Saturday, February 26, 2011

Huggies for Surgical Padding

My husband came up with a great idea today to use disposable diapers to cover Holly's wound. We were going through the largest surgical pads we could find. I paid $9 for a box of twelve at Walgreen's, and then we bought another box for $6 at Walmart. Today, Felecia picked up a box of 168 Huggies at Target for $25. Well, I wasn't expecting her to get such a large amount of diapers, but maybe we can make another diaper cake for someone soon? $25 divided by 168= .15 cents per diaper. $6 divided by 12= .50. So if you take .15 away from .50 you have a savings of .35 a pad. So 12 diapers = $1.80. That is a savings of $4.20 per box of surgical pads. Not bad! And they work great. In fact, because the way her tumor protrudes out of her stomach, the gathered sides of the diaper help keep it covered better.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Holly's Cancer Fight

My husband took Holly to the Vet to see about a growing wound in her breast that wasn't getting better. He called me at home from the vet and said that the vet was almost positive that she has cancer- a very large tumor and that she probably has other issues going on as well. Do even run test to see if she would be a candidate for surgery was almost $400. Treatment itself was over $1500. We just financially could not do that. And so the vet said that the other most humane option was to have her euthanize.

I told my husband to bring her home so we could say goodbye to her first. He brought her home and my son and I decided that we wanted to try to see if we could help her through natural healing methods We took her off her regular dog food and put her on Dr Johanna Budwig diet. We picked up surgical gloves and pads and we are and we are cleansing the wound several times a day with a mixture of warm water, Epsom salts and concentrated Aloe Vera juice concentrate. We are also giving her daily doses of Chlorophyll Drops, aloe vera juice and acidophilus. The first couple days she slept and her breathing was shallow. Her wound has been increasingly draining. YUCK! It's not a fun job at all. But her strength is returning and she has more life in her. That is only after three days of treatment. In fact, we can't even keep her on her bed now because her energy level is too high to rest all day long. We will see what happens.


To see pre-cancer pictures of Holly go to: Another Ma Ma for the Puppies

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Diaper Cake and Cupcakes for Baby Shower

Felecia and I shopped Friday for the shower and the Diaper Cake. Then we called Aunt Sherry to come over and put her talent for decor to work and help us assemble it. This was the first diaper cake any of us have made. It came out so sweet.

We tucked little headbands, socks, lotion and baby bath and a few other things in around it. 
The roses are silk and we found silk petals to match to sprinkle on the table along with some candy kisses.

I made cupcakes, chocolate and vanilla with buttercream frosting.
I really do need to take a cake decorating class.

The lettering spells: 

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Sometimes a woman just feels like being beautiful...

I know that beauty is vain, and that it only goes skin deep, but sometimes the feminine in me wants to decorate myself with curls, a beautiful dress and a faint spritz of fragrance. I felt like Juliet this evening, ready to hear my Romeo call out to me, and I run to meet him with beauty emanating from the inside out.

"How is your head?" my husband broke into my romanticized revere to find out if I still had a headache.

"It's in the clouds!" I reply with an air of mysticism.

I am finding my forties to be interesting- sort of a desperate pull between the past and what remains in the future. I have never even read Romeo and Juliet, but now I am contemplating checking it out at the library. Or maybe I will read the Knights of the Round Table. 

Yesterday I held up a picture of myself when I was in my twenties, in the mirror next to my rapidly aging face. "Ugh! It IS true. I am getting old. There is no way around it. Is there romance and adventure left for me yet?

Today, I just want to be beautiful. I will be as beautiful and God will afford me to be. No matter what my age, I am still a woman, and this woman cherishes beauty.