Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Mom Update 2

Mom had her right lung drained on Monday and everything went well. To our surprise it had three times as much fluid as the left. Historically the left side tumors have been more active, but I guess they have switched roles. We all wondered what that could mean, but none of us have the medical knowledge to make any good conclusions.

Today was her doctor's appointment with her oncologist. We were hoping that the doctor would prescribe another oral hormone treatment, but sadly, she is suggesting that Mom do chemotherapy. This was not what any of us wanted- we all remember how sick Mom was last time, plus it kills me that again I can't be there to help her, since I only have 10 weeks left until the baby arrives. I imagine that the doctor does not want to risk wasting time on a treatment that has already failed while Mom's lungs are already filling back up with fluid. She needs to do a PET scan to determine the state of the cancer and then the doctor will decided the duration and strength of the chemo. So again, we wait.

My mom, siblings, and I appreciate the outpouring of support, love, and prayers that have come our way. Thank you.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Update on Mom

We found out this week that my mom's cancer treatment has, for whatever reason, stopped working. Her lungs are filling with fluid again and her cancer-markers have gone up. As soon as she can get insurance approval she will get the fluid extracted from her lungs, one at a time, and then next Wednesday she will start a new (yet unknown) treatment. We're hoping that it will be an oral, hormone treatment again, since they don't kill your body like the IV chemos do.

Mom is doing ok- not breathing as well, obviously, but we're glad that we found the fluid before she was on her death bed like last time. Any prayers or good thoughts in her direction would be appreciated.


When asked last night what kind of chore Liliana did to help out around the house, she had her answer ready:

Flushing the toilet.

Didn't know I was asking so much of my kids...

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Baby Names

With older children we have been getting a lot of suggestions on what to name our new little girl. It's a good thing that we didn't give them to power to do the choosing...

Grace's choices: Feliz Navidad, Grace, Gretel (after her best friend), or Aurora
Liliana's choice: Wiggly Baby (after her beloved baby doll)
Moira's choice: who knows, but based on her favorite words it would probably be something like, No, or I'm Mad, or Mine

We (the actual parents) have a running list of names that we add and subtract from from time to time. Nikita (from Kaylon) and Meredith (from me) have already been vetoed. We don't plan on actually naming her until we meet her though, so don't be expecting anything concrete any time soon.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Problem with Children Being Able to Talk...

My children will not stop fighting!

Everything turns into an argument. Who's going to be first? Who's going to get the purple cup? Who's going to be the princess? Who is going to be a particular character in the movie they're watching? Who's barbie gets to wear the popular dress for the moment? Who gets to sit on the left side of the bed?

ALL of the the above arguments happen REGULARLY in my home. I'm trying to cut the words "I'm first" out of their vocabulary and to encourage them to take turns, but I'm getting seriously frustrated with them all. Even Moira has joined in on some of these arguments (No! Por-pul cup!).

Why can't they all just get along?