Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Help Is On The Way



Wednesday, May 31, 2006 11:16 AM CDT

Well, quick update and then a shower and then back to the hospital.

Thank God for Dr. Bergstrom. He's the best. They started Z on two "bazooka" antibiotics, and his shin redness and swelling went from covering his entire shin to 7x7 cm, so the antibiotics are working. At this point they do not think the infection is in the bone, which is wonderful news! The infection is responding to the antibiotics, and there was a dramatic response the first day. Since then, it's been pretty stable, so they are worried about taking him off the iv antibiotics too soon. They are considering a PICC line so they can do the antibiotics long term. We'll know more today.

My mom is coming! Hooray. Thank you to all who visit Zach, it really lifts his spirits. Thanks to Bob & Judy for taking Kenny & Kate. Thanks to Dee for being there in every way. Thanks to Alex and Deb and Karen...

Our family is experiencing another crisis. Dave's very best friend from college, Doug Andrews...he was the best man at our wedding, our first son Kyle was Kyle Douglas after Doug, he and Dave were born two days apart and for years were inseparable. They called themselves twin sons of different mothers. Doug had broken his neck several years ago in Hawaii and after that struggled with severe and chronic pain. He dropped out of touch, but never from our hearts. Dave often tried to find him and stayed in touch with Doug's mom, Sharon. Doug had just found out about Dave's death. On Sunday, Doug took a stuffed animal to Kyle's grave and committed suicide. I am devastated and heart-broken and wishing I had done something, anything to find him, to reach him. He will be buried next to Kyle in Gig Harbor. My heart aches with this loss, knowing it is the last thing Dave would have wanted. He loved Doug, beyond all reason. Please keep his family in your prayers as we all try to understand and come to grips with this horrible, horrible thing.

I love you all, Shelley

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Hospital

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 1:16 AM CDT

Last Memorial Day, Dave went into the hospital with blood clots in his lungs.

Tonight, Zach has been admitted to the hospital. He has a bone bruise, cellulitis and possible bone infection. It's very serious. They are starting IV antibiotics. Please pray that the antibiotics will work, that he won't have to have surgery or lose any bone in his shin. He is in incredible amounts of pain, please pray for that to be relieved. Pray the antibiotics work quickly. They said it sometimes takes six weeks.

He's so brave. He said, "Don't worry, Mom, I'll be just like Dad and only see the positive."

I'm so scared. Love, Shelley

PS. We're skipping Memorial Day next year.



Tuesday, May 23, 2006

More Tumor Updates

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 5:33 PM CDT



Please see Kevin Terry's page and leave a prayer message for him and his family. He's been admitted to the hospital, and it seems the end is drawing near.

Cathy now has a blog: Lessons from Lou so you can keep up with her and Sweet Lou.

Another friend, Kara, has a website for her husband, Butch. (LINK IS FIXED...SORRY!) Butch Gamboa Please send that family a prayer or two also.

Thank you to everyone who's dropping off print cartridges. We MUST find a cure.

I cannot believe that yet another family is being torn apart, that four more little ones will have to grow up without their daddy. My heart is breaking.

Love, Shelley

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Thank you!

Thursday, May 18, 2006 11:48 PM CDT

Hi everyone,

Just a quick update. I can't believe I'm staring Friday in the face again....we just got back from Vancouver and it's time to pack for Seattle. The good news is the whirlwind is almost over.

Last weekend, Zach's basketball team went to Vancouver to an Oregon Prep basketball tournament, looking for a little competition. Seems that we looked in the wrong place. The boys played incredibly well and swept the tournament, winning their games by an average of 28 points. Amazing! It was fun to see them so on fire! Mom and Dad got to come and see the games, as did my Uncle Art and Cousin Gwen. It was a fabulous time, beautiful weather, a great weekend.



We were pretty tired after that!

Kate is playing softball and having a really good time. Things are gearing up for her dance recital on June 3 at Cordiner Hall, so she's getting excited about that.

Kenny misses track, but is having a good time playing Challenger baseball. He's hitting the ball like crazy, and gone is the wood-chopping batting stance.

Zach's school baseball team finished their season winning most of their games. His select baseball team has been gearing up and had their first game yesterday. They beat Milton-Freewater 21-2. Zach played catcher all 8 innings and was so sweaty! He hit a triple and slid into third base and came up a MUDBALL! Ick. But he had a blast! He hit two triples and a solid single. He is LOVING his coach and feels like he's learning a lot. We'll have tournments pretty much every weekend through July.

Got the boys registered for classes at WaHi. Can you believe I'll have two kids in high school???? Football practice starts in a few weeks and they're excited for that.

Thanks to everyone that bought raffle tickets from Zach:
Kathie Farrens
Judy Peasley
Terri Hampson
Carol Bond
Marc Yonts
Mike Braddock
Ty McEuen
Shannon Ahrens
Bryan Eggart
Val Neiffer
Laura Rau
Kristi Wellington-Baker
Brian Richard
Bob & Judy Meyer
Bob & Mindy Meyer
Alex Falcon
Maribeth Bergstrom
Mimi Mott
and "Help Is On The Way" Debra Wright

And a HUGE HUGE THANK YOU to the two companies that sponsored Zach's playing on this team:

Evergreen Labs: Staci Wanichek, Cassie Rothstrom & Cheryl Corn
and
O'Brien Chevrolet

Amazing support. We are so grateful!

Wish us luck in our Seattle tournament. Win or lose, we win because we get to see Evy, Erik, Canute & Sonja and Mark & Christina!

Love you all,
Shelley

Monday, May 01, 2006

The Little Things

Monday, May 1, 2006 0:45 AM CDT

It's the little things that get you.

Had to buy peanut butter. I only bought creamy peanut butter today. Dave was the only one that liked crunchy peanut butter. The jar with the red lid looked lonely without its blue-lid companion.



And this weekend, working like dogs in the backyard, prepping for the fence. Zach putting on the music, and half-dancing, half-trotting, loping across the yard with that unique bounce in his step and that huge Meyer grin. It's hard to describe, but if you've ever seen Dave feeling just a little silly, you know EXACTLY what I mean.

Thanks Kevin, Debra, Jake and Megan Wright for all your help this weekend. Mimi, Amelia, Alexio, and Alison joined in, too. Wow! It was back-breaking work...that ancient fence was really in there. But we had Kevin, thank heavens. And three delightful teenage boys, ready to prove they were as manly as Kevin. It was miserable and fun, pizza never tasted so good, my muscles are sore, and I can hardly walk, but it was good, soul-cleansing work.

New song for you:

Praise You In This Storm by Casting Crowns

I was sure by now
That You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say "Amen", and it's still raining

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

I'll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
Every tear I've cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when
I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry
You raised me up again
My strength is almost gone
How can I carry on
If I can't find You

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth


And God sends help, in the form of Deb and crew. Deb wearing a shirt that on the front says, "HELP IS ON THE WAY" and on the back, "HELP IS WALKING OUT THE DOOR" Thank goodness she hasn't walked out!

Love you all,
Shell

PS. Zach's selling raffle tickets to raise money for his baseball team's travelling costs:
First Prize: Mariner's getaway, two box seat tickets behind home plate, two nights lodging in Seattle and #100.00 cash.
Second Prize: Dinner for 2 and one night's lodging at Wildhorse Casino and 2 rounds of golf.
Third prize: $250.00 cash!
Tickets are $10. Let me know if you want one.