Archive | January 2016

Excerpt: When Angels Fly

March 23, 1990 – Friday

Eli and I walked down to radiation oncology.  Eli had a large syringe with no needle filled with water that he took with us. When we arrived in oncology, Eli started “shooting” everyone.  The medical staffs were surprised and they laughed. Eli was in good spirits after he soaked the medical staff with water.  I laughed, too, because I missed this mischievous yet endearing side of Eli.  How I wished there would be more days like this one.

After radiation we walked to the EU post office to mail off packages. I had an initial interview with Social Security Administration today regarding Eli and his needs and illness. Eli qualified as he fit the “illness lasting more than one year or illness that will kill him.”

After that, Eli and I went to the dentist.  Here, things went rather bad as Eli had personality changes brought about by the main tumor mass.  Because of Eli’s foul mood, the dentist was not able to attend to Eli.

Then we went to the eye clinic so the doctor could remedy the one stitch in Eli’s right eye that was not placed properly.

After Eli’s 1:30 radiation treatment his eye was freshly stitched.

I spoke with Hannah, Noah, Anna, and Matt on the phone again.  At this time, Matt and I had become really great friends although given the circumstances I was not expecting it to happen.

Eli was tired but he still talked to Noah for a few minutes.  Then while Eli was on the phone, he started to doze off so I took the phone from him.

Two letters came in the mail today: one from Atty. Troy and the other from Zoe Green of the SRS in Durango. It was snowing here now and I had to wait in the cafeteria in 1F until I received a phone call saying I could go back to Eli.

At 8:00 PM I was able to go back up to 5D and to Eli. Eli had to have a chest X-ray and I had to wear a lead shield and hold Eli in place. It dawned on me that Henry had never once gone to any treatment or appointment of Eli’s. That asshole really did not care if Eli lived or died; he was so self-centered.

Later Henry called three times about his room at the Ronald McDonald House and all his stuff he left there. Not once did he ask how Eli was doing.

As Eli went to sleep, I was once again back to my solitude.  I decided to read up on the home TPN orders so I would be prepared on what to do to give Eli the best care a mom can give to her sick child.

On the same night, Henry left for Durango.

Eli woke up three times during the night and I assisted him each time. I seemed to be losing weight now.  I was now down to 114 pounds as opposed to the 119 pounds, which was my weight when I first arrived at EU.  I needed to take care of myself, too, because I had to be stronger for Eli.  I decided to eat more nutritious food, and to take in bigger quantities.

Similarly, Eli had lost so much weight, too, even though he was on TPN with lipids.

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Excerpt “When Angels Fly”

March 19, 1990 – Monday

Eli was up four times during the night for the bathroom.

At 7:20 AM, I took Eli down to radiation.  I stayed in the waiting area while Eli had his procedure so I would be immediately notified once the process was finished, and I could attend to my son in case something untoward came up.

At 8:30 AM, Eli was taken to the recovery room. The ENT doctor came while Eli was in recovery.  The doctor did not realize that Eli was receiving a fast acting anesthetic so he wasn’t able to check on Eli’s condition.  He said he’d come back at 1:30 PM.  Before he left, he told me that he could see Eli’s tumor through the back of his throat and through the lining at the back of his nose.

I was horrified.  How could so many doctors miss this if the tumor was that visible?  It was mind-boggling.  I couldn’t say if it was incompetence on the side of the radiologist who misread the CT scans, or the doctors who no longer reviewed the scans themselves, but what was I to think?

I just bawled while Eli slept.  When he was awake, I did my best to hide my emotions because I had to be strong for him and I couldn’t let Eli see me cry.

How a Dog and Two Squirrels Become Best Friends

Exciting new release from the authors of “When Angels Fly” comes “How a Dog and Two Squirrels Become Best Friends”!!!!!!

This book is about how one small dog, a baby squirrel and his mama squirrel become best friends. A baby squirrel is lost and found safely. This story book helps children to learn how to be safe when they are outside their home and illustrates that children always need to keep the adults in their lives aware of where they play and how to stay safe.

“How a Dog and Two Squirrels Become Best Friends” was an enjoyable read from the first page. One would never think that a dog would not only befriend a squirrel but help him. I was reading with a smile on my face. I will certainty read this story to my
grandchildren and buy as a gift for others. This would make a wonderful children’s story for my church. Thank you for your efforts in making this a lovely book. The graphics are awesome… Susan Vance, Author, Forever My Sister

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New Release!!!!

This book is about how one small dog, a baby squirrel and his
mama squirrel become best friends. A baby squirrel is lost and
found safely. This story book helps children to learn how to
be safe when they are outside their home and illustrates that
children always need to keep the adults in their lives aware
of where they play and how to stay safe.
“How a Dog and Two Squirrels Become Best Friends” was an enjoyable
read from the first page. One would never think that a dog would
not only befriend a squirrel but help him. I was reading with a
smile on my face. I will certainly read this story to my grandchildren
and buy as a gift for others. This would make a wonderful children’s
story for my church. Thank you for your efforts in making this a
lovely book. The graphics are awesome…
Susan Vance, Author, Forever My Sister

New Release!!!!

Exciting new release from the authors of “When Angels Fly” comes “How a Dog and Two Squirrels Become Best Friends”!!!!!!
This book is about how one small dog, a baby squirrel and his mama squirrel become best friends. A baby squirrel is lost and found safely. This story book helps children to learn how to be safe when they are outside their home and illustrates that children always need to keep the adults in their lives aware of where they play and how to stay safe.
“How a Dog and Two Squirrels Become Best Friends” was an enjoyable read from the first page. One would never think that a dog would not only befriend a squirrel but help him. I was reading with a smile on my face. I will certainly read this story to my grandchildren and buy as a gift for others. This would make a wonderful children’s story for my church. Thank you for your efforts in making this a lovely book. The graphics are awesome…
Susan Vance, Author, Forever My Sister