Today was a day we have been waiting for for a very long time. It will be 8 months tomorrow that my mother had her brain aneurysm and survived it after being told she would more than likely not make it through the first night. But as most of you know she is one very determined lady who's time was apparently not up! After all the hurdles she has been forced to jump she amazes me as she continues to beat the odds everyday. Let's face it, she was dealt one bad card after the other when she was hit with this brain bleed and I'm not too sure if anything more wrong could have happened to her. It was bad enough just to have an Aneurysm let alone the Pneumonia that settled in after some time, a Tracheostomy, needing a Pacemaker while in a medically induced coma, 4 head surgeries w/ 2 separate shunts needed at different times , 3 Blood Transfusions, GI Food Tube, a Sub Dural Hemorrhage (2nd bleed), several falls (while in hospital) the final fall resulting with a Hip replacement, VRE (infection), Months of therapies and I'm probably leaving out a few things...
Needless to say, my Mother is the strongest, bravest woman I know and today marked just another small milestone in her journey back to health. She had her Food Tube taken out today and she was tickled pink to have that thing gone and to her it was another hurdled accomplishment. I could see the relief in her face when the procedure was over and the sigh she let out swelled my heart and made me reminisce about those long, hard, unknown days that we, as a family experienced as we watched her fight for her life for days on end, for months on end. I am thankful every single day when I think about her journey and how close we were to losing her and I am thankful for all the support, all the prayer and encouraging words from everyone that was there for us. GOD is good....for sure!
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
I can't believe that this year we had to have Malissa's Senior Pictures done for the yearbook. She only just started high school it seems. So we made arrangements for a very special person do the pictures for us at Whitnall Park and although it was hotter than Haiti's outside we managed to get in some pretty fabulous shots! Malissa's BFF Kay was able to come along and have a few "BFF" shots taken together of the 2 of them at the end of the session.
Now here she is, at a blink of an eye, attending her Final year at Whitnall High School, working 2 and sometimes 3 jobs at a time, driving and always on the go. And all I can ask myself is "When did this happen"??? When did she stop sitting on my lap, when did we stop looking at clouds together, when did she become so independent?
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Well, he finally popped the question! My nephew, Kolten is now officially engaged to be married to his high school sweetheart, Aerial. She currently lives in Texas and Kolten went to visit her and her family this past week and told Aerial he was heading back home to Missouri two days prior, when in fact he had the whole proposal premeditated, once he got permission from Aeriel's father of course. Even though he really didn't go back to Missouri like he said he was going to, he stayed at a friends house and planned everything. Kolten had Aerials family meet him in San Antonio for a "family day" and he had pre-hired an artist to draw this picture shown above, (unbeknownst to her)! All the while Aerial thought he was drawing a portrait of just her, as Kolten was standing in the background waiting with the ring! When the artist turned the portrait around she was very confused and actually thought the artist was proposing to her, while out of the corner of her eye she saw someone walking towards her.
If you look closely, you can see my nephew in the background waiting for the que to step forward and ask the big question! She still doesn't know what is happening at this point!
Congratulations Kolten & Aerial we are all very happy for you both <3
Friday, October 7, 2011
I am really going to try and do this "Blog" thing a lot more often than I was doing. I'm finally getting over all of the past years events with my Mom having a brain aneuresym and surving it, the heart breaking decision of having to put Mom in a temporary rehab hospital and then dealing with everything that possibly could go wrong and did, learning that someone very special to me is losing her daughter to Cancer, to my oldest sister being diagnosed with MS. Needless to say it has been a crazy year and things are finally calming down a bit for all of us.