This weekend was chock full of activity but sadly I'm short on words and time, so you just get a few pictures and hopefully more details later on. (Trying really hard to get back into blogging more regularly.)
On Friday, McKayla saw Santa and got her picture taken with him.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, McKayla sang a total of 5 times in our church's Christmas performance.
And on Saturday, Chris marched with his JROTC class in a Christmas parade.
So, as I mentioned in yesterday's post, I'm making a better effort to blog. For me. For family and friends. For the memories.
Things may be jumbled a bit as we go backwards in time a little LOL but if you're still with me after my 6ish month hiatus, you've probably come to expect that from me anyway. :-D
When we last left off (Oct 19th), I was in a hospital waiting room as my husband was having back surgery.
The surgery was a success.
They fused L5 and S1 of his vertebrae. He had rods, plates and screws placed.
He was in the hospital for a week and came home that Friday (surgery was Monday morning). The day of his surgery, they had him up and walking. On Tuesday, they attempted to have him walking but the initial surgery drugs had worn off and he was feeling everything. After they got his pain under control, he was up walking several times a day. On Friday, they deemed him well enough to come home.
He is on bending and twisting restrictions and isn't supposed to lift anything more than 5 lbs (although at his one month check up in Nov, the doc said "if it hurts, don't do it" so he's not AS restricted as he was LOL).
He's also stuck not being able to work for 6 months. He's already going insane LOL
All in all, he's doing really well. The first few weeks, he was moving really slow but now I'm back to trotting to keep up with him. ☺ It's a slow healing process but he's already in less pain, so that's good news. ☺
Well, there's the good news and now for the not-so-good-but-not-terrible-news:
About a week after he came home from surgery, my Dad went in the hospital (3 days before Halloween actually). Dad has congestive heart failure and his legs were horribly swollen with fluid. He ended up spending 3 weeks in the hospital trying to get the fluid off (he'd been in the hospital twice before for the same problem but nowhere near for the length of time he spent this time). He spent 3 days on a dialysis machine where he couldn't move an inch for the whole 3 days. He ended up losing over 20 pounds of fluid.
It was pretty touch and go for awhile. He had a team of doctors and countless prayers being sent. He'd improve and they'd say he could go home the next day and then something would happen and he'd be stuck another day or two and it'd start all over again.
With any sort of illness or injury, you need a positive attitude about your situation. You need hope, optimism, good thoughts and prayers. Your doctor is supposed to have a positive attitude, regardless of your situation.
What you DON'T need is a doctor who is always a pessimistic. A doctor who never has any good news. Sure, some things may be bleak, but there is ALWAYS good somewhere amidst the bleakness. Dad, unfortunately had a doctor like that. We called him Dr. Death. EVERY time he came to see Dad, it was always doom and gloom. At one point he told Dad he had 6 months to live. What the hell!!
Now, we know this is serious and people CAN die from this but you STILL shouldn't just say someone only has 6 months to live and leave it at that. Be a little more positive about the situation. Find a solution, something to make the situation at least a little more bearable. Give the person hope, something to grasp. We don't know what's going to kill us or when and neither do the doctors.
Anyway, after trying different medications and monitoring him, he was able to go home a week before Thanksgiving. Wahoo! I was able to spend Thanksgiving with him and for that I'm VERY thankful. ☺
He's doing good now. He's still having a little bit of problem with fluid in his legs but not to the extent it was before he went in the hospital and his kidneys aren't being very nice but he's holding his own. Still working, still traveling to car shows and refusing to listen to Dr. Deaths "prediction". He's seeing his heart doctor once a week currently but once he keeps showing improvement, he'll probably go to every 2 weeks or so. Not completely out of the woods yet, so prayers would be appreciated.
And there's my first back-in-the-past recap. I can't promise the rest won't be so word vomity tho but they should have more pictures ;-).
It just seems like I haven't been in the groove this year.
Sure, I've had lots of things to share.
I've taken lots of pictures. (Using a couple as filler on this post ☺)
But what I HAVEN'T had time for, is sitting down to type up a post.
It doesn't help that blogging is done 80% of the time from my phone and it's just a P.A.I.N in the tuckus; internet is iffy at best and downloading pictures takes FOREVER. Not to mention, for whatever reason, the blogger app automatically centers my paragraphs if I place pictures first and it won't let me change it. So then I have to go to the desktop version and pinch and squeeze and move the cursor constantly to do anything and it won't let me copy/paste pictures from a draft in the app into a post from the app.
But enough with the excuses.
It's time to buckle down.
I need this for the memories.
I need this for family who can't be a part of the everyday activities.
So I'm working on making a more conscious effort to post more.
I have a SHIT ton of drafts with just pictures waiting for commentary.
So be prepared for a deluge of pictures from this past year and possibly older. ☺ Hopefully that'll get my butt back in gear. I miss blogging.
I hadn't realized it'd been 3 months (July 6th to be precise) since I'd last posted, until achieve1dream commented asking if I was alive. Oops. Ironically, that was on my post apologizing for being a bad blogger after not having blogged since May. (Completely off subject, but why is it that every time I try to type "blogger" my fingers want to type "blooger"? LOL)
Anyway, let's just say that I'm great at forgetting I even have a blog.
That's not entirely true. I haven't forgotten about my blog but it seems like that when I have time to blog, there's nothing to blog about but when I have something to blog about, I don't have time to blog.
Such is life, eh?
I don't think much has happened since I did my last recap. Chris turned 17 in July. Where in the world has time gone?? Nothing makes you feel older than your kids. Bleh.
McKayla started 1st grade in August and has been doing fantastic. She just brought home her 1st 6 weeks report card and had all A's across the board. Proud Momma here. :-)
I celebrated my 35th birthday in August. Ouch, that's kind of hard to type. Although I don't feel 35, I feel like I did in High School. It's almost like I expect to feel my age, like at 35 there is some sort of major personality/physical change. I know that doesn't make a lick of sense and I don't know how to make it make sense. Oh well.
We've added a few new furry family members in the last few months (pictures shown on the sidebar to the right):
Oreo came because a friend of mine has a lot of health problems and it was just too much to deal with having to change his/her cage and I told her I could take him/her. Still can't pet him/her but it's enjoyable watching him/her run around and play in his/her cage. (Obviously I don't know if I have a male or female LOL)
Coco was a planned buy. I'd wanted a hamster the kids could actually handle since Oreo is too skittish and too small. I hadn't realized how difficult it'd be to find a female tho (I don't like the males b/c of how pronounced their rear end is, I mean geez!, do they have to be the size of their head?! LOL) I eventually found one and she's been calm and confident from the get-go. The kids have really enjoyed being able to pet and play with her.
We've also added a 2nd dog to the family. I know this sounds stupid but I'm not sure if I'm ready to formally introduce her just yet. I feel like in some sort of way, that I'm disrespecting Katie or pretending like she never existed if I make an introductory of our new girl before I do a proper Remembrance post for Katie. Sounds ridiculous, I know, but I can't shake the feeling.
And last but not least, as I'm typing up this blog post, I'm sitting in the waiting room of a hospital waiting for my husband to be finished with his back surgery. He'd injured it years ago (doesn't really know how but that's the doctors best guess) and after trying physical therapy and several shots in his back, the last resort was surgery. That's partially why I have any time to blog right now, what else can I do while sitting in a waiting room for several hours? LOL
So that's what I've been up to since my last hiatus. Fascinating life, huh? Aren't you jealous? LOL