Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Long Wait...Sorry

Okay, I'm sorry I haven't written in awhile. I actually did write over the weekend, but the internet was down so I saved it to the laptop. Then, David left on Monday and took the laptop home, the internet was still not on. So, that's my long excuse. I've asked David to mail me the file, I'm just waiting. And I figured, it will all be old news by the time I post it. I might as well start a new one. Right? I have lots of photos also to post, so you will see them all through out the post. They are mainly just random photos. Tara and David did make it safely here by 10:00 on Friday night. It wasn't the best surprise for my Mom though. She had already been asleep for 2 hours, so when they woke her up she was just really confused. She wasn't sure what day it was or why they were in her room. Not until the next morning did she fully understand. Our visit was okay, it didn't exactly go like I had planned. We were able to do some shopping and Mandy and I went down to the beach with Tara. My mom was pretty tired the whole weekend though, and we started noticing on Saturday that her hair was falling out. This really shocked us, because we had been told that the chemo wouldn't make her hair come out. So, we talked to the doctor and he said it was from the radiation. At first this was really hard for me. I was brushing her hair and it just kept coming and coming. But my Mom seemed to be staying very strong. So, I'm okay with it, actually she looks so beautiful without all of the hair. We figured by Monday she wouldn't have any left, but it is almost Wednesday and she still has some. Tomorrow she will wash her hair though, and I'm pretty sure most of the rest will come out. I think it is all dead, because it feels like a wig. It's pretty strange. We've bought her a hat and we are still looking for bandannas for her head. She doesn't want to go around bald. Her hat looks really cute on her though. This picture was taken on Saturday, I figured it would be the last time for awhile until I could braid her hair again. She still had a lot there.
Today my Mom has been pretty depressed. She woke up with a really bad headache, which is unusual. It was actually very scary for me. I thought she could be going back to how it was the first night we were here. She would just cry, and she couldn't tell me what was hurting. So, we got the nurse and doctor and they gave her the steroids just a little early. After an hour the doctor came up and looked to see if there was a lot of swelling. After looking he said it was all normal, which is really good. Praise God! She ended up going back to bed and she slept until 10:00. But when she woke up, she had no headache anymore. We were so happy. She was able to go to radiation and do most of her other treatments. Although nothing hurt on her, she still wasn't happy. She cried a lot of the day. It was so sad for me to see her like that. She just kept telling me that she would be okay though. We figured she is just really home sick. She wants to see family, friends, and especially the dogs.
Does Mandy looked a little surprised here? She likes to do her "bug" eyes!

This was a dog on the beach when we went on Sunday. Our aunt and uncle came down Sunday from California to spend part of the day with us. It was really nice having them here. It was a really pretty day. The picture of the ocean was taken the same day! :)
Well, I guess that is all of my news. My mom is doing much better now. Not so much in the bad mood. Please continue to pray for my Mom, and thanks to everyone who already has prayed and continues to!


Elizabeth Ellen Moore said...

You did a good job braiding her hair! You all are in my prayers!

Becc@ said...

Thanks for the up date!
I'll continue to pray for you all!

God Bless!

Celeste McGrath said...

Sending a fresh loads of hugs to you!

Anonymous said...

Danielle, you are in our prayers! May the Lord bless you and give you comfort and peace - that only He can give! We'll be praying for your mom too!

Romans 12:12 (ESV)

"Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer."