Wednesday, June 22, 2005

It's over

I am very relieved that the entire funeral weekend is over! I don't think I could have handled one more ham sandwich!! We got there on Saturday and went directly into Grandma's to see her. She was watching The Lawrence Welk show (yes, the reruns are still on!). The first thing she asked me is if I thought Grandpa was was his favorite show after all. I gave her a big hug and she told me how happy she was that I was there and that she loves me. It broke my heart! She did very well the entire weekend though...she is a strong woman and will make it through...but it is still sad. Seeing the rest of the family was just as difficult. Everyone shed some tears but we shared some great stories and some wonderful laughter as well! Mom had gotten together all sorts of pictures of Grandpa and I put together a collage to put up for everyone to see. What was really neat were the notes from Grandpa's trip across the country...he paid $1.07 for 10 gallons of gas! The funeral was very nice...although we all agree there should be no hymns sung...that's what gets the tears flowing! Being a pallbearer was much different than I thought it was going to be. I'm glad we were all given the opportunity; sort of like we could help out in our own little way. We each were given a flower from the casket bouquet (although mine didn't make it back to KC). After, Mom, Dad, Mike, Topos, Sedona, and I headed to the nursing home where Grandpa had been staying to take one of the flower bouquets for the residents to enjoy. It was really great therapy! The residents loved the dogs and I enjoyed seeing their faces all lit up! We really need to find a place here in KC where the dogs can is great therapy. After, we all stopped to get some soft serve icecream in memory of Grandpa. It was one of his favorite things to do...take a drive and see what there was to see...something we grandkids always looked forward to! Then, we spent the rest of the afternoon just hanging out with the family. It was sad that we had to return home. I sometimes miss being closer so that I can see the family members more. However, I had a friend post in their blog the following quote and it summed it up nicely for me "The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.---Lucius Annaeus Seneca" Thanks Mr. Head!

I gotta go let the dogs play outside....


Friday, June 17, 2005

The Phone Rings

Has your phone ever rang and you just knew that you didn't want to talk to the person on the other sied? If you have never experienced this, I hope you never do...My mother called last evening to let me know that my Grandfather had passed away last evening. I hate those calls. They are so hard to make and even harder to take. I am sad. However, only for me and my family ~ Grandpa will get to be with his Father in Heaven for Father's Day! What a deal!! He had been suffering from dimensia for a couple of months (that we know of) and had a couple of strokes so the news comes as a relief. He didn't suffer long and he died peacefully without complaints. I always thought he would live forever. He will, just not here on Earth with us and that makes me sad. I'm not looking forward to the weekend ahead but life will go on I am sure. To Grandpa ~ until we meet again. Say hey to Grandma and JC for me!


Wednesday, June 15, 2005

The Real Trouble

What I thought was an ulcer turns out to be something much different but the 'fun' finding out what it is really is the real story. Let me recap...

So I go to the doctor and she says "ulcer" so here are some pills that cost you $150 per fill and I want yodu to go see a gastroendro...too long of a name for me to even type out...for a test that I can only tell you the acronym for...EDG (or was it EGD....). Anyway, so I go to have this test thing done and basically, they stick a tube thing down your throat to check out your esophogus and the entrance to your tummy. Before you gag on your own saliva, they do put you under for this test so you don't have to know that they are doing it. However, I managed to somehow wake up when they were pulling it out but I couldn't open my eyes...IT SUCKED!! Then, I woke up while they were wheeling me back into recovery. I felt great...for about 2 hours! Then I crashed on the sofa. For the next 2 days, my throat was very very very (I can do this forever) sore! The bad's not an ulcer according to the test. So I was referred for a sonogram the next day. I head to the appointment the next morning and the technician that did the test made no comments but went right to work. I then spent 5 agonizing days waiting for the results. The good news, I have gallstones instead!

I'm relieved to know what it is but I am a bit nervous to find out what happens next. I have been referred to a surgeon and I meet with him on Friday. I know my Mom and my sister have had theirs out as well so it really isn't that big of a deal...but I am just worried about waking up!! I will attempt to keep everyone posted if I can. It's tough when I am not feeling the best to sit around and blog...but after all is said and done, I hope I feel better!

I need to get some laundry and dishes done so C'ya!