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Saturday, July 27

Saturday, July 27, 2013

How quickly life can change!! Just a coupe of months ago, Greg had his surgery- he has had the radiation and the chemo. And they have really knocked him for a loo;!! So he has decided not to have anymore treatment - at least not for now.

And a couple of weeks ago I was in the emergency room - blood pressure "out of sight"! Partly because of the prognosis for Greg and partly other family issues. So am now taking BP meds and potassium.

Because of all of this I have not been to the club very often. The doctor wants me to exercise at least 30 minutes a day. So yesterday was at the club on the treadmill for 15 minutes. Planning to go every day - well, 5 days a week at least. Just pray I can do this. Do not have a legit excuse. I certainly have plenty of time. Also, will need to drink more water. I think that is harder than getting to the club.

So need to plan all of this - just as i have planned my meds each day.

  
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MARTHA-ANN 7/29/2013 1:46AM

    I'm rooting for you Barb emoticon

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ZZYYGGY3 7/27/2013 3:24PM

    You can do this.

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Chemo

Monday, July 22, 2013

Greg has had a round of chemo - 3 days - and i think he has about decided not to have any more. Today he has a blood draw and Wed. a consultation with the doctor. Then he will decide. But, even if he does not have any now he can still have some later. It just wiped him out for a week - and he does not want to live that way.

My two boys have been talking more than they have in years. That is one of the very positive things that has come from this experience - them recognizing their differences and being able to share their feelings - honestly and openly.

Last Friday I went to the ER - my blood pressure is "thru the roof". Wonder why??? Just too much stress. Not just Greg's cancer, but the brokenness in my family. But, I do see some healing happening and am sure there will be more.

I have completely neglected myself - not eating right and very little exercise. And i do realize that exercise is so key to good health. Oh, at they hospital they did lots of tests, including an EKG and a chest Xray. And I am quite healthy for an "ol' lady"!! Everything within the normal range. Well, everything except my BP. Now to just get then under control.

It is quite warm here in Pendleton - in the high 90 every day. Thank you, God, for our a/c.

  
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MARTHA-ANN 7/23/2013 2:59AM

    Stay strong Barb emoticon

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SOPHIEDO13 7/22/2013 1:56PM

    Being a Cancer survivor I would not recommend missing any of the treatments, it is a well known you're not going to feel well while having treatments. My family wouldn't let me get out of treatment 1 in particular I forced myself hope this helps.

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Saturday, July 5

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Had a good morning, Stopped at the library and picked up a couple of books, then to the club for 10 minutes on the treadmill. Not very long, but I have not been in a while.

When I got home, Greg was just getting up. He had a major headache - took a couple of tylenol and laid back down. He has gone off the steroids - probably not a good idea since they reduce the swelling in the brain. The doctor told him that if the headaches started again, to let him know. He has finished the radiation treatments and will start chemo this week.

Last weekend we had a visit with a friend of Greg's. He came up from Medford with his daughter, Sara. We had such a good time - just visiting, eating, and watching movies. It was just too warm to get out very much. And, now they are planning to come back in September for the Round-Up if they can get time off work. Sure hope they can come - they are truly beautiful people.

We had a very quiet 4th. Enjoyed the day just staying in and keeping cool!!



  
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MARTHA-ANN 7/9/2013 4:45AM

    Glad you finally manged to get to the club Barb, it'll have done you good.

So sorry Greg is feeling so bad, hope the Doc can sort out something to make him more comfortable.
I'm sure the visit from Greg's friends will have done him good, some thing nice for him to remember.

We went on the Puffin Cruise on Saturday, the weather was magnificent, almost too hot , so the cooling breezes out at sea were very welcome. The water was calm and the birds performed beautifully. It was a really excellent trip and I really enjoyed it after the hassle of organising it all. I chartered the whole boat and 150 Women's Institute members filled it and loved it!

Sunday David & I went up into the Yorkshire Dales to the steam train at Levisham, it was another hot day so we ended up in the forestry. We took a picnic and ate it under the trees in peace and solitude except for the bird song...another wonderful day out.

Hope you have a relaxing week
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MYUTMOST4HIM 7/6/2013 5:11PM

    Hope your DH gets to feeling better. I had radiation when I had cancer and it is no picnic!!! Literally sucks the life out of ya and ya don't even realize it at the time. emoticon

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Fourth of July!!

Thursday, July 04, 2013

We had such a fun weekend. Dale, a friend of Greg's, drove up from Medford to visit - and brought his daughter, Sara. They are really good people. We just visited, ate, and watched movies. They were here 3 days and plan to come in September for the Pendleton Round-Up. Hoping it will be a bit cooler - it was in the 100s while they were here so we did not get out much to see the town. But, during Round-Up there will be lots to see and do. Just hope they can both get off work to come.

Greg finished his radiation in Walla Walla and will start chemo here in Pendleton next week. Just hope he does not get too sick. He is already losing some hair from the radiation. This picture was taken a couple of years ago.



I do so love my boys. And Greg is so dependable and steady and loving.

Today Greg and I went by his house - he will probably not be able to live alone again - to pick up a few things and then to our favorite store - WalMart for a few groceries. And, of course, he found a couple of movies that we do not have - IronMan 2 and the John Adams miniseries. Then we fixed hamburgers for lunch - oh, so good. And, I just got up from a 2 hour nap.

It is cooler here today - in the mid 80s right now. I have not been very faithful with my challenges, but have lost another pound. May just be the stress of all that is happening in my family right now.

Just hope you are all having a memorable 4th of July. Our country seems to be struggling so right now - but we have a God that is so much bigger than our little issues. And, we do know that He truly is in control of all that happens - even when we may not understand. We can truly trust Him - as Greg has said, "We have to trust Him!!".

  
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MARTHA-ANN 7/5/2013 5:52AM

    I'm glad you had a good visit Barb, it'll have done all of you the world of good.
Isn't it lovely when boys still want to do things with their mothers even when they're men.

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SOPHIEDO13 7/4/2013 10:47PM

    Prayers are going out to your family emoticon

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Friday, June 28

Friday, June 28, 2013

Was good yesterday - well mostly. I did take my vitamins and calcium - and did get my 4 glasses of water! Dinner last night was home-made pizza. But, i did limit myself to 2 small pieces and a big salad. So all was not lost.

Am thinking about a challenge for myself for next week. I would like to start going to the club again - have not been since our lives were turned topsy-turvy!! Will think about this some more. I was feeling so much better when I was going every day - just 10 minutes a day. And, now my legs are really bothering me again. So i know it is time. And, I know that once I do go, I will feel so much better!!

It has turned warm - in the mid 90s and a predicted over 100 next week. Will see. Thank goodness for A/C.

  
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MARTHA-ANN 6/29/2013 8:28AM

    You're doing fantastic Barb, you're going through so much that it's hard to focus on 'you'...baby steps Barb, baby steps emoticon

Hope you and the boys have a good week-end, we're warm and sunny today...hope it lasts! emoticon

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QUILTANDKNIT 6/28/2013 7:37PM

    Small changes add up to big benefits. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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