Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

My beautiful Mother's Day gift from Kayla
Thank you for all of the lovely Mother's Day wishes. Kayla is doing "ok" today. She is sleeping a lot and getting sick a fair amount. I skype in with them when I can and Denny updates me any time there is change. The only thing that makes me feel like it's ok to be away from her today is knowing that if she isn't getting sick or going to the bathroom, she is sleeping. Other then that, there really isn't too much anyone can do.... we just sit and wait. This is when the minutes seem like hours.

Anthony and I had a lovely Mother's Day lunch here at Target 2 with our good friend Laurie! She was able to get out and have lunch while Connor and his Dad were at the hospital getting his GCSF. Laurie and I both were happy because we got to sleep in! Anthony ate a little bit and then ran off to make some Mother's Day art for me and of course, baby puppy. That darn puppy gets as much love as I do! It was nice because we got to just sit and talk. Just the two of us sitting and talking about all of this. To have someone who is going through as close to what we are is such a sad and wonderful blessing. Sad for obvious reasons... no one should have to go through this! But, such a blessing we can totally relate and share our worries, fears and the things that keep us lifted.  After lunch, Anthony and I went to a couple of parks and finally settled over at the Ronald McDonald House to play for the first time. The playground was awesome! Anthony had a BLAST. We both said we can't wait until sissy can come and play there too!  We had the place to ourselves. It humors me to watch him in action. He plays so well by himself. He talks out loud. Makes up games. Challenges himself constantly and we both just laugh! He is a hoot.

This morning, Kayla's puffiness started in. Same as last round. Her eyelids were almost swollen shut as we Skyped. She still seemed in good spirits despite constantly rubbing them.  This afternoon, Kayla's temperature spiked to 101.7. Also, she wasn't getting rid of enough fluids. We were happy because we thought it was going back down (99.3) but then wham... back up to 102.7.  They are monitoring her fluid release very closely right now. They could give her meds that would help with it more, but they are hard on the kidneys. We all agree that her kidneys are taking enough of a beating right now and we will keep doing what we are doing and watch it closely.  Right now, she is sleeping.

I hope that all of you were able to enjoy today and do something special. Time with your kids, grand kids or your own mother? Anyway, I hope it was wonderful.  To my mom, I love you. Thank you for literally holding down the fort for us while we are gone. I am so proud of you and thank you for being such a role model to me. I love you with all of my heart! To my mother in law, Cheri, thank you for always being there for us and the kids. Your smile and your heart are the first thing that come to mind when I hear your name.  We love you! We miss you both so much and wish we could be together today.  Just glad you are both in the front seat of our cheering section!


  1. Annie,

    There's no place I'd rather be than with you, Den, Kayla and AJ right now. As long as I'm here, I will continue to be "there" for you all. My own mother set a shining example as to what a Mother should be, and I strive to be just like her, full of light, love and laughter. I just really enjoy being a Mom, that's all. And I wouldn't have it any other way.

    As I go to sleep tonight, I will again pray for Kayla to recover from her latest treatment so that she can get "home" as soon as possible to be with you.

    Today we went to Windsor for a potluck with Gramma Mary, Gramma Marty, Paul, Marie, Danny, Nicole & Geoff. It was nice to be together. And we watched our little DVD of our 30th Wedding Anniversary/Vow Renewal. Gramma Mary just popped it in the DVD player! It was sweet, and it was sad at the same time, because of course, you, Den and Kayla were there (you were preggers with AJ). Vicki was there too! So bittersweet and beautiful at the same time, cause we all miss you so much, but we also know we will all be together again soon. Of course, Nicole and I got emotional. Being apart is really tough, but we will make it through. As long as we have your love and smiles at the receiving end, anything is possible!

    Stay Strong Dehnert Family! We are so proud of all of you!!! I will see you in my dreams tonight and our reunion will be magical. My heart is brimming with love for you!!!!


  2. P.S. Danny is doing AWESOME! He and Geoff were "bro"mance=ing all night! Belly laughs! No cane! Back to work too. :) Seeing and hearing Danny so overjoyed was so amazing. He went through a lot of pain and suffering to get over the motorcycle accident, but he persevered!!!!
    I love that kid. Thought you and Den may want an update, so there ya go! xoxo

  3. sending some northern california love and prayers to you and kayla tonight. praying for max effect of the chemo on cancer with minimum side effects for her lil body.

  4. Happy Mother's Day, Annie....and Happy Birthday to Kayla! Thinking of all of you. --Patty