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Updates

There’s been partial updates on Facebook but not here.

I am mending that now :)

The neurologist appointment went pretty well last week. She asked tons of questions about the seizure and everything leading up to it in the 24 hours before. It breaks my heart everytime I watch Lowell revisit the intimate details of that night as his face flushes and his eyes fill with, and sometimes spill!, tears.

She ordered up a 48 hour EEG to scan my brain and said if there was anything off in that she will order up an MRI for a deeper look. And, if it all comes back normal, she will clear me for surgery. 

I was nearly alien for 48 hours, but I made it through! We will see the doctor for results on the 28th. She is hopeful things will be fine, but since brain tumors run in my family, she decided it best to cover all our bases.

I have been doing physical therapy for a week now and oh-the-burn! My arms haven’t fallen out all the way, but my right arm has a bit and is still very sensitive. My left arm is responding beautifully to therapy, though, as I have more ease of movement now. So hopefully that side will continue to cooperate and I can get back to semi normal activity in the next month or so.

We saw a priest yesterday so Lowell could talk to him about his PTSD. It went very well, but Lowell can really use any extra Hail Mary’s you can spare. I am suffering physically, but his suffering emotionally is a far bigger issue, I think.

He has panic attacks when separated from me for too long. He still has nightmares. And, he has anxiety. 

He’s embracing this well, but he needs help through this trauma so he can get back to his routine. This will probably never fully go away, but to atleast help him come to grips a little better would help him tremendously. 

So, please join me in prayer for my guy and his healing and strength. :)

My sister, Grace, has been here lending a hand in all the ways. The kids, clean up, meals, laundry, etc. She has been such a joy to have around, I have no idea how I will ever find a way to express my gratitude for all she is doing for our family.

And, finally, the gofundme has raised more than half of our goal! Lowell is still making phone calls to families who have gone through the organization we are pretty sure we are going to go through for the Diabetic Alert Dog. He is finding out about their experiences and asking all the important questions. I am hoping we will pull the trigger on something next week to get that going. I also got an appointment with an Endocrinologist so we will start the conversation about getting a Continuous Glucose Monitor soon! :)

Does this scarf make me look Irish?
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Thank you & Keep praying

Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive in our gofundme mission that my sister-in-law started on my behalf. We are about half way to our goal; you guys rock!! 

I can never express my gratitude for the love and prayers we’ve received during this time of need. Not to mention the donations, large and small, from familiar faces and from total strangers [to me].

Please feel free to share our story on your page(s) via the link to my blog to ask your fellow prayer warriors for continued prayers. 

Due to my seizure, I have to have surgery on my right shoulder. But! I just found out yesterday that I can’t have surgery until the neurologist clears me with the orthopedic doctor. Hopefully that gets set in a positive direction today as I have my first visit with the neurologist this afternoon.

We have a long road ahead of us. Recovery is but a snippet of all the changes our family is undergoing and making to ensure we don’t have to ever revisit a situation like this again. 

God bless you all, thank you again, and we love you! 

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The Plan

Greetings from my finger tips!

The orthopedic doctor lowered the hammer this morning.

Brief summary: Our shoulder joints are a ball that fit into a round casing. Inside the casing is ligaments and soft tissue.

When I was seizing and both arms were straight out in the air, I stretched the soft tissue and put a dent (small fracture) in the ball of my left arm. 

My right arm has torn soft tissue, the ball is fractured (picture a ball that has a portion of it shaved off), that has left bone fragments floating around inside the joint, and all of my ligaments have been stripped away. This explains why this arm is still “falling out” atleast a few times a day.

The plan of action is physical therapy on the left side 3 times a week, and surgery in the next week or so to fix the right.

I will then be in atleast a sling for a minimum of 4 weeks before we begin rehab and physical therapy on the right arm. I am looking at atleast 2 months after surgery before having actual use on that side.

In other news, I would like to send another thank you to everybody who is sharing the gofundme page on Facebook and instagram! We are getting closer by the day and would be nowhere near the goal without your help. Thank you!

Please continue to keep my family and me in your prayers. My mom was out to help for a few days and my mother in law is here for a few more days helping as well. And we’ve had so much help from friends who live close by not to mention all the meals folks from Church and guys Lowell works with have been bringing.

God bless you all!

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Checking in 

Happy lent! It’s kind of cool that lent begins on March 1st as its easy to mentally tally “all of March and about half of April” in terms of rooting out those one or two vices we can do without in our lives.

I saw the orthopedic doctor last Friday about my shoulders that dislocated while I seized. He ordered xrays that came back clear, but since my shoulders continue to pop out and my points of movement are basically elbows at waist and out, he ordered an MRI to rule out any soft tissue tearing. If there is no tearing, we can go about the appropriate therapy to restrengthen my shoulders, but if there is tearing, I will need surgery and then therapy to fix the problem. So, the MRI is later today and ortho follow up is tomorrow.

So, you guessed it, no chicken dances for this chick!

Then I have an appointment for an endocrinologist referral on Monday. We are going to get more information for a Continuous Glucose Monitor  (CGM). A CGM will be able to communicate with up to 5 devices, notifying them of high and low blood sugars. It will be useful while we are working for a DAD and great for when we have one because the DAD will be able to detect a high or low before the monitor in most cases, so by the time Lowell got notified, he could rest assured I have probably already started working on fixing the high or low.

And, the DAD. My sister-in-law,  Sammi, started a gofundme campaign for us and we’ve already received one third of our goal! I continue to be overwhelmed by the love and generosity of our family, friends, and folks we haven’t personally met. Just wow! you guys! We found a program to work with us, but we need to raise more funds in the next few weeks if we would like to get a dog by Christmas. Lowell has been working diligently to find government programs and charities that will help us with our cause as well.

And, finally, most importantly, I want to thank you! 

Please know each of you that has made a donation of prayer, financial help, and/or time in helping us with food, watching the kids, and cleaning my house. 

Thank you!