Saturday, January 17, 2009

Just stopping by...

I thought I would stop by and sat Hi.
No news today... that is good news.

Real good news!

Okay, now a bomb you with youtube videos... but I'll give you a break.
I'm going to give World of Warcarft a chance to kick my butt.

That should be fun.

Okay I'm going...
Do something good for a change... (just kidding)
Buy something...

Good by....

Friday, January 16, 2009

AVM News...

‘I Will Live My Life In My Chair The Same Way I Lived Life With Legs’
Community Unites Behind United Way Director Recovering From Spinal Surgery, Dealing With Paralysis

By Luther Johnson

The tree had just been put up.

But before the decorations could be added, the pain in Jackie Hall's back worsened.

The spasms began to immobilize her, and within a few minutes she couldn't move from the waist down. Her husband Jarrett helped her get to the couch and called for an ambulance.

She soon lost feeling in her legs.

Hall was flown to Winchester. After an initial MRI, doctors explained what had caused her back problems.

The pains and spasms were the result of an Arterio-Venous Malformation, an abnormal collection of blood vessels. The AVM disrupted the blood flow, causing pressure against her spinal chord.

A small portion of the population, about 5 percent, are born with an AVM, with those diagnosed usually found in the neck or head.

“By those standards, I am very fortunate mine presented between my shoulder blades, which left me with my arm function,” said Hall.

Weeks prior to that life-changing day, Hall had felt pains in her back. Both her and her doctor initially believed it to be a back spasm or pulled muscle.

Surgery was scheduled to clean out the AVM, which had formed a blood clot that burst against her spine.

“From the way it started six weeks prior, I never would have thought it was that serious,” said Hall.

After the first surgery, another MRI showed her spinal chord had been severely pinched, and that chances of her walking again were slim. Doctors went in for a second surgery to repair the damage.

Facing the possibility of not walking, Hall decided to accept whatever happened.

“I said to myself, okay God, if I wake up and still can’t walk, I’m going to be okay with that,” said Hall.

Accustomed to an active life, the former executive director of the United Way of Page County said this brought everything to a screeching halt. However, with two children, her family motivates her to keep going, and not get bitter.

“When you have a family, I think that would have been the poorest example I could have set,” said Hall.

Her kids have also come to accept what happened.

“[My daughter] didn't even blink an eye,” Hall said of her 4 year old.

But it was harder for her 16-month-old son to understand.

“Jeb thinks you're a monster,“ her daughter Evelyn said.

Previously confined to a bed at the University of Virginia Medical Center, with her body wrapped to help maintain her blood pressure, Hall said she understood why her son would have that reaction.

“You look so different in that setting; it was harder for him,” said Hall, adding that since being back home, she and her son are doing great.

Throughout the time Hall recounts what happened to her, she remains upbeat and positive. The only time she seems to break down is when she recalls the support shown by the community, family and friends.

“It’s beyond overwhelming,” said Hall. “You’re never used to being on the receiving end of that.”

Friends of Hall have been working this month to organize fundraisers.

“Everyone is just doing anything and everything we can to help them,” said Heather Sours.

Sours has known Hall since high school. They both worked together as tour guides at Luray Caverns.

“It’s the kind of need none of us understand,” said Sours, “and almost everyone is willing to help.”

Those that know Hall, or know of her family, have been discussing ways to help, Sours said.

A benefit dance and auction is being held Saturday, Jan. 31 to help raise funds for Hall’s medical expenses. The night will consist of a dance, an auction of bachelors, “Handy Husbands for Hire” and other items, with tickets going for $10.

Friends have also started a “Help us turn $10 into $10,000” campaign, with an account set at Pioneer Bank.

“I know there are at least a 1,000 good people in Page County willing to help this family,” said Sue Turner.

For Hall, the next step will be more physical therapy. She plans to learn to drive and remain an active United Way board member.

“I still have my mind; I still can contribute,” Hall said. “I will live my life in my chair the same way I lived life with legs.”

Thursday, January 15, 2009

No News for YOU!

That's right! No News 4 YOU!
AVMs appear to be waiting.
I wish everyone could get a test to let you know.

Unfortunately it takes a pop to get there attention. (mostly) And most of the people end up dead... or like me... hand palatalized... hell most of my right side is palatalized.
And I can't type.
Sure it looks like it...but thanks to spell checker I get by.

Oh wekk... back to suffering (oops I meant surfing, see what I mean)
Okay lets give you some youtube...

60's Music: "War Games" by The Monkees

the monkees last train to clarksville

Monkees - What Am I Doing Hangin' Round?

The Monkees - Star Collecter

Cuddly Toy [The Monkees Season 2]

do me a favor... buy something.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Well good news... no avm news to report!

That's it...
ah hell a little youtube.

Spooky photo proves life on Mars?

UFOTV: Life On MARS-New Scientific Evidence

UFOs & Area 51 Exposed - Bullet Version

Now that is that... good by.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A sad day...

Baby Nathan

It is with such sadness that I post this blog today. Baby Nathan Andaya, our little miracle baby lost his battle to the AVM yesterday. He was a inspiration to our entire AVM family and we are all devestated to hear this news. Of course, his parents Jaimee and TJ are feeling the loss in ways that I could never imagine.

Please keep their family in your thoughts and prayers. And think of little Nathan, the battle that he waged and how hard he fought. What a little trooper he was!!!


Jaimee's posting on

Dear friends..

I am writing this with a heavy heart to inform you all that Nathan has finally gone to be with the Lord. He passed away in me and Tj's arms January 11th,2009 @ 5:45am. CT scan revealed that he had a new bleed within the ventricles.

I just wanted to take the time to thank you all for praying for Nathan since the very beginning. I plan on starting some kind of fundraiser for Nathan..the money earned will go to a foundation that is doing research on AVMs. I will post again sometime in the future for details.

Thank you again for all that you have done for us. God bless you all

- Tj & Jaimee Andaya

A truly sad day...
You can try to get a hold of them through the AVM site.
I am truly sorry...

okay gotta go... see ya.

Monday, January 12, 2009

No News...

Thar is nothing new in the old AVM health sector. (Nore my spelling)
You got lucky yesterday... no luck for you today!
youtube you go...
Real Ghost Footage

oooo scary!
Ovni en México (CG ufo)

Wow you got editors ....

okay thats it.... Gotta go... but first

Now I bid you adue!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

more news...

Psyc... there ain't any news... other than I am tired... very tired.

So good bye...