Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The ups and downs of an ordinary life



As we all know, life is full of surprises. Some are good and some not so good. But we deal with what comes our way no matter what. That's how my life has been for the past month or so. The beginning of December I ended up in the hospital for a week. It started out with me being extremely anemic. I went to the ER and was admitted to the hospital and was sent up to ICU. I got a blood transfusion and felt so much better. But then they had to determine where I was losing the blood. So two days later I had an upper GI scan and a colonoscopy. They found a very large polyp in my colon, so the next day I had abdominal surgery to remove the polyp and part of my colon. They also removed some lymph nodes in the process, because there was a protein in my blood that doesn't belong there. The polyp was benign but the lymph nodes were malignant. I got to go home after that but of course more testing followed. 

Yesterday I met with my oncologist and apparently the lymphoma is in most of my internal organs. Thankfully it's a slow-growing cancer...the doctor said I've probably had it for a couple of years already. I'm getting a port implanted this week and I'll start chemotherapy and immunotherapy on Monday. I'll have one session every four weeks for a total of six sessions. I may or may not lose my hair. 

So I'm off on a new adventure, not of my choosing, yet again. Am I happy about this...of course not. Am I going to let this process define my life...absolutely not. It's just one chapter in a very long book. But I think life has thrown me enough curve balls for a while. I want my boring old life back! lol


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

A little sunshine

Last week we were lucky enough to get to spend a week at the beach. Ava absolutely loved it. She would lay down in the water and just wait for the waves to come and wash over her.


The one evening we were walking on the beach and Ava made a new friend. After I took this picture I held Ava's hand and we got to within about three feet of this fellow before he decided to walk away.


I took lots and lots of pictures of the beach and the waves, but I thought I'd just share one with you instead of 75! lol


We took a boat cruise to look for dolphins and manatees. The dolphins were swimming along with wake of our boat and were jumping out of the water.


We went into one smaller cove to look for manatees, and we saw a few.It's really so cool to see them out in the wild.


They usually stay hidden under the water except when they stick their nose out for a breath of air.


We saw this sailboat several different times when we went out at sunset.  It sure made for a pretty picture! :0)


It's true there's no rhyme or reason when it comes to toddlers. Ava stayed like this even when the waves came and got her hair wet. lol


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A trip to the zoo

On the last warm day we had here, Emily, Ava and I went to the zoo. It's a smaller zoo only about 40 minutes from home. But it was perfect for Ava's first zoo visit. She loved the penguins.




And she tried to climb the fence to get in with the flamingos.



Here's Ava and Emily sitting on a giant bear. I think I want one for in my yard! lol


We rode this small train. Ava tolerated it but wasn't too impressed.


Somewhere I have a picture of this same caterpillar with Emily and her kindergarten classmates on it from about 15 years ago. I'll have to see if I can find it.



This is the best photo of the day of Ava. She backed up against this concrete wall and wanted her picture taken.


The last thing we did before we left was ride the merry-go-round. It was Ava's first time and she held on to me for dear life the whole time. But as soon as we got off she wanted to ride again. So back we went but the second time she sat on a seat with me instead of on one of the animals and she seemed to like that a lot better. Next summer we'll be going to the big zoo where she can see elephants and giraffes and all the cool big animals.


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The best laid plans

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I don't think Ohio wants to let me go. After renting a house in Georgia and moving all our stuff down there, I had to find a place for us to rent here in Ohio and then move all our stuff back up here. Why you ask? Because Emily's ex-boyfriend (Ava's biological father) apparently found out Emily was planning to move so he took her to court to get visitation with Ava. Mind you he hadn't even seen her since Christmas eve. So after three hearings and a lot of money spent, we're back in Ohio for at least another year. And to make matters worse, we have to get approval from the court and Ava's dad before we can ever move. None of it makes any sense to me. The only good thing to come out of all of this is that he's going to have to pay child support every month now.

So we're getting settled into our new home. Ava has her own room now which is nice. My room is big enough to have my computer and sewing machine in which is nice too. I just need to get my sewing machine set up and get my sewing things organized and I might actually start sewing again. Don't hold your breath but that's my plan. :0)


Monday, August 6, 2018

Starting Over

Emily, Ava and I are about to embark on a new adventure. In less than two weeks, we're moving to Georgia! This is the house we'll be renting. My niece and her husband live down there so we won't be alone. Hopefully once we get moved and settled in, I'll be able to get to some sewing again. I miss it!