Monday, June 29, 2009

Sunday, a week has gone by already.


We had a great party for Tom on his birthday. Above is his two brothers and his sister. One brother, Albert, was born on his birthday six years apart. He was visiting the Grand Canyon on their birthday. But even though we missed him, Tom still had a great birthday.

Angel had a baby shower on Saturday also. I know---two big parties in one day. Are we crazy or what???

Angel got some great gifts for the baby and we had a terrrrrrific time with our friends. We haven't seen some of them in a long while.

Will is going in for his big echo stress test tomorrow, Monday. Please pray for the results that we need to continue with the transplant process. We won't know what the results will be for a few days. When I know, I will post it. Will hasn't felt that great and we haven't been out on the boat. Soon. He is trying to walk a little more every day.
I know many of you want the blog more. I just don't have that much to write about (Thank the good Lord for that). Will goes to dialysis Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and that takes up the whole day. Then the off days he tries to get out a little and do some exercise. Dr Cahill would be so proud. I just can't imagine what his life will be like when he gets the new kidney. Pray, Pray, Pray.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Happy Father's Day Sunday

"Any man can be a Father but it takes someone special to be a dad." -- Anne Geddes


The picture above is my father, Will, and Will's dad (AKA Tom)
How's that for Father's Day picture.
We were trying to get the boat out.

Above: We tried to go fishing again but it just didn't work out. We hit bad weather but this time we got the boat all the way in the water. We went ahead and took the boat down the river a ways but it was just too windy and cold. So we headed back. Maybe next time we can get a worm wet. Sorry Grandma and Grandpa. My dad and Cherie came from Boise so we could celebrate Father's Day together. Even though we didn't get to fish we still had a great day.

Above: We went to an old fashioned wiener roast on Saturday night. We even had s'mores. It was a lot of fun. Will is sitting visiting with Coach. I don't think they know anyone else is around.

On Wednesday we did get the boat out for a few hours in the evening. This is what I caught. What a pretty fish, maybe I should have led off this blog with this picture. That's one nice looking fish, at least two feet or so, right? We went out with Aaron and Angel, Joe and Carrie Chizum and Will and I. Tom didn't get to go because he was still recuperating from hernia surgery. He is doing so much better but he has to be careful for a while yet.

Will started doing dialysis four times a week and maybe that's going to help. He is feeling pretty good today. He loves going out on the boat. Maybe this week we can go out more. Maybe I will let him catch the biggest one. I have a couple more pictures I want to put on here. Maybe tomorrow I can do that.

I thank God for fathers everywhere. They are a very special breed of people. I was lucky, I had one great father and two very special step-fathers. My step dads are gone now but I feel very blessed that I still have my dad. Another blessing I want to thank God for is Him allowing me to pick Tom to be the father of my two children. I never, ever could have gotten a better dad for them.
So a great big THANK YOU to our heavenly Father for all his blessings and I hope all of you had a great Father's Day.
God Bless and tell someone you love them. It makes the world a better place.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Monday, June 15, 2009

So, so sorry that I was late getting this up today. Last night when I got ready to do the blog, it was down for maintenance. Then I wanted to get it done when I got up but then dialysis called and wanted him in early. So this was just a wild day. But I did get a couple of good pictures. Please forgive.

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all had a great week. We have been doing some paper work for Will's transplant but it is going so slow. I know, I know, I should be use to that by now, right? So he's already done the dental thing and now he waits until 29th to do the echo stress test. That's the test where they check with the cardiologist to see if his heart is good enough for surgery. They don't make him go on the treadmill, they just use some medicine that speeds the heart up to stimulate the heart at exercise pace. Will was excited that he doesn't have to try to walk on a treadmill quickly.

We tried so hard to get out on the boat Sunday afternoon. We literally had the boat backed up into the dock and then a storm came rushing in. We were so bummed. I pouted the whole way home and I kept saying it was going to quit soon-didn't happen. So maybe this week some time. This crazy Idaho weather.

