De-Drained

Yippy!! The last drain is out and I’ve been given the all clear to return to work!!

Stopped in at the school and had a GREAT time getting hugs from kids and adults alike. I miss them so much and cannot wait for Monday morning!! (Remind me I said that at 5AM, will you?)

Thursday! Thursday!

I’m chanting “Thursday” so I can remember what darned day of the week it is!

All is going along nicely. The infection seems to be clearing up and I’m feeling more energized with each day. Tomorrow I go back to see Dr. Lovett who will (fingers and paws crossed) take the last drain out! AND….if all goes well I’ll be stopping at the school for some very needed hugs from “my kids!”

On another front….Mary Beth saw the baby doctor today. Heartbeat is strong (137 bpm) and she is 32 weeks. YIKES!!! She even got the H1N1 shot! Good thing!

Time for a cup of tea! Denise brought me over lunch yesterday afternoon (talk about a treat) along with the most beautiful tea cup! I’m enjoying Cranberry Orange Spice from the Mad Hatter! It is soooo relaxing! Thanks Denise! And I can sit and smell the flowers sent by my Basset Hound Club friends! A gorgeous fall floral arrangement!

Follow up with surgeon

Wish the news were better. But it isn’t “bad” in the big picture! Just a let down. It seems I may have a bit of an infection brewing on my left side. Bummer. Dr. Lovett used a syringe to take about 50 ccs of fluid off the right side. When he checked the drainage from the left he was a bit concerned about the coloring so sent me off with a prescription for antibiotics and strict instructions to “lay low and rest.” He also took the stitch off the remaining drain (hopefully to be removed Friday) – it was irritating me a bit (ok, so it felt like an exacto knife whenever I moved).

I also got a copy of the pathology report which I still ave to look over and figure out. I understand most of it. Some of it is all greek to me. Once I gegt it figured out I can tell you a little more of what is going on.

Counting my blessings!

I’ve always known I was lucky to have the friends I have…and today just reinforced that! Sally and the boys brought us dinner! The best taco soup with the fixings (including sour cream, cheese, chips and salsa) and a mouth watering Carmel apple spice cake! Thank you guys so much! Everyone loved it!!

On being Mom

Anna has a full blown case of H1N1. Her temp is running around 103. She is miserable. And there is nothing we can do other than treat the symptoms. The hard part? She wants her mom. That would be me…the one who is suppose to avoid this bug like the plaugue. Do you know how hard it is to not be able to hug her right now? In reality she should be banned to her room in the basement. But I can’t do that to her. Mary Beth is on her way to get some masks, more meds and more sanitizer! And for now she will remain on the couch “being with mom.” Keep my little darling in your thoughts. Keep me and Mary in your thoughts, too! The last thing either of us needs is the swine flu! I suspect that David has it….even after spraying Lysol in front of him whenever he came out of his cave (aka the office where the computer is).

Catching up!

It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to post on the blog. My family had banned me from the computer which was a very good idea (just don’t tell them I said that). Mary did a nice job keeping up with the CaringBridge site. If you go to the journal you’ll see more details of when I was in the hospital. I was going to jot it here as well…but why create the wheel? Suffice it to say it’s all there!

The day before

Well folks…tomorrow is the big day. I’m getting a bit more frightened as each minute passes. Why? Not sure. This will be a good thing in the end. I know there is a lot I’ll be facing in the future. NOT looking forward to chemo. But, the last time I had it I survived it just fine! What’s a little hair loss anyway??

The surgery is scheduled for 12:30. Mary Beth will be updating the blog. Please do not hesitate to email her at mritchie89@gmail.com if you want to!

I’ll be thinking about you all! Thank you a hundred times over for all of the love and support you’ve given to me and our family!!!