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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

April 2011 update - one month late

I had felt bad that I didn't update the blog in April, and now May is nearly over. So now I really feel pressured to post something. It's been a busy 2011, so I will give a relatively non-medical update of April, at least.

April started well. Carl was feeling fairly good. Carl was actually able to drive to work again on Friday, April 1, 2011. (No fooling) . He had been counting the days until he could drive again, and it was now six weeks after Carl's second neck surgery. The Dr's. gave him the go ahead.

On Saturday April 2, 2011 Carl and I got to see our very talented niece be Carlotta in the musical "Phantom of the Opera" at Marquette High School.

The photo below is from Sunday, April 3rd, when Carl, Miranda, and I went to a show at the Art Museum.

The children's spring break vacation from school started on Saturday, April 2 to Sunday, April 10, 2011. Starting Monday, April 4, 2011, Carl was happy to drive off to work and leave me at home with the children.

As spring break progressed, Carl's left knee and the area just below the knee started to bother him. By Thursday, April 7, 2011, Carl's left knee was painful enough that he had to start using crutches to walk. The children's spring break vacation continued, though, with Carl escaping to his work when he wasn't at something medical or recovering from something medical.

On Saturday, April 9, 2011 we 'left town' for the baptism of Cooper Schmidt, my niece's 1st baby, and the first grandchild in my family. We took the family picture at the beginning of this post before Cooper's baptism in Green Lake, Wisconsin.

Here is Carl with Cooper. Carl is now a Great Uncle, but we already knew that before Cooper was born.

After the baptism (the very next day, even), we started celebrating Miranda's 12th birthday. We celebrated Miranda's birthday several times, actually. (Her actual birthday is April 11)

On Wednesday April 13, 2011 Carl had a small surgery for a hernia repair.

On Thursday, April 14, 2011 we celebrated Tom's 17th Birthday.

On Sunday April 17, 2011 we celebrated my niece's birthday, and Tom's and Miranda' birthday again!

Monday April 18, 2011 we finished our taxes.

Sunday April 24, 2011, Easter came, and we decorated Easter eggs and more.

We saw both side of the family on Easter - lunch with my relatives, dinner with Carl's relatives.

On Monday April 25, 2011, Carl's neck was swelling up.

On Friday, April 29, 2011 we went and watched a play at Homestead High school that Anthony was very active in. Anthony was the lighting stage crew manager, and had been working on this play extensively through out April.

Many other things went on in April 2011. Almost every weekday in April, Carl got a dose of radiation to the neck.

So, as I said before, April was very busy.