Monday, February 14, 2011

I'm back with a PSA...

Confession time: It's been a while since I have blogged, and I (shamefully) haven't read anyone else's blog in months. It really feels weird to be here, but for now I am back, checking in, letting everyone know that I am still alive. The hooligan Brittanys are in fine form, too. No health problems, just the usual orneriness that is inherent in the breed, but that just tells me that they are perfectly fine, healthy and still very puppy-like, even at their ages.

Just for fun, here is a little video I took of the babes this morning. They each had a special ketchup heart on top of their breakfast for Valentine's Day, and they loved it!

So, why have I been away for a couple of months? I have lots of excuses, all of them quite lame...
  • the dreaded holidays
  • working two jobs
  • getting classes started at Glitter World
  • making samples for the classes (4 knitting lessons and 4 crochet lessons, 2 samples per lesson for a grand total of 16 projects)
  • knitting a kajillion samples for my Craft Yarn Council teacher certification
  • stuff that I haven't been able to think about, let alone write about without my head exploding, which would make quite a mess with all those pieces of brain matter splattering the walls
Yep, it all boils down to that last one, so now for the real reason I've been MIA.

My Dad.

Dad has cancer.

I couldn't say that for weeks. Couldn't think it. Could barely get out of bed when the results came back from his biopsy. It is prostate cancer, which is one of the best kinds of cancer to get, if there is any such thing, but dad has an aggressive form of prostate cancer.

This past week we went to Fox Chase Cancer Center, and we all feel as though he will be getting the best of care there. (Nothing but the best for my sweet dad!) I won't go into details here, but the doctors at Fox Chase exuded confidence, and dad's surgery is scheduled for March 15.

Now for my PSA: Ladies, made sure your guys get their PSA checked. Right now I know more than I ever thought I would about, ummm, boy-parts... and, again, I won't go into detail here, but please make sure your husbands, fathers, brothers, boyfriends... heck, even the pizza delivery guy... make sure they all get tested regularly.

OK, enough for now. I was going to get started reading some of your blogs tonight, but my head is feeling like it is getting ready to explode, so some knitting therapy is in order. I WAS going to sit in my knitting chair, but look who has beat me to it...

Mr. Cooper McLooper. He's a silly boy, but I love him!

Note to self: Ask WonderVet about getting Cooper's PSA checked.


Channon said...

Oh sweetie... I am SO sorry!! I'm glad you were able to share with us here, and you and your dad and his docs are all being sent good vibes and prayers!

Keep us posted, okay? Even on Cooper...

Anonymous said...

Give my best wishes to your parents, I'll be hoping for the best possible news.

Vicki in So. Cal.

Kristyn said...

I will be keeping your dad in my thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Dianne. I'm so sorry to hear the news about your dad. I have been thinking about you a lot over the past few months, and will continue to do so. Your family (furry ones too) is in my thoughts.

City Mouse

Wyatt said...

Sorry to hear about your Dad. We have 3 relatives, that have had the same cancer and kicked it. :)

Loved the ketchup hearts, must give that a try!

Wyatt and Stanzie

Donna Lee said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. I was thinking about you the other day and wondering if you were just too busy and I can see you are.

You make sure to take care of yourself during this time, too. Fox Chase is a great center and Dad will get the best care. I'll keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

margo said...

Sorry to hear about your dad. I echo the above comments regarding his care. I have heard good things about Fox Chase.

Love the babes and hugs to all.

Nichole said...

I'm so sorry to hear...... hang in there..... sending good vibes for all!

Sue said...

Hi Kid,
You've been on my mind a lot lately and a couple times I started to write. I guess our esp must be working. You have a lot of people in blogville who care about what you're going thru, so don't be afraid to unload on us.

Bridget said...

So sorry to hear this news, but if anyone can help him, it will be the people at Fox Chase - they will stop at nothing, unless the patient makes that decision.

Prayers will be said for all of you.

Jennifer said...

Oh no Dianne! I'm so sorry to hear that news about your dad. I really hope he gets the best treatment and pulls through this. I was going to write about how cute YOU sound (much less how the dogs look) in that video, and especially how priceless the Cooper belly shot is at the end, but the middle part of the post just really overwhelms. I can't imagine what it is like to go through, but at least you have a lot going on to (try to) take your mind off of it. I'll be praying for him/you on the 15th. Good luck.

Criquette said...

I'm just catching up on blogs after being MIA for a few weeks, and OMG! Dianne, I am so sorry to hear that your family has to go through this right now, but you are all so close and loving that I know you can be there for each other and pull through. Your dad and family will be in my thoughts and prayers this week, especially Tuesday. A good friend of ours had this kind of cancer, too. He had the surgery 8 years ago and is doing great! Hugs!!!