Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Cancer, the Vet, and the ER have taken over my life this week...

Sorry for the lack of "real" posts lately. I've kinda been stressed and going through alot lately. I don't think I've ever mentioned the cancer on my blog before. My Mummy was diagnosed with thyroid cancer a few years ago. Late last week, her doctor said my Mum's levels were at 16 but she wanted to see them at 14. Not good but not that bad. So, that kinda stressed me out this week along with the fact that my Mum will be going through radiation again in a couple of weeks not to mention she has to take some kind of nuclear medicine that gives her AWFUL side effects. Although, the doctor came back saying that her cancer is not detectable anymore on some test they ran. Maybe, it was a blood test or something. My Mum's cancer was detected VERY EARLY through a mishap. She and my Father were vacationing in Vegas for their 30th wedding anniversary. When they returned, my Mum felt really tired and weak. She just attributed it to jet lag. However, I ended up taking my Mother to the hospital; because, she wasn't getting any better. They couldn't figure out what was wrong with her so they did numerous x-rays/tests until they decided to do a CT scan. After all was said and done, she had a terrible virus from which she must have picked up in Vegas. However, the CT scan showed nodules on her thyroid. To make a long story short, they grew, some more appeared, she had her thyroid removed, the thyroid tested positive for cancer cells, and FYI, they can't "technically" remove your ENTIRE thyroid. Some of the thyroid is in the vocal chords. Therefore, that's where the radiation comes in to help kill off the thyroid cells in the chords. That's the story in a nutshell. However, this has been an ongoing process for the past 3 years.

LC noticed that my Puggy was bleeding. He moves her hair and sees an oozing sore that is about the size of a quarter. She had to make a trip to the vet. They don't know what it is since I don't know how the sore came about. They said it could be a cut, hot spot, a burst pimple, etc. They cleaned and shaved the area and gave me some antibiotic spray to put on her. Seriously, she is like MY CHILD so to see a big sore on her had me to tears and was worried she was sick. But, she's fine, and as sweet and playful as ever. The sore is healing nicely, and it seems she hasn't bothered it much.

Yesterday, I received a phone call from my Mother that my cousin was being air lifted to The Med's Trauma ER (in case you don't know, The Med in Memphis has the best trauma unit in the region, they are seriously VERY GOOD). He was working outside Memphis in a small town called Selmer. A door fell and sliced his arm. He had a vertical cut of about 8 inches on his forearm that cut all the way to the bone. He was air lifted from the small hospital in Selmer to The Med in Memphis. The Trauma ER had already been prepared for his arrival. The Med finally got the bleeding to a minimum and he was rushed into surgery. They had to remove one of the two arteries in his arm. He can't feel his thumb right now but can wiggle his other fingers. However, the doctor said this morning that he isn't getting the movement that he should, and they will decide tomorrow whether or not another surgery is needed.

So, all of this is why I've been absent lately. For me at least, when it rains it pours.....

20 comments:

Belle on Heels said...

oh, you poor thing!! i hope all is well with your mother and cousin; i will certainly be praying for them. if it makes you feel any better about puggy, my childhood dog used to have hot spots all the time. they caused us WAY more discomfort than they did to him! keep your chin up :)

zentmrs said...

Oh my goodness Southern Belle - you have a lot on your plate! We'll keep your family in our thoughts. And I agree - it is so hard to see our furbabies injured or sick. Hope your little girl is better quickly!

Katie Lake said...

I am so sorry all that has hit you! I'll keep you and your family in my thoughts and hope that everything gets better.

Emily said...

What a week! :-/ Stay strong!!

Divaeva said...

Sending healing energies your way...

Lis said...

I'm so so sorry you are going through all of this right now!! I know what it's like to have an extremely sick Mom and I'm sending lots of prayers and happy thoughts for you and your family (and baby puggy!!) your way. I hope that everything starts to look up soon for you and everyone around you!!!

MarvelousMOM said...

I'm so sorry. I would be stressed and not posting much either. Sending prayers to your family. I hope your cousins arm is alright and your mom feels better. So hard. My heart goes out to you. Hopefully that antibiotic helps your sweet pug.

The Pink Chick said...

I am so sorry to hear all of this! I know all of this is hard on you! I will definitely keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers!

Prissy Southern Prep said...

Oh my goodness, I am so sorry to hear about everything going on in your life. But, you will be in my thoughts & prayers. Everything will work out and be fine.

Legallyblondemel said...

I am so very sorry, both about your mom & your Puglet. Sending good wishes that everything improves.

A Balancing Act said...

I'm sorry to hear about all this...
Don't stress. You'll be back to fine again soon!

Heather said...

Oh my gosh! I'm so sorry all this is going on at once! Sending prayers your way.
xoxo

Sparkle Sparkle said...

i am so sorry you have had to go through so much lately. will be thinking about you!

Jennifer said...

Oh honey! I am so sorry. I am keeping you and your mother in my prayers! We need all the prayers we can get right now!
Lucky was bleeding last night too! Weird! He was bleeding last night because he literally tried to rip his toenail out! You know the little one on the side of some dogs nails called the du nail. I was freaking out, and then I realized. He is going to the vet in the morning to get it clipped. Apparently, I can get it removed but it is super expensive (not good right now) and he will be in pain. Oh, our dogs are like our children!

Blondie said...

oh, sweetie, I am sorry. I know how it is to have a parent with cancer. It sucks! I hope things get better for you and your family. I will keep you guys in my thoughts and prayers.

Isley Said. said...

You're in my thoughts! Everything happens for a reason.. so keep your head up and keep smiling!

The Reality of Happily Ever After said...

You will be on my heart and mind... I'm sorry you're having to face all of this at once...

a H.I.T. said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you! What a tough week.

Piper Jacquelyn said...

Oh my goodness! Let's hope that bad things happen in threes & you are done! Good luck to your fam & your pup! I hope that all comes out well in the end!

Miss Lemonade said...

Aww, I'm sorry to hear all of that, at least things can only get better :)

Have a lovely weekend!

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