Friday, December 26, 2008


Just a brief note to wish everyone a belated Merry Christmas. Things have been crazy here, as it seems they have mostly been since I came home.

I blogged about my dad being hospitalized with pneumonia over Thanksgiving and I want to let you all know he is doing very well now. He spends most of his days "paddling" around the nursing home, chit chatting with the staff and other residents. He even played checkers with another resident yesterday! Rumor has it they didn't exactly follow the rules, but I figure if you want to make up your own rules at the age of 85, go for it, you've earned the right!

Continuing with the trend of elderly family members being hospitalized during the holidays, my favorite uncle spent Christmas in the Billings Hospital. My brother had taken him to the local hospital at 12:30 AM on Monday. The doctor mistakenly identified a hernia as the cause of his excruciating pain and sent him home with a truss.

Several hours later the pain became unbearable and Mike brought him to Columbus and I took him on to Billings to a hospital there. The doctors did a cat scan and he was in surgery an hour later. They discovered a cancerous blockage in his colon. The doctors are quite certain they got it all, but sent off lymph nodes to the lab to be sure.

Needless to say, Uncle missed out on the family Christmas celebration, but we are thrilled that he is doing well and should be coming home tomorrow or Sunday.

This is just one more reason I am thankful to be home and very grateful that I am able to be here now, when both my dad and uncle need me.

I guess you really can go home...


WW said...

Yes, you obviously can and, in all respects, should. Only happiness for you, Laurie.

Lynne said...

Merry Christmas Laurie.
I'm glad you're home wih your family.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad it all turned out all right. Happy New Year!

KGMom said...

Merry Christmas--seasons greetings, etc. Laurie.
And hopes for a happy New Year.
Love the photo of snow, mountains, and wonderful sky.

Ginnie said...

Happy belated Christmas wishes to you, Laurie. You were just where you were supposed to be!

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

You life seems to have few dull moments. I am glad your Dad and Uncle are doing well.

I trust Christmas was joyful. I hope the new year is full of interesting challenges.

NatureWoman said...

Phew, Laurie, I'm glad you're home with everyone.

Mary said...

Merry Christmas, Laurie. I wish your uncle the best.

Take care.


thailandchani said...

Glad everyone seems to be well! 2008 was a rough year. Wishing peace for all of us next year!


Squirl said...

I'm glad you're dad's feeling better, and hoping your uncle is completely cancer-free. I'm also hoping that you're feeling some joy and peace this holiday season. You deserve a break.

Ponita said...

Home is where you want it to be, Laurie. I'm so glad you were home when you needed and wanted to be. Because family is so important and so many miss out on too much of what 'family' really means.

Q said...

Dear Laurie,
Keeping your Dad and you in my prayers. Will add Uncle!
All my folks are gone now.
I miss them.
I am glad you went home.
Joy and peace,

Hilary said...

Glad to hear that your Dad and uncle are doing well. That's a gorgeous photo.

WDS said...

Have a WONDERFUL New Year Laurie!!! And may the year be full of blessings, hope and above all love!!