About Hemophilia...

Hemophilia is a rare genetic bleeding disorder in which the blood does not clot normally. Persons with hemophilia are missing or have a low level of a protein needed for normal blood clotting. About 18,000 people in the United States are known to have hemophilia. Hemophilia usually only occurs in males, except for rare exceptions. A person with severe hemophilia means that they have less than one percent clotting factor in their system.

Monday, October 3, 2011

This autumn we put Sandy to sleep after sixteen years of companionship and loyalty to our family. Sandy's entrance into our lives came at a crucial time for us when Dwight was having a major knee bleed that surgery didn't help. In fact it was Sandy and God that helped Dwight escape another knee surgery. Sandy from the start was always Dwight's dog.

Dwight also helped get the workshop roof covered after it was hit by lightning one hot summer weekend when Randy came up from Nashville to help along with Scotty, our next door neighbor.

Once again Dwight has been allowed to be with Case. What fun Case has playing with "his Dwight"...

on the floor...

and reading story books together.

Lots of love and hugs between Dwight and Case.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Birthday Celebrations

Springtime is when Dwight's birthday arrives. Not only is March Hemophilia Awareness Month, but it is also when Dwight gets another year older. What fun!

This year along to celebrate his "advancing years", Dwight drives a beat-up 1990 Ford Ranger pickup, as his main vehicle for transportation- a gift from his brother-in-law, who decided that it wasn't worth the money involved to get it up to power to pass inspection in Nashville. Dwight loves old vehicles, especially when they sound like a bomb getting ready to explode. The picture doesn't do all the dents and falling parts justice. You'd have to see it in person to appreciate its "finer points".

The weekend of Dwight's birthday was a busy one with riding his motorcycle with a friend in the morning, celebrating his birthday in the early afternoon, and then getting the truck loaded for an overnight camping trip.

Here Dwight is all geared up and ready to head out into the woods with another friend. It was a beautiful weekend to go camping. That evening as he bedded down, Dwight could see a sky full of stars between the trees through his tent roof; a perfect way to celebrate a birthday.

Monday, January 10, 2011

New Year New Beginnings

Dwight has settled back into his old room again getting organized once more between work days. Snow days give him a chance to work on his truck, do stuff out in the workshop, or discuss guy stuff like truck/car parts and camping with a fellow neighbor.

Over Christmas, Dwight spent several days out in Nashville with his sister and family. While running around with the guys checking out after Christmas sales, Dwight found a great deal on a 1950 Remenington semi-automatic 12 GA shotgun, which he bought. He went to a shooting range with Randy, his brother-in-law, visited Tigg one day (who also has hemophilia), and tried his hand at shooting clay pigeons. After ringing in the New Year in the big city, Dwight finally came back home to slower life on the mountain.