Saturday, May 26, 2012

right brain - what's left

So it's been awhile since I've updated the blog, but we've had a few things on our plate. Mom moved into our place after surgery, and we began the process of trying to squeeze the joy out of every moment even more than usual.

A few weeks into mom's stay at Club Culbertson, patient #2 came to join us. My grandparents had been taking care of my dad (with autoimmune hepatitis) since my mom had been in the hospital, but my grandma hurt her back and needed time to rest. So we picked up another patient, moved the girls downstairs and turned into a full time care facility.

Since I last had a moment to blog, mom finished her six weeks of radiation and chemo with very few side effects. She still hasn't had any pain, just a little more loss of mobility from the radiation fatigue. We've had the first two (of three) appointments with the University of Washington to get dad on the transplant list. So far we haven't had anything to disqualify us, which is really good. It's quite a process just to get to the board that decides if you will qualify for the list. Hopefully in the next couple of months we'll know if he made it. It's a long wait for a liver, but it's nice to have a little hope on the horizon there. The Navy has been gracious enough to keep Stan home (stateside) for the time being. It's a tremendous blessing to have my rock here at home.

I'm sure there is much more that I could add to this update, but whenever I sit down to write I draw a blank. So I'll add some captions to a few pictures and call it good. Thank you all for your prayers through the last few months. God is good.
"Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in the small things because it is in them that your strength lies."
-Mother Teresa
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 Part of the family in our "team jackie" shirts from CustomInk
(I even got an email from them, and the company making a donation
toward my mom's medical bills! Thank you CustomInk!)

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Mom with three of her four kids

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team jackie

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the shirts

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after waking up several mornings with gobs of hair on her pillow,
Stan assisted the chemo with the clippers

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dad shaved his head in support of mom

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opposites attract.

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if you can't beat them, join them

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my mom and dad

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mom's first look at the new 'do

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my mom and dad
i'm a lucky girl.


7 comments:

Michelle said...

I have been thinking alot about you and your parents and if Stan was allowed to be home. Thank you for sharing. Keeping you in my thoughts.

Tracey Locher said...

That is wonderful that Stan is able to be home right now! I've been following the posts on Facebook - what a journey you are all on right now. My favorite photo above - Opposites Attract! As always, you capture so much emotion in your photos. Prayers keep coming your way - God is good

Robin said...

I've been thinking of your family and praying for you to have strength and peace of mind.

Darla Weber said...

I love the mohawk photo. :) Prayers to you and your family.

Linda E said...

Thanks for the update, Noel. I have been checking in from time to time and always say a prayer when I do. I am glad the Navy is understanding. Hugs and more prayers.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the update. I have been thinking of and praying for your family.

Anonymous said...

I have been thinking of you and your family and nice you took time to provide an update on your blog. Nice to see your family is still able to maintain a sense of humor among all the issues you have been confronted with. I will continue to keep your family in my prayers.

--Marilyn, Northern VA

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