Saturday, April 5, 2014

Family


My sister in-law, Gigi, texted me this photo yesterday of my brother Roger and their silly dog. The dog goes to work with Gigi everyday. They own a plumbing company in Wasilla, Alaska. Evidently she likes to stand on counters and desks!

It's been a rough couple of weeks for my family. Since I returned from New Hampshire my mother has taken a turn for the worse. She went for a pre-op exam before her skin graft surgery and they found a heart murmur and poor blood work. She was getting weaker each day. They hospitalized her, did some tests and diagnosed her with stage 4 colon cancer. I am so saddened that at 87 years old she had to go through the car accident trauma and now have to be hit with this news.  Up until this point she was very healthy and active... she has never been on any medication, unlike my Dad who takes a bunch of different pills everyday. Needless to say the skin graft surgery was cancelled.

Roger is flying out of Anchorage today and will be in New Hampshire tomorrow. Of course now all I want to do is hop on a plane and head back there to be with everyone. The reality is, I have work to catch up on here and I need this weekend to digest everything and decide what is best.

On the home front it's been hard to be productive. My greatest accomplishment this week was throwing the parts for 7 casseroles. At least today I won't struggle with what to do... they will need to be put together!


9 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry, Michelle. We're going through something similar with my Mom. Very healthy until recently, then diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. I wish you and your family the easiest journey possible with all of it.

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  2. Oh Michele, so very sorry for your mother, my thoughts are with you and your family. That is an Australian Cattle Dog isn't it? We had twp and the are a one person dog and very intelligent and like to be very active with herding animals or people.

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  3. we fully understand and in reality family is more important than pots. The clay will always be there.

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  4. So sorry to hear this. Don't worry about the work slow down. It's time to sit with such news. When my mother called years ago to tell me she only had 6 months to live because of cancer, I went into the studio and wound up soon after at the hospital to get a few stitches after I cut my index finger on a circular saw. Sometimes it's best to just sit with your feelings for a while after receiving such bad news.

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  5. Thank you all!

    Laurie- wishing you strength as you deal with your mother's illness.


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  6. I'm sorry to hear about your Mom Michele. I know it is difficult to be here rather than back in NH. Wishing you strength, as well as Laurie through this.

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  7. I'm so very sorry to hear of your mother's set backs. It's so difficult when a parent who is somehow forever young to you suffers these illnesses.
    Thinking of you......xox *s*

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  8. I'm so sorry to read about your mother. My parents are up north also, I understand the difficulties of being so far away from them.

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  9. so sorry about your mom, sheesh... but I know, older parents suddenly... !!!!

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