Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Family, home and school

This is one of those posts that I love.
It isn't about how bad things are, or how much I can't cope...
Posting today is such a relief!
Mom had a doctor's visit on Monday, and it was very, very good. They took out staples and she made it through like a trooper. She was so very, very tired but she is alive! She is coping, and she is actually doing so much better than just a couple of weeks ago.
I had pretty much given up all hope of her living.  I hated to be so depressed and sad, thinking that she would just die and it be so painful and horrible, and that i just never really thought she would go that way...

But what a difference a day makes, and what a difference a good doctor makes... what a difference love and caring make!

The doctor said we had really made the right decision with having mom go through yet another surgery. He said that she surprised him with her speedy recovery... and that he thought she was doing so much better, he didn't need to see her again for a week.

What a glorious pronouncement that is!

Mom has fooled us all over the years. She is a tough old boot. At 90, she is still able to go through major surgery, two at once to be exact, and to come out of it and to thrive.  It gives me hope, hope that we will have that bit of extra time... that we have cheated fate and will use every spare minute to love her the best we can.

She had entered what they call a "medical resort" ! What is actually a retirement home, nursing home if you will. The first two months will be intense rehabilitation. So far they are having her lift weights with her leg, try to stand with help, and to strengthen her arms to be able to  use a wheel chair. The food is amazing there. They serve what seems to be really wonderful food, hot, fresh and appetizing, and she is able to eat on her own.

Mind you, she is not out of the woods... she had a possible infection in her right leg, but the doctor gave her antibiotics for a week, and we will see how that goes, but all in all, she looks great. Getting some color back into her and is getting stronger every day so she seems to be so much better.

To any of you that knew what was going on, thank you for your prayers for her and our family.
This has been a burden as well as a blessing. I have spent as much possible time as I can and our household is suffering, as well as my sweet boy. He has missed time for assignments, and school activities, but he is a trooper! This is so much more important than anything else!
If you are a praying person, send some our way, if not, just send good thoughts, I know that the power is there.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Playing Catch Up

I have been trying to get my Year of Jewelry blog posts caught up today. I took a lot of pictures of work that I have done... and try to match them to the weeks that I made them for. It has been hard, and I didn't realize that I was so far behind. I feel like I have lost a whole month... and pretty much have. Mom was in the hospital for three different problems... and now... well... between that and my son... I haven't been home much in just over a month. I really hadn't realized it had been that long until after I blogged about the Bead Peeps Swap 'n' Hop... I thought it had been a few weeks... and today, while I was taking pictures, I thought... Wow! that's a lot of jewelry... and then I started trying to catch up with the blogs... and man... I did a bunch and didn't get caught up. I looked and thought, yes... I am done... nope... only in April!
How time flies... and don't let anyone lie to you... it isn't just while you are having fun!
 I looked at my son today and realized that he has grown another inch in the past month! How?
How on earth can he grow so fast?
His voice is starting to change! How funny is that?
No, it isn't funny... it means that he is going to be hitting puberty soon... ergh!!!

Well, if you get a chance, take a look at the Year of Jewelry page. Not great work, but it is mine. I'll try to get more posted... and if you get a chance, look at the blog hop page as well. Now, there are a couple of pieces on there that are pretty nice!

Sunday, May 03, 2015

When you are in the midst of crisis...

When you find yourself in the midst of crisis... whether it is personal, familial, financial or... well... one of those huge disasters that effects millions, what do you do?

We found ourselves... my whole family, in the midst of medical crisis several times this year alone. My dear mother, who is the rock of the family I guess... has had numerous battles thus far in 2015.  I suppose over the past 60+ years she has had one after the other, and she has always bounced back, each and every time... but with less quickness as time has passed.
This time, it is going to be a slow and painful process... as she is not really ever going to be the same.
Right now, I thought I could write about the ordeal, but I guess it is for more private writing. It is still too fresh and painful to be able to write where anyone else could read about the long and drawn out affair...

Well, in good news, we are handling it. as a family, I suppose. It can't be all horrid and painful news without some spark of light, can it?

How do you handle a crisis? How do you keep your sanity when all around you seems to be insane?


Saturday, May 02, 2015

Blog Hop Reveal Day!

Today is the day of the big reveal for the Bead Peeps Swap 'n' Hop! I've been excited about showing the items that I made,but I have been even more excited to see what my partner Alicia made!
the blog is  under the tab  "Jewelry Bloghops"
Please click on it and see the pieces that I made and visit my bead partner, Alicia, at her blog All the Pretty Things and be sure to scroll down the page and use the link to find the other participants in this blog. There is some really beautiful work out there!!!