Saturday, July 25, 2009

Hey there! This is Sherry - Arla's sister reporting in on Saturday 25 July 2009.

Arla was feeling a little better so we brought her home late yesterday afternoon from the Tampa VA Hospital. We got to her house a little after 6 PM and she was whipped. She had a rough time with the trip because she could feel every dip and bump in the road, even if I couldn't. We got onto I-95 South and were at a 'stop and go' pace for about 4 miles; there was an accident with a rollover vehicle in the Northbound direction so we had the gawkers in our lane heading south. Once we finally got past that accident, we flew down I-95 south for the last 30 miles or so of our 148 mile trip. She had a rough night since she was in pain and just couldn't get comfortable.

This morning I picked up Reina and Chyla(Arla's dogs) and took them back home because Arla missed her babies. Brad is still there, until I take him to the airport tomorrow morning, so he is keeping a close eye on Arla and the 'girls'. They are so used to being able to jump up and sit with her on the couch, or in the chair and they don't know why they can't do that just yet. I wish I could explain that their mommy is not feeling well and they have to wait a while for her to heal.

Ferell and I just walked over a little bit ago and checked in on them. Brad and Arla are watching a movie I gave them, so they are relaxing right now. She says she is still very sore and will probably be taking another pain pill soon. She's trying not to take too many pills, but she still needs to be able to manage the pain at the same time.

Arla just called and asked if we wanted to go out to dinner since it was Brad's last night in town. We said yes, so we will pick them up and go to the Texas Roadhouse so they can all have a nice steak. Brad is helping her right now - clean up a little and washing her hair (you know how she is about her hair - SMILE), so she is definitely on the road to recovery!!


  1. How wonderful that she is feeling well enought to go to dinner! Enjoy!

  2. I'm so glad to hear she is home and sore, but feeling better..even good enough to go out to dinner. Gosh I love her attitude about all of this and she isn't gonna let it get in the way of ANYTHNG. YOU GO the say - You've got something coming to you soon, but I have to get your address, something I want to send you. Actually Phillip bought it with you in mind. I'll email you to get your address. He bought me one too and I love it. When you get yours, you'll understand why.

    Tell Brad I'm so very proud of him. He and Kyle both are WONDERFUL people and the BEST sons ever. Thank Brad for me again for calling me the day of your surgery and letting me know how everything was. I miss those kids bunches...and miss you Arla even more.

    Love you,

  3. All our prayers have been answered! Now your on your way to healing. I was so excited when Ferell called and gave us the great news, all had gone well and the cancer had not spread. We love you my friend. I have a few words of wisdom here for you. " Today is the first day of the rest of your life" is a bit portentous; I hope you'll perfer to wake up to five-card draw poker. Each morning, a new hand; some days, junk; some days, a full house; and every day, the challenge of playing that hand to win. God Bless you Arla life is a gamble so we must always play our hands to win. May you be dealt a hand full of Ace's!!! Jeri and Betsy