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Posted 2020-12-28T21:08:44Z

Scan day is here again...

Luke had his CT and MRI this morning and his echocardiogram last week. It's been 3 months today since his last scans, 3 months since my last post here, and also 3 months today since my sister Kristen was taken by ambulance to the hospital where she passed away the next morning. Kristen adored Luke and was one of his biggest champions. My relationship with her was complicated, but I miss her and I think I've been finding it hard to write updates about Luke that she isn't here to read.

My mom had a very rough couple of months on top of losing her daughter. She aspirated during a procedure on Oct 28, spent 3 days on a ventilator, and then a month and a half in the hospital and gaining strength in rehab, before being discharged on Dec 11. Grandma is doing well, and we're grateful that we're able to have her stay with us and be part of our covid pod, especially for Christmas. 

There's a lot of good to report about Luke, but reporting a lot of good while waiting for scan results scares me. I will share his big college news though. On Dec 10, he was accepted into the nursing program at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. One of my favorite moments ever was watching him read his acceptance email! He was far more decisive than Teddy and Kate were, and he applied early decision to St. Olaf. This mama would have loved for him to have chosen a school much closer to home, but I'm so grateful that he is here to experience this milestone and I'm so dang happy for him. It was fun to be able to put new college gear under the Christmas tree for him. 
#lukestrikesback

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Comments (4)

  • Mike Lauesen
    Mike Lauesen

    Amanda. Life is hard, difficult and beautiful. You have experienced all the above. Our prayers are with you and your whole family. Congrats to Luke. Paul can visit Luke and be back “home”. Love The Lauesen’s.

    2 months ago · Reply
  • kim nealt
    kim nealt

    Thank you for the update, Amanda. That boy never ceases to amaze us! I am so glad that Luke was accepted to his preferred college. I have been thinking of you guys and praying for good results. Sending hugs and prayers to you all!

    2 months ago · Reply
  • Kenneth Mueller
    Kenneth Mueller

    Our thoughts and prayers remain with you guys. I know one other guy that went to St Olaf's....and he turned out ok!!!

    2 months ago · Reply
  • Beth engels
    Beth engels

    Congrats to Luke! Here’s to 2021!!!

    2 months ago · Reply