Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter

Even amid my trials, a bunny can't let Easter go by without celebrating the hope and promise of the risen Lord!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Making a house a home...briefly

So we are still trying to get settled in to our new house after trading with my mom and then having life interrupted by leukemia. Things are slowly coming together.

With the help of the city wide garage sales last weekend I made progress on my living room and entry with a pair of area rugs.
Forgive the picture. I took it this morning from the stairs. I still have before and after pics to post as well one of these days.

Still on the look out for a few pieces. And there are still some nice pieces that will go to mom's when she figures out where she wants them like the amazing desk in the upper corner.

It's a cozy room that makes me happy.

I'll look forward to working on it on our next break from chemo in 4 weeks.

Beej goes back in Wednesday for the 2nd round of chemo. So the commuting begins again.

'til another day's folly.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Home on a little break

So my Oldest Angel has done good through her first round of Chemo and last Tuesday the dr's said she could go home for a week before starting round 2 of 4 that she will have to take. Each round keeps her in the hospital for about 4 weeks and does have some pretty dark days.

Although I've dropped the dedication to taking a picture a day this year, I do have a couple that show how things have gone for her.

In this picture she had had her hair cut short so when it starts to fall out it wont seem as daunting.

PLUS, she got the worst eye-lid reaction they had ever seen, opthamology is actually going to do a journal paper on her so you budding opthamologists out your favorite research journal for these eyes!

 Then when the eyes started to get better, the hair went. Which turned out to not be a big deal

And her boyfriend Jonathan is super supportive too. :) Beej is at University of Iowa Children's Hospital on the  University of Iowa campus and it just so happens that Jonathan is an Engineering student at Iowa and lives in a dorm we can see from the hospital. Plus there is a free bus that takes him back and forth when he's free to come visit.

Soon this will all be over and all behind us and she will be healthy and happy again. She has so much to offer and so much to accomplish. I can't wait to see what wonderful things her life will have in store for her.

And with the wonderful help and support of everyone at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; Iowa Children's Hospital, I know this will be!
 Every Doctor is fantastic and asks good questions and listens and answers all our questions, the nurses know their stuff and treat you so good! Every staff member is friendly and know you are in a stressful time and environment and they all do every thing they can to make it not as stressful in so many little ways.

The people at ChildLife are a blessing to us as they keep her engaged in doing something with other kids, her age when possible and they make sure some of her 'teen needs' are seen to as well.

I don't know what I'd do if we would have tried to deal with this anywhere else. I am and always will be an Iowa (hospital) Hawkeye!!