November 17, 2011

Well, hello...

So obviously things have been busy since last time we met...

Halloween was a cluster - ask any of us that went out together that night if we actually remember coming home.  That would be a resounding NO.  Saul and I went towards the city, to the Washington area, to meet up with some friends.  

**I'd like to make it clear that this is not an area of the city that we ever go to, except when I am out for a Bachelorette party.  It's a fun strip in the afternoon, but come sundown, the creepers come a'crawlin'.  Basically it's a giant meat-market - lots of muscled-up dudes, short-skirted chicks, and fake IDs.  Not my scene.

Saul dressed as a yodeler, which was awesome for 2 reasons, the first being that HE WAS A FUCKING YODELER, and the second being that he actually already owned everything he wore, down to the feathered cap.  And let me just tell you, that shit looked authentic.

I had no clue what to dress as, so I just took a bunch of crap down with me, and ended up with a crazy bronzed face, sweatband and track suit.  Call me a Guido!  

I found receipts from bars I had literally no recollection of going to, and vaguely remember eating a taco on the street in front of El Rey.  The boys got kicked out of a bar, apparently.  

We felt awesome the next day.
It was a good time, though, I'm sure.

2 days later, life imploded when we were presented with the news that Saul's dad has pancreatic cancer. He was diagnosed Wednesday and was in surgery on Monday, undergoing the famed Whipple procedure to extract the tumor residing on his pancreas.  The doctors have all been really optimistic, telling him that as far as pancreatic cancer diagnoses/prognoses go, this is pretty much a best case scenario.  Needless to say, this rocked our world.

We've been going back and forth to the hospital each day to visit.  He was completely sedated and on a ventilator to regulate his oxygen intake for 6 full days after the surgery.  The breathing tube came out Monday morning and he is becoming more lucid and coherent each day.  His lungs and heart are in excellent condition, which is great because he's got a hell of a road in front of him.  He's still in ICU, being monitored, hopefully getting transferred to a room on a normal floor tonight or tomorrow.  Once that happens we'll all find out more about his recovery and status of the cancer.

Maybe it seems strange to some that this doesn't get it's own post, but I couldn't bring myself to treat this news that way.  To me, cancer is like someone who blows up a shopping mall just so they can get on TV.  I won't give it that attention.  Yes, it is a reality in our lives now.  Yes, we do have to live with the possibilities and uncertainty it presents.  It's scary and unfair and really fucking pisses me off.

I debated even writing about it all, but honestly, it's been what we've been living the last 2 weeks.  Also because I know that while I am not known in the blogging world, I do have a few regular commenters and any good thoughts and positive vibes you all can put out there would be much appreciated.  Maybe tell another friend or two.  I don't pray much, but I don't discount the power of it.



Little Ms. Fun said...

A yodeler??? LMAO I cracked up when I read that! That's such a great idea. hahahaha

I'm sorry to hear about the cancer. That is a horrible disease. You are getting all the good vibes and positive thoughts that I can put out in the universe. Stay strong!

drollgirl said...

the yodeler thing made me laugh!!!!

and FUCKING CANCER. omg. i am so glad you wrote about it. writing/blogging about it helps. this is awful to say, but cancer strikes all of us in one way or another, sooner or later.

my mom had breast cancer when i was a kid. it was awful awful awful awful awful. my dad told me and my siblings that mom was going to die. but SHE DIDN'T. it was horrible and all, but she beat it. this was 25+ years ago, and it changed her for sure, but she is still kicking and doing just fine (touch wood!).

fingers crossed that saul's dad has a smooth and speedy recovery. it might not be speedy, but that is ok. one day at a time. and he is lucky to have family that is there to support and help him all the way. so lucky! it makes a huge difference when people care and try to help! :)

bananas. said...

boo the fucking cancer!!! i hate that motherfucker with a passion and i understand exactly what you mean...

but just know...writing about your father in law doesn't mean you're writing about cancer alone. i wish saul's dad the best and will be as positive as i always am when cancer rears its hideous head out of hiding and cohabits another good person because underneath all the cancer drama is just that...a good person.

prayers, hugs, and several rounds of beer mugs to you and saul


melifaif said...

Damn girl. Cancer ruins too many lives!!!! Please know you have got my prayers. I believe in them and I just know that he is in the most capable hands right now. Many blessings lady....I'll be thinking of you....

Mrs. Pancakes said...

cancer sucks...hope all continues to go well!!

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