Sunday, September 19, 2010

Football and Lion King!

Here's a quick update on the goings-on lately.. Mike and I were able to go to the BYU/Washington game Labor Day weekend, since we weren't able to go up to Island Park with his parents and Tiff. It was SUPER hot the first half (upper 90s), and we were sitting in the direct sun, but we had so much fun watching the insane game!
We went with Dave and one of his lady-friends
This spring, I was able to convince Mike to let me *splurge* to get tickets to Lion King at the Capitol Theater. So, after MONTHS of anxiously waiting to go, the date finally came! We went to the Tuesday night performance, and LOVED it. We both want to see it again! The costumes were brilliant, the music amazing, and overall experience phenomenal. Thanks babe for letting me *splurge*!
This was the night before we found out about his Thyroid.. He didn't like any of the pictures we took because he looks so skinny! :-( That will get fixed soon though..
I love his sense of humor!
Our view, not the best, but still $40 a seat.. Lower balcony was $80 a pop, if it hadn't been for that we would have gone that way.. It was still fun though!
Before we headed up to Salt Lake again Wednesday to get Mike's bloodwork results, I made dinner for Grandpa. In three hours I somehow managed to make rolls, cookies, lime chicken, and more sides. This was just a small portion of the mess. It extended to the other countertop, the table, and even the floor. It took me a while to clean up when we got home! But, Grandpa was excited about it all, so it was worth the frenzied cooking! 

Thank goodness this next week won't be so busy!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Hello, Mr. Thyroid.

So...we think we finally got some of the puzzle put together as to why Mike has been feeling so horrible lately. This week he went in to get bloodwork done at Huntsman as part of his checkup for cancer stuff. I wasn't able to go with him because I had class, but I guess they told Mike they aren't concerned about his tumor coming back anytime soon, which is good, but they are concerned about his heart, thyroid, and lungs because those are the organs that got completely nailed from chemo and especially radiation. (He still needs to get an echo-cardiogram done on his heart, as well as a chest x-ray and a test for his lungs, but we're going to do that next week or so..)

Well, we did get *some* of the results from his bloodwork looked good...except for....his thyroid. Come to find out, he has too much TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) in his blood, meaning his thyroid is not producing enough thyroid hormones (T3 and T4), and the pituitary in return senses this, and is making more TSH in an attempt to stimulate the thyroid to make these hormones. This explains his severe fatigue, sudden 20 pound weight loss (yup, all in the last 3 weeks), muscle weakness, and why he has been feeling so hot and then is freezing a few minutes later.

There is an upside to this: at least we have a starting point and will hopefully get him into an endocrinologist in the next few days, get a few more tests done, and get him feeling better...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Escorts and Aposltes

Sometimes I love my classes. Today in Molecular Biology we were discussing gene replication, cloning, invitro fertilization, as well as certain genetic diseases, like Down's Syndrome. While the class discussion about cloning got pretty heated among the students, the discussion about genetic diseases was riveting.

We got talking about how there is one way Down's is caused (from a Robersonian Translocation), but that it is in about 3% of cases. Somehow or another, we began talking about what kind of person Down's Syndrome patients are, and how they are a tremendous blessing to those around them. Dr. O'Neil shared a story that was told to him by a Partiarch about a bishop who had a Down's son. The Bishop became very bitter that he had been given that trial, and was wondering what he had done to "deserve" that, because he had done so much for the church. Well, to make a long story short, the Bishop eventually went inactive, and still remained bitter. However, he was given some very good home teachers, and it was suggested that he take his son in to receive a Patriarchal blessing. During the blessing, the son was told he was given this body to protect him from the Adversary because he had been one of the spirits to escort Satan from the Kingdom.

Well, needless to say we were all speechless after this story. I love how Dr. O'Neil bore his testimony about the Plan of Salvation over and over. It certainly helps to strengthen mine!

Onto another subject.. This last week has been simply amazing on campus! It started Sunday with a regional conference held at the Mariott Center (we watched it from our church building though because we didn't have time to make it there that morning), where we were able to hear from Elder Holland, Sister Beck, and President Packer. As always, Elder Holland had an amazing story to tell.. That will be another post though.. Then, that evening Elder Scott did a fireside at the Mariott center where the topic was marriage. We didn't know about this, but I read what was said and it was amazing. To top it all off, Elder Hales came and spoke at Devotional yesterday (also more on that later)! Three days, four apostles. One of the many reasons I love BYU. Constant spiritual feast, and a great way to get you excited about conference! I feel so blessed to have these opportunities to hear Apostles of the Lord so often!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Warning: Venting Post

Ok, so I'm going to be honest here. The last few days have sucked. (Sorry to those of you who don't like that word, but that's the only one that can even remotely begin to describe the last few days.) Sometimes I wonder why things have to happen the way they do. For starters, for those of you who know what's been going on the last few months, yeah, that's gone from bad to worse.. Then you add the stress of school on top. Then add the fact my dad was in a roll-over at work today in his huge dumper truck. Yeah, rollover. From what my little sister told me, when she got on the scene he was pretty banged up, mostly from being partly ejected from the back window. She rode in the ambulance with him to Idaho Falls, where they took him in for scans and such to see if there was any internal damage/bleeding. Well, needless to say, less than 10 minutes ago she called me back, telling me the results showed he broke four vertebrae. Great. That's just the topper of it all. I KNOW my siblings will be a mess when they are told (Yep, that's right...the kids haven't been told yet...typical. I was lucky to find out this soon...usually I don't get told when things like this until a day or so later..). To top it off, I feel completely unwelcome to take a visit home to help out. But yet, if I don't go home, it will be held against me, and Mike for that matter, for years. Yeah. Pretty sure I am sick of it all. To the point I want to just give up and call it quits. Ugh. I'm tired of day in and day out bawling my eyes out, then having to put myself back together and *pretend* that everything is ok, when it's far from. And when people tell me it will be ok, I sometimes want to scream, 'Stop telling me that. Of course I know things will be ok eventually, but they aren't ok right now.' Sometimes I wonder if it will EVER end. When it rains, it pours.