Friday, December 30, 2011

Genesis 3:19 -A Day of Remembrance

"For dust you are, and to dust you will return" - Genesis 3:19

This morning at 11am I met my Pastor Allen and a friend from church, Amber at Greensboro College. I wanted to have a very small and intimate gathering to spread Dennis' ashes. I chose Greensboro College because it held such meaning in our lives. The ceremony was perfect as the day was beautiful. Although I shed tears of sorrow, I also shed tears of release, and I know that joy is in my life now to stay. Here is a glimpse into the ceremony.

It began with Pastor Allen reading from the 23rd Psalm-

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest of valleys,I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Allen then prayed over the scripture and gave a blessing over my life and how the 23rd Psalm was meant to really represent how God was leading me through this new journey without Dennis.

After the prayer I took his ashes and spread them around the large tree on front center campus that has the two cement bench seats. This tree has outlived many of the storms of life on this campus and I know that it will sustain many more storms. It was a place that we often visited and just sat beneath to talk on cool Spring days (of course they didn't have benches back then).

Once I spread some ashes I had decided to include a rose ceremony. On our wedding day, Dennis had sent to me 3 yellow roses one at a time in the bride room with a special message on each one. Today I wanted to do the same by bringing our unity to a full circle of completion. I purchased 3 yellow roses and wrote a message to Dennis for each one.

Rose 1-

Dennis, This rose represents our 1st meeting here on campus, followed by classes together, friendship and then courtship. You began the S.H.M.I.L.Y (See How Much I Love You) before we even married. We married right here at the campus chapel and now today, I lay your ashes to rest on the earth here on campus.

Rose 2-

Dennis, With this rose I promise to honor our decision to put God first and raise our children to be loving and in a Christian home. I want them to know their earthly dad has joined their Heavenly Father and both are watching over them daily.

Rose 3-

Dennis, With this final rose I promise to never forget the good memories and to share them with our girls as they grow. I will move forward in forgiveness for the hurtful past and pain created by your absence as I may never understand the reason why. I promise to pray over them and live out our new life verse of Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you declared the Lord, plans to prosper you (us) and not to harm you (us), plans to give you (us) a hope and a future".


In closing, I thank you Allen and Amber for attending with me today. I think this song says it all and afterwards I ask Allen to close us in prayer.

The song played was from Dennis' memorial: "It is well with my soul" - Chris Rice

At the beginning I weeped from sorrow but by the end I could sing along and know that it truly was "well with my soul" and with Dennis.

The ceremony ended with a group hug and prayer. God was with us today as we lay him to final resting place on earth. It wasn't goodbye, it was see you on the other side. Forever and Always Loved---Dennis James Foster, Jr.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas 2011

It is hard to believe that another year is upon us and we are about to celebrate Christmas again. The hardest part is we are celebrating it differently this year. We are missing a very special member of our family here on earth in our presence. We know that he is getting to experience Christmas with Jesus himself but it doesn't make it any easier for those of us left behind. Kaitlyn told me tonight she wants to release two balloons on Christmas morning. One that says "Happy Birthday" for Jesus and the other that says "Merry Christmas" for her daddy. How sweet and tender her heart is for her to think of her dad. We still pray together every night and now she has asked we pray together every morning before we begin our day. There is a mighty change taking place in this little family of 3. I am so proud of Kaitlyn and her willingness to be open to spiritual realm of life. Kyleigh often speaks of "dadda" and I know she remembers him too. I want to take this moment to wish Dennis a very Merry Christmas and ask that he watch over us from heaven so that we may continue to thrive and prosper here on earth in his absence.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Journaling---Writing a Book

So many have complimented me on my writing abilities. I have been journaling my thoughts and emotions for a while now and I am starting to compile them into a book. I don't know if I will ever seek publication. However, it is my story. My journey through this life - current nightmare, that I pray has a happy ending. So who knows, maybe one day I will let you read it too.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Grieving is Hard Work

Yesterday I spent the afternoon with a counselor from Hospice of Pallative Care. She was so kind and let me just cry, something I needed to do. I have been working on healing both physically and emotionally now for almost 6 months and this was my first visit at Hospice. She shared with me this letter that I think says it all to those who care about me---

Dear Friends and Family,

I have experienced a loss that is devastating to me. It will take time, perhaps year, for me to work through the grief I am having because of this loss.

