Tomorrow (Saturday) is Stud's big SHAVE to raise money for St. Baldrick's (pediatric cancer research), in Katie's honor...check out his mama's blog for updates. To read about another brave shaver, check Paul's blog and read about his friend, Caity.
We arrived home late last night after 5 days in Palm Desert with my parents. It was a good trip. I am always thankful for smooth flights and safe landings - as well as safe flights and smooth landings. There were high winds in the Puget Sound area, with gusts up to 60 m.p.h., so we were warned that it would be a bumpy descent...but it wasn't. Thank you, Alaska Airlines, for two great flights.
The night before we left home, our sweet Liger (a.k.a. Gandhi) came into the house limping. It's hard to describe how this made me feel, but I'll just say that the urge to cancel our vacation and stay at home with him was strong. David was flying in from college to meet us and take the same flight to PSP, so we couldn't cancel, but ohhh...leaving my sweet little guy at home, limping, was awful. Our dear neighbors had it all under control, and took great care of the cats and house, so I knew he was loved, but I was glad to see him and give him love when we got home.
HOWEVER, this morning, his leg started bleeding - Aieee! Fearing a broken bone, I called the local vet before they opened, and sped up there immediately after. It was simply an abscess, but a bad one, and the poor little guy is still woozy from the anaesthesia. I won't go into details of what they did to help him, or the mess he made while "under the influence," but suffice it to say that I've done a lot of laundry and cleaning today. I'm just glad that he is on the road to recovery. Wish he could sleep with us tonight...
While on vacation, I decided to resign from my monthly column at the wonderful website, Hopeful Parents. I've been writing there on the 10th of the month for over 2 years, and I love the founder and the purpose of the site. It has been a privilege and a joy to be part of the team, and I've learned a great deal from the wonderful writers there.
It dawned on me that I am not actively engaged in parenting children with special needs nowadays. David certainly has grief to deal with, as we do, but he is 5 hours away from us most of the year. He is leading an independent life for 8 to 9 months of the year, so we are effectively "empty-nesters." It doesn't seem fitting for me to write about my life there, when other columnists are taking care of children with life-threatening medical needs at this moment. My issues just don't have the same kind of immediacy. Grief is still an issue here, and I am deeply involved in hospital issues and cancer advocacy, but I just felt that there would be someone else who could speak to the site's current parenting issues better than I can. Please do share the site, if you know someone whose child has special needs - it's a supportive community of great writers.
I feel ready to write about other things than Katie's cancer journey and my grief. It's a big part of my life - it changed me profoundly - but it's not my entire life story. So we shall see where I am led.
Here are a few photos from our time in Cali.
|Have you ever seen a 14,000-foot peak from above? Mt. Rainier.|
Mom at the spa, having a pedicure.
|Getting ready to set the balloons free - wishing Katie was with us.|