Just Updates #8: Admitted

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 02-04-2014 01:52 PM 1961 reads 0 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Brothers, Sisters, Friends,

I am in the hospital, and that is why I have been dormant. Super Bowl Sunday was not just painful for the Broncos and their fans. I went to church hurting and had to leave half way through the service the pain was just to much to bear. I went home and took some heavy medication and started to feel better. I was feeling so much better that I decided to go to my outlaws for the Super Bowl party. Upon arrival I was super hungry smelling all the food my father-in-law cooked up. So I decided to eat about 6 chicken hot wings and a big slice of a super sub sandwich. A quarter of the way through the sandwich everything turned around and came back up and I could not stop! The pain came roaring back! So my wife took me to the ER and I was admitted within an couple of hours.

So far I have had a battery of tests and all they have found is some erosion in my stomach with a camera. They do not believe that is causing this level of pain and nausea. I am getting a nuclear tests this morning to check my gallbladder and liver. If those are negative then its on to a colonoscopy, if negative, then they are talking about an exploratory laporatomy or a surgery where they open my belly up and look around.

Before Sunday, I was getting ready to post this.

It is not finished yet! But I do know I want to leave the scalloped look! It proof it is had made:). The wood is Crab Apple that my mother and father planted before I was born! I have saved some of the limbs as my brother was pruning it up a few years ago. I resawed it right away and so it sat waiting, whispering to me!

My beautiful and awesome wife is letting my use my carving knives to carve while I sitting idle and hurting on the couch. Brother Shipwright (Paul) is so right! It really helps me focus off my pain. I am using a small set of knives that Mr. Paul Jones of as well as a small spoke shave from Mike and Karyn de Punte’ of . Both sent the tools to me back when I was in the hospital and being treated for my brain injury in the Army. (Let me say right here, both of these tool makers produce the finest carving tools I have ever held and carved with! I cannot wait to get my hands working with a fuller arsenal of their tools!) I wanted to include a photo of the knives and shave as they are so darn beautiful but alas I am stuck here, so you all will have to be patient along with me:). I want to get some small scorps and bent knives to assist in hollowing the spoons. But as all of you can testify and identify one bill at a time:).

Ok, I am getting tired. I am on dilaudid and phenergan but soon I cannot have any more pain control since it results of the test. Yeah, 12 hours cold turkey!

Its all good, I have been through worse…nothing even compares to the headaches!!

Good news is Theresa is improving in leaps and bounds! Thank you all for your prayers! Getting the diagnosis and proper meds has really turned things around. God is good! She still get tired, but man, is she even more beautiful than she has ever been!!

I will update you all again when I can. Please, PLEASE, do not be offended if I do not respond to comments or emails. I don’t have the energy I normally have. But PLEASE still comment if you feel lead, you have all lifted my spirit!

Your Friend,


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#1 posted 02-04-2014 02:50 PM

Hope you are feeling better soon.

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#2 posted 02-04-2014 02:55 PM

Hi Nate, Thanks for the update, and of course, Godspeed as you travel this road. We have no guarantees, but you look too young to be enduring all these health issues. BTW, kudos re your work on the spoons. Very nice.

-- Drilling holes in wood is a boring job

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#3 posted 02-04-2014 02:58 PM

Hang in there. From what youʻre describing, I think you really need to find a specialist that has seen this condition before. Ever thought of writing to the Itʻs the DOCTORS show on ABC. Describe your history and they may hook you up with a really good specialist. Good luck

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#4 posted 02-04-2014 03:12 PM

thanks for the update nate

i pray they figure this out soon

sound like you need to know your chickens
before you eat them
you never know what roads they may have crossed

good news on theresa too
glad she is doing better

i don’t know how you did such a nice job on that spoon
with a screwdriver
i haven’t managed that level of carving with any tool
but what do i know
i’m still learning

you two take care

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 02-04-2014 03:22 PM

Keep a positive attitude. Hope you are back in the shop soon.

-- Dave K.

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Nate Meadows

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#6 posted 02-04-2014 03:29 PM

ratchet- Thank you very much

pop- yes I am to young! War does that unfortunately…War, Stress and Time. Thank you for your kind words!

tyvek- I definitely do not want to be part of a TV show! Not for me. I like being in the shadows. As for a specialist, I saw one yesterday. He is the one who did the test on my stomach and found the erosions. Now he wants these other two tests before a colonoscopy. Thank you though for your concern, I know you are coming from a very kind place and that it is heart felt. Seriously, Thank you!

David- you have a way with words!:) Thanks for the encouragement, and as for the spoon…It was not a screwdriver crazy:) Knives, carving knives. You underestimate yourself! You could do it. You have a great eye for creativity!


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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Nate Meadows

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#7 posted 02-04-2014 03:30 PM

sgmdwk- thank you very much. I am working on keeping it up. I will not lie, it gets difficult at times, but you all really help so very much!


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#8 posted 02-04-2014 03:36 PM

Thank you for keeping us posted, we too are thankful that Theresa is feeling and doing so much better.
We are praying that your doctors figure out something to help you get this under control and on your way to recovery.
The mind is a powerful healer, keep carving and creating and let God handle the rest.
Lord when things are difficult, lead me to Your word and remind me, You are in controll.

Best Regards to you and your family. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#9 posted 02-04-2014 03:47 PM

Prayers for you getting better and quick!

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Kaleb the Swede

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#10 posted 02-04-2014 04:38 PM

Nate great to hear your wife is doing well. Feel better man, focus on the good things, and when you can make some sawdust. We are still praying for you

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#11 posted 02-04-2014 06:50 PM

Praying for you Nate. Thanks for the updates and your positive spirit is inspiring!

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#12 posted 02-04-2014 07:00 PM

Our prayers are with you Nate, Hang in there, this too shall pass.
Great looking spoon, as soon as you heal up use it to stir up a batch of home made chili … or maybe stew.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#13 posted 02-04-2014 07:06 PM

I’m so sorry for your pain Nate. Praying you will be well soon, you have so much going for you, a wife and family who loves you and so much talent. Let the docs and God do their things a get well.

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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#14 posted 02-04-2014 07:53 PM

Get plenty of rest and get well soon, Nate.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#15 posted 02-04-2014 08:04 PM

Prayers to both of you, hope you find some more answers. Treatment is always better than wondering. Good luck

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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