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Rep. Giffords speaks for first time since shooting
Associated Press ^ | 2-9-11 | AMANDA LEE MYERS

Posted on 02/09/2011 11:45:55 AM PST by Justaham

Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords spoke for the first time since she was shot in the forehead, her spokesman said Wednesday, yet another significant milestone in her recovery from a traumatic brain injury.

Giffords spoke first several days ago and is speaking "more and more," spokesman C.J. Karamargin said Wednesday. He didn't know what her first words were, but said at breakfast one morning she asked for toast.

"She's working very hard and it's paying off," he told The Associated Press. "We're elated at this. We always knew Gabby is a fighter and that she's not going to let this thing win. And you know, every day is proof of that."

Six people, including a 9-year-old girl and a federal judge, were killed in the attack outside a grocery store where Giffords was meeting with constituents. Thirteen people, including Giffords, were injured.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Giffords' husband Mark Kelly said his wife had her appetite back and was eating three times a day, "even though it's hospital food."

"It is hard to believe that only one month has passed since Gabrielle was shot," he wrote. "The doctors say she is recovering at lightning speed considering her injury but they aren't kidding when they say this is a marathon process."

He said "there are encouraging signs every day," pointing to her renewed appetite.

"Your prayers are being heard, so don't stop," he wrote.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: giffords; giffordsstatus
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1 posted on 02/09/2011 11:45:56 AM PST by Justaham
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To: Justaham

rosebud?


2 posted on 02/09/2011 11:51:48 AM PST by Perdogg (What Would Aqua Buddha do?)
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To: Justaham

And she said “Damn I got a splitting headache”! :-)!


3 posted on 02/09/2011 11:53:04 AM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: Justaham

Continued prayers for her recovery and for the others injured.


4 posted on 02/09/2011 11:53:27 AM PST by kenavi (The good ol' US of A: 57 state laboratories for the future.)
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To: Justaham

It would be easy for me to make snide comments, and 10 years ago I would have. Instead, I’m grateful that the Lord is healing her and continue to pray for her recovery.


5 posted on 02/09/2011 11:54:04 AM PST by henkster (Before we make any more "investments" we ought to be shown the prospectus.)
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To: kenavi

It sounds like she is getting TOP NOTCH MEDICAL CARE. God Bless Gabby...God Bless the USA!


6 posted on 02/09/2011 11:55:52 AM PST by magna carta
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To: Justaham

She said ‘Toast’. Hard to tell if she was referring to breakfast, or Obama.


7 posted on 02/09/2011 11:56:00 AM PST by screaminsunshine (34 States)
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To: Justaham

I’ll bet you can’t guess who is going to be the big “rising star” at the ‘RATS’ 2012 convention in Charlotte. The commie’RATS are going to be kicking some American ass and trampling the Second Amendment. Be ready for it! Exploitation is the name of the game for commies.


8 posted on 02/09/2011 11:56:14 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Why can't the Mexican government provide "a better life" for the illegal aliens? It's their job!)
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To: US Navy Vet

You should follow that up with a “to soon?”


9 posted on 02/09/2011 11:57:18 AM PST by smith288 (Peace at all costs gives you tyranny free of charge)
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To: Justaham

I’m surprised they aren’t claiming her first words were for sweeping gun control measures and a return of the Fairness Doctrine.


10 posted on 02/09/2011 11:57:21 AM PST by SirLurkedalot (Thank you VETERANS!!!)
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To: Justaham

Let me guess . . . her first words were “PALIN DID THIS!”

Huh?


11 posted on 02/09/2011 11:57:36 AM PST by laweeks
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To: Justaham

So she asked for toast? The big headline is “Giffords Speaks” and all we get is “she asked for toast”?

Don’t get me wrong....I’m pleased as punch that she’s able to speak and seems to be getting better but “toast”?


12 posted on 02/09/2011 11:59:32 AM PST by Tucsonican
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To: Justaham

So not only is she talking, which she has already been doing, but she’s eating solid food!


13 posted on 02/09/2011 12:01:04 PM PST by Freddd
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To: US Navy Vet
My family was VERY careful to make sure I had my speech under control BEFORE they let mom see me after my accident. Apparently, while I was drugged, tied down and entubated, I fingerspelled some pretty rough language. ;)

/johnny

14 posted on 02/09/2011 12:05:16 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: magna carta

soon as i saw the headline i said a prayer for her complete recovery


15 posted on 02/09/2011 12:09:05 PM PST by tommix2
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To: magna carta
Members of congress and the elites will always recieve "Top Notch Medical Care". No deathcare for them...No sireee. That's left for you and me.
16 posted on 02/09/2011 12:09:40 PM PST by Outlaw Woman
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To: FlingWingFlyer

“I’ll bet you can’t guess who is going to be the big “rising star” at the ‘RATS’ 2012 convention in Charlotte.”

