Saturday, March 31, 2012
CLICK HERE to go straight to LDS.org where you can view and listen to the conference online or if you aren't able to watch tomorrow, you can listen, watch or read the words of the Prophet of God, President Thomas S. Monson, at a later date on this same website. Many people that aren't members of our religion also enjoy listening to conference every six months because the talks are so inspirational and uplifting. I'm sure that you will all enjoy the messages.
Wayne and I also want to thank so many of you for your recent prayers, flowers, cards, gifts, messages and emails that we have received to give us encouragement and strength. You are all such wonderful friends. Thank you.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
Jameson is an Eagle Scout, the state president for Utah DECA 2011-2012, company CEO at 2011 Utah Business Week, recipient of leadership award at Utah's CTE Leadership Training Institute, member of the National Honor Society, National Society for High School Scholars, awards in cross country, track and field, and sings too!
We're all going to be watching to see what Jameson does next?
We're all going to be watching to see what Jameson does next?
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Many people have also asked for an update on Wayne's condition, so I can help with that request. The past 54 years in show business has given Wayne so many wonderful memories and opportunities that he would not have experienced in any other profession. Wayne loves change and learning new things, so show business has been really fulfilling. Of course there have been difficult, exhausting and challenging times too, but only through show business could we have learned from these experiences. We want you to know that we realize that it is only because of you and your support over the years that have made all this possible. Thank you so much!
Most of the medical problems that Wayne has are probably related to the maximum amount of radiation that he had after brain cancer surgery and he will continue to have more long term effects. On January 17th when he fell and hit his head really hard on the couch in the same place as where he had his brain cancer surgery and radiation, we weren't that alarmed. Michelle and I tried to talk him into letting us take him down to the emergency room at the hospital because his head and neck hurt, but he insisted that he was O.K. and wanted to wait to see how he felt the next day.
The following day he had an appointment already set up with his ear, nose and throat doctor to have his ears cleaned. Since the radiation, there has been a build up on his ear drums that the doctor has had to pull off regularly to improve his hearing. Wayne was nauseated and insisted that the doctor not get too close because he said that he had the flu. He complained about pressure and pain in his head and was carrying a bowl in case he couldn't keep his food down. I told the doctor that I wasn't sure that he had the flu and the doctor must have agreed because he ordered a scan to see if Wayne's sinus' were infected or if something would show up to help explain the symptoms he was experiencing.
Wayne's symptoms were exactly the same as he had right before he had his brain cancer removed, so we were a little nervous about a reoccurring tumor, which isn't that unusual to grow 10 to 15 years after having radiation to the head. The doctor scheduled an MRI for the following day. I was really surprised when the doctor called later that evening to say that there was evidence of a possible stroke and to take him immediately to the emergency room. That thought hadn't even occurred to me.
The neurologist on call at the hospital that night suggested that his mini stroke was related to the fall that he had and that he probably ripped the lining of his left back posterior artery. There is no way to know which came first - the fall or the stroke. There also isn't any way to test whether the lining of the artery, which was totally blocked, was torn or severely damaged. It's also too dangerous to operate but the body has a way of healing itself so that is why Wayne is taking it easy for at least another month. The mini stroke turned into a major stroke a couple of days later after Wayne sat up in bed at the hospital. At this time his problems were magnified, but he has been improving since that day.
Many of you may have noticed since 2005 that it was necessary for someone to travel with Wayne all the time because of his gradual hearing loss, cognitive deficiencies, and equilibrium problems. His hearing is now severe in both ears, he has short-term memory loss, difficulty learning new material, and falls backwards when moving around, etc. His brothers made it possible for him to continue working by gesturing when his singing went off pitch or covering his singing, using songs and material that were in his long term memory and helping him if he got off balance, etc. The past 3 years Wayne had had to catch himself when he got off balance by putting his left foot behind him. It has been very stressful for him to continue performing when he has also been dealing with so many health problems that have only been getting progressively worse.
Many have noticed and asked why Wayne's photo has been taken off of the scheduled dates on the Osmond Brothers website for the rest of the year. Wayne is unable to continue working and performing. He's using a cane to catch himself to make sure that he doesn't have another debilitating fall. The end of April, the doctor wants to do another MRI to see how his healing is coming and re-evaluate his situation. I've been taking care of all the business and personal responsibilities and driving Wayne to all his various medical appointments. Wayne wants to visit Sears and other stores that carry tools almost every day too. Ha! For another month, Wayne's making sure that he heals and doesn't have another fall by mostly laying on the couch in the family room and playing with his Ipad or doing crossword puzzles. He's loving the Ipad now that he has had plenty of time to get acquainted with it. Wayne's very upbeat and loves all his time to relax. He's enjoying life.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Having acquired some frequent flier miles and not wanting them to be taken away because of inactivity, I ordered a magazine to keep the account active so I wouldn't lose my remaining miles. The magazine "Health" seemed like a safe choice and an issue arrived today in the mail. Curious about the new magazine, I opened it and started reading what I thought would be some very good tips.
