Happy Valentine’s Day (maybe not the most fitting title for this post)
I hope you all had or are having a great Valentine’s Day. My husband is in Minnesota with his mother who had surgery at the Mayo clinic yesterday. That is part of the reason I haven’t been online much lately. My mother-in-law, Sylvia, has been like a second mother to me, and I have been praying for her well being several times a day. A few weeks ago, she started having nosebleeds and sinus trouble. Because she has never had any sinus problems, she went to the doctor right away, and they told her she had a nasal polyp.
Once they removed it, they told her she had a rare type of cancer (only 84 cases in the U. S. in the past 20 years). Later on (second opinion), she was told it was most likely an even rarer cancer. She was sent to the Mayo clinic, because they are about the only place in the country with experience in this sort of cancer.
She’s been in Minnesota all week. The doctors there told her that her tumor was not malignant after all (hurray!), but that it was growing and would probably spread into her brain, so it needed to be removed. They did that on Wednesday. There were a few other complications, but the surgery was extremely successful, and her spirits are good.
Sylvia was so cute about the whole thing. She decided to treat it like a vacation. She bought herself several cute, warm outfits and a pair of black knee-high Ugg boots. Her ex-boss was waiting for her at the airport with a rosary from Prague, and she made friends with the hotel maid who is also Mexican. The maid brought her another rosary and the words to the Hail Mary in Spanish. Sylvia also had her husband, my husband and one of her daughters there, so she had lots of support.
Then the kids and I made chocolate dipped strawberries for dessert. The strawberries were .99 cents a pound! Nick and I will celebrate Valentine’s Day sometime soon. I really miss him, but I am so happy that I have the kind of husband that would be there for his mom in circumstances like this.