I will cry more than usual for some time. My tears are not a sign of weakness or lack of hope or faith. They are the symbols of the depth of my loss and the sign that I am beginning to recover.

I may become angry without there seeming to be a reason for it. My emotions after all are heightened by the stress of grief. Please be forgiving if I seem irrational at times.

I need your understanding and your presence more than anything else. If you don't know what to say, just touch me or give me a hug to let me know you care. Please don't wait for me to call you, I am often too tired to even think of reaching out for the help I need.

Don't allow me to withdraw from you. I need your more than ever during the next year.

Pray for me, only if your prayer is not an order for me to make you feel better. My faith is not an excuse from the process of grief.

If you, by chance, have had experience of the loss of a spouse to suicide, then share with me. You can't possibly make me feel worse if your experience is similar.

This loss is the worst thing that could happen to me. But I WILL get through it and I WILL live right again. I WILL not always feel as I do now. I WILL laugh again and enjoy friends and family again.

Thank you for caring about me. Your concern is a gift I will always treasure.

Love Crystal

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Strong...yet weak

So many people lately have stated, "you are so strong". This phrase always sends me into a state of shock. I am anything but strong. I am at my weakest point to be honest. The reason I appear strong is because I have people all around me holding me up. They aren't physically holding me up (not always). But they are emotionally holding me up when all I want to do is crawl up into the fetal position and cry the days away. I long for the day I see Dennis again. I seek peace and comfort and yearn for happiness again. Until then, I rely on the strength of everyone around me and prayers for discernment in decisions I make. Others say, "you are strong and it must be because your girls need you". When actually it is because I am forced to accept this and I must bring myself through it as well as raise my children to be the least effected by the crisis of losing their earthly father as possible. I can sometimes put up the front that I am doing well when on the inside I am falling apart. I wish they made super glue for the heart, it would take a lot to rebuild mine. I appreciate the continued strength of friends and family and the prayers and faith put into action by everyone.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Four Months

Has it really been? Is it possible that I have gone four months without speaking to my best friend? Has it really been that long since our last moment together? Oh, how I miss you Dennis James Foster, Jr. I still love you as I did the day I said, "yes" when you were on one knee singing sweetly to me. Our babies miss you too. I hope when they call you on their play cell phones that you are answering in heaven and speaking directly to their heart how much you miss and love them. If I could only change the past, I would. Someone said, "we must move forward". I say, "we must never forget and take our time because we can never get back yesterday".

May the Lord watch between me and thee while we are absent one from another.
-- enscription on our first charm necklace and we recited it when we spent the night away from one another..I still whisper it knowing I will see him again

Sunday, September 11, 2011


Today I walked into church with my two girls and something was missing. The same something that has been missing for almost 4 months now. I watched other cars pull up with couples, families, or even in separate cars but reunite at the building. It sent my heart into a million shattered pieces that no one was able to pick up off the floor for me today. I miss him every moment. I wish people would stop saying it will get easier. I wish people would understand that when I don't smile it isn't because I'm mad or something is wrong other than the obvious. I just miss him!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Follow Up Scheduled

I spoke to the neurosurgeon's office this morning and my follow up angiogram is scheduled for November 23rd. That is the first day of vacation in November, the day before Thanksgiving. All should go well, as long as the right side shows healing like the left I will go home the same day and have no restrictions the next day. I can still eat Thanksgiving dinner and enjoy the few days of break. Compared to brain surgery, this can't be too bad.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Aneurysm Update

Today I saw the neuro-radiologist surgeon that completed both of my recoiling surgeries to repair the aneuryms. He was pleased with my progress so far. He has me continuing on the Plavix for one month, 325 mg of aspirin daily for life, and repeat of an angiogram procedure in 4 months to check the right side and make sure it has completely healed. From that point, he will decide if I need a repeat angiogram or just MRA's to keep a constant watch on future development of aneurysms. As a young female that has already had two repaired, I am prone to develop more in my lifetime. However, I have never smoked and do not have high blood pressure which were two major risks factors for developing aneurysm to begin with. Ironic?? Anyways, I also asked about my two daughters being at risk and he said not at this time but as they enter adulthood they should be watched for risk signs and possibly have a MRA conducted between ages of 21 and 35 if they have similar symptoms and occurrences that led to my MRA.

