Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Send Good Thoughts Our Way!!



Hey Ya'll,

Well, this week has been a bit hard.  Yesterday I found out that our Daughter Christa and the Grand Kids, are in danger of an explosion....Apparently a Train that was moving through their City (a Propane Tanker) started fire and....is still on fire.  The City/Fire Dept/Police Dept issued a mandatory evacuation within in a 1 mile radius of the burning Train.

Christa, like several of her neighbors, decided to stay in their homes.  Of course, if they are caught, they could get into trouble.  It has even been said that if anyone is caught trying to get through the barriers to return to their homes, they could be put in jail....So Christa's husband Mark is unable to return home, as he was working out of town when this occurred.  My Uncle, who lives in an apartment in their home, the home was separated into several smaller units years ago by a prior owner (their house is one of the original houses in the City).  They have since taken over most of the original house again.  But my Uncle was visiting my Mom in the next City, when this occurred, so he too is unable to return home...So here they all are, unable to return home and no change of clothing, etc....

And of this morning, it looks like they may not be able to return the their homes for several days, and of course, the main problem is that if the burning propane car actually explodes, it would send out flames for quite some distance and flying debris and metal for up to a mile.  They state that if this occurs, it would be a catastrophic event.  Christa's house is within the mile border.  So keep good thoughts that nothing happens and she didn't make a bad decision in staying home.  Also, because they aren't supposed to be there, they can't make any noises, and I am guessing no lights on at night either!

***UPDATE***
I just found out that they are going to allow residents back into their homes tonight at Midnight!!

Another bad thing that I found out today, is that my Mom fell a few days ago, and she didn't tell me because of what was discovered during the Doctor visit.  She said that she didn't want to worry me until she had more information.....Luckily she only cut her Head open.  In her physical condition, she could very easily have broken several bones!!!

But because she cut her Head open pretty good, they took her into an Urgent Care kind of place as I think this happened over the weekend.  She needed about 6 staples to close her Head up (which she said was very painful even though they supposedly numbed her scalp).  But upon examination, before the Doctor would do staple the wound closed, he told her that he wanted her to go in for some X-Rays first.  She said that she was expecting one X-Ray, they took about 8-10 X-Rays.  He then told her that he could see several Lesions (Melanoma) (she says in her Head), so I am assuming under the skin.  He told her that she has Melanoma (Skin Cancer).

So my Dad called their regular Doctor on Monday, and asked why they never said anything about it, and what was to be done.  The Doctor was angry that the "other" Doctor told my Mom that.  He said that Lesions do not necessarily mean Melanoma.  But he set her up for immediate Blood Work/Urinalysis to be done.  Of course, my Mom can barely move anymore and doesn't feel up to washing her hair, etc in order to go to the Lab.  But I made her promise that she would try her hardest to get in tomorrow.  As Melanoma is the deadliest of the Skin Cancers!!  She also told me that in her last Blood Work, her White Blood Cell count was either too low or too high (I think it was too low).  So please keep good thoughts for her.

And the Blood Work/Urinalysis I did a few weeks back is in and I have an appointment with the Doctor tomorrow (the Doctor's Office called and requested that I go in for the results).  I was sent a copy of the test results from the Lab as well, and of course I am no Doctor, and cannot interpret them....but some of the numbers are obvious.  My Vitamin D is LOW, my Calcium is LOW, my Cholesterol is HIGH, and the number that bothers me the most I think, is my ALT(SGPT) level is HIGH (10 points higher than the upper level).

When I looked this up, it says that it "could" indicate anything from "something not so bad", to Liver Damage, Hepatitis, Cirrhosis or Cancer (among other things).  Of course, I am expecting this to be on the mild side.  Unfortunately, since my Cholesterol is High, I am not sure if I can be treated with drugs like I was in the past.  In the past (several years ago now), I was given Lipitor to control the High Cholesterol, and I know that it can cause damage to the Liver.....Most recently, I was given Celebrex to treat the Arthritis in my Neck, and I believe it too can cause damage to the Liver.  So I am afraid that I may have to go off of several of my Medications.  If so, I am afraid that my Neck will flare right back up again, especially since it is just now getting under control....I will keep you posted.

On Sunday, Walt and I took a nice ride on the bike.  We rode down to Carson City, then headed East for about 60 miles, then turned back South to Reno.  All in all, we were gone about 5 1/2 hours.  We made a few stops along the way, including eating lunch.  All in all, it was a nice day, not too hot.  A great day for a bike ride.

So.....other than this, nothing much happening here!!  Except that Walt starts his new job here in Nevada on Monday!  Till next time.....

Aloha My Friends  :)

9 comments:

Tina said...

good thoughts for you. I had some funny blood work the last couple of times as well. I hope yours turn out OK and your mom is OK.

xxxooo

Gen said...

Sorry you are having so much stress! I hope everything turns out well for you, your daughter, and your mom.

Ronnie said...

Will be praying for you and your family, sweetie. *hugs!*

~Lisa~ said...

Such awful stress, you are all in my prayers...

dede said...

Prayers are in the air sweet sista!! Keep us posted...we are all here for you!! You are right, melanoma is a b*tch! Hang in there Darlin'...we've got your back!
dede

Sheila said...

Thinking of you all, sounds like you have a LOT on your plate right now. Glad you had a good ride on Sun. Hugs!

Debi said...

Thank you everyone!! It is so nice to know that our special group of Bander's are so supportive of one another!! I feel the love and friendship. I will post any new developments.

Gen - So nice to hear from you!! When will you be posting again?? We miss you!

Cece said...

OMG ... that is so much going on. Remember to take care of yourself during these stressful time ...

Debi said...

Thanks Cece!!