On A Personal Note

Hello all. I don’t really have a category for personal stuff, so this will go under “Save Money.. and more!” But here’s the thing… my husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor last week. It came as a shock to all of us. He was helping me make taco beef and had a seizure, during which he pulled the entire pan of greasy meat onto his hand. I took him in for burn treatment, and thanks to a VERY sharp emergency room doctor, he had an MRI which found a lime-sized tumor in the left hemisphere of his brain. He’ll be having surgery on Friday, July 20. Until then, I’ll be busy taking care of personal stuff. I do, however, have posts scheduled for you to read.

Let me just apologize now — because the Southerner in me requires it — that I might be slow responding to your comments. Please don’t let that stop you from leaving them… I’m going to need some “Me Time” in the upcoming weeks/months, and your comments will contribute to that! But also know that, even as the entries are posted here and the tips keep rolling on my Facebook page and Twitter feed, it’s only because I’d already scheduled them.

I, meanwhile, will be at the hospital. (And, might I just add, as “clean” as hospitals supposedly are? They’re not as clean as you’d think.) We’ll be home around July 25… when we’ll learn what our new normal is. Until then, I’m kind of preoccupied. I’m sure you understand. Thank you one and all for your prayers and kind sentiments.

You are the source of my strength now. And I bless you for that.

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  • Conny

    Katie, You and your family are in my thoughts … I promise every time I see a pre-scheduled post on facebook, I will say a prayer for you all!! May God bless and send you peace and healing and strength for the days ahead.

    • http://housewifehowtos.com Katie B.

      Thank you, Conny, and I’m sorry it’s taken me this long to write back. My husband is doing wonderfully, although with radiation and other treatments expected we’re in for a long haul. Your prayers are MUCH appreciated!

  • http://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/ Mariette’s Back to Basics

    Dearest Katie,
    What a heavy post… heavy on your heart and also on others. Indeed, we pray that the outcome for July 25 is good. We have to trust that nowadays the medical treatment is far better as it used to be. But don’t even apologize for NOT having time to comment or whatsoever. You focus on the love of your life, poor guy also burned his hand on top of all this. Tend to him as much as you can and tend to yourself, try to rest as much as you can. You will need your strength for this emotional journey.
    All I can say is that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love to you,


    • http://housewifehowtos.com Katie B.

      Dearest Mariette, You are so right: It’s been a very difficult time, but modern medicine is truly miraculous. When I saw my husband sitting up and eating dinner (!) in post-op recovery just three hours after he’d had brain surgery, I almost fell over. Truly, we live in a marvelous age!

      Thank you so much for the sweet thoughts and prayers. They’re greatly appreciated!


  • Lisa @Retro Housewife Goes Green

    Oh my gosh! How scary, I hope the surgery goes well.

    • http://housewifehowtos.com Katie B.

      It went wonderfully, thank you!

  • http://wheredmyjobgo.blogspot.com/ Jan M.

    No need to apologize..although being a southerner, too I understand why you’d feel the need to do that. Bless our hearts.

    Your blog is as much for you as it is for us. Post as many personal notes as you need to and know we’ll all continue to be here for you. My partner has MS so I know what you are feeling. Be strong and know that you aren’t alone and that your strength will give your husband strength, too.

    • http://housewifehowtos.com Katie B.

      LOL, Jan. Being Southerners, we BOTH know what “bless our hearts” really means. Thanks for the great chuckle!

  • Marianne

    Oh dear — southern or not, you absolutely don’t need to apologize to your readers for ANY lack of attention that your blog will get! I’m sure I speak for all of us when I say never mind us, just take care of business. I also don’t know if you’ve ever noticed through the years of my lurking around your various blogs that I work in a hospital here in SoCal and I see a bit of this kind of thing. Let me tell you a story about one of my favorite patients. She had come in one day [about 12 years ago] for bloodwork as a post breast cancer patient and happened to remark that she’d been blacking out here & there recently (having little petit mal siezures is what it sounded like to me) … I asked her if she’d driven herself that day and she said “well, yeah.” So I said “Well, you’re not driving home, you dumbass, I’m taking you over to the ER and having them check you out.” Did an MRI on her & found a brain tumor. Swell. Surgery, a little gamma knife clean up, nice scar that looked pretty awesome til her hair grew back — she’s still good to go a dozen or so years later. I’m still buying my Mary Kay products from her! We’ll all be praying for a similarly good outcome for your hubs. If you didn’t happen to catch the new show NY Med on ABC last week, you might go watch the first segment on their on-line viewer. One of the cases was a young mom who presented with seizure activity & they did the wide awake surgery to remove her tumor (so that they can monitor brain response and do as little damage to vital tissue as possible) — you might find it interesting as well as reassuring to see the advances they have made in brain surgery. So that being said — you’ll be in my prayers for as long as it takes. Stay strong!
    Marianne from CA

    • http://housewifehowtos.com Katie B.

