December 15, 2007
I'm here....
Sorry to leave you hanging all week. I'm so touched by your concern and grateful for all your prayers. My doctor suspects that whatever is going on (not coming from my bladder, by the way, which is fantastic news) is related to my lack of cycles and I'm just having breakaway stuff. Pretty gross, but at least it doesn't seem to be anything to be concerned about. Not yet anyway. The end of January should bring more difinitive answers as that is when I see the specialist in Baltimore.
So, we've been busy doing what you do when you're visiting family. We're visiting with family. We've spent a lot of time with Husband's grandparents, who are 89 and almost 89 years old. It is pretty sad how much they continue to decline between visits - they were more lucid in August. Grandfather gets emotional each evening when I take them home, which just makes me feel like dirt. I love them a whole lot and feel guilty that we live so far away. I know it can't be helped right now, but I do feel a tremendous sadness when I realize that this month may be our last together. On the other hand, they don't really have anything pressing health-wise, so they could last a few more years - but at what cost? They are already feeling lonely and annoyed at their lack of memory.
I've spent some time with a friend here this week and my heart hurts for her and her family - she's got three almost-grown kids and they're having some issues with the kids. Her daughter is adopted and went through some things similar to what I did as a kid - although some things were absolutely worse than what I experienced. Mother and daughter are having a difficult time connecting with one another and things have gotten way out of hand. It is terribly sad. It makes me think even more that what I shall write about eventually is abuse and the effects it has on girls, in particular.
This weekend, Husband's aunt has come up from Fort La-dee-da to see the girls. It's a four hour drive, so we are honored that she carved the time from her busy schedule to come see us. Tonight, I will be trying to reconnect with a longtime friend who has been in crisis for almost two years - so that should be real fun. Tomorrow, more visiting and then we're headed to Orlando for a mini-break with my mother. I'm really looking forward to our vacation within a vacation. It's a great way to get ready for Christmas - we'll be going to Epcot's Candlelight Processional and around to the Disney hotels to see the elaborate gingerbread creations.
Well, I'm babbling on and this isn't terribly interesting, but I did want to update. I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend and finishing up your holiday preparations.
God Bless!
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