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Bobby’s Progress… and Treats Given…

Bobby had his scan on Monday…

We always get the results on Wednesday when he goes in for Chemo Treatment… (every other Wednesday)

(scan is done after every 4th treatment)

An agonizing time for both of us…

I decided to take the Oncology Department some goodies for “Easter”…

our next appointment being after Easter Weekend…

I made fudge…  

 adding a few flower sprinkles for color and make the pieces more festive…

 

I had a kit… which has everything in it to make about 1-1/2 pounds of fudge…

PLENTY!…

I cut the pieces in small squares and put in small muffin papers before putting on my clear “Bunny” plate…

 

 

and tied up with Easter Cellophane Bag and bow…

They deserve to be treated kindly… for all they do to make my Bobby feel good when he comes in for his treatments…

kind words…

a pat on the back…

joking…

encouraging…

A “special” job…

“Special people”…

 

We leave early to go downtown to the VA Hospital…

the day is shining bright… … and ei9t’s early!…

 

we turn to go up the hill to the hospital …

 

Visible above the tress…

 

We valet park… found to be much easier… and no charge/no tipping… are the rules…

We are assigned a room for the day…

he in the bed with his IVs… of 3 or more meds…  

and I take my place near him in my chair

Wednesday is Popcorn Day at the VA… and always buy a bag or two  … one to eat as I read my book… watch TV…etc. …

and sometimes one to take home…

His port is accessed…

and Magnesium is started if in need…

and with these drugs… it usually is low…

I go and get him a little breakfast as we wait for blood work to come back…

they have a nice cafeteria at the VA Hospital with kind people… waiting on you…

With the new med that has been added…

Benadryl is taken… Ativan… Steroids, etc. …

and blood pressure has to be monitored…

It seems to raise his  pressure…

but, being somewhat stressed has it’s effects also…

The Doctor comes in… and we actually “hold our breath”…

he is very direct!…

“his Way”…

but, we get honesty… which we do want…

There are 3 spots in his diaphragm they are keeping a close watch on…

“No new growths”…

but, cancer cell # is rising (which is not good)…

he was 230 when discovered cancer…

dropped to 5-6 at end of first year…

then came back…

went to 10-11…

went 15-16…

and now 30-35…

and we nearing another year!…

so… as you see… we are concerned…

Goal was to remove two previous meds… but, he will have to remain on them at this time…

Three total… given through port… and a pump to take home for two days… Taken off around 1:00pm on Fridays…

This is our routine now for about two years…

“We have been given time!”… (Thank you Lord!)

Now…

the Doctor would like to try a new med but, will it will have to be approved

Will take a month for the approval if given… NO guarantees!…

So… we feel like we have heard “the news”… which is terminal cancer

all over again…

Definitely makes you sink…

and the tears flow for both of us

The girls… “nurses”… social worker… nutritionist…

we have several who come in to check changing bags of meds… resetting machine…offering snacks/drinks and sometimes just stay and talk…
That’s what we like best…

so… as you see…

a treat to brighten the day in this department is welcomed…

 

Caring Hearts… One Year Gone!

I pray in a year from now… I can see some positive results from this decision…

and then maybe… just maybe… I can live with myself… k13738002

 

https://babyjill7.wordpress.com/2015/12/28/live-with-myself/

 

This was written one year agok20477788  … so this is the update…

Bobby is still here… and doing good… even with the words “terminal cancer”… 

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Taking chemo every other week with a few days on pump

Will be one year in January… and we are grateful and feeling blessed!…

Doug has adjusted to his “new home”… k19685454

Would rather be home here with us… but, gets to come a couple of days a week to spend the night…

We still do our thrift store shopping… antiqu_c

order pizzak22727100 or I cook something he likes…

Changes I have seen…

Taking meds with no problem…

Very helpful to us when he’s visiting…

More caring… k13681420

More thoughtful…

More polite… k23558971

Has made friends…

Talks to all of the residents where he lives…

and they think he’s the greatest…

Compliments from staff and many times…

I hear the words…”I just love Doug!… He’s such a good guy”

Laughs a lot… k14833942

Tells stories of what is happening around him…

Shows compassion to other residents… k7840958

wanting to buy them small gifts they don’t (can’t) get…

He has Doctor Care k8110813 and Therapy regularly…

It still hurts when I drop him off some days…

wishing more for his life

but, inside I know it’s so much better than it was…

There have been family members that have been so good to him…

with cash money  k16981841 … gift cards k8942976and small gifts

every now and then…

and I am so thankful for them!…

He knows who really cares by these gestures…

I realize we cannot take on all who are in these situations…

but, it makes me feel grateful for those who have loved my son that much…

I wish he had more visitors… k14916867

His Dad and I are really it…

I feel sad for him…

He goes with us to visit his brother/sister-in-law/nieces/nephew…

but, I would like people to want to visit him…

That I have no control over…

He gets out and walks around the area where he lives…

to a store or two … k24464548

He has lately started to take some of his things back with him

He didn’t want his items taken… (which I can understand)…

Anywhere there are lots of people in one area you take that risk…

My main liking of our situation is the growth I see in him…

and the peace we have in our lives…

Thank you LORD! angel

 

 

 

 

 

Bobby Update and Pumpkin Bread!

