Monday, October 30, 2006

Another whirlwind day

This has been another whirlwind day. First, I can not believe I can be so tired with extra sleep but I can barely get out of my own way.
Wm. came home at 1 and went along with Matty and me to my doctor's appt. Now, I was supposed to be there to go over the MRI report on my neck. The nurse told me on the phone it was unremarkable with the exception of the left side of my thyroid being larger than my right. Seeing I had a partial thyroidectomy and all of the right side and part of the left was gone, that did not seem too alarming. To make a long story short, I have a cyst on my lymph node over the carotid artery which looks to be benign. (how can they tell that from an MRI?) The doctor was all set to start the wheels in motion to have that taken care of. I told him I did not even want to think about it until after the surgery on my knee. (in case you haven't noticed, I am absolutely falling apart) I am going to start a round of antibiotics to see if some of the swelling in the gland goes down.

Poor Matty, I put him in the high chair when we got home so I could make him some lunch. When I turned back around, he was throwing up (mostly phlegm; gross I know). He is sleeping now. He fell asleep while I was cleaning up the kitchen and washing his clothes. He looked like he was falling asleep when he was in the car.

Although the surgery on my knee is not scheduled until the 17th, I have to have tests on the 7th, a physical on the 13th. YUCK

Grateful that we are going to Canton on Saturday for Alyssa's birthday so I can see the girls and Matty together, that should pick up my spirits.

Friday, October 27, 2006


The other autumn pictures were an inspiration for this. Matty loves being outside but I really dislike him eating the leaves.
Guess we should rake them up!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006


I had my surgical consult this morning. I need to have arthroscopic surgery on my knee to repair the torn meniscus in my right knee. they were going to say "no surgery necessary, just go home and it will heal on it's own. No date yet. They will call me tomorrow.
As for the other MRI I had on my neck. Nothing remarkable. I do have to return to my family physician on Monday.

Next Saturday is Miss Alyssa's birthday party. We are all going up. Grampa, Susan, Tom, Matty and I. Uncle Roy is not sure yet.

edit: my surgery is scheduled for Nov. 17th.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006


PTL.....the laundry center is in upstairs! No more going to the cellar to do the laundry. Tom and Susan came after work and after we had dinner (ok, a small bribe) Tom helped Wm. put it in. I was surprised at all the maneuvering in order to get it through the sliding door in the kitchen. (the door looked big than it is I guess)
Matty was not happy with the roast beef and southwestern corn but he loved the mashed potatoes, crescents and adored the marble cake with chocolate glaze. He started out eating off his parents' cake plates but ended up with his own piece. This morning when he got here he ran right for the kitchen and pointed at the cake! Must be he really liked it :-)

Speaking of Matty, he got more teeth this week.

Well, I have my MRI (open) of my neck tomorrow and then my surgical consult on Tues. Glad to finally be getting this taken care of.......I can barely walk around the house anymore which is putting a real crimp in our daily walks around the neighborhood.

Did you see the pictures Jackie took of the girls in the leaves? Aren't they adorable? Not just because I am their gramma, who wouldn't think they were cute???

The church is starting a new 4 week series in small groups. It is called "walk across the room".
Hopefully by next week things will be back to normal at work and Wm. will not be working overtime every night.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Quite a week

Well, this has been quite a week so far.

Sunday morning, we went to Canton, (I was missing the girls so very much and Alyssa's party got pushed back another weekend) Now, spontaneity is not one of Wm.'s strong suits, so this was exciting. We called ahead and the girls were waiting for us. We went to Ponderosa, Lael's favorite and Jackie can always find something there for Alyssa to eat.

When we got home I had a message on the machine saying that my half sister, Dawn had passed away. Now this is going to sound strange to most of you.....we really had no kind of a relationship with each other......growing up our families wanted it that way. It was not until my father died that we actually sat down and talked. Even as old as we were, her mother asked her not to have a relationship with us (at that time, my sister Susan was still alive). Dawn respected her mother's wishes. Wm and I went to the funeral home on Mon. night and to the funeral on Tues. This is the good part. We had to take Matty with us to the funeral (long story) and part way through, Wm. took him outside so he could walk around. The woman sitting behind me said that someone had gone to pray with Dawn every few days since she became sick. (she had Lupus and was bedridden at the end) She said that Dawn was so pleased for people to come and pray with her and for her. I was very encouraged by this and other things the woman shared.

