If you've been following my blog for any length of time you know that I usually just stick to the crafty stuff and don't really post about my family life. It's time to fill you in and ask for prayers.
A little boy very dear to my heart who I consider to be my grandson (My oldest daughter's best friend's baby)and his family are going through a very difficult time. During the first week of March Max's mom noticed that his eye was twitching and wouldn't stop. She took him to the ER where they did some tests and sent them home. The next day she got a call to return the the hospital as soon as possible where she was told that further review of the CAT scan showed something. Further testing revealed that he had two tumors: a 3cm tumor putting pressure on the optic nerve and causing the eye twitching as well as a smaller tumor near his pituitary. Mid March Max underwent surgery to remove the larger tumor. They were only able to remove about 85% of the tumor, he has permanent damage that has left him blind in his right eye, and the stroke he suffered during surgery has left him unable to open his left eye. The damage to his pituitary gland has left him with a form of diabetes that was causing his kidneys to go into overdrive and making him dehydrated. They finally got the dehydration under control and he was released from the hospital on April 6th, his sister's 3rd birthday. They doctors had decided not to put him through radiation or chemo and to just watch the small tumor. Max has not been doing well since his return home but the doctors had attributed it to adjusting his meds. When he started vomiting like crazy they finally did another MRI to try to figure out what I going on. We found out yesterday that the "smaller" tumor has grown much faster than they had anticipated and the remaining portion of the other tumer is growing as well. His parents are supposed to be meeting with his doctores today to figure out what to do next. Please pray for 7 month old Max to feel better and for his family to have strength to get through this.
The other thing going on around here is that a friend of Kacie's has moved into our home. I honestly don't know much about this young lady having only met her last fall but what I do know is that her aunt (who has had custody of her since she was removed at age 12 from her mother's home for severe abuse and neglect) kicked her out a couple of months ago when she found out that she was cutting. She was staying with friends but, from what I gather, that was kind of a flop house situation that fell apart this week. When her aunt refused to let her back into her house she came here not knowing what else to do. This young lady is 18 so I guess the aunt feels no obligation to provide for her anymore even though she is still in high school and clearly isn't equipped to fend for herself. Since she is in special education classes with Kacie, I need to sort out whether she is legally responsible for herself or if the aunt is still her legal guardian, I need to find out if she ever received any counseling for the abuse in her mother's home (or what I perceive as neglect in the aunt's home), if she has been classified as cognitively impaired, and what resourses are available to her as far as transitioning from school to the real world. So please pray that I have done the right thing by welcoming her into my home and that I can help her get her life together.