Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Gas to get to the track - Way Too Much
Watching your 6 year old go head to head with another racer, race his hardest, and come out 1st - PRICELESS
Pete and I were walking on clouds after Dave's race on Saturday....our bubble was burst a little when at 4am our racer sat up and puked......just dehydrated I think.
We can hardly wait until this Saturday to race again (we will make sure he has LOTS to drink)!!!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
The teachers and principals were AMAZING....they took care of our kids like they were their own.
They were able to complete the program and we were sent on our way. Street closing were reported to us and we went home the back way. We found out later that less than a mile away from the school was one of the hardest hit areas.
We were all OKAY....safe....and together.
Then I got worried, our house is not far from the school and in the path that the storm was traveling. When I finally got through to a neighbor, she said "we have a mess"....my heart was in my stomach. My neighbor went out and looked at our house and we were told that it appeared as though everything was okay. My neighborhood was spared any major damage....just lots of downed trees (none in our yard) with most of them falling away from the houses.
We WERE lucky and we ARE thankful!!!
This is all we ended up with....
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
The afternoon started on a pretty jolly note....I remember joking with Pete as we waited to be taken back to the surgery. Dr. Jackson came in with his music for the surgery which he said he usually saves for nose surgeries....it was labeled "Booger Tunes".
The mood quickly changed when the doctor opened me up and found WAY more than he was expecting. How does he explain to the family of this 32 year-old mother of small children that her neck is FULL of cancer? He took a biopsy and it was sent to the lab for a quick freeze test and went on removing what everyone in the room feared was melanoma (which would not have been good). I have been told that the room was very solemn. Then the operating room phone rings, the nurse answers and cheers..."It's thyroid cancer" and there were many cheers!!!
Cheers? That may sound funny, but this cancer is 95% curable without chemo. My family was then told....actually they told Pete over the phone in the waiting room. Pete didn't hear the joy, only a fear so deep in his gut that he couldn't breathe.
The best part of being the patient is that all of this drama is going on while you are out....I awoke not knowing that I had endured a 7 hours surgery and that I was now a cancer patient.
Cancer sucks......but you can't dwell on it. Instead I like to remember the good that has come from it.
- I survived and I continue to survive
- I learned to live each day like it could be your last
- I am surrounded by love from my family, friends, neighbors and perfect strangers
- I have an excuse for being overweight - who can argue that I have thyroid issues
- I can pull out the "C-Card" at family gatherings and trump everyone else - come on, I deserve it!!!
I can't let this day go by without thanking those who have been so instrumental in my complete HEALING.....
- Mom - you always know exactly what I need without me asking.
- Dad - you worrying about me everyday makes me feel safe.
- Pete - without you I would have crumbled
- Hannah - you are so strong and independent, just what we needed.
- Davis - you were just a baby, but you gave me a reason to fight
- Matt - you showed me that I wasn't broken afterall
- Lisa - you are just always there and you make me feel normal
- Woody - you keep me real
Today is a day to CELEBRATE, because without this day six years ago, I might not be here to celebrate TODAY.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Okay, I do not want to be one of those parents that know the ER staff by name....but I am afraid with my two boys that just might happen.
Today Davis was bit by the neighbor's dog and he has some puncture wounds on his calf and he is very sore. Our neighbor had invited him in her yard to look at a nest of baby bunnies. I guess their dog felt like they were his and didn't like Davis going to look at them.....so he went after him. My neighbor was right there and quickly put an end to the attack. This is an 11 year old dog that has never done this before. I think my neighbor is concerned because she has 4 small grandchildren that are over there all the time. They have been wonderful, we are very lucky to have such great neighbors ( I believe Davis will be getting a little present from them tomorrow).
Davis is okay, we decided not to take him to the ER because the cuts don't appear deep. It also causes him anxiety and it doesn't seem worth it. My biggest concern is that he isn't able to put any weight on that leg. We went to the store and stocked up on medical supplies and Advil.....but if he can't put any weight on it tomorrow we will head to the doctor.
I think we may need to up our medical spending account!!!! I am thankful though that we have avoided any serious injuries (can you hear the wood knocking?).
We are hoping he will be up for racing tomorrow....I told him that his boot will keep his leg from moving but I am not sure he believes me!!!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Mommy didn't handle it so well, but I was not with him so he never saw it!!! He is actually excited about it and has his teeth under his pillow already in anticipation of the tooth fairy.
Pete and I were discussing how different he will look and Pete made a great point....he said "it's just the new Matt". Life moves on and I am sure I will get over it soon!!
I worked hard to get a picture and this is what I kept getting....
This was the best I could do.....I think he looks kinda cute..
I guess we better get used to the New Matt.......it will be a LONG time until we see teeth there again!!
Monday, May 12, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
She makes me feel special and loved!!
Thanks Mom.....you deserve to have everyday as Mother's Day!! I love you!!
As to my own Mother's Day....I am so thankful that God entrusted my three beautiful children to me, what a wonderful gift!!!
Today we will celebrate all our family's moms at a dinner at my parent's house....the dads are doing all the work and we get to sit back and relax!!!
Friday, May 9, 2008
Enjoy......oh by the way, just trust us that he is saying trampoline....you might not be able to make it out.
Please excuse his mismatched pajamas and socks.....we just feel good that he is dressed!!!
Monday, May 5, 2008
Saturday was rainy, but we had fun playing games, a little Wii, more beverages and an awesome steak dinner (that we actually ate before dark - anyone that knows my parents would know that is really rare!!).
Little did we know that this little window sill would interrupt our camping trip....
The kids were playing in the bunk bed while Pete and I were trying to catch a few more winks on Sunday morning. We heard a thump....some crying....then Hannah yelling that "Matt is gushing blood"!! Wow, we sure can move fast when we need to. Matt split his lip open and off we went to the closest Urgent Care.....He actually smiled on the way there.
The Urgent Care doctor couldn't stitch it, so off to the ER we went. While there his lips were numbed and then he got 5 stitches. He was such a trooper....he never cried or whined once. They promised him a popsicle and he was all about that!!!
The doctor prescibed two antibotics to warn off the nasty staff infection that is going around. He also split his upper gum and his front tooth and lateral tooth are very loose and will likely come out on their own or will need to be pulled. Matt is actually very excited about loosing them since he knows the tooth fairy will bring money. It really hurts Mommy because I know it will be a really LONG time before the permanent teeth come in since he is only 4.
We have had a problem with him pulling at the stitches. Pete told him last night that if he pulled them out we would have to go back....Matt replied "that is okay....that was easy".
It is official.....the entire family has now had stitches!!! I am pretty sure this won't be the last!!!