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4 September 2012

Getting back into the swing

Dear Everyone.

It seems like an age since I wrote my Temptation to Spend post last Tuesday. Little did I know what was about to unfold. Hanno's accident was shocking and frightening for us both but we got through it together and we feel like we have a new beginning.  Before I go on, Hanno has asked me to pass on his sincere thanks to everyone who sent a message. He said he was humbled that so many took the time to let us know you were thinking of us and praying for us. I thank you too. It was pretty grim bringing Hanno back home after his stay in hospital to see where it all happened again. The memory of it came flooding back and it was quite upsetting. Having all those messages of love and hope to show him lifted our spirits and got us back on track again. So, thank you, friends, even though a mere thank you doesn't seem to cover the appreciation we both feel. To tell you the truth, we both feel loved.

 The first run through the garden with Opa after sitting in the car for two hours.

Hanno said he thinks his accident happened because he knew the chain was a bit loose at the end of the work he was doing last Wednesday. He'd chopped what he needed to chop and the final thing he did was to cut a long thick vine that was hanging down. It got caught on the loose chain and that was that. He should have not continued, he should have stopped, tightened the chain and continued on another day. He is very lucky he's still alive to tell that tale. He also said he would never use the chain saw if I wasn't here, and if you use one, or someone in your family does, they should always have someone within calling distance in case they need help.



One thing really struck me when I got to the hospital and was waiting to go into the ER to see Hanno - I was definitely not prepared for an emergency. Oh yes, I had a stockpile and freezer full of food and a backyard capable of feeding us but there were so many things I didn't have. I had a mobile phone, but it was barely charged. I had to quickly phone the kids and I couldn't stay on the line to reassure them. That had to wait until I got home. I didn't have up-to-date phone numbers in the phone memory. I had Jens's old mobile number. The car had almost no petrol in the tank. I had to fill up driving home in the dark after I left Hanno at the hospital. It really taught me a lesson, but a lesson too late to help me through that crisis. I have promised myself to always be better prepared in the future.

Kerry did a few jobs while he was here so Hanno can relax. He watched from the sideline though.


So when the dust finally settled, Hanno had severed his radial artery and the tendons going to his thumb, there was ligament damage and the muscle was sliced right down to the bone from the base of the thumb right up to about a quarter of his arm. He also damaged his index finger and that is sutured along its length. And yet even with all that I can truthfully say he was so lucky. He was a fraction away from death, and he knows it. There are so many things he can't do now. He isn't allowed to use his arm and hand for 6 - 8 weeks but he's starting occupational therapy today, so at least he's on the road to recovery. I'll have to stay close by him for the next month or so. There is no way he can look after himself apart from making a cup of tea or pouring a glass of water. It's going to be a busy few weeks ahead for me but I'm a tough old bird and I'm sure we'll get through it.

Harvesting fresh vegetables with mummy.

Putting them in the delivery truck.

It's okay, Opa, I'll drive.

This crisis has really shown me the power of the family. The kids were on the phone constantly after the accident and Jens and Cathy came over on the weekend after he came home. Shane and Sarndra called repeatedly. Kerry and Sunny came up yesterday and stayed overnight and of course, Jamie was here with them. Watching him get out of the car when he arrived and take Hanno's finger to walk with him through the garden boosted Hanno's morale more than anything else could have. Hanno has some important work with those two grandsons and as Kerry said, we need him here for a long time.

In the next few days I'll be busy in the kitchen making yoghurt and tomato relish, pickling beetroot and making up a couple of batches of soap. I'll take you along with me if you care for a journey into the kitchen. Oh and BTW, Aldi has Australian crushed tomatoes in big tins - almost 3 kgs, for $2.95. I bought two cans to use for the relish but I want to go back and get a few more cans to have in the stockpile cupboard - I didn't have the strength for them today.

See you tomorrow.

114 comments:

  1. Best wishes from Canada! I'm a long time reader of your blog but don't comment too often.

    I've been reading about Hanno's terrible accident and both of you have been on my mind the past few days. I hope Hanno has a quick recovery and will keep you both in my prayers.

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  2. I'm so glad to hear that things are going well. It brought tears to my eyes. It's good to see Hanno up and about. I know from experience that husbands aren't always the best patients. ;)
    He looks as though his color has came back and his strenth is returning.

    I'm glad your family was able to come after you returned home. I'm sure that brought you great comfort. After your ordeal, you needed it.

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  3. Glad things are going reasonably well. We too have a policy of no chain saw (which I suspect doesn't always happen) and no climbing when alone.
    JillN, Laidley

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  4. So THRILLED to hear that life is settling down now... what a wonderful family you have to be there for you in a time of crisis :) Wish we could be, too... XO

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  5. I'm so glad Hanno is home and on the mend. How scary!! And I thought about him this a.m.

    as I grabbed the chainsaw

    to trim out a tree and some bushes for the repairmen this week. I don't often use a chainsaw and was especially careful with what I was doing.


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  6. I've been thinking of you and Hanno and your family. Glad to hear Hanno is home now and you have the love and support you need (and the sweetest grandbaby garden helper!).

    Also, good reminder regarding emergency preparedness. xo

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  7. I am so, so glad that Hanno was this lucky.
    You two are definately lovec and although it is unlikely that we will ever meet in person, as I live in the netherlands (litterally the other side of the world) I can honestly say that you are part of my life and I am glad for it.
    You are such a strong person, and you and your wonderful family will pull through.

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  8. Rhonda,

    So glad Hanno is on the mend. I agree with what Kerry said that you all need him for a long time yet. Those little boys need their Opa!

    Praying for a good recovery!
    Deanna

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  9. Sooo very glad that Hanno is doing well. You both will be in my thoughts in the coming days. Please be careful and take care, you both would be missed!

    Coleen

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  10. So good to see the injured soldier back home, in his element, where he should be. As Kerry said, he is needed for a long while yet. Make sure he rests and takes things easy now. Being an Opa requires strenth. Those grand kids will need him to walk with them through the garden.

    Lots of love and hugs from across the big pond.
    Best wishes to you both. Sarina xxxxx

    P.S. I`m to be a grandma in March 2013, and do look forward to it very much.

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  11. Hi Rhonda,

    Soooo glad Hanno and you are home now. As you say, Hanno is very lucky to be alive. With your sons' and your good help, he's on the road to recovery for sure.

    I've been just about tearing up thinking about Hanno's and your experience as it reminds me so much of the horrible accident my husband had on May 15, 1990. Long story, short...he was involved in an auto accident and had head, spinal cord, and hand injuries, plus 2nd and 3rd degree burns on his back. Without a doubt the support we had from family and friends kept me sane throughout the more than a year Jimmie was out of work. Even now there are some disabilities that he deals with on a daily basis and our family and friends have been steadfast, just like your sons and their wives will be if needed. And you know what else? The tough old birds that he and I are carries us through the rough times and I do believe we are more bonded than ever I would have thought possible before the accident. There is a strength deep within many of us that shows itself in the face of a desperate situation. I sense that you and Hanno have that same kind of strength, too.

    On another note, I also need to update my telphone numbers and to make sure that Jimmie doesn't use the chainsaw unless I'm around...he's pretty stubborn. I'm afraid I've gotten kind of lax in the "being prepared for emergencies" department and I thank you for the reminder.

    I love your last three words and I'll be seeing you tomorrow, too.

    Love from Diane in North Carolina

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  12. I'm so glad he's home and out in the garden. You'll have a busy month looking after him, but soon that'll be behind you both and life will go on. That first photo was lovely!

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  13. So pleased to see Hanno back home with you all.

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  14. You both ARE loved!

    Love from Holland

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  15. I'm glad to see Hanno home safe and looking well. Don't you over do it Rhonda.
    Family is important.

    Sam

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  16. Hi rhonda,
    beautiful photos of Jamie :) Hanno looks fighting fit as well.
    One thing to consider if he's lost a lot of blood. Ask your doctor about having his iron levels checked soon. I ended up with CFS after the birth of my 2nd baby, as the hospital was low on blood for a transfusion so decided not too give me one.
    Great to see you back.

    Warmest regards, Madeleine

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  17. just read about Hanno...so thankful to hear he is okay. praying for a complete recovery!

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  18. I'm so happy to see Hanno home where he belongs with you and your family :) Barb.

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  19. It just goes to show none of us know what's round the next bend, which is probably just as well! You have done wonderfully well and yet you are still humble enough and wise enough to see where you could have done better and to count your many blessings. Very best wishes to Hanno from England - may he heal miraculously and may you have all the strength you need in the coming weeks. Carolyn

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  20. It is so good to see that Hanno is on the mend. I have read your blog for quite some time, but until Hanno's accident I hadn't posted a comment. You are both such an inspiration and it is so lovely to see pictures of your family rallying around you. Linda xxx

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  21. Thank goodness you can start the work of getting back to normality. What a nightmare! Hanno looks different without his glasses btw. Take care.

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  22. So glad to see Hanno back home. May his recovery be swift. Now that he's home with your TLC, he'll be recuperating faster.

    Love and hugs to both of you,
    FlowerLady

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  23. glad that Hanno is home and that the future is looking promising!

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  24. It's good to see Hanno out and about in the garden. Wishing you both the very best and him a quick and painless recovery.

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  25. I'm glad Hanno is on the road to recovery, I should imagine it will take some time to get over. Family is so important at times like this and you are very lucky to have such a wonderful family.

    Your post made me wonder how we would cope in an emergency...it's food for thought

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  26. Good grief Rhonda! I go on vacation for a few days and come back to this little bit of horror. I must say you gave my heart quite a fright when I read what had happened to Hanno! I'm sure you had quite a fright too!
    Earlier this year I had a similar experience with my husband and I remember quite vividly the surge of feeling that leapt into my throat when I beheld his injured face. I earned quite a few grey hairs in those few seconds I can tell you!
    A huge hug to you both.
    I was immensely heartened to see Hanno's picture in this post. He looks strong and healthy and I am sure he will recover soon with care and a little time.

    Holding you both close to my heart,
    Vicki
    Trinidad & Tobago

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  27. So glad to hear that all is starting to turn towards regular life for you both! My Mom decided to cut wood by herself one time,the tree twisted and came down on her leg and broke it. In an instant things can happen!
    Good point about being prepared! I am low on gas in my car right now.I did just charge up my cell phone,but not sure if all my numbers are up to date. I will check on it and get my car filled up. You never know when an emergency will happen.

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  28. I'm pleased you have now Hanno at home. It seems he is indeed fortunate to be alive. My husband, who is a tool man, always says he'd never use a chain saw they are so lethal. What I know of you, I'm sure you will cope, lots of people you'll probably never meet are thinking & praying for you,surely the best medicine of all.
    Love Angela (south England) UK

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  29. Hi Rhonda

    Glad to see that Hanno is on the mend. You mention not being prepared for this type of emergency. My son is 24 years old and has been in and out of hospital for much of this time. Mostly his admissions are acute, meaning not a lot of time to even pack the essentials. So over the last few years I have tried to keep a small bag packed with the basics, toothbrush antd toothpaste, soap, deodorant, a spare pair of pyjamas and a spare set of underwear, trousers and tshirt. Many has been the time when I have had to return home 45 mins each way when I have forgotten the basics.

    Hugs to you both
    Suellen
    Christchurch NZ

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  30. Nothing like getting stuck into the preserving when you have been stressed out lol. Welcome home Hanno. To add more iron to the system get into the dried apricots you only need about 5 a day but who can stop at 5.Also dried figs,raisins, and spinach,broccoli.Throw in a vitamin C tablet as they are the healing vitamin and you will be on your way. Now Hanno has to think about what to do for a couple of months with one hand.More hugs for each of you, glad you are back.
    Chris at Coffs Harbour.

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  31. Hi Rhonda Jean,
    I'm so sorry to hear that Hanno had an accident. I have been busy painting the garage and haven't been on blogs for a few days. I got a scare when I read your stories. I'm so happy to see Hanno is out and about again, but I do hope he will heal good. You must have been so scared !!
    Please wish him well from me and you please take care of yourself. It is hard to see someone you love this way, I know ; )
    Hugs from The Netherlands

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  32. I'm so happy Hanno is okay. He looks great! I love all the pics of the grandson!

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  33. I've been keeping you both in my thoughts and prayers. My husband injured his hand a few years ago in an industrial accident ( lost one finger and had one repaired). The thing to watch for as they feel better is the differing opinions of what " keep clean and dry " means. I'm quite sure his surgeon had no thought he would be climbing tree stands and field dressing deer. Best wishes for a speedy recovering. Kim ( USA )

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  34. So pleased that Hanno is back home. It's always better recuperating at home. Chainsaws (and power tools for that matter) are a thing I've never been game to deal with. I know they make jobs a lot quicker and simpler but generally if a job requires anything more than a simple pruning saw (which can also do damage if you're not careful), I pay someone to do it. Praying for recovery for him soon.

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  35. I'm so glad that everything worked out well and Hanno is on the mend. I've been keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers and will continue to do so and it is lovely to see how well Hanno looks. You right about being prepared for an emergency though. It's something I need to look at and do something about.

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  36. Dear Rhonda & Hanno,
    I am glad surgery went well. I was at work on friday but stuck in another theatre.I felt so much for Hanno & you. It certainly was long surgery. Accidents happen so quickly and often it is as Hanno describes. Many accidents are things that people do over and over again and just the one time and it all happens so quickly. It is very traumatic and does knock you around and knock your confidence but you are both strong people and Hanno will be up and running at full capacity before he knows it. I did try to come to see a quick hello Hanno but surgery was under way for you. You are in my thoughts rest and take it easy, I am sure Rhonda will look after you well. It is lovely weather for you to sit and enjoy your family or to have a little nap in the sun and reflect on your beautiful garden.
    Love Lors

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  37. So happy to know he's back at home and looks so well!! Family and Friends are so important! I will keep both of you in my prayers!

    Prayers! Belynda

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  38. So wonderful to see Hanno back in the garden again and with the little ones. I love the "delivery truck"

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  39. Glad to hear Hanno is safely on the road to recovery :) Little Jamie looks so cute getting the veggies out of the garden, it's so nice to have the support and love of family.
    K xx

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  40. So, so glad to hear that he's home and recovery. I must say that Hanno LOOKS great, especially all things considered. Definitely glad that he had a guardian angel looking out for him! You also raised some great points about keeping things up-to-date, cars filled, etc in case of one of these types of emergencies---I love how you can always share a lesson, even in the midst of a trying crisis. Continuing to send love, healing, and patience to all of you. So glad the family is able to come together--these types of things tend to strengthen ties all the more and you're family is a very strong and lucky one! Lots of love!

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  41. Good morning Rhonda and Hanno,
    It was so good to see Hanno back in his garden with his little helper. The big fellow uses the chain to cut firewood and also to maintenance work around our home. Loose chains do happen frequently and just the other day the chain came off ours. So this is a very good lesson for us all. Also a good reminder to be prepared. This will be one post I insist the big fellow reads right through. Lovely to have you both back.
    Blessings Gail

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  42. So glad Hanno is on the mend, I called in everyday for an update. Its so easy to have an accident, but you are blessed with a wonderful family - you are getting back what you have given, love and support. Bless you both, we are sent trials but pulling together will get you through x

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  43. Good to see Hanno home & on the road to recovery. Family sure are important. Hugs,

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  44. Oh you two, you are amazing. Hanno looks wonderful. So glad to see him up and moving about.Very important reminder about being prepared!

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  45. Thank you God for answered prayers.

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  46. So good to see Hanno "out and about" in the garden...you have all been on my mind. Children CAN be the best medicine, can't they? :) We are all so relieved for you both. Take care of each other, and we will pray for you as you journey along. :)

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  47. It's so lovely to see you at home, together, as it should be, surrounded with family and with love. Take care of each other, and use the next few days to recover from the shock and the surgery.

    With love.

    Sue xx

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  48. I am so relieved to know that the injuries weren't worse and that Hanno is on the mend (albeit with the work still ahead of him). My husband uses the chainsaw regularly on the farm; removing obstacles, fallen branches on fences, cutting firewood. Our rule is that he's now allowed to use it without a 'spotter' present as there is so much of the place that is NOT within shouting distance. I tell him "there's no such thing as a minor accident with a chainsaw" and he's very careful, but my heart is in my mouth whenever we go collecting wood.

    My heartfelt best wishes to you all as you finally have time to take a deep breathe and count blessings.

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  49. I've been keeping you both in my prayers and it's good to see Hanno is back in his lovely garden and on the road to recovery.

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  50. Yay!! H's back and out and about! Woot! I'm so happy the worst is behing you and the recovery journey has already begun :)

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  51. So good to see Hanno at home. Hope he enjoys the occupational therapy - I used to be an OT before I became a full time homemaker. One of the aspects of OT that drew me to that occupation was that it was all about using purposeful activity in treatment and helping people return to their homes. I became aware that those who had positive attitudes and the full support of their families always seemed to recover quicker or adapt better following an injury. The love Hanno has for his grandchildren too, will no doubt be a wonderful motivator in the weeks ahead.
    What you have shared about being fully prepared will be a good reminder for all of us who forget to charge our mobiles. Who knows that could even be lifesaving advice for someone reading your blog. I hardly use my mobile and have trouble remembering my own number. I only really have it for emergencies but then sometimes forget to take it with me when I do go out! I should know better as I have broken down in the past on the side of the highway with trucks flying past and was very thankful for my mobile and that I had it with me when I went into labour on a city street!
    I was just thinking of making tomato relish using your recipe so will have to see if our Aldi has those tomatoes. Our local library purchased your book after I put a request in. It hasn't appeared on the shelves yet and must be always out on loan so I'm very pleased to have my own copy!

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  52. I too am glad to see the photos of Hanno back home where he truly belongs. Being in the fresh air and sunshine, surrounded by family love & eating home cooked fresh food, will go a long way towards getting him back on his feet...... they can never be underestimated in boosting ones health. Rhonda, I find it amazing how much we all learn from your DTE website & even with Hanno's unfortunate accident, there a lessons for us all to take onboard...... like being prepared for the unexpected, like chainsaw safety, like keeping your head in a crisis & most importantly, the value of well built relationships with family & friends. I truly believe everything happens for a reason & maybe this has happen to slow you two down a bit for a while..... you give so much of yourselves to everyone around you (& often at such an energy sapping pace) that a bit of home recuperation is what your Guardian Angels felt you both needed right now. Life really is all about lessons to learn & teach, being positive & continually moving forward to achieve the life you want to live. Enjoy the slower pace of life at home together & remember ALL the chores do not need to be done today, some will wait until tomorrow. Sending my love to you both, Ann

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  53. The warm fireplaceSeptember 04, 2012 8:25 am

    So very relieved hanno is back home, lovely pictures of him in the garden. What an ordeal for you both.
    Sue

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  54. So glad to see you're both back at home! Continued prayers for a speedy recovery from Virginia,USA! :)

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  55. Welcome home! Thanks for sharing the lessons learned with us, may we all stop and listen. I am often conscious when out on the tractor etc that I've forgotten my mobile. I now have the neighbors number programmed in just in case I ever need to call him should something go wrong when I'm working on my own...take care. Alison xxx

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  56. I am crying with happiness to see the pictures of Hanno at home~!

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  57. So glad you are home Hanno, home will do you more good than anything. Rhonda I know what you mean about the phone and the car, I would be in the same position and I am going to start rectifying it today. Thank you for the reminder.

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  58. It's so good Hanno is back home and getting better you are both a big part of our lives (your readers) and we will always care what happens to you both

    Linda from Victoria

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  59. A great post Rhonda - you had me in tears reading it. So very touching.

    Glad Hanno is on the mend and I am sure you will be a very capable nurse.

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  60. Thank-you for this update, was very concerned for you both.

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  61. great to see Hanno up and about....great lessons re being prepared for an emergency....and using dangerous equipment....I wish him a speedy recovery and that everything mends as it should.

    be gentle with yourselves

    Love Elsam

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  62. What a horrible accident! I am so glad Hanno is ok.

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  63. Thanks be to God for the blessings of life, love and family, and that Hanno is still with you. May you both be given strength for the weeks and months ahead. Times like this definitely highlight the things that matter most - faith, hope, love, family, friends, life...
    Thanks for taking the time to write your post in the midst of stressful times.
    Liz (Theodore, Central Qld)

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  64. Thanks for the update. You and yours have been on my mind the past few days. Funny how we can feel close to folks who share a bit of their lives with us in blogland. Today I reached a milestone in my 'recovering from knee surgery' I walked a Walmart. Not the whole store but much more than when I was there a week ago, still more than 3 weeks ago. We're human, we do heal. Please tell Hanno it's o.k. to get mad at slow progress (or what seems to be no progress). Some days our healing is deep within and it will come together down the road. I'm just trying to warn you both that you may not always think things are getting better, but they are. Wasn't it some German guy who said "Was mich nicht umbringt macht mich stärker?" Get stronger Hanno.

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  65. I'm really glad he is home and recovering. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers as he recovers. Lori

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  66. Thank you for that update about how you are all going, Rhonda. I have been wondering how you were all coping but I can see that everything is fine. It is great to see your little grandson helping Opa! As my DH is still cutting down huge trees with his chainsaw as the trees are shading the new solar panels, I have read out your post today about Hanno's injuries and I am sure he is sick of hearing about Hanno by now as I have been talking about him every day and about how dangerous chainsaws are. LOL! Regarding the Tomato Relish, I might make a trip to ALDI today to check out those tomatoes. Thanks for the tip.

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  67. Hi Rhonda
    We're all so glad that Hanno is OK. It must have been such a shock. My husband called me up from the veggie garden just before Christmas last year to show me the screwdriver he'd just managed to put through his hand whilst fixing the sink - and it was poking out the other side!!! eeek But after surgery and five days in hospital, he recovered pretty quickly and now has full use of his hand. It gives you a fright, and it was just a screwdriver for us.
    So I hope the family continue to take good care of you both and we're very glad Hanno will be there for his gandsons for a long time to come
    Sandy

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  68. so good to see hanno out & about & back home on the road to recovery, he looks well despite the blood loss he suffered. pays to be healthy to start with doesn't it?
    i never let my car get below half a tank, i have a 24 mth plan on my mobile & just bought myself a new phone as my old one died. prepaid phones are no good for me as i kept forgetting to recharge them, annoying when you live so far out in the country. i don't like to be without it when i go out & have a car charger as well. like you say rhonda it's better to be prepared & thanx for the reminder, have to go charge my mobile...

    thanx for the continued updates they are very appreciated

    selina from kilkivan qld

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  69. Oh, so very happy to hear he's home! I'm sure knowing he was in good hands was reassuring but having him HOME must have been such a relief! Now the challange will be to keep him from trying to do to much LOL!
    And thank you for the reminders of being "ready" for anything. I'm going through the check list again
    Blessings and prayers for a speedy recovery

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  70. good to know that underneath that bandage repairs and healing are taking place....as for grandpa's...they are priceless...my children did not know my Dad and that was a shame...the things he could have shared with them....the Nonno they do have is not the 'sharing ' type...and is turning into a grumpy old man....funny how the world turns......those little boys are so lucky to have grandparents that are so willing to teach, share and most importantly love in yourself and Hanno..................wishing Hanno a smooth path to recovery.......

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  71. if the only blessing you can find in a incident like this is that you both made it thank goodness and your family rallied around just as you needed them. Some things you just can't predict and that is why they are accidents...big hugs to both of you and hope that Hanno rests well and recooperates x

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  72. It always seems to be the way! When my toddler dropped a steel block on his toe and needed stitches, I had no petrol either. Thank goodness my brother in law was there! I made sure when I was pregnant with my second child that I never let the tank go under a 1/4 full, just in case the baby came early. Would not want to be filling up then! :)

    Glad to hear you have had so much love and support, both of you. Best wishes for Hanno's recovery. xx

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  73. Lovely that Hanno is home and on the road to recovery. Thanks for the reminder to be prepared for emergencies, I recently changed my mobile plan, I used to recharge when needed, but was also stuck one time when I needed the phone and didn´t have enough credit, so now I have a $19 a month plan that is good enough for me and I can go over if needed and just pay the extra used.
    All the best for you and Hanno, nice to have your family around to help with the recovery process.

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  74. You are so right - family is extremely important. And a happening like this brings that home to you like nothing else could. So glad you have a good family. It's obvious you all love and respect each other. That's blessing. And especially glad Hanno is recovering well. He looks strong and well able!

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  75. So glad to hear Hanno is mending and so sorry for all you have been through. Best wishes to you all.

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  76. That is a rule I like to live by too, CassieOz. When a chainsaw is used on our property, two people are necessary.

    How lovely to have Hanno back home, Rhonda. It makes your little world seem right again, doesn't it? And gee, he looks great! Enjoy each precious day. Love to you both.

    Lyn in Northern New South Wales.

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  77. So glad to hear Hanno is ok, although please take care of yourself too Rhonda. It's such a traumatic thing you've both been through, best of care to you both!! Enjoy late Spring afternoons together.

    xx Sarah and Mark

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  78. Thank God for prayers and family., glad you have such wonderful support at this time. There will be many things that only you will be able to help Hanno with so please take care of yourself as well.

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  79. So glad Hanno is on the mend. I'm sure Jaime will keep his spirits up for sure. The routine of home will come under sail once again after he heals. In the meantime, he has a great helpmate to encourage and give him TLC.

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  80. Hello Rhonda and Hanno
    What a terrible time you have had!
    So glad all is coming good now. He (and you!) are tough.
    You need a "Daisy Chain" organised for such emergencies. When you are hanging on to a mobile phone requiring charging and no change or public phone at hand, and possibly in an emergency room somewhere it is reassuring to just be able to ring one member of the family or friend and set the daisy chain in motion. You ring number one and tell them the situation who then rings a prearranged number two and so on down the line. This leaves everyone informed and you can get on with dealing with the situation.
    Hope all is well with you soon.

    Gets everyone informed and leaves you to deal with the situation in hand.

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  81. Happy to see Hanno is ok. God bless you all, Clara.

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  82. Take your time, and settle back into the rhythm of home life slowly. We've been through a similar situation and it won't be long til you'll feel relaxed again. Wishing you both all the very best. Love, Tina xx

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  83. I'm really pleased to see that Hanno is back home; I hope he is able to "behave" and do what the Drs advise re recovery time - I know what men are like in that department! A good reminder about preparation for emergencies, too - especially the ones about keeping the mobile charged and plenty of petrol in the car!

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  84. What a relief that Hanno is back home...but the description of his injury is absolutely shocking. Take care the both of you! xx

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  85. So pleased to read that all went well. Chainsaw accidents are the most terrifying. A firend of ours lost control of his and ended up with extensive facial surgery. He was on his own at the time and knocked on several houses before someone was around to call the emergency services. The surgery went well and he only has two minor scars as a reminder.

    Peace and prayers to you both for continued healing both physically and mentally

    San xx

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  86. God bless your Hanno. 5 yrs ago my then 19 yr old dd dropped a small glass fishbowl and cut her inner wrist. She severed all the ligaments and tendons and the 3 arteries. When they got her to the hospital she was less than 5 minutes from bleeding out. The one hour car ride to get to her was the longest hour of my life. Seeing her in the er was the most terrifying moment of my life. But I praise the Lord, 2 surgeries later she has most of the use of her hand. No it will never be the same, but she can function with it and she is alive. This moment was also life changing for her. She had been in a very rebellious state and this changed that in a heartbeat. She says that day her life was saved in more ways than one.

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  87. I'm so pleased that Hanno is able to be home and that he is on the mend after so dreadful an accident.

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  88. Dear Rhonda, I had no idea. I hope Hanno will recover as speedily as possible. Such equipment always has its dangers. My father-in-law is a carpenter and once he chopped a few fingers off, luckily they were able to sew them back in the hospital.

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  89. I'm so glad he's back and doing well. I had to smile at an earlier comment about recuperating men having different opinions of what 'keep clean and dry' means. Tell him to follow the doctors instructions! It's not worth risking an infection on top of everything else.

    Like some other posters, it brings back memories of previous accidents in our family. DH was due home from work earlier this year when a police car pulled up outside our house. My heart was in my mouth- he does a potentially dangerous job and I was out of the front door before they had left the car.
    He was uninjured but had had a seizure (out of the blue) and crashed his car shortly after leaving work. Luckily, a doctor was in the vehicle behind him, and a work colleague in the car after that. They got oxygen brought up from his work site and by the time I saw him he was in hospital. DH is not little at all, but there's something about hospital beds that makes people look small and vulnerable.
    He's now fine and on medication after having tests- I'm hopeful that it won't happen again. It was a while before I stopped having flashbacks of that moment when the police car pulled up though..
    Take care both of you.

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  90. Hanno looks remarkably healthy despite what he has been through. Best wishes to the both of you. Lovely your family is close-ish and willing to give a hand.

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  91. It's wondeful to read and see the pictures that Hanno is ok. It is so important somebody is around when a dangerous task is being done.
    Take care and in times like this sometimes things might need to wait another day.
    xx

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  92. Such good news - I am so pleased and I'll continue to hope and pray that Hanno has a speedy and full recovery.

    After the Canberra bushfires, I reviewed my emergency preparations and there are a few things I do differently now: I always park my car nose out for a speedy exit - trying to back out of a driveway under pressure is not easy! I regard the half way point on my fuel tank as 'empty', and fill up so I always have at least half a tank of petrol, and I charge my phone as soon as it gets to one bar of charge. I'm planning on investing in a wind up phone charger and a wind up radio as well.

    Sharon Astyk's blog (scienceblogs.com/casaubonsbook) has some fabulous advice for emergency preparedness if you live in a flood, fire or cyclone prone area - and that's likely to be most of us in coming years.

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  93. So pleased for both of you that Hanno is home and on the mend. Grandchildren are poignant reminders that we are not done being useful quite yet! Praying for your strength and patience Rhonda and please tell Hanno to take it easy and get well quickly!
    hugs,
    Niki
    Rural Writings

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  94. I'm so glad to know that Hanno is O.k. and the on the road to recovery. Such a big fright for you both but valuable lessons learnt too that will help you in the future.
    Take care,
    Anne xx

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  95. So glad to hear he's home and doing well! Glad to know you have a strong family support too. After reading your post, I checked my cell phone (need to charge it), my gas tank (need to fill it, it's below half full) and I need to update my emergency number book. This is a good reminder to be prepared for any emergency, you never know when and what will happen. Best wishes for a continued recovery Hanno!

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  96. It is good to see you all back home and recovering. Take your time.

    This is a powerful post and lesson of making sure that preparedness is included in the simple life. The lessons of our connectedness to community and family cannot be understated.
    z

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  97. My heart lifted to see your post today and to know your family is there doing what families do! I can't imagine more motivation for recovery than the love of a grandchild!

    You are so right about maintaining the phone, the level of gas and current phone numbers. Such small things but wow can they make a difference!

    Take care of yourself as well!

    Debi in Israel

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  98. So glad to hear he is home and doing well! I don't think we can ever truly be prepared for every emergency, until we actually go through one. There are just so many things you don't think of! I am often horrible at keeping gas in the car, also. Its a good reminder.
    All the best to you guys!

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  99. So glad to hear Hanno is home and on the mend. Thanks for your advice about being prepared for an emergency. I will check on those things myself. I have found, like you, the blessing of family in an emergency. Earlier this year, we had an emergency with our daughter. Our son, who lives 4 hours away with his family, was here within 12 hours and helped his father and I through the next harrowing week. Words cannot say what that meant to all of us. Thanks for sharing your journey.

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  100. So, so good to hear that he's on the mend and feeling positive. Little ones and family gathering around can help the healing. Good luck for the coming weeks. I am sure you'll do a sterling job. Do remember to look after you too. Stopping for a quiet cuppa can be a soother - and the world won't end if you do.

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  101. I am so glad that Hanno is back home with you. Maybe the two of you will be able to dust of some old board games and just sit back and enjoy being together during the next several weeks. My thoughts and prayers are with you both.
    Carin

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  102. So, so, SO glad to see your dear husband up and about in the garden. Lessons learned to help you grow on....where would life be without them. These lessons are never fun to learn though, not that I need to tell you that! Healing thoughts from MT still coming your way as you get back into the swing of things with the extra caretaker role now added to your very capable shoulders.

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  103. I felt very emotional reading your post...thanks God everything is fine.

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  104. SO glad to see Hanno is alive. Chainsaw and accident in the same sentence is never good. Hope the OT isn't too painful and he is back to his old self soon. Still in my prayers!

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  105. Glad to see Hanno "up & around". So nice that your family was able to come and be supportive . Love helps to heal! Jaime, especially looks to be a great helper! He is so cute. I'll continue to keep you and Hanno in my prayers for strength and healing. Elly Mae in WV

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  106. It is so heartwarming to see Hanno about in the garden with little Jamie. I am so glad you are both doing well and Hanno's prognosis is good. Keeping this short as I know you have much to do and little time to read right now. Continuing to keep you both in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs

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  107. So glad to hear Hanno is on the mend! Been thinking of you every day :)

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  108. Dearest Rhonda! Oh my goodness, I'm just catching up on your week. Far out. I'm so incredibly relieved your handsome Hanno is OK. Whew. Sending love your way. xxx

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  109. Oh my, Rhonda, I am so sorry to hear of Hanno's accident, am very glad he is on the mend. My love and prayers for a speedy recovery are on their way.

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  110. Thank you for the updates, I'm so happy that Hanno was okay, and is going to get better! And...is that the "Baby" walking around the garden and helping out too??! My goodness they grow up fast!!

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  111. just read some older posts and came across this! my FIL had a chainsaw accident very similar this spring (March for us) He was alone and the saw kicked back breaking his orbital bone( eye socket) and cutting a large portion of his face severely.He came within a millimeter of his eye. Something or someone was watching over him that he didn't loose consciousness and was able to drive(!) his old truck from the back of the farm to the house for help.After extensive plastic surgery he is healing.
    Life is so very fragile and everything can change in an instant.
    Like you outlined NEVER let anyone you love work dangerous jobs alone.We are both blessed to have learned this lesson without a fatality.

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  112. Oh I am so sorry that this accident had to happen!

    But so glad that a lesson has been learned... When to stop, is the most important part, of any job.

    Gentle hugs to you both,
    "Auntie"

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  113. Gosh, this post gave me heart palpitations. I had a similar accident 4 years ago. My husband asked me what I wanted for Christmas and all I could think of was a hedge trimmer for our mature hedges. The very first time I used it I got my ponytail stuck in the motor as I bent down to cut the bottom branches on the hedge plants. The hedger sucked in my hair, kicked back and was stuck to the side of my head. I came so close to having the blades go right through my skull. I spent several months with mild anxiety every time i thought of how close I came, even now I am very very cautious when using it. I always have every strand of hair in a bun, with a cap on top and make sure I am not alone. So happy that your husband didn't end up with more severe injuries.

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