For now, I am back to "normal" routine. I can drive again and take care of my children without assistance. This is a big step for us. The house is on the market and I am praying it sells quickly so we can begin a new start. I will return to teaching this fall and the children will return to school. I am praying the transition is smooth for all of us. Until then, we plan to enjoy the remainder of the summer with family and friends. Thanks for following us through this journey. We appreciate your continued prayers and support as the healing journey of renewal has only begun.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

2nd Surgery is over

July 18th I went in for my second surgery to repair the right side aneurysm. I am so glad that this surgery is in my past. I am looking forward to having the recovery moving quickly as well. I am fighting off migraines and typical headaches and pains. Trying not to go crazy knowing I can't do anything to help my own children for the next two weeks. Hopelessly relying on everyone to do to everything for me. Not in my nature to do but going to pray it goes quickly. My post op appointment is August 1st. Thanks for the prayers.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Post Op Appointment

I went for my post-op appointment yesterday. The doctor reviewed my scan of my brain from the first surgery and showed me the coils that are now in my brain and completely closing the left aneurysm. I was thinking the next surgery would be soon but due to him using a stent the first time to close the wide neck on the aneurysm, he wants to give me a full 6 weeks to heal before going in again. That will make the next surgery the week of July 18th. I will know the exact day closer to the week of surgery. Until then I plan to squeeze as much summer fun as possible with my girls. I was released to "normal" activity which means I can drive again, take walks and play with my girls. This will give us some much needed time to heal together as a family. Continue to pray for all of us. Thanks.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Quiet Reflections

Today I watched part of the memorial video. Not exactly sure what I expected but the tears just flowed down my face. My heart sank deep in my chest. I found it hard to really listen to the words being shared. I guess it will take time for me to really remember and digest the service but what I remember and what I re-watched today was beautiful. All the words spoken were genuine and kind. I still miss him so. The wound in my heart is still fresh.

I called Dr. Sasser, minister that married us and spoke at the service, after I watched part of the video. He was so kind to just listen to me weep and talk about Dennis. He spoke such words of encouragement that night and today. He reminded me that we always looks to repeat yesterday because we know what to expect but we must live for today and tomorrow instead.

I spent the afternoon with my Janet, friend and neighbor, getting a pedicure and relaxing. It was nice to get away for an hour. The girls are well taken care of by friends right now and I am enjoying the solitude of the house for the next hour. I hate my restrictions on exercise, bending, driving and pretty much everything related to being independent and a full time mom. I am ready to have this chapter of health as part of yesterday.

Keep us in your prayers as I know you will.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Unanswered Questions

So I have started this blog entry a million times over in my head but just now getting around to writing it all down. So many questions running through my head since May 13, 2011. Sometimes I find myself answering the question in my own head and other times waiting as if God is going to speak through a burning bush and tell me exactly what I want and need to hear.

I wrestle with the whole concept of you are never given more than you can handle comment that I have heard so much the past weeks. Really?? This kinda goes back to my previous entry a year or more ago about the 90/10 principle. How 90 % of what happens in life is how you react to the 10% unpreventable. Still don’t believe it.

How can the God I loved for so many years think I could be strong enough to handle so much in such a short amount of time, or is it God? I don’t think it is God but then why hasn’t he intervened, or has he? I don’t believe my God makes bad things happen. I wonder why they happen and why he doesn’t fix it for my happiness. I wonder why he didn’t intervene and prevent it being “all knowing” that he is and all. But then I remember that there is another power at work in our lives and he works against us all the time, a demonic power. And just maybe this time the demonic forces are sitting back laughing and thinking they have me and my family right where they want us-vulnerable, scared, and alone.

Well, I am vulnerable, scared but not all alone. I have my family surrounding me. My mom, dad, brother, sis-in-law, best friends, church and community. I am lonely without the love of my life by my side. I am scared of what the future holds for me and my girls. I am vulnerable waiting on doctors to mend my brain. I am subject to crying at a moments notice over anything, weeping with my children or smiling while I listen to their innocent giggles.

I don’t know what the next hour holds for me. I don’t think Dennis did this on purpose or willfully. He would never leave me despite the lies in my head daily that say, “he left you alone to bear this burden”. He loved me. He loved his children. He was an amazing father and husband. But to Dennis he was alone. My prayer is that no one else ever endures the pain he felt that led him to the decision on May 13th that forever changed my life. My prayer is that even I will reach out in my darkest hours. I promise myself to keep going but I can’t wait until I spend eternity with the man I was meant to grow old with.

I continue to be amazed by the outpour of love and support to me and my family. I ask that you still give us time to cope and me to heal before too many visits. Thank you for the monetary help, food, cards, and most of all love.



Saturday, May 21, 2011

Balloons and Doves

Yesterday was the balloon release at Shadybrook to honor Dennis. I went into his office prior to the event and felt such a peace in his office as if he was there with me all along. I only took a few personal items this time. Each person was given a balloon to release in his honor.

Significance of the Dove-
At our wedding Dennis and I held the ceremony of the doves. Doves make lifelong partners. At the balloon event and for the past several days a lone dove has been hanging out at the playground at Shadybrook. I think it is his way of saying, "I'm still here". Around our home and my school have been doves. A lone dove was in front of our home the other morning. Such peace in knowing he is still here.

I love you Dennis.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Sadness in our Home

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 I have an MRI/MRA scan at Greensboro Imaging.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 I have one of my worst headaches and stay home from school to recover 1/2 day. I find the results out by the doctor's office calling to check on me and finding I was having a migraine again they sent me to the ER. The MRA detected two brain aneurisms.

Thursday May 12, 2011 Dennis and I met with a radiology interventionist at Moses Cone Hospital. He described my two aneurisms as being opthalamic paired (one on each side of the brain). I must have surgery to repair. Surgery should happen within the next 2 weeks and then repeat the other side in 3-4 weeks.

Friday, May 13, 2011 Dennis falls under the pressures that had been weighing him down for so long and took his own life at our home while we were all sleeping.

This was the worst day of my life.

Saturday and Sunday are all a blur.

Monday, May 16th I privately viewed his body, his wishes were to be cremated although we have had many a disagreements about the topic I honored his request and held only a private family viewing. I had a long talk with Dennis that night and I still have unanswered questions but I will never forget that moment with him.

Tuesday, May 17th 2011 Memorial Service in his honor were hundreds came to celebrate his life, yet all I could do was mourn his death.

Wednesday, May 18th another day that passes me by as I long to be with my best friend. Another day my girls cry out for their daddy. Another long day.

Thursday, May 19th I sit here wondering when will we all move out of this deep dark sadness. I miss him.

To my husband, father of my children, my very best friend, Dennis James Foster, Jr.
I will always love you and be "Amazed".

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Kyleigh is growing in leaps and bounds in so many ways. She is more and more verbal each day. She is seeing so much better after this last surgery. Her eye pressures are normal. We have eliminated most of her drops. She is patching 1-2 hours a day but using a really cute glass cover patch instead of the stick on kind. She is eating chicken like it is the best food ever and it is so cool to watch her at the dinner table now. Most recently, she has surprised me with her recent potty training event. She initiated this entire ordeal on her own one Saturday when she pulled her pants down, verbalized something while pulling at her diaper and continued until I guessed that she was wanting to potty. She went to the bathroom, lifted the toilet seat and said "otti". It was adorable. From that moment on we have given her freedom to go to the bathroom whenever she asks as well as we have prompted her at times to go use the potty. We even pulled out the more comfy small sized toddler potty for her. Her teachers at school have also been reinforcing going potty with her.
Today at school she earned stickers every time she initiated going to the potty and actually pee-pee in the potty. Additionally, she "pooped" in the potty today! Yep, you go little girl did her big girl business on the potty! Whooop Whooop! I am one excited mommy! Starting tomorrow she will be wearing training panties (you know the thicker kind of panties but not diapers) during the daytime and only diapers at nap and bedtime. I am sure we may go through many outfits in a given day at first but we are willing to try and she seems ready. Either way, she has made GREAT progress and we are so VERY PROUD.

Also, Kaitlyn is growing so fast too. She has really taken off with her reading lately. She is learning and retaining more and more sight words. She is reading books to us and enjoying it. We are SO VERY PROUD of her as well.

Looking forward to more and more changes as this year moves along.

Saturday, February 19, 2011


Kyleigh jumps a hurdle (eye surgery), recovers quickly, just in time to face another hurdle-pneumonia. She has had this cold for quite a while now and as of this past Wednesday it was still just a cold plus she had pink eye. Last night she started running a fever of 102.0 and with Tylenol it only went down a bit before bed time. She went to the doctor this morning and it sounds like pneumonia. Doctor's orders to keep her separate from Kaitlyn, breathing treatments 3 times a day, and Augmentum. If her fever persists come back to the office on Monday or if worsens over the weekend to seek treatment at the hospital. She has been sleeping most of the day. Prayers that she will heal quickly.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Surgery Outcome

Kyleigh did great this past Wednesday during her surgery. She waited very patiently in the pre-surgical area as it was almost 1:30 before they took her back for surgery. Shortly after she was becoming anxious and fussy they provided her a pre-med mixture that calmed her down and brought back her smiles. We weren't sure at first if she was smiling at how goofy mommy looked in the OR outfit or if it was the medicine working but we think it could have been a combination of both events. I was able to accompany her back to the OR for the "monkey gas" that puts her to sleep. She sat in my lap and tried to "lick" the air as the nurse to her "smell the bananas". I guess she was so hungry that she was trying to eat the gas. Because she wouldn't allow the mask on her face completely, some of the gas leaked up my way as I held her and it was slowly taking affect on me as well. Luckily as soon as the nurse escorted me out to fresh air I was able to shake off the feeling of sleepiness. Kyleigh drifted off to sleep and they lay her on the table as I kissed her forehead and went to wait with Dennis. It was so difficult to walk away but I knew she was in good hands with all of the doctors and nurses on board.
It was projected to last an hour and half but it was less than an hour when Dr. Freedman emerged and gave us the good news that Kyleigh did wonderful. Dr. Freedman was able to remove the cataract regrowth material from her eye and fully examine both eyes. Her retinas, optic nerves, and other tissues were intact and looking good. She told us to return Thursday morning for a post-op appointment where they would check the eye incision and pressure.
It was a little past 3 before they came to get me to go back with her in recovery. There are 2 recovery rooms and she has to stay a minimum of 30 minutes in each setting. The first room she is supposed to take clear liquids before being released. However, this time she slept the entire 30 minutes in the first room which is why it took them so long to call me back because they waited until she was waking to come and get me. As soon as I arrived to the room they were ready to move her to stage 2 recovery and offer her some apple juice.
The nurse said her vitals were great and if she would tolerate it she could have apple juice and some crackers. She hadn't tried to speak yet until the nurse went to remove the electrodes and take her temperature she raised up and with a very froggy voice said, "no-no" and laid back down. I guess she was saying leave me alone already. It was cute and she had already won the hearts of all of her nurses by that point. She did great sipping on the juice and taking small bites of graham cracker. Thirty minutes passed quickly and they were ready to discharge us to go home.
Once removing the IV port we started to get her dressed when she leaned over and puked all over my leg. Nice! Poor baby girl was being hit by a wave of nausea from anesthesia for the very first time ever. Given she has had many surgeries and never thrown up before we were a little surprised this time. She continued to vomit as we got her dressed but she handled it so gracefully and her daddy was a big help with leaning her forward and reassuring her she was okay. I tend to freeze up and under-react when my kids vomit so I wasn't much help at all. Since the IV was already out they were unable to give her a dose of Zofran and it would've meant re-inserting an IV to give her nausea meds and we didn't want to put her through that procedure either. Instead, the nurse gave us provisions of buckets, chuck pads, and tissues for the ride home. Dennis rode in the back with her and I drove home. She threw up a few more times and slept as well. It was pitiful.
We arrived home, stripped my clothes and hers as she continued to throw up. I think this was one of the worst parts of the day. She didn't want anything else for a while. She lay on my lap on the couch and chilled for about an hour until her color in her cheeks returned and she was ready for some more juice and crackers. By nightfall she drank some milk and was ready for bed. The other sad part of the day was when we had to place the no-no's on her arms again to prevent her for messing with her eye during the night.
She will continue to wear the eye shield and no-no's in bed for the duration of the weekend to protect her for causing accidental injury to the eye as it heals and the stitches dissolve. She is a trooper though and for the most part has been really great. She is a little clingy and whiny at times but that is to be expected.
Her post-op appointment was Thursday morning at 7:45 am and despite the snow flurries and dusting we all traveled to Duke for this appointment without any trouble. She did great for Dr. Freedman as she gave her eye drops, checked the pressure, did an ultrasound and examined the eye. Everything looked great except her pressure was higher than we like. It was in the 20's and prior to surgery it was 10 or less. So Kyleigh will return next Tuesday for a re-examination and pressure check to see if healing of the eye has helped the pressure to drop. She is also on a round the clock regimen of eye drops including ones for pressure. The doctor is hopeful that the pressure will go down and she will closely monitor to make sure it remains this way. We love Dr. Freedman!
As I type this she is begging for my attention so I will go now and play baby doll with my own sweet baby girl which if I am being honest is not so much a baby anymore. Thanks for all of your prayers and support.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Upcoming Surgery and Update on Girls

Tomorrow at 11:15am Kyleigh will have another eye surgery at Duke Eye Center. She regrew the cataract on her left eye so she must have it removed to allow for sight in this eye to not be hindered further. The surgery itself isn't that difficult but it is the preparation before, the recovery after, and the cloud of possible problems looming over head that causes me anxiety. Kyleigh can not have food after midnight and considering she isn't a big fan of dinner time, the last meal she had was at school today. She can have a sippy cup of milk in the morning if we wake her up at 4:45am and she drinks it by 5am. Then she can only have water or apple juice until 9:15. Our arrival time is not the surgery time so we are not really sure how long it will be before she is actually taken back for the surgery but she is definitely going to be hungry by that point. After surgery, she is usually pretty fussy from waking up out of the anesthesia. Luckily we don't have to spend the night, instead we can come home once she is awake and has drank something substantial. The ride home can be just as difficult if she is no longer drowsy from being put under, her eye hurts, the bandage bothers her, or any number of things. The other part is the risk of surgery on her left eye is glaucoma setting in this eye too. So far she only has glaucoma troubles with her right eye which was the cause of eye surgery last year to place the implant drainage tube (shunt). It would be great to have this surgery go smoothly and the outcome be that her vision is restored and no problems come after the fact.

Other updates...

Kyleigh is talking up a storm lately. Today at school her teachers reported that she finally used a sentence to say, "help me please", when she couldn't get her pear on to her fork. Oh my goodness, that made me so proud that I almost cried. We are working so hard on her using her words to ask for help instead of crying and this is a major step. She also said her teachers names today, "jessie" and "k k" for Kimberly. So proud!

Kaitlyn is doing well in school. She got her report card and it shows that she is improving in her reading. Although she is still behind, most likely related to vision, she is receiving lots of support and high fives from her teachers, therapists and us at home. She is taking more steps to write on her own and have fun with writing. She is becoming more and more confident in her own self. We are are so proud of her too!

Stay tuned...more updates to come soon.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Vision Update

Over the winter break we took both girls to the doctor for a vision and glaucoma pressure check. Both girls turned out to have very good pressure checks this visit. We were so thrilled about this small amount of good news today.

Kaitlyn's astigmatism in her right eye has increased and could be the cause of increased eye strain and difficulty with vision - "I can't see", "My eyes are tired", "My head hurts", and other recent complaints. So needless to say we left with a new prescription for her eyeglasses that thankfully we had put off purchasing new frames until the new year so it worked out.

Unfortunately, Kyleigh didn't have the best of reports. Her eye patching has been going well but she still is having difficulty seeing with the left eye. As it turns out she is getting vision through the previous surgical canal that was made when her cataract was removed almost 2 years ago (there is a technical term for this that I just can't remember). She is not looking through her pupil because much to the surprise of the doctor and ourselves she has re-grown a cataract that is blocking her pupil. This will need to be taken care of sooner rather than later to preserve the chance of keeping her brain from shutting off and telling the eye not to work. So we will opt for surgery sometime in January or February. Currently we are awaiting the surgical scheduling desk to contact us with dates and times.

Until then, things go on as usual. Stay tuned for more updates. And..Happy New Year.
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