The result is perfect. I can now see clearly what color my necklaces are when I'm getting dressed in the morning! Thanks Ed!
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Thursday, January 26, 2017
We timed it just right, as Ed was just finishing snow blowing the driveway when I got home!
Rumor has it that it might stop snowing for a few days now. We can't wait!
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Fortunately, the mountains are beautiful and the view from the back of Janet's house was spectacular! It was a lovely place for us to start planning for a new year!
Monday, January 23, 2017
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Mabel didn't realize the new toys belonged to Calvin, and she was happy to help him try them out!
But not in Alpine!
This would not have happened in Maryland or Colorado! These pioneer women come from hardy stock! We had some speakers and workshops and a wonderful musical number written by my friend Suzanne Shippen! I was glad I went! (And that Ed picked me up afterwards!)
Friday, January 20, 2017
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Fairly Sparks (what a great name for an artist), is a Dobro master and I hope I can share some of that with me over the next few months.
It's nice to be playing something again!
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Kent and Marca even brought us some chicken noodle soup, which Ed and I have had for two meals now. I was glad they didn't find out my cancer was less lethal till they got here. Otherwise I might have been forced to make dinner myself last night!
Monday, January 16, 2017
He also accompanied it with some thoughts my daughters wrote about me. That made me cry! It is nice when your children say nice things about you. I'll have to try harder to live up to the good side of Judy!
We at home can keep Nikki in our hearts and minds by re-reading all her books! Hopefully, she'll keep pumping them out during their epic European experience! Check out her author page at Amazon!
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Now we're waiting for my new desk to be delivered in 2 weeks.
Friday, January 13, 2017
As soon as I get my left hand working again I'll be almost as good as new!
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Even with making a trip to Home Depot for Ed, as well as helping shovel the driveway this morning, I still only got 8,000 steps. It's hard to keep up with Ed!
Monday, January 9, 2017
It felt good to feel good enough to do it. I changed therapists, as well and was very happy that Dry Creek Therapy had a real therapist who spent time with me and really knew what he was doing. In 8 visits to Alpine Therapy I met the therapist briefly on the first day and was treated only by assistants who were college students majoring in exercise science. Hopefully, I'll start seeing some real progress now!
Sunday, January 8, 2017
They also left me a book about miracles signed by our friends Colorado. I'm going to snuggle up with my zebra and read it by the fire tonight!
Saturday, January 7, 2017
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
The results of the pathologist from Mass General came in. Dr.Nancy Harris is a pathologist at Harvard Medical School and a leading expert in her field. She was able to do some tests that only a few labs can do, and concluded (by ruling everything else out) that I have Splenic Marginal Zone Lymphoma.
The good news is that it is a very indolent disease and doesn't progress much at all. I can live with it and just monitor it. If I get more symptoms or my blood tests change they could look into treating it, but as it is, I appear to be quite stable with it. If my abdominal pains get uncomfortable, perhaps they could remove the spleen, which might even cure the cancer. But, because this cancer is not aggressive, I might have years before anything would need to be done. And by then they might have different treatments!
So, I'm entering a monitoring phase with monthly blood draws and quarterly visits to the doctor. If everything appears stable we can space the blood draws and doctor visits further apart. We will also transfer to Dr. Halwani at Huntsman for the monitoring. If anything new comes up on the horizon he would be in a position to let us know.
We loved the crazy chandeliers there.
We peeked in the Capitol building, but they were having the governor's inauguration, so we didn't stay. We hurried back to the hospital to face the music. Stay tune to the next blog post. The music was sweeter than we expected. Almