Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Friday July 28, 2006

This morning I had a new nurse, Dietra. I am still on the respirator. I can only answer with blinking of my eyes for yes and no answers. I once saw a show about this, never though I would be the one doing it though.

At 8:30am I went in for a CT scan. The scan lasted until 10am!! When I returned to the ICU, I was breathing on my own. The doctors told my husband and parents that they will hopefully be able to pull the tube out by the end of the day. Oh how nice that would be. The tube is VERY uncomfortable. I hate not being able to talk.

The doctors were right. They took the tube out at 11:30am. I can breathe good now. That was the weirdest feeling getting it out too. I hope to never have to do this again. This was my moms favorite birthday present. Today is her birthday. All she wanted was for me to breathe on my own.

While I couldn't talk because of the tube in my throat, I saw my Great Grandma Pace. I was very close to her. I have seen her a lot since she has passed away. Always in my dreams though. This moment while in ICU with my parents standing next to me I saw her. She was standing next to my mom. She was wearing her favorite flower/butterfly shirt too. I miss her terribly. I'm so glad I know that I am not going through this alone. I have both sides fighting for me:-) I kept trying to have my mom guess what I wanted to say, but she couldn't understand. I kept looking to her side hoping she would understand. It's hard not talking!! So when they took the tube out I asked my mom if she saw Great Grandma. She didn't, but she said she sure felt a presence.

By noon Dr. Vermino came in to discuss the blood cleansing technique, also known as Plasmapheresis. Plasmapheresis is basically where they take my blood out put this nasty smelling stuff in that strips the cells out and puts the blood back in cleansed. They want to start this tomorrow. He also wants to do a brain biopsy to see if the lesions on my brain are the same as my neck. When I heard this, I got really scared. I've never heard of a blood cleansing technique, nonetheless doing a brain biopsy!! Yikes!! All I pictured was hearing the drill as I had to stay awake and talk to whoever was there. No thanks!

Andrea and Kathryn, my Relief Society President, brought my mom a birthday cheesecake and a gift. I seriously love my friends. It made my mom feel so special that someone thought of her on her birthday instead of it all being about me. I can't thank them enough.

At 2pm Dr Bolke, the radiologist, stopped by to inform us that they are still waiting on the pathology reports. He also wanted to keep us up on the current status ans treatment plan. He said he'll come back again. I like him. He is very nice. I like how he shows that he cares.

When Dr. Bolke left Annette, the nurse, came in to remove the IV lines. All the other stuff had to be taken out because my arms are starting to get too swollen. I'm so tired of getting new IV's. She gave me a shot of morphine before putting the new IV in, but it didn't work. The pain was so bad. What happens is is that I'm on a continuous drip in my IV of pain meds, so when they have to change it out they have to stop the drip and change it all and start the drip back up. So I don't get any pain meds until the drip starts again. The morphine shot did nothing for the pain. I can't believe how painful this is. Some of the nurses are quick and some are not so talented. This all happens every three days too. This way the IV doesn't get clogged. I'm sure getting use to the pokes though!!

At 6pm the doctors put in the tubes for the blood cleansing. They put in the inner right thigh right by your private. Right right by your private. That is one of the most sensitive spots too. Apparently there is a main artery there. Lucky for my mom and dad, they let them stay to watch the whole thing. My dad thought it was the coolest thing. I think I would if it wasn't happening to me.

Later I went down for another MRI. This time it was after visiting hours, so everyone had to leave. I hate that. All I know is that the MRI lasted past 10pm. It is so long being in a small tube being a quad. I'm starting to get use to these though.

Just a side note...When Randy returned home he found this HUGE spider in our garage!!!!

Look!! It's still so stinkn' big next to Randy's hand even being dead!!! Yuck!

Here's a cute picture of my little niece Shaelynn to help get that awful image of the spider out of your head:-)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Thursday July 27, 2006

This morning I woke up and had a bath. It was weird not having my mom here to help out. She's always been here to help from the beginning. Dr. Beshay came in to help give me different pain medicine. All I kept doing was praying and praying. I hurt so bad. I remember last night seeing angels around me. I think they were here to make me feels safe and to also watch over me. That gives me comfort.
When my mom and dad came I told them that I felt it was very important that our Prophet, President Hinckly knew that I was teaching the Primary children the primary songs. I wanted him to know that even though I cannot read music at all, that I was still able to teach the children. Fulfilling my calling..
Later today Dr. Burton came in to tell me that he thinks we need to transfer to a bigger cancer hospital like MD Anderson in Houston that can treat rare cancers. I don't want to go there right in the middle of the hurricane season!! We thought about Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City Utah. If I want to beat cancer, then I need my family there to support me. My parents had to leave the ICU, so they called Sabrina. She then called Huntsman and asked lots of questions and getting answers. Meanwhile my parents and Randy were thinking of how they can fly me there. I can't sit up but for just a few minutes at a time. Not long enough for a SWA flight. The cancer hospital doesn't have a plane either. It was mom kept saying maybe Oprah or John Travolta can take me on their plane!! I love my mom. But really..they are too busy to think about me. But hey, she's trying to be creative to get me there. I love that!! The doctors suggested Angel flight, but they didn't have anyone available. We called our insurance and talked about a private medical flight that would have a medical flight nurse to help take care of me if needed. This was the way we were going to go.
At 9:30am Dr. Beshay came in to tell me that they have to do surgery on my neck. It's on the C2-C3 area. I will go in at 2pm. Wow!! He sure didn't give me much time to recover. They are worried about the tumor and how much weaker my arms are getting. They think that if I don't do this then I will be on the respirator by Friday. They are hoping that this surgery will help relieve the pressure on my lungs. Another 4 hour surgery.
The Bishop and my sisters are watching my kids at my house for me. This way Randy and my parents can stay late.
After the surgery Dr. Morrill came to my family after the surgery to let them know that it wasn't a tumor on my neck, but a lesion. He said that if it was a tumor like the one on my sacrum, then he was prepared to tell them that I only had maybe 6 more months to live. He was glad that he could tell us that it wasn't a tumor, but now he is thinking it is now maybe MS or a degenerative disorder along with the tumor that has given me my paralysis from the waist up. I'm glad we are starting to get some answers. Dr. Morrill wants to start some blood cleansing therapy and also do a brain biopsy.
AT 9pm my family all had to go home. Randy to the house and my parents to the hotel. I stayed on the respirator in ICU over night.
There I was laying in the ICU all by myself. The nurses tell my family that I am doing ok through the night. I got a bath and had some x-rays of my lungs. My sweet mom called at 4am. She couldn't sleep. They reassured her that I was stable and strong. I couldn't imagine being my mom. I would be calling every hour!! My mom is such a good mom.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Wednesday July 26, 2006

Well the 26th looks like the BIG day!! At 6:30am my husband, Randy, and my dad gave me a beautiful blessing of strength and safety. I'm sop grateful that I can have a priesthood blessing. I know that everything said was coming straight from my Father in Heaven.
At 8am I left for the surgery. My nurse Carol took me. My sisters, Sabrina and Jen, are staying at my house with my boys. My husband, mom and dad are waiting in the waiting room until I'm done. At 1pm Dr. Morrill came out to let my family know what happened. He said that my nerves were being protected in some kind of sheeting that kept them safe from the tumor. ANOTHER MIRACLE!!! A spinal tap #2 was done along with the biopsy of my right shoulder. I had to stay in ICU overnight. When my parents were with me I asked for a kiss. I'm so scared. I know my Heavenly Father is holding me in his arms right now though. At 8:30pm they had to leave. I was all alone now. Well sort of. I know I will spend the night with Jesus and Heavenly Father.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Tuesday July 25, 2006

Today I woke up with the feeling that it's ok. My body is only temporary. I told my mom, so that we can both feel better about the surgeries to come. I haven't ever had a surgery, so the fact that my body is being cut into all the time hasn't sat well with me.

Dr Beshay came in to check on me. He said that it would be better to do a neck biopsy than the brain biopsy. Oh man was I so relieved! He is going to bring in the film of my MRI to show us the spots on the brain. Cool! Well to look at it, not cool that they are there.

Dr. Burton then came in and told us that the brain biopsy was not needed. He believes it is either a Osteosarcoma or a Chondroblastic Osteosarcom. I am so relieved he doesn't have to do the brain biopsy. So relieved. Answers to my prayer for sure.

Surgery will be tomorrow at 8:15am. They said they would take me down around 7-7:30am. They are going to take as much of the mass in my tailbone area as possible out.

Betty, Brenda's mom, came to visit me today. My mom loves her. I think my mom needed her more than I did. It was nice. Betty came at a time when we needed a break from everything. She definitely put smiles on our faces. She also gave us a card that had LOTS of money in it to help us out. Her son has been through hospital experiences and she knows how expensive it will get. It was very generous of her. Thank you Betty.

My other friend Sherri Baxter, who was one of my first friends when I moved here to Texas, sent me some flowers. She had moved away, but we still keep in touch. I loved the blue vase they came in.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Monday July 24, 2006

This morning Dr. Beshay and Dr. Morell came in to tell me that they have to do a biopsy of my brain...YIKES!! I really don't think I can handle something like that. A drill drilling in my skull and pulling out pieces while I am awake??!! I don't think so!! I'll pass.

They also said that they were going to remove the tumor in my lower spine on Wednesday. The surgery should last about 4-6 hours. The risks are paralysis and/or bowel problems. While they are in surgery they will also biopsy the shoulder. The are thinking the shoulder is benign, but they want to make sure. Also the wrist is a shadow for sure. Yeah!

Michael Coon, my best friends husband, came to visit. It was a nice surprise. It's also nice when you get gifts and flowers from other friends that can't make it:

The oncologist came in to inform us that so far they are thinking it is an Osteosarcoma or a chrondrosarcoma. Try saying that three times fast!!

I know to most going the bathroom is easy. Well for me it isn't. It is horrible. Embarrassing and painful. Usually it consists of an enema, then a nurse delivering it. Yes, a nurse helping my poo come out. I seriously don't think they get paid enough. Ok, now that you get the picture of how it's been..I was able to poo today without an enema!!! Finally! It's the little things right now.

My two best friends, Andrea and Amber, came and visited me tonight. They are true friends. I can't tell you how much I love them. I need a break from the hospital nurses.

The orthopedic surgeon came in to talk to us about the surgery and what may happen. He said that they may have to take my tailbone out. Really??!! How can someone live without one? I was shocked. He mentioned that sometimes you can put a steel rod in it's place. Oh yeah, can you just see me now going through the airport scanners??!! Just the thought makes me laugh! But whatever they have to do.

A funny story happened later tonight. My poor sweet mom, who thought she would get sleep, is woken up by me to scratch. Yep scratch. My bum. Since I can't move my arms anymore and man did it itch, I asked for her help!!!! Yes, it is called motherly love when your mom helps you out. Her and I laughed about it all night. I don't know why it itched so bad, but it did. I'm just grateful that I have a mom that would do that for me. Also I really think she is grateful for sheets and bacterial soap!!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Sunday July 23, 2006

I had another spinal tap today. I laid I thought. I woke up with a sever headache. It really paralyzes you. The doctors gave me a caffeine drip. Wow, it worked fast and was so nice. it took away the headache and REALLY woke me up!!
Can you tell I'm on drugs?!

This shows where the spinal tap was done. Yikes!!

My friends Michelle, Jeni, and Chesney visited me later at nigh. They were so sweet. They brought me s gift basket full of goodies. One really soft blanket too!! I talked and talked and talked. I think it was because of that caffeine drip gave me more energy. We all had a good laugh about it though. After they left my poor mom had to stay and listen to me:-) Yep, all night!!

My family stayed at my house tonight. I know my mom was happy to stay with me, but very tired and sore from sleeping on a little piece of foam. I know she wouldn't have it any other way though. That's what mom's do.
Cameron playing with his cousin Shaelynn. So stinkn' cute!!

Article from David Haas...

Exercise Won't Beat Cancer But it will Help You

The health benefits a person gets from exercise are numerous. Everyone knows that exercise, combined with a healthy diet is the best form of health imaginable. The benefits of exercise are not merely physical; there are more benefits that you cannot see than there are ones you can. This is precisely the reason everyone, especially those undergoing mesothelioma treatment should make exercise a part of their daily routine in order to make it easier to breathe when undergoing so much stress on the lungs.

The physical benefits of exercise are well known. Your body looks better and you are stronger; and while the physical aspects of exercise are a great reason to motivate you to get up and get active, it is the internal benefits that make exercising with cancer so important. Exercise produces hormones in your body that lower your stress level. A high stress level causes your immune system to suffer and your body is unable to fight disease and illness at its full potential. When you exercise, your stress levels are lowered and as a result, your immune system rebuilds and becomes stronger when fighting illness. Since cancer is a disease and affects your health; your immune system needs to be at its best to give you the strength to handle the treatments you are given.

In addition, exercise also boosts your mood. When you are feeling down because of your treatments and your diagnosis, physical activity will help boost your mood and make you happier and less defeated, angry or depressed. This is beneficial because a better mood makes handling your treatments easier. The National Cancer Institute recommends cancer patients include physical activity in their daily schedule as often as possible; while it will not cure you of cancer the benefits it does provided are immeasurable.

The process of going through treatment for any type of cancer is grueling at times and there are days when you will not want to move; and sometimes when you simply cannot. Don’t worry; it happens. When you have the energy and the ability to exercise – do it. When you don’t, do stress yourself out trying. If all you can muster the energy to do is take a walk around your living room, take a walk around your living room. You can always exercise on a day when you have more energy and are feeling more like yourself.

The kind of exercise you do while you go through your cancer treatments depends on what your doctor recommends for you. Walking is always a good form of exercise, as is swimming, biking and cardio activity. A mere 20 minutes a day of exercise is enough to keep you fit, healthy and feeling good about yourself. Take control of your body during treatments by exercising.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Saturday July 22, 2006

This morning I woke up in severe amounts of pain. The doctors put me on vicodin around the clock and some nausea medicine.

Susamma, one of my nurses, helped my mom shower me. I insisted trying to hold the shower handle while my mom washed my hair, but little did I know that I couldn't do it. I ended up showering my mom!! We did get a great laugh out of it!

The doctors are now saying it's some type of bone cancer, but they won't know until Wednesday. Since I'm having a hard time breathing, the doctors have now said that they might take me to ICU just in case. I asked Randy and my dad for a priesthood blessing. After the blessing the doctors said I can stay in my room for now. What an answer. This is my second Priesthood blessing. I felt that I will get through this, but it will be a hard one.

In the evening hours Jenn, Mark and Ralene, the Relief Society President for my Carrollton ward, visited me. Jenn brought my favorite stew that she makes. She even fed it to me!! So sweet.

Randy is going to spend the night with me tonight and give my mom a break. While Sabrina and Kathryn, the Relief Society President in Corinth, took care of my kids. It was so nice to have Randy here. This whole time Randy has had to take care of the kids and all the hospital bills coming in.

Jeanette, Cameron's ECI therapist, came to visit me. She brought me books on laughter and humor. She said that laughter is the best medicine. I have to agree. It made me feel so good that she cares.

Jennifer and Marin Nesbitt brought flowers and a bear too. So sweet.

What a day.

Friday July 21, 2006

Well today I woke up even weaker. I'm starting to not like going to sleep. Every time I do I wake up more and more weak and numb. I'm using a walker now. My arms are getting too weak to even walk or feed myself. I am stubborn though, so I keep trying! Sometimes I have missed my mouth when feeding myself...we have to laugh at that one!! It was funny. I am still able to wash my body, but not my hair now. Getting my arms to stay up and wash is impossible. So my mom helps shower me.

Today there were a lot of doctors coming in and out. One doctor told me that they found cells in my spinal fluid. They are also telling me now that I have a tumor on my neck. They are thinking that the neck and head are related. The total spots they saw in my head are 3. At this point they are still thinking it is either a Cordoma or a Chondrosarcoma. We are waiting for the path results still. Hopefully Monday we will get an answer. Oh and now they found a spot on my wrist.

Later in the evening I couldn't urinate or feed myself. It is so hard to try and stay positive and not start to freak out. I just keep thinking of my life and how good it is. I know I need to get better. Not only for myself but for my kids. I still haven't been able to hug or kiss them. This is my only wish.

As my mom and I walked the floor once again like we always do...I'm determined to keep some strength up... I couldn't make it back. My legs were buckling under me and my arms just don't have enough strength to hold me up. My mom had to help me get back to my room. I was just two rooms away too.

My mom and I talked a lot. I just wish that when I left for the emergency room that I would have given my boys a BIG hug and a BIG kiss. Little did I know that I wouldn't be able to see them or hold them now.

The biggest thing is that I feel closer to Heavenly Father. My mom and I pray a lot. A lot!! The spirit in the room is not missed either. All the nurses and doctors can feel it too. I'm just confused why me? Why now?

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Thursday July 20, 2006

I again woke up with increased weakness in my legs. I could barely walk without any support. Today my whole family came to visit. I had scheduled for today a bone scan, spinal tap, EEG, and another high contrast MRI. I had to drink the HORRIBLE contrast. It was so so so nasty. I cried, but my family helped make me laugh and get me through this. I did. Then I told the doctors that I'm not going to drink that crap again. If they wanted the contrast, they had to find some other way to get it in me. In the MRI they found another spot in my shoulder.
The spinal tap was interesting. I've never had one before. Dr Bushay was so good. My dad sat and watched him. He said that he has never seen a doctor have such a steady hand. Thank goodness. Honestly I don't remember how it felt. I just knew I was scared, but my dad was there to help keep my calm.
Today was a busy day with visitors too!! My mom, dad, sister Sabrina with her baby Shaelynn stayed all day. Randy brought the boys up for the first time. Man do I miss them terribly!! Also Serena and her daughter Bronwen came. All of them at the same time along with my friends Beth Brock, and Andrea Coon. Also Scott and Rob from Southwest Airlines, Randy's bosses!! It was SO nice to see everyone. I didn't complain at all.
Later tonight my oldest sister, Jen and my neice Alex, flew in.
I have to tell you that Randy's work, Southwest Airlines, flew all my family in from Utah and California AND gave them a rental car and hotel!! Randy and I knew that Southwest was a good we KNOW they are!!! Amazing! They are very well known for treating every employee like's true.
My mom and I keep walking the halls. I don't want to loose ALL my strength. To be honest I can barely do it, but I keep thinking positive thoughts. Really I hold onto that walker and just hold up my legs. It's hard to see my strength leaving so quickly.

My nieces Alex and Shaelynn

Cameron and Shaelynn in the minivan!! So cute!!!

At the can tell they are having fun!!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Wednesday July 19, 2006

I woke up this morning with increased pressure in my chest and shortness of breath. I'm getting to the point that I don't want to go to sleep anymore. I don't know what else it going to go wrong. Now I can barely move and breath.

They did a bone scan later in the day. That was neat. The tech let me see my bones on the computer screen. So cool!

I know have been told that I have some tissue in my neck and the tumor on my sacrum. The tumor is causing the tissue in my neck to swell therefore causing my arms and hands and chest to all go numb. Weird. But it would explain why I am going numb!! At least it isn't 2 tumors!!

My family came in around 3pm. I was so excited to see them!! Randy's work, Southwest Airlines, flew them all out to see me. My mom, dad, twin sister Sabrina and her baby, my older sister Jennifer and my niece Alex. We just hugged and talked a lot. It was so nice to have them here and not on the phone. It's getting harder to hold the phone to talk.

My littlest niece Shaelynn

Michael, Alex, and Ricky

My older sister Jennifer with Cameron My friend Jenn came later that night to visit too! I have to tell you the story when she left:

She left at night and when she was walking to her car she noticed some scary looking men. Something inside told her to get back in the hospital. So as she got back in the doors, they tried following her, but the doors locked behind her. For some reason for her they were unlocked, but for these men they were locked...hmmm. I know that Heavenly Father protected her that night. I was so grateful. The security guard helped her to her car. She got home safely. That would have been a horrible experience had she not listened to that still small voice inside.

Tuesday July 18, 2006

I woke up this morning with numbness in my hands now. Why? This is getting a little more serious than I thought. I'm trying to keep up a positive attitude though.

Serena is helping me keep notes and is writing for me now. I don't have enough strength in my hands to write legalibly.

I had a biopsy of the mass in my sacrum today. OUCH!!! They say that they numb it right....just the top layer!! I cried SO hard. The tech was SO stinkn' nice to me though. He kept trying to keep me going strong. They took 3 serum and 5 tissue samples. I really think that that was more painful than child birth. Really, it was. The samples are being sent away to the Mayo Clinic.

When I arrived back in my room from this horrible experience, I had visitors!! Bishop McEntire was checking up on me. Also soon after my friend Cindy came with lunch!! It was so nice to see familiar faces right after such a horrible event. Really the word biopsy is a bad word in my vocabulary now. We all had fun chatting about life and things. We talked about Cameron and how I thought when he was born and we found out that he had Down Syndrome, that that was going to be our big trial in life. Little did I know that he is more of a blessing than a trial. He is an angel. We actual are handling that well!! It's busy most times, but busy with learning opportunities.

I really felt special today. Having visitors is the nicest thing when you are stuck in a hospital bed. I will always remember this.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Monday July 17, 2006

Early in the morning, 3:17ish, the doctors informed me that the mass found in my sacrum looks suspiciously like a cordoma, which is a tumor that grows in the neck or sacrum area. It is a fairly large tumor. It is 4cm large. I had no idea that something that large was there!!

Here's a diagram of the area:
Serena had to go to leave me and go to work. She is a Spanish teacher for the High School. She is amazing!! After staying up all night with me, she is still able to go to work. This definitely has bonded us for life. I will be eternally grateful for her service to me and sacrifice she gave me.

Randy is on his way home now. Man do I feel horrible that this is happening while he is away. I'm glad he is coming back.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Three weeks later...Sunday July 16, 2006

This Sunday morning Randy said goodbye as he was traveling for a BIG conference in Chicago for the week that he was in charge of. After he left I slowly got up for the day. As I went to the bathroom I noticed that I was numb in the pelvic area. Weird. I thought that maybe it was how I slept or maybe even a pinched nerve?? I just knew it didn't feel right.

As the morning went on it felt like it was getting worse. I called my mom, who recently had back surgery, to see if she knew of any stretches I could do to relieve the pinched nerve. I was sure that was all it was. I didn't want to go pay the ER copay for them to tell me it was nothing.

I did all the stretches, took a bath, and made more phone calls. By the early evening hours the numbness was now down my legs. This worried me. I called my cousin, an EMT, to ask her opinion. She said to go in. I called my Family doctor who then said to go straight to the ER. He called Lewisville Hospital to let them know I was coming in.

Now what to do...I have 3 little boys, Ricky 7, Michael 3, and Cameron 1. I called my one and only babysitter, Bronwen. She came over with her parents, Serena and Blake. Blake gave me a Priesthood blessing that was so amazing. I held onto what he said for my ENTIRE journey.

As we arrived at the ER I was still able to walk. They did an exam, which wasn't pleasant at all, and then wanted to do an MRI. As I joked and sat with Serena and laughed not knowing what exactly the doctors were thinking was wrong. It was hard. I'm so grateful that Serena was there for me. When I get nervous I laugh a lot. We will just say that there was a lot of laughing going on. Seriously the doctors kept doing that awful exam. I still had no idea what they were thinking and they weren't telling me either.

The MRI tech came in to take me for my 1st MRI. As he wheeled me down the hall grumbling about how I took him from his poolside afternoon. I felt horrible and was totally embarrassed, still thinking it is a dumb pinched nerve.

After the LONG MRI, the tech apologized. He mentioned that he had found something and it wasn't good. He said that the ER doctor would explain. Still I didn't think anything serious. All this time Randy calling me and I keep telling him that all is ok and that he doesn't need to come home.

The ER doctor said that they had found a mass and it could be cancer, but she wasn't sure until more tests can be ran. They transferred me to Zale-Lypshy in Dallas later that night. Serena followed the ambulance. She didn't want me to be by myself. She was so amazing. Zale-Lypshy is part of the UT Southwestern University Hospital.

Again when I arrived the nurse did the exam again!!! Really the 2 times at the ER wasn't enough I suppose!! Totally embarrassing too. But at least Serena was with me to laugh about it after.

The very beginning!

It all started on June 24, 2006. I woke up this Saturday morning feeling fine. Randy took Ricky and Michael out with him to get some errands done. I was home with Cameron. While he was gone my best friend Andrea had called me. I don't know why, but I told her I wasn't feeling right. She was then worried because I kept talking in circles, saying the same things over and over again. She then called Randy to tell him to get home quick. He was worried about Cameron and I.

He watched me over the weekend. On Monday we went to the Dr. He did a full blood test and gave me medicine for anxiety. He also sent me for a CT scan. That was dumb. My mom had just flew in to be with us when we went for the scan. The tech couldn't even get the needle in my arms for contrast. The Dr. said just do the scan anyways. I was so frustrated and upset, because I didn't understand what the big deal was and why I was feeling the way I felt.

The scan came back fine. Then the doctor said it is probably a nervous breakdown...If anyone knows me that is not the reason. He said that because I had a child with special needs that it can be demanding at times and I just broke. Right....If anyone knows me, they would know this isn't true. I am a VERY strong person. My child with special needs just had Down Syndrome. He was not a burden at all. He is such a big blessing in my life.

I just went along with it. I didn't know what else to do. So I took the medicine he gave me and my mom helped me write all my duties down, so I wouldn't forget to feed, or clothe the boys. Then she had to fly home.

I will tell you this...I have NEVER been sick before. No hospital stays (except for having my 3 boys), stitches, or surgeries. Then this happened. Weird. But again as I look back I didn't know that I CAN get a second opinion. I just trusted that this doctor went to school and knew what he was talking about.