...to North Carolina. Actually we're all making the move from here. My husband, youngest daughter and eldest son will be leaving our home state (Louisiana) this week for our new home in North Carolina. I've been telling everyone that Katrina made us do it Seriously...some of you may or may not know that since September 2004, my husband and I have been caring for our now 22 year old son (he's 3rd in line of our 6 children) since he was left disabled from a series of brain surgeries to remove a brain tumor. Michael is barely able to walk, usually uses a walker or cane to move from place to place, can barely see and has a feeding tube in place since he fights constant nausea/vomiting.
With all of these symptoms persisting and the loss of Tulane's medical staff from the storm last August, we were somewhat left with no choice. We've been searching for a number of months for a place that was willing to take Michael on as a 'case' to see how we could help improve his condition or just make life a little easier for him. Being as he was an athletic little boy who loved being in the outdoors, it's been quite difficult for him to be confined inside for such long periods of time. In addition to being an athlete in high school and an avid outdoorsman, Michael was actively serving in the USAF when the tumor was diagnosed in 2004. He had already been to Iraq & Kuwait and was heading back for a second tour when things hit.
In late April/early May, we made a trip up to Duke University's Brain Tumor Center in Durham. Without hesitation, they agreed to have Michael as a patient. We were more than happy and relieved!!
Reluctantly, I'm having to leave my 21 year old daughter here to finish one semester of college. It's quite hard as we are an extremely close family, but we know this must be done.
So, in two days we will be hitting the road with two large moving vans, a pull behind trailer, a small truck in tow and our daughter driving our full size van, up to N.C. (not to mention two unhappy cats who can't quite figure out what we're doing here!)
I'm also hoping that this move will help give me more time with my photography. The only draw back to the home we bought is that there's no basement or out-building for a darkroom. Of course, Bobby (my husband) and I will have to do something quick!!! We have to have a darkroom!!!
We are all excited and a bit nervous, but hope that this will open some doors for new possibilities in all respects for us.
Hoping to return to Apug soon!!!