Friday, March 18, 2005

Some good, some bad...but that's life

I have been away from the blog for a while--I try to post at least once a week, but Life has been getting in the way.

We were in Minnesota this weekend, because Tim's Grandma has been really sick. She went into the hospital about a month ago because she was fainting and very weak. They found blood clots in her legs, arms and lungs, and when they did a test on the clots in her lungs, they found lung cancer. Because she was so weak, they couldn't do further tests, but because she didn't have any specific tumors, they weren't too concerned to let it go until she got stronger to do chemo or raditation. She was moved to a nursing home to get stronger, but she hated it there--too many people at death's door, nothing to do, no tv or phone--so the family brought her home this past Monday. She still was so weak, and couldn't do the simplest things for herself. Tim's mom was spending all day with her cause she couldn't dress herself or wasn't confident enough to be sure she wouldn't fall in the bathroom, etc. So when we left on Tues. night, we were still pretty concerned about her. It turns out when she woke up Wed. morning, she couldn't move, so they rushed her to the emergency room. The oncologist came to see her, and did some tests, and her lung cancer is much worse than anyone thought. He recommended, and they have decided, to move her to a hospice. Grandma is in very good spirits considering--I think she is relieved to finally know exactly what is going on and she agrees that the hospice is the best place for her. Tim is very close to his grandma, so it has been very hard for him, but he is relieved that she will be in good care now.

Our good news is that Tim has formally accepted the job with the University of Minnesota and we are moving there this summer. We looked at houses while we were in Minnesota, and we know we will definitely be able to find a house we like and can afford. We are planning on selling our house and our realtor says we won't have any problems doing so. We'll put the house on the market at the end of April, and we're planning a trip to Minnesota for serious house hunting after school is out in May. So if all goes well, we'll be up there in June! I am not looking forward to the cold and snow, but we will have a good time in the Twin Cities---there is so much to do and all of Tim's family and friends are there. And don't even get me started on all the yarn shops!! I have applied to the University of Minnesota to finish my degree there, and if all goes well, it won't be too much longer till I can get a job--2 years?

So stay tuned for some actual knitting content--you know I got some stuff in Minnesota while I was there, and I think there's something about a finished Clapotis.....


At 6:20 PM, March 18, 2005, Anonymous Jenny said...

Hospice is indeed wonderful. They provide a much needed service for the patient and the family. She will get so much more attention than in another type of home.

At 6:12 PM, March 23, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I stumbled on your site thru the SP4 ring - your visit to the Yarnery made me pause. =] We just moved up here (from WI) last May when DH accepted a position at the University.

sorry to hear about his Grandma - I hope things get better for her and the family. and I hope your move and all goes well too.



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