Sunday, March 30, 2008
I became good friends with a woman named Lois in the ICU waiting room. She and I came there on the same day, because our family members were admitted on the same day. For Lois it was her husband. Lois and her daughter and I and other family members of theirs spent countless hours there in the ICU for about a week and a half. Then Lois lost her dear husband. I was with her when she found out. It was awful. I know my Mom has a journey ahead of her, but we have to be grateful for the journey, because it means we still have her with us. Lois called me today. She is so sad. They were married for 48 years. Please pray for her as she grieves and heals.
Mom has been off the ventilator since Friday night, so that is a great improvement. We are still praying that she will have physical strength and peace and patience.
Friday, March 28, 2008
She is able to speak with a special valve that attaches to the trach and she is breathing on her own now for most of the day. Her voice is very raspy but what a comfort to hear her at all! The average stay at this hospital for rehab is 25 days but we are hoping that it won't be that long for Mom.
The good news is that her oncologist says no more chemo, so we need to pray that the cancer STAYS AWAY since they are not able to detect any right now. (Hallelujah!) I am so glad Mom doesn't have to have any more chemo, but I am sad that I won't see my nurse buddies in the cancer care wing anymore! From left to right is my Mom and Dad's oncologist, Dr. M., and nurses Kym, Paula, Heather and Karen. They are holding the goodie basket we got them as a "thank you". My Dad has completed his second week of radiation - "only" 25 more sessions to go!
People keep asking how I am doing. I feel like my Mom! Like I can finally take a deep breath! My house is a disaster, so maybe I will get around to cleaning it. Maybe. I have missed a lot of work and have a massive sales goal I would LOVE to acheive, since the bonus I would receive would help us with our adoption fees. I am trying not to be too stressed out! Just doing what I have been doing all along since this crisis began. Praying, doing the best I can and taking one day at a time!
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Later, my Dad, my sister Jill and her family came to the hospital to visit Grandma. We also celebrated my nephew's 11th birthday in the waiting room. We had a nice visit.
Mom weaned for 2.5 hours this morning and 4 hours this evening, so we are feeling optimistic. We still want/need to hear the doctors say that she is progressing! That will be a great comfort. Hopefully after the great job she has done this weekend we will hear that soon!
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
With no more chemo scheduled, she is getting some peach fuzz, too! :)
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
The next step for dear mama is a tracheostomy so that she doesn't have to have the ventilator going all the way down her throat and risk permanent damage to her vocal chords. She will also have a feeding tube put into her stomach instead of a going down through her nose. These are surgical procedures, so please remember her and the doctors in your prayers.
This evening she did a great job weaning off the vent (94 minutes). Please pray for continued STRENGTH and healing.
By the way, after a 50 degree day and the snow almost all gone, I woke up to this:
Then, I decided it would be a good idea to take a hot bath and luckily, even without my glasses, saw THIS swimming by my feet:
I could have taken these as signs that it was going to be a bad day, but my mama raised me to be positive and look at life with a glass half full perspective. She also raised me to pray and trust the Lord for a brighter day.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
She declined quickly - by the afternoon they had moved her to ICU where she remains in critical condition. She has pneumonia, a blood infection and a skin infection.
I am so sad for her to get this close to the end of treatment and have this to deal with now. We are praying that she pulls out of this and would like to ask you to do the same.
We appreciate all the phone calls and messages expressing your concern. We apologize that we are unable to personally respond to each and every one; however, we will post updates at this site periodically.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Sunday, March 09, 2008
This past weekend Lee was out of town and while some of my girlfriends were over on Friday night, June helped herself to three pieces of pepperoni pizza and on Saturday when my niece Jenny was over, June ate her Ghirardelli dark chocolate candy bar. Of course dark chocolate is toxic for dogs, so out came the hydrogen peroxide. Jenny and I ended up, after 30 minutes of standing in freezing temps and falling snow, using a turkey baster to get June to swallow the peroxide so she would throw up. We were so cold but needed to make sure she puked and I couldn't hold June and administer the peroxide by myself so we tackled it as a team. We went back and forth between laughing and grumbling. FINALLY June threw it all up and we went back in by the fire and finished our movie. So much for a relaxing evening!
Well, this blog is about five posts in one, but that's the kind of week it was! Here's to warmer weather and a great week ahead!
Sunday, March 02, 2008
MY FAIR LADY, Lerner & Loewe’s legendary musical, premieres in the United States direct from its 50th Anniversary London production and U.K. national tour. Starring are acclaimed British theatre actors Christopher Cazenove and Lisa O’Hare who earned rave reviews for their dynamic performances as Professor Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle. “The cast is superb!” “A more perfect Higgins I have yet to see!” Based on the Cameron Mackintosh/National Theatre of Great Britain’s award-winning London sensation, and hailed as “the revival against which all others will be measured” this glorious, new production features one of Broadway’s most beloved scores including “The Rain in Spain,” “I Could Have Danced All Night’ and “Get Me to the Church on Time” and brings together the original U.K. artistic team with direction by four time Tony® winner Trevor Nunn (Les Misérables), choreography and musical staging by two time Tony® winner Matthew Bourne (Mary Poppins) and production design by Anthony Ward (Gypsy).