Update on Laurie

First I would like to apologize for taking so long to post an update. It has been a week and a a half since Laurie’s surgery and I have been by her side the whole time.

The pathology report came back and it was as suspected. Laurie does have cancer. The tumor was a high grade glioma multiforme blastoma. It is the most aggressive of the primary brain tumors. The surgeon told us it will come back, the oncologist told us that treatment will eventually stop working. How much time we have it not known at this time. She will be seeing a neuro oncologist on Aug 8th at the Siteman Cancer Center in St Louis, MO. The doctor specializes in this type of tumor.

The tumor affected Laurie’s right side (causing weakness and some loss of direction from her brain to arm and leg). It also affected her speech and language area. She has aphasia (difficulty in finding her words and getting them out) – both spoken and written (texting and typing included). She has been at a rehabilitation hospital since last Wed night. She gets physical, occupational, and speech therapy. She is making amazing progress. I have no idea if she will ever be able to blog again, but I know she will try her hardest to. She loves to write and she loves this blog.

Below are some pictures of Laurie’s journey so far:

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Alex – Laurie’s Husband

Prayer – Update

Laurie made it through the surgery without any complications. They removed a tumor just bigger then a golf ball. She had a good night. She has been talking, eating jello, laughing and crying. Her speech is still affected and will probably need therapy. The right side weakness showed some improvement then slid back a bit. She is still trying to sleep off the anesthesia.

We could possibly have the pathology report today. She has a long road to recovery but she is a fighter and will make it through this.

Alex

A Prayer

This is Laurie’s husband. I am writing this because Laurie is in the hospital and will be having brain surgery tomorrow (Thursday July 14th). On Monday a CT found a 3 cm mass on the left side of her brain. Over the last 2 weeks it has been affecting her speech, ability to text, write, type, and spell. It is considered an aggressive tumor because of how fast the symptoms have progressed. Yesterday weakness on the right side of her mouth showed up and has moved to her arm today.

She is a talented writer and this is devastating for her. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. We don’t know yet what type of tumor it is or what other treatments will be needed. We won’t know this until the tumor is biopsied tomorrow.

I will update this when I know more.

Thank you everyone

Alex Jackson (Laurie’s husband)

Challenge Myself

On the last day of February, I told myself that the month of March, I’d write a blog every single day. I wanted to challenge myself to write more often.

Well, today is March 6 and I have not done very well at all. I’ve already messed up. I had an internal argument. Voices were ranting back and forth. It was getting out of hand and just plum ridiculous! The argument got to the point where I was throwing my hands up in the air and back and forth. My husband probably thought I had lost or something. (That’s just my crazy wife being her natural normal self.) Whatever! 🙂

On the days that I don’t blog, I have an excuse. We have begun to have our wonderful grandson two to three times a week now. I know what you are thinking, why don’t you blog in the mornings before your grandson is here? Well, I’m not sure why I don’t do that. Maybe it’s because my brain is not fully awake. The words aren’t there yet. My morning coffee hasn’t kicked in. Shrugging my shoulders, I don’t know the answer. It all sounds like a bunch of excuses to me. I realize that.

On the days that I do not blog, I try to make up for it on other days. On the other days, I try to do two blogs.  If I don’t get two blogs done, please know it was not with out trying.

I am also trying to stay off Facebook so much. I come to realize that it is a waste of time. I really do not care or need to know who is stirring the pot or whatever. I have mostly been playing the games. Even that has become a bore to me.

So, here’s to more blogging, working on my sister’s story, creating a cookbook and putting together quilts for family members. And…finishing the stories that I have already started. I like to be kept busy. Even watching television in the evenings, I cross-stitch.

In between all that, I must make time to play with my grandchildren.

Have a blessed day!

Laurie Jackson

 

 

From Grandma’s Country Kitchen — Dough

Here are a couple of salt dough recipes if you ever want to make hand prints or foot prints for a child.

SALT DOUGH CLAY

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup salt

3/4 cup water

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Place dough in ziplock bag and knead until smooth. After kneading, take out of bag and form into 3 smooth balls.

Place together in a snowman shape to make sure they sit well. Cover cookie sheet with parchment paper. Take the snowmen apart once more and bake at 180 degrees until they are hard. (About three hours). Don’t brown and keep turning as they will dry out.

Use tacky glue to hold together. Use mod podge waterproofing glaze. Use child socks for hats and pompoms.

The next recipe is what I used to make my grandson’s footprint.

SALT DOUGH CLAY

1/2 cup salt

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup water (give or take)

Knead until dough forms

Make impression. Bake at 200 degrees for three hours. Do this every summer and make a stepping stone path.

Enjoy your day!

Laurie Jackson

Please feel free to visit my website. Thank you!

More Than One Skill

I would have to choose two skills and give each one equal time. One skill is baking. The other skill is writing.

My grandmother taught me many things while I spent many days with her. I grew to love baking.  She taught me how to bake bread to baking cupcakes. One time we forgot to add the sugar and the cake came out flat. Surprisingly, it tasted good. Given the opportunity, I might open a bakery. I would bake any kind of pastry for anyone even if I do not like it.

Writing is such a joy for me. I can express myself through words better than I can speak. I say more on paper than I do if I have to talk to a person. Becoming a writer is something that I have always wanted to be. I have a few children’s books written and I hope to be able to write many more to come.

Hope your day is full of blessings!

Laurie Jackson

Please feel free to visit my website. Thank you!

Homemade Gifts Are So Precious

LOVE receiving homemade gifts. Those kinds of gifts mean so much more to me than a store bought gift. Over the years, I have received many homemade gifts, especially from my kiddos. Little wrapped boxes that has a note attached reading something like all my love for you Mom is in here. Many drawings of many different things have been given to me. My daughter (She’s 21 now.) made me a wall hanging made out of different pasta shapes when she was in grade school. It still hangs in my kitchen today.

On our first date, (He’s my husband now.) Alex gave me a drawing of a hummingbird. Last Christmas, he gave me a bear claw made out of dough. He wrote all my kids (from another marriage) birth dates on it with little bear claws. It hangs in my office. He has drawn me roses, too.

Homemade or hand made gifts have a bigger meaning to me than a store bought gift because someone actually took the time to make something for me. Those gifts are so precious to me.

Hope your day is full of hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows.

Laurie Jackson 🙂

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Post from my old website – crafting

Cross-stitching

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 12:40 AM  

Good morning!!! Who loves to cross-stitch? Me! I have been doing it for years! I started out with simple, easy projects. Through the years, I have challenged myself to do harder projects. Right now, I am working on a cross-stitch picture for my mom. I started on it about ten years ago. I had tucked it away somewhere and had forgotten about it. After Alex and I moved here, I found it again. So, I decided to finish it. I’ve been working on it the last couple of months. I have come to the part of outlining the picture. I’ll post a picture of it on here once I have completed it.

Have a wonderful day!

Laurie 8)