Thursday, October 29, 2009

When It Rains, It Pours

So, we had another wonderful visit to M.D. Anderson today, sarcasm included. As soon as the Doctor comes in, he shakes our hands, sits down and logs in on the computer. He pulls up my lab and test results from a few days earlier and says everything looks great...except for one small thing. In fact, it is only 1.2cm, but it sits right between the aorta and the vena cava. So, it's official, we are now a Stage II and will be starting 3 rounds of chemo on Monday.


Monday, October 26, 2009


My remote sync came in today! WOO HOO, it took like 3 weeks, I guess that is what you get for paying $8 on ebay and having it sent from China... but it works perfectly!! Little Miss and I headed out to the garage.... I mean studio ;) and took some shots!


So we have been working in the studio trying to keep our minds off other things and our hands busy. It is really coming along! I still have to paint the other three walls and baseboards white and that will be good for the mean time. Once we get a little bit of money, we will be buying two large storage cabinets and putting them where the white drapes are, and all the crap..ehhhmmm i mean, stuff that is there will be put in the cabinets. Oh, and figure out what kind of top I want for the white cabinets, something cheap or free I am hoping, I need to take a look around craigslist and freecycle. Any ideas?
List of what we have done so far...
-Clean out the Garage
-Have the floor stained, then re-stained, then fixed again...still not what I wanted it to be, but it works
- Add an air vent
- Add lighting
- Hang backdrop roll-y thingy
- Paint walls
- Paint Cabinets
Seems simple when its all laid out like that, add a 4 year old and 16 month old to the mix and it gets interesting :) Its been way fun though!! Luckily most of the stuff we used was free or really cheap. The blue paint is leftover from Bobo's room, and the white is from the builder, I traded photography to get the floor done, we got some of the air vent stuff that had been discarded at a local job site. So woo hoo for that!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Welcome to MD Anderson

We heard this several times over the last two days. Welcome?? Ok, I mean I get that they want you to feel good about your stay, but really? Who wants to be welcomed to cancer land?? Anyway... we had a really busy last two days. First, we arrived at the Mays Clinic (part of MD Anderson) and we had to register. We asked how long we would be here yesterday and once she checked she said "all day" grrrr we weren't prepared for that, we also weren't prepared for the fact that we had to be there today also. So here is what our day was like...

12 PM Arrive and Register

1 PM Meet with our nurse and Doctor, they were both a little different, but very friendly. They each took their time to make sure our questions were answered. We were told about the slew of tests we needed to take over the next two days and that our course of treatment would most likely be either one or two rounds of chemo.

2:30 PM Blood Work... we were a little late to this one, no biggie though

3:00 CT Prep

5:00 CT and Chest X-ray... this is where we waited for a long time, luckily my friend Kim came to visit me. Her husband also has cancer and he was finishing up his inpatient stay of his 3rd round of chemo, Kim has been my own personal cancer dictionary/encyclopedia through all of this... this chick has her cancer knowledge together! You can read about her and her husband's journey through cancer here....

Then we finally got to go home! My mother in law decided to take the kids over night to her house since we had to be back this morning at 9. I missed my little monkeys :( but that is part of this process I suppose....

Today we arrived at 9 am for an ultrasound...

9 am, u/s we got there a bit early and they got us in right away. The u/s only took about 15 minutes so we headed to our next appt

9:20- arrived at the MRI place, our appt wasn't until 11:30 but we hoped we could get in early. We waited about 1 1/2 hours and we finally got in!

11 am- They took us back and started Dave's IV we sat there FOREVER and finally asked if we could go get something to eat.. so we did

1:30... after waiting 2 1/2 hours in this little tiny room they took us back for his MRI... poor baby, he sat in this little tube for 45 minutes, I would have been freaking out! He was so brave!

After this we headed home... we will see what the tests say, Dave feels a little sick from all the fluids and things he has ingested or injected ... this is going to be a bumpy ride!!!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Dr's Appt

Bobo had his 15 month appointment yesterday, although he is now 16 months. Peyton also had her 4 year old appt in August and I forgot I used to always update on their stats. How else will I keep track?? :)

Little Miss- 4 Years
Height 40" - 55%
Weight 35 lbs 50% - Finally she is right in the middle, after 4 years of being so tiny! lol
BP 60/40

Bobo 16 months
Height 32" 75%
Weight 25 lbs 55%
Head Circ. 19" 75%

My little man is getting so big!

Little Miss at 15 1/2 months was 21 lbs and 31 inches :)

They both had to get shots :( Poor babies!

Just wanted to share these adorable pictures!

Little Miss's friend joined her at cheer on Thursday. Aren't they adorable?

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Cancer, photography and life

Things have been crazy around here. With Dave being home and taking care of him and the kids, I'm defiantly working overtime!

We got the results from the pathology report from Dave's surgery, and unfortunately its not good. There are two types of cancer that it could be, seminoma and non-seminoma, seminoma can be treated by radiation and doesn't require chemo and is less aggressive.... he has non-seminoma :( The specific kind is embroynal carcinoma. He is stage 1B PT2. We have an appointment at MD Anderson next week and will know more about our course of action....

On the complete other side of the spectrum, things are taking off with my photography business. I have been busy shooting, learning and making wonderful mistakes :) I crunched a memory card with one half finished and one barley started session on them and lost the images. And this happened about 10 minuets before my first in studio session was about to start. I had to quickly put it behind me and do the shoot. Boy, I was pissed!! But, lesson learned... Pilgrim memory cards SUCK! :)

We are also in the process of converting the garage into a studio! I scored an awesome deal on some lighting and accessories and have traded photography in exchange of getting someone to stain the concrete in the garage. I will update with pictures soon!

Friday, October 2, 2009


I compeltly forgot to update about Dave. We are going to the hospital for his surgery on Monday. After that they do a pathology report and we will find out which type of cancer it is and will know the route to take. We are dealing with it step by step and he is handling it very well, so that is good.

On the plus side, my photography business is taking off very well! My weekends have been filled with sessions and I've been getting referals and lots of great feedback! Here are some from a session today. He was TOO cute!!

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