Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Houston Vacation / Cancer Report

Hummmm, that's an interesting Title....doesn't really seem to go together!

Ok, I'm breaking this post into two sections...the vacation part and the Dr. part! I'm going to start with the Vacation part b/c it was alot better than the Dr. part.

Our first stop on our whirlwind of a Vacation was the Downtown Aquarium. The pictures below pretty much speak for themself. This is a great place to take the family. They have a very nice Aquarium and a small amusement park with it. Really the perfect size for my young kiddos and easy for Alan to get around. My mom and I took the kids back to the Aquarium a couple nights after this to eat at the restaurant and do the rides again. They loved this place...and so did I!!

The family at the Downtown Aquarium in Houston.

OK, this might be one of 3 pictures ever taken of this octopus!! I was just a snapping away when Alan said "Melissa, read the sign." It said "No flash pictures of Octopus" Woops!!! But, it sure is a good picture....hehe!!

"I bet Nemo is in there somewhere."

We are all about some polka dots, so we loved these little guys!

Awwww....look at these pretty sparkling fish.....

.....or maybe NOT!!!

We all loved this turtle. He was pretty neat looking.

There are no words!!

This was pretty neat. It's not everyday you see a Seahorse or two....or however many are in there??!!

This is the small shark and stringray tank where you can pet them and get in this bubble and see inside the tank.

Sydney touching her first starfish.

Can you spot the Tiger?? This was a very pretty exhibit! This is just half of the Tiger's area.

The Shark Tunnel!!

This would be Carson's happy place....sitting on the blue train!

My mom and dad.

The Aquarium and Restaurant.

A very small part of Downtown Houston.

The next pictures are from the Kemah Boardwalk. This is about 30 minutes south of Houston on the Galveston Bay.

These pictures of my mom, Sydney and I are...well....HILARIOUS!!

Look at those faces, LOL. I was laughing at Sydney the whole time...Priceless!!

This is how Carson drives a boat. Can't wait for the real driving years!! Maybe he won't take after his dad!

These are the little boats they were driving with the HUGE stearing wheels.

This was my favorite purchase from our trip. It's just not complete without a big head picture! HA Ok, that's not the real name, but that's what I call it!

Here is part of the final project. I don't have a pic of the full version, but it is too cute. I didn't do a color pic, but I had him color in their eyes. Sydney said "OK, my face is NOT that fat!!" LOL He really got Carson almost perfect. Also, the artist looked like a young Jon Gosslin...just sayin!

OK, I'm sorry, but I cracked up when I looked over and saw the other guy drawing this baby. It was just funny. I hope the mama doesn't read my blog....ughhhh!! Sorry mama....couldn't resist. But even the mama had that look like "What tha??" Seriously, she did!

This is at the Aquarium at Kemah. They had a huge tank where you could feed the sting rays and pet them. It was so cool and there was some Huge rays in there.

Sydney and I riding the swings. This was a fun ride and not scary!! It was a great view of the Galveston Bay too.

Next....the Dr. Report!
Ok, I guess I will take this day by day and try to be short about it.
Monday Alan had scans. We had to get up EARLY to start bloodwork and then get to the scan area for his knee MRI and CT. Well, of course the MRI machine is not working, so we have to wait for his CT apt. time. The tech. came back later and said the MRI was working and that would be around 11:30...ughhhh....more sitting and waiting. After lunch, we were free and I think this is the day we hit the Aquarium first.
Tuesday started off early again. We had to see the Gastroenterologist that morning. After waiting 2 hours, he basically tells us nothing and we just set up Alan's EGD for Thursday...which we already knew anyway. After this apt., it was time to go wait at Amato's office for Alan's scan results. I think we got in his office around 1:30 and we left around 7:00....I'm not even lying. I think he saved us for last for this reason. Alan did not get the best report. As I stated in my previous post, Alan has been off his chemo for 6 weeks...trying to get his infarcts around his knee to clear up, well, his knee looks better and so do the blood clots that are in his lungs, but his lungs took a major beating by the cancer. His Dr. said "the cancer has exploded in your lungs!" If you look at Alan's CT of his chest, his lungs look like a snow shower of cancer. Now, everything in his abdomen and spine were stable. Amato says that since we have the issue with the lungs, Alan has to have a brain study (MRI).
Wednesday was supposed to be a day of fun with the kids and no Dr. visits, but that all changed. The earliest they could get us in for the MRI was 1:30....so there goes that day. After the MRI we were to go to Amato's office for the results. THANK THE LORD, the MRI came back fine. Nothing showing in the brain, so we will take that good news. I think this is the day my mom and I took the kids back to the Aquarium. Alan was just worn out, so he relaxed with my dad at the hotel.
Thursday was the EGD day. Another early morning. Alan had the EGD done that morning and then again back to Amato's we go to go over results. Alan's EGD came back fine. It did look like he might have had a tear which could have been the reason for all the throwing up, but it has corrected itself. Basically the reason for the blood loss and counts dropping was from the cancer going rampant in his lungs! Thursday we finished up everything just after lunch. Got us a bite to eat and headed to Kemah for the afternoon. It was a hard afternoon on Alan, but man he was a trooper to do Kemah after the week we had already had.
Friday, we headed home. We wanted to try and do the kids museum before we left Friday, but...we were all just ready to get home. What a vacation. I didn't get to sleep in once or even get in the pool...:-(....not much of a vacation, but the kids had fun and they did get to swim everyday!
The plan is for Alan to be on his normal chemos for 4 weeks. We will go back to Houston August 23rd for repeat scans. If the lungs do not look better, then we will have to switch chemo and start a new treatment. This also means that since Alan is back on his chemo, the infarcts will flare up again and possibly the clots.
I guess that's about it. I'm sorry, I try to make my post short, but it's hard!!
We will always believe that God's has chosen Alan for a reason. Even if Alan has to suffer like this for one person. Even if it was for the guy we were sitting by on a bench at the Boardwalk that asked us if we mind that he smoked his cigarette. We actually told him we did mind and then Alan told him why and pretty much gave him is testimony right there and they had a nice long talk. Even if it's for the random person that just happens across my blog. Yes, we live a hard, tiring, crazy life, but we just make the best at what we have been handed!
God is Good...All the Time!!
Love and Prayers,

