A New Year and Back to Blogging

I am SOOOO glad to see 2010 leave the building!

Thanksgiving was quiet. We stayed home because of illness in the house. Christmas was even more interesting. Richard was in the hospital. He had come down with the cold that everyone else had been getting. He drove into work on December 23rd and promptly decided that was the wrong thing to have done. (Never mind I told him to stay home!)

He felt miserable that afternoon, so I took him to the local Urgent Care Center, where he told the doctor that at one point he didn’t know how he drove from one short area to another on the drive home. The doctor pushed the panic button and told him to get to the ER. So across the street we headed. What an adventure! A CT scan, an echo-cardiogram, a carotid artery sonogram, a cardiology and a neurology consult later he was discharged home and told not to drive until he had an EEG. All the tests were ok to that point.

The EEG showed no seizure activity, but did point to possible sleep apnea. So he had to schedule an appointment with the Sleep Center. He was still not allowed to drive until our primary doctor received the results of the sleep study. Talk about a nightmare!

And yes, the sleep study showed he did have sleep apnea. He has just received the CPAP machine so we will see how it goes in the next couple of weeks.

On January 18th, we had dad’s funeral and burial at Arlington National Cemetery. It was a very beautiful and touching service and definitely the right send off for my father. Once the pictures are in, I will post some here. We were so lucky. There had been an ice/snow storm the night before. Dad’s was the first funeral to have the full honors that day. I am thanking God for that.

The other big news in the family is that I am now homechooling everyone but my high schooler. The girls were being bullied, there were attitudes developing that I didn’t like and Emma was begging to come home. It turned out to be a blessing with all the turmoil this month to have them home and still have them learning.



A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

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He’s home!

Richard was released from the hospital about 3 this afternoon. He is definitely doing much better. The swallowing issues are gone and thankfully there isn’t too much pain. He is complaining more of a dull ache across the shoulders. We shall how tonight goes.

Thank you all for keeping us in your prayers. I know it has made the all the difference in his recovery.

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

It is over!

Surgery is over and now the recovery begins. Surgery started late (of course), lasted about two and half hours. He spent about an hour in the recovery room and was moved up to a room. He should be able to come home late tomorrow afternoon, barring anything weird happening.

The doctor said it went well. He also went on to tell me about some little things you don’t think about. Since this surgery is done from the front of the neck there will be hoarseness and trouble swallowing for a few days. There is also drain inserted in his neck the should come out tomorrow morning. After that that wound will bleed/drain for the next few says. Eww! But the doctor has hopes for a full recovery that will get rid of the pain and numbness Richard has been dealing with the past few years.

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Once again I faded into non existence. I can’t believe how busy my life has gotten. And so much of it is business without purpose. Right now my entire schedule/routine has been thrown under the bus so I feel like I am spinning my wheels and going no where. I truly HATE this feeling. So now that Thanksgiving there is over there is more more major thing looming. Richard is having surgery on December 1st.

For years he had been dealing with pain and numbness in his hand, everyone thought carpel tunnel. Four years ago the pain spread up arm and to his neck, so they did an MRI. He had a “bulging disc.” Thankfully PT took care of that and everything was going great, until 2 years ago. It flared back up. Another MRI was done and it was definitely worse. Surgery was strongly suggested, but the surgeon was strongly suggesting retirement at that point. Richard was 2 years from the 20 years of service required, so that wasn’t an option. They decided on another course of treatment that involved injections into the neck. Thankfully that work.

It has been another 2 years and the pain is back, this time surgery is required. Since the original surgeon is no longer in the area we have seen a new one. He also has suggested surgery, but is not stressing the retirement. Thankfully Richard is at the training academy for another year or so. That puts him at a desk job and not out climbing ladders during they recovery time.

So on Tuesday afternoon, Richard will be having is long awaited (dreaded)surgery to fuse three vertebrae in his neck. He will be spending at least one night in the hospital, maybe two. After that he will have major limitations for the first few weeks.

If you are of the mind to pray, please keep our family in your prayers for the next few days. Richard for an easy surgery and healing. For me to have the grace to get the next few weeks.

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome