Archive for August, 2007

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Happy Birthday Hannah! AND 17 Hours and Counting!


Yesterday was Hannah’s 19th birthday and I am afraid cupcakes was the extent of the celebrations. As always I gave her money and she already had things picked out to order from Amazon. By the way I think if you order from Amazon after clicking through from my website (see My Amazon Store in the right side menu) I get credit. Anywho, she took the day off from work and lounged and watched TV most of the day. Maybe next year we can have a better, more focused celebration and maybe even a real party.

If all flights stay on schedule today I will pick Husband up in a little under 17 hours. None too soon. I spoke to him again last night about 9:30 and he was wide awake after being use to getting up for work at that time. He is just as anxious to get home and I am to have him home.

My mom came through her surgery well. She might beg to differ since she is in considerable pain now. Bladder spasms have been almost constant since the surgery. However she will get the catheter out this morning and that should help some. By all accounts she will probably come home tomorrow. She has had numerous tests done as well and now the thought is that quite possibly we will contact an oncologist to manage this stage of her illness in order to prevent her from actually hemorrhaging to death. Dr. C. seem to think there might be something in the way of radiation or chemo that would lessen the progress of the actual tumors in her bladder. He told me it would however not lengthen her life it just might make the end less painful. He was trying very hard to not give false hope and was very blunt about the fact that this cancer is spreading and would eventually take her life. But hemorrhaging might be prevented. Much of it will depend on if and when they can determine if the cancer in her lungs is a primary or the same as in her bladder. I thought we had already determined that but evidently not. I think actually the cancer in her bladder is such an aggressive cancer that we just assumed so and the pulmonary doctor thought a lung biopsy was just too risky given all the medical circumstances.

When I talked to her last night just before bedtime, about all I got in the way of information was that she and demerol do not mix well. I honestly believe today will have to be much better or she will not come home until the weekend. Husband and I are scheduled to leave on Monday so I really need to get her home and settled before then. I won’t be far away so I am still planning to go. I spoke to her dr and he say “GO!” There will come a time very soon when I can’t so, while I can do so. Dr’s orders.

Obviously my posting will be willy nilly and quite possibly very boring for the next while. I might see about getting someone (maybe a daughter Hint Hint) to be a guess poster for a bit. We will see. Have a wonderful Thursday.


Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men


often go awry.

Yesterday didnt go exactly as I had planned.  Well maybe the exact opposite of my plans.  School didnt happen.  Burgers didnt happen.  When Benjamin came into the kitchen after getting dressed I noticed a few more rashy looking spots on his face.  One especially big one on his nose.  After careful examination, I decided it would be best to take him up to the pediatrician after lunch.  So we got a bit done, got showers and headed out about noon.  I knew my brother would be here sometime this afternoon so I told mom I would still cook when I got home.  In the short span of time between the time I left, the pediatrician (70 miles north of here) determined the spots were some sort of roseola needed a steriod treatment, and I got started home, Mom started to hemorrhaging so I rushed home and headed in the exact opposite direction (55 miles south of here)to have her admitted to the hospital.  The urologist seems to think he can cauterize the bleed in her bladder and get her more comfortable.  Any of you ladies who have had cystitis knows the discomfort of that…well multiply that by 100. 

So…I will be on and off here for a few days.  Keep my mom in your thoughts. I will try to keep you up to speed and also post something fun so my little blog doesnt just become a medical report.  

Thanks for your time.  Have a great day.  


Start slow and taper off.


This is going to be my program the first two weeks of school.  Husband thought I was a little crazy for starting before September 6th. This will be only the second time in the last 19 years that we started school before Labor Day.  This week we have dr appt on Wednesday, pick him up on Thursday (who will be able to concentrate that day???) and then Friday is his first real day at home so we won’t care much about school.  Then Monday is Labor day PLUS, Husband and I will be gone on our little anniversary trip until Wednesday night.  Not that I won’t leave school work for them.  And if there is a glitch…well Rachel is more than capable of helping Benjamin.  And frankly, we havent run across anything in the last 10 years that Rachel really needed help with besides a couple of math concepts and Hannah can help her if need be.

Mom is doing fairly well.  She told me last night she was pretty sure she is losing blood as rapidly as before if not more so.  I told her not to worry.  Her doctor would have her take more if need be.  She has felt so good this weekend.  She has eat really well and I told her I was making homemade hamburgers for tonight.  My brother is coming down to spend the night with her and visit while he as a couple of days off.  And so I will whip up some gourmet burgers for us tonight.  Of course I will post the recipes and pics tomorrow.

I really do have to get rolling this morning.  Have a wonderful Monday!

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