We have been having a little bit of difficulty with getting him into dialysis four times a week but I think people are now on the same page. So everything is going forward. Just please pray that this is going to help Will to stay out of the hospital for awhile.

Will is getting really excited about his little niece's arrival. Here is how Angel passes her time now that she's not teaching this summer.......LOL

(Thanks Billie)

The picture below is Angel trying to give her brother a shot. She HATES doing that but she does try. She is going to take Will into dialysis tomorrow so she has to know how. She wants to make Will give his own shots. That would be a disaster with his tremors but she still would rather have him do it. But she did really well. (If you didn't notice, that's my little grand baby sticking out like that, healthy size isn't she?).

I went up to Boise to see some of my family and go to a beautiful wedding of a friend of ours. I hadn't seen my dad and Cherie in a long time and my little niece, Sadie's birthday is this week. She turns four. I will try to get a picture on here for family to see. I just wish Will and Tom could have came but they had to go to dialysis. So my big goal is to get the boat out and do some fishing.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Saturday, June 6, 2009


So now I'll tell you all about the week. We went down to Salt Lake on Monday because we were told to change the date for the vascular surgeon. He was going to be busy on Wednesday so could we come down on Tuesday for the venagram. We said sure because we thought that would give us more days to shop around for the "stuff" that we need for our boat. Well they wanted us in there by 8:30. We were there on time. Then they came out to the waiting room and said "the room is broken" (I promise that was their exact words). They are trying to fix it and we should just wait a little bit. Here is Will waiting............................................

and waiting.....................................

(by the way, he's asleep)...............

Then finally he got in a little after 1:00 in the afternoon. Will doesn't "do" waiting well anymore. But the drs. found that he needed the balloon in his vein again so it's a good thing we had the procedure that day. Then Will had to wait for three hours while they made sure that he was clotting okay.

Then Will and his parents (that's us) went back to the hotel and just relaxed (Will wasn't supposed to do too much anyway). We went to clinic the next morning. Will had x-rays, blood work and then his PFT (pulmonary function test). Then it was on to meet with Dr. Cahill. She came in and said "d*** Will, you're drowning your lungs." Well, needless to say Dr. Cahill wanted Will to go into the hospital and get his lungs dry. Again, Will was not happy----if you all remember, this is the exact thing that happened last month when Will went to clinic.

Here is Will in his bed, he's not talking to anyone right now.

So Will had dialysis for three days straight and then Dr. Cahill said we could go home on Friday night if the x-ray looked better. It showed a little improvement and they decided that maybe Will need to go to dialysis four days a week now. So we came home last night. Will told Tauni that if Dr. Cahill wants to see him in the near future-she will have to come to our boat to visit. The one good thing this trip is that he got a "button" on his feeding tube site. This is flush to the skin so it is so much nicer for Will not to have all those tubes sticking out from his stomach. Will still had to go to dialysis again today and afterwards he felt exhausted and he's really hurting. Tomorrow he will be able to just sit back and relax.

We did get to visit a lot of our friends from the hospital and we saw Sarah (remember she is our good friend that had her transplant a couple of months before Will.) She looks maaarvelous.I really do miss all of them and wish we could have seen them all,(we love you guys so much) we weren't there all that long this time (yippee).

We did get referred to the kidney transplant people and we have started the paperwork. We will keep you updated on that as we go along. I know some people think that Will would never go after another transplant but he's all for it. It will change his life for the the good. No more dialysis, no more crazy diet and no more fluid restriction. Good times ahead.


GOD BLESS and have a great Sunday.

Saturday June 7, 2009

We are home from Salt Lake. Will had to go into the hospital for a few days. That wasn't very nice but I will get back on line and blog about it tomorrow after dialysis. We just got home and it's very late and we have had a few very late nights so I'm going to bed and we will sleep in a little in the morning. So Will is doing okay especially since we are home now. I'll get back on tomorrow (oh, it's today already) and let you all know.
Good night and God bless