Mom's cancer treatment was cut off recently because it had become ineffective. She had additional growths on her liver. There are no other kidney cancer treatments available that she hasn't tried.
Subsequently, Mom took a turn for the worse over Labor Day weekend, and her doctor sent her to the ER on Wednesday. Bob was with her all day Wednesday while they slowly decided to admit her to the hospital. Bob and I were in the hospital with Mom on Thursday and Friday. Friday night I moved her permanently to Long Island to be near me, Kevin, and the kids.
Mom's oncologist recommended hospice as the next step. She's past the stage where she can reasonably do any kind of assisted living arrangement. Mom and I weighed hospice against rehab and Mom decided hospice was better to manage her pain. Hospice is a type of care not a place. She's temporarily at a facility while we figure out how to adjust her pain medication and get our house set up to move with her in with us. She'll get hospice at our home as well once she moves in.
Miranda started school! Her teacher is Miss Dee, and the teacher's aids are Miss Jackie and Miss Jaime.
Preschool, 3 years old!
With her big brother.
Her first day ever was Wednesday, but since her brother started Tuesday I dressed her up like she was going too and took pictures of them together. This worked out especially well because her real first day was super rainy.
Real first day- with Dad
Real first day
Real first day with mom outside preschool
Miranda told me that she met and played with lots of kids. she and Ella played with the kitchen together. She met a girl named Jordan but didn't get a chance to play with her.
She told me that they painted a school bus, which was obvious because she was holding it when she came out. They sang songs, including Old McDonald's, which she serenaded me with once we were home. She had a snack which she described as "a backpack of goldfish and jellybeans!" Actually, I packed her lunch and it was a snack-sized Ziplock of goldfish, fruit snacks, and a juice box. Not the healthiest ever, but I was trying to make the first day fun.
Returning to the Mommy N' Me location but on her own this year!
Her special hook right next to her friend Ella's hook
She looks dubious here but she smiled right after I snapped the photo.
She's already forgotten all about me. Haha.
She seemed super happy when I picked her up.
Ready to go home- and it's sunny now!
Her new besties Ella and Jordan
Me: So you liked school?
Miranda: I love going to school. I love going to the playground. I love going to Great-grandma’s. I love going to Grandma’s. I love going to Ella’s house. I love going to the beach.
Me: We do all that stuff because we love you so much.
Miranda: And you give me kisses and hugs.
Then she proceeded to tell her painting of the school bus, "I love you so much!"
Me: Your Painting?
Miranda: It's yours now.
Me: But were you telling me you love me, or the painting that you love it?
Miranda: The painting.
Me: Did you learn anything? Did you do letters or numbers?
Miranda: Yes! I learned numbers!
Me: What numbers?
Miranda: C, Y, W, X, and X!
We have a little work to do I guess. But I'm sure she's going to do great!
James started first grade! It's his first time actually returning to a school for the second year since he had a different nursery, preschool, and kindergarten locations. He's feeling like a big deal this year. His teacher is Miss Gambino, and his friend from Kindergarten Michael B is in his new class. He's still seeing his friend Nolan every day on the bus.
First grade, 6 years old!
Miranda is starting school this year too!
He enjoyed the first day but then missed his stop on the way home. Much drama ensued. My blood pressure went through the roof. When it settled, he told me about his day and spent a lot of time telling me about his assigned school number and how they use it. He also told me about a girl, Madison, that's both on his bus and at his table in 1st grade. Looks like a new friend already!
Great-grandma Ruth recently moved into a posh retirement home. So this weekend, Kevin took the kids to visit, and also helped Grandma Kathy move into Great-grandma's old house. I stayed home to catch up on stuff before school starts.
Friday lunch with Great-grandma
Grand Aunt Mary and Great-grandma
Friday Grandma took the kids to Follins Pond at her old place
Saturday, Kevin, Steve, Mike, and Chris helped Grandma Kathy move. How lucky to have so many strong helpful men in the family. Katie took the kids to Grandma Kathy's new place. After phase 1 of the move was done, some of the helpers went to Bayview Beach.
Mike and Katie at Bayview Beach
Bayview Beach has a dramatic low tide
Bonfire at Grandma's new house with lots of the family (photo by Nesie)
Grandma and Nesie getting some love at the Bonfire