April Showers bring May Flowers

April 19, 2009

Family and friends,

      I know it has been far too long since the last blog post.  Please accept my humble apologies for not posting since mid-March.  Mariah and I have been keeping busy as usual with the therapies and extracurricular activities.  We have spent the last two Thursdays horseback riding with the therapeutic program offered at nearby Fort Meyer at the Caisson Platoon.  Mariah beamed from atop the white horse “Clyde” last Thursday.  Her grin was actually so wide she could have swallowed Clyde whole had she been hungry enough!  The last week we have had the extreme pleasure of sharing our usual Stephanie Plum novel reading outside in this awesome Spring weather.  Thank God for it, I forget how difficult the winter is on the blues.  It is good timing for spring’s arrival, as I will be heading back to North Carolina in just a few short weeks, and Mariah is anticipating the change-of-care with apprehension and some fear.  Having some sunshine about will hopefully help her pull through the transition.

    The usual continues at the hospital.  Mariah and her physical team are digging at pain management issues to address walking difficulties that concern her knees.  She is going through some more MRI’s and Xrays, and is continuing her Occupational therapy with a current seven-week workbook to help her gain some handwriting abilities.  Recently Mariah and her case manager visited a residential reintegration program in Pennsylvania as a next-step option.  We gave it a thumbs-down due to the isolation that seemed to come with the small number of clients and the location of the program.  Our next step is under way as the Army searches for a battle-buddy for Mariah.  This would be another female soldier rehabilitating here at Walter Reed who can buddy up and assist Mariah; basically a partner system involving assistance, mutuality, and soldier comraderie.  Please send your prayers for this possibility!  

    I would like to give a huge “thank you”  to all our friends and family who continue to pray, to call, to send fan mail and care packages to Mariah, to visit us at the Mologne House, to the old faces who have shown up recently, to the nurses and docs back at McGuire Veterans Hospital who have sent their love and encouragement, and to the beautiful individuals who have shown up to help relieve me in the difficult recent weeks, and very importantly to those people who are stepping forward to companion and help as I take a big step back end of this month.  Thank You!


Love and Light,



6 Responses to “April Showers bring May Flowers”

  1. Nick said

    Hi Mariah,

    I am happy to hear you are doing well. I would love to hear from you!

    – Nick

  2. Beth Browne said

    Hi Clay,

    Look forward to seeing you at Meeting! Had to write to ask you:

    April showers bring May flowers, but what do May flowers bring?

    Answer: Pilgrims!!


  3. Leah said

    Clay, Thanks for the update. I hope you and Mariah are both well and finding your ways. I look forward to seeing you all in the coming months. Stay positive.


  4. Chagit said

    Hi Mariah and Clay,

    You look great as always and have a wonderful smile. I wish you the best in your new and old challenges. Clay, thank you for the updates and your support and care as always. Mariah, I hope that you have found a new buddy to help you along the way and that your spirit and determination are still keeping you looking forward. I think of you often and always with admiration.


  5. Bigjohn said

    Hey Clay, Did you and Mariah check out that place in Charlottesville?
    Ya’ll seem to have fallen off the earth! Give me a jungle sometime Mariah!

  6. Bigjohn said

    jingle ..still cant type LOL

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