Yesterday, I had an appointment at the Imaging clinic on Taft Rd. I was to have 2 MRI's done. They had closed MRI's! I was shocked.......even up in rural SLC, the MRI's were open. Now I had a horrid migraine most of the night Tuesday and when I got up on Wed. it really was no better. The banging from the machine did not help matters. (It sounded like a jack hammer and they even gave you ear plugs) I was to get one of my neck also. Now there was absolutely no way I intended to stick my head in there. I prayed all through the one of my knee and when the time came for my neck, I had the courage to tell them I was refusing. (I am not one to "make waves") So I am waiting for another appointment at an open MRI and an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon. They seem to think that the cartilage in my knee is gone and the pain in my back and hip are from favoring my knee when I walk.

edit: The doctor's office just called and the results of the MRI was a meniscus tear. They still have no appt. for the orthopedic surgeon. I do, however, have an appt. for an open MRI of my neck on Thurs. Oct. 19th.

Friday, October 06, 2006

bits and pieces

I don't really have a lot to say here.

I can not believe that Lael has started CFA today. When did she get to be that old, or rather when did I get that old. The time just seems to fly by. I remember my mother saying that when my children were young, and in her words "what goes around comes around". I guess.

Matty is drooling more than I have ever seen a baby do before.......actually, more like the slobbering Zoe has been doing lately. I can see that Matty is getting more teeth. As far as Zoe is concerned, I have no idea why she is slobbering so. When we lived in Canton and she was very young, we had a neighbor who had a basset, an older on, who slobbered so that he had to carry a roll of paper towels on their walk. Now I thought this was just Beau but maybe bassets get to be even more wet mouthed dogs the older they become. Who knows? Well, not me but maybe I should research this. Zoe has been even more laid back than usual, choosing to sleep the day away on our bed (out of Matty's reach) Don't misunderstand, Matty is good with Zoe and she is with him, but I think Zoe is just too old to have Matty chase her through the house.

On another note, our washer/dryer is still not hooked up , upstairs here. The water and dryer vent is in and the laminate is down. Wm. has been working over nearly every night and even going in on Sat. and earlier than usual on a few mornings this week. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Wm. has been so good to take the laundry down and do it for me since my back, hip and knee are getting worse instead of better.

Matty has discovered the little broom that the girls had in the toy box at our house. He is sweeping up a storm. (better with that than the swiffer he was using). Not only does enjoy his sweeping, he uses it as a weapon to ward off old fat grammas who think it is time for a nap!

Talked to Morrigan last night who is looking forward to the birth of her new brother and her birthday both within days of each other in Feb. She told me of what is going on in her life in Raleigh and wanted me to tell her about Lael and Alyssa and Matty. When asked if her mommy was getting fatter, she answered "she's just perfect". She wanted to know when Aunt Jackie was going to have her new baby and if we knew what it was going to be. She told me all about what they were planning for the nursery for Max. Exciting stuff !

Guess I had more to say than I thought!

Monday, October 02, 2006

"I'm a part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The die has been cast.
I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made.

I'm a disciple of His and I won't look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.
My past is redeemed. My present makes sense. My future is secure.

I'm done and finished with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees,
colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living, and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity.
I don't have to be right, or first, or tops, or recognized, or praised, or rewarded.

I live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, lift by prayer, and labor by Holy Spirit power.

My face is set. My gait is fast. My goal is heaven.
My road may be narrow, my way rough, my companions few, but my guide is reliable and my mission is clear.

I will not be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back,deluded or delayed.
I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice or hesitate in the presence of the adversary.

I will not negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

I won't give up, shut up, or let up until I have stayed up, stored up,prayed up, paid up, and preached up for the cause of Christ.

I am a disciple of Jesus!

I must give until I drop, preach until all know, and work until He comes. And when He does come for His own, He'll have no problems recognizing me. My colors will be clear!"

(author unknown)