These two beautiful people right here are my parents, as we enjoyed some time at Matagorda beach where my dad and I each grew up as children. It is because of their health challenges in this moment that I will not be teaching for the rest of 2021.  I am hoping to return to teaching in February.

See updates to my dad’s brain surgery below.

Ms Debbie and parents

‘I am fortunate to have my parents live near me here in Lakeland, FL, and that I can have the flexibility to be there for them at this time.   Briefly, since many have asked, my mom has advanced Alzheimers, and just qualified for Good Shepherd Hospice due to her decline.  Through that initial assessment process, it became clear that my dad has also had some significant decline as well.   I had already decided to take some time off teaching to help support them and get them into a more stable routine and situation.

MRI image of dad's tumor

At his doctor on Friday, August 12, in an effort to understand his decline, it was just discovered my dad has a brain tumor the size of my fist… pretty damn solid reason, I’d say.  He is currently undergoing a 6 hour surgery as I write this.  He has a highly qualified and experienced neurosurgeon, Dr. Campanelli working to remove the tumor from his skull behind his right eye.  I’ve have heard so many good stories and reports from nurses and other doctors that is building our confidence for success.  Thanks to all who have shared.

Looking at the size of the tumor (not believed to be cancerous), it is amazing he has only had a few simple symptoms of confusion and sleeping a lot more than usual. I am quite sure if I had a tumor that size, I would be all but useless!   I fully believe that All your prayers, well wishes and positive energy sent our way will help guide the procedure and recovery… and help mom stay calm in her Respite Care situation.

I will add updates about my parents here as I can.

8-13-2021 – UPDATE: The neurosurgeon says the surgery on my dad went well, he was able to remove all of the tumor, and reassures me that his progress so far is good after such a major surgery. He is able to wake up, move different body parts and answer questions accurately… even if slowly and briefly. He recognized me and requested I get him some of those heated blankets.  I got 2 and covered his chest and feet, then he smiled and went back to sleep. Thank you for all of your prayers and well wishes for his surgery and for his full recovery.

picture of dad smiling

I love my dad… especially this smile.

UPDATE  8-20-21

A smile on his face
and a frown on his head.
32 staples, and BORED in bed.
Dad is recovering well as can be, Walking & talking, but slowly it be.
We are trying to do all that is best, and still need prayers for what comes next.
Yikes! I just can’t help the whole rhyming thing. 

Is that an outstanding scar, or what?

Although I will not be teaching Core programs this year, I will be working to give you some good content, ideas for musical activities, little videos for you and your child, and more inspiration for musical and conscious parenting.  You know, after I stop freaking out… and figure out what comes next. 

So please watch for updates here on our website, as well as on our Music Connections Facebook Page and Instagram @musiconnxme.

I’ve GOT to tell you, the Board of Directors at United Methodist Temple are being amazingly gracious and working with me to keep this location while I am going through this.  Please send your blessings to these good hearted people !

I am truly going to miss making music with you this Fall.  It’s been 22 years since I haven’t taught Kindermusik during a school year.  I see all your faces and all the progress I’ve seen in your children through the process of music, and I am sad I cannot be there for you right now.  I look forward to a time when I can be there for you again, and make many new music friends… hopefully in February!

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