Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Biopsy

Why the Rooster?
That is my husband's nickname.

The bone marrow biopsy was done today and all went smooth with hardly any pain. It only took about 30 minutes. They make a small incision on the back near the tail bone. Then they make a small hole in the bone and draw out a small piece of bone marrow to be tested. He only has a large size band-aid covering the biopsy area. He must lie flat with pressure on that area for 24 hours and of course watch for any bleeding. We are home and resting and will have the results of the biopsy on Tuesday (hopefully).
Rooster said he felt the needle but nothing after that.

Thanks to all of you that left comments of support through this ordeal.
I will keep you all posted. Please continue praying for us.
Hugs and God Bless you all

Sunday, June 26, 2011

My Zumba Girls

I started Zumba about 3 months ago. It is the best exercise since my days of dance and I am addicted.
I go to the walking class twice a week which is 8 miles a week. It is so easy since we walk and do different exercies with our arms as well as leg lifts and it is all done to music which is so motivational. Then I do Zumba gold three times a week an hour per class. Zumba Gold is not as intense as Zumba. It was designed for those that don't or can't jump or squat.

So all in all I am working out three hours and walking 8 miles per week and I don't even notice because I am having so much fun!

For those of you that hate exercise, Zumba is the answer. I have tried walking outside but we have so much rain I don't want to walk in the cold rain. I bought a TreadClimber and it sat in my garage for over a year and i didn't use it much because it is cold in my garage. Whatever the excuse, it did not work for me. Zumba does. Do I sound like a commercial? No is the best exercise since I used to dance disco years ago.
These are my Zumba instructors Christie and Cindy. They are two of four sisters that own and operate and instruct at Coos Cardio Party here in Coos Bay. My body is toning up and I am losing weight.
I love ZUMBA and these girls.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Trying to keep my mind occupied. I need your prayers

I really have not been in a creative mood these past few months. Last month I had the Etsy girls over for coffee and I had them bring something to create on my kitchen table.They had 45 minutes to do this. It turned in to a 2 hour ordeal but we had a good time and we all created something. Stupid me didn't bother to take pictures of what we each made but this little tin box with an owl on it is what I created.
I also tried to do one with an octopus on it but the octopus got camouflaged within the paper I used.

I wasn't sure what to do with it so I started gluing little stick on pearls throughout the design.
Didn't turn out to bad.This is the inside of the box. I used stickers of a school of fish and coral to finish it off.
Both of these tins are in my Etsy shop.

As you know my hubby has had lots of medical problems over the past two years. He has had numerous infections and pneumonia 4 times. He has been poked,and prodded and tested with MRI, Cat scans and still is not well. His prostate levels were way high so he had a biopsy and thank God it was negative for cancer.

He was diagnosed with leukemia/lymphoma a year ago. It is at the watch and wait stage and has not changed. Over the past few months his kidney tests show too much protein and that is making his blood pressure too high. His kidney doctor has been keeping a close eye on him.

His oncologist told him this week that he has Plasma cell dyscrasia. This is cancer of the plasma cells in bone marrow. Probably associated with the leukemia. He now has to have a bone marrow biopsy.

I have been trying to keep my mind occupied and not think about this in a negative way. I have been walking 8 miles a week and work out at my zumba classes 5 days a week. Planning for a visit from my son and his wife from Vegas, planning to go to my granddaughters wedding in September but the fear is still there. And through all of this my husband stands strong even though he is getting weak and tired. He is positive and tries to keep busy. There for awhile I thought he was getting lazy so now I feel guilty for those thoughts. He is sick! Very sick.

We pray and hold our breath and wait to see what the results of the biopsy will be. What is the treatment? We won't know until after the biopsy, which is scheduled for June 30th. The interesting thing is that when I looked this up online I found that all the symptoms he has been experiencing over the past two years are all there. Makes me wonder why it took so long for the doctors to find out or have they known all along?

I am scared to death. Please keep us in your prayers.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Fathers Day

I look at this photo of my Father and wish so much he could have been here to see his grandchildren, great grandchildren and now a great great grandchild. I missed him growing up and I miss him today. He died of a heart attack at age 34. I was 7 years old and my brother was 3.

Happy Father's Day to you Daddy. Happy Father's Day to our Father in Heaven too.
Happy Father's Day to all you Father's out there. Hope you have a special day :)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Off to Idaho

I am all packed and ready to go to Idaho to visit my family. My home town is Nampa and all my brothers, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews still live there. I am leaving in the morning and driving alone for 11 hours. Gonna visit my parents grave sites and reminisce about my teenage years there and growing up on a farm. I am so excited to about this road trip.

Yep, just me and my little red Crossfire. I love to crank up the music and cruise down the road.

Talk to you when I return.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Digital Whisper Challenge

The challenge this week on Digital Whisper was to do a water color piece using three different images of animals. Also different filters and of course watercolor and splatter brushes. There was a tutorial on this also and I learned from this how to use the desaturate and color level tools.

I used this white tiger.

This handsome lion.

This beautiful leopard.

And this was the end result. It was fun !

If you are interested in joining Digital Whisper visit them and see what a fun informative network for photoshop users it is.

Just click on the Digital Whisper button on my left sidebar.
It's free !