I can’t say that 2011 was what I had hoped for. Thankfully, there were a couple of good things to balance out the bad.
January and February:
The Bad: We spent more time at home, bouncing between doctors, than on the road. When we were out on the road I wasn’t doing too much driving because I was having quite a lot of abdominal pain. It would have been a bit easier and less stressful if we had known what was causing it.
The Good: This was the first year where we had the chance to “go out” for New Years Eve! Hey, Evanston Wyoming may not be Time Square but we had a blast! I also finally learned to crochet! I love books that have good sections for Lefties! I was really glad we were home as much as we were, so I could ask Mum tons of questions!
March and April
The Bad: No one could figure out what this pain was and I was terrified that it was cancer. It was only getting worse and Ed ended up going out on a few trips on his own. I hated every minute he was gone.
The Good: I had surgery in March to figure out what was going on in my gut. The surgery was just to poke around to see what they could see and they ended up removing some nasty scar tissue that was attached to my liver, large intestine and abdominal wall. Can you say OUCH!!! I did in several inventive ways every time I moved!! But it wasn’t cancer and they took it out and in a weeks time I was back on the road and saving up for…
May and June
Have to do the good first this time!
The Good: June 16 was our 10th anniversary and Ed took me on our first cruise!! It was heaven!! Unplugged, just me and him, no phones, no computers. Sigh… You see, Ed has this habit of making my dreams come true, and with this one trip we counted up 5-6 that he got to check off the list! It was so great that it deserves a post all on its own.
The Bad: At the end of June we found out my Step-Mum (from now on to be known as My Betts) had breast cancer. She whooped its butt and was fine by December but it was really scary! I had just found a lump too.
The Bad: I turned 40 in July. Enough said about that.
OK… hold on… it wasn’t all that bad… The night before my birthday we got to go out to dinner with Marian and Jim and we had a great time. Ed got me 6 roses and my very own fly fishing pole!! I have fallen in love with fly fisin… someday I might even get “not bad” at it!! And I got to make a cake for Mum and I too!
The Good: I also had my first mamosqueeze. I am forced to repeat myself here. OUCH! They saw the lump I found as well as two more, told me they thought they were just fibrous tumors but wanted me to come in for a biopsy and re-do the mamosqueeze in 6 months. Having had a fibrous tumor before and having heard the words “it’s probably not cancer, we are really not worried about it” as well as having other plans, I didn’t have the biopsy at that time.
(nope, no photos of this one! 😀 )
The Bad: We found out Ed had high blood pressure.
The Good: We planned a camping trip!
Again the good comes first: We went home to Maine on vacation! Our friend Marian flew into Little Rock, we drove to Maine, had 3 days in a cabin in Baxter State Park right out side of where I grew up, drove south again and spent a day with “our” kids and the grand baby girls then drove home again. Then we went back to work and took Marian in the big truck with us all the way back to California! She had so much fun! I don’t know what part she liked best, Maine or the Truck! We also bought a boat from my dad and that means I got to check off one of Eds dreams! [OMW!!!! I was just reading this out loud to Ed to see how silly it sounds and he said… didn’t you quit smoking in September? How could I have forgotten that in September, I did one of the hardest, smartest things in my life!!]
The Bad: Hurricane Irene Wanted to go camping too. We were rained out the first night and almost lost out on the second night in the park because of Hurricane Irene, the first ever hurricane to do damage in the park. Naturally!
The Good: We took a quick road trip to California to by a motorcycle from Ed’s best friend Mike!
The Bad: It was a really quick trip with no time to see his family or friends out there… Other than the one afternoon we spent with Mike.
The Bad: We got a call from Ed’s sister telling us that his mom had stage 4 lung and liver cancer that had probably spread to her brain also. There was nothing they could do for her. Thankfully we were on our way back California in the big truck anyway and we work for some truly wonderful people because once we got to California the truck was shut down for 4 weeks while we spent time with Nita.
The Good: We spent time with family and friends and most importantly we got to spend time with Nita.
The Sad: Nita passed away on December 7.
It was 21 days from the time we got the call to the day she passed. They were the fastest, longest days of my life.
The Bad: Exactly 21 days later, as I was driving down off a mountain in California, at the end of my 10 hour shift, I got a call from my Mum.
“Don’t panic” she said “but I am in the ER. I had to call an ambulance last night because the meds didn’t stop the pain in my chest. Can you call our neighbor to feed the dogs?”. Don’t panic she says!! The DOGS she is worried about!!! Geeezzzeezzzz
12 hours later we were just finishing a dinner that Ed made me eat I got a call from the cardio ICU nurse saying that Mum was resting comfortably and her surgery was scheduled for the next morning. “What surgery!!??!!” What’s going on?” Well, long story short, Mum had a slight heart attack which caused the calling of the ambulance, and then another, much larger heart attack, that day in the ER, prompting the need for a triple bypass. I arrived at the hospital not long after Mum had gone into the operating room. 6 hours later Mum was out of a surgery that had gone from 3 bypasses to 5. That’s right. 21 days after we lost my mother-on-law my mother had quint-bypass surgery after a massive coronary.
The Good: Nita didn’t suffer much, Mum is recovering and we got to spend Christmas in Maine with a day with my Dad n My Betts and a day with “our” kids and our granddaughters. (OK… let me explain the “our” when it comes to Ed’s kids. I was raised by 3 parents the did not believe in the word step. My brothers and sisters are my brothers and sister. Not my half brothers and step sisters. Therefore Ed’s children are mine, not my step children, in my heart they are mine… same goes for the grand babies… go a head… mess with my kids and find out how mean a mama bear can be… No mater that they are all adults. Those “kids” know that I will be there for them come hell or high water just like their Mum and Dad.)
Yep 2011 pretty much sucked!!
2012 has started out much better. I spent January at home with Mum as she made a full recovery with only a bit of a lingering cough. We ended up not going on our second cruise. Ed went out on the road without me which he has only had to do twice in the past and that sucked but, I found Pinterest!
Ed made sure that February was turned into Valentines Month instead of making just the one day special!!!!
March started off on a high and low note that I can’t tell you all about yet but we did get to go see Jeff Dunham!!! That was sooo fun!! I just love Peanut!!!! I also finished a few projects and took lots of photos to show you.
Now that I have reviewed the past year I won’t worry so much if I mention “that trip to get the bike” or the month we spent in California, if I do mention something that makes you scratch your head, just shoot me a comment and I will do my best to explain!