Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Shocking News & a little Hokey Pokey

For those who haven't heard yet, my Mom had been really sick all last week and my Dad finally took her to the ER last Thursday night because she couldn't hardly breathe and was coughing like crazy. Turns out she has pneumonia and they drained a LOT of icky yellow fluid out of her right lung and put her on antibiotics. So, with that she's feeling a little better now.

However, it doesn't end there. She has had a lump in her breast & hadn't seen a doctor about it. I have known about this for a while. My Dad and I have tried to convince her to get it checked out. She's so stubborn. Well, now that she's in the hospital, they have discovered she's in the advanced stages of breast cancer. It has spread to her lymph nodes in both armpits and may be in her right lung (or could be part of her infection).

They have done a full body scan, biopsy and bone scan. The bone scan results came back clear. YAY!!! A little bit of good news! Still waiting on the other results. She is optimistic and really likes her team of doctors. They want to start chemotherapy as soon as they get all the test results. She will be in the hospital a couple more days. We are all hanging in there and doing fine. We've all visited her a bunch of times, I even took the kids a couple times (we had to meet her in the lobby of her floor since the kids are under 12). She's excited to have her family near and enjoys receiving phone calls from friends and family.

We were still able to celebrate Father's Day this weekend. My Sister and I took my Dad to a movie of his choice. He chose UP in 3D. It was SO CUTE!!!! We all loved it :)

After the movie, we took the kids to McDonald's for a late lunch and then went to visit my Mom at the hospital again.
My sister, Dad, and ME
We always have a FUN time when we're with our Dad! He's an amazing Dad and he's always been there supporting and encouraging me! Thanks Dad - you're the BEST!!
The kids enjoyed shouting "Happy Father's Day!!!" to Ben several times Sunday morning!
They love their Dad so much!! Ben is such a wonderful father & husband!! We hit the jackpot with him :)

I also invited my Dad and sister over for dinner Sunday evening. We had a good time together. Then my Dad, Ben and I visited my Mom at the hospital (w/o the kids).
Oh my goodness! We were all laughing for hours! The nurses must've thought we were all nuts! We finally left around midnight. Under the circumstances, it's been a good weekend.
We all really appreciate all the warm thoughts and prayers everyone has been sending our way!

Now I've been doing laundry most of the day so we can pack. We're going to Utah for a few days for Ben's family reunion. It's more like a sibling reunion rather than huge extended family one. We're excited to see everyone. Not looking forward to the drive, but there's no way around that.

On to some more exciting news! Well exciting for me. I have finally finished a new kit!!! It's taken me a while, but I had fun creating this one.
Somehow I got this silly song in my head, so that's how it got it's name:
You put your right foot in, you take your right foot out.
You put your right foot in, and you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey Pokey and you turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about!
You singing with me yet? hahaha
That song is fun and quirky, just like this kit!
There are lots of fun pattern papers with birdies, gems, glitter, strings, swirls and flowers to play with.
17 Papers and 52 Elements (not all shown)

Here's a better look at the pattern papers
And the Solid Papers
I took a little time {in between doing laundry} and made a layout with the kit!
I also used my Deck the Halls Alpha.
It's for the DSO Template Challenge.
These pics are from Easter this year. I just love their matching dresses and so do they! They look so beautiful! I can't believe how big they're getting.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!


abhall76 said...

I love your new kit Andrea! I am so very sorry to hear about your Mom. I will keep her in my prayers.


charlie said...

Thinking of you lovely lady and praying your mum makes a speedy recovery ((hugs))


So sorry to hear about your Mom We will keep her and your family in our prayers.
LOVE your new kit!!

Janan said...

Andrea, Oh my goodness! If you need anything call me! I am so sorry to hear about your mom. Your mom and family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

By the way, HOKEY POKEY is adorable. !! Wish I knew how to digiscrap.

onehm said...

So sorry to hear about your mom, hoping that things will start looking up soon!
Your new kit is awesome. If you do a CT call, let me know!! ;)

tammy said...

You know your mom is in my prayers.

Cute kit! How do you even know how to do that? You are super talented.

Anonymous said...

so sad to hear about your mom. we are praying for her. if i can do anything to help, pls let me know.

Shanners said...

So sorry to hear about your mom. She's in my prayers! Take care.