The Starfish Project

The combined effort of our whole family.

Update on Mom (12/29/08)

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Mom is doing so much better now.  The Decadron steriods have been working well to relieve the inflammation on her brain and with three visits from the physical therapist Mom is just about fully recovered from the numbness and weakness in her left arm and leg.

She is no longer using the wheelchair and she has regained most of the movement in her left arm and hand.  She even carried a cup of tea into the livingroom yesterday from the kitchen.  She’s working on her typing skills and they are slowly returning as she practices each day.

This has been a scary chapter for our family – as we saw Mom suddenly become almost completely incapacitated in such a short time.  But, thankfully, her new Naturopath advised us to move quickly with a neurologist and with the steriods and it turned out to be advice that quite possibly saved her left side motor functions.  Had the pressure been on her brain for much longer everyone agrees that the possibility for permanent damage was likely.  So, we’re just thankful and rejoicing that this is one bridge we won’t need to cross.

Our family had a wonderful Christmas at Mom and Dad’s house.  We didn’t have the traditional Christmas feast this year because Mom can’t have so many of those foods.  So, we opted for homemade Mexican food this year.  We had fresh chicken Posole (a soup with red chile sauce, hominy, chopped green chiles, onion, garlic and oregano – and garnished with fresh chopped cabbage, diced avocado, green onion slices, and lime juice).  It was delicious.  We also made homemade red chicken and green chicken tamales too.  They were fabulous.  We prepared the corn masa ourselves and the ladies sat around the table making tamales on Christmas.  They steamed for an hour and we sat down for a delicious Christmas meal of tamales, organic refried beans, and organic Spanish rice.  It was all very tasty.

Mom celebrated her birthday on Friday.  She looked very cute for her birthday celebration.  I took some pictures at Christmas and on her birthday.  However, I left my camera at Mom and Dad’s house, so I can’t post any of the photos until I get my camera back.

Our family is believing that 2009 is going to be the best year we’ve ever had.  There are so many promises and answers to prayer lurking right around the corner and we believe 2009 will be the year we’ll see them come to pass.

Again, thank you all so much for your prayers for Mom.  The past month has certainly been our most difficult one yet.  However, currently, Mom is doing the best she’s ever done.  We’re still waiting to  hear back from Barrow’s Neurological Institute about Mom’s Gamma Knife treatment.  I’m sure the holidays have created some delays as people often take extra time off work.  But, I’m hoping we’ll hear something this week so Mom can start moving forward with this treatment.


Written by Tracey

December 29, 2008 at 6:39 am

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  1. Hi, Everyone! I just wanted to leave a note to thank you all for your prayers and support. And, I am typing this myself. Turns out typing is a good exercise. I was thinking of C. S. Lewis today when he wrote, “There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
    God bless you all,
    Julia 🙂


    December 31, 2008 at 1:54 am

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