Friday, November 26, 2010

Post Turkey Day

Well I hope you survived Thanksgiving and were able to enjoy your time with family, friends and indulge on yummy food. I figure that next year I will be eating and I am going to have a whole turkey to myself plus the fixins. It has been especially hard not being able to fully enjoy my favorite holiday. But to that I say Happy Thanksgiving! This year I am especially aware of what I am thankful for - life, family, friends, but especially God! Although I may not be able to enjoy the traditional bounty (food) of my favorite holiday, knowing that I am here surrounded by so much family and friends whom I love, the bounty I enjoy is plentiful! Thank you to all of you who have written me, thought of me, and especially prayed for me, it continues to make a difference!
Other news... I head out of state in a few weeks to get a second opinion on my speech and swallowing. Hopefully, my new doctor will be able to provide some new insight into my throat and swallowing. Pray for my Mom and Mother-in-law as they again step up to care for my boys while Darren and I travel. Please pray for me too, that I get some answers and that a simple fix is all that is needed. Oh how I long to eat! My Christmas wish for sure!
I am also having to be tested in Physical Therapy this next week to see if I can accomplish some lofty goals. I pray for balance on this day especially.

Well motherhood beckons me so I must go... both boys are crying :0)


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Time flies when you are having FUN

Well, well, well ... life certainly keeps me busy. Did I tell you all last time that I am driving? Mostly to therapy but on the icy slick snow covered roads that is enough for me. It gives me back so independence that I was longing for. Good timing too because I just started extra long physical therapy sessions last week. I do my regular 45 minute session with my therapist and then she sets me free to do pre-determined exercises for an additional 45 minutes. I do this 3 times a week and I am pooped by the end of it. It is our way of speeding things up so I can finish up faster. My regular speech therapist was on vacation for a month so I had the opportunity to work with Kelly, who has helped me before. Poor her she got a 'I hate TUMOR day!' She handled it well and was a great source of encouragement. It is hard not to get frustrated by my current situation, but I know it is not final. It was nice to see Anne, my speech therapist, when she returned. She noticed changes not only in my voice but in my swallowing sequence too. YEAH! Fun news.... we are looking at heading out of state for a second opinion on my swallow - hopefully they will be able to scope me and have a better idea of what is going on. I REALLY WANT TO EAT! I am trying to stay positive especially with Thanksgiving around the corner. I am so thankful for all the wonderful people in my life and all the fantastic people I have met on this journey, but I love holiday dinners and it seems as if everything is tied to food. Come On People - this is killing me. Nothing less, I will go and see fabulous people and pretend that I am grand with the food around me and countless people shoving their faces. I'll even join the fun of bringing food - ironic, I know. Someone has to contribute on behalf of the male eaters in my family, right? Maybe I could puree some turkey? Wait, it would probably get stuck in my tube and then I would be in big trouble..... UGH! Enough complaining for me.

Thanks again for listening and the continued prayers.