                still enjoy dad's company.
                Elrod has always been one who
                demanded to be petted and
                cuddled with, but has learned
                to be content with sitting
                under Dad's wheelchair when he
                is sitting on the porch.
                Elvis has always been one of
                those cats who occasionally
                need petting, but is usually
                content to just be in the room
                with someone. This means, he
                has had less adjusting to do.
                Both cats continue to provide
                Dad with company. Dad has
                always been an animal lover,
                and continues to be one.



                Well, I see I wrote more this
                time, than I usually do, so I
                will close for now.



                In Christ,





                Tom W. Smith
              • Dennis Padgett
                Oh please keep us updated and don t feel you wrote to much all the news is needed here. Tell your dad I said hi hope things work out with the new computer and
                Message 7 of 8 , Sep 13, 2010
                  Oh please keep us updated and don't feel you wrote to much all the news is needed here. Tell your dad I said hi hope things work out with the new computer and we'll be chatting shortly

                  Dennis Padgett
                    40 ROUNDS
                   


                  --- On Tue, 9/14/10, william f smith <smids37@...> wrote:

                  From: william f smith <smids37@...>
                  Subject: [8thdivmodern] Update on Smitty
                  To: 588thmaintco@yahoogroups.com, 39THENGINEERBATTALION@yahoogroups.com
                  Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 2:31 AM

                   
                  Dearest Friends,

                  Once again, I thank you for
                  your care, concern, prayers,
                  emails, cards, and letters.
                  Dad has been having good and
                  bad days, as of late. His
                  energy levels seem to have
                  tapered off some more. He is
                  once again taking afternoon
                  naps, and sometimes doesn't
                  want to get back out of bed
                  for dinner. However, the
                  cards, letters, and emails he
                  receives seem to cheer him up.
                  A couple of weeks ago, he
                  finally lost his ability to
                  maneuver his computer mouse
                  with both hands. Myself, and
                  his home health aids have been
                  helping him check his emails.
                  We do the clicking, and he
                  reads them. A few days ago,
                  the VA finally delivered the
                  computer they first began
                  promising him a few months
                  ago. This high-tech gadget
                  has what is called eye-gaze
                  technology. He can select
                  items on the screen by looking
                  at them and blinking. It has
                  an on-screen keyboard, so once
                  he gets the hang of it (it
                  will take some practice and
                  patience on his part to get
                  the operation of this unit
                  down) he will be able to do
                  some typing. It has a voice,
                  so when he is having a hard
                  time being understood, he will
                  be able to type in what he
                  wants to say (using the
                  eye-gaze technology) and then
                  it will speak for him. It
                  also has touch-screen
                  technology as well as a
                  wireless mouse and external
                  keyboard, but these features
                  are useless to him. They do
                  come in handy for me when I am
                  helping him set it up.
                  Because of my blind eye, I
                  cannot use the eye-gaze thing.
                  My nephew thinks the eye-gaze
                  technology is so cool, though.
                  Dad says he likes this new
                  computer, but has been too
                  tired to use it much as of
                  yet. I think he needs some
                  encouragement to try it. He
                  has been experiencing dry eyes
                  syndrome, which I read is
                  common among ALS patients.
                  From what I read one of the
                  causes of dry eyes in ALS
                  patients is not blinking often
                  enough. I am hoping that
                  if/when he starts using his
                  new computer that his
                  blinking-to-click on items on
                  his screen will help with dry
                  eyes. The only other cause
                  for dry eyes listed in the
                  literature I read was related
                  to ventilators, but he is not
                  yet to the stage where he uses
                  one of those. Me and my
                  brother were talking about it
                  last night, and we both
                  wondered if it might be
                  related to his breathing
                  treatments he takes. The
                  breathing treatments consist
                  of mixing medicine in a vial,
                  connecting it to the
                  mouthpiece and to a small air
                  compressor that is specially
                  designed for such things.
                  Keep praying for him, and keep
                  writing to him, and I'll keep
                  reading the letters to him,
                  and keep helping him read his
                  emails. Once he gets the hang
                  of his new computer, he will
                  once again be able to read his
                  emails all by himself. We are
                  trying to encourage him to
                  play with it a little each
                  day, as practice makes
                  perfect. Maybe if some of his
                  friends mention it in their
                  letters/emails they will get
                  through to him better than we
                  can. The VA has also
                  promised to send him a
                  power-wheelchair with
                  sip-and-puff technology.
                  This is the same type of
                  technology the chair
                  Christopher Reeves (Superman)
                  used. To go forward, Dad will
                  blow into a tube, and to go
                  backwards, he'll suck on a
                  tube (I'm not sure if it's the
                  same one, or two different
                  tubes, but I think it's two
                  different ones). I think
                  another tube is involved for
                  turning, but I am not yet
                  familiar with this technology,
                  personally. Dad's looking
                  forward to getting his power
                  chair so much that when I
                  asked if there was anything
                  specific he wanted me to write
                  about, he said to mention it.