      Marianne, I’m so glad your patient had a guardian angel like you! Thank you for the comfort of knowing this isn’t the end of the world, even though it sure felt that way prior to his surgery. We’re still waiting on pathology reports, but I’m increasingly confident there aren’t many things a good gamma knife can’t fix. :)

  • Sheila Wright

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I have actually been through this, many years ago, with my husband. He too, had seizures, which led him to brain surgery, for a ruptured hemangioma (left occipital lobe). I learned far more about the brain, its’ functions, and intricasies than I really wanted to know!
    It will be a scary, uncertain time for all of you. But, you will find strength where you didn’t know it existed!
    My husband survived, and is doing well after 19 years, and I can only pray your outcome is as good. Although he has some permanent damage, he is a fully functioning man, still working and doing well.
    If you need anything, or just want to talk, please don’t hesitate to send me a message, or give a call. I know, for me, it was difficult to not have anyone that really KNEW what we were all going through.
    Take care of YOU, too!

    • http://housewifehowtos.com Katie B.

      I had NO idea you and your husband had gone through this! Thank you so much for sharing that with me now, because it does give me faith. I know you’ve been through your own health scare; I imagine you’re sick of cancer by now! And I may take you up on that call. We really ought to get together some time. I miss you!

  • http://doubleplusundead.com Alice Aitch

    Given what you’ve said about the size of the tumor, they should be able to implant not just a laundry chip, but also a margarita-making chip and a foot-rubbing chip. Heck, maybe even a blender.

    • http://housewifehowtos.com Katie B.

      LOL. Want to know something weird? Although there have been a few irritating personality changes (my laid-back man is now an OCD control freak, which means I have to learn how to be laid-back… which I’m not), there’s one that really tickles me: his first post-surgery outing was a trip to Walmart with his mother to find a more comfortable bed pillow. While there, he picked up two throw pillows for our sofa (I’d been putting off sewing the holes in the old ones) and THEY MATCH THE DECOR.

      That would never, never have happened pre-surgery. :-)

  • Theresa

    God has a plan for each of us. And prayer does help. You just turn to Him now, and trust that He’s going to see you through this part of your life. There are so many possible outcomes for you and your family now, but don’t be afraid of any of them. You can become able to see it through whatever life dishes out. I’m sure so many people are praying for you and your husband now. Be at peace.

    • http://housewifehowtos.com Katie B.

      The prayers have definitely helped. We know God has a plan, and that the outcome is really in His hands. The best part is realizing that, because of this, worrying is just a waste of time.

  • http://pereiraville.com/scribble wRitErsbLock

    praying for you

    • http://housewifehowtos.com Katie B.

      Thank you, hon. Now, go bruise some Roller Derby Girls for me, will ya? I’ve got a lot of pent up energy these days and no one to take it out on. ;)

  • Old Married Lady

    Katie, take care of your family…we will be here! Praying for you and your husband and your family.

    • http://housewifehowtos.com Katie B.

      Thank you, Lina. Keep those prayers coming, please!

  • GZ Expat

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you…

    • http://housewifehowtos.com Katie B.

      Thank you, my friend. Btw, it is WONDERFUL seeing you here on my new blog venture!

  • http://twiceblessedlife.com Lara at TwiceBlessedLife

    Katie, your husband, yourself and your family will be in my prayers! God Bless you all!

    • http://housewifehowtos.com Katie B.

      Thank you, Lara. Your prayers are so very much appreciated!

  • http://familycorner.blogspot.com Sandra

    Katie, you and your husband are in my prayers. Hang in there and please don’t apologize about anything, it’s perfectly understandable. *hugs*

    • http://housewifehowtos.com Katie B.

      Thank you, Sandra. But if I didn’t apologize, I’d be hearing my mother’s voice nagging in the back of my head all day. This way, I don’t have to hear it unless I pick up the phone. LOL

  • Sue

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.

    • http://housewifehowtos.com Katie B.

      Thank you, Sue!

  • http://www.notquitesusie.com Shell Fruscione

    Your family is in my thoughts. Let us know if there is anything we can do. <3

    • http://housewifehowtos.com Katie B.

      Thank you very much, Shell. Keep praying please? We still haven’t received the pathology report, and I’m praying like mad that it’ll contain nothing but good news.

  • Michele

    Good luck to your husband, hope his surgery was successful. I myself was diagnosed with cancer a couple of weeks ago. I’ve had one round of chemo and more scheduled with radiation on tap. Haven’t been doing much house cleaning or cooking but still like to read your tips.

    • http://housewifehowtos.com Katie B.

      Oh Michele, I had no idea you were going through this. Chemo stinks, and besides, you shouldn’t be cleaning house with a compromised immune system, anyway. Sit back, thumb through magazines, and get your rest. The most important thing you need to do right now is just get better! {{hugs}}

  • Raquel@2dayswoman

    Oh my gosh, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take as much time as you need, I hope everything went well with surgery.
    Thinking of you….

    • http://housewifehowtos.com Katie B.

      Thank you, Raquel. It’s been such a surreal couple of weeks. My husband hadn’t even had a cold in the last couple of years… then this?! Thank goodness for that good health of his, though, because his recovery from his surgery is nothing short of miraculous. (For instance, as I sit here typing, he’s sweeping the garage. Can you believe it? Just 10 days after brain surgery?!?)

  • http://www.fearlesshomemaker.com amy @ fearless homemaker

    oh my goodness, just now seeing this. hope your husband’s surgery went smoothly – thinking of y’all!

    • http://housewifehowtos.com Katie B.

      Thank you, Hon. He’s doing incredibly well and every minute of every day that reminds me why he’s my hero!

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