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By Karl Terry
Local columnist 

It's been a good week or so for the Terry household


Last updated 3/13/2021 at 4:34pm

It’s been a good week or so. Prayers have been answered. Life may start returning to normal.

If you don’t know me well you may be assuming I’m talking about my home county of Roosevelt graduating to the green level of the COVID-19 reopening plan. That’s big, but I have something bigger.

After almost 2 1/2 months of in-patient care, my dear wife of nearly 39 years got to come home. She spent three weeks in the hospital after a fall and cascading problems that ended with a second stroke, followed by a stay in a skilled nursing facility where she was able to get therapy.

The first couple of days it looked like we would be in and out of the hospital after she walked well with a walker for physical therapists in the Intensive Care Unit. Then right after moving to a regular room, as she was being examined by her trauma team doctor, she went into a series of seizures. That led to changes in medication, which led to the stroke and a tremendous setback, to the point of being unable to feed herself or stand.

She battled back again. This strong, courageous woman has done that four other times when she faced extended in-hospital rehab. You think that many times through the ringer and it would get easier. I can assure you it doesn’t get any easier when you’re separated from someone you love because you’re unable to care for them at home.

There were dark times this time, like each of these extended hospital stays when I was unsure if I would ever go to sleep in the same bed with my wife. You don’t realize how much you miss someone until you get into bed at night without your loved one. Not being able to hold that hand under the covers at night crushed me every evening.

I’ve also had my little sister in a hospital in the Dallas area even longer as she awaited a heart and kidney transplant. They’re both out of the hospital this weekend and both have a long recovery left but it’s a start. We’ve been so blessed by the care they both have received.

Having been that long in the hospital they neither one may agree right now, but prayer and care by family and caregivers kept them both from contracting COVID-19, which would have been a death sentence to either of them.

I could credit the prayers of my mother for these two miracles, but I know there were a lot of others praying as well.

I’m pleased as punch that we’re opening our state back up as the vaccine and antibodies begin to flow through New Mexicans’ bodies. I canceled a Zoom meeting for this week and made it in-person, I ate inside a couple of my favorite restaurants last week and went to a high school football game.

That stuff’s all great, but it all pales when I put it up against healthy loved ones.

Karl Terry writes for Clovis Media Inc. Contact him at:

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