A quick update.

Sweet Addie got a clean bill of health today from the cardiologist. She doesn’t need to return to see him for another couple of months.  She’s growing leaps and bounds too!  We just adore her. image_1461885159739

In other news, my biopsy came back clear.  I have one more test on Friday to check my small intestines because of the location of the pain, but after that, I think I’ve exhausted almost everything that it could possibly be.  Good grief.

I have been researching all sorts of information on Hashimoto’s, and leaky gut disease and all the symptoms a toxic gut can cause. (I seem to have quite a few of them.)  I’m slowly but surely changing my diet.  For the next couple of weeks, I’m eating gluten-free to see if it makes any difference.  It appears that the protein in gluten doesn’t interact very well with my auto-immune disease.  I want to feel better, so I will do what I have to do.  Give up pasta?  Heck no.  Just changed the brand and ingredients of the pasta.  Just add some homemade tomato sauce, and it’s just as delicious!  ( A little more pricey, but doable.)

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The best brown rice pasta EVER!

Other allergens that could be causing pain is dairy, soy, eggs, caffeine, and, of course refined sugar.  My gastroenterologist wants me to eliminate one of these at a time.  We’ll see how this all plays out.

With everything that has been going on, I was feeling a bit sorry for myself and frumpy, so I spent all some of my money on a hair color, highlight and cut.

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If you saw what it looked like when I walked into the salon, I would say it was a bit of an improvement.  First time ever with highlights, and not quite sure I’m 100% loving it.  It’s a bit lighter than I usually wear my hair.  What do you think?

*Hopefully* I’ll be posting a bit more regularly, but kids are due to be home from college over the next weekend, so life is going to get really busy again.  Still…I have lots of stuff I want to share with you, including our upcoming trip to Florida and a possible {*fingers crossed*} cruise to the Pacific Coastline.

Life is short and tomorrow is not guaranteed.  So…..time to plan some fun into my life.

Right?

An update for Addie.

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The procedure was a success, and her valve opened right up.  However it will take a couple of days to get her breathing steady while she eats.  She is still working hard to pump her blood through her valves. This picture was taken less than 24 hours after her procedure. No more IVs, no more oxygen, happily sleeping after filling up her tummy. :)  Of course, Mama won’t put her down and his been holding her the whole time. :)

As soon as her breathing steadies, and she continues to improve, she may be able to go home with Mom and Dad on Friday.

Thank you again, for all of your prayers and comments.  It has helped us get through a very stressful time.

A beautiful day.

We arrived in Blacksburg, Virginia in plenty of time to watch my son march into the Upper Quad after finishing his 13 mile hike for the last phase of his Corps of Cadet training.

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It was a beautiful sunny day, with temps in the low 60’s.  The mood was light and exciting all at the same time.

turningThe ‘turning’ part is when they ‘about face’ to the upper classmen who were standing right behind them.  (Freshman were not allowed to socialize with upper classmen all year..until today.)  Lots of hugs and high-5’s went on for about 30 minutes.  So awesome to watch.

I was patiently waiting my turn….image_1460839856553 At the end of the ceremony, we waited for our new ‘sophomore’ cadet to change and hang out with us.  As luck would have it, there was a chocolate festival going on within walking distance of the campus.  Yep, you heard that right. CHOCOLATE.

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While walking around, chomping on delectable chocolate samples, the most amazing thing happened.  I met my artist IDOL, P. Buckley Moss!!!  I have been collecting her artwork for over 30 years!! :)

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Pat and me. :)

Could this day get any better???

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Yep. :)

 

Technical Difficulties with the Blog

I’m hoping you are able to see this post, as my blog seemed to be invaded with a bug.  It’s supposed to be fixed, but my husband just told me he’s seeing a different pic on my site.

If you see this post, and my blog looks normal, please comment so I know it’s okay.

Thank you!!

Baby and Mom are doing much better. :)

image_1460756567708 image_1460756567718Adelyn’s procedure is scheduled for Monday at 11:00 a.m.  In the meantime, she is enjoying her stay in NICU, as she’s been pampered and treated like royalty.  She is laying under a heated lamp, all cozy and warm with Mom there to entertain.  She is eating well, and is being monitored 24/7.  I pray for a successful procedure and speedy recovery so I can hold her again. (Nana’s aren’t allowed to hold their babies in NICU. :( )

Thank you all for your sweet comments and prayers.  They mean more to me that you know.

It’s been a rough couple of days.

Faith-Quotes-22After the delivery of my granddaughter on Tuesday, my daughter had a few complications.  Without getting into too many details, she ended up with numerous internal stitches and was in a lot of pain. Several times during the day she went in and out of consciousness, and it was quite scary.   My husband and I were there for the early birth (6:00 a.m.), and stayed at the hospital taking care of her until 5:00 p.m.  Exhausted, we went home to get some rest, as I was having my biopsy the next morning.

The next day after my procedure (which was pretty painful, I might add) we headed back to the hospital to check on my daughter and see the baby.  When we arrived, I was not prepared for the news I was about to hear. Although my daughter seemed to be doing better, Adelyn was not.   Doctors had heard a heart murmur the day before and ordered further testing.  Unfortunately, the results of the test were not positive.  They diagnosed her with severe Pulminary Valve Stenosis.  I was the only one in the room (along with my daughter and son-in-law) when the pediatric cardiologist gave them the news.  Adelyn would need to have a procedure done as soon as possible to open up the closed valve.  They would need to take her to the NICU where she would be given an IV and meds to start.   It felt like an an out of body experience hearing this.   I tried to remain calm and take in everything I was hearing because I knew I would need to repeat the information to the other set of grandparents and my husband who were waiting outside the room.

It was heartbreaking to see how crushed and worried my daughter and son-in-law were, but the prognosis for this procedure is very good.  Adelyn will be in NICU for the next week, possibly two, undergoing this procedure to open up her valves.  Once her valves are open and stay open, she will be able to go home.

I’m hoping it happens sooner, rather than later.

If you are so inclined, prayers for little Adelyn and her parents are welcomed and appreciated.

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