Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Baby Jacob

Baby Jacob


Congratulations to Steve & Hailey (my niece) - Abigail is now a proud big sister to Baby Jacob who was born just moments ago!!!


I'll post pictures as soon as I get them!

Monday, June 26, 2006

Time for an update

Things have been pretty busy around here still.


Mother: She is improving every day, but has a long road to recovery, but the point is everything she is facing now is recoverable b/c there are no signs of cancer!! The only thing that is looking permanent is it looks like she is going to be diabetic now. We don’t know how serious, though right now.


Work: We’re going live July 10 in SAP so we’re down to the wire now. The SAP team is working long hours 7 days a week (including 4th of July) until go live. Those of us who are training are winding down on classes, but my hardest class to teach is still yet to come. We also just acquired two new companies & this brings in a lot of new activity for my area – Offshore. So nothing is going t slow down anytime soon here in the office.


School: I’m about ½ way through with the summer semester. I’m really enjoying this summer’s class, though. I wish I had taken it before management, though b/c I believe it would have helped me out there. So far I have an A, which I hope to keep!!


Home: Michael is just as busy at work as I am. He is also busy at home – he planted us a couple of trees in the backyard  & had a great veggie garden this year. We’re still getting okra, tomatoes, & peppers!! He is working so much overtime we try to take advantage when we both have free time to go out & do things together. After the baby is born I know we won’t have that alone time like we do now.


Speaking of baby: I’m not showing really, just growing enough to get out of my own clothes. Anything with buttons (slacks, jeans, shorts) is just too uncomfortable…I’ve purchased maternity clothes so I don’t want around with my pants unbuttoned & really they are SO MUCH more comfortable on my tummy!


Here’s what’s going on with the baby now:


Baby Development


Your baby weighs about 1.75 ounces and is about 4 to 4.5 inches in length. His or her heart is growing strong and, even though it is little, it is pumping between 20 and 25 quarts of blood every 24 hours. By the time you are ready to deliver, your baby's heart will be circulating up to 300 quarts of blood every 24 hours. Many fetuses develop their future hairline pattern this week, although it can take quite a bit longer for some babies' hairline or hair to fully develop.


Wednesday, June 21, 2006

All the tests are back...






Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Update on Mother

Mother is improving every day. She still isn't good, but so much better than Saturday when she went into the ER. Her blood sugar is still pretty high, but nothing like it was before, so she is still getting insulin.

This morning they are doing a procedure on that spot on her lungs - a biopsy I guess. They don't know what kind, but they are thinking this is where the infection she has is coming from so they want to find out what it is so they will know how to treat it. I think I am going to go down there after she comes back. I have to teach a class here at work this morning so I'll take off the afternoon to go be with mother. I really hope this weather gets better before that time so the drive won't be too bad.

Thanks to everyone who sent their thoughts & prayers. I know in the end she is going to be fine it's just a really hard struggle for her right now to get there.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Well, we had great news and then we had bad news...

Friday was mother's last day of treatments! It was a pretty emotional
day for her. At the clinic there is a bell & on a patient's last
day they get to ring the bell to announce their completion. She got to
do that on Friday. She was so excited to be finished, but exhausted.
This last week the chemo was reintroduced along with the radiation and
she was told to expect a couple of bad days upon completion.

Saturday morning daddy called me to let me know that an ambulance had
taken mother to the emergency room. Her blood sugar had spiked up over
400, her heart rate was very high, and her blood pressure was very,
very low. She was taken to the closest hospital and after being treated
there they moved her to St. Luke's where her oncologist could treat
her. They had found she had an infection and gave her antibiotics to
treat it - gave her insulin to get her blood sugar down - and gave her
lots and lots of fluids. She had become dehydrated and apparently that
was the biggest contributor to all the problems she was having.

Saturday morning she wasn't very coherent at the hospital. By the time
we left North East Hospital to go down to the med center to St. Luke's
she was a lot more lucid. In the emergency room at St. Luke's she was
steadily improving. The still had to do another CT Scan b/c chest
x-rays at NE had shown a spot on her loans. They were afraid she might
have pneumonia. I guess that is better than any alternative and is
something that can be treated. She has been laying down so much since
all this started it won't be a surprise if in fact it does turn out to
be pneumonia. They did the CT scan last night at St. Luke's, but they
haven't given us the reports yet. Hopefully we'll hear something this
morning, though.

