Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

I started off this morning with a headache. I have had a headache every day for two weeks now. It is a combination of me trying to get off Dr. Peppers and sinus problems. I am down to drinking one Dr. Pepper a day from around 6 a day. The Tylenol finally kicked in once I got to my in-laws. It turned out to be a great day. We had a marvelous lunch that my mother-in-law and sister-in-law cooked. It was the best fried turkey and sweet potatoes ever!! We played basketball and football. Mana and RK played in the wet leaves. I did not take any pictures. Mana took a few and then asked GranMary to take some of them in the leaves. I really need to start taking pictures again!! I miss it.

I am thankful for my friends and family that God has blessed me with. I have the greatest family on both sides. I missed my family today! I am thankful that my hubby is alive and doing well for being on dialysis. His labs came back good. We are hopeful that his kidneys will kick in within the next couple of weeks.

Playing in the Leaves!!

Seussical Jr.

Mana was in two play rehearsals at the same time this year. It was really hard, especially through the hospital stays, to keep up with all the times to be there. Seussical rehearsals were mainly on Saturdays until they got to tech week. That was an extremely hard week. Mana was in rehearsals from 12:30 to 9 pm almost every day. Plus add dialysis treatments for the hubby in that schedule. We made it through it!! On opening night, she had her dad, her friend Taylor, Anggie, and I there to see her! It was a wonderful performance. Seussical Jr. is a well mixed musical of acting and singing!! I loved it. You could really tell these kids are talented! They also had their cast party that night. On Closing day, her dad and I went again along with her Grandparents. Brian and I sat in the front row. I will never do that again. It was really awkward sitting that close to the actors on stage. It was like they were staring right at you. It was still a great show even from the front row. Brian and I got Mana a performance gift. We picked her out a necklace with a charm that said Drama. She loved it. One show down, one to go!! I can not wait until the next one!!

Opening NightMana with the Cast BoardClosing Day
Her performance gift

Monday, November 15, 2010

Mana's Visit to Chattanooga

While I was in Chattanooga with my hubby in the hospital, my sweet daughter was being bounced around between her paw paws and her aunts. Brian and I have the best families anyone could ask for. They all jumped in and helped out with Mana! I can not tell them thank you enough. I could not ask for a better family then we have!!! They took her shopping when it turned cold because she out grew her last years outfits and I had not taken her yet, they took her to play rehearsals and did homeschooling with her. So much to pack on top of an all ready full schedule of their own!! I love them and appreciate them very much!! More then they will ever know!!
My aunt and cousin brought Mana up to see me one night. I was so glad she got to come up. I was missing my sweet girl!! She was bouncing off the walls and I was in a somewhat glazed over mood. It did not match up well. We did have some good conversations and lots of tears and hugs!! Overall it was just what I needed to make it through being out of town with him in the hospital. We did have some good times while she was there. We ate at the City Cafe that was connected to our hotel. They had huge cakes and goodies. There portion sizes where huge also. I told Mana she could pick out a slice of cake to take home to share with everyone. The cake slices filled up an entire plate!! She choose the sampler cake because of the way the outside was decorated. Her and I had a small taste of all the different cake types and boxed it back up. The whole time I was up there I had my eye on a piece of caramel cake. I told myself I would not get a piece until Brian was discharged from the hospital. That way I would not have to live on cake every day I was there. When he was discharged, Brian's dad went to the cafe and got me a piece for a surprise to go home with. That was so sweet of him. It was good!!!

Mana drawingAt City CafeThat ONE!!More Goodies!!The Sampler

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Hospital Bound

I am getting very far behind with the blogging. On Tuesday Oct. 19th, my husband was working out of town and called that morning to tell me he was in the ER. He was on his way into work and could not catch his breath. He took himself 20 minutes to the nearest hospital. It turns out he was having kidney failure. His blood pressure got up into the 250s and his lungs were filling up with fluid. That hospital transferred him to Erlanger hospital an hour away. His mother and I headed up to Chattanooga. We found him in the ER at Erlanger. They soon put him in CCCU. They could not keep his blood pressure down. On Thursday morning, he could not get his breath again. They ended up putting him on a ventilator with a breathing tube and sedated. He was that way for around 4 or 5 days. They started him on dialysis. They finally found medicine that would hold his blood pressure down. They discharged him on Friday, Oct. 29th. It was a complete surprise. No step down unit, no regular room, just discharged to go home for the weekend. He had not even walked in 10 days. He did fine and we were headed home. It was scary. He had a bunch of meds and a new diet that I did not understand. We made it through the weekend and he was admitted to our hospital on Monday morning. He had a kidney biopsy and it told us that he has permanent damage and he also has an infection. He is on dialysis for 6 weeks and then we will see what happens after that. We are doing ok so far. I thank everyone for their prayers and support that we have received.