I know, it sounds so intriguing, you just have to read on…
I thought I would use my blog to record some of my thoughts and experiences of the last couple of months. Mostly, it’s for myself, so no worries if you don’t really care to wade through this post!
In May, I went to my doctor for a driver’s medical and she found a big lump in my throat – more specifically, in my thyroid. I had an ultrasound and then a biopsy before I left for Europe, but didn’t find out the results before we left. So when I arrived home, there were numerous messages on the answering machine that I needed to return. I went to the doctor, not really expecting it to be anything, and she told me the lump was malignant. Both of my parents and Jason were still in Europe and I really didn’t know how to react or feel. It was all very strange. I was upset, so I called my sister as soon as I left the doctor because I needed to tell someone.
I think the confusing part is that thyroid cancer is probably the best kind of cancer to get, if you have to get cancer. And the kind I got is the best kind to get. So treatment isn’t the same as it is for other cancers and it’s actually curable. So I felt silly being upset over the whole thing, but yet, I still felt shocked and unsure.
Anyway, I was scheduled for thyroid surgery at the end of August – the surgeon wanted to remove my entire thyroid. When he did, he also took out my parathyroids and had to put them back in, which meant that they weren’t working right away and my calcium levels were really low. This meant I had to stay in the hospital for almost a week, when normally, I should have only had to stay overnight. I was in a “room” with 5 other people and our beds were separated by curtains. This made it pretty difficult to sleep, so the hospital stay was pretty horrible. I was so grateful for any and all the people who came to visit – it made my time in the hospital go by so much faster and it was so much more enjoyable.
I took some photos of my incision so I could compare it when it healed a bit. These were all from the first week in the hospital…
This was right after my stitches were taken out.
The food at the hospital was so awful. Nate seemed to like this vegetarian chilli though!
The day before I was discharged, we went for a walk around the resevoir.
A week after my surgery…
I still have to do a radioactive iodine treatment, so the story isn’t over yet! I’m still trying to deal with how I feel about all this and what it all means. Some days I don’t even think about it, and others I am a little overwhelmed. Perhaps I will post again when I feel like I have sorted this all out.
If you would like to see photos from our super fun European vacation, you can look at my Picasa album. I was going to do a post, but I figured no one actually wants to read our travelogue. I’m going to make a book with my e-mails home and photos eventually!
So CLICK HERE for all my photos and enjoy!
If you don’t know what Lego Ninjago is, let me share with you! Basically, it’s just a great big marketing scheme by Lego to sell more product. Lucky for them, my boys are eating it up. There is a story line with characters, Lego sets, games, books, clothes, and a TV show. Jax decided to have a Ninjago birthday party this year and we had a lot of fun with this theme. I borrowed lots of my ideas from other sites, but it’s been so long, I can’t remember where I got them all from!
I started with “lunch” – just a bunch of snack foods the kids could eat as much or as little of as they wanted to. I’ve decided this is my favourite way to feed kids at parties!
Next, the kids were each given a t-shirt I made with my Silhouette (LOVE that machine) and a Ninja headband and divided into teams. There are four main ninjas in the Ninjago world – red, black, blue and white. There is also a new ninja and he is green! So I decided to go with red, blue and green shirts.
Each Ninja also has a special golden weapon that they have to find, so I made 3 of the four golden weapons with gold duct tape and hid them throughout the house. Each team had to find their golden weapon. The scythe is a couple of cardboard tubes leftover from my Silhouette vinyl and then I cut out the blade from cardboard. The nun-chucks are made out of a skipping rope my brother helped my form by cutting most of the rope out and then putting it back together. The sword is just a foam sword, covered in gold duct tape. I was really happy with the way they turned out and now the boys play with them all the time.
Down to the basement for a bit of ninja training. I had A LOT of kids at the party, so we divided them up into their teams to take turns at each event.
Through the dark tunnel and then you can’t touch the lasers!! (Cheap rope I found at the dollar store.)
I found an origami tutorial for throwing stars on the internet and made one for each party guest. They used them to knock these ping pong balls off of these pop bottles. (If I had more time, I would have covered the pop bottles and made them look cooler, but alas, I ran out of time!)
I think I made 20 of these things…it took forever!
Fighting with pool noodles – can’t fall off! (One set is standing on yoga blocks, the other is standing on a wooden board covered with a sheet.)
Luckily Jason was willing to give the kids some karate-type training. He was great and the kids had lots of fun learning some kicks and punches. Maybe if you were richer than me or knew a karate expert, you could hire a special guest, but Daddy was good enough for us!
I decided that I was not going to stress out about making and decorating a cake the kids wouldn’t even appreciate, so Safeway provided this delicious cake! Actually, I have no idea how it tasted because I didn’t get to try any – we ran out! We had enough for the kids, but it didn’t go farther than that!
Thanks so much to my mom and sister for helping out – I couldn’t have done it without you, especially with my broken shoulder blade!
Oh and the take home – the kids got to keep their shirts and head bands, a throwing star, a blown up punching balloon (dollar store find!) and a little brown bag of candies.