Izzy loves parties, but not pity parties.

If you want to feel sorry for someone, please don't feel sorry for her or our family.

This blog is for family and friends to keep up with Izzy and to document what a tough little girl she really is...

Don't worry - - she will kick cancers butt!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Post Surgery

After the surgery Izzy had to get out of bed and move to the chair 2 times before she went to sleep. She would cry and say she didn't want to do it and wanted me to move her, but it was important for her to get that movement in so she would get better. It wasn't easy with all the tubes and wires attached to her. It was honestly quite a process. We would have to move the tower around so that everything would stretch and make sure her catheter wasn't in the way either. The picture above is of the first time she moved. She had to sit there for about 15 minutes and then get back into the bed. She didn't want me taking pictures of her, but she and everyone else knows me better than that.

Once she had moved from her bed to the chair and back she was exhausted. She fell asleep and even missed her cute little cousins coming to visit. I showed her pictures of Rayanne, Ellie, and Rhett coming to see her, but she was all confused and sad she didn't get to see them.

By the second time she was all about doing it by herself and didn't want any help. That's my Izzy, Miss Independent. This is her playing on Grandpa Kevin's iPad and telling me to stop taking pictures.

It meant a lot to her to have Aunt Kimmie come and spend time with her. She combed her hair and made it look pretty.

Izzy loves to color and do any type of art, so we were blessed to get lots of coloring books and crayons so she could keep her mind off what was going on. We saw this side of Izzy a lot.

She could get pretty mean and upset. I really think it was her way of controlling the situation. She had been poked and prodded so much and wanted to have a little bit of say in things. And we hadn't even been in the hospital for 24 hours yet.

And then with all that energy she spent getting mad she would fall asleep again. I think that it was so too much for her to understand why this was all happening. We went to the hospital and she was feeling fine. Now she had an incision clear across her belly from taking out her kidney and the tumor and was no longer feeling good.

I want to give a big shout out to my friend Danielle who has helped me to get this blog going and put a layout and music to it. Izzy LOVES Taylor Swift and would spend hours watching youtube videos of all her music videos.

**Other updates** I went back to work last night. It was extremely difficult because I wanted to be home with Izzy, but my PTO had run out and the company Dustin was working for let him go for violating his 90 day probationary period. It's okay though, he was miserable there and now he can spend some time finding a job with a company who really cares about their employees. I know that this is just a blessing in disguise and we will get through it!

Much Love,



  1. I don't know what type of work Dustin is looking for, but Scott works at Kennecott and supposedly they are going to be hiring a bunch of drivers soon. The hours and days can be kind of crazy, but they pay good and their insurance benefits are great! Good Luck!

  2. Dave my cute husbands company is hiring. It's L-3 Communications. They do a lot of engineering stuff but they always are in need of people with trades for their facility. I don't know what Dustin does but my husband is an electrician. They have plumbers, hvac...blah blah blah. He should at least go to their website and see if they are hiring for anything he might be qualified for. L-3com.com They have awesome insurance and benefits...and is just an amazing company!

  3. GOOD LUCK!! I hope he can find something soon!

  4. All of you continue to be in my prayers. Izzy is such a strong and amazing little girl - just like her mom. :) You've been amazing through all of this!

  5. hey, anything i can do for ya. i wish it was more. those pictures of her are priceless - maybe the reason for all this fire in her (from the get-go) was for a reason. love ya!


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