Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Let's try this again

After several months of dealing with family illnesses and upsets, I tried to find and republish my old blog. I can't find it. I lost it when I was attempting to change to Beta. I didn't really lose it because I know it's still there.... somewhere.
So, I've been dealing with my parent's health problems. My mom seems to be doing OK after several cancer scares, but low and behold, my Dad has prostate cancer. He also has skin cancer. He is depressed and I think he's pulling my mom down with him. My sister and I are trying to keep them in good spirits, but that's not always an easy task. Then, we discover that my 18 year old daughter has Graves Disease which involves an overactive thyroid. Her heart rate is well over 140 if she doesn't take beta blockers. She can eat all day and still not gain a pound. Her metabolism is racing and she has a hard time controlling her body temperature. The cure, well not a cure exactly, is a couple of doses of radioactive iodine which is absorbed by the thyroid gland. The iodine eventually kills most of the thyroid and my daughter will have to take a thyroid replacement hormone like levoxyl for the rest of her life. The doctors tell me this disease must have been in my daughter's biological family. Both of my daughters and my son are adopted and there are no records of their birth families. My youngest daughter is from China and she was found in a box on the orphanage steps.
I'm hoping the bad news is over and we can have a quiet summer. My dad's radiation treatments are over and he's back home. He had the treatments at Vanderbilt in Nashville. He and my Mom lived in some sort of rent-by-the-week apartment near the hospital. I think it was Extended Stay or something like that.
My son is in med school at Vanderbilt so he saw them lots while they were there. I think they enjoyed having him around to run errands.
I'm counting the days till summer.

2 comments:

Grammie said...

Hi Teresa. I just lost the first comment that I tried to publish...so I will try again.

It is great to see you blogging again...and, thanks so much for visiting my site and leaving a comment!

I am so sorry for all that your family has had to deal with as of late. I pray for them all to have the strength to handle their illnesses with a new resolve and determination.

I look forward to checking out your blog again soon...so keep on posting! : )

In the meantime, take care,
Grammie

Marci said...

Wow, you have a lot on your plate right now. I will pray for you and your family. I lost my Mom a year and a half ago and it has been the hardest thing in my life.

My son is also adopted.

I see you live near Knoxville. My husband has been looking for a job in that area. Maybe we will be neighbors!!

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