Sorry for neglecting all my friends. I have been battling menopausal depression and kind of shut down on life for a year or so.
Miller is doing GREAT! Healthy, Happy and fit as a puppy at 6 years old. We lost Gunner, our Cattle Dog Husky mix, this past spring at 16 years old. I still feel the loss. That good boy helped me raise my children. Always there for us, smiling away & waving that beautiful tail.
I became a grandmother 2 weeks ago. My beautiful grandson, Elijah, was born with some birth defects and had 2 surgeries at only one day old. His esophagus was not connected to his stomach and he was born without an anus. One surgery connected his esophagus to his stomach and was a success. He is eating and thriving. The second surgery gave him a temporary colostemy bag.
We bring him home tomorrow or the next day and wait 2 months for the next 2 surgeries which will give the lil guy a pooper.
My youngest daughter, Amy is only 20 and a new mother. I am so proud of the way she stepped up to the plate. She literally grew up overnight.
Please keep us in your prayers.
I'm Katie, I only joined the forum last week.
I'm so sorry to hear all your news, and I think you're a very strong woman for dealing with it with grace. Depression is a nasty foe (I have postnatal depression), and I'm happy to hear that you're feeling better.
Congratulations on the arrival of Elijah (what a gorgeous name!). He's very lucky to have such a strong and caring Grandma, and I wish your family all the strength through this trying time.
Look forward to getting to know you and Miller.
Katie & Harper
Soccorullus Corey Boy, our "Harper" 31.08.09
Hope you are feeling better!
Just wanted to post to let you know that I have a friend who has a daughter who was born with heart defects and without an anus as well. She had surgeries for both.
All were successful, she is now a normally functioning 13 yr old - heart, butt and attitude!
You don't know me (I'm new here) but I just wanted to comment about your grandson. Does he have Vater's Syndrome? I ask only because my first daughter was stillborn and what you have described with your grandson was among the issues with my daughter. I've heard so many wonderful stories of survival and I pray that your grandson continues to thrive.
Also, I lost my best dog friend over the summer. He too helped raise my kids (and helped me grieve the death of my first daughter) and yes, somedays I still breakdown when I least expect it.
Here's to brighter days ahead
Boomer, yellow lab mix (born approx. March 2008)
Rescued from kill shelter and home forever Sept. 2009
HEY GAIL! We miss you!
Elijah and Amy sound like quite a good pair - they have my prayers and continued good thoughts...as do you - menopause sucks! HUGS!
Hi and welcome back .
Sorry about Gunner .
Congrats on your grand son. Good thoughts for him!
~Veronica and Nikki~
Sweet Emma, 16th of February 1996~26th of November 2010
Always in my heart and soul. Together forever, my love....
Nikki 6 months
Gail!!! *big warm hugs* I miss you! I'm sorry about Gunner and a huge congrats on Elijah! Poor little guy.. he must be a fighter, like his gramma =)
Thoughts and prayers for some uneventful, future surgeries =)
kelli, tucker and koda
You guys have been through so much! I think Kenny told us about your Gunner. I'm so very sorry!
I know you can't wait to get that grandbaby home! And you know we will want some pics. Are you still making jewelry? So much to talk about...we miss you at JG, too!
Lots of hugs, girl!
and yes...menopause is the devil!!