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Ten Days of Christmas

My father, Dennis
Dec. 15: Made arrangements for my father to have hospice care provided by Llano Hospice. He has Metastatic Melanoma, Multiple Sclerosis and recurring pneumonia and UTIs from being bedridden.

Later in the afternoon, I ran into my cousin Jim and his wife Bronwen in the parking lot of Hobby Lobby. They live in England, so it was a big surprise.

It was a day of extreme emotions.

Dec. 16: Woke up late (why didn’t the alarm go off?) and discovered it was my SURPRISE WEDDING DAY! Read more about it here.

Dec. 17: Went to Colburn’s office party where the party band was an exceptional high school string group called Revolution Strings. Our first outing as The Newlyweds.

Me and my mother, Jan
Dec. 18: Drove 250 miles to Athens, Texas, for my Mother’s and Dick’s Christmas party. We thought it might be her last Christmas but got the good news that she’s still symptom free (Polycystic Kidney Disease) and could live another 3+ years or so. Saw approximately 20 Red-Tailed Hawks on the drive through West Fort Worth. Our room at The Victorian Inn had a massaging, vibrating bed!

Dec. 19: A quiet drive home that felt like 500 miles.

Dec. 20: A restless feeling all day made worse by the knowledge that the full moon and Winter Solstice was just around the corner.

Dec. 21: Eighty-four degrees on the Winter Solstice. Thomas started peeing on the bathroom mat. Took him to the vet to be tested for feline diabetes, thyroid, kidney, liver problems. Really scared.

Thomas O’Malley, lover of all women and warm laundry
Dec. 22: During the morning I cried over my poor kitty. We’ve been together since shortly after Maggie and Joanna left home and he has always been more than just a pet. I don’t think I could bear it if I lost my father and Thomas at Christmas. During the afternoon, Thomas’ blood tests came back with good results. However, he does have a slightly elevated white blood count which would indicate a kidney or bladder infection.

Dec. 23: Last night, Thomas began passing urine with blood. It confirmed my strong feelings that something really is wrong with him. We took him back to the vet where he got an antibiotic shot and a pain reliever. It’s just a bladder infection. Whew!

The best thing about yesterday is that it was our one-week wedding anniversary.

Dec. 24: Christmas Eve and I have so much to be thankful for (see below). A new marriage, a healthy family including five grandchildren (one of them due in February) and more happiness than I ever thought I would have.
Maggie and Joanna
Sue, me, Susan - approx. 1990
Colburn, my sweetie and new husband


Susan said…
"new husband" - I like that.
Kim said…
Christi, I've been a little behind on blog reading, and had no idea about your Dad or Thomas. I'm so glad Thomas's issue was treatable and he's better. Thinking about you and what you're going through with your father.

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