Vickie and Ken
have been married for 16 wonderful years (17 years July 25
of this year). We were both previously married, and
Vickie has a daughter (Melonie), from that marriage.
Melonie and Ken are very close, so that is like he has a
Ken and Vickie have a granddaughter named Samantha who will
be 10 years old this May, as well as well as a grandson
named Colby, and another granddaughter who is 18 1/2 years
old named Kelsie. Vickie and Ken met in church, and try and
keep the Lord first in their lives.
a Chiari Malformation, which causes problems all over your
body because it effects the tonsils of the brain and the
brain stem. She had brain surgery in 1991
to decompress the malformation. The brain stem controls
about every part of your body, even down to your breathing.
She has had 6 major surgeries in the past 6 years for
various major problems, one surgery was to replace a
vertebrae in her neck with a donor vertebrae, it had also
effected her spinal cord causing more neurological
Vickie had a stroke when she was only two years old, her mom
was told she would never come out of the coma and if she did
she would just be a vegetable, doctors don't know
everything! MANY of the neurological problems from her
compressed brain stem are now causing problems.
She is very
weak, tired and off balance, she has fallen two times in the
past weeks, she had to pull herself to the phone and pull it
down to call me. Both times she fell I had to come home to
help her off the floor. The last fall hurt her bad, she had
severe bruises and was so sore even her strong pain meds.
did not help. She has Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
and fibromyalgia also. She has been having periods where she
can't breath, just walking to the bathroom makes her so out
of breath you would have thought she had run the Boston
She went to a Cardiologist for an Echo Cardiogram
and Stress test but it didn't show a thing even though her
oxygen level was as low as 90 during rest. We went today
for a CAT Scan on her lungs and I don't think they found
anything, so the breathing problem is still a mystery.
I could just go on and on
because this has just touched on some of the things. This
lady has really been through some very serious medical
problems all her life. For someone who has gone, and still
going through so much she still keeps smiling, laughing and
joking around with me even though I know she is in pain.
Vickie gets her strength from the Lord, if she didn't I am
not sure she would still be with us.