If you are a young person and don't like to hear people talk about aches and pains and ailments,
STOP right here. For you oldsters who know you are going to hear about aches and pains and ailments whenever you ask someone how they are, CONTINUE TO READ.
Yes, unfortunately, the title of this post is correct. In the last few weeks, we have added our cousin, Roger to the list of "The Club" members with cancer, and also sister Judy and Hubby. Judy has been diagnosed with breast cancer, but is staying VERY optimistic. She has the frame of mind that what happens . . . happens, and that she will be just fine. She has invasive lobular carcinoma, but things looks quite good for her. Peeps, this is where you put your little paws together and say a quick prayer.
Hubby went to the doctor for a strange mole on his face, and was diagnosed with skin cancer. Again, this is a do-able situation and will be taken care of next week. He is not worried and being quite calm about it
Then, we had two major breast cancer scares, with my Jenna and sister Karen. Both had suspicious mammograms and had to have additional tests. Fortunately, they had non-cancerous cysts, but they will have to keep an eye on them. Whew!
THEN, we just went through two and half days of serious hospital stay with Hubby. He collapsed Tuesday night around 9:30 P.M.. He was nauseated and vomiting, sweating so profusely that his shirt became soaked immediately and perspiration was dripping off his arms onto the floor. He couldn't open his eyes without getting sick, and his head hurt horribly. He was weak and couldn't walk. Sis-in-law Nina, her husband, and I got him to the hospital, where we found out his blood pressure was 217/210. This is kinda like "blowing the top of your head off" levels.
Jenna called Dan and he started the drive from Minnesota immediately. Thank goodness. Hubby got out of the Emergency Room and into his room about 2:00 A.M., and finally to sleep at 4:30 A.M. Dan showed up on Wednesday morning (after speeding all the way from his home) and noticed that his dad did not have an IV bag. One of the concerns was that Hubby was severely dehydrated and since he couldn't keep down even a sip of water, he was getting no fluids in his body. Dan questioned this fact and they immediately began pumping fluids. Thank goodness again. That is when things began to turn around. By yesterday, Hubby was doing fine. However, with all the tests run, they found plaque build-up in his carotid arteries. There is also a chance that he had a very small stroke (but fortunately one that didn't effect any really important part of the brain).
One comment I would like to make. He DID NOT enjoy the MRA anymore than I enjoyed the MRI I had a few years ago. He thought all the banging noises were entirely not acceptable. Tell me about it!
Anyhoo, now that things have settled down, we are enjoying have Dan here for a few days. He is happy to be in town to be able to attend "Seniors' Night" at Cate's school, and walk out on the football field with her at half-time.
I cannot begin to tell you what wonderful kids we have and what a help they were during the last few days. Both spent lots of time with their dad, and supplied us with clean clothes and stuff from home. They were a major support when we needed them. Thanks, Jenna and Dan!
You remember my BFSILPIC (best friend, sister-in-law, partner-in-crime) Nina? Well, Wednesday Alec wasn't feeling well and stayed home from school, and so Nina watched him for Jenna, so she could go to the hospital to be with her dad. Mind you, Nina doesn't get very much time off from work and was planning to finally go to her Ladies Bible Class on Wednesday morning. Instead, she watch Al. Such is the wonderful family that I have. I am lucky.
Sunday is the Especially For You breast cancer awareness walk in Cedar Rapids. Here's a picture of this year's shirt. It is really mint green, but looks like gray or lavender in the shot. We are going to have a wonderful time. It is really an emotional experience when you are walking with thousands of people for such a cause. My team members this year are: Jenna, Alec, Nina, Holly, Sara, Addy, Lexie, Kayla, Zonna, Lisa, and me.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL