Sunday, May 21, 2017

My Wonderful Frankfurter

Dear Friends,

It is with a broken heart that I must tell you that my dear Frankfurter passed away on Sunday right at about 2:30 in the afternoon.  He was laying on the couch sleeping, next to his Grandpa, which was his favorite spot to be in the afternoons.  

Since I moved back to Illinois, I am the only person that Frank would give kisses.  My Mom used to beg him for kisses, but he wouldn't do it.  They were reserved for his mommy.  This past week, as I have held him every night, I would give me kisses on the head.  I would put my face down for him to kiss me back, but he just didn't feel like it.  

On Saturday night, when I took Frank in my arms, I kissed him on the head and told him how much I loved him.  He stretched his head forward and gave me three tiny kisses.  We were all so excited because we thought that meant he was getting better.  Now it is one of my most cherished memories.

Frankfurter received his treatment this morning.  There were no hints at all that this was coming.  He just went to sleep by his Grandpa and passed away.

We are all so thankful for your prayers this week.  We had almost six full days that we did not think we were going to get to have and they were wonderful.  When I would take Frank in my arms, I would feel him relax.  He would sleep and I would hold him quietly, until I just had to tell him how much I loved him.  I haven't been able to spend nearly as much time with Frank as I have wanted because I am in bed so much of the time as a result of my back.  This week, though, I was able to stay up more, hold him, and sleep beside him.  I know God made this possible because physically, I couldn't do those things before this week.  I kind of feel like Frank and I got to really reconnect this past week as I held him.  I know, if nothing else, that he knew I was still here and I loved him dearly.  We know that we did everything we could for Frankfurter in a way that would be best for him as we continued treating him with our vet's care.  We all were able to spend this special week with Frank.  We took turns holding Frank, petting him, telling him over and over what a wonderful dog he is, how much we loved him, and how he was the best little wiener dog in the whole world.  

Since shortly after I got Frankfurter, I have told him,
"Of all the little wiener dogs in the whole world,
God gave me the very best one."

Indeed He did.  Frank was the best for me when things were going well.  He was wonderful to come home to every day.  He was the first face I saw in the morning and the last I saw at night and what an adorable face it was!
Frank was the family I came home to for years.  All of my home life really revolved around Frank because he is the one who was there.  He did everything with me, except occasionaly he would get tired and go to bed without me.  Even then, he would lift up his head to greet me when I got in bed.  Whether you were gone for hours or just a minute in the other room, Frank was always just as happy to see you.  He always wagged his tail when you walked back into the room.

All of my years with Frank were not quite so wonderful because of the outside world, but Frank always made things a little bit better.  Whether I was crying in bed or sitting on the couch, he was always right by my side.  He would offer kisses to try and help and if that didn't stop the tears, he would just silently lay beside me to let me know he was there.  There have been many days over the past four years when I would have preferred to just lay in bed because of my back, but I got up anyways to spend time with Frank.  Even if he wanted to lay by his Grandpa or would end up going to bed with Grandma, it was worth it just to be in the room with him for that time.  

I feel as though there is a huge hole where my heart was before 2:30 this afternoon.  It feels like part of me is gone because Frankfurter was such a huge part of my life and my parents.  Living without him is not something any of us wanted to have to do.  We are thankful, though, that he did not suffer.  He wasn't in pain.  He passed away peacefully at home, just like we had prayed for that if it had to happen, it would happen that way.  We are very grateful for the time we had with him.  We will all miss Frankfurter so much.  He had the sweetest, most caring disposition.  He was so smart.  I am sure he knew things that we never knew he had figured out.  He was funny.  His facial expressions gave away his thoughts, likes and dislikes.  I miss him so much already.   I'm not looking forward to the coming days as this reality sinks in more and more.  I trust that God had a plan and that it was best for Frank as well as us.  He will be our dog forever.  We will continue to love Frank and be grateful for our time with him.  Nothing will ever change that no matter what.     

If you have a pet at home, go hug him or give her kisses.  Tell them how much you love them.  I can guarantee that no matter how much time you have with them, it just isn't enough.

