Yes, I am a terrible blogger! However, I do have a good reason.

For those of you who know me and read my blog often, you will know that I care for my disabled Mum full time and that she lives with me and my two girls. For the most of last year, she has been slowly losing the ability to walk. Just walking through the house or standing up for a few minutes was beginning to cause her extreme pain. So after numerous appointments and tests over the last few months, the specialist informed us that Mum's legs were dying partly due to her diabetes.
After more testing with the vascular specialist {who visit's our country/rural town once a month} on Mum's legs and stomach, they found major blockages in her arteries in her lower stomach which was stopping the blood flow, down to her legs. His first suggestion was to have a few stents inserted into her arteries at a cost of around $10,000 - $12,000 a stent which we would have to pay as the specialist only operates in a private hospital an hour away. So that was pretty much out of the question for us. Our second option was to have balloons inserted to widen the arteries to help the blood flow down to her legs. The balloons are around $900 each. We would only have to pay $300 each and the rest would be covered by medicare.
The procedure took place in February and everything went well until last month when we noticed that one of her legs would swell up so much it looked like her skin would split open. If Mum keeps her legs elevated, the swelling seems to go down. We are due to see the specialist on the 7th of May to get some more tests done to see if the balloons are doing their job.

So, that's where we are at right now.... ♥