Monday, July 20, 2009

Layers of Crap

But thankfully, not bad crap. Just normal-life-crap, which is annoying and frustrating but not freak-out-worthy.

As you read this, Blaine and I are on our way to San Antonio, Texas, for him to have an experimental (experimental to *him*, but not experimental in nature) outpatient procedure, which his pain management doctor hopes will provide him some pain relief. It might, or might not, work, and if it does, there is no way to know in advance how long the relief will last ... hours, days, months. Personally, I'm rooting for "Years to Infinity" but I know Blaine would be happy with just about anything he could get.

Although, he's a little nervous because the first person he talked to said he would be put under IV sedation for the procedure (hence the reason I am going as the required "chaperone") and the second person he talked to said nope, just a local. Neither Blaine nor I believe there is any glory in suffering (which is why if you look up "epidural" in the dictionary, there is my big fat smiling face) so let's cross our fingers the first person was correct.

The bummer part of this procedure is that it is taking place away from home, which means I can't be with my sister for her lumpectomy on Monday. She has a great husband and mother in law and friends who will be there for her, so that's all good. I just hate that I won't be there. You know, what with my extensive oncology background and Honorary Doctorate from the University of This Sucks.

And Grandma Betty won't be with her because she is babysitting all seven grandkids.

With her broken foot.

Yep, good times here.

17 comments:

Sandy P said...

Hope all goes well. If I were in the same part of the country, I would consider coming to help Grandma Betty.

Cathy said...

I hope this works for Blaine and if it works I do hope it lasts a long time.

Thinking of your sister too - oh and Grandma Betty and all 7 kids - at least the kids are old enough to be helpful as well.

The Professional Bag Lady said...

Will be keeping a good thought and lots of prayers that all goes smoothly on all fronts (backs, sides, etc).

Extra prayers for Grandma Betty for being such a champ!

Pam D said...

Well, so my heart sank when your post title came up on my sidebar. And even though there are a lot of layers to deal with, I am so, so thankful that it is what it is, instead of more or worse. Except that, truly, I can't even imagine 1/8th of what you're dealing with, so who am I to judge more, less, worse, or better? I suppose I'll just do what I do best, and hit my knees for all to go well and work out for the best. After all these years of following Kendrie and now your blog, I truly do care what happens to your family.
p.s. I did have the honor and joy of attending Kennedy Grace's "I Beat Cancer" party last night. I emailed you when she was first diagnosed, asking for advice on how to be a good "cancer friend". And you? Were, of course, spot on. Hard to believe it's been over 2 years, but she looks great, and I nearly cried when she ran on stage at church, in front of over 100 people, and said "Thank you for praying for me!" :<)

Anonymous said...

OMG...I will sign up to come on your next cruise but not this "vacation" okay?!

Wishing all of you lots of luck!!
XXOO, lMnop

Cindi said...

Sounds like a few prayers are in order...for you, Blaine, his doctor, your sister, her surgeon, and especially Grandma Betty! Oh yeah, and all seven kids too, if they don't behave!

Keeping you ALL in my thoughts and prayers...good luck.

Anonymous said...

I know for sure that Blaine is due for some very good luck so I hope this is it!

Dixie

Karen - Mommy to four sweeties said...

Praying for all of you.

Nate's Mom said...

Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers. I hope there is good news all around in your next post. Kudos to Grandma Betty!

Sheri in CA

gymcat1999 said...

Prayers for Blaine, prayers for your sister and a big virtual medal for Grandma Betty. Did she stock up on her stash of one dollar bills:)?

Rita

jojo said...

God Bless Grandma Betty, and Blaine and your sister and one etc...love and prayers coming your way..take care and travel safe..jj

lynne said...

I hope the experimental pain relief treatment for Blaine works. I am sorry to hear your sister has to have a lumpectomy.Thinking of you.

The Running Girl said...

praying that all goes well for everyone.

Anonymous said...

Praying that everything goes well for both patients!

Lynn

Elaine C. said...

Wow, good luck and prayers all around.

Anonymous said...

Prayers for all of you. I wish I could come and help Grandma Betty.

Anne in GA

Brenda said...

Thinking of you all...