Sunday, December 30, 2007

Sleep Needed

once i retire for the evening after being home from the hospital i lay in bed dozing in and out thinking a nurse will be coming in to give me my meds. no....... doctor dave does that throughout the day. he is constantly reminding me the time i last took tylenol and says i have X amount of time left remaining "do i need some?" he is so good to me. yes, i do call him my prince. kinda cheesy as my younger sister (dee dee)thinks so. oh well what can she do?

i am waking up too early lately. at the hospital it ranged from 1 - 3 am. here at home it has been close to 3 am and i tend to go downstairs to the couch by 5 am so as to not disturb dave's sleep. i toss and turn to get somewhat comfortable once awake. my left hip bothers me. please pray for a good nights sleep. i watched the patriots play football late last night staying up till 10:30 which is very late for me. so glad tom brady had a win last night over the new york giants.

my mom, aka soccer gram, soon to be basketball gram as carter & cole will be playing this winter. stuart so desires to be old enough to play a sport. when asking him what he is thankful for at bedtime he mentions, basketball, football, and soccer. what's this mom to do? just love on this sports fanatic which is being done. i forsee that he will excel in his 3 y.o. evening gratefulness, as he has great hand eye coordination. just ask any non-family member who knows him well they will agree.

brain surgery FUN FACT: ( to make you look smarter in the new year): 2nd time around with surgery, staples are not used just stitches as the staples tend to loosen & come out easier - don't want that! i did have the stitches removed last saturday in the rehab hospital - 10 days post op- . it did not feel good as i had hair growing back from where it was shaved for surgery. so thankful for hair regrowth. knowing radiation (hair loss) is not an option this time around. the chemo (temodar) that is proposed does not cause hair loss.

thanks for praying over my emotional health. today was a good day. we were able to go to church. i did have my hair done along with makeup. major accomplishment. dave is learning the art of my hair with headbands. careful not to disturb the incison site. quite tricky as loose hair needs to be tucked in. carter (9.5) helped me put on my earrings this morning. he did great!

cole (7.5) is mister helper. he loves to buckle me in my car seat and be the shoulder for me to hold on to while walking once in public. he is such a patient gentleman.

stuart (3) likes to find me in my bed and "hide" under the covers. we make a tent. he thinks someone will be coming in to find us. it is so cute as it brings me such joy in our hiding excursion. he also gives his special kisses when i am on the couch in the living room he loves to touch people as he is very tacktile. he is known to touch others at dinner especially their arms & faces. we try to make sure no food is on his fingers.

it is good for the boys to experience this time in our family life. many thanks to all who post scripture, i love reading it.

11 comments:

Ramona Lisa said...

Oh Kate, you DO have a family of such wonderful gentlemen. I can just picture all of the sweet things going on in your home (and van). And by the way, I just raved to two people about Stuart's amazing aptitude for sports. So funny!

Praying for rest, comfort and great healing. God knows the number of hairs on your head, and He cares about every little detail. What a cool thing.

See you soon. We're finally home!

Anonymous said...

Kate
It's such a joy to know you're typing again (even though one-handed - it's better than nothing). I'm glad you're not worried about capital letters and such. It's much easier that way anyway.
Just wanted to let you know that since having surgery, it doesn't seem as though you've changed A SINGLE BIT!!! I know you were praying that nothing would change in your personality, and from what I've read, you sound AWESOME!!! To hear you talking about "loving on your boys" and talking about your husband being such a help, you sound like the same girl that I've been reading about!! What a blessing. And physically, it sounds as though you're coming along just fine. Hang in there, Kate. Keep going!
Have a great day and a Happy New Year celebrating with your family and knowing God's love is ALWAYS with you.
Stacey Preusser

carrie224 said...

It is so good to read all of these positive updates on your blog. I originally came here through Heather's blog on the day you were having your surgery and I've been praying for you and your family ever since. I will continue to do so.
God is so good!
God bless :)

Gram said...

OK, well the Snodgrass's gave Gram about a 36 hours leave this weekend so I could check on others I attend to in life. The truth be known I was worn out.
I have noticed that boys want to eat all the time. They never stop. I have devised a new little snack at night which is liked by all three. It is a whole wheat tortilla buttered and then put on a hot griddle. When it bubbles I put on just a hint of cinnamon/sugar and they are delighted. It is a up-to-date version of my mothers's left over pie crust pieces when I was young. Sure to clog the arteries.
This weekend I did what every over weight gram does this time of the year. I went to one of those big book stores in town and found an exercise DVD. This one I think is OK. It is slow and deliberate in motion. And definetly no shapely girls in skimpy outfits. I have matured enough to know I will never be there again and all I want is to move well to get up and down the steps to do laundry and chase 3 year old's. It also has one segment of Chi-Gong. You know the chinese slow movement stuff. With three very active boys I thought slow & spacy movement is exactly what I need. Tonight I watched the whole thing.(mind you, I did not get off the couch) I have asked permission from Dave and Kate to move the coffee table to do my Chi-Gong etc. So tomorrow I start. Basketball Gram must get ready. It is basketball season right? I know this because great grandpa makes me pull up the stats of the St. Louis Univ. Bilikens all the time. I can pretty much tell you who got three pointers this weekend.
On a serious note: So nice of Ann Renee and Holly today at church to dedicate a special song to Kate and someone else in church who is ailing with the woodwind and voice. Beautiful. I soaked it all up. Thanks girls. All the prayers of the believers in the Lord Jesus Christ is holding this group up. I am positive.
Gram looking on to 2008. Blessings to all the bloggers and especially those in Indiana.

Karen said...

Kate, you remain constantly in your prayers. We are so delighted that you were able to come home and be with your wonderful family.

Anonymous said...

Kate, drove by the rehab center on Hwy 40 this AM and gave it a little "toodle-ooo" motion as I drove by. Then I had a very warm feeling in my chest. Why, you ask...was it heartburn? NO! It was warm and gooey good b/c I knew that you were not to be found within the confines of those sand-colored walls...you were at home being waited on hand and foot (literally) by your crew. Gives the term "laides in waiting" a new gender, huh? (Though we can't count out Gram and Dee Dee---they're girls, one must not forget). I teared up reading about the tender ways that your sons are watching out for you. That's what boys do for their moms, huh... Especially when the boys in question belong to YOU. They really have no other path to follow, though, b/c they model and pattern themselves after their Daddy...the Big-Man-in-Waiting (as opposed to the Three-Little-Men-in-Waiting). Agog over the outpouring of love for you... Thinking of ya...Laura Joback and fam

Anonymous said...

The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. for who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. 1 Corinthians 2:10b-13

Praying for you each day, Kate- and for your family too! I am praising God for His comfort, hope and ministry to you as you work hard and trust in Him for the future. What a joy to see Jesus in your husband and sons, family and friends, as you allow others to help, minister and encourage- You are loved! In Him, Jen Peskorse

danielle said...

kate,

thank you for such a wonderful post. it is good to hear from you, and your writing clearly displays your love and passion for your family. it brings tears to my eyes. still praying for you. you are a strong and brave woman!

Anonymous said...

The helpfulness of Dave and your boys reminds me of Ecclesiastes 4:9-12. "Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work. If one falls down, his friend can help him up, but pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."

It is wonderful to hear about you having fun with your boys. Many, many people are praying, Kate.

Episcopollyanna said...

It's good to hear from you. You are in my prayers and I wish you a healthy and happy 2008. God bless. +

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Kate and Snodgrass gentlemen! Praying for a restful day, week, month and new Year!

Love, the Haguewoods...