Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving Mingle

1. What did you and your family do for Thanksgiving?

2. What is your favorite way to use Thanksgiving leftovers

3. Fill in the blank: “I really wish I hadn’t eaten so much _______________ on Thanksgiving.


Random Thoughts

I am just a jumble of thoughts today.  So here it goes..

  • Angel’s IV filter removal went really well!
  • We had a week off with dance, which was really nice. 
  • We spent Thanksgiving at my mom’s.
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  • Mainly because our oven doesn’t really work
  • I called her the day before to remind her how to keep the turkey gluten free.
  • The day of Thanksgiving she wasn’t thinking and stuffed the turkey
  • with regular stuffing
  • so I couldn’t eat the turkey
  • or the gravy..
  • Sad smile
  • I survived though.  Even after I helped her debone the turkey and put it away
  • Had a great time with the family too! 
  • I missed Jade terribly!
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  • She is growing too fast! 
  • We had fun with Mike’s jokes. 
  • Lots of laughter all around.
  • Friday we got a few deals later in the day. 
  • We had a friend of Anna’s stay over from Friday til yesterday.
  • Also had to pick up ballet shoes for Anna
  • 30.00!! 
  • I detest the need for money!
  • Right now I keep getting cyber Monday emails..
  • I can’t look.. still costs money.. Sad smile
  • This is what we spotted on our outing..
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  • I want that dog! 
  • We did have a great weekend though!
  • More laughter
  • Especially when Anna was over tired and freaking out at the kitten
  • Wish I had taken a video!
  • She was standing on the couch crying.. the kitten was on the floor stalking her.. Kitten jumped on couch, she screamed loud.  Kitten freaked and ran to the basement. 
  • We could not stop laughing!  Poor Anna. 
  • About 5 min later kitten tried to come back.  Anna was calming down on my lap. 
  • Kitten comes up looking skittish.. Anna spots her looking at her and screams again
  • kitten runs back down
  • poor kitten..
  • It was obviously time for bed!
  • I tried to buy a turkey
  • It was almost 3.00 a pound.
  • went for a chicken instead. 
  • Angel put a rock under our heating element to keep it in place
  • seemed to work, oven stayed on
  • chicken was great.  Not turkey but still great.
  • Today is Monday…
  • which means back to school and dance. 
  • Always a lot of cleaning to be done after a lazy weekend too. 
  • Off to work I go…
  • Happy Monday!
  • I leave you with one more picture..
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Monday, November 14, 2011

October Happenings… It’s been crazy!

I don’t think I have done a single update on Angel in quite a while.  The last two months have been rather busy.  I decided to do a brief outline of all the happenings in October.  I apparently forgot how busy it really was!  So thankful it ended on a happy note! 

Wed, October 5th – Buried Gram.  Realized something was wrong with van.

Thurs, October 6th – Canceled doc appt due to van issues

Fri, October 7th – Received a call from hospital...  They don't like his liver numbers and want him to go to the hospital Monday for a liver ultrasound. 

Sat, October 8th – took van in to get checked on.  Angel had to walk to and from Anna’s dance studio and they sat there all day.  2200.00 to repair.  Had to get bare minimums done since we didn’t have it.  So roughly 1200.00. 

Sun, Oct 9th – Birthday party at neighbors for their one year old.  So cute!  Think the deviled eggs I thought was safe, had dairy.  Sad smile

Mon, Oct 10th – Went to hospital for an ultrasound.  They didn’t get back to us til we had no choice but to leave to get to Anna’s dance.  On the road they called and told us it looked like his vein had gotten narrow and they needed to do a procedure to widen it.  They told him to be in Glastonbury the next morning.  When I looked up the procedure, it looked like a complicated thing that required a driver.  I totally over reacted and we had a bad night.

Tues, Oct 11th – I stayed home while Angel and David went to procedure.  He was at the wrong place.  Turned out they only did a cat scan to see the vein better.  Whew! 

Wed, October 12th – I went to audiologist appointment.  Had another hearing test done and found out my hearing is getting significantly worse. 

Thurs, October 13th,

Angel went for his doctor's appointment today.  The blood seems to be flowing fine.  However they can't see the vein properly because of the clips that are in his body from surgery.  They still don't like the numbers so they want to do a liver biopsy to make sure there is no rejection going on.  As for the vein, apparently during the transplant they had to graft the vein together and now it looks like there is possible shrinkage.  They want to get a closer look with another procedure.  Both procedures can be done as an outpatient however, because he is on Coumadin, he would bleed out.  So they want to admit him in the hospital for 4 days to control the Coumadin, and then get him back on after the procedure.  

Angel told them this was not possible with work.  So they decided another method.  They are mailing him a package that will have filled needles.  He will give himself shots for a few days.  These shots will keep his blood thin but not have the same affect as the Coumadin.  He will then go in for the procedure as an outpatient on either the 26th or the 27th of this month.  After the procedure he will continue to do the shots til the Coumadin takes effect again. 

Found out Health insurance will not pay for a lot of my bloodwork I had done or the new doctor I am seeing. 

Mon, Oct 24th

went the hospital today so they could show him out to give himself a shot before his Liver biopsy and angiogram on Thursday. I asked them about a protruding spot on his stomach. Turns out he has a hernia caused from the incision during surgery. It can be removed maybe next spring unless it starts to cause pain.


Wednesday, Oct 26th

Angel went to his vascular appointment today. They found no blood clots!! They will be taking the IV filter out on November 17th. This is really good news!

Thurs, Oct 27th

Angel’s brother took him to the hospital for the procedures.  He was supposed to have the angiogram and the liver biopsy.  Due to a problem with taking Coumadin yesterday, they did not want to do the biopsy.  After having to lay flat for 6 hours the liver doc came in and tried to do the biopsy through a scar tissue.  Failed.  Need to reschedule. 

Thursday, November 10th,
We received incredible news. The plans for a liver biopsy was cancelled. His numbers are the best they have ever been! He will continue to have the IV Filter removed on Thursday. Thank you so much for all your prayers! It will be a year this month since his cirrhosis was discovered and it has been 6 months since his liver transplant. God is truly amazing!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Friday Fill Ins…

I decided to check out some memes today. 

1. Turkey is __Delicious___.
2. _I want Cherry, peach or apple___ pie.
3. On and on and on we go __Where it ends, nobody knows___.
4. The last time I saw __one of my best friends, was 12 years ago, thankfully we still keep in touch___.
5. Can you believe __Christmas is almost here___.
6. I need a __complete day all to myself___.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to __bedtime, I have no reason to wake up at 6 in the morning___, tomorrow my plans include __taking my daughter to dance and shopping as usual___ and Sunday, I want to __do absolutely nothing___!

Coconut Cookie Dough Oatmeal = Yum!!

cookie dough oatmeal

Look at that picture!  I found this recipe over at  It was delicious.  Next time I will added some shredded coconut to the mix.  The one thing I am learning through this dietary change, isn’t so much what I can’t eat.. but all the new things I can it! 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

23 years ago.....

23 years ago.. I became a mom.. 
it was the most unbelievable and fantastic journey ever.. 

not to mention scary.   

When I finally got to hold this precious baby.. 

I was over whelmed with so many emotions.. 

There was no other feeling that could compare.. 

I am amazed at how fast time flies.. 
Wasn't he a cutie?
Being a single mom definitely was interesting.. 

David was my entire life.. there was nothing I would not have done for him. 
Having David in my life has been a huge blessing. 
 He has taught me so many things through the years.   

Happy 23rd Birthday, David!  We love you!