June 02, 2006

Texas is the Best

Friday morning. Jack had his blood draw yesterday and his counts were good. 2240 ANC, next week he will be back on the chemo. He is starting his 9th round, and he has 10 rounds total to complete. I might have posted something different earlier, I was confused with something the nurse told me, but having looked at the calendar and dates, I see he has 2 more rounds to go. I am easily confused, which is why I live by my calendar and palm pilot. My husband bought me a palm pilot for Christmas last year and I can honestly say it is the best gift ever. I have every dr.'s appt., therapy appt., dr.'s phone number and address, insurance people, family, and friends contact info...and alot more all in one place. I would not consider myself a tech fanatic, but this piece of tech is awesome.

Jack had a fun day at chemo. A couple of the mom's made homeade mexican food for Austin's birthday bash, so we had chicken flauta's, and taco's with homeade salsa for lunch. It was way yummy. Austin received everything Spidey, as he loves the webbed superhero. Happy 5th Birthday Austin.

After the blood draw, we headed up to the 6th floor of the hospital to visit my nana. She might come home today, we will see. She said she is feeling much better. The echo on her heart showed the docs that her heart is strong. She is so funny. She has decided on this hospital stay to a new level, that she is still in charge of everything around her. She does not like the blood pressure cuff, and says it hurts much too much to have her blood pressure taken every 3 hours, she learned she can refuse it all but once a day, so she sent the nurse's aide straight back to the station to let everyone know that she is NOT going to allow her blood pressure to be taken more than once a day, ofcourse she says it with a southern smile on her face. She also does not want her door closed, as it makes her feel claustriphobic, so she had the nurse adjust a sign that was made to say, Keep Door Closed, to say Keep Door Open. She takes care of business. One thing I love about living in the south is the ability to say something that is kind of in your face, but with a sweet smile and a southern drawl and have it sound like you are actually helping someone out.

I celebrated a friend's birthday last night with a bunch of my girlfriends. We ate Chocolate Mound's Cake from McKay's Bakery and homemade Lime Ice Cream, then watched the best movie ever made....Steel Magnolia's. Never mind that myself and several of the other gals can quote the movie word for word, we enjoyed every southern sentence. I am sitting here thinking about which line from the movie I should quote, but can't decide they are all so funny, I love the south, and I watch this movie and can remember those words being said in real life, and the mannerisms of those crazy women, it is very true to southern living. Now ofcourse Texas is not considered Deep South, two of my friends, one from Louisiana - Sarah, and one from Alabama - Denise, would agree to the previous statement, but for those of us who were born in Texas - Texas is home. You know the old saying, "I wasn't born in Texas but I got here as quick as I could." I was born in Texas and lived just a few short years here before we moved out of state, I moved back when I was in my early 20's and felt like I was home again. What is it about Texas that makes me feel that way?, the friendly people, ofcourse my family plays a big part in that....anyway there is my rant on Texas. The only thing that can "drive" me crazy about Texas, is that when you are trying to drive out of Texas, depending on where we are headed, it can take more than a day just to get across that state line.

I hope everyone has a great weekend.


Julie Adams said...

"You know I love you more than my luggage."

"You broaden your horizons your way and I'll broaden mine my way."

"Are you high, Claree?"

My favorite Steel Magnolias quotes. Best movie ever.

Denise W. said...

Texas is not Southern!! It is uniquely Texan. It has a bunch of people whose great-grandpas and great-grandmas were Southtern were from the South but Texans are Texan.

My husband brought me here as quick as he could!

"I just bought them out of baby Jesuses."

jessica said...

My friends from school always laugh at the Texas pride that they encounter when they start at ACU. I guess it never dawned on me that other states do not share the same pride in their state as we do. I was trying to decide what state I would move to... if God forbid I had to move... and I couldn't pick... none can compare! (I finally decided on Hawaii....)

Yellow Mama said...

Just found your blog. I'm a New Mexico born girl who moved to Texas 32 years ago, and married an East Texan. We live in West Texas now, and I have no complaints. We are just a stones throw away.

Nicole said...

Texas is an awesome place! Of course I have lived here all my life except for the 5 months I lived in Utah. I think it is the people in Texas that make it special. They are so friendly. In Utah if you smiled or waved, the people would just look at you like they didn't know what to do. It made me uncomfortable. I will never move away from home again. :)