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November 1, 2005

Dear Friends and Family,

It was three years ago today that we got on a plane to fly to New York for our business trip which was to be combined with much merriment. Had anyone said “you may think you’re going to New York for a fun week, but what will really happen is that you will both end up in the hospital with the plague, John will be critically ill and nearly die, he will have to lose both legs below the knee to save his life while he is in a coma and then he will remain hospitalized for three months after which you will fly by air-ambulance to Albuquerque where he will continue to be hospitalized for another 5 months and then spend many months in painful rehabilitation” we both think we might have just asked to be put down right then and there.

You never, never, never know what life has in store for you. And it turns out that you can tough it out through things that you would imagine would knock you to the dirt.

John Tull gets up cheerfully each morning, winces a bit when he has to put on his cold legs and then proceeds to walk through the house whistling and bidding each of our critters by their respective names with a bubbly “good morning”. He happily goes off to his wonderful, but quite demanding job and returns in the evening just as happily. Who would have ever imagined such a thing three years ago on about November 6? Quite frankly, no one could have imagined it.

Other than bordering on space cadet status, Lucinda is doing alright herself. Her doctor has advised that she go away by herself for a weekend each quarter or so for restorative purposes. And that she will do.

Love to all,
J&L


November 9, 2005

Dear Friends and Family,

November seems to often bring challenges. Lucinda’s Grandmother Dorothy had another fall in her apartment on Sunday and has been in the hospital since then. Amazingly, she did not break anything but is in a great deal of pain. She is being moved to a nursing home in Englewood, Ohio today where she will hopefully rehabilitate. She is still as sharp as she can be with her 97th birthday approaching in February.

John Tull is still working VERY hard and his legs have been hanging tough as of late. If only his will to not smoke was as tough. They do say that you should never quit quitting and that’s how we are looking at this particular problem.

In the meantime, he took a longer ride on a recumbent bike over the weekend and is now hot to buy one himself. He said riding it has been the most fun he’s had in three years!


Love,
Lucinda and John


November 12, 2005

Dear Friends and Family,

Lucinda may need to make an emergency trip back to Ohio to see about her grandmother. It appears that she may have been “released” from the hospital just a wee bit before she was medically ready.

We’re gonna need to do something to fix this situation before the boomers all get old.


Love,
Lucinda and John


November15, 2005

Dear Friends and Family,

Take a look at a couple of new photos under “Recent Photos”. We all went for a little bike ride here in the neighborhood and Lucinda’s sister loaned Tull the “trike” again. He is hot on getting one for a Christmas present NOW. He did very well on it and it is no doubt a possible great form of exercise for him.

In case any of you were puzzled by the letter from our dog Puck, we shall explain. The local newspaper The Santa Fe New Mexican recently ran a very informative article on the plague where they discussed our story a great deal and included a very good photo of us sitting on our portal with our dog Puck, but they failed to mention him by name. Those of you who know him know that Puck is not lacking ego and so he wrote a short letter to the editor setting them straight. It was very forward thinking of them to publish a letter written by a dog and they entitled it “Woof”.

Thank you Darla for checking in on Lucinda’s grandmother. It is so hard having someone sick in any sort of institution when one is far away. Lucinda will get back there soon.

Love,
John and Lucinda


November 18, 2005

Dear Friends and Family,

Our love, thoughts and prayers go to Father Bill Easter and family upon the loss of Kathryn Easter this morning. Bill and Kathryn were active in their support on the website in the early days and then very kind and caring during our time in the hospital in Albuquerque. We shall not forget their ever cheery presence with gifts of balloons, root beers and lovely barbeques brought in picnic baskets with perfectly coordinated silverware. Peace to you both Bill and Kathryn and thank you for being there for us. We shall miss the kind and lovely Kathryn and we hope to be here for Bill in any way we can.
Love.
J&L


November 26, 2005

Dear Friends and Family,

A belated Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. We have more to be grateful for this year than we can say. Sadly, we did not spend this one together as Lucinda made a last minute decision to go to Dayton to see her ailing grandmother. It was the right decision, but Tull and Marker do love spending their holidays together. Grandmother Dorothy Leyland is showing her nearly 97 years of age for the first time ever. It is difficult to see this very lively and independent woman in her current state, but we are all grateful for all of the very healthy years she has had. She had been sent back to the hospital just the other day and that is where she was when Lucinda headed back to Ohio.

John Tull spent Thanksgiving with a group of some of our oldest and dearest friends. He had a great time. And the really big news is that he got his much coveted recumbent bike (called a Tadpole) and he went out riding all by himself 4 different times while Lucinda was away!!! This is a very good thing.

Michell Bond!!! How good to hear from you! We have thought of you often and wondered how you fared with Hurricane Katrina. Brenda, sounds like a great Thanksgiving at your house!




Love.
J&L