Tuesday, August 01, 2006

*UPDATED* We're Back...for now

We have returned from northern New Mexico where we were visiting hubby's parents. It was WONDERFUL!!! Thank you all for your prayers for our plane trip--it went much better than expected!

The weather in New Mexico was incredible--60s and 70s with 40% humidity or less! It still amazes me that there are people who can live in houses without air conditioners and survive. Leaving the windows open day and night is actually pleasant. Incredible. If we tried to do that here in SE Texas, we would suffocate from all the humidity. It was a nice break from the day-to-day here. We spent quite a bit of time outdoors, which we don't do too much lately due to the heat and humidity. I'll try to post some pics of our trip later.

Things in my family are quite stressful right now. My maternal grandmother (who lives with my parents) had hip replacement surgery last Monday (the 24th). It has been a rough week now, as she is just beginning to walk again. She had to be given two units of blood in the middle of last week because her counts were too low and now she is suffering from some nerve issues in her ankle due to a pinched nerve around her knee area. My mom has been spending days and nights at the hospital, and since my dad works out of state in Mississippi, she's been bearing the burden pretty much on her own (with help from friends and family, of course).

My dad is returning from MS on Thursday because he will have major ear surgery on Monday to remove a cyst in his ear that has grown back. **The cyst is called cholesteatoma, which "occurs because of poor eustachian tube function as well as infection in the middle ear." It is the type that eats away at what is around it as it grows. My dad had several sets of tubes in his ears when he was a child and this can be caused from complications with those tubes. You can read more here if you like.** In his last surgery, he had to have an artificial hearing bone put in. I know he is nervous about the procedure because it is VERY painful for quite a long time afterward. (I'll spare you the gruesome details)

My grandmother will not be released from the hospital until next Tuesday (what they said this morning, anyway). My dad will have surgery on Monday at a different hospital. You can see why my mom is dealing with some stress.

So, probably tomorrow Caleb and I will be heading to my parent's house to try and help out as much as possible. Two people recovering from surgery and a 10-month-old in the same house should be very interesting!

If you remember, could you say a prayer for my family? With so much going on at once, emotions run high. Patience is probably not the virtue any of us is known for, so we need a supernatural measure of that!

If you don't see me for a while, it's because I'm knee-deep in cooking, cleaning, and taking care of my family (extended and immediate).

Oh, and did I mention that my paternal grandmother, who lives about 5 miles from my parents, just found out she has Rheumatoid Arthritis and will have surgery on both of her feet in the next couple of weeks as well? When it rains, it pours!

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
~Psalm 91:1


Dave & Lisa said...

You definitely have a lot on your plate right now! I'm thankful that you guys were able to take a vacation and cool off first. :-) I am praying that the Lord will lead you through each situation in each day that comes with His Spirit leading you and not your own flesh. May He protect you and Caleb and your mom from fatigue, and may He grant healing and comfort to your grandmothers and to your dad.

I love you always, Lisa

Leslie said...

Okay, at the risk of being really nosy and perhaps pushy, Does your father have a giant cell tumor? My brother had that and he went to MD Anderson in Houston for treatment after the surgery was not successful in removing it. There was a specialist for this type of tumor there. My brother did not have cancer, but the tumor did eat the tissue around it.

Even if he doesn't have that, you might check MD Anderson. And really, knowing what we know now, I think we will always be more proactive about our healthcare. Currently he goes to MD Anderson once a year for a check-up. So far so good.

Rabbit said...

You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers, absolutely! May God bring healing to your father and grandmother, patience and endurance and strength to all of you, and surround you with His presence in a very tangible way.

MAK said...

Prayers coming your way. Just take things one day at a time and know that "this too shall pass"

jettybetty said...

So thankful you can go help out--I am guessing your mom feels the same way!

I am praying for all your sweet family!


Heather Smith said...

I am praying for your family. I pray that God will give you extra strength and patience during this time!

Debi D said...

Praying you you as you visit and serve! He is faithful!!

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