Sunday, May 22, 2011

Kindergarten Cop

Do you remember that movie? Not sure why but it's one of those movies that I have only watched a couple of times yet can quote large parts of it by heart.

Now that my kids have reached school age, and I work at their school, I have a whole new appreciation for some of the kids "sharing" in the movie and the out of control behaviors that I used to think were bits of "over the top" Hollywood drama.

However, the most quoted line, at least for me is,

"I have a headache."
"It's probably a tumor"

In his thick accent, Arnold Schwaranegger (sp?) cracks me up when he says this. I say it, in my ridiculous impression of his accent, ALL THE TIME.

Or, well, I did.

This past month, April 7th to be exact, my father in law began to lose his short term memory. At first he was just forgetful and we thought he needed a schedule. Then it got a little more marked and we thought it was his medications. After about 2 1/2 weeks it reached the point where we were getting scared. We took him in for an MRI and, you guessed it, they found a brain tumor, directly in the center of his brain. Once we found it things got worse, to the point where he can't follow an entire sentence, forgetting what was said at the beginning.

So now, the tumor joke isn't funny, it's our reality. I have had a headache for 5 days, and I don't get headaches. I desperately want to laugh it off and say "IT'S A TUMOR!" but it just doesn't feel right. Plus, what if it was true! (for the record, I don't think it's true)

I wrote another post, a little while back that described some of our current family stresses. We have added this and several other concerns onto that pile so that's why I haven't been posting. I am working hard each day to tone down my crazy, find something positive and just get through. My kids behaviors show me that they are feeling all this family stress and so my focus is on them and making this all a little easier.

I debated whether I should post on this or not.

1. It's very personal and makes it seem like I am looking for a pity party, which I am not. (however prayers are appreciated)

2. I didn't want to ruin Kindergarten Cop for all of you too.

3. I like to think that I'm funny and that most of my posts express that.

However there is some funny to be found in the situation. While in the grand scheme of things losing your short term memory is awful and you have to be constantly monitored. In the moment it leads to some seriously funny moments. Most of them relate to food. I want to share them, and if he gets better I will, with his permission. But for now I don't want to seem like I am mocking a serious situation.

We will get through this and life will get funnier so please keep reading my faithful followers, keep reading.

1 comment:

  1. I am a faithful follower for sure! Writing will be a great way to find release from such a difficult situation I am sure! :)