Friday, December 30, 2011

12 Months with Larry

January: Home from Auckland after 4 months at Nephrocare (love those nurses!).

February: Cataract Surgery as a non-resident.

March: Back to Auckland for needle training for PD Bags.

April: Back to Auckland again for what would be our final appointment with Dr. Voss.

May: The Livians bought our baby back from Australia after having her since September ;) Thanks guys!
Everything started to go downhill healthwise.

June: Blood transfusion as a non-resident. Health was pretty bad. Catheter stopped working.

July Part 1: Emergency Haemo dialysis. PD Bags had been out of order for 4 weeks and he had not been properly dialysed in that time. Very sick. Immigration residency denied. Appeal denied. About to hang myself with a pink florescent colored shoe lace.

July Part 2: We are going no where!
Immigration & Appeals Tribunal decisions overturned and Residency granted.

August: First Recormon shots as a Resident. First Recormon shot in months. No more $200 for one.

September: Spring. Haemo 3 times a week. Now a Kiwi.

October: First hospital stay as a Resident. Tenckhoff removed and new one installed.

November: Thanksgiving. It was all for him and he was asleep and exhausted post-haemo.

December: In hospital again. Tenckhoff removed, eye surgery.

It's was an uphill battle for the first half of the year, but after bombarding God with prayers and hopes, he heard us all and for that, it has turned out to be one of the best years of my life.

Thursday, December 29, 2011


The gardens are finally doing something worth while.

Bell Peppers.

Cherry tomatoes.

Roma Tomatoes.

Braved the turn of weather and went fishing with the Parentals.

Took our grill and had dinner on the beach.

Cheese sausages, porterhouse steak (an abomination grilling it) and shrimp skewers.

Chef Larry.

The kahawai catch.

First of the season sweetcorn on the grill.
98 cents each at the moment, but in a few weeks they'll be 10 ears for $1.

Love giving this man the quality of life he deserves.
Dialysis tomorrow.
Renal appointment on the 19th.
Life is ok.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Clean up

Spent the day cleaning up around my grandparents place.
Larry & Carlos laxin under the walnut tree.

Hot day today.
Kids went for a swim in the creek.

If she gets diarrhea tomorrow, we know why.

Karen and her Mum arrived from Wellington.

The cutest baby in the world.


These two are in love.

Last night with the Nettles before they leave tomorrow.


No one can pull of Whitney Houston but Whitney Houston.
No one.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Movie night at Ma's house.

I really do despise summer holidays. Here in NZ, school ends around mid December for the year and begins in Feb. All our kids are loose until February.
God bless us all.

Movie night for family home evening at my grandparents place, which is right next to my mothers house and right in front of my brothers house and 7 houses down the street from our house.

I wanted to watch Star Trek, but I was outvoted and we watched a sequel to Big Momma's House. I left early because the movie was that awesome.

Merry US Christmas to family and friends there!

Summer part 2

Nessa envisioned this shoot with my nephew Ellis. They pulled it all together very well. Hubs was supposed to be in it, but got stage fright...