It’s been over 4 months since I posted. Sorry about that. We returned home in late June and I got swept away with home life and family.
So here is my update working backwards:
Glenn is doing great. He just returned from Iowa last night after spending three days at the University of Iowa testing, waiting and finally getting the results we wanted to hear. Glenn is in “Complete Stringent Remission.” This means that he has no cancer in his body at this time. Just a reminder, remission only means “temporary recovery.” Glenn’s cancer is still incurable but we are going to keep alot closer eye this time around and make sure he stays in remission. So that means, 3 month checkups in Iowa, maintenance therapy for 2 years including Velcade chemo treatments and oral cancer fighting medication and constant monitoring with our local oncologist. But for now, so thankful God has given Glenn another chance and looking forward to many happy years ahead.
Halloween was so much fun for us again this year. We invited a few family friends over and the kids went trick-or-treating in a fun group.
Clash of Clans: Barbarian King, a Giant (Lego), a Barbarian, a Wizard (Laser), and a Viking
Princess was Sunshine & her sweet friend was Rain!
Football has been in full swing for Bookworm. He plays on the FEAST Football team and loves it. His team is heading to playoffs and he’s really pumped.
Our Catholic Alliance homeschool group continues to be a blessing to our family. We just recently celebrated at our All Saints Day Party where the children dress up as saints and learn about their lives. Princess was St. Odelia and Lego was St. David of Essex. Can you find them?
All Saints Day Party @ Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church
Princess started rehearsals for the San Antonio Ballet’s Nutcracker. She is so excited about being part of a professional production. Princess will be a mouse this year. She loves the part because she gets to actually dance and move like a mouse.
Laser and Lego are still very active in Boy Scouts. (Bookworm has to take a break in the fall for football.) Laser is the Senior Patrol Leader for the year. It’s a big responsibility but he is handing it well even with this being his Freshman year of high school at home. And high school at home is a huge responsibility. Momma can’t teach it all to them so they are doing most on their own. Lego is troop Historian and loves the camping. He’ll be cooking at his next campout at Lost Pines Scout Reserve.
Laser as SPL coordinating with his assistant and Scoutmasters.
Lego ready to load up!
Celebrated our niece, Katelyn’s birthday with a mini-party at Mamma Margies with cupcakes and a princess tiara for her.
All kid activities kicked off this month.
Princess-ballet at Bravo!Ballet School
Lego-tennis at CrossTrain Tennis Academy
Laser-soccer with the FEAST High School Soccer team
Bookworm-football with FEAST High School Football team
My mom and dad continued staying with us after my mom’s 2nd surgery in late August. Helped keep track of her speech therapy, physical therapy and overall caring for her. My dad also came down with pneumonia during their stay here so I also had to take him in to the doctors office once a week. It was alot to do, but having them here was such a blessing. My kids were able to spend time with their grandparents in ways they would have never before. Princess helped Grandpa put his hearing aids in each morning and Lego helped with eye drops for unsteady hands. Bookworm talked politics with Grandpa and Laser pushed his oxygen tank around. It was truly a work of mercy and a gift to our family.
Bookworm celebrated his 16th birthday! It is bitter-sweet that he is growing up. So proud of the young man he is becoming but sometimes I am startled by the guy coming down the stairs. Where did my baby boy go?
We began home school this month.
Bookworm: 10th grade
Laser: 9th grade
Lego: 7th grade
Princess: 5th grade
It is getting more challenging keeping up with the grading and planning especially with all we have had going on in our family life. Homeschooling high school was not what I envisioned 11 years ago when I set off on this journey but my boys have chosen to remain at home to school. Yes, Chemistry and Geometry are part of our curriculum and no, I can’t always help them but they are learning and searching for answers. I am so impressed with their ability to learn on their own. Bookworm and Laser both took the PSAT this past October. Hoping their scores reflect their efforts.
Happy 80th Birthday, Grandma!
Even though my mom was still recovering from her surgery, we still wanted to celebrate her 80th birthday. We had been planning a bigger party but needed to scale it down to immediate family. My mom was Queen for the day and really enjoyed her celebration. She truly is a treasure to our family and deserved the best.
Limo ride with the grandkids. Cheers!
Glenn and I went for his first 3 month checkup following his second stem-cell transplant. We drove and stayed at the Hope Lodge, an American Cancer Society facility, during our week long stay. After having a PET and bone-marrow biopsy his test results didn’t come back perfect as hoped. His Monoclonal Protein was still at 0.1. We want 0.0. Dr. Tricot said that hopefully next time we’ll get that number.
Our house had been on the market since the end of May. It didn’t sell. We had two offers but they were low-ball and we weren’t desperate. We may try again in the Spring.
We were home for about 2 weeks from Iowa when my mom fainted, fell and broke her neck on July 4th. We were at their house to grill up some hot dogs and spend the day with them. It was a very traumatic experience. Ambulance took her first to North Baptist Hospital and then transferred her to San Antonio Military Medical Center because of the severity of her injury to her neck. She broke 2 vertebrates at C6/C7, was in ICU, and had plates and screws placed to support the vertebrates. Had it been any higher, she would have been paralyzed or dead. God was with her. She had a 6 week recovery. I stayed at their house switching kids out every couple of days. It was a very difficult recovery because my mom could not swallow food. The surgery required pulling her vocal chords, esophagus and anything else in the way out of the way to place the braces.
At her 6 week checkup with an x-ray and CT scan they discovered that she had further damage and the bracing had not held up. Mom had collapsed vertebrates and once again was hospitalized immediately. God was with her again. At any point, if her spine had broken or splintered she could have been damaged beyond repair. She underwent another surgery, this time more complicated and longer. She was in surgery for 9 hours. They had to enter from the front of her neck and through the back of her neck remove the hardware and place more extensive support along her spine. The 2nd surgery so far has been successful. Praying that at her next appointment, she will be cleared to remove her c-collar and gain full function of her neck again. It’s been over 2 months and my mom still is struggling with eating and swallowing. Our hope is that with time, all will return to normal.
Doctor explains the surgery.