If you would please continue to keep all of us in your prayers as we grieve our sweet baby boy, we would appreciate it.   We continue to praise God, now through tears, for blessing us with the gift of Frankfurter.  

I love you with all of my heart, my sweet Frankfurter.
You gave me life with a wiener dog.  
I can't even begin to tell you how much better it was
all because of you.  

Friday, May 19, 2017

A very quick update

Hello, Friends!

I have a very quick Frank update for those of you who are interested.  All of Frank's numbers are now better, including the liver number!  Unfortunately, Frankfurter had a seizure yesterday and a very short one again in the night.  I was concerned that Dr. Reardon would want to stop treatments, but she did not.  Since his numbers are improving, we are going to continue his treatments 2 times a day over the weekend.  Then on Moday, we'll check him.  No news is good news so I won't post another update until Monday unless things really change.

Thank you so much for your prayers.  Please continue to keep all of us in your prayers!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

More Hugs from an Elephant

Hello, Friends!

The way this week started, I had accepted that I would not get to enter a card into Anna's final challenge on her Casometry Challenge 3 Randomizer Final Stage.  However, since we got Frank's blood tests back, they showed two of his numbers were better and I could breathe for the first time since I saw him on Monday, I decided to make a card during the time he was at the clinic getting another treatment.  

Anna's challenge, which you can see here, was to make a new card using the same products we had used for one of our other cards that we had made for her  other challenges.   We had to use the exact same stamp sets and dies, in my case.  (We were also to use the same embossing folders or stencils, but I hadn't used any of those on my first card.  We were not to remove any of those items when making this card and we also couldn't add any new stamps or dies (stencils or embossing folders) to our card.  However, we could use different embellishments or techniques.  

Here is a picture my first card.  
You can read about it here.  

The plan I had for my card on Sunday night and the plan for my card on Wednesday night with just a few hours left in the challenge were very different.  My cards are more similar than I had intended but I'm just glad I got to make one!  I ended up using a sketch challenge from My Favorite Things which just began today.  You can see the blog post about this sketch here.  

Sketch Challenge 333 #mftstamps

I used different patterned paper and colored card stock, but I used the exact same stamps and dies for the rest of my card.  I used almost all My Favorite Things products to make this card, just like I had the first.  I started with a white card stock base.  I used the Pierced Rectangle Frames to put a Pure Plum frame around my card.  This time, I just put the frame on flat around the other papers I was using.  Remember, on the first card, I put it on with foam tape to create a shadow box effect.  I used the Dots and Stripes Confection 6 x 6 Paper Pack and the Plaid Patterns 6 x 6 Paper Pack for my two selections of patterned paper.  I used the Words for Friends "HUGS" die again to cut the letters out of Pure Plum card stock so I would know right where to place my letters.  Then I cut the "HUGS" letters out of Coral Crush card stock three times.  Although the first layer went into the negative space left in the Pure Plum card stock, I layered the other two sets of letters on top of each other so they would stand out a bit.  I stamped "So happy for you" from the Pure Innocence Happy Banner Stamp Set on a strip of Daffodil card stock.  It was so easy and fast to pick my colors because I just chose the same colors of card stock that were in the Plaid Paper.  I love matching products!  They make life so much easier!  

Next, I die-cut and stamped the same elephant I used on my first card from the Birdie Brown Adorable Elephants stamp set and colored her with my Copic Markers.  I used the MFT Color Chart to pick the marker that would match the coral color that was in my paper just to help her color coordinate a bit.  She even has painted toenails on this card.  Every girl feels better when her nails are done and I'm sure elephant girls feel the same way.  After everything was cut, stamped and colored, all I had to do was adhere everthing to the card base.  I put my elephant on with foam tape so she would stand up from the card just like the word "HUGS."

Speaking of hugs, big cyber hugs to all of you who have prayed for Frankfurter and my family this week.  It was so awful on Monday and I was pretty positive I would be blogging bad news today.  Instead, I had good news and a cute elephant card to share instead.  We offer all praise to God for this wonderful turn of events!

For a Wednesday night update, Frank was much more awake and alert today.  He had both of his treatments of medicine and fluids.  We are so thankful two of his numbers were better.  We will continue with the two treatments tomorrow and check his numbers again on Friday.  We continue to pray that his liver will improve and he will feel like eating and drinking again soon.  We are very, very grateful for every single day we have with him.  He is a Super Miracle Dog!

Happy Stamping!

I used the following My Favorite Things products to make this card,
unless otherwise listed:

Birdie Brown Adorable Elephants and Pure Innocence Happy Banner Stamp Sets
Memento Black ink by Tsukineko
Copic Markers
Solar White Card Stock by Neenah
Coral Crush, Daffodil and Pure Plum Card Stock
Plaid Patterns and Dots and Stripes Confection 6 x 6 Paper Packs
Birdie Brown Adorable Elephants, Pierced Rectangle Frames and Words for Friends Die-namics
Scotch Double Sided Foam Mounting Tape by 3M

Two out of Three Are Better!!!

Hello, Friends,
I have good news today!  Frank is showing signs of improvement.

Last night, he woke us up twice to go to the bathroom which was a good sign that his kidneys were funtioning well without having to wait for blood work.  He was a lot more alert and bright eyed than he had been since Monday, also, even though it was the middle of the night.  He was also trying to stand up, which he hadn't been doing.  He couldn't stand up because of the thing in his leg/foot where they are continuing to give him fluids and medicine, but he was trying.  

I just got a call from Dr. Reardon, his vet, and two of his numbers are improving.  His kidneys are doing better, which we already had guessed, and his phosphorus numbers are better.  Unfortunately, his liver numbers haven't improved and that is where his vet thinks the problem started.  She is going to tweak his medicine and see if we can't get those numbers to improve.  We will do blood work again on Friday to see how he is doing.  

We are so thankful that Frank is doing better.  I have no doubt that it is because of all of the prayers that have been sent up on his and our behalf.  We give God all the glory for giving us more time with our sweet boy.  Trust me, on Monday, he was so sick, so weak and he looked so bad.  I truly believed that this was the end.  That was one of the main factors in taking him back and forth to the clinic was that we didn't want him to pass away there by himself.  To see him doing so much better than he was then is nothing less than a miracle.  

Because the liver number is not better, we aren't out of the woods yet.  Frank still isn't eating or drinking on his own either.  He is just so much better than he was that it is a huge relief to believe God has given us a little more time with him.  We all love him with all of our hearts!

Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you for your prayers and kind words during this difficult time.  If you would please continue to pray for Dr. Reardon as she makes decisions for his care and for his liver numbers to prove, we would all greatly appreciate it.  Any extra time we have with Frankfurter, especially when he is not so sick, is an absolute gift from God.  

Thank you, again,

Angela, Frankfurter, and Frankfurter's Grandma and Grandpa

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tuesday Update

Hello, Friends,

Frank has made it through Tuesday.  He had both of his treatments at the vet's office today.  His kidneys are still funtioning well.  However, he is not interested in eating or drinking at all.  The vet seemed very happy that he seemed more alert this morning than he had yesterday.  She was gone when he came in tonight, but everything was ready for Frank when he got there.  

He was more alert when he came back from his treatment tonight as well.  On Monday, he came in from the car half asleep and slept like a rock all evening long while I held him.  Tonight, (Tuesday) I was able to hold him and talk to him for quite a while before he fell asleep.  I didn't get to hold him nearly as long as I wanted because my stomach is feeling the effects of all of this and I am super nervous for Wednesday.

On Wednesday, Frank will receive another treatment but they will also do blood work to see if his body is making any improvements.  I don't think I've ever been more anxious, nervous, or just flat out terrified about a phone call before in my entire life.  The blood test results will determine what we do next.  I pray to God with all my heart that Frank's body is improving and we will be able to continue to treat him as he makes more and more progress.  

I will post on my blog when we hear from the doctor tomorrow.  If it is good news, I'll post right away.  If it is not, I'll have a meltdown and then post.  We have no idea when we will hear from her, though, so don't worry if there isn't a post first thing in the morning.  

If you would please continue to pray for all of us, as well as Dr. Reardon, we would greatly appreciate it.  
Thank you so much!

Angela, Frank and Frank's Grandma and Grandpa

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