Monday, October 29, 2007

Doctor's Report!

This morning I saw the doctor, and found out that everything is stable with my back. They did an x-ray, which showed that the screws and rods are all aligned properly. I misunderstood, and thought that they would be able to tell me if there is re-growth or not. The doc says it is too early to be able to tell that. I do have some pain and inflammation in my SI Joint, and will consider a cortisone injection into that joint if the pain doesnt subside in the next couple of weeks. That is normal for someone who has had this kind of surgery on the lower vertebrae. It can cause the pelvic bone to shift some, thus the irritation. He sent me home with more "happy" pills and said he would see me again in 6 weeks. At that time we would also consider doing some Physical Therapy. In between now and then I should just walk as much as I can for exercise. It is too early for anything else! Thank you again for your thoughts and prayers....They are much appreciated!

Dennis' siblings were here over the weekend, in which we all had a wonderful visit! I wished that I wasn't down and out, but that is the way it is. I was able to laugh with them....and they are one crazy bunch! The boys really enjoyed visiting their uncles and aunt, and Dennis was able to reconnect with his siblings-We both hope that it is not another 10 years before we see them again!

Have a wonderful week-enjoy the fall activities!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Happy Weekend!

Wow....hard to believe it is Friday already! I just wanted to ask for some additional prayers before my first return to the doctor on Monday! We will find out if the bone has started to regrow or not! My days are dependent on my activity! More activity=more pain, less activity=less pain. So, I do the best to try and lay low.

This weekend will be an exciting one at our house! Dennis' siblings are all coming to town! He has not seen them in 10 years-2 brothers, and 1 sister! He is hopeful that they will be able to start fresh, as their relationship has been somewhat strained! I am so excited for Dennis, and proud of him for stepping out of his box, and making the effort to invite them all here!

Tonight Josh has another school dance! It is so fun to see the excitement that goes into a night out for these teens! This time around it has not been so much about the girls as it was last month! My mom chaperoned last month when she was here with us, and had to make sure that there was the right amount of space between each couple while they were dancing! Grandma won't be there to keep her eye on things this time, but mom and dad are trusting his judgement, and the judgement of the other parents chaperoning this dance!

Tay and his friend Spencer are going with Dennis and I to Alexandria for a suprise 25th anniversary party for my aunt Janell and uncle Gary this evening!! (hopefully she doesnt look at my blog in the next 4 hours!) This will be my first travel, and am just thankful that I am able to go and make my breif appearance!

Wishing you all a wonderful fall filled weekend!...I will update Monday afternoon on my doctors visit! Thank you all for your concern and prayers!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

So much to tell!!!

Does that surprise you?? Me....have something to say??? Each day is getting better for me. I am still taking pain meds, but make progress each day! I have had the boys put the walker in the crawl space (woohoo!), as I don't need that to get around anymore! Other than my back there is so much afloat here at our house!

Josh is taking part in a Haunted House with our friend Doug. Josh agrees with Doug now that it is much more fun to scare someone than to be scared. He wears a mask, and said the best part is scaring people that he knows, but they don't know it is him!

Tonight is conferences at school for both of the boys! I anticipate that they are both doing well. The hard part is to keep them both focused. Seems that Josh is involved in so much, I don't know how he stays on task most days. Dennis and I have begged him to slow down, but he says he wants to do it, WEB leader, Student council, band, jazz band, volunteer at local nursing home, etc.

Last weekend the boys and Dennis planted shrubs and a couple of trees in our bare naked yard! They say Fall is the best time to plant, and what a wonderful gift from my MIL! Now, to just wait a couple of years for them to fill out, and it will look wonderful!

I have been happily playing with my scrap goods, and will share some of my recent layouts with you....

Hope that you all have a wonderful week!

Friday, October 5, 2007

Give Thanks, With a Grateful Heart!!!

Hello Dear Friends and Family! I am sorry for the break in between posts, but we are trying to keep up around here with out Grandmas!!!

First of all I need to say THANK YOU to SOOOOO many of you for the beautiful cards, phone calls, emails, flowers, meals, jammies, and SO much more! I got a couple in the mail today, and each day they humble me! Just thinking about how much love and concern that I am surrounded by is overwhelming. I have gotten cards from friends of friends, friends of my parents, friends of my grandmother.....some who don't even know me! The prayers and kindness of those is SO much appreciated right now!

I would like to shout out to the following people:

All the girls at Scrapbook Doodle who have sent wonderful pieces of art!

To my KMA friend Lizette for a beautiful bouquet of flowers!!

Dr. Bell and staff(my mom's office) for the beautiful flowers!

Apperts Foodservice (Dennis' employer) for the beautiful flowers!

Friends Doug and Joy-for graciously keeping the boys overnight while I was in the hospital, a beautiful bouquet of flowers, and a wonderful hotdish!

My Aunt Janell and Uncle Gary for the Beautiful flowers!

Friends Julie and Grace from church-for the beautiful flowers!

Friend Linda- for taking me out to eat a couple of nights before my surgery and bringing me a fuzzy friend and balloon at the hospital!

Friends Dan, Sherrie, Mitch, and Ashley-who kept the boys overnight while I was in the hospital, and bringing me the cutest "cow jumped over the moon" jammies! Gosh, and I can't forget the yummy apple pie!

Diana and Dawn-from the local Christian radio station who sent a Yada Yada Prayer Group book!

My friend Denise for a wonderful meal!

Friends Joe and Sue who brought yummy fried chicken for dinner one night, and also a gorgeous mum for outdoors!

For friend Rachel (our pastor's wife)- who spent a morning with me doing laundry and keeping me company in between our mom's!

To my previous co-workers at Comfort Keepers who brought a lovely sloppy joe meal on Monday!

To our pastors-Pastor Jon, Pastor Nelson and Pastor Dare-for the hospital visits phone calls, and many prayers! Oh-and Pastor Jon-you make a wonderful Enchilada casserole!!

To our wonderful friends Jen and Rich-for spending time at Let's Dish making wonderful meals for us! Also the extra meals that you made-meatballs and meatloaf! To Jen for picking my mom up at the airport and bringing her to the hospital! And for bringing all those scrumptious goodies to the hospital! Andes Mints and Cheese Puffcorn-my favorites!

and of course to my mom and my mother in law- for flying in for a week each, and keeping our household afloat! Their jobs weren't always fun ones!
To my 88 year old Gram who also came to spend the week here when my mom was here-who brought me breakfast in bad each morning, and kept me company throughout the day, made wonderful banana bread and ridded my house of the dust bunnies before she left! She is one of my bestest friends!

and to EVERYONE who has thought about us in the last month-I thank God for you each day!

How am I doing? well.....aside from during the night, I am able to get around the house without my walker. Today I managed a shower on my own (with Dennis standing right there just in case!) I have been playing a little with my scrap goods (smiling profusely)! I don't see the doc until the 29th-in which I will have an x-ray that day to determine if the bone has started to regrow! Until then I will just follow his orders and lay low!

The boys.....are still being boys! They have helped out SO much around here! But, we have made sure that they continue being kids!

My limit of 15 minutes of "sit" time has passed, and therefore I should find myself back on the couch!

Thank you all for your continued thoughts, prayers, and support!