Update on Bobby:

He is still getting Chemo Treatments every other week… k21072773

still wearing Chemo Pump home for two days after…

Blood work comes back good… k35624508

No more Palliative Care…”OUR DECISION”!… too depressing!… k15738866

He has large cataract on right eye now… will be seeing Doctor concerning when it will be removed next week…k31027081

Chemo will not be given for 2 weeks… and then surgery… and then back on Chemo two weeks later…

Makes me apprehensivek33319024  but, they assure us it will be OK…

Doing about anything he wants to do…

Put up new Porch Light on back porch today… entry_c

Never stops!…

The neighbor insists on cutting grassk34786073 (which was done when returning from hospital this afternoon)…

and I personally think it takes some harder work from Bobby… which I’m thankful for…

PUMPKING BREAD baked for helper… and one for us…

So good!…  

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This Mix comes out every Fall Season… and you can’t make any better!…

The smell this morning was awesome…

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It includes:

Can of Pumpkin…

Bread Mix…

Frosting…

YOU add 4 eggs

oil… and water…

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Looks and tastes delicious!…

 

“Praise BE!”

Some may wonder about my Bobby…

being told terminal…

and still going strong…

ATTITUDE!… and keeping GOING!… Active!…  seems to be the clue…

He is taking Chemo… much stronger with some side effects…

and for 2-3 days after coming off the pump… he is weak… no energy… and has gotten dry heaves… twice…

During this he never actually stops…

I try to talk him into taking it easy these days…

but, it is not in his nature…

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“I have things to do!”, he says…

“I can’t just watch TV… sit still… lay down… I am just not made that way!”…

so doors are hung… repaired… floors put down… trimming done… locks fixed… running here and there for parts… car is cleaned and washed…

helps me when in need… takes people if they need a ride…

Maybe this is the secret that makes him keep goingchemo working to give him more days… blood levels great…

and Doctors impressed!…

Of course we know we have the greatest help from our Lord… and we attest to that every time…

Bobby saying, “I asked the Lord for more time… and He is answering!”… worship-praise-silhouette-man-hands-raised-sunset-concept-religion-prayer-42264053

Praise Be! … an expression of relief, joy, or gratitude.

 

Passing God’s Tests!

        k2821024I WILL GET IN THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT!…

With a son who has Bi-polar disorder… It seems he finds this time of year EXTRA STRESSFUL!…

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and we get the repercussions…

I have to pull myself up and continue on… or I would definitely lose it…

Almost have…

Bobby has only one more treatment on the 14th of December…

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The biggest Christmas Present for me and him this year!…

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Almost a year of running to VA… ENOUGH!

I’ve shopped some for my Grandkids…

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Kennedy… my 13-year-old Granddaughter is pretty much complete…

she is my fun one to buy for this year…

Grandson Carson… 11 years old… is too…

but, the 20-year-old… a little to do for her…

We  drew names between the adults as I’ve said before…

I can finish that quickly!…

Our dryer being out… has us running to the laundromat…

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Interesting experience… for sure…

We have an area in our end of town… where for a better word…. Refugees…

have been placed…k31359787

Not a lot of English is spoken… but, with us having to use these facilities… until probably after Christmas… we will be making contact with people we do not normally see…

It is an awakening adventure…

Language can be… a barrier… but, it doesn’t seem to stop kindness flowing if you allow it…k3886315

My husband having chemo has him wearing his Viet Nam Service Cap a lot… Loss of hair being that side effect…

He is shown such respect…

A little boy and his mother told him, “Thanks for your service”… and this has happened several times…

A lady in clothes that are wrapped around her in so many directions beautiful dark skin k9395755 … offered to help him load clothes yesterday…

and shared her Fresh Cherries with me…

as I see… a token of kindness….

We have shared fabric softener k16449772… quarters… etc. … and smiles abound…

Hearing “God Bless You”…

One gentleman even asked in his own way for instructions on use of washer/dryers…

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Not knowing how the machines worked…We communicated enough for him to get the idea… with a gratefulness that shown on his face…f2_face18_c

Maybe… just maybe… we are given these little tests k4275667 from God to check our Humanity…

I hope we passed!

 

 

Craft Items…

Bobby and I are trying to get together enough things for a Craft Fair this Fall…

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I am making Tea Cup Holders… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I have had a great time searching out pretty Tea Cups to use OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and have found some neat ones… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

old, new and colorful!…

My husband cuts, bevels, sands, hammers on hangers and paints the boards I glue them to… tool_50

We make a pretty good team… k17479001

I found some wood at a Peddlars’s Mall that works quite well…

I choose the color of paint  k7470909 to accent the Tea Cup’s colors…

I would like to have at least 30+ to start out with…

Bobby plans on having a couple of wood benches OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

that I will paint designs on to sell also…

This project keeps our minds busy… our hands busy… where we don’t have too much time to dwell on his Chemo Treatments…

He is half way through… about six more to go… one every other week…

and is doing well…

I’m apprehensive about the scan k21414693 that will tell if the Chemo is working on the slight cancer signs that were in his lymp nodes… after removing the tumor in his Colon… k24472835

They called it precautionary!…

and his blood work k19787002 every time before his treatments… has been showing good for liver… kidneys… etc…

I would like to make a few extra dollars mm01p006  for us to take another short trip… maybe to Gatlinburg, TN logo

but, if not… we have enjoyed our hunting for the items… and working with the wood and paint… k19542231