Tuesday, June 17, 2008

2 Year LID

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Thought I'd come out of my hiatus long enough to acknowledge our 2 year LID anniversary.
It's been a long month. I've felt like someone picked up my world and tried to shake me out of it. I don't think in a million posts I couldn't explain it all. Here are just a few of the things we have been faced with. I'll gradually fill you in as time goes by. In the midst of all the commotion we have endured we have been growing, changing, stretching, maturing, gaining wisdom and knowledge threw our faith. Without it we would have felt totally defeated.

1. We found out our brother in law has a brain tumor, they removed a lot of it to find out it was indeed cancer. He started chemo already and soon they will do radiation treatments on him. Their two daughters Dominique(8)and Desere(5)come to church with us every Sunday. They know what's going on, but only to the capacity their little minds can comprehend which is great really cause we are believing in God for his complete healing and restoration. Please keep this family in your prayers. I know what it's like at that age to loose your Daddy but I don't want my nieces to have to deal with that at such a young age. We have been helping out with the girls and with making them some meals to spare every moment they can to spend together. Some of his co-workers went and helped him do all his spring yard clean-up and her work gave her a sum of money to help with gas to help with the travel (which is about an hours drive each way) to and from his radiation. He has come to realize that the power of prayer is an incredible thing not to mention all the love and support the family has received from our little community. Praying it won't be long before they are sitting in church with their two beautiful daughters. What a day of celebration that will be when our prayer for many years would be answered.

2. Our dog Bailey who is now 10 years old took a fall down the back step and hurt his back. He is Shizo/Lapso and has the Lapso long back and from what I've heard they do suffer with back trouble. I took him to the vet and they did blood work and a urine sample on him and checked him from nose to tail. We discovered in his little accident that he has a couple of loose teeth in the back that are infected, a heart defect and his kidneys are only using 25% of their true capabilities, on top of his slipped disc. I'm totally torn with what to do in this one. In order to fix his teeth they would have to put him under but with his heart problem it runs a high risk of him not coming back. They don't do kidney transplants on dogs so all I can do is keep him comfortable and change his diet to one that is suitable for dogs with kidney trouble. If his back doesn't heal on it's own the vet said the only option is to send him to the Vet College and she showed me a figure between 1800.00 and 3000.00 smackers with no guarantee once again because of his heart. For now until more tests are run he is supposed to be in his kennel under complete lock down for 10 days with little or no movement and has to be carried up and down the steps to go outside. I've broken the first rule already. I can't watch him stuck in that cage wagging his tail at me and not let him out to say hello. He is really good to go back in when I tell him to. He seems like a puppy some days and other days like a feeble old man. Is he suffering? Would it be selfish of me to keep him? Would it be sheer torture to put him threw all that to loose him in the end? But, can I look my bestest fur friend in the eyes and say goodbye before the real suffering begins? What is the most humane thing to do in a situation like this?

3. Sunshine is doing her last exam today and then school is out for her. I can't believe that 5 months has passed already. She is such a sweet and smart girl, we have really grown to love her and it will be sad to see her go. Her mom has asked that she stay with us until July 2nd because they will be moving to British Columbia and she wants to fly out there and set up residence particulars before they make the long "DRIVE" from coast to coast. I'm hoping that one day before she leaves that I can take her on an all day excursion of some sort that we will remember for a lifetime. It was wonderful having her here, I will never forget her or the experience of sharing our lives with her for the brief moment in time we had her. I hope that we can meet again one day. In the mean time thank heavens for the Internet, we will be keeping in touch threw e-mail for sure.

4. Two years has come and gone, this August will be three since we started our paperwork..........and we wait.......still.

So there are just a few of the goings on here at the Sugar and Spice residence. I'll keep you updated and fill you in more when I have more time and when it's time appropriate.
Hope all the Dads and out there had a wonderful Fathers Day this past weekend.


Briana's Mom said...

I am so sorry to hear everything you have been going through. I will definitely pray for your brother-in-law and his family.

