Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Absent Blogger Returns :)

Yep, She's back :)

And the reason for my absence?

The Saturday before last, at 3 o'clock in the afternoon, we received one of those phone calls that chills your blood.
My mum and dad rang to tell us that mum has cancer. It sounded bad. Mum had been sick for 3 weeks. Vomiting. Now I am no doctor, but vomiting for 3 weeks straight doesn't sound good. Especially seeing as mum has a transplanted kidney, and needs to have a certain amount of fluids to keep her kidney happy.
My sisters and I decided to go up. To Charter's Towers. 1000 kms away.
My sis Clare arrived at my place at 9.30 that night from Brisbane...not too sure what she had packed, as she had managed to leave the house within an hour of hearing the news.
My husband arranged to work just school hours so he could have the kids before and after school. He never even hesitated. He just said 'you need to go', and he took care of everything.
Sunday morning at 6am, we set off.

So boring. So scary....not knowing how mum would be, nor if we were even welcome! (yeah, we left without mentioning we were coming)
When we arrived, mum was sick. Really sick. She rallied around and we had a lovely time sightseeing up at the look out that evening. Feeding the rock wallabies and seeing a beautiful sunset.
But that was the end of the rallying.
Mum couldn't keep any food down. She had no energy. All she could do was sleep.
It was scary to see her so sick.
As we were getting no help from the doctors and the hospital up there, we moved her back down south. Dad quit his job without even a second thought, and they flew down to Brisbane.
My brother and his wife arrived in Charters to help with the packing. They drove 2500km from Canberra in 2 days.
This week has really shown me how important family is. When the chips are down, family is awesome.
Bills have been paid, an entire house has been packed, and every tiny detail has been taken care of. Mum and dad have somewhere to live in Brisbane for as long as they need whilst treatment is received and beyond. Truly, this week I have seen love in action.
I am beyond proud to belong to this family of mine, and have never been more grateful to have been one of 5 children! Imagine organising this on my own!!!
I am now back home. And we wait.
Mum is now in hospital in Brisbane, and we are all anxiously awaiting the results for this newest series of tests, as they are still trying to identify what her primary cancer actually is.
So, please pray for my mum, we just want her to be happy and healthy. She is so so so loved.


Sweet Tea said...

You must be exhausted, physically and mentally. You are part of an extrodinary family to have worked together so well to help your parents. God bless your Mom and may she respond favorably to all treatment which is necessary.

Lauren said...

Oh Kirst, so sorry to hear about your Mum. Sending positive vibes her way and hoping they can treat her. At least she is in the right place.

How awesome is your family! It's lovely that you were all able to be there for your Mum and Dad. And how good is Mick? I bet they are all so happy to have you home.

Take care of you and let me know if there is anything I can do.

Felicity said...

((HUGS)) Kirsty, life sure can change overnight.
What loving daughter though, to leave all behind and go where is needed. :)
so glad your mum is in brissi, best place for her.
make sure you keep us updated.

Kate said...

kirst my thoughts are with you and your family at the moment. Please dont hesitate to let any of us wp girls know if you need anything. we all love you, and some of us have been through it before. lots of prayers, lots of coffee, and hot showers is all you need to get you through the rough times.
love u xox

:) Tiff said...

mate. you've been to hell and back, let alone how your Mum's been feeling. I hope you get better than expected test results back sooner than later. And you are so right. Family is so very important. You have one very amazing hubby, and truly a supportive family. hug and hold them close.
All my very best for your Mum. And for you too.
((big squeezy hug))

Krissy Christie said...

Sending lots of hugs and saying a little prayer for you Mum hunny {{hugs}} Ive been thinking of you {{more hugs}}

Krissy xx

Leanne said...

Oh Kirsty.....x Let me know if I can help. In any way...x

sharon said...

ah, Kirsty, what a horrid time it has been for you. Up here in the north is such a great place to live - until you need some special medical treatment - and then we are such a long bloody way from anywhere (and sadly, sometimes the dr's that come up here aren't those of the highest quality.) And the health system pretty much stinks. Anyhow. Love and best wishes coming your way...and remember the power of positive thinking! xox

Barb said...

Am sending every single positive vibe I can muster up your way. You are so fortunate to have such a close knit family to help each other through:)

Kerryn said...

My heart breaks for you, your mum and your family. Make sure you take care of yourself too, your mum will need you! Love and hugs and all the positive thoughts are coming you and your mums way.

Sarah Lou said...

that is utterly terrifying. I send all my warm fuzzie thoughts over to you all.

Marisa said...

Oh Kirsty so sorry to hear about your mum, sending you positive thoughts and prayers that all turns out ok :)

Karen Shady said...

Oh, Kirsty, Im in tears after reading that. You have a wonderful family, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. look after yourself too... hugs

Karen x

Bee and Rose said...

Sending prayers and well wishes to your whole family...I'm here for you, my friend...{{hugs}}

:) Tiff said...

howdy Kirsty. have 'messaged' you via FB. I have someone trying to get in contact with you.

Elyse said...

Hi- you don't know me, but I work at the library, where Mary used to work too.
Please know that Mary is in my family's prayers. She was lovely to work with and we've all been missing her- was really shocked to hear about her being so sick.

God bless,

p.s. If you mention me to Mary, she'll probably identify me as the red-head from the library. :)

Stacey Young said...

Hi Kirsty, I just read about this on Kate's blog and needed to visit yours.....My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time....Hugs xo

Tam said...

:( This is the 4th time I've read your entry heart is so sad for you...I'm keeping you all in my thoughts...
What a wonderful family unit you have, just beautiful to read.
Thinking of you all honey..

Chloe said...

Hugs and prayers and all my thoughts for you and your Mum and your family! Best wishes Kirst!

Off the subject... you won my giveaway a while back. Email me (chloeschmitt86 at hotmail dot com) with your addy so I can send it to you!


Nicole said...

sweetie I just caught up. My heart is breaking. I read your FB status too.

I have no words for you just a huge cyber {{{{{HUG}}}}}

Much love to you

jacqui jones said...

kirst...what do you say.

were thinking of you and praying for your mum

if there is anything i can do let me know. anything at all.

Leanne said...

Oh Honey! Thinking of you.....x

Tanya Tahir said...

Kirsty, I'm so sorry! I have just caught up on fb and just wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you all xx

Sandra D said...

I think this is the first time I've been to your blog. I've read every page back to here ... there are no words to say ...

You have written such beautiful words about your Mum in such tough times. Wishing you strength over the coming weeks and years. You seem to have such wonderful memories of your mum and some great stories about her that you can pass on to your kids so she can live on in them.

Best wishes to you all.