Sunday, March 22, 2009

Sunday Salon


Well we have had a busy week in our home and it looks like it is only going to get busier yet. My daughter went on a trip to Hawaii last week with the high school choir and she had a marvelous time! She came home Thursday night, but she has really had a problem adjusting to the time difference. So I finally got her out of bed at 9 this morning to get ready for church and told her she couldn't take any naps today! Quite a difference from when she was four years old and I would put her down for a nap right after church.


My son made it home safely on Friday night for his spring break vacation from college. He is looking forward to a relaxing vacation without all of the studying! He used to be quite a reader, but since he is reading textbooks all the time now, leisure reading has definitely taken a backseat.


Around Christmas time I had mentioned that my little sister has been very sick and in and out of the hospital quite a bit. After church this morning I had a call from her boyfriend informing me that her medical condition has made quite a drastic turn for the worst. She's had terrible problems with her colon and they actually removed most of it. A tumor has been close to the colon that she has left and has been growing into it. They started to do chemotherapy on her to shrink or stop the growth and that was working. It sounds like the chemo has created an infection though so they will not be able to continue the treatments. It came as quite a shock when he told me that if they do not continue the treatments they suggest starting hospice care on her right away. This is pretty hard being a big sister and not being able to help at all. This is one of those things that I am just having a problem understanding since I am 40 and she's only 32 years old.


I didn't want to be a downer by posting about this, but I really feel that I have gotten to know a lot of you on a more personal level. So if you don't hear from me for awhile it could be because of that situation. Please do me a favor and keep my sister Brenda in your prayers.


As for the rest of my Sunday, I may start reading Shanghai Girls by Lisa See at some point. I want to try to keep some sense of normalcy in my life so I will probably be watching my favorite Sunday night shows at 8 o'clock.

14 comments:

bermudaonion said...

Sorry to hear the news about your sister - I'll remember her in my prayers.

ANovelMenagerie said...

Oh, sweetie. I am so sorry. My prayers are with you today!

debblou said...

I have an older sister... Brenda... I cannot imagine how you feel; but, I know what I would feel like if it were "my Brenda"... prayers to all of you...debblou

Lezlie said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your sister, Jo-Jo. Hugs.

Lezlie

Janel said...

You and your sister are in my thoughts and prayers.

Literary Feline said...

You're bringing back memories from my childhood--I fought so hard against taking naps and now as an adult, I look forward to taking them when I can. :-)

I am so sorry to hear about your sister. My heart and prayers are with you and your family.

Ti said...

My thoughts are with you and your family during this time. It's a horrible feeling, not being able to do anything to improve the situation but try to hang in there. I know it's tough.

Jess said...

Hi Jo-Jo,

I just wanted you to know how much I love your blog. You have won an award over at Barney's Book Blog. Here is the link to more info:
http://barneysbookblog.blogspot.com/2009/03/i-won-award.html

Congrats!

Jess
Barney's Book Blog

Jo-Jo said...

Thanks everyone! I think what is so frustrating is that I am in Wisconsin and she is in Colorado so there is really not much I can do right now. You all are so awesome!

stacybuckeye said...

I'm sorry to hear about your sister. That is an awful thing, made shocking by how young she is.

Anna said...

I'm sorry to hear about your sister. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. ((HUGS))

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric

Dar said...

Jo-Jo, I'm so sorry about Brenda. I will be praying for her and for the rest of you too for the strength to get through the hard times. Hugs.

Luanne said...

Oh Jo-Jo -
I'm so very very sorry to hear about your sister. My thoughts and prayers and big hugs are with you.

Amy said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your sister. I'll be praying for you!