Sunday, April 29, 2007

A Tribute

Well a lot has been going on recently - some of it is fun stuff, and some is serious. I'll start with the serious and end on a positive note.
A short while ago I got some bad news from several people. First I learned that a friend of mine's mother in law was diagnosed with breast cancer and then her father in law with colon cancer. I am participating in the Susan G Komen race for the cure walk with their team. So far its looking good but still - scary news! What I know of Kathy Crim is that she is a very energetic, vibrant woman and I'm sure that while this has been a shock to her and her family, she is probably attacking it head on with a defiant attitude! I know she has a great support group and that always helps. Shortly after hearing that I got news that a very close family friend had gone in for a 6 month check up after having a cancerous kidney removed and there was another tumor on his intestinal wall. They have since found a few other growths as well and he will soon be seeing an oncologist. But the outlook for the moment is bleak as renal cancer is very resistant to treatment. Don is the family jokester and has always been the source and provider of much teasing. We all love to get picked on by Don because its his way of showing love - or at least thats what we tell ourselves. To even imagine reunions without him is well, unimaginable and therefore I am praying HARD for a miracle. I know I am not alone! Even though the reality seems bleak and the statistics are not good, that doesn't mean God won't come through and do something awesome. Then a few days ago a friend called to tell me her father, who was already in frail health, had broken his hip and was going in for surgery. They initially weren't sure he would survive the surgery but as of right now he is recovering albiet slowly. Its one day at a time but so far so good. Lastly, today we had a near tragedy on the ranch that is still potentially bad. Casey, Andy's youngest daughter who is 17, accidentally backed over Jack, the jack russell terrier. He was sleeping behind her car and didn't wake up when she started it. She frantically tried to find a vet, anyone to help her and no one would. SHe was turned away by 4 vets! Gidget didn't have her phone with her in the sanctuary at church so Casey finally called me and I felt mine vibrating. by that time it had been an hour since the accident and miraculously Jack was still alive - poor thing was in the back of Casey's car on a towel, bleeding and shaking from shock. Gidget took Andy's car and left him to get the baby, and I took my car and we met up with Casey. Gidget then took the dog to her vets who she had already called and later we got the news that basically it was a miracle he was even alive and it appears he doesn't have any badly broken bones. Because Casey was with him they believe she kept him from succombing to the shock. There is still a good chance he has internal injuries and possibly a pelvic fracture but he used the bathroom at the vets which was a good sign and means his bladder was not ruptured. He was sedated and given i.v fluids and seems to be responding well and even tried to sit up for a little bit. This dog is a miracle dog - his is about 12 years old, he was abused in his past, and he has been run over before and got no medical attention because he ran off and hid himself for 10 days. 10 days with an injury and no food or water and he survived! We believe God has a purpose for him! Pray that he makes it through the night and gets better.

Enough of the sad stuff. Evy is officially cutting a tooth - she has been drooling like crazy, has had a sporadic appetite and has been attacking anything she can get into her mouth (mainly my fingers/arms/legs). Gidget has felt the tooth, I haven't yet but will try! She is such a delight and learns new things every day and continues to just be a happy, hilarious baby! She is really starting to roll around and will hopefully figure out how to crawl soon! Our summer is quickly filling up with activities and we don't have a single free Saturday for quite awhile! But thats good, keeps me out of trouble haha! Anyway, I am out of time and my battery is running low. But I am LOVING the warm weather. THe cats and I are enjoing early evenings out in the yard - I let them roam around and I sit in my chair and read. Ahhh country life. I have some great pictures of some wildflowers that I just know you would love to see but those will have to wait as I don't have time to load them now.


At 1:35 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Jan. Thanks for committing to walk with us for Komen for the Cure. I look forward to seeing you in June! Staci


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