Thursday, July 15, 2010

An Alan Update!

I know, it's been too long since I have updated about Alan. Life is crazy...all I'm saying!!

Alan has been off his chemo now for 6 weeks. Did I mention before how nervous we were about this....well, we still are. We will be heading to Houston this Sunday. Alan will have scans Monday and see Dr's. Tuesday. If you remember the main reason they took him off his chemo was to see if it would help the pain from the possible bone infarcts around his right knee....well, the pain is still there, so that's no good!! I'm just going to say next week will be very interesting. Another reason it will be interesting is b/c we are bringing the kids with us and my parents are coming too. Looks like Houston is going to be our vacation spot for the summer. We had a beach trip planned to the gulf, but thank you BP for destroying God's creation of beautiful beaches. Please pray for all of the families affected by this disaster. It's so sad. Anywho, Houston bound Sunday and hopefully we will have a good trip and the kids will have fun with the things I've planned....museums, aquariums, movies, maybe a circus....anything with AC...haha!!

Two weeks ago Alan started throwing up. It got worse through the night...that's all I'm going to say. Thursday we got him on Zofran and that helped and of course he had no energy. Friday I let his Dr.'s in Houston know what's been going on, so they went back and looked at his last three weeks of blood work and noticed that his hemoglobin and hematocrit have been dropping. Basically, he needed blood. I started calling him Edward (for my Twilight fans, lol). I have to make light of a situation when I can...ok!! ;-) He was in the hospital from Friday til Sunday morning receiving 3 units of blood and fluids. He felt great when he left that hospital two weeks ago, but his recent blood work is showing his counts are dropping again and he is feeling sooooo tired.....can't keep his eyes open tired. He is going to our local Dr. today for blood work, so he might end up in the hospital again. I pray not!! His Dr.'s in Houston want him to have and EGD to see if he might have an internal bleed somewhere. He is scheduled for that in Houston next week...possibly Thursday.

When Alan's Dr. took him off his chemo 6 weeks ago and said "You are going to feel so good and have so much energy!!" Well, we are still waiting for that day. Alan has been sooooo sluggish this entire time.

Just say a prayer for us that all goes well next week. Alan will have is regular CT (chest, abdomen, pelvis) and he will also have another MRI of his knee.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer and try to stay cool!!
Love and Prayers!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

This one's for Sydney!!

Poor Sydney....I have not posted much of anything about her lately. I've been saying since May I was going to do a post for her, so while I'm sitting here (in the hospital with Alan, that can be the next post, but I will say he is doing better....his counts were low, had to get some blood), I'm doing a Sydney post. These are just pictures from the past few months

Softball 2010

Diamond Divas. We had a good softball season. Most of our girls should still be playing t-ball, but we all decided to move them up and they did so good with the pitching machine. They tied for 1st place!!

1st Place Divas!!!

Birthday Time

Sydney turned 7 in May. I swear we celebrated her birthday for a week. Anyway, here are some of the birthday girls parties.

They do love each other!!

I think this is cake #3.

Cake #2. Ok, I got Sydney a cupcake cake to take to her school. Stupid me forgot to put the candles on the cake and have the kids sing before I started passing out cupcakes, so Sydney fixed the problem and came up with this (above). That girl....she's so funny!! We lit the candles and I was waiting for this cupcake to blow up. It was pretty funny!

Regan (Sydney says this is her boyfriend.... WHAT???...I get tickled listening to her talk about boys...Alan thinks different...haha), and her very good friend Laney. Laney's birthday is just the day before Sydney's. You will see their party below.

This year Sydney celebrated her 7th birthday with her very good friend Laney. They shared a Build A Bear party and the kids had such a good time!!

Heading to Build A Bear!!

Two happy Birthday girls.

Silly, Silly
After Build A Bear, we headed to The Japanese Steakhouse. The kids loved it and were very entertained. It was fun...and yummy!!

The kids side.
The adult side...waiting for some grub!! yum yum

I loved Laney's expression. I think that fire was pretty impressive.

Cake #1!
Our crazy girl!! Wouldn't have her any other way.

Sydney got a rabbit for her birthday....among many other things. This is the penthouse her Papaw built for it. It's a pretty sweet house.

This is Thumper. She does kind of look like Thumper from Bambi, so....

End of the School Year!
This is Sydney's teacher Mrs. Smith on the last day of school. We love her and will greatly miss her next year.

Here is my girl with her all A's award...along with two of her very good friends, Julia and Laney.
Well, I guess that has Sydney caught up. She is a sweet, smart and crazy little girl.
We love you stinker!!!