                  Some of you have asked how mom
                  is doing. She's doing as well
                  as can be expected and is
                  doing all she can to take care
                  of dad. Mornings that I am at
                  work, she has to help the home
                  health aid get him in the
                  bathtub for his bath, and
                  administer his morning
                  medications. Her and the aids
                  take turns cooking his
                  breakfast, and mom takes care
                  of lunch. I usually cook
                  dinner for Mom, Dad, and
                  myself, but my sister-in-law
                  cooks for them a couple of
                  nights a week to give me a
                  break. Anyway, Mom is doing
                  well, and says hi to everyone.

                  Someone wrote back this last
                  month and asked about Elrod,
                  or "Hotrod the cat." Both
                  Elrod, and Elvis (or
                  dipplebutt as Dad sometimes
                  calls him) are doing well. As
                  long as someone feeds them,
                  they are happy. Both cats
                  still enjoy dad's company.
                  Elrod has always been one who
                  demanded to be petted and
                  cuddled with, but has learned
                  to be content with sitting
                  under Dad's wheelchair when he
                  is sitting on the porch.
                  Elvis has always been one of
                  those cats who occasionally
                  need petting, but is usually
                  content to just be in the room
                  with someone. This means, he
                  has had less adjusting to do.
                  Both cats continue to provide
                  Dad with company. Dad has
                  always been an animal lover,
                  and continues to be one.

                  Well, I see I wrote more this
                  time, than I usually do, so I
                  will close for now.

                  In Christ,

                  Tom W. Smith


                • william f smith
                  Dearest Friends, This evening is the first chance I have had to check Dad s email since Monday night. I am writing to let you know that my brother took Dad to
                  Message 8 of 8 , Sep 19, 2010
                    Dearest Friends,

                    This evening is the first
                    chance I have had to check
                    Dad's email since Monday
                    night. I am writing to let
                    you know that my brother took
                    Dad to the emergency room
                    Tuesday morning and they
                    transferred him to the VA
                    Hospital in Fayettvillle that
                    evening. He had gotten
                    pneumonia. They believe the
                    affects of ALS on his
                    respiratory system led to the
                    contraction of pneumonia. He
                    has pretty much won the battle
                    with pneumonia, but the
                    pneumonia weakened him and led
                    to other symptoms of ALS
                    getting worse. The doctor's
                    recomended that when he leaves
                    the hospital that he be
                    admitted to a nursing home.
                    After discussing it with my
                    brother (who dad had given
                    power of attorney to about a
                    month or so ago), Dad has
                    decided that is his best
                    course of action. There's a
                    really nice Veteran's Home
                    just across the parking lot
                    from the hospital that he is
                    now in. Dad's first choice of
                    nursing homes is a Veteran's
                    home that is about an hours
                    drive from here(half the
                    distance, and in the opposite
                    direction as the VA hospital
                    from us), but they have a
                    waiting list and he is not
                    able to get in there
                    immediatly. He has decided on
                    the one across the parking lot
                    from the hospital for the time
                    being. I doubt he'll be able
                    to recieve emails in the
                    nursing home, but I will do my
                    best to pass along any
                    messages anyone may want to
                    send him. My brother, his
                    wife, my youngest nephew, mom,
                    and myself spent all day
                    visiting him at the hospital,
                    yesterday. Dad seems to be at
                    peace with the decision about
                    the nursing home. He knows
                    that he will get better care
                    there than what we can provide
                    for him here at home. I truly
                    wish we were able to keep him
                    home, but the time has come to
                    accept the fact that it is
                    impossible for us to provide
                    the quality of care he so
                    desperately needs. Please
                    keep him in your prayers.

                    In Christ,

                    Tom W. Smith
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