Friday, March 28, 2008

Looking back and then forward again

Well, today is my last day at Seward Motor Freight. While I am excited to be leaving, part of me is sad to leave all the wonderful people that I work with. I got engaged, married and had my first baby here. These people have really watched me grow and grown with me. I would like to think that I taught them a thing or two, being the young chick around here, but I will never know.

Tomorrow we will be taking Mom out to her farm. She hasn't been there since March 3rd. And who knows what has happened to it in the 26 days of her absence. The kids and Dan have been staying there but they have been in Lincoln quite a bit too...We are also getting some things set up for mom and the kids. Signing her up for disability and things like that. It takes time and I hope that time is something that we have.

Stella is having good days and if you didn't know her diagnosis, by looking at her you wouldn't know that she has terminal cancer. But she has always been graceful about these things. We are thankful for your continued prayers and amazing support. We have wonderful friends and incredible family. I guess all of those people who gave me a hard time about being from a big family didn't know that God had a plan for that big family to come together like they have and continue to do.

Thank you and blessing sent to all of your families from ours.

Monday, March 24, 2008

An Amazing Easter

We had Tracy and Lucas this weekend at our house. 1: to give their dad a break and 2: to have a weekend with mom feeling good.

Stella is having good days. Thank the lord. The anxiety of bad days are starting to cloud her mind though, we are trying to focus on the positive as much as we can. But good days are happening for her and we are so thankful!

Gavin had a wonderful first Easter. I swear that kid is more fun to watch now than ever before. The Easter Bunny did visit and he remember that Aunt Tracy and Uncle Lucas were at our house too! I have some good pictures but they are not loaded on the computer yet...I will do that later.

Thank you all for the thoughts and prayers. You all are true friends!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

We are home

Mom was dismissed from the hospital late last night. We have put her in Brittany's room. There are so many things involved with hospice care. Thank god mom has good insurance that is helping cover so much of this stuff. She is adjusting fairly well for her first day out of the hospital. Jessie, Mindy and I will be that main providers with nurses and nurse aides coming to the house to do various things for her. The family is adjusting well so far.

Thank you for the kind words and prayers. Keep sending them as we have a long road ahead.

The Wiechman, Mundt and Dargeloh Families

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Sad, Angry, Confused

Wow, I don't even know where to start. Tuesday right after I posted the prayer request I got a call that the surgeon decided to do mom's surgery now.

Last Tuesday night my earth was shattered.

After 3 1/2 hrs of surgery the Dr. came out an said that mom is absolutely full of cancer and she had anywhere of 2 days to 2 weeks to live. He said we/she would never leave the hospital. They moved her to the ICU where she was on the ventilator. She was taken off of the ventilator late Wednesday. I am skipping many parts here but I want to hit the big stuff. She ended up staying in the ICU until Friday. I am proud to say that she is one of very few patients that walked from ICU (Level 2) to any other level especially the Oncology floor (level 7). Stella is a fighter and I have never forgotten that. She now knows the whole story (at first the doctor wanted her to know very little because it would help her recover) We met with the oncologist today and they are done with there part. Mom will be moving in with Brian and I after she is dismissed from the hospital and we will be doing home health care until we need hospice. I will not put my mother in a home! No it is not something to be proud of me for, I am just doing what I can do. I promised her certain things, as the oldest child and this is one of many.

Today the oncologist seemed to think that if mom's nutrition levels would rise that we maybe could have a few more months with her but that this cancer is terminal and there is nothing more that we can do. This also means that I, Gina, age 26 will need to decide my future family plans soon so that I can have a total hysterectomy. Not an easy thing to do.

I just wanted to update you all that read this, it has been a trying week. I am not wanting sympothy or anything, we all have our issues to deal with, but also I am not answering my phone, just very painful to talk about this. Especially when I have 7 other brothers and sisters that want updates every docotr visit. Plus mom has 11 brother and sisters all wanting updated. I have a full plate right now, but e-mails to my home address are appreciated, when I have time to get on here and read them.

I am sorry for being so vague but this is a different experience and it is hard to put all of the emotions into words on this computer.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Please pray

I ask that you please pray for my mom. Tomorrow she is going into surgery.