October 21, 2014
And All Was Quiet
We're gonna miss them so! The past month flew by at rapid pace. Addison came to us five weeks old. She was wee and cute as can be. She left us at nine weeks, she grew bunches, she was alert, always on the go and cuter than ever. I've never seen a two month old be so active and have so much personality. My sister is going to have her hands full with that one!
Nicolas is a super big brother he adores his baby sister and tries to soothe her. He is so smart and kind. I don't know a sweeter boy. He's grown so fast. He is 7 going on 17. Video games, Youtube and making excuses to avoid homework are his priorities. Frank taught him blackjack (a sneaky way to practice math). If it wasn't for his age, he could start working on the strip. No joke, he's got dealing down. He knows when to split and double down. Frank gave him lessons on poker, but 21 was his preference. Still, I wouldn't be surprised if he started hustling kids for halloween candy (his mom and uncle did the same, when Frank taught them when they were kids).
It's wild to think my baby sister has two kiddos - it doesn't seem like that long ago, Frank was throwing her around in our backyard pool (she was 8, when Frank and I started dating). She's such a great mom and she was such a big help while they were here. It's always the best catching up with her. Our time together is never long enough. She always makes me laugh until I'm in tears.
We'll miss them all more than they know.
Saturday, after taking them to the airport, Mike and I took mom home. She has completed 20 out of 30 radiation treatments. She's had a rough go of it, side effects started after seven sessions. They've worsened with each since. Her blood clot is no longer a concern, however, she remains on Cumadin to prevent others from forming. It was thought another had formed in her other leg, but an ultrasound revealed that it was a lymph node that was swelling instead of a clot. The reasoning is still unknown. Lupus and mixed connective tissue disease have been ruled out (after meeting with a new rheumatologist). She was misdiagnosed in May. Her tests were false positive because of her body fighting the cancer. It doesn't explain the Lupus-like symptoms, but it is relief to know she has two less things ailing her. The lymph node can be swelling due to hystiocytosis. However, a biopsy will need to be done to confirm. At this point, my mom's oncologist doesn't want to put her through more than necessary. Radiation has caused fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, burning of the esophagus, difficulty swallowing and a rash on her chest, arms and back. Her doctor has given her a week off. So, this week she is at home recuperating. Hopefully, the break will provide just what she needs to continue the fight.
This will be the longest stretch since June that I'll have no house guests. As much as I love my family. The quiet is nice too.