Saturday, November 22, 2008


So I took Eriq back to Urgent Care this morning around 11:15. We finally left around 2:30 with a green cast on his arm in place of the brace. They xrayed it, and they were happy with the healing. They said since he is young and active and the swelling has gone down , they wanted to go ahead with the cast for further protection. He has done very well with it, and I don't think it will be any problem. He is supposed to go back in another 2 weeks to have an xray through the cast just to be sure of the progress. So with keeping it on for 4 more weeks, he will get it off the weekend before Christmas. I had planned on doing Christmas pics to send out with Christmas cards, but I am not sure if we will now or not. Course if Eriq wears a green shirt, his cast will blend in! LOL! I will update if anything happens! I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!

Celtic Thunder

A few months ago my mom was so happy that a certain group was coming to the BOK. She wanted me to buy 3 best available tickets, which she was going to pay for, for her, myself, and my sister. I had never really heard of the group, but she was very excited. So, I got the tickets, she was happy. I still did not know anything about Celtic Thunder until we saw them on Wednesday night at the BOK. OMG!! They were great! I love their show and their music! They each have their own wonderful quality. I really can't say enough about them! We bought both cd's and Paul's solo Christmas cd! I think I know just about every song, and I know who sings each one and each part! LOL! I have added them to my friend list and changed my music playlist on my myspace page to a few of their songs! I really hope I am able to see them perform again!! They have videos on YouTube if you want to check them out!

On another note, I take Eriq back in this morning to get his wrist rechecked. I will post later on what we find out!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Baby Crew Update

This is the latest update on the baby in my last post:
Just wanted to be sure that Maegan was okay with me posting updates on Crew on my blog before I posted an update.

Here is the latest from Maegan:"Crew is stable; his vitals are good but he still cannot breathe optimally on his own. His liver has begun to shrink as the chemo destroys the cancer cells, but his kidneys are producing high levels of acid as the cells are flushed out.. this is both good and bad as it means that the cancer cells are being flushed out, but also that his kidneys are taking a beating. He had a genetic test done that came back positive for a gene that meant it's an agressive form of Neuroblastoma, so he is now being given a medication that is helping his red blood cells/bone marrow to come up faster so that they can start the 2nd chemo treatment faster (2-4 days sooner than expected.)

We have a long road ahead of us. He is on a regular ventilator now but still kept unconcious to give his body a chance to heal. He moves his legs and arms around in response to touch. Obviously I can't hold him because he is hooked up to so many machines; he has a tube or catheter in every orifice in his tiny body. He has an arterial catheter sewn into his right thigh to monitor his blood pressure and a tube sewn into his left side to help drain a large pocket of fluid.

Jerry and I are taking shifts with him so that one of us is always there with him around the clock. I am beyond exhausted but I can't stop to think about it or I will just break down. Please keep me in your thoughts- I really appreciate it.

Please continue to keep this family in your thoughts and prayers at this time. They need a miracle and we are praying that the One who heals will help comfort the family and Crew during this time.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Beseeching Prayers

This was posted from a fellow blogger and thought this should reach as many as possible:

Alright everyone, I have an earnest and desperate request tonight.

My friend Maegan Buchanan, the owner of Little Red Scrapbook, needs us to band together in prayer. Send this along to your church groups, your prayer partners, friends, family, whoever. I know that the Lord hears us when we cry to Him. He hears our prayers and this family needs prayer. So, let us lift our voices in unison to Him - the one who heals.Maegan's baby boy, Crew, was rushed to Vanderbilt hospital in Tennessee last week. He underwent surgery and a biopsy as there was a mass on his liver. The results came in last week and Crew has Stage 4 S Neuroblastoma, which is a malignant tumor in his liver. There was a lot of pressure on his lungs due to the swelling of his liver. He is going to have 2 rounds of chemotherapy that will assist in shrinking his liver and destroying the cancer cells. The first round was administered Friday night and he was resting comfortably.

Jennifer, a fellow design team girlie, called the hospital to check on them. She didn't get them, but got a new family. So, we were a little excited that maybe they got to go home! However, he took a turn for the worse last night and had to be intubated. He is unconscious right now, but resting comfortably and his vitals are strong. He is breathing with the assistance of an oscillator at this time. So, please....keep this family and baby boy in your prayers! Things are looking so hard right now. I have cried so many tears for them. He is just 6 months old - 2 months younger than my Layne.

I pray for the Lord's mercy and healing in this baby's life. Join with me please!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

1st Broken Bones

Well, it has happened. Eriq got his first broken bone today. We went to a baby shower at 3 today. He went outside to play with another little boy. He was on their playset talking to this boy, and when he turned I guess his hand didn't make contact with the other side and off he went. He used his hands to brace himself and broke his wrist. He came in crying and told me what happened, we left not long after that. I took him to Urgent Care where they did x-rays and told us he broke 2 of the 8 bones just above the wrist. He had been ok since I gave him Tylenol, but when he heard that he cried. My poor, sweet boy. He had also been saying the whole time how he was glad it wasn't Dominiq this happened to (awww). I know it could have been much worse, so I am thankful it was just this. He is wearing a brace, which he is already getting tired of. He goes back in 2 weeks for a recheck, then may have to wear the brace at the most another 4 weeks. The lady who was throwing the baby shower called to check on Eriq and was very apologetic. I appreciated it. She said if there is anything we need or anything they can do, just let them know. I don't think there will be, but it was nice for her to offer. Eriq has some Tylenol with codeine in his system now and just went to bed. So pray for a great and speedy recovery and that he has a good nights rest. I'll update more later.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

How it went

Well, Kelley told his brother today of his switching jobs come February. His brother was actually calm about it from what I was told. He would like for Kelley to stay as long as he can to train whomever he hires. I am sure Kelley feels a weight off his shoulders now that is over. Just wanted to update!

Job & Christmas

So, Kelley is telling his brother today about his switching jobs. Depending on how it goes will decide on what Kelley will do right away. If his brother is fine and understanding, Kelley plans on staying there to finish or train next person until February. If his brother has a caniption (sp?) and tells him to go ahead and leave, then Kelley will go work in Guymon, OK until the middle of January. I pray we are doing the right thing and that it helps as much as we expect it to. He told his parents last night. His dad was understanding while his mom didn't have much to say. From what I have heard she doesn't sound too happy about it. Guess it's good she doesn't make our decisions.

Has anyone started on their Christmas shopping? We have started but haven't gotten too far yet! I am making mini albums for the family, pics of the boys. I have one painted and main paper put on. Eriq helped me pick out which sides of the paper he liked for the albums, lol! Now I need to look through pics to decide which ones to put in the albums. That could take some time, we'll see! I am going to our Christmas cards this year also (or try)! So lots to do and only what a just under 2 months to do it in!