Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Poem to be Publish


Absolute knowledge we declare,
but we are blindly unaware,
not that we do not care,
we are just deaf to despair.

Ears hear what they want to hear.
Hunger still brings tides of tears,
little ones cry and disappear.
Isn't that our fear?

Eyes see what they want to see.
Passing over those that plea.
We have a will that is free,
to which humanity is the key.

D0 we act how we want to act?
Do we stop a fear that's fact?
Only we can make an impact
if we are willing to interact.

Mary-Elizabeth Sierra Lanham, Grade 12
Holy Names Academy
Seattle, Washington.

Friday, January 15, 2010

No News is Good News

Amy Humphrey met with the Doctors yesterday. There was lots of cancer. They took out what they planned and have no evidence it has gone beyond the nodes. There is a chance there is more in the other nodes in her neck but the doctor is not too worried. Re-check in three months.

So... back to breathing.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Waiting for Results, but Surgery went well for Amy Humphrey ( I am using her name a lot so she can be "googled"

Surgery on Amy Humphrey was long but without incident. No loss of heart rate, blood pressure, slips of the knife that cut the nerves to things like the face, arm, vocal cords. All seems to be good. She came out of surgery looking a bit like Frankenstein but given the 8 + hours, she was great. Bit of pain on day 2 or 3 but she soon bonded with the "special" medicine and is well on the way to recovery.

New words in Alex and Amy's vocabulary: Pathology Report. On Thursday they meet with the Doctor and take a look. The Thyroid and half of the lymph nodes were taken out. We know there was cancer in all of those, I don't know what the report might say.

So now to the important stuff. Alex and I found a sort of Jewish deli. (I have driven all over Portland looking.) I went to Fabric Depot.

Update on the Pathology Report when available for Amy Humphrey, Oregon Resident.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Amy Humphrey Lanham

We were all sitting around and she mentioned that she was not on the Google search engine. She had "googled" herself and did not find a mention. I am wondering how long it will take for this entry to show up. This is sort of a test.

We are all worried about her. She has medullary carcinoma and is scheduled for surgery on Wednesday. It is the only treatment for this form of thyroid cancer. It involves a 6 hour surgery. The entire thyroid and one set of lymph nodes have to come out. There are lots of very important nerves that run through that area. There is a good chance that a nerve will be damaged and because there are so many of them, she has an entire laundry list of things that can go wrong.

Loss of voice, use of right arm, stopping of heart, breathing function. Need I say more. There is a 30 percent chance she will not survive surgery.

Time to light some candles, bargain with Buddha, do a sacrifice or three and then just whine to what ever supreme power you deal with in the day to day thing that is your life.

Friday, January 01, 2010

Now the Really Hard Stuff

So we have arrived the New Year. 2010.

Life has shifted to the future.

Graduation. May 30th.

College Choices: Carroll College, College of Idaho.

Both have offered money but 9 more to go.