Saturday, July 24, 2010

One Month!!!

Well, it's been a month, and a crazy one at that. One month ago today, I walked into the hospital Clinica Biblica in San Jose, Costa Rica, anxious and nervous and excited. One month ago today, they found narrowing in two veins and opened them with angioplasty. One month ago today, I could balance on one foot for the first time in years.
Here are a few pictures of the past month. I am horrible at this blogging thing so bear with me. The text isn't quite lined up with the pictures but hopefully you can figure it out:
Here we are at the Fourth of July Parade. I know, I know, the shirts are totally corny, but it was fun:) Chandler REALLY wanted to tie dye shirts. They were supposed to be red, white, and blue, but when we washed them, they turned pink and purple. Haha
Here is Chandler's birthday pizza party in the park. Anna and I at Lagoon.

Anna's surgery to have her adenoids out. She's doing great.

Rock climbing on a HOT DAY at the family reunion in Altamont. I don't think I would have even attempted this before my Liberation, and I was really excited about how strong I felt doing it. Boating at the family reunion in Altamont, Utah.
Bushmans with Grandma and Grandpa Blake
Mommy giving Jonah a haircut. Look at that farmer's tan! haha
After a long day at Lagoon. We had such a blast. I was absolutely FLOORED that I had NO neck pain after going on rides. I kept getting off of roller coasters expecting my neck to be shooting pain down my spine and up the left side of my head, and it didn't happen, at all. This is very new, and very exciting!!

As you can see it's been a very busy and exciting month, a month full of ENJOYING the heat of the Summer, rather than hiding in the shade, and a month full of gratitude for this gift, given to me by so many. Jonah was up in the middle of the night a couple of weeks ago, so I got up to go and check on him. I stood up out of bed and immediately braced myself, with my feet spread apart and my arms spread out for balance. And then I realized that I wasn't dizzy! Unbelievable. The room is always, always, always spinning when I get up in the middle of the night. Getting up with my newborns was always interesting because I would have to follow the wall very carefully to the baby's room and was always so afraid of falling with the baby. But I've had to get up in the middle of the night several times in the past month, and I haven't been dizzy once! I get all choked up even writing about this. To not deal with dizziness alone has made such an incredible difference for me.

In addition to the dizziness being gone, I can think so much more clearly, my neck pain is literally gone, my balance is, for the most part, restored, the fatigue is gone, my left leg is much stronger and more coordinated, and it has been so nice to be able to enjoy the heat of Summer again. My legs are shaky when I go in the heat, but my energy is not completely sucked out of me. I feel so very blessed!!!

I don't know if this is the one and only answer. I sure hope it is. But no matter what happens in the future, I will never give up. And no matter what happens, I know that God has a plan, and that He is very aware of the needs of me and my family, and as long as we rely on Him, we'll be okay.


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  2. Toby! I can't express how happy I am for you. What a relief I'm sure that the surgery worked and How after so long you can enjoy your time more with your family. I sure love you and I'm glad that it was a success. Keep enjoying your summer!

  3. Hey Toby!! I love all the pictures of you and your famiy. Looks like you are having a wonderful summer. You are so lucky to have such a beautiful family. I am so glad that you are feeling better and having some relief. You are truly an inspiration. Hugs and kisses!! Rashelle

  4. So so happy to read this post. I love you Toby! And I'm so happy for you.

  5. Lady Toby, Thank you for being-loving. You are - your steady care full nature is - heart filling. I am so happy WITH you and your crew. You go chica! Big Light...Big Love...Big Hug, Chris

  6. I don't know how to get a hold of you any other way now, but did you delete your facebook??