Monday, July 29, 2013
Today is my sweet Sister's Birthday - she is 70 today. Where, or where, have the years gone??
One time my Mother told me she feels 16 and then looks in the mirror. I told her to just break the mirror and be 16. Perhaps that 16 year old heart kept her alive and active for 99 years.
My Dad was always "39" until i got near that age. I told him he needed to be a little older, because he would look silly with a daughter older than him. So he picked "49" for a good age. And he lived 84 years. I'm not sure what age I would pick. But suppose it should be less than 49. Will have to think about that!!
This is one of my favorite pictures of her when she was just a wee one:
And here she is with her very best friend:
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.
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.
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!!
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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