My mother had an emergency appendectomy yesterday. She'd been having terrible abdominal pain for the past month but no one could diagnose anything. Finally, the pain got so bad that my dad took her to the ER, where they found out that her appendix had actually ruptured a few weeks ago. She also had four feet of impacted bowel - I have no idea how she managed to function. Her appendix was the size of a softball. We're waiting for the pathology results to make sure there's no cancerous tissue. My mom is a breast cancer survivor and this is a big concern. Please, keep her in your thoughts and prayers! She has about six weeks of recovery ahead of her. (P.S. Today is my dad's birthday, one I'm sure he'll remember.) 
Also, our house went on the market today. I'm sad...I don't want to leave. We've been here for almost six years and I thought we'd stay here until the kids finished high school. But it's happening fast. The realtor was here Friday night, the house was officially listed today, and we had our first showing! I was completely unprepared (who imagines that their house will show the first day they list it?) and I had dirty dishes in the sink and laundry here and there, unmade beds, etc. Yikes! But get this: we may have an offer, and it may be in cash! This means that we're moving ever closer to finalizing our divorce. We're using the same realtor who sold us this house in 2002, so it's very surreal and unnerving.
This is honestly one of the most trying times I've ever been if you have any words of wisdom, advice, or even jokes...please, send them my way.

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Jun. 2, 2008 at 6:23 PM

my prayers are with you but remember to ask God exactly what you need...we can pray with you but not for you..this is something that you must do in order to gain wisdom and courage. Know that we are your friends and there to support you in any way we possibly can. If you ever need to vent or talk I am a click away....



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Jun. 2, 2008 at 7:42 PM

Your poor mother, and the rest of you, have to be so angry that she wasn't diagnosed before it got to that point. 

I will not say that I can't imagine what you are going through, because everytime I say that, I end up finding out.  I do know that I would be devastated to have to leave my house, where my family started. 

You ARE dealing with a lot right now.  You are very strong.  You are all in my prayers.

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Jun. 2, 2008 at 8:12 PM I have no words of wisdom to offer. Only that I am hear to lean on if you need me. Lord knows I have leaned on you enough. Take of you and your kids. The rest will take care of itself.

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Jun. 3, 2008 at 9:55 AM

Wow, I can't believe your house may be sold that quickly!  Do you have a place to live if it does? 

Impacted bowel and appendix burst?  Your mom must be tough if she was still moving with that!  I hope she is doing all right and there is no cancer.

Keep us updated and I will be sending positive thoughts your way!

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