I've really been a blogging slacker lately....It seems that my days just fly by so quickly with running Chilly all over the place, home~schooling the kiddos, and now it appears that Chilly has probably suffered a couple of mini~strokes. I've received tons of emails inquiring about my bloggy absence and Chilly's health. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kind concern. I'm overwhelmed by your kind thoughts and prayers! Here's a quick update on the Chillmeister....
Even though he realizes he has suffered some form of stroke (or most probable...multiple mini~strokes) Chilly is being stubborn and refusing medical treatment. He feels it won't stop the inevitable and may even make things worse. It is enormously frustrating. It just feels like we are always in limbo...waiting for something to improve or decline. In addition to all of this, my son's friend lost his mother to cancer last weekend. We attended her funeral this past week. Overall, it's been a difficult time for all of us.
Valentine's Day was difficult. We tried to enjoy the day, but in the back of our minds we knew it was probably our last together. He has lost consciousness on 3 occasions in the last week. He is definitely dealing with new neurological impairments over the last couple of weeks. His speech is seemingly more affected, his voice is becoming very raspy (this is actually stroke related)....his mobility has taken a turn for the worse. I cannot imagine what he must be feeling....his kidneys are so damaged...his eyesight is worsening...he's dealing with congestive heart failure...and now more stroke issues...His legs are so thin that I can't figure out how they continue to hold him upright. Every morning I wake up, I reach over to check his breathing. So far...so good....I have a newfound respect for caregivers, especially since becoming Chilly's caregiver. It's an enormous job physically, mentally and emotionally. This is diabetes at it's worst...I pray for a cure for this wretched disease every single day.
Enough with the pity party....Let's move on to brighter chit~chat....
St. Patrick's Day is around the corner! That means lots of Irish dance performances and parades around here! Last Tuesday, Irish Dancer Girl had a class with Michael Patrick Gallagher. (world renowned Riverdance lead!)
It was an amazing experience for her! He is simply the world's best Irish dancer, and our school is lucky to have him! I'll try for some video when he returns in a few weeks!
I asked her today if she would like to have a Leprechaun Luncheon to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. She rolled her eyes and said, "Mom, don't you know that leprechauns are "burnin" legends?" (I think she meant "urban" legends...hee hee hee...) Now, I'm on a mission to make her believe in leprechauns!
Thanks for your patience with me...I promise to be visiting your blogs over the next week. I've just been in a vulnerable place lately as well as never seeming to have 5 free minutes to sit down! I miss every single one of you!