Meanwhile, I just have to tell you how much I really do love my life! Can't wait to get back to it full time! My husband Mark has been so nurturing, loving and supportive - I'm so blessed! My furry kids are the best - so funny, loving and great therapy for me in forgetting my worries for a while!
I wanted to share something with you that has been on my mind. Don't know how many of you are aware of some of our extended family - my brother-in-law Greg's younger brother Terry Fossum has written a book!
Gregs older brother Mike Fossum is an Astronaut!
My brother-in-law Greg Fossum, DDS - is saving a life - mine. Greg has always been the quiet one - doesn't say much, but you can see how he is taking in everything around him. I've known Greg since I was 13 years old! I just wanted to mention what a generous, fantastic person my brother-in-law Greg is! He has gone above and beyond to help me with my current condition! He and my sister Celia give me so much love, encouragement and make it possible for me to keep going to Swedish to get treatments for my avm from Dr. Yakes! The love they show for us is incredible and I can't ever thank them enough for letting me continue to "function" as normally as I can!
Marks brother Jim and his wife Shelley as I've mentioned, are so supportive in everything we do and are going through! Jim has outings with Mark and that @ least gets Mark away from always being my caretaker! Here's Jim with our furry kids! Hanz and Bella love climbing all over Uncle Jim when he comes over! I've always felt comfortable being able to talk to Shelley about anything - she is a great listener and has always offered her complete support! Shelley is very down to earth and easy to get along with!
I know it sounds repetative, but I just can't emphasize enough how grateful I am to everyone that helps me out! My mom went with me to my appt. with Dr. Boynton and paid for the visit too! I appreciate her taking time from her day to come be with me to offer emotional support!
My in-laws are extremely supportive too! They do so much for us, I'd be here all day listing all the things they've done to help! I miss them, since I've been having treatments, it's difficult to travel, so I haven't seen them since the last time they came to visit us in South Texas! Mark has since been to Ohio several times for different occasions, so he's been able to visit with Doris and George.
Unfortunately, I had a bleed yesterday and I was home alone. Thankfully it wasn't a bad one - I was sitting in the living room watching television and blood just started trickling down my chin. I have a mirror on the table near where I sit and happened to see what was going on. Rushed to the bathroom, rinsed my mouth and packed it with gauze. Mark was in Rockport with his brother Jim, but I didn't even call him when it happened. I figured I got it under control and it would be a matter of hours before Mark got home. Once Mark was home, I removed the packing successfully and just took it easy. I've been alternating between taking Lortab or Gabapentin for the pain I'm feeling on the left side of my jaw line. I don't think we'll get to the bottom of what is causing that until I see the infectious disease doctor @ Swedish in Colorado in a couple of weeks.
Since I've been taking the Gabapentin, that makes me so drowsy and I have fallen asleep @ work several times this past week! Yikes! I can't seem to get to bed until about 2:00 a.m., then I wake up @ 4:00 a.m. and I don't always go right back to sleep. I'll get up, go to the bathroom, sometimes get something to drink before going back to bed. Then before you know it, the alarm rings @ 6:30 a.m for me to get up and start getting ready for work! I just never seem to get enough rest!
Last night I had some applesauce and then some scrambled eggs for dinner - trying not to chew too much and cause any more bleeding. It seems to be coming from the left side (of course) between my cheek and gum area. I know this will all be over one day, so I just have to be patient. I look forward to being able to brush my teeth without worry, and being able to eat a thick piece of pizza with an ice cold beer! Some nachos with guacamole and a Mark-a-rita! Yay! I'll celebrate my recovery one day!
Thank you all for listening, being supportive and all your prayer! I do have good moments in between the bad ones - I love my life and treasure my family! I'll keep you posted!!