Sunday, August 9, 2009

Semi-Finalist Week #10



My dh is military and will hit his 12 year mark in October and will also be promoted to E-7 the same month-Yeah!! Besides the constant moving, uprooting of kids and schools is always hard on everyone. Even with deployments and him going to schools for long periods of time is no fun either. But I think the hardest deployment for me was in 2003 for the start of the war. He flew our on Valentine's Day, and because everything was hush hush then we found out two days before when his ship date was. All we could do is drop him off on base and leave. At that time, we had one son, Peytan who was 2 1/2. I didn't get anything from him no letter or phone call nothing because of what they were preparing for over there. Peytan had issues with constipation since he was a couple weeks old. I finally got a consult with a specialist in Chapel Hill which was 3 hours away. We drove up on the Eve of the start of the war and stayed at the Ronald McDonald House. As he slept I watched the countdown to the war on TV. I still hadn't heard from him. At the appointment the next day he had to be knocked out for his MRI which was the hardest thing to watch. They let me sit in the room with him as they did the MRI and all I could do was cry. When it was finally over and he was awake enough for us to go home. I drove home in a down pour! Not sure if my day could get any better! LOL!! About a week later I get a phone call from a nurse saying that he had Spinalbifida Occulta. I was speechless. She was so monotone as she told me and then proceeded to say that 15% of the population had it and didn't know it. Yep, that helped! I called one of our good friends that was station with us and that went to school with us (we were high school sweathearts, rival schools) he came over with dinner for us and his oldest to play with Peytan. I decided to send a Red Cross message to Jason to let him know what was going on because I didn't want him to hear it from someone else. Some of the guys that stayed in Kuwait did have access to phones, and word travels fast. It took me a week to convince his Sgt.Major to send it. I finally get a call via satellite phone to give him the break down of what was going on. And that he can go back with me when they do the second MRI on his head, because I couldn't do that again by myself. I think our conversation lasted 3 minutes. As the months passed I got letters from him, of course I sent letters and boxes as well. He finally got to call when they were back in Kuwait after the "invasion" part was over. He came home two weeks later just in time for the fourth of July! Nine months later we had Christian!
Peytan is now 8 and doing great! He'll probably be on Miralax the rest of his life and still has problems now and then. His favorite thing to do is play his PS3 online with Jason! I attached a pic of my boys as well!
BTW- after he was back a couple months, they tried to charge him money for that satellite phone call!
TIA
Amy-- Happy Scrapping! Semper Fi!

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I work with Amy. She is one of the funniest gals you'll ever meet. I never knew her story, glad I got to read it here!

Anonymous said...

I am Amy's Aunt and saw what was once a little girl grow to a Wife/Mother and all around tough and loving women. Amy is one to give all and love all. She is one of the best mothers I know and loving wife to a Marine my newphew who defends what is our freedom. Amy as myself have been away from home for a long time and that is something in itself that takes deep belief and love and devotion. Amy I love you lots and proud to be your Aunt.

Kisses to each of you from us.
Aunt Shallene

racoopa said...

I worked with Amy and her story is amazing! She is a strong woman with a strong family, and she deserves to win this contest! Way to go, Amy!
Rachel Nicholl

Tracy said...

Amy is an inspiration as a strong and supportive friend, mother and military wife!

Kara said...

Amy is an amazing person. She is a great friend, wife, and mother. She is very supportive of the military. She also has incredible talent! I am in awe at her ability to be so string and positive.

danahollis said...

Amy is a wonderful mother, wife and friend. She juggles a lot each and every day yet manages to keep everything running smoothly. It's tough to be in a military family, but we all are grateful for her sacrifice. Thanks, Amy! :)

Anonymous said...

I was a military wife with Amy, she is very very funny, but also a sweetheart as well, she would do anything for anyone at anytime, she is very strong!! She helped me through some hard things when no one else was there, thanks again for that Amy!!
Trish

Ruth said...

I do not know Amy personally but I do know her hubby Jason. I know that Amy has been a teriffic support for Jason and his parents. I here from her in-laws what a wonderful mother and wife she is. They rave on their wonderful daughter-in-law. I believe she deserves to win for standing strong through it all.

Anonymous said...

I am Jason's Grandmother. Amy is a wonderful wife and mother. She did a great job of keeping the family together when Jason was overseas. Jason is very lucky to have such a great wife.
Eleanor

Anonymous said...

I know Amy well, but didn't know this story. Amy is one of the strongest women I know and is a great wife, mother and friend. Way to go Amy! Your ability to overcome adversity and come out with a positive attitude is inspiring to us all!

Tara G.

Alexis said...

You just have to meet Amy once to know how awesome she truly is. She's hilarious, strong, smart and has a honest heart. I'm honored to call her one of my closest friends. The sacrifices she's made as a military wife make her a hero to American women across the country!

Michael, Jennee, Libbie, Aadric, Kaedrin, EllieOra said...

Amy, I also have a son who is 8 and he has bladder exstrophy, it is so hard having my hubby gone while he has surgeries and stuff. he has one at the end of the month and I am dreading being alone for it, because My husband is always such a great Dad and support.
Anyway, just knowing that others have and do go through it, helps allot BTW, I am one of the contestants as well:)

Jenn said...

Amy is my sister-in-law and has always been a great person to be around. She is definitely the right person for Jason! I didn't know her story either, but I know Amy does a great job of keeping things together and staying strong. She is level-headed and funny and has raised two amazing boys.

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