Friday, May 30, 2008

Rough Day.....

So today has been a really hard day for us. It started out this morning with the news that my Grandpa had passed away. He was 92 years old and had been getting weaker by the day. We knew it was coming but that doesnt erase the sadness that we feel knowing that we wont see him again in this life. He was a compassionate, funny man and I feel fortunate that his blood is flowing through me. I will miss seeing him at church each week and really wish that I had gone over to visit more often.

Not 15 minutes after receiving this news, we got the news that Denver's Dad actually does have cancer in his lung and his liver. We had thought the lungs were clear but the test he had wasnt conclusive and the new tests brought bad news. I am so happy that we were just there visiting and hope that his prognosis will be good. We are awaiting word on how advanced it is which will probably take a week or 2. He is in the hospital now resting....which he really needs to be doing and it is the best place for him to be right now.

An hour later, I had to call 911 for Evan. As you know, Ian is allergic to peanuts and so we have to carry an EpiPen which is an injection of adrenaline in case he ever eats any and goes into anaphalatic shock. Evan found the expired one that Ian's school nurse had given me the other day and decided to push the top down with his thumb like a pen.....this engaged the needle and it shot into his thumb. He was hysterical and because I had no idea what adrenaline would do to him, I just called 911 to be safe. Luckily, because he was holding it upside down, he didnt completely depress the button and none of the medicine was injected however, the needle did go in so far that it hit his bone and actually bent the needle. As a result Im going to have to take him into his doctor tomorrow for a tetnus shot and an xray to make sure the bone didnt chip. If it did, infection could set into the bone....yuck.

I have to go to work in about an hour and Im dreading it because I just dont have the energy at this point to go. But, no choice..... I am very greatful though for my family and that I am able to be with them not only in this life but the life after. That we are close and love each other means we can get through anything life throws at us even though sometimes it feels so hopeless in the beginning.


turleyfam said...

I am so sorry to hear about all of your recent news. You & yours will be in my prayers.

Alisha said...

Definitely a rough one...hang in there. We are so sorry to hear about Don...after all he has been through in the last couple of years. We will be sure to keep them and you in our prayers this week. Hope all goes well at the doctor tomorrow!


Vanessa, I am so sorry about your grandpa. No one loves you like a grandparent and no one can take their place. That is so heartbreaking about Don, I pray he and everyone gets through this okay. I have to say it wouldn't be a Shannon Family story with out the boys doing something to add to the excitement. I hope you have rested up some and that, you have a better week. If there is anything I can do for you let me know!!

Anonymous said...

Hello Vanessa,
I am truly sorry to hear about your grandpa and Denver's dad.

I will always keep everyone in my prayers.

I have known the Shannon's for a long time and if I can help in anyway, please let me know (
I too am awaiting news of my sister who is suspected to have lung cancer. My mother, Cynthia just had her appedic's to rupture and was in bad shape. She is doing some better. So, if you could say a prayer for her/ or put her on the prayer list a church that would be wonderful. I will keep you and yours in my heart and in my prayers.
Love and God Bless,
your friend in KY.
Trena Crum-Hotelling