Thursday, October 25, 2007

OK - SEPTEMBER and most of OCTOBER have been a wash!

This is probably the "slowest" blog on the web but I'm going to give it another chance. Or in other words, both of us are in recovery. It started with a silly walk to work from home to BYU on September 18th, a tour of Arches National Monument, coordinating a donors conference on the phone and computer from my bedroom, a trip to Southern Utah with the Ottley Women, and ended up with 3 blood clots and an 8 day hospital stay at Utah Regional Medical Center until October 22. Yesterday, someone tried to accused me of trying to put some excitement into my life. I told them that excitement like that can be deadly and that I'd rather have my "dull" life back!

Aside from all that, life has been it's wonderful best, not dull at all and obviously very blessed. I spent a great day with Joanna and kids traveling going to Ikea then to Kaysville to see Mom and Dad then was treated to a trip to Fay's where Adri, Kami, kids and Gaye were on hand. We had a fun visit and cousins play before leaving for home. It was especially fun since I was just up from bedrest the two weeks before that. I went back to work the next week and was really excited put on our conference and see all our great donors coming to campus. That next weekend I went with my sisters Fay, Gaye, and Jolene with Mom and our Aunt Margaret to Southern Utah.

We enjoyed see musical "42nd Street " at Tuacahn, some of the best theater we had ever seen. We played in the red sand in snow canyon and shopped the outlet stores. It was really inspiring to be with these fabulous women that I always learn from. We came home on a Sunday and I felt tired but good.

On Monday morning I had a dull ache in my chest but it took me most of the day for Doug to convince me that it might be serious enough to call the doctor about. Well, it's a long story but the short of it is that I ended up in the hospital. To make a complicated story short I'm now home and they and I am doing everything I can for myself to regain my strength and increase my lungs to repair the damage done.

I'm hopeful and happy most of the time but still on pain meds and oxygen. Doctors told me not to go to work until Monday October 29th at the soonest. Our trip to DC is in limbo until I see how I'm coming but our later trip to Thailand is a go. Life is a go. This blogspot is a GO.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Another wonderful day in the neighborhood...

Well, school is just around the corner and that means every day at BYU is like running in a race. We have new management, new instructors and new student employees which makes it my job to orient everyone and it is exhaustive. But, I love my job and really shouldn't ever complain because I work in the Happiest Place on Earth (contrary to a previous saying that Disneyland is that place).

It has been a wonderful summer full to the brim and we are tired! So, maybe we will get back to some normalacy when BYU starts and we aren't worried about our yard drying up. It's been a fun reprieve lately to have some rain and some rain clouds but very little of both. The forecasters say that sometime soon we will be experiencing cooler evenings which will be like heaven.

We are still planning to go to Thailand in November and even make a trip to DC in September if we can find a good fare. BYU has decided to pay for Doug's cruise fare for the Tahiti trip in February which will save us a little money and makes me feel very appreciated. They are so good to me! Doug is using his miles to get there which wipes him out and I wiped my miles out going out to be in DC for Clark's tonsilectomy, but it was worth it.

We are the most blessed people with very normal challenges in life and we knock on wood each day as we count all that we are thankful for. We know that there are many we love who have burdens they are dealing with and we pray and ache for them daily. Brother Johnson (Ella Mae's husband) went in for a hernia operation last week which was outpatient and a couple of days later he died of a blot clot. Sister Lori Nelson told me Sunday that her daughter BreeAnn has a cyst growing on her spine that will need surgery soon or it may disable her. And our sweet Bonnie Young has Lou Gehring's Disease ALS which will systematically shut down her muscles in the next months until she will be bedridden. We ask for your prayers in their behalf as well as others that we are also praying for.

Highlights are Abbie turned 8 and will be baptised on September 10th. Grant is starting a new school in DC along with Faith - who called to give us her talk from Primary over the phone. Christian started kindergarten yesterday and has a teacher just like a fairy princess. Jack talked to us yesterday on Skype and always makes us laugh so hard. Clark, the golden boy, and Johneo, our Mr. Hollywood will have a little playmate staying with them in October for a month. They are going to be the best of friends with Grant and Faith are off to school. Janie is a big kid now and thinks it's time for Jack to go back to school so she can have her mom all to herself. BJ was caught stealing kisses on Mia's toes over the weekend. He is so cute with her. Mia is getting a backbone and will soon be sitting up. Jo says she's rolling all over the house! And Hawkins have a new dog that is about the cutest thing I've ever seen. Everyone is healthy finally after carrying on the reunion gomboo for many many weeks. But we sure had fun, right?

We love you all. Mimi and Papa

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Clark Croshaw July 2007

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Wednesday, August 8, 2007

This could be the start of something BIG . . . er, um, maybe not!

Well, here goes. Just thought I'd like to let our children know that the past 2 days have been spent in Kaysville with Grandpa Wayne and Grandma LuRee. Dad needed to spend some time at the hospital for appointments and tests and so I came to help facilitate that. It has been a great time and today after the hospital I went to the Bountiful temple to see Jaci and Zak married. They are a beautiful couple and it is wonderful to see their lives unfolding in the Lord's way.
Dad's doctor met with us today and said that the reason he has felt so rotten for the past three or so weeks was because he has Polymyagia Rheumatica which she is treating with prednisone (a steroid). Hopefully this will give him some relief from the pain that has zapped his energies and kept him awake at night. Because the prednisone isn't too good for your bones, she also prescribed Fosamax and Calcium for his bones. They hope to only require the prednisone for about 12 months and slowly wean him from it if possible.
It was a relief to talk to the doctor because she was mostly positive about everything. She did order yet some MORE blood draws to test for a list of other things in hopes that they can eliminate the worst things. I know it is hard for him because both his brother Warren and his sister Lael died of cancer and of course that is the most dreaded diagnosis. Hopefully all these tests will eventually eliminate the possibility of that.
At 85 as of July 31st Dad is doing well compared to others of his same age. I think he will rebound some from this soon. But the one thing that may not ever be the same is that he probably shouldn't drive. Because of this, it will be most important to communicate with him so he doesn't feel cut off from the family. To this end I went out yesterday and bought him a webcam for his birthday and fathers day and installed it as well as SKYPE and google talk. You can reach him and mom at luayne on SKYPE and at luree78 on google talk. They may also still be reached on msn im as you have done in the past.
Visits are especially welcome.
Well, we are off for the wedding dinner and the reception where I will meet Dad and will go home tonight so I can work tomorrow and Friday. This has been such a great summer. The only thing that could have made it better was to have everyone here longer but I think everyone needed to go home so they could get over all the ailments from partying soooooooooo much! :-)
Watch for more news on the weekend.