Thursday, January 31, 2008

Scrapbook page I created tonight! :)

Hi all!! Just a quick one...because it is late....and I get up wayyyyyy to early!! LOL :) This is a scrapbook page I made tonight while Brookie and Daddy went to Walmart for Mommy!!

The story reads:

You are the child your Dad has longed for. You are the daugther I have dreamt of. You were born with Port Wine Stains, "Angel Kisses" over most of your body. You have had three surgeries to date with more to come. You are having problems with your eyes because of the stains. You were diagnosed with allergies at 6 months of age. Today, we found out that you have asthma. But, above all the obstacles that you have faced at the young age of 15 months, you are a happy and loving baby! And, that is why my sweet Brooke-you will always be our BEAUTIFUL FLOWER!! Love, MAMA 1/31/2008

Hope you like!! :):):) Love to all!!! :):):)

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Brooke's surgery

Hi everyone! Brooke had her 3rd surgery today, and it didn't go as smooth as the previous ones. :( Her doctor wanted to concentrate on the Port Wine Stains on her hand this time, and as we all know, that part of our body is more sensitive because of the muscles and nerves etc. in the hands. Well, it didn't quite go the way her surgeon wanted. She awoke to fast from anesthesia, and that caused her to be in too much pain too fast. She wouldn't open her eyes, but was screaming bloody murder. :(:(:( On her index finger, there was an open sore from the laser and on her thumb, a blister was all ready forming (we have to watch for blisters on her skin after surgery, but it has never appeared that fast). The nurse wasn't happy with how she was coming out of the anesthesia (the screaming in pain and not opening her eyes), and she wasn't happy with the way her hand was looking. So, she called the surgeon to come take a look at her, and he did, he also wasn't happy with what was happening to Brooke. What his main goal for Brooke is not only to remove the Port Wine Stains from her body, but also to make this happen with as little as surgeries as possible to avoid her being put under, since there is always a risk with that. So, with her hand this time, he was trying to "knock out" as much Port Wine as possible to avoid multiple future surgeries. Well, as he stated to us, it didn't work the way he wanted. Each person is different, and unfortunately Brooke didn't "take" to the intense treatment like he wanted her too. So, he gave her some morphine for the pain, some Motrin, and some Tylenol with Codeine. He sent us home with tons of prescriptions and after eating some food, she has been asleep for about three hours. We have to administer the Tylenol with Codeine and Motrin for the next five days and we have to call the surgeon on Monday to give him an update.

Thanks to all for your thoughts and prayers during this time, and please keep her in your thoughts!!!! Love to all!!! :):):)

Attached is a picture of me & Brooke before going into surgery.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

In memory of Grandma Helen

Hi is the 2nd anniversary of Grandma Helen's passing. I just wanted to share a picture I took of her on Christmas Eve, right before she got sick and passed away... it was Sue's favorite picture of her, and it is the picture we used at her memorial.....I didn't know her very long, but every moment I spent with her was a treasure......Love you Grandma!! :)

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Brookie POSES for ME!!!

Brooke NEVER poses for me when I get out the dreaded camera!! :):) Get her to a professional photographer and she is ALL smiles.....I get out the camera and can call her name a THOUSAND times and she never looks my way.... when I got this shot of her wearing her brothers hat.....LOL.....I just couldn't believe my LUCK!! Of course, I spent the next 20 minutes trying to get her to do it no avail!!! LOL....... On a side note, Brooke has another surgery coming up this Thursday.....we will keep you posted!!! :):):) Thanks again to everyone for their thoughts and prayers as she goes through these procedures!!! :):)

Monday, January 14, 2008

Look at my couch potatoes!!! LOL :)

I look over and the family is just chilling on the I had to take a quick photo of that!!! LOL :):):)

Monday, January 7, 2008

Aunt Pat comes for a VISIT! :)

Wow! I blinked and it is Monday all ready!!! What a WEEKEND! Busy, busy, busy! Aunt Pat was in AZ for a seminar, and we went and visited her at Mike & Sue's last night for dinner!!! What FUN!! She hadn't met Brookie that was fun!! :):) She brought us some presents....and I couldn't believe it, but she bought me the Anne Geddes (love her work) and Celine Dion book, "Miracles".....she didn't even know it, but I have wanted that I own 2 Anne Geddes books.....My parents got me one for Christmas and now this one!!! I am so blessed!! :):):) The first picture posted is of the family sitting around...can't always get Brookie to look at the camera on cue!! LOL :) In the second picture, Brookie was looking at the camera, but then big brother wanted some he jumped in front of the camera!! Brookie of course was distracted by him, and looked at him like, "Hello??? You are in my spotlight here!" The third picture shows Brookie giving Aunt Pat a love!!! :):) In the last picture posted here......I just LOVE it!!! Brookie is showing Aunt Pat a scrapbook that I had made for Grandma Sue.....and the expression on her face is precious!! :) She looks like she is telling Aunt Pat a story about the page they are looking at! :)