Monthly Archives: January 2016

Sunday, January 31st, 2016 blog post

Breakfast with mom and Jack.

I took off walking and jogging shortly after eating and covered a few miles. Went out twice. Ran in the woods for a bit.

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This is just outside of Roberta and a few feet off of U. S. Highway 80

Later in the day the weather began changing. Here is proof.

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Took this picture while sitting in moms yard

My nephew and I chatted outside and we noticed the clouds drifting in.

This has been and continues to be a good day.

Jack Fussell

Could this be a note from a caregiver?

I am fabricating this from words that have been said to me by caregivers, about their family.

Dear sister, I love you and I need your help. As you know, mom has alzheimers disease, and she has to be watched 24 hours a day. I have done that for over two years, alone.

When I asked you to help, you said you could not stand to see “your mom”, this way. You asked me not to tell you about the violent outbursts she has when I am cleaning her up, due to her incontinence.

Sis, I need your help. I need you to see her this way. I not only need you to let me speak of the horrors of this disease, but also witness them.

I need your help sis. I love you.

Ernie

It’s very inspiring to me that he is still running at age 92.

How awesome it is that at age 92, he still has big dreams.

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Search for his name using Google.

“Ernie Andrus”

Ahh – Peaker called from Arizona

This guy is amazing. He don’t much care about racing. He has parked his truck all over the Mojave National Preserve and ran everywhere. We met on the phone and then in person. He reminds me of some surfer types I knew. I kid you not, this man lives to run long distance. He is fun to listen to.

Saturday, January 30th, blog post

Beautiful day, all day long. Lots of blue sky and just right cool temperatures.

Went out for two runs. Felt good. I feel good. I came upon an awesome couple. The man thanked me for my service.

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Ran a little in a pecan orchard. The mud was awesome. Slid around a bit.

Pictures from the run today.

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Good things come slow, especially in distance running.”
Coach Bill Dellinger

Things are good !

Jack Fussell

Fauja Singh

This morning, a friend sent me a story about Fauja Singh. I appreciate folks sending me stories like this. If you would like to know more about him, try Google. This man is an inspiring runner.
Thank you Bill.
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alzheimers research and a water leak

If you have a big leak in your home, you may have to call someone to fix the leak and call someone to fix what the leak has done

when we have a big disease, we have to call someone to stop the disease and call someone to help folks that already have it

Friend of mine had cancer. The nauseousness she felt after each treatment was intolerable. She is so thankful for the pharmaceutical company that manufactured the medication that controlled it. She said it changed her life.

From the National Institute on Aging – Richard Hodes

Speaking of the increase in funds for alzheimers research.

“This is a time of tremendous scientific opportunity

I applaud the bipartisan support for NIH and biomedical research, and want particularly to thank the leadership of the House and Senate who made this increase possible. We also are deeply appreciative of the efforts of the aging research community and the many stakeholder organizations that have worked with unrelenting dedication to bring the issue of our country’s—and indeed the world’s—aging population and the particular challenges and opportunities of Alzheimer’s disease research to the attention of our nation’s leaders. As NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins noted, this investment in NIH comes at the right time to take advantage of opportunities to improve human health, powered by advances in scientific knowledge and technological innovation.”

Richard Hodes, Director, National Institute on Aging.

https://www.nia.nih.gov/research/blog/2016/01/encouraging-start-new-year

he fell again this morning . . . . .

his pain has been so intense when he walks, that he has stopped trying. The muscles in his legs are weak because of this. The hopes are the pain pump will make it bearable for him to walk again. He will have to go through therapy to regain strength. He is trying as hard as anyone I have ever known, to deal with the cards he has been dealt. He fell this morning and mom and I got him up. Good to be here for mom and her husband.

another old story from 2013

This story was told to me on Highway 72, a little west of Scottsboro, Alabama. She stopped about 100 yards in front of me. She wore a baseball cap. She told me of being the full time caregiver for her ex – mother in law. She said it was wearing her down. She was tired. She looked at me and said “to top it all off Jack, I have stage 4 lung cancer” She pulled of her cap to expose her bald head and she began to cry.