Saturday, September 20, 2014

A much needed update

 
 
Many apologies for the delay in a post. The past few weeks have been full.. and a little bit nuts.
To help make up for my silence, I have jam packed this post full of pictures.
 
Because this post has pictures from the past 3-4 weeks, it is important for me to note that Andy has had a significant decline in this time period. Most of the pictures of him are from 2-3 weeks ago and he is not doing so well now.
 
I'll just start off with a medical update on the Captain: As of today he is sleeping well over 21 hours a day. When he is up it is just to eat or go to the restroom... hardly, if ever, is he awake to just be awake and chat. He has lost the ability to walk more then a step or two and is using the wheelchair for all his transportation needs. Andy's face is starting to swell and his legs and arms are looking more and more rail-like. The noise and happy chaos little boys bring is tolerated for shorter and shorter times. He loves to see and hug them...but quickly needs the quiet again. He is still eating...but not like he was. It's been hard to find a balance between my time there with him and taking care of the boys. Your prayers are still coveted. I should mention that we feel so loved and cared for at this time. The body of Christ is stepping up in huge ways and is very visible. Thank you for your prayers, meals, gifts and everything else you are doing to love, care and lift up my family.
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Ryder is the kind of kid that has to touch things/people. He has been very involved in loving on and helping his Daddy. Most of the time it is ok, but sometimes Ryder can get a bit overwhelming in how close he wants to be. He has been a big helper and a bringer of many smiles when it comes to his daddy.
 
 
 
Both boys are always happy to see the Captain. Love and hugs are the first thing on the to-do list when we visit.
 

 
My boys have started school. (insert mix of happy dance and strangled sob)
They LOVE it too. Rigg and Ryder are both in pre-K. Different classes... but same time frames. The boys love school, their teachers and their new friends. It is not hard to get them up, dressed and out the door because they are excited for school each day.
These pictures are from their first day of school this year...needless to say they were a bit excited.





This picture just makes me laugh...  :)



A couple weeks ago things went from our normal crazy to a higher level of chaos.
One Friday morning we got a call that my Nana was very sick... at the time we not sure what was the cause, but we packed up the car and drove the 2+ hours to see her. About 45 minutes before we got there we get a call saying she needs emergency surgery and she will be airlifted... back where we started our journey.  :)  So we high-tailed it to her, gave her quick hugs and kisses, watched the helicopter take off with my beautiful Nana and hopped back in the car to drive the 2+ hours home. 


We got back just in time to see her before her emergency surgery. Then we hung out in the waiting room while the doctors fixed a hernia and removed almost half of her necrotic bowel.
Because my Nana lives in a small town she was airlifted to Indy. She's 86 and declared this to be the most exciting thing she's ever done. :) To which the pilot replied, "I hope to make the trip very boring."
 
The boys enjoyed the time spent with family while waiting for Nana to come out of surgery. We had the waiting room to ourselves so they were able to run and play without being a bother to others. 


Rigg is officially a big boy. He lost his first tooth during the "week of chaos" as I am lovingly coining it.
He did so well with the looseness and the pulling... And, if I am so bold as to say, the tooth fairy rocked her first stop at our house!


The day after Nana's surgery my dad started feeling poorly. About 4 days later my mom, a strongly worded call from my Aunt, and a nudge from me got him into the doctor... who said she was concerned and sent him to get blood work... where he almost passed out and they sent him to the ER... where they found out THE MAN HAD SEPSIS AND WAS IN KIDNEY FAILURE!


I tossed and turned and prayed for him all night long, very concerned and upset. They had him on IV's going as fast as possible and IV antibiotics.
The next morning the Doc said they caught it early on and he should recover just fine.
So when I got to the hospital the next day I punched him... then I hugged him.
He spent 3-4 days (I can't really remember) in the hospital before heading home... still on oral antibiotics. He seems to be recovering just fine... (just to be clear... I'd punch him again if he keeps me up tossing and turning)


Andy is sleeping more and more. Sometimes even a visit from me and the Chaos Crew doesn't really stir him. He needs his sleep and his quiet... it's just a hard thing to watch him fading slowly away.


AND THEN...
 
I totaled my van. (frown)
I was headed to pic the boys up from preschool... and didn't see the nice man in his shiny white car.
The nice man and I both walked away with minor bruising... but his shiny white car was no longer shiny... or white. And my van was in sad shape.
The officers at the scene were crazy nice. A friend was right behind me when it happened, so she was able to square away my kiddos... and I took a trip to the ER and had a lovely picture taken (X-ray) of my left arm. It's just bruised (and crazy UGLY)
But all involved are just fine... except my van... which is no longer for this world. :(


The boys have been troopers. Granted they know no different then this constant craziness... but they are holding their own. I try to make time for each of them, take them to the park or the orchard, give them time to be little boys. They get more hugs then needed and they get more serious talks about Life, death and Heaven then preschoolers should... but they seem quasi-normal... which is all we can hope for most days.
God is taking good care of them.


Ryder is still very much his own person.



About 5 weeks ago we spent an hour or so getting extended-family pics taken. This is Andy's side of our family. They turned out great.


THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for all the prayers, meals, visits, calls, love and encouragement. Our family feels very loved and cared for. We know our God is good, that He is big and that He has a plan for this. God is using Andy, his cancer and our family in big and little ways... and the awesome thing is God is gracious enough to give us small glimpses of how He is using it. We rest in the knowledge that God loves us, cares for us and is bringing Himself glory through this.


Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His love endures forever, to Him alone does great wonders, His love endures forever. He remembered us in our low estate. His love endures forever.
Psalm 136: 1,4,23

6 comments:

Verna Lantz said...

Oh dear! What a week. (((hugs))) You guys are always in my prayers. Now I am praying for some calm and peace to envelope you guys.

Joy Altman said...

It's me again - friend of Ellen, former Hoosier, and pray-er for you all the time! ;)

LOVE the pics of the boys on their first day of school. So adorable! And I am so happy that no one was seriously hurt in your accident!

Continuing to ask God to pour His grace over your whole family, and to give joy and peace through this journey.

"I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken." Ps. 16:8

In My Heart said...

Keeping y'all in my thoughts and prayers.

~Jill

Anonymous said...

you sweet child you and yours are in my prayers,
love marianne

Kate said...

Thanks for the update. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Krystle [krystleraeholt@gmail.com] said...

...again, just... no words. Praying for you guys endlessly. I can't get over how much you're story pulls at my heart strings. Praying Praying Praying.