My poison ivy was under control by the time the retreat happened. It flared up again the next week and I had to get some more meds.
In the mean time, I spent that week with David and James doing fun things before David had to have his ear surgery. We knew that once he had the surgery there would be no physical activity for several weeks. So lazer tag, go-carts, bowling and slip and slides were the focus of our week.
My Mom was able to delay the start of her radiation therapy (with the doctor's blessings) so she could be here for the surgery and James' birthday. I spent as much time with her as I could while she was here. She is doing so well and is so brave and wonderful. I am a lucky daughter. She starts her radiation tomorrow.
David's surgery went very well. He has a two inch long incision behind his ear where they took the graft tissue and he still has packing in the ear until the 21st. His Doctor was great and was able to go in through the ear canal instead of cutting the ear all the way in the back and flapping it forward to get to the ear canal. Thank you , Dr. Wyatt!!!! The mere thought of that made my knees weak. Keeping him still and calm and occupied has been a balancing act. The eardrum graft is very delicate until it takes and you have to really baby it. Even blowing your nose can dislodge it. The DS1's (hand held video game players) that Daddy brought home for the boys have been a BIG help:) He has been sleeping with me in our bed. Every time he moves at night I open my eyes to make sure he doesn't roll over on his hurt ear. I am TIRED!
So that's where the past month went. I missed Blogland and all my friends. I have so much to share with you, that I don't even know where to start:)
The paper Cowgirl's Retreat was AWESOME!!! Tina and Cindy really put on a class act retreat! I learned how to solder glass and it is FUN! Above are pictures of the soldered house I created in Tina's class. I can't wait to make more stuff:) Cindy's Altered Journal class was fabulous and I loved seeing every one's take on their journal pages. All the ladies were so fabulous and talented and sweet. I needed a girl's weekend in the worst way. I have not had a true Girl's weekend in over 9 years:) Apparently, I also needed some sleep because I fell asleep after lunch the second day and slept until 8:00 that night. How embarrassing!!! In my defense the hotel room was dark and cold and the spa pillows were heavenly! Everyone was calling me Sleeping Beauty;)
My Sweet James turned the big 06 and he is sooooo proud to finally, in his eyes, be a big boy;) This was the first birthday EVER that he was able to blow out his candles all by himself. Until now, he has not had the lung strength to do it. Such a simple thing. Such a miracle to see. He is doing very well on his new asthma medications. We also have been researching the connection between asthma and eczema. 70% of children with eczema also have asthma. James has had it since birth. We have started aggressively treating his eczema and since it has disappeared he has not even coughed once. Amazing. Not breathing treatments and no wheezing. Dr. June said his lungs sound better than she has ever heard them and we have put the bronchial scoping on the back burner for now:)
I turned 40 yesterday. Bittersweet, for sure. I am so blessed and have a wonderful life. But 40 is still hard to swallow. Above is the wonderful Birthday present Sweet Lori sent me. Isn't my sweet felted bear the cutest bear ever?!!! I love him and his antique popcorn box home:) Her felting talent is amazingly wonderful! She also sent me a beautiful baby tintype (she knows they are my favorite!) and a sweet wee French button card that I coveted from one of her antiquing outings. Thank you Sweet Friend! It was worth all the coffee grounds in the world! LOL!!!
Quotes of the Day:
"To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old."
~Oliver Wendell Holmes
"How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were?"