Tuesday, April 15, 2014

An Ode To Trudie

12 years sounds like a long time, but in actuality I think 12 years flew by faster than I could keep track of.

I adopted Trudie Claudette from an abusive home when she was 6 months old.  When I got her she was extremely underweight, her collar was so tight her neck had no hair on it when I removed the collar, her back legs were slightly deformed, and she had the most quirky personality.  I'm fairly certain she was in her kennel a majority of the time and teased by little kids constantly.

Trudie Claudette - Mailman Hater, Nap lover, Food Vaccuum, Tiny Friend 2002-2014


I took her home with me to my apartment at SIUC and we became the best of friends.  I had a two hour drive home and she loved sitting on my lap as I drove and she always napped.  She was teeny tiny back then.

When Jade & I got married she moved in and was our first child.  I actually drove her to my Mom's house every morning to be babysat - ridiculous much?  Maybe a little.  She slept in our bed and I spooned her every night!

She welcomed home all 3 of our babies and allowed them to all lay on her and abuse her in their loving kid ways.  She moved from our bed and started sleeping with them - under the blankets of course!

Yesterday we had to say goodbye to her.  She was having some severe pain in her back hips and I just knew it was time.  It was incredibly hard and I did the ugly cry at the vets office then in my car before I left the parking lot.  Putting your pet down sucks - I know there are worst things in the world but none the less it ranked up there with a pretty bad day in my book of bad days.

We buried her under a group of big trees in our yard and the kids said their goodbyes.  It was a hard shitty day.  I took a nap and ate donuts to make myself feel remotely better for a bit - yes even I skip workouts and eat garbage at times - it's my old habits that pop up when I'm emotional.

The only highlight in the day was when we walked out to bury her and right beside her grave Everett Mason was peeing - boys will be boys?!  At least it was a good laugh to get us through her funeral and lay her to rest.

Today I keep looking for her, trying to feed her and put her outside - life is weird without her - but today we are all doing OK.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

All is Well In Ollie Town


I apologize for a lack of an update but girlfriend saw a hematologist in St. Louis and everything checked out A-OK.  We were blessed with an answer - she does NOT have leukemia - praise Jesus!  She had a virus of some type that messed up her blood work!  She had a routine blood test at her 2 year checkup because leukemia is very common in toddlers with Down Syndrome - they always check it, but fortunately it's not a part of her story.

So we are thrilled, we celebrated, and continue to celebrate!


God is GREAT and he blessed us with an incredible girl that continues to bring abundant joy into our hearts!  


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Ollie Update

I just got off the phone with STL Children's and feel much better about things.

We moved her blood work up to yesterday (the 24th).  Her numbers were improving but her Dr. wanted to have hematology take a look at it just in case.


Hematology doesn't feel that her numbers are a huge concern but to be cautious we are going to go in to see them and do some more blood work.  

I'm super thankful to live near a major hospital capable of taking care of my sweet girl & that they are proactive enough to take a second look to be sure all is well!

Keep praying but things are looking up!!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Prayers for Ollie

Friends, I'm coming to you again for prayer for my sweet girl.

She had some routine blood work done and the results aren't typical.  Jade & I don't want to breathe life into a what it could be situation...we know what her results could be but we know we have no control and we really don't have answers at this point.  And worrying about a what if will drive us mad.  We have walked this line before with accepting Down Syndrome and handing her over for Open Heart Surgery.  We know all we can do is submit it to God and let HIM rule in our home.


So we ask you please storm heaven in her name.  Share her with your friends, families, and prayer chains that on March 11th when we revisit labs for bloodworm that all is A OK and that she is healthy and strong.

*****The doctor has changed her opinion and we will redo her blood work Monday February 24th and if it's still off we will see a hematologist in STL Children's within the week.  I'm counting on an awesome follow up and no appointment in STL.*******

~Jade & Annie

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