I’m not so sure. I’ll agree there will be that push, but I’m not sold that she’ll be part of it.


17 posted on 02/09/2011 12:22:55 PM PST by Kent C
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To: Justaham

Until appears in public, I take all of this with a grain of salt.

Yes, it’s encouraging news, but my cynical side says this could just be political opportunism and sympathy - never let a crisis go to waste stuff.

For all we know “Gabby” is in a coma, eating out of straw.


18 posted on 02/09/2011 12:24:41 PM PST by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
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To: Outlaw Woman
Members of congress and the elites will always recieve "Top Notch Medical Care". No deathcare for them...No sireee. That's left for you and me.

Absolutely true. and the best part is the we're paying for their care.

19 posted on 02/09/2011 12:25:24 PM PST by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: Kent C

I hope you’re right. I hope she does some catching up when she gets well and reads how her “friends” exploited her misfortune to trash and bash Americans. Her “friends” could care less about her. They only care about how many political points they can make by exploiting these tragedies.


20 posted on 02/09/2011 12:30:04 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Why can't the Mexican government provide "a better life" for the illegal aliens? It's their job!)
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To: Justaham

“...they aren’t kidding when they say this is a marathon process.”

So if she can’t serve in the House, does AZ law provide for at least her TEMPORARY replacement?


21 posted on 02/09/2011 12:34:36 PM PST by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: Outlaw Woman
Yes, let's do turn a piece of good news into a misinformed political diatribe....
22 posted on 02/09/2011 12:34:38 PM PST by r9etb
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To: swain_forkbeard

Sorry for the brain-freeze. This would be a matter for the House to decide according to the COTUS.


23 posted on 02/09/2011 12:45:57 PM PST by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: Tucsonican

The MSM is doing all they can to save this congressional seat. Spinning Gifford’s recovery is just part of the plan. Yes, she is making a marvelous recovery. Recovering enough to function in day to day life is one thing. Recovering enough to properly represent a US Congressional district is quite another.


24 posted on 02/09/2011 12:50:26 PM PST by bigredkitty1 (March 5,2010. Rest in peace, sweet boy. I will miss you, Big Red.)
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To: Justaham

God Bless Gabby. We pray for her continued recovery and the other victims who were injured.


25 posted on 02/09/2011 12:54:51 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: swain_forkbeard

Jan Brewer is not going to make any suggestion at all that Congresswoman Gifford be replaced, even temporarily.

It’s apolitical hotcake that is best left untouched.

For now it helps us because she is one less far leftie vote for the dems.


26 posted on 02/09/2011 12:58:47 PM PST by Carley (ARAB STREET NO DIFFERENT THAN AMERICA'S LEFT)
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To: Justaham

Thanks for posting the update...


27 posted on 02/09/2011 12:59:00 PM PST by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus' sayin')
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To: Justaham

Has the MSM ever shown Tim Johnson since his brain bleed? I don’t follow the guy but I haven’t heard a word about his since his illness other than the fact that he’s “back at work”. No interviews either.


28 posted on 02/09/2011 1:07:05 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Only two things come from Texas and I see you're wearing an "I Heart Austin" t-shirt)
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To: Justaham

Notice the MSM quit reporting on her 24/7 because they can’t thrive together with Obama ever since they found out the loon shooter was a progressive leftist?


29 posted on 02/09/2011 1:07:50 PM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Obama:If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun (the REAL Arizona instigator))
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To: screaminsunshine

lol - very cute.


30 posted on 02/09/2011 1:16:51 PM PST by JudyinCanada
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To: FlingWingFlyer

If this had been Michelle Bachman, where do you think the Media would have been on the story? Daily press coverage with the docs? Human interest stories galore? How much her hubby and kids love her? Sorry, but I think not. NOt taking anything away from Rep. Giffords, but just saying...


31 posted on 02/09/2011 1:30:18 PM PST by Sioux-san
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To: screaminsunshine

>>>She said ‘Toast’. Hard to tell if she was referring to breakfast, or Obama<<<

It was 0bamaCrapCARE that she was referring to. :>)


32 posted on 02/09/2011 1:36:41 PM PST by redshawk (Hey 0'Pansy. I'm scratching my nose too; and not with my index finger!)
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To: Justaham

Praise God.


