To read archived messages from John and Lucinda, click on a month.

Update January 19, 2005

Hi Everyone and Welcome to the New and Improved Site!!

John Tull wanted to post a special update for the grand opening, but he is sick as a dog right now from our trip over the weekend. As much as he continues to improve, he still gets run down more easily than pre-plague.

We will be changing photos and updating sections of this new site in the next few days. In the meantime, please do comment as you see fit.

Love,
Lucinda (and John from his sick bed)


January 20., 2005

HOW MUCH LOVE AND APPRECIATION?


Here is how much John Tull loves and appreciates Lucinda Marker:

Being with him each day of 225 days in the hospital (only took off one day the entire ordeal), is how much he loves and appreciates her;

Driving to and from Santa Fe to Albuquerque, 128 days in a row to be with him in the hospital, is how much he loves and appreciates her;

Fold and load the walker into the car 550 times, is how much he loves and appreciates her;

Get him a drink or food 2,287 times, is how much he loves and appreciates her;

Cheer him on at physical therapy 384 times, is how much he loves and appreciates her;

Love him dearly (and protect him mightily) 790 days since November 5, 2002, is how much he loves and appreciates her;

Load and unload the manual wheelchair into the trunk 340 times (and, not inconsequently, therefore building up huge female muscles), is how much he loves and appreciates her;

Fill his pill-boxes 243 times until he can do it himself, is how much he loves and appreciates her;

Picks his cane off of the floor 186 times after it fell, is how much he loves and appreciates her;

Rubs his residual limbs (that’s what is left of his legs) 2,370 times (even if she is tired or sleepy), is how much he loves and appreciates her;

He loves her, he loves her, he loves her, and he appreciates her. He will love and appreciate her every day until the day he dies. He dearly loves her. He respectfully appreciates her. He kisses her feet.



Update January 24, 2005

Last Friday, starting about 1500 hours, John Tull participated in his first search and rescue mission in over two years (since being felled by the plague).



Mac and Kate Smith and Tom and Chris Pollard (both couples best friends with the Tull-Markers) were out hiking. When they got to the Borrego-Bear Wallow Triangle Trail just above Hyde State Park on the road to the Santa Fe Ski Basin, they encountered glare ice. Kate fell and injured her ankle bad enough that she could not walk.



Mac walked out to the Ranger Station and called, naturally, his friend John Tull. John contacted State Police, got the mission running, and immediately drove to the trailhead. He was the first SAR person there.



Five Atalaya SAR personnel arrived thereafter. The Incident Commander was on the way but had not arrived. The decision was made to commence the carry-out and Tull appointed himself the Operations Section Chief.



The mission went beautifully and we got her out safely about 2015 hours. St. John’s SAR, Santa Fe SAR, and Tom Johnson, FC, also assisted.



It was the third mission in District One for 2005. It was a happy and glorious return to his beloved SAR for JHT.



Afterwards, when he had finished telling the ever-supportive Lucinda about the mission, she said: “In everything you have just told me, there was not one mention of legs. Or lack thereof. You are truly back!”