Thursday, May 26, 2011

Wedding Day

Back at the beginning of May we celebrated the Josh (Jake's brother) & Dani's big wedding day here in Abilene, it was a fun day for all. They had the ceremony and reception here at the local Hilton Hotel in their banquet room, it was a small, but intimate celebration of their marriage. Both Jake & I were in the wedding me as a bridesmaid and Jake as the best man so that would be why I have zero pictures from the ceremony and their photographer is still working on his pictures. So everything I have is from the reception that followed, we had a delicious dinner and drinks, toasts from the best man and maid of honor, cake, lots of socializing and dancing to fun music. Although it was a stressful couple of days before the wedding everything came together like it most always does at weddings and everyone was happy especially the newlyweds, who were all that really mattered on that day.

Sammy devouring the left over wedding cake

Josh Hopkins having his fair share of wedding cake

Sammy & Josh Hopkins enjoying the left over wedding cake all to themselves

more fun dancing at the reception

Apparently they were just a little bit thirsty

Tea & Water...anyone need a drink?

Josh & Dani feeding each other their wedding cake

reception dance time

Mr. & Mrs. Joshua Nassar's first dance as a married couple

LOVE this picture of Jake & his Aunt Sally hugging each other after Jake had given his best man toast to the new couple, he always has a way to make the crowd cry!

Jake & his brother hugging after Jake's best man toast

Jake giving his best man toast

Such a great picture of Jake & his Aunt Sally at the reception :)

the newly married couple enjoying their dinner at the reception

Sandi (Jake's mom) and her best friend Cindy at the reception

Andrea and I at the reception...miss this girl so much!!

Greg & Josh Hopkins fixing their plates in the buffet line at the reception

Jeff Paxton having some punch

Greg, Josh Hopkins, & I fixing our plates in the buffet line at the reception

Jeff Paxton modeling for the camera

Stephen & Andrea Rogers at the reception

Dani's bridal bouquet

one of the bridesmaids bouquets

another picture of Dani's bridal bouquet

the wedding cake

the top half of the centerpieces that were on every guest table at the reception

the guest table centerpieces at the reception using white hydrangeas, gold ting ting, orange/pink rose petals and rose heads along with green and white roses

a cute arrangement outside by the guest sign in book with orange, green, and white roses with a little bit of gold ting ting

The candy bar with favor boxes with their initial on them for all the guests to take home a box of candy

Wedding Week

Back at the beginning of May Jake's brother, Josh and his fiance Dani got married here in Abilene so we had Jake's Aunt Sally all the way from Boston, Massachusetts and his Nanny from Norfolk, Virginia. We were very blessed to have gotten to spend an entire week with family in preperation for the wedding that weekend. Jake & I absolutely loved having family staying with us, I always love being a hostess especially to family! Other than doing things to get ready for the wedding that weekend we also got to alot of really fun things with Jake's family that we never get to see since we are all so far away from each other. As you can tell in the pictures below we all had alot of fun playing Xbox Kinect, eating, laughing, talking and catching up since the last time we saw them was our wedding last March 2010 so alot had happened since then. Since Jake was able to have most of the week off from work he got to spend alot of time with his family which we both really enjoyed. Later in the week was when the stress began to set in for everyone, more on that later.

Jake of course winning whatever game we were playing on xbox kinect

Aunt Sally vs. Jake at xbox kinect

Josh & Dani (the now newlyweds) in this picture soon to be husband and wife

crazy lately

This will be one of a few posts about what has been going on lately because it has been CRAZY! So for starters over Easter weekend we had a huge hailstorm which damaged both of our cars, but more on our new Camry that we had owned for maybe two weeks at the time, so sad :( So other than a lovely big hailstorm on Easter it was a very enjoyable weekend spent with family. We had such an awesome Easter church service at our church and spent lunch with at parents house and hung out there for the afternoon, then later having dinner with Jake's family. There aren't alot of pictures from Easter weekend but I did catch a few.

Big Duke & my dad on Easter Sunday

the twins-a.k.a. Dad & Christopher

Duke & Dad playing :)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

update on medical stuff

So aside from having a full week of vacation being able to spend with Jake's family for the preperation and celebration of Josh (Jake's brother) & Dani's wedding this past weekend we had some more medical stuff going on with me that I thought I would update about. After a week full of hanging out with the family, getting everything ready for the wedding, we all were absolutely exhausted on sunday. But we started out Sunday with a nice family breakfast at the Hilton Hotel where the wedding took place and where alot of the guests were staying at. After having breakfast we finished cleaning and taking all our wedding supplies out of the ceremony/reception room and headed home to hang out and relax for the afternoon.

Soon after sitting down to relax with the family Jake & I noticed I was starting to have some staring spells (small epileptic seizures) and Jake thought it would be a good idea for me to lay down and rest for awhile since it was also taking me quite awhile to respond to any questions or remarks being geared towards me. So I remember him telling me I needed to lay down and rest for awhile and then telling me I was having some brain fogs a.k.a. small epileptic seizures but remember nothing beyond that. According to Jake he turned to look at me and my pupils had dilated huge and soon after I started to fall over when he caught me so that I didn't hit my head on anything. After that happened my eyes were rolling back in my head, my body was very tense and going through convulsions, when I also was biting my tongue very hard. Soon after someone who was there called the paramedics and I was soon loaded up in the ambulance and taken to Henderick Emergency Room where I was met by Jake, my parents, and Talmadge(my boss, who also just happens to be a neurosurgeon at that particular hospital.)

While at the hospital I was seen by the ER doctor, Dr. Higgins, my new neurologist Dr. Landfield, along with Dr. Talmadge Trammell. I was given an iv of a high dose of Keppra (my anti-seizure medication) and also given a few blood tests to verify that everything else involved was ok. Since my last seizure was just about a month ago everyone seems to be pretty concerned since I had a pretty bad one on sunday even though I was the anti-seizure medication so we are weaning me off of the Keppra that I am currently on and switching to something different called Lamictel which will hopefully work better. The reason this particular seizure on Sunday seemed so much worse to me was because I couldn't remember what day it was, that it was even a holiday at all, I was much much more out of it than I was last month when I had my other seizures, and also took alot longer and alot more effort to process and especially respond to comments, remarks, and questions made towards me. I don't remember anything from right before the seizure happened, when the paramedics came, when the seizure was going on, and not a whole after it all happened.

I went to my diabetes doctor today to make sure there was nothing going on with my blood sugar numbers or medicines that may have caused the seizure on sunday but he said all is good and that he feels good about the medication I am on for my blood sugar numbers. My doctor did take away another medicine that he added last week, glymeperide that was making my blood sugar too low like in the 50s. I am also on 4 pills of Folic Acid once a day from my neurologist. I am scheduled to see my neurologist the week after next on the 24th. For now I think I should be all set with medications unless something else happens, which I am hoping doesn't happen.

I do know that this is going to be a very low key week with no work except friday night, lots of resting, and now some of my family coming in town this weekend for my cousin rachel's graduation.

Later this week I promise to update the blog with a big wedding week post full of lots of pictures...