Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Max and Morris and a Bear

Goodbye Max and Morris.  Our first family fish is dead.  Belly up the morning before Ty's big MRI.  I tried.  I did.  I googled his worrisome behavior yesterday and concluded that he was simply bored and depressed.  I took the advice of other betta fish owners and put a mirror up for him to have a "friend".  I planned on buying a plant for his tank today. 

I find this a little amusing in my sick little head.  Of course he's dead.  Why wouldn't he be?  Any other family can keep a Betta fish alive for years but not us!  I hope you sense my sarcasm.  I am not upset over this finding in the least.  My son has cancer.  THAT is the only "big deal" that I'm faced with every day. 

In addition to the sacrificial loss of Max and Morris, our home was visited by a large bear two days ago.  The bear wandered into our neighborhood - of all neighborhoods - and he selected only the Campbell family garbage can - of all garbage cans - and he feasted on our leftover sausage and peppers and whatever else he could get his paws on.  Then he rested his big butt in my hostas, destroying a few of the plants, before running past Ty and Gavin's jungle gym into the woods behind my yard.  Unbelievable, right?  I am from Long Island.  The thought of getting a tick terrifies me (and I'm not joking).  Can you imagine how uneasy I feel about a bear running in my backyard?  Yeah.  I'm a little on edge over that, because that's where I need to be.  Did I mention Ty's bi-monthly MRI is tomorrow? 

Despite all of these little mishaps, I woke up feeling very alive and well.  Ty slept great.  He had a wonderful session with our at-home PT and it lifted my spirits yesterday.  He was sitting up in a new chair she brought over and he was working his legs for the first time in a very long time.  There was a lot of movement that I haven't seen in weeks.  Minimal, but it's there.  We can build on it and I'm excited for him.  Seeing that was just what I needed to turn myself around (and all of your thoughtful messages certainly helped me feel better, too - thank you). 

Here is my favorite picture from the past few days.  Lou took this during Ty's last day of therapy at Blythedale.  This kid is going to take a beautiful picture tomorrow.  It is going to be all clear.  Hope is ever present and always powerful.  Thank you all for continuing to think of us and to pray for Ty. 

11 comments:

  1. No matter how sad your post may be one day I can always count on you to make me smile the next. Ty has every right/reason to be sad and depressed but he somehow manages to find the joy in life. I'm sure that he learned that from you and Lou.

    His smile always brightens my day and lights up my heart. I'm so happy to hear that you are seeing improved movement. I have always believed that Ty will improve. Keep finding those positives. One day you will be posting pictures of him walking, running, jumping, swinging and chasing his little brother. I am sure of it because SuperTy has always amazed us with his comebacks!!! He is incredible.

    As for the bear, that was hilarious. Maybe not to you as it was occurring but now that all is well again t is a really cool memory. You must have some delicious leftovers....LOL.

    Praers and positive thoughts as you journey to the city for scans. I know you are right, Ty is gonna take BEAUTIFUL pictures today....and always!

    All my love,
    Elaine Hinkle

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  2. No matter how sad your post may be one day I can always count on you to make me smile the next. Ty has every right/reason to be sad and depressed but he somehow manages to find the joy in life. I'm sure that he learned that from you and Lou.

    His smile always brightens my day and lights up my heart. I'm so happy to hear that you are seeing improved movement. I have always believed that Ty will improve. Keep finding those positives. One day you will be posting pictures of him walking, running, jumping, swinging and chasing his little brother. I am sure of it because SuperTy has always amazed us with his comebacks!!! He is incredible.

    As for the bear, that was hilarious. Maybe not to you as it was occurring but now that all is well again t is a really cool memory. You must have some delicious leftovers....LOL.

    Praers and positive thoughts as you journey to the city for scans. I know you are right, Ty is gonna take BEAUTIFUL pictures today....and always!

    All my love,
    Elaine Hinkle

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  3. I am praying that Ty has a clean MRI tomorrow and for your family to have the strength to get through this terrible anxiety and stress. Please know that Ty is in so many people's thoughts and prayers. He is so special and he is an inspiration to all of us.

    Ann from Buffalo

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  4. Bears symbolize protection, courage and power...I'd be tempted to leave some good left-overs out tonight :)

    Loving the picture above! Look at all of that beautiful hair...and those cheeks...ohhh those cheeks!

    Praying for a clean scan tomorrow!

    Bridget
    Memphis, TN

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  5. Thoughts and tons of prayers for lil Ty and your family. Always praying for a miracle and extra prayers for clean scan. Lil Ty is precious!!! xoxoxoxoxoxo

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  6. This morning I went to make color copies of the letter my husband is using for his fundraising efforts. He is part of The Superty team that is riding in the Pan-Mass Challenge in August. As I went to pay, the woman said " I don't take money for Ty" she was familiar with his plight and her simple gesture reminded me how we are all humans and when something is done with good intent it feels so good no matter how big or small. So thanks X-Press printing of Mahopac.

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  7. I hope the clean scan is over and done with early so you don't have more unnecessary anxiety.

    Apparently as a reminder that great, unexpected things can happen at any time, I just spelled "unnecessary" all by myself and it was right! **~~** BELIEVE **~~**

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  8. ps not surprised about your dead fish (Special Pets and Appliances Ltd)

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  9. I love this picture. He looks so happy and strong! I pray the in-home therapy brings quick improvement to Ty. Praying that being at home will help him "work" harder.
    I continue to pray for the MRI tomorrow and ask our Heavenly Father to please show nothing but CLEAN scans! God Bless.


    Janet
    COLE's prayer team

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  10. Heres a funny little story I was on line buying a couple of plants and the woman in front of me said these were the best plants I could buy because they were so hardy and would never die. That was the 3rd time I was replacing them because I had killed them the other 2..

    Tons of prayers coming your way. I know this scan is going to be clean.. I can't wait to hear your good news. Keeping my fingers toes and whatever else I can crossed
    I'll be anxiously waiting to hear
    Good luck
    XOXO
    Michelle

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  11. Praying for clean scans down here on Long Island!

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