Monday, December 8, 2008

R.I.P. Simon

Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your Mommy's boy, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Saturday, August 9, 2008

and he is here!

Michael Jr. has arrived and captured everyone's hearts! Looks just like Michael Sr!!!

Born 8/8/08, weighing 8lbs. and 1 1/2 oz, 21 and a 1/2 inches! Big baby. Tired Mama!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Today is the day!

Sometime today, we will be welcoming our newest addition to our growing family. Marilina is in labor!

This Granma is getting dressed and going to be part of the delivery of our grandson!!!!

Friday, May 2, 2008

It starts all over again...

In a previous post, I wrote about my hubby's impending surgery. Well, he had it and is still recovering. It looks like it was a success... but the 4 mth. recovery period is taking a toll. He needs to wear a neck brace 24 hours a day for 4 months. Can't drive and is not supposed to work even though he is...

Well bad news is, he ended back in the ER last week. They found that his entire spine is a mess. Stenosis through-out. Plus other complications. We have no idea where this will go and what will eventually happen :-(

On top of this, they found a mass is in right kidney.... He just had an ultrasound this morning and we hopefully will know more later today.

Please keep Ron in your prayers....

Friday, April 11, 2008


What a month this family has endured. First, Ron's surgery that went well with few complications. He is going to start speech therapy to learn how to swallow again, after losing like 25 lbs! Poor guy.

I am not sure who knows that on the same day as his surgery, Jenn was brought to the ER for a 105 temp. I had to leave St. Raphael's and go to Yale to be with her. Mike left Yale and went to St Raphaels. Fran was back and forth and having to deal with the Yale saga. What a mess. After numerous requests and demands to do a strep culture, they refused and sent her home after the culture for Influenza B tested positive. My poor baby went downhill.

Jenn started having seizure like episode. 911'ed her on a Thursday and she was admitted by her liver doc. She was discharged on Friday. Saturday, Jenn has a episode that lasts for several hours. She is admitted again. Then all hell broke loose. She had every test, known to mankind. They found non active strep in her system. They thought she might have a UTI due to dark urine. Started her on bactrim, 3 doses and it was stopped. Her test was negative. They even did a pregnancy test without my knowledge. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR Good news? She is not pregnant.

Jenn's INR's (platelet count) has dropped significantly. Her liver failure is up a bit. Her portal hypertension is being controlled by an increase of meds. Now this... *sigh*

Jenn then did an overnight EEG study. No seizure activity. Sedated MRI, her brain is fine. They witnessed the episodes, thank God! Her body would go into spasms. Tongue protruded and twisted. Yet she was alert. Time to call in the big guns.

Final diagnosis is movement disorder brought on by the untreated strep! Vestibular disorder, unknown as to why. 13 days later, we are home. We have liquid Ativan to give her when the episodes start.

She has lost most of her skills and we have PT at home plus we are starting outpatient therapy to use a tilt table. Which hopefully will help retrain her to stand, crawl and become the independent child she was before the 17th. It is hell watching her go thru this.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

*SIGH* what else?

Just when you think things can't get any worse, WHAM! Jenn went to bed with a 102 fever last night, she still has it with the coughing, stuffed nose and whining. Her dr said no antibiotics, it has to run it's course.... Poor baby is so sick and daddy and mommy will not be here. *SIGH*

Surgery starts tomorrow at 7 am.. An ENT will open Ron's throat, which will take about 2 hours. Then the neuro surgeon takes over, her part being about 10 - 12 hours unless she gets lucky.

I will try to update. Thanks for all your prayers, Ron needs them.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Please keep Ron (my hubby) in your prayers.

He is undergoing cervical spinal cord surgery on March 17th. After months of being treated for the wrong medical problems, (thanks for diagnosing the right thing, Cousin Carol!) he was diagnosed with compressive myelopathies, compression of the spine, spinal cord stenosis, and degenerative disc disease (to name a few). He is having 2 surgeons, the 1st, an ENT surgical specialist to open him. It is very complex as they need to start below his ear, go down and then across his throat. They have to move everything in there away to reach to the spine, larynx, carotid arteries, jugular vein, esophagus, etc.... Then the neurosurgeon. It is is high risk surgery and will take 10 - 12 hours..

As with any operation, there are risks involved with cervical spine surgery. Possible complications include injury to your spinal cord, nerves, esophagus, carotid artery or vocal cords; non-healing of the bony fusion; failure to improve; instrumentation breakage and/or failure; infection; bone graft site pain. Any of these complications may lead to more surgery. Other complications may include phlebitis in your legs, blood clots in the lungs or urinary problems. Rare complications include paralysis and possibly death. Needless to say, we are worried, very worried.

The drs considered also doing his T 1 and T2, by flipping him over after the cervical is done, but decided it was just too high risk because of the extensive work they need to do on the cervical spine. So those will be done later in the year.

Please say prayers, lots of them for Ron. He is just the greatest husband, father and Poppy, a family could wish for...

Thursday, January 24, 2008


Thanks Karin! (NOT!)

1. How old will you turn in 2009? pass

2. Do you think you'll be married by then? um already am

3. What do you look forward to most in the next 3 months? Carla's wedding

4. Do you like to say "i told you so?" hmmmmmmm, depends on who

5. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone? My cousin Carol

6. Do you prefer call or text? call

7. Do you have any pets? Yes

8. What were you doing at 1:30 am? Sleeping

9. What were you doing at 3:00 am? Sleeping

10. When is the last time you saw your mom? Christmas Eve 13 years ago :-(

11. What is your mood? blah

12. How many houses have you lived in? 5

13. How many city/towns have you lived in? 3

14. Do you prefer shoes, socks, or bare feet? slippers

15. Are you a social person? depends on my mood and the people

16. What was the last thing you ate? Tortilla soup

17. What's your favorite color? blue

18. What are you doing for your next birthday? not a clue and not important

19. What is your favorite TV show? Criminal Minds

20. What kind of jelly do you like on your PB & J sandwich? Grape

21. Do you like coffee? OMG yes (fr van)

22. What are you listening too? The dog barking, the bird screeching and Chris playing

23. Do you have an iPod? No

24. How do you feel about the last person you kissed? I love him

25. Do you sleep on a certain side of the bed? yes

26. Do you know how to play poker? Yes but I am not so good

27. What are you thinking about right now? the health problems in this family

28. Any plans for this weekend? no

29. Have you cut your hair this week? No.

30. Last picture you took? Carla and her wedding party trying on the gowns

31. Are you a tease? No.

33. Have you ever been in an ambulance? Yes

34. Do you prefer an ocean or pool? the pool

35. Do you smile often? hmmmmmm maybe

36.What color are your bed sheets? cream/beige print

37. What is your favorite thing to spend money on? My grandkids

38. Do you wear any jewelry 24/7? My wedding, anniversary and birthstone and my mothers wedding band

39. Have you ever been in a fist fight? oh jeez, years and years ago

40. Have you heard a rumor about yourself this week? Not yet

41. Who is the funniest person you know? Matt

Where is 42??

43. What makes you the happiest? my family

44. What is the main ring tone on your phone? no clue

45. Where do you want to go to college? did that

46. Who was the last person to make you cry? Jenn

47. Do you shut off the water while you brush your teeth? No

48. Do you wish you were with somebody right now? No

49. Are you mad about anything? yep

50. Last person to text you? Matt

51. Last person to IM you? Matt