Thursday, September 20, 2012

It has been so long...

Wow! This morning I woke up at 3am and could not get  back to sleep.  I tried...just seemed to have to much on my mind...as I was looking through face book my mind went back to our blog...I pulled it up and started reading.  It has so much of my life in it...but it is missing so much of this past year.  I just have not had the heart, or the energy to write.  Our life has changed a lot this past year.  All because of one day in Feb...
Feb 11, 2012 Dave and I were driving to a show.  It was one of the few days it was snowing out.  We were driving and all of a sudden Dave says..."Watch out!" and we were hit on my side by a big SUV that thought they could go faster then the 40mph everyone was going on the 219! We were pushed off the road on the left and went down a ravine into the middle of the 219....As I sat thier stunned I looked up and the car that hit us was coming right at us and about to hit me again.... I screamed and leaned towards Dave...he tried to pull me to him...and we waited to be  hit again.  The SUV stopped about a few foot or so away from our car!
Luckily there were people that were emergency fire fighters that came right down to make sure we were ok.  They also called the police for us.  As they asked me if I was ok I knew my life was changed forever.  I was still in shock so I said I was ok...and I would follow up with my doctor... by the next day I was sore...in pain...so I went to the emergency room....Dave started to hurt...so he went... thus starting what our life has been like for the last 7 months....doctors, emergency rooms, xrays, mris, physical therapy, sometimes 5-6n times a week...I had a severe concussion...and hurt my mid back (when I turned to Dave) and Dave had slammed into the drivers side and hurt his shoulders, and he now has three herniated discs...c 5-6 C6-7 and C7T1....we have been on pain meds 24-7 since Feb and also had to take meds for headaches...the migraines with Dave were the worst. He would wake up screaming in pain...the girls and I just came around him and prayed for his help...the neurologist had to give him a shot of pain meds right into his scull and then a four hour infusion (IV) of 5 different meds.  It was scary to say the least. The headaches finally stopped and we were sent home with even more meds...He had to give up his delivering Buffalo News....I could not teach...very frustrating and hard.  I am not sure how we even got all of the bills paid this last year...I am just thankful that God provided for us!
I think the worst part of everything is that we started to gain weight in all of this!  By March we had gained 10 pounds...buy June 20....and then by now we have gained 30 pounds back each...We would see our clothes getting to small on us and we were powerless to do anything.  We were depressed...heart broken....and sooo discouraged.  We started getting depressed...and literally felt like giving it all up...I can't express how sad this has made us...We are more frustrated then you could ever imagine...all of our hard work...gone...
God has been working in us these past few weeks...he has restored our will to try... We are doing our physical therapy regularly and were told we could and should be walking...and do bike riding...and a few things at the gym and our pt exercises as much as possible.  We have been going to the gym and using the treadmill almost every day for the past week...we also are doing all of our physical therapy exercises at the gym too...and starting to get back on track with our eating...(or is it because we have no money for junk food!)  We are eating regular meals and getting on schedule again.... we are feeling stronger then we have in a long time.  I do not know if we have lost anything...but we at least have the will to try...which is more then we have had in the past 5 months....
Please keep us in your prayers...every day is a struggle...but we are starting to fight our way out of it again....the meds we are taking are working....we are still on pain meds...but they don't take away my ability to think....I still get dizzy and fuzzy if I multi task...but I have learned to do one thing at a time and do it well...Dave is still in constant pain and will eventually have to see a specialist about his neck..but he now has the will to try to get better...I know that if we are working as a team we can accomplish anything...I ask for your prayers and support...I am listing our highest weight since the accident so we know where we have gone from there!
Stats (so we are held accountable for what we are doing)
Dave Starting weight-- 380
Dave's starting weight with fawn- 330
Dave's weight last week 252
Dave's weight today- 278
Weight loss for the week- 26 pound gain
Total weight loss with Fawn- was 78 pounds Now..52
Total weight loss- was 128 pounds!!! ALMOST 130 POUNDS!!!!! Now...102

Kathleen's Starting weight-- 270
Kathleen's starting weight with fawn-260
Kathleen's weight last week 198
Kathleen's weight today-228
Weight loss for the week- 30  pound gain
Total weight loss with Fawn- was 62 pounds now 32
Total weight loss-WAS 72 pounds!!! YEAH!!!! Now 42
instead of a 200 pound loss we now only have a 144 pound loss...very discouraging...this is why I have not wanted to write in this blog...but I must...because if I did it before I can do it again...with your help and prayers...
We love you guys...you are what made this all possible..
Dave and Kathleen Jeffers


  1. Welcome back Kathleen :-) Been missing you girl!

  2. You have The tools sweet aunt I'm proud of u! Remember that a huge part of it is what u allow in your body.... U can do anything through Christ who gives you strength and u know what? U don't need me to reach your goals in fact u have had it in you all along! U can get to what you were at and beyond! Love u a whole lot...no more chains fawn

  3. Kathleen, I don't know if you remember me, from Herrickville back in the day...anyway, Tim and I read your blog this morning and wanted you and Dave to know we will be praying for you. I am endeavoring to change my lifestyle, too. You can do it, because you did it before. You didn't stop, an accident happened. You seem now ready to rise above it. You go girl!

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