Tuesday, September 23, 2008

On The Road to Recovery...

Marcus came home Saturday morning from the hospital and is doing surprisingly well. He was in the hospital for four long days. It was hard to be apart that long. Christian had real issues with Daddy being gone. He knows that Daddy means business and while Daddy is out of commission, he is being a stinker butt. My mother in law was a huge help with the kids. I went to the hospital everyday while Marcus was there so I was away from Christian and Emma a lot too. The week was hard on all of us.
The surgery went well and both Marcus and Juan are healing nicely. The kidney is working very well for Juan. Marcus and Juan both had a few hard days after surgery. On two different occasions, the first time Marcus saw me for the day, he threw up. I was beginning to take it personally. (On of those times, Emma also decided throw up and get some on me. She had extra clothes, I didn't. It was great.) Marcus had his own Morphine pump that quickly became his best friend; I was beginning to worry that I was being replaced. Some of the things that came out of his mouth while he was drugged were hilarious, but not too out of character for Marcus. Even when he was in horrible, awful pain, he was still trying to grab my butt. If he didn't try to grope me, then I would have been worried about him.
I am glad that he is home, but I do have to admit it is hard. All four kids are here this week. Football pictures had to be sorted and delivered. All the Charley's stuff. Trying to stay caught up on laundry and dishes. Holy Moly! Single moms have my respect and admiration. I do have wonderful friends who are bringing us dinner for the next week. Not having to worry about dinner has been such a relief. Thanks guys!!!
Marcus called me yesterday while I was gone picking Christian up from preschool and said that channel 5 news would be to our house in half an hour. I think a few choice words slipped out of my mouth and I got home quicker than usual. I picked up the house the best I could before the news crew arrived. You can check out that story here.
I am looking forward to Marcus being 100% better. Life is much easier with both of us dealing with things. I am proud of him and what he has done. He is amazing. It'll always be nice when he isn't all drugged and falls asleep when I am right in the middle of saying something...wait...he does that anyway.

This morning he was laying in bed and holding cup of water that he moved so Emma wouldn't tip it over. I wasn't even looking in his direction, but when I heard the noise, I knew exactly what had happened. He had fallen asleep while he was holding the cup of water and dumped it all down the front of him. I couldn't help but burst out laughing...I should have known better. The cup wasn't empty so he decided that since I laughed, I needed to wear the rest. It was awesome. I think about him spilling it on himself and I still just giggle.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Everything Went Well...

Marcus and Juan had surgery this morning. Things went well. Marcus is in quite a it of pain, but now has his own Morphine drip so he is a happy boy. He is amazing!! I have been awake for 17 hours with only four hours of sleep last night. I must sleep...after I get a three year old to wind down and go to sleep. He might be tucking me in tonight. I will post more about the surgery later and update everyone when I can form a complete sentence that actually makes sense. Thank you to everyone for all your thoughts and prayers.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Spoiled Rotten Brat...

I have mentioned Happy Thursday before. (here and here) This year's Happy Thursday is the best yet...I think I say that every year.

I got a craft area!!! We went to Lowe's to get some wood to build me some shelves for all my stuff, but Marcus had something different up his sleeve. I love it! I have been wanting an area where I can craft, sew, and scrapbook forever. I was just expecting to use our old kitchen table and have some shelves on the wall to store my stuff. This is way better than that!! I have made 2 blankets and a diaper cake on my table. If I don't use it for anything else, it's been worth it all ready. Christian and Emma have a play area right across from my station, so while I craft and work, they play and everyone is happy. Marcus also got me The Host by Stephanie Meyer, a chocolate and caramel covered apple, chocolate covered strawberries and a huge cookie. All that stuff is long gone and I'm planning on reading the book while I am waiting for Marcus in surgery.

I love Happy Thursday and I love that Marcus came up with this idea. I love getting presents, but it's way more than that. I love that Marcus wants me to know how special and loved I am, that he makes one day my day just because. Valentine's Day, birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas...these are all great holidays and occasions, but Happy Thursday is mine and only mine. I am a spoiled rotten brat...but at least now I can be a crafty spoiled rotten brat!!

PSS: Religion

Last week, Kim asked: Tell us about at least one religion, other than your own, you respect and why.

I have really struggled with this question this past week. Not because of my answer, but because I know regardless of how I answer it, I'll be judged. I wanted to take my time and sound all smart and have points and rebuttals for any arguments that anyone could have to what I said. Then I realized that I was putting way too much thought into the question.

I don't respect or disrespect anybody based on age, race, religion, sexual identity or nationality.

I respect all religions. I have my own beliefs and religious views that I won't force on you. I respect your views, you respect mine. You don't have to agree with my beliefs, but you also don't have to be so quick to pass judgment on what I do believe. Unless you believe in killing puppies or sharing special kool-aid, you have my respect.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Well, Maybe Not...

After fourteen hours of sitting in a tiny hospital room, we got to come home. Yes, I said we. The surgery was a no-go for today. The surgeons were able to successful transplant a liver into an 8 year old little boy who was very sick and desperately needed a new liver. After being in that surgery for so long, the staff and resources needed for the kidney transplant were unavailable. We will go back and try again on Tuesday. We are both exhausted but not upset, we can't be upset; a very sick little boy now has a new chance at life....that makes all the waiting and frustration worth it.

Wake Me Up When September Ends...

Marcus and I had to wake up at 4:45 AM this morning to be at the hospital by 6. Surgery was suppose to be at 7:30. It is now 4:32 PM and we still are sitting here...waiting. Poor Marcus has watched me eat breakfast, lunch and a very yummy piece of carrot cake. He hasn't eaten since we ate dinner last night at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. We stayed in a hotel in SLC so we didn't have to get up so early this morning, cuz 4:45 am isn't early..but we would have had to gotten up even earlier if we would have stayed at home. My mother-in-law kept the kids overnight so we could come down to Salt Lake. So needless to say, we are exhausted.
We have had to wait to have the surgery because a little one at Primary Children's Hospital who is really sick got a liver today. The doctor doing their surgery is suppose to do Marcus' surgery as well. The doctor had to fly to Phoeniz to get the liver, come back and put it into the child who needed it. So Marcus' surgery has gotten pushed back to anywhere between 6 to 8 tonight.
It's impossible to be upset or annoyed that we have to wait here all day when a young child is getting a life saving liver. It's not convenient or fun, but we are surviving. We got to leave earlier this morning and do some shopping. We went to Nordstrom Rack and I got a cute sweater and dress...that makes the trip worth it. :)
We have done a lot of sitting and attempted sleeping, but it'll all be worth it in the end. I am pretty excited to have the surgery done and have life slowly get back to normal. September has been a busy month and I am ready for a break....not that I am going to get one while Marcus is recovering from surgery, but when he is all better, I am treating myself to a day at the spa!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

PSS: Naughty Naughty...

Last week we got off schedule with our Project Say Something questions. Instead of giving us a break, a few of them came up with this: If you were going to cheat, with what celebrity/famous person (ONLY) would it be?

Not that I sit around and imagine my self cheating on my wonderful husband...but there are a few who come to mind.




Oh yeah, can't forget him.