Monday, December 31, 2012

To God be the Glory, good-bye 2012 and welcome 2013 !!!!!

We had a few scares last year with Jeremy start out in February with a routine CT scan to see our Neurosurgeon to see that the shunt had shifted forward so possibly dislodged or possible tumor a pretty scary time.  We know the shunt is 10 years old living on borrowed time.  We did an MRI and everything was fine.  In July in an attempt to figure out a way to reduce the number of UTI's we decided that doing a Foley cathear at night to keep his bladder empty.  Then one Saturday, I had made plans to have dinner and see a movie with a friend, came home and we took a good, nice nap.  We got around to install the Foley cathear, nothing new process and Jeremy had pulled on it.  We notice no draining and when we removed it blood started to gush out, so grateful our home nurse was here.  I loaded Jeremy up rushed him to the ER, the nurse stayed and cleaned up the kitchen and I was sure we were to be admitted or he did some major damage but to God be the glory a week of a Foley cathear to reduce the swelling worked, it was removed and we returned to cathing him 5 times a day.  Jeremy started 7th grade, enjoys choir and being around his peers.  He's done very well and only missed about 4 days due to a UTI which has been his only sickness.  He continues to be verbal, funny and ornery. 

I have been blessed to be at OGE for 22 years, I love my job, co-workers and the work that I do.  I continue to do my work for the Oklahoma Family Network for 10 years.  I was excited to get a Hispanic family partner to help us with our families who speak Spanish and excited for this upcoming year.  I have became busy with this, we have been doing Tulsa Sibshops for 5 years which is a huge blessing to families and the children are just amazing. 

We live in a ever changing world, I officially will become a single mom as we filed for divorce and go to court on January 8.  My job at OGE will come this upcoming year with some changes.  I also need to make some changes in the area of not being so hung up on getting things scheduled/planned.  I am OCD in that area.  I have also came to realize that our lives are just different, Jeremy gets tired easier so trying to cram a full day on a vacation is just not going to be possible with him, he doesn't respond well so we are going to have to take things slower. 

I'm grateful for our church Sapulpa bible church, love attending, the worship service is so spirit-filled, the preaching of God's word is the truth.  I have enjoyed picking up 2 little girls and taking them to Awannas and then staying for bible study and taking them home. 

So, good-bye 2012 like any year there were highs and there were lows and hello 2013 !!!!!

Vacation & Christmas...

I was on vacation starting December 21, but it was Jeremy's last day of school.  This allowed us to sleep a little later, take our time getting Jeremy ready for school.  Once he was on the bus, I had my house all to myself and that never happens.  I was excited to take my time getting dressed.  I then was off to run errands go to my chiropractor appointment which I needed, grabbed pizza and spent the evening relaxing with Jeremy.  We then spent the next 12 days pretty  much the same, sleeping in, relaxing and pretty much no agenda.

We had a return trip to Columbia, Missouri to see our Amazing Super-Hero Dr. Dan for a follow-up visit. My nephew James was our traveling companion, we left early on Thursday, December 27.  Our appointment was at 3:50pm.  We arrived in time to visit some of our friends at the Children's Hospital, then went to our visit with Dr. Dan.  We got to visit with Dr. Daniel Robertson who was our first resident, and we love him he's so awesome, compassionate and full of empathy.  Then Dr. Dan came in with the new resident who is married to one of our past resident, Dr. Nelle, who was with us our 17 days in traction.  Jeremy's spine is flexible, he can see the difference in the previous X-ray in brace and this past out of brace.  Dr. Dan was impressed with how well J was getting around, his endurance.  Once again no plans to do anything permanent, which I told Dr. Dan I was fine with that.   We come back in 6 months for a re-check.  I then got to meet Dr. Kuhns, who was the surgeon who assisted Dr. Dan in the surgery, and I wanted Dr. Kuhns to get to see Jeremy to see how well he was doing.  Jeremy walked in the walker up and down the hallways. 

We then went to the Columbia Mall, walked around and did some shopping.  We went back up to the hospital to catch Nurse Michelle, whom we haven't seen since Jeremy was discharged and she was our night nurse out on the floor and really loved Jeremy and we loved her. 

We met up with our friends in Osage Beach for lunch and enjoyed time with them.  We arrived home at 6pm and was ready for home. 

It was a nice 12 day vacation, I enjoyed the relaxation and the no agenda, no rushing around just whatever, whenever.....

Here are some pictures of our trip:

Granny on Christmas
Papa on Christmas
J's spine July and December

J with Dr. Robertson

J with Dr. Dan

J with Maydsen his friend

Me with Zayden (love this kid)

Zayden, J and Maydsen

J at MU Children's helping Steph

J w/ Nurse Michelle (she was our night floor nurse for 17 days

J w/ Herschel (custodian that always played with Jeremy when we were there)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

It's beginning to look lot like Christmas....

The Oklahoma weather won't necessarily put you in the Christmas Spirit but I love the mild weather and not complaining.

We had such a nice, casual Thanksgiving holiday, dinner with my sister and her family on Thursday.  Friday I got motivated and got most the outside lights out and arranged in how I wanted them, did a little Christmas shopping.  Saturday was sit aside for my families big dinner, with all my brothers and sisters plus we got a pleasant surprise my dad went and got his sister from Chandler, my Aunt Ruth.  There was plenty of good food, and plenty of laughs which is always pretty much a given with my family.  Then Sunday was a perfect day to finish up outside decorations, such a beautiful warm day so I was able to get all of the outside decorations up and make sure they were all lit up, almost a Clark W. Griswold moment.  Jeremy came outside and got to look around.

Here are a few of our decorations: