I was up at 4:30 this morning. There was this arm under my pillow that was in the way. When moving it I realized it was mine! My left arm had fallen asleep. What a hoot! I had thought it was Dave's arm. Anyway, I was scheduled to be up early this morning for I have a neurological exam at 8:00 this morning. I am to arrive no later than 7:45. It is a baseline test that will give results with my cognitive, speech, memory, etc.. I do hope they don't test my math skills for I will most definitely fail. The test has been known to run around three hours. Whew! Pray I can get a nap in this afternoon while Stu naps. Yesterday was wild. Phone calls literally all afternoon. So glad Stuart and I went out in the morning to his "December Fun" class. We needed a retreat from the home and my cell phone takes messages but I do not know how to retrieve them for I have forgotten my password. (So glad for that.) He made a sweet handprint keepsake along with a reindeer using his hands (painted brown) as the antlers. My basement stairwell is the gallery of all the boys artwork. Stuart is very proud to be among the artists. Mommy is as well.
Sorry I haven't posted much as there is literally not much time in the day. From housework, homework to loving it doesn't lend much time to blogging. I also have been rearranging my dental & eye appointments that were scheduled after the 12th. Whew! My eye appointment to track for radiation effects (cataracts) is this Monday down at Siteman. I totally want to tell you about the many blesssings from Wednesday after being down there. I do not type extremely fast but I will try to mention all the God prints. Realizing that my time down there was not wasted was good.
It started out by me dashing past the parking attendant windows. Tomyra was working. Yippee! I yelled hi and I would see her when I depart. That was always a norm for me. I ran down the corridor so I could go to the LL to visit my friends (receptionists) in radiology. I hugged Dot and good friend, Stephanie (who was on the phone) telling them I wouldn't be able to come back down after seeing Dr. Linette for I needed to get home. Soccer Gram was needing to go to work among other things. Ok - I then made it to the 6th floor, signed in, paid the copay, ticket validated, etc. Chatted with Dave and Nancy then decided I better go tee tee so my weight won't be too heavy. Yes, I did telll you I went to the restroom sorry for all the graphics there but, I have a point. After returning, Rob, Dr. Linette's nurse called my name and then said "Well, the prodical daughter has returned". I said "ha ha Rob! How is your baby?" He had his first born sometime around when I was leaving. I was enjoying the updates with ultrasounds he would show me. His baby is now eight months old. He weighed me and I was a few pounds heavier than normal. He said "I should have gone more." Rob, your just too funny - not! More was said as he took my vitals. Normal Kate stuff with me talking too much while he needed to take my temp in my mouth. He laughed for he always couldn't get a good reading. Yes, motor mouth but I want to hear how he was this time. Great conversation with Dr. Linette was had. Too much information here to tell the whole blog community except that surgery is our most viable option for erradicating this beast.
Upon leaving the office the receptionist said that someone brought by an envelope for me. I was dumbfounded. Who could have brought me an envelope in that short of time? Low and behold it was from Stephanie. Sweet note from her along with a sweet gift for the parking fee. Blessing abound.
On to Tomyra now. We chatted and I asked how she was doing with school. She will be finishing up at the end of the year and plans to go to Miami for training. I asked "Training for what?" She is going into the FBI for child pornography. I told her we need more of her. She was informed then about the brain surgery with the possibility of a personality change. When hugging me outside her door she said the sweetest thing that brought me to tears. "Kate, you won't change for it's all in your heart." Tears are in my eyes now thinking about it.
Prior to dinner I receive a call from Joe. If you remember he was with me while doing radiation in the winter. See archive blog post 12/29/06 for information about him. 3/29/07 and 8/16/07 have some information as well. He is a good friend. He was telling me that he is doing well, driving (big deal here) and living on his own now in Poplar Bluff. He has an apartment for he couldn't return to where he was living prior to his first surgery due to his wife dying while he was in surgery. The house was where she and him were together last. I totally understood. He affirmed me that he appreciated the times we spent together. I too affirmed him along with just expressing my heart about him knowing Jesus as his personal saviour. He has been on my mind lately and I needed to just chat with him. It was a good conversation that showed me my time was not wasted at Siteman last year. God was and continues to work.
Telling the older boys about surgery went fairly well over dinner on Wednesday night. Lots of heartache there. Tears in bed from Carter especially. Cole is processing which is good for he is known to take it all in. I was wallowing in my sorrow that night. If I have time I will tell you more. Just continue to pray. I am Ok with having surgery not ok with them hurting. They were better last night for sock war is always a good stress reliever. It has gone from sock tag to sock war in our home. Watch out!
Many thanks to Ramona & Stacy for their Trader Joes basket of goodies that night. Laughter is the best medicine. We were up till midnight. I hadn't wanted them to come over after the heavy conversation with the boys but thankful they did. More on the gift later unless one of the girls wants to post it in her comment.
Gotta run! I need to eat breakfast. Love to you all.