33 posted on 02/09/2011 1:47:21 PM PST by Mad Dawg (Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.)
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To: r9etb
Yes, let's do turn a piece of good news into a misinformed political diatribe....

ok

35 posted on 02/09/2011 1:58:41 PM PST by Outlaw Woman
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To: Justaham

If you ask Nancy Pelosi (who was, no doubt, there) her first words were “Ban all guns, Obamacare for all, Reagan was overrated”


36 posted on 02/09/2011 2:06:50 PM PST by SparkyBass
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To: RickB444

That’s just wrong. Sick, and wrong. You should be ashamed to act like those on DU!


38 posted on 02/09/2011 2:57:57 PM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: Liberty Valance

Re: God Bless Gabby. We pray for her continued recovery and the other victims who were injured.

AMEN!! This transends politics


39 posted on 02/09/2011 3:02:29 PM PST by jesseam (Been there, done that)
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To: Carley
"Jan Brewer is not going to make any suggestion at all that Congresswoman Gifford be replaced, even temporarily. It’s a political hotcake that is best left untouched."

Plus, I believe Governor Brewer to be a class act. She will probably leave it up to sentiment of the State Legislature if they want Gifford's vote to be replaced.

40 posted on 02/09/2011 3:02:49 PM PST by A Navy Vet (An Oath Is Forever)
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To: JRandomFreeper
My family was VERY careful to make sure I had my speech under control BEFORE they let mom see me after my accident. Apparently, while I was drugged, tied down and entubated, I fingerspelled some pretty rough language. ;)

When my father had his stroke and was recovering, the only words he knew for sure that he was saying correctly and in the right order were all the four letter ones. :-)

41 posted on 02/09/2011 3:07:20 PM PST by RikaStrom (Pray for Obama - Psalm 109:8 "Let his days be few; and let another take his place of leadership.")
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Well, it’s just a hunch. The actual evidence points the other way but there’s some conservative blood in those veins. :-) And sometimes something like this can get it pumping.... Prepare for the worst, hope for the best.


42 posted on 02/09/2011 5:33:23 PM PST by Kent C
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To: r9etb

Thank you. My sentiments exactly (EggsAckley).


43 posted on 02/09/2011 6:04:58 PM PST by EggsAckley ( There's an Ethiopian in the fuel supply ! !)
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To: kenavi

What you said, FRiend.


44 posted on 02/09/2011 6:08:45 PM PST by MortMan (What disease did cured ham used to have?)
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To: wilco200

Agree with your take on this. Her husband said ‘Gabby would want me to fly’ referring to commanding the next Shuttle. I hope she is doing well but the actual comments about her recovery are much less encouraging than Big Media’s spin on those comments. She may have said the word ‘toast’ but I doubt she said ‘I’d like toast for breakfast’. Prayers up for her complete recovery.


45 posted on 02/09/2011 6:10:37 PM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: US Navy Vet

And she said “Damn I got a splitting headache”! :-)!>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

BUahahahahahah. Not Really.

She said ,” Eff that Obama, Jared Loughner and his handlers. They were supposed to just hit the JUDGE!!!!!”

( The judge had just issued a restraining order against the feds seizing 401(k) monies via executive order of the president.)


46 posted on 02/09/2011 7:01:55 PM PST by Candor7 (Obama . fascist info..http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: JRandomFreeper

That frontal lobe with its social inhibitions function wasn’t working that well while you were drugged?

I’m glad to hear Gifford is talking, which means she can probably quickly relearn her vocabulary if it was lost to the damage. May takes months or a couple years. I pray God grants her healing and repair in weeks.

At the moment we have no real defense against paranoid schizophrenics who are attracted to violence.


47 posted on 02/09/2011 8:14:32 PM PST by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1993905/posts)
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To: Justaham

Thank you God.


48 posted on 02/09/2011 9:18:23 PM PST by Mr. Silverback (Anyone who says we need illegals to do the jobs Americans won't do has never watched "Dirty Jobs.")
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To: smith288

Not that I’mdefending the joke (very poor taste) but compared to how quick the Challenger jokes and Natalie Wood jokes started, I’m surprised it took this long.


49 posted on 02/09/2011 9:22:13 PM PST by Mr. Silverback (Anyone who says we need illegals to do the jobs Americans won't do has never watched "Dirty Jobs.")
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To: henkster
It would be easy for me to make snide comments, and 10 years ago I would have. Instead, I’m grateful that the Lord is healing her and continue to pray for her recovery.

Yes. God bless her and her entire family too!

50 posted on 02/09/2011 11:21:52 PM PST by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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