Lisa said...

I'm soo sorry to hear about your brother in law. I have a friend who was riddled with cancer and the docs gave him 6 months to live. Through prayer, believe and determination he has been walking this earth cancer free for the last 5 years. The docs are still scratching their heads as they can't even find a cancer cell in his body. That's without chemo or radiation. God is very good.

Keeping you all in our prayers.


kerri said...

So sorry about your brother-in-law, will keep him and your family in thought and prayers.
So sorry about your fur baby, we are experiencing a situation with our dog, we are saying our good byes(he's 15 and his hips are giving out) and this has been one of the hardest weeks of my life.
You will know in your heart what is right.
So sorry things have been so tough for you, hugs going out to you..

Nadine said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your brother in law. I pray for a miraculous healing.

Your poor furry friend. It's so hard to know what's best for them in this situation. I pray for wisdom for you.

I pray you will not have to wait much longer for your dear one to come home.

Lesa said...

Deb, so sorry to hear all that has been going on. Your brother and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
As far as a little puppy upset... I know exactly how you feel. We just had to put our baby down. He had really bad Diabetes, and after 3 years had a stroke and then started having seizures. When he started crying from being scared and hurting, it was on my shoulders to get it done. It was one of the hardest things I've had to do in a very long time. He was 12 and Wendy has been very attached. When it is time you will know.

Take care girl.

My full story is on my blog...


Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Deb, I am so sorry to hear what you are going through.....You are dealing with a lot right now.

I will keep your family in my prayers!


Elise said...

Praying for you and your family!

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

Praying for you and your family..
Happy 2 years..
She will be in your arms soon..
Keep you chin up girly..

3D said...

I am so sorry and sad to hear your news...I am here for you.


Keep smilin!

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

All my fingers and toes are crossed for your brother-in-law and family... wish them nothing but the best... as for your dog... ummm... that is a hard one... I would see how the 'diet' goes... if that didn't work well... I am not going to say what I would probably do... as for the 2 year wait... what can you say about that one... let's hope it is the beginning of the end... hang in there sister... take care

a Tonggu Momma said...

Deb, I'm so sorry to hear about all you are facing at the moment. Hugs and prayers to you and yours.

Janet said...

Oh Deb, I'm so sorry to hear about your brother. I will pray for him and your whole family. May God be with you all. I'm sorry to hear about the other things too, it is so hard when your dog is sick.

Praying for you, friend.

Anonymous said...

Deb, I so sorry to hear about your Brother-in-law!! I'm thinking positive for you at this time and will be just a phone call away!!!!
You are one of the stongest and loving people I know and are very very wise....

You will make the right decision in your heart for your Bailey! It has been one yr since I lost my Morgan and I know how hard it is to make any decision like that...Just listen to your fur baby, your heart and your vet and the decision will be the right one!!

As for the 2 yr LID hang in there baby she is coming... She knows that you are strong enough to hang on for a while longer while the CCAA gets their ducks in a row.

Thinking of ya

Luv Ya Martha

Special K said...

You definitely have a lot of worries on your shoulders right now. I'm so sorry to hear of all the difficult things you've been handed. I'll be thinking of you.

Right there alongside you in this long long wait.

OH MY #6 said...

glad to hear from you my friend.


Anonymous said...

So sorry to here of your your brother in-law Deb.Keep the faith is what I do every day as my sister in-law has cancer too.
I know in your heart you will do the right rhing for Bailey.He's so cute .God will guide you through all of this.He never gives us more than we can handle although somnetimes we think he does.My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

OziMum said...

What a month. What a "difficult" month. Sending you hugs and prayers from Australia.

This scripture has been my mantra for the last month or so -
Isaiah 40:28-31


Tracey & Mike said...

Oh my gosh, so much going on in your life. Sending prayers for your brother in law.

Ashley Winters said...

Your update sounds like my life last summer, chaotic! I pray that things get better for your family soon.