She is continuing to improve, but like it's been all along, it's going
to be a tough journey. Please keep my mother & family in your
prayers. I am sure she is going to only get better, but I hate that she
is going to have to suffer anymore to get there.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

No time to say Hello...GoodBye...

I swear I feel like the White Rabbit at times these days! Running from
this meeting to that meeting...taking this class...running to teach
that class...and trying to get my own job and school work done.

I know I've been whining about being so busy lately, but things haven't really changed. They just seem to be getting busier.

I did get to take off some time yesterday to go with mother and daddy
to the clinic for mother to get her chemo & radiation...though, I
was doing work while I was there and have phone meetings! It was nice
to see where she goes every day and meet the people who have been
taking care of her. Everyone knew who I was...they had seen family
pictures and heard stories about us all. I was "the pregnant one"! Ha
ha! She is still weak, but seems to be getting stronger and isn't
nauseous anymore. Her appetite is definitely coming back, too.

We had another appointment with my OB last Thursday. Everything still
seems to be going well. The baby's heartbeat was a strong 158! My
neighbor gave us a heart monitor to use. It's hard to find the
heartbeat right now, though b/c the baby is only about two or three
inches long right now! I have to count to make sure I'm listening to
the baby and not to my own heartbeat! We go back in three weeks for
tests and then the next visit we'll get to find out the sex of the

And did I mention that my doctor is pregnant, too...with TWINS!!! I
couldn't believe it! She is so excited! She is due about a week and a
half after me so her partner may actually be the one to deliver our
baby depending on when she is put on bed rest...and for how long.
Doctor's usually don't make great patients so I am sure she will stay
as long as she can, though.

Monday, June 12, 2006


Just testing my blogger account in case I move back to Blogger from DNN!

Thursday, June 08, 2006

I haven't been neglecting things...

It's just EXTREMELY busy these days! I am training my first class today, but I've taken two classes of my own this week already. And in between all that I'm still putting finishing touches on the classes I'm teaching & there seem to be hourly meetings that get in the way of all of this! I know they are necessary, but everyone on the team has meetings scheduled, plus I am trying to do my normal work away from the integration team!

On top of that, though I am still not sick anymore (thank goodness) I have gone back to being really tired all the time and since school started back last week I've got more work to do for that as well. I think I need to go stay with Pamela for about a month & find out what her secret is! She manages a house, two kids, also working on her MBA, a full-time job plus a side job (or two?), AND I know has been an active member in several organizations. I am so thankful for Michael - he does so much & I know if he didn't I would really be scatter-brained!

Tomorrow will actually be the three month mark - first trimester down! Yay! I have my next appointment with my OB today as a matter of fact. I don't think we'll be having another ultra sound today, though. I guess the next time won't be until we can determine the sex of the baby, which is about 20 weeks or so I think.

And mother is just about finished with her treatments as well. After tomorrow she just has one more week. I am going with her next Tuesday & I believe my sister is going with her the next time she visits the oncologist. I know she is so ready to get done with all these treatments...we all are. We're ready for her to be healthy again. The treatments have really knocked her down during these past six weeks. Next week the chemo is coming back in along with the radiation, though so that last week might be a really hard one. Hopefully the week will go quickly, though.

I haven't really had time to read many blogs either...and the few I've clicked on I may not have left comments either - I've been a blurker! But soon things will calm down hopefully & there will be more time. I know that everyone is so busy right now!

Friday, June 02, 2006

I'm now an officer in the MBASA.

My friend from school joined the MBA Student Association last semester & is now the VP - she has been trying to get me to join & to be Treasurer. Well, last night I told her I would so now I am the Treasurer of the MBA Student Association at Sam Houston.

Last night was our first night of Summer semester. This class is only one night a week, but it's from 6:00 to 9:50 - they are going to be long nights. At least it's only one night, though & I really like my professor. She reminds me of a professor I was close to at Stephen F. Austin where I did my undergrad. I am hoping that being in the MBASA I'll get to know all my professors a bit better. I honestly wish I had taken this class prior to the management class I had last semester - it would have helped me a lot. This is a Business Communications class & apparently I didn't communicate well enough in my MGT class in the Spring!

I am taking two classes in the fall & the baby is due right after the semester is over so it's going to be close!! I hope she/he isn't early! I was planning on taking off the next Spring semester, but now I think I am going to see if there is a way for me to take a correspondence/online course instead. I really don't want to sit out a semester. I made a big mistake not taking anything last summer, although I really didn't have a choice b/c we were gone Summer I and there was nothing offered for me to take Summer II. Hopefully that won't be the case next Summer.