Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Given a life

I can't remember if I've share this story before on my blog, I can't seem to find it so I'm going to take the opportunity to share it here.  
My mom rec'd a  kidney transplant in August 1987. Mom had been on the transplant list and receiving dialysis for almost a year.

 I was taking some classes during a Summer semester to finish up pre-req’s for nursing school and had some finals coming up. I had a day off from work and had stayed at school late to get some studying done, but made it home in time for dinner. Mom and I had just barely sat down for dinner and we rec’d a call from the hospital. I answered the phone, and was told that there was a kidney available for my mom, but I had to get her to the hospital with the next two hours. We were there in 20 minutes 
My brother was at work and my father was also working, he was a bus driver for Trailways and had left that morning for Reno.I sat with my mom until they took her back to the operating room. She made me go home so I would be fresh for school and finals the next day. I called the my dad’s dispatcher to see if they could get word to my dad, called my brother and went home.
The next day before school. I went to see her at the hospital, she was still in recovery wide a wake and very excited. Her new kidney was working!

That was just over 25years ago. She still has the same borrowed kidney working for her.

It is amazing to me how the human body works, how one diseased organ can effect the rest of the body systems.  Mom was incredibly ill and weak from the dialysis by the time she received her transplant.  Post- transplant we had to be so careful with her meds and health. She has often said that it was something she would never go through it all again , but the improved quality of life with the transplant.  She was there for my wedding and be there for my four children.  There has been much joy that that she has been apart of because of this transplant. 

I am grateful for the family and the person who donated the kidney for my mom.  It makes me sad that they died but ever so grateful for their generosity.    

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Remembering Tommy

14 years ago tomorrow my nephew Tommy was born.  With him he brought unconditional love for everyone who would cross his path.  He was a fun and loving kid.  As an Aunt it fills my heart with joy to watch all of my nephew and nieces grow and learn.  With Tommy it was fun to watch my brother, his father, grow along with him. 
in Fall of 2005 Tommy had spent several days ill with flu like symptoms.  Just after his 6th birthday Tommy needed to be admitted to the hospital.  It took what seemed like weeks for him to be stable enough to have tests that would lead to the diagnosis of nueroblastoma.   For several months Tommy went through radiation and chemotherapy treatments.  With the help of his parents, family and friends those months were also filled with fun, adventure and love. 

Just before his 7th birthday Tommy passed away  in his parents arms.  I cannot find words strong enough to convey the heartbreak  my brother and Sister in law went through. 

Through their pain they have looked for ways to serve others.  My Sister inlaw started up a foundation  collected money and toys for children going through treatment for cancer and blood disorders.  They also participate in “Cure’s kids Conquer Cancer”  with fundraising that goes to childhood cancer research. 

I do not like to inundate family and friends with catalog parties or ask for money.  I would like to ask you to consider going to Tommy’s page.  

Read it and share it with your friends.  If you combine "all of the types childhood cancers, receive only 4% of federal funding for cancer research".  September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month.  Help with finding a cure or better treatment can help save parents and families from having to say good-bye to their child

Tommy about 10 months old

Tommy with best friend Luke

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Deep stash

This last year I found out that I'm more productive with my knitting and general crafting if I set goals and am more mindful of who I am knitting for.  This year I am joining in on the Double knit Podcast Deep Stash KAL  Here are a couple of items I've competed this month as a part of it.

First I crocheted some vintage potholders in Tahki Cotton classic purchased at my first big yarn sale sometime between 2003-2007 not  quite sure, since Ravelry wasn't around before 2007

Alisha Mitts in yanr bought 2008 ish