more doctors…

This Yesterday morning I went with Mom and Daddy to meet with Dr. Daniel Wurtz at the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis. As I mentioned in a previous post, Daddy had a PET scan done on August 13.  That scan showed an area on his left humerus (upper arm bone) that was “concerning”.  He was then referred to Dr. Wurtz to further explore that area.  So, today we went.  His appointment was scheduled for 9am and he was supposed to get there about 30 minutes early to check in.  (shhhh…don’t tell him I’m telling you this, but he had actually put in the wrong address into his GPS so we were a little lost.  But only by about a few blocks.  No biggie.  Just running a little late.)  We actually got there right at 9.  He checked in at the desk and was immediately called back to get weighed, measured and blood pressured.  After sitting in the room for a few minutes, Dr. Wurtz’s nurse practitioner came in and chatted and asked questions.  Then she said that the doctor would want to do a regular x-ray on his upper arm.  So, they sent him down to another part of the hospital for that.  He was gone for about 30 minutes.  When he came back, the doctor came in and basically said that yes, there is some concern, but he wanted to get another picture.  So he ordered an MRI for later in the day at 2:30.  He told us that on Wednesday mornings a bunch of radiologist and other doctors get together to discuss new cases.  IU Med Center is a top-ranked teaching hospital…but I totally pictured one of those scenes from “House” when they are all sitting around a table trying to figure out what steps to take and trying to figure out what is going on!  Anywhooo…so he said if they were able to do the MRI yesterday, he would have all the tests to present and talk about.  He told Daddy that if his ears were burning in the morning, he would know why?

By now, it was only about 10:30-ish in the morning.  So, we had some time to kill waste find something to do…

So…we left the hospital…o what to do?  what to do?…I mean, really.  We’re stuck in downtown Indianapolis for more than 3 hours AT LUNCHTIME!  Whatever shall we do? India Garden, of course!  So, we drove to Broadripple and ate at my favorite restaurant! (And Daddy’s).

After lunch, we made our way back over to IU Med Center and waited for the MRI.  We still had more than an hour before the MRI so we decided to ride the IU Med Center People Mover.

People Mover

As soon as we were on it, I felt like I was back at Disney World.  I told Mom and Daddy that I wish I had brought my Mickey Mouse ears.  I also thought it would be fun to bring the kids to Indy for a day and ride it with all of us wearing our ears…we could pretend we’re back at WDW.

Anyway, the whole trip from walking to the people mover and getting back to the MRI office was about 30 minutes or so.  So, when we got back Mom and I  just waited in the waiting room for Daddy’s test to get finished.

When the test was finished, we left the hospital around 3:30 and drove home.  And by “we” I mean, Daddy drove home while I snoozed in the back seat.  😉  (btw, I HATE sleeping in the car.  It is so uncomfortable and not restful AT ALL.  I was miserable the rest of the evening.)

Back to Daddy…He has an appointment scheduled with Dr. Michael Robertson on October 1st.  He’s a lymphoma specialist.  Please continue praying.  We appreciate it.  I cannot tell you how much it means that we have so many people lifting him up to the throne at a time like this.  Thank you.  amen.

What’s Up?

Monday ~ We had painters come and paint the walls, trim and doors up the stair well and down the hallway upstairs in the current house.  In the ten and a half years we have lived here I have never, that I can recall, ever taken a photo in the hall upstairs because I hated that area of the house sooooo much.  The reason I never did anything up there is because I’m afraid of heights and there was no way I was climbing up a ladder to paint that wall above the stairs.  And since I wasn’t about to do that, I never painted because to paint one part of that area and not another…well, I just never did.  So, the trim and doors were always this ugly cheap-o wood.  Not even nice oak.  If you think oak is nice. Which I don’t.  But since Monday, I LOVE walking up the stairs and everything looks for fresh and clean and crisp and new.  I love it.  I keep thinking I should hang something on the walls.  But I’ll just have to take it down soon to move.  So…no…nothing.  Thanks to Jason from http://www.heritage-custompainting.com for the awesome job!

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Monday was also Labor Day so the kiddos were out of school for the day.  Little Man spent the previous night with Grandma and Grandpa in the Ville and Lovely Daughter had a friend over.  We just hung out while the painters worked.  My mom came over to help me pack up the craft room. 

Tuesday ~ School was delayed because of fog.  It was SUPER foggy.  Like, foggy enough that school ended up being cancelled.  CANCELLED because of FOG.  Really.  I’m not making this stuff up.  So, it was just another chillax day.  It was good because both of the kiddos were feeling a bit under the weather with colds, so it was nice to just watch movies and lay around.  I had class in the evening and Lovely Daughter had practice.  And we heard from the people at Med One…Lovely Daughter has an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon to look at her shoulder…which is another story for another day 🙂

Wednesday ~ the kids were finally back to school.  Both were feeling a bit better.  I worked at church.  My online class began that day.  I’m really struggling with the whole online class. I just don’t really get how it’s supposed to work.  I just do not feel like I’m getting anything out of it.  I’m definitely a lecture and discussion in person type of learner.

Thursday ~ I worked again.  I’m also in charge of the marching band/color guard locker decorations this year.  Basically, I have to come up with and make locker decorations for every competition.  Each of the competitions are on Saturdays from now until the first one in November {hopefully}.  The Thursday before, I will go to practice with Lovely Daughter and decorate the lockers during practice.  Like 10 other moms signed up to help but no one showed up this past Thursday.  So the Little Man and I did it all.  It wasn’t so bad.  We got them all done in like 30 minutes.  I had the decorations made before we got there so we just had to get the locker list from the band director and tape them on each locker.

Friday ~ I was miserable all day with a migraine.  I slept til about 11am and then just felt sick the whole rest of the day.  Lovely Daughter stayed after school since last night was homecoming.  Little Man came home from school and played quietly so I could continue resting with my migraine.  It ended up storming, like thunder and lightening, so the game was cancelled. 

Saturday {today} ~ This afternoon is our first of many marching band competitions.  It’s just an invitational today, but these are great practice for the official ISSMA (Indiana State School Music Association) competitions coming up.  The parents feed the kids a home cooked meal after each competition so they don’t have to eat so much concession stand food.  I went this morning early to Rural King and bought 3 of those big boxes of tortilla chips for the taco salad/nachos they’re having tonight.  The Hubby is driving his truck with one of the band trailers and going with the band and guard.  Little Man and I are going in a little bit.  They perform at 5:25pm.

So that’s my week.  What’s up with you this week?

 

The Little Yellow Bathroom.

We have this little yellow bathroom in our house.  It’s the only potty-room downstairs.  Just a half bathroom.  When we moved in it was papered with yellow and white striped wallpaper and had a sunflower border at the top around the ceiling.  I hated it.  I mean. really.hated.it.

I never felt like removing the wallpaper.  That’s a terrible job.  So, I painted the border and the ceiling a periwinkle/lavender color and painted dragonflies on the walls.  I just don’t know what I was thinking.  I didn’t love that either.  But, it served it’s purpose. 

Now that we’re moving, we hired someone to come in and do some drywall work in all three bathrooms and some general touch ups.  One thing he did was remove the wallpaper from the little yellow bathroom and smooth the walls with drywall mud. 

Almost all the walls in the house are rough. Like weird popcorn ceiling rough.  Only, it’s on the walls.  Dumb.  Who ever thought that was a good idea was dumb.  It’s super difficult to patch because you just cannot match that texture.  Just give me smooth walls and call it good!

I can only find one photo taken of that room in all these years. But I apparently had photoshopped the yellow out of it.  So, alas, I will not share it with you.  It’s a pic of the little girl on one of her first days of school.  If you wanna see it, I’ll post it.  🙂

ANYWHOOOOO…So he removed the paper, smoothed the walls and now I’m in the process of painting.  I primed all the walls with the Kilz2 from an earlier post and gave all the trim and the cabinet a new coat of nice white paint.  It already looked so much better just doing all that. 

Then i was inspired by this photo from a Crate & Barrel catalog…

http://images.crateandbarrel.com/is/image/Crate/Paterson2DoorCabinetM112?&$web_zoom$&wid=558&hei=558

It’s just so fresh and clean and airy feeling…I know that gray and yellow is a really popular color scheme right now, but I just don’t love it together.  It reminds of a this terrible puffy winter coat I had when I was growing up that was gray and pink.  I hated that coat. 

Anyway, the countertop in that bathroom is “yellow marble”.  LOL.  It’s really terrible…and it’s not really marble 🙂  But I decided to work with it rather than against it.  So I’ve decided to paint the walls a light gray color.  I have some gray paint leftover from painting the kids’ rooms.  They both wanted gray, different shades.  So I just mixed it with white.  The first one was way toooooo dark.  So, I mixed in more white.  It was still too dark.  So I decided to just pour that gray into the can of white paint!  Finally I think I came up with a gray I can live with.  At least until we move!  Image

Sorry for the quality…I am not a photographer, I just have a Canon point and shoot camera.  Don’t judge.  🙂

So, my mom is finishing painting that room as we speak.  Then we’re on to other rooms.

Stay tuned!

 

The Peace of God…

It’s after 10pm where I am. 

As I sit here and think back on the day today I can say that, for the first time in several weeks, I can take a deep breath and it feels good.  All the anticipation of these past weeks and days has taken it’s physical toll on me…but knowing that there have been so many people (probably you), literally all over the world covering us and Daddy in prayer I think I will sleep well tonight! 

Daddy had his appointment with the oncologist this afternoon to receive the results from the PET scan done last Monday and the bone marrow biopsy that was done last Tuesday.  I wrote the following while waiting in the parking lot for the appointment.

     1:21pm.  I just pulled up in front of the Oncology Center.  I’m waiting on Mom and Daddy to get here. My heart is heavy, it hurts to take a deep breath.  The anticipation in my car is thick.  What will these next few moments hold?  God give me Your peace.  Calm my heart.  “We Fall Down” is playing on K-Love.  We lay our crowns at the feet of Jesus.  Right now, all that I am I give to You.  Help me to walk boldly in Your peace in these next moments.

Then Mom and Daddy pulled up in their little PT Cruiser convertible, with the top down.  They’re so cute!  🙂 

We went inside to wait.  Brian and Nancy LaDue showed up soon after we got there.  They weren’t there to be the first ones to find out what was going on.  They weren’t there to go meet with the doctor with us.  They were simply there to cover us in prayer while we were meeting with the doctor.  It was nice to have them there before because we waited for about 30 minutes.  Just chatting with them helped us to not dwell on all the what-if’s of the appointment.

Finally we were called back and they weighed Daddy.  Andrea (one of the oncology nurses who goes to our church) weighed him and he weighed 234.8 pounds.  He’s really packed on that weight in the past week!  Not really.  He had a little help from my foot! 

When Dr. Salter finally came into the room it was an hour and 5 minutes after the scheduled appointment time.  We had talked about how long it was taking, but were glad that we were waiting, because that meant, at least we think, that the Dr. was taking time with another family who needed answers also.  He doesn’t just rush in, in a hurry and quickly explain what’s going on and then leave to get to the next thing.  He takes his time. 

He told us that the blood tests all came back normal, except for Daddy’s lymphocytes which were a little low, which is “normal” at this stage of the game.  He told us that the bone marrow biopsy was NORMAL IN ALL RESPECTS.  The marrow is clean!  He then went on to tell us that the PET scan showed absolutely no abnormal lymph nodes anywhere in his whole body!  He did say that basically the PET scan shows areas where there are cells that are behaving in an abnormal/aggressive manner.  There are a couple of areas that he is somewhat concerned about, but they seem to be totally unrelated to the Lymphoma that was found in front of Daddy’s ear.  It was Follicular Lymphoma.  Which, he said, is one of the most benign acting lymphoma’s.  He did order one more test, no biggie, just a scope of Daddy’s stomach, and then he wants to see him again in a month to see how he’s doing, to see if there is any change, and to take some time to really go over all the tests and charts to see if these two other areas are anything to be overly concerned about.

So that’s what we know at this moment.  Praise the Lord!  Thank you for praying, thank you for being there for us, thank you for loving us.

Please know this…if you have any questions or anything at all, please ask.  I am so very grateful of each and every person who has come alongside me and my family these past weeks and lifted us up in prayer.  I really don’t even want to begin to think what it might be like to go through something like this without knowing the Love, Acceptance and Peace of God the Creator.  The One who loves us enough to send His Son for us.  

Also, please don’t stop praying.  There are still some unanswered questions, but today was a HUGE answer to prayer!