In an article entitled, "3 Stress Fixes to Try," it tells a problem and then suggests the way to fix the stress that would be experienced by the problem. The first problem was how to relieve my stress when my friend lies to me. The "FIX" that was recommended was to GOSSIP, because it can be very therapeutic. This answer REALLY shocked me!
The author claims that a new study suggests that when a person discovers that their peer has behaved badly, their heart rate goes up and when they tell others about it that their heart rate slows down. "Gossip alleviates the negative emotions we feel when someone behaves in an antisocial way," says co-author Robb Willer, PhD, assistant professor of sociology at UC-Berkeley.
Are we living in a society where it is now more important for us to think only about ourselves and how we can alleviate our own discomfort and negative emotions without even considering how our gossip may affect our friend and destroy her reputation? Will this "FIX" of telling all our peers about our friend's moral deficiencies really make us feel better?
I know that gossiping and telling everyone that my friend lies to me is not going to help my discomfort and I know that there are definitely better solutions to helping my friend realize the serious consequences of lying than destroying her reputation.
What is your perspective on lying? Is it O.K. to lie if you don't get caught? If you catch a friend lying to you, do you have a responsibility to help them? I'm eager to hear how you would FIX the stress that you feel when a friend lies to you and how you would handle the situation. Please post your thoughts, ideas, comments, and possible solutions to this problem. I hope to hear from everyone!
Friday, March 16, 2012
Thank you so much Laura for making this Smilebox in order to share the beautiful book that you organized and created. So many people have asked to be able to see the book. Thanks for making this possible. We'll always cherish it!
|A picture slideshow by Smilebox|
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Are you excited for Marie's new talk show to start on the Hallmark Channel this fall? I AM!
Marie is so multi-talented with such a variety of interests and experiences to share with everyone. It will be so much fun to watch her and her guests on television for an hour show every weekday afternoon. Hope you'll all join us!
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Today we picked up a package at a cousin's house and what a delightful surprise! Laura M. put together a wonderful, colorful, bright book of memories for Wayne and me.
Wayne read and studied every page! I don't think that he has ever finished a whole book before in one sitting.
An example from the book which holds so many fond memories. Wayne shared his memories with me of what he remembered on each page and photo.
Wayne loved seeing all his old guitars and costumes in the photos - except the goofy plaid suits that he, Jay and Donny had to wear. "Why didn't Alan and Merrill have to wear goofy plaid suits too?" Wayne remembers being jealous when Jay got to wear the bullet belt in another group photo. "Good Old Bill, the duck," brought back some very fond memories. Wayne liked having a photo of himself playing the bagpipes. "Look at all of us on that little scooter!" "Vicki and Darren have two pages in the book!" These are just some of the comments that Wayne made when going through the book page by page while giving me the historical background and details of each photo.
We both enjoyed seeing all the family photos through the years, the comments and photos from friends, and the different stages of Wayne's show business career!
We are going to put this beautiful book full of happy and wonderful memories on our living room table so everyone that visits can enjoy the book too.
A very special thank you to Laura for being so thoughtful to organize, design, edit and put the book together. Also a big thank you to many others that contributed such as: Trina M., Linda S., Lourdes M., Dot T., Vicki & Darren P., and Geri & Paul R.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Sunday, March 4, 2012
How is everyone doing on their Book of Mormon reading? Wayne and I have really enjoyed reading the Book of Mormon together. My favorite part of the reading this month were the testimonies of the prophets Lehi, Nephi, Jacob, Enos and Isaiah.
"And now I, Nephi, write more of the words of Isaiah, for my soul delighteth in his words. For I will liken his words unto my people and I will send them forth unto all my children, for he verily saw my Redeemer, even as I have seen him.
And my brother, Jacob, also has seen him as I have seen him; wherefore, I will send their words forth unto my children to prove unto them that my words are true. . . " (2 Nephi 11:3)
Most of us will not have the experience of seeing our Lord and Savior in mortality so we live by faith, keeping the commandments of the Lord and enduring to the end. I am trying to apply the doctrine of Christ in my life so I may see my Redeemer and be worthy to have the experience that Enos describes.
"And I soon go to the place of my rest, which is with my Redeemer; for I know that in him I shall rest. And I rejoice in the day when my mortal shall put on immortality, and shall stand before him; then shall I see his face with pleasure, and he will say unto me; Come unto me, ye blessed, there is a place prepared for you in the mansions of my Father."
Today, March 4th, is the first Sunday in the month and on the schedule we should be reading Jarom. I hope you are all hanging in there with us by reading a chapter of the Book of Mormon every day. April 1st will be the first Sunday in April and we should be reading Mosiah Chapter 26 on that date.
Please post your comments, experiences and how you can apply your reading in March to your life. I love to read your posts.