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Update July 6, 2005

Dear Friends and Family,

Don’t know about you, but we did not set off a single fire cracker. We spent a relatively quiet long weekend around the house while Tull (and consequently Lucinda) endured the agony of the first few days of yet another run at giving up the ciggs. We didn’t need any other fireworks since we had plenty from Tull’s short fuse! For those of you who don’t know, he had quit for about 6 years prior to plague. Then when he finally was released from the hospital he had just a couple and the rest is recent history. Those of us who have been smokers know that it is incredibly addictive and very hard to kick. Lucinda felt like it was one of the major accomplishments of her life when she quit nearly 13 years ago.

We just realized that we neglected to mention the recent birthday of one of our most saintly friends (we mean that not absolutely in a literal sense). Paul Francis Wonsek just turned a certain age the other day. He has been one of the greatest friends of all time and is certainly one of Lucinda’s oldest friends (and we do mean that literally). HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAUL WONSEK!!!

Love,
John and Lucinda


Ju;y 11, 2005

Dear Friends and Family,

Our hearts are with the people of London at this very tragic time.

More work and less play is making us just a bit dull. John Tull is doing his best to adjust to the full-time schedule. He has a very early beddy-bye time these days and his legs are continuing to give him a little trouble. Many amputees have constant difficulty with residual limbs and we feel very fortunate to have had one helluva great surgeon in New York. Speaking of those sorts of issues, we are planning to attend the Amputee Coalition of America conference in Dallas next month. We’re hoping to get Tull on the board in the near future so that he can do something about not scheduling August conferences in Amazon-like climates.

Lucinda Marker is working hard on her business, the book project (yes, it is still in the works) and trying to shed the EXTRA POUNDS. Thanks Kate and Mary for the encouraging comments.

Who knew there were so many great people born in 1955?? Darla, tell your husband “happy belated birthday”. He’s just a couple of months ahead of Lucinda.


Love,
J&L


July 13, 2005

Dear Friends and Family,

Hey, guess what? The other day John Tull, General Counsel of the Economic Development Department of the State of New Mexico, was appointed by the Secretary of said department to be the EDD representative to the Working Disable Individuals Program Strategic Plan Task Force of the New Mexico Human Services Department. The plan of the Task Force is to increase the number of people with disabilities in competitive employment.

Is that great or what?


Love,

John


July 20, 2005

Dear Friends and Family,

John Tull is still struggling with the old smoking habit. It is truly one powerful addiction. Lucinda has managed to lose a few pounds, but finds that it is much more difficult now that she is quickly approaching the half century mark. A friend at the gym the other day lamented that she had put 3 pounds on during the July 4th holiday and how hard it is to shed now that she has turned 35. HA!! Cry me a river!

We are going to the annual conference for the Amputee Coalition of America next month and will both attend a peer-training seminar. This is a fabulous organization which provides support and education for the ever growing number of amputees in our country.

Tull is being fitted for new sockets for his legs. Male that he is, he has lost weight merely by going back to work. The smallest physical changes can have a great impact on the fit of the prosthesis. We hops he gets taken care of soon as there is a fair amount of discomfort in the meantime.

We are apparently going to set some record temperatures here in Santa Fe today. It may be hot, but we still don’t need AC in our homes here at 7,000 feet. Katy Tull arrives tonight for a visit!

Love,
J&L


July 21, 2005

Dear Friends and Family,

John Tull has an amazing world-is-small story to tell.

But first a little history: When John was in a coma, and it was beginning to look like amputation of his legs was inevitable, a number of doctors, prosthetists, and limb-loss experts got involved. They had heard about our plight and were eager to help.

One person who got involved was Larry Corley, from Columbus, Ohio, who is a proponent of the Ertle Technique.

The Ertle Technique was invented in the 20’s, but had long been out of fashion in the medical world. However, the are many knowledgeable persons in the limb-loss world that believe it is superior to all other amputation techniques. Larry went into action and, along with our good friend and prosthetist Matt Flynn from New York, convinced our vascular surgeon, Dr. Sillain, (the finest vascular surgeon in New York, by the way, lucky for JHT.) to try the Ertle Technique on JHT. It was a great success and John has avoided many residual limb problems that plague (intended) other, less-fortunate amputees.

This week, John was to have his sockets re-fitted and re-made in Santa Fe. An expert was coming from the East to teach John’s Santa Fe prosthetist how to use a state-of-the-art computer-aided-design system to measure and fit John’s new legs.

Who should walk in the door by Larry Corley! Before introductions, he said: “John Tull, you are the luckiest amputee in the world. I knew you, albeit when you were deep in a coma, before you were an amputee!”

He then proceeded to tell me the history recited above, which I never had heard before.

The world is truly small and the Grace of God truly large.

Also keep in your thoughts and prayers Lieutenant Colonel Donnie Quintana. He is a high-ranking member of the Economic Development Department and he and his troops were deployed to Afghanistan yesterday. JHT went to the deployment ceremony and was moved by the determination and patriotism displayed by the crowd of 600 friends and family of the soldiers, including the Governor. Good luck, Donnie, and come back home safely!

Love,

John and Lucinda



July 25, 2005

Dear Friends and Family,

The first case of human plague in Santa Fe County since ours was announced today. John Tull appeared on the news. We hope the very best for the young man who contracted this devastating illness and his family. We understand that he is doing pretty well so far. Take a look at one of the local news sites.

http://www.thenewmexicochannel.com/news/4767544/detail.html

Katy Jane Tull has been visiting since last week and she and John went to Colorado this weekend where they spent time with Trey, Leah and Elli as well as Liza and Brandon. Pics to be posted shortly since we have the more technologically advanced 20 year old with us.

Love to all,
John and Lucinda


July 28, 2005

Dear Friends and Family,

It is so easy to hear a bird. It is so hard to not. Stop. Listen. Look. Drivers ed. Always depend on the kindness of strangers. You can’t take it with you.

Love,
Lucinda and John


July 29, 2005

Dear Friends and Family,

The other day John Tull’s legs hurt so badly that he could not even stand up. We hurried him into the “leg man” who made an adjustment and he could walk again. It is quite incredible what these medical people can do and what a difference in our lives they can make.

Love,
John and Lucinda