Saturday, April 30, 2011

Happy Together

Over Easter weekend, we took a couple of pictures together we wanted to share with our family and friends.

Last Friday night, Good Friday, we took in our first Rangers baseball game of the season. As great of a season as the Rangers had last year, unfortunately every single game we went to, they lost! We were hoping for better luck this year. Well, the Rangers won 11-6 and hit five home runs. There was supposed to be post-game fireworks, but they were cancelled because of high winds. It was still a night filled with fun.

Check out my Rangers dress! My wonderful friend Susie made it for me. She has an ETSY site called "Love My Game Dress". You can visit her shop here. She makes super cute, unique dresses out of sports t-shirts. The bottom of the dresses are made out of solid colored t-shirts. Up until recently, she's made mostly college dresses, but now she's made some Rangers dresses as well. The neatest part of my dress is the fact that the top is made out of one of John's old Rangers shirts. I LOVE IT! Thanks again Susie ~ you're awesome!

Sunday, of course, was Easter. Over the past couple of years we have tried to match on Easter Sunday. I say "we", but it's really me that wants to match and John is so sweet and willing to go along with it. Last year, we wore lime green and black. This year, I found my dress a few weeks before we looked for something for John. I actually tried on a few different dresses and let John be the judge. My dress was magenta and instead of making John wear magenta, I told him to look for something that would compliment it and he chose purple. So we were pink and purple - perfect!


As the subject says, we continue to be so "happy together"!

Until we meet again...
Riley

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Now at Rest

Grammy died this morning about 6:20. She had a very calm restful night and went peacefully this morning. The Lord chose a special day to take her because she loved Easter. I plan to do a post in tribute to her, but I want to make a few notes and gather some thoughts. I will post more in the coming days.

I am thankful that she is now joined with her beloved husband of 52 years, my grandfather whom everyone knew as "Flash". I'm thankful that she is no longer in pain and has been restored to the fullness of her health.

Most of all, I'm thankful for our relationship and the memories we shared. I love you Grammy ~ you will be greatly missed!

Until we meet again...
Riley

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Quick Update on Grammy

Hello Friends~

I will keep this fairly short, because at this point there's really no sense in going into the past few days and series of events, but the fact is that the end is probably near.

Grammy is getting worse daily and her body is beginning to shut down. She's had fever, low blood pressure, low blood count, little kidney output, irregular heartbeat and she's been unresponsive for several days.

I'm not sure how much time there is whether it's a matter of hours or days. Her birthday is next Tuesday so my prayer is that if it is in fact her time, that she would go to be with the Lord before or after that day.

I'm thankful that I was able to go see her one more time on Sunday and touch her hand and tell her that I loved her. Even though she didn't know I was there, it was important to me.

I will keep you posted, but I continue to ask for your prayers of strength and comfort at this time.

Thank you!
Riley

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Our Engagement Anniversary

9 years ago today (April 16,2002) we had the joy of saying "We're ENGAGED"!

Oh happy day! I remember that day well and it holds a special place in our hearts. One thing we've always done from the beginning of our relationship, and still to this day, is celebrate all of the special and memorable moments in our life together. So today we are celebrating the fact that 9 years ago I said "Yes" when John asked me to marry him and thus began our journey to become husband and wife about 10 months later. We were engaged only 3 months after we met, but when you know, you know...and here we are married now for 8 years and know that the best is yet to come!

Thank you for asking me to marry you John. I love being Mrs. Ussery!

Until we meet again...
Riley

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Another surgery for Grammy

Hello and Happy Thursday!

Here is a little bit of an updated on Grammy. Over the past several days she has been running a fever, but all of the tests have been negative so the doctors were a little stumped as to what was causing her fever to spike. Long story short, they determined that she has a bacteria/infection in her urine so they have moved her to an isolation room in ICU and they have been giving her antibiotics to treat it.

She will indeed be having a tracheotomy today around noon. They are supposed to do the surgery bedside in ICU. Several people on the medical staff have said that this should make it easier to wean her off the ventilator and help her breathe on her own.

Barring any complications, she will be moved to a new hospital on Friday. She will stay in San Antonio, but be moved to another hospital down the road - Select Specialty Hospital's ICU at Baptist Hospital. She is being moved there to their long-term acute care facility. We are hearing that she will be there about 3-4 weeks and then we'll see what the next step is.

Please pray for a successful procedure today with the tracheotomy and for a smooth transition to the new hospital tomorrow. Ultimately we pray that this will be a step in the right direction to get her breathing normally and naturally on her own. I continue to thank you for the thoughts, concern and prayers for our family.

John and I will actually be able to visit her over the weekend. We are going to a family reunion for my Dad's side of the family in Fredericksburg, which is not too far from San Antonio, so we plan to go see my Mom and visit Grammy sometime on Sunday. I have Monday off from work so we will head back to Dallas then.

Hopefully, I will be able to post an update after the surgery today or the transfer tomorrow, but if I run out of time before I leave town, I will update when we return.

Take care and God Bless ~ LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYERS!
Until we meet again...
Riley

Friday, April 8, 2011

The Latest on Grammy...

Happy Friday!

I know I haven't posted any updates since Tuesday, but there really hasn't been too much to report.

As far as the ventilator situation, it remains the same. Grammy is still on the ventilator. The doctor said that if she is still on it (not weaned off) by Monday they will do a tracheotomy. If they indeed do the tracheotomy, they will move her to a long-term acute care facility. We aren't sure of the details of that yet, just something mentioned this morning. One of the nurses that cared for her before surgery said they might also try to wean her off of the trach.

Her fever is still spiking, but all of her blood work and cultures have been negative so they are trying to figure out the cause of her fever issues. The infectious disease doctor is supposed to come by again today.

That's about all I know at this point, but I wanted to at least share that. I ask that you would please continue to lift up a prayer for Grammy's healing and recovery and for my Mom as she's going through a very difficult time ~ obviously.

On another note (and Grammy would appreciate this as an avid sports fan)...

How
about them Rangers?
Have a good weekend!
Until we meet again...
Riley

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Please Pray!

This is my Grammy ~ pardon the old picture, but it's the newest I could find. Her birthday is 3 weeks from today and she is very ill and needs your prayers. A week ago yesterday (3/28) she had a triple bypass heart surgery. The surgery was very high risk because of various other health issues and possible complications - it took about 5 1/2 hours. John and I went to San Antonio to visit Grammy before the surgery and to be with my Mom during the surgery.

Unfortunately, "life calls" so we came back to Dallas last Tuesday. When we left, Grammy was in surgical ICU recovering from surgery and on a ventilator. Well, here we are a week later and she remains in surgical ICU and remains on a ventilator, so sadly there has not been much change. There have been some signs of improvement here and there, but nothing consistent.

Each time they attempt to take her off the ventilator she struggles to breath on her own and breathes way too hard. The doctor said yesterday, he's not sure if she'll ever be able to breathe on her own. There have been talks of a tracheotomy surgery taking place if things aren't better by the weekend, but there are other health concerns as well.

As of this morning the doctor told my Mom "things were really not looking good". Her fever is spiking and her blood pressure is very low. She's had some kidney function issues as well. They have called an "infectious disease" doctor about the fever and are giving her medication for the blood pressure. Through all of this, they have kept her sedated so she's pretty much out of it.

As hard as it is to face, it seems like the bad news continues to come. We weren't really prepared for this to be honest. We knew the surgery would be very difficult and involve a lot of risk, so once she made it through the surgery, we figured we were "in the clear" and it was all uphill from there. But her body is very weak and tired and for the past year or two, her health has declined and she's been dealing with lots of problems.

All we can do is take it one day at a time and see what the Lord has planned. We of course want Grammy to be completely healed and restored to the fullness of her health, but we have to trust in the Lord and His will for her life. That's tough! It's a hard time and we all have to face similar situations in life.

I would ask you for continued prayer. I know that God is the Divine Physician and he can work a miracle. I would love for that to happen, but I also have to have faith in God to do what he has planned - whether it be what I desire or not. I ultimately want to see and know that Grammy is comfortable, free from pain and strong - however that may come. It's hard to reconcile that within myself, but I just want her to be well.Please pray for her health and for God's will to be done in her life.

I also ask that you pray for my Mom. She's taken care of Grammy for several years and has sacrificed more than I could list for Grammy's well being. Especially in these last few weeks as she was in the hospital for a week before the surgery and then all of these days following surgery, she's been there everyday and every step of the way. It's extremely difficult for her, but she's handled it with great strength. I admire her dedication to her Mom, my Grammy. Please pray for her continued strength, courage, patience, peace, energy, trust and comfort. I know she is worried and afraid, so may the Lord wrap His loving arms around her and know the He is there with her.
This is a picture of the three of us on my wedding day - a little over 8 years ago! What a beautiful day it was.

At this time, I am reminded of the song "Praise You in this Storm" by Casting Crowns...

I was sure by now,God, that You would have reached down
and wiped our tears away,
stepped in and saved the day.
But once again, I say amen
and it's still raining
as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain,
"I'm with you"
and as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise
the God who gives and takes away.

Chorus:
And I'll praise you in this storm
and I will lift my hands
for You are who You are
no matter where I am
and every tear I've cried
You hold in your hand
You never left my side
and though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry to You
and raised me up again
my strength is almost gone how can I carry on
if I can't find You
and as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
and as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise
the God who gives and takes away

I lift my eyes onto the hills
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth
I lift my eyes onto the hills
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth

Thank you for your prayers, love and support. I will post updates as I am able.

Until we meet again...
Riley

Friday, April 1, 2011

Welcome Back...

BASEBALL


YOU'VE BEEN MISSED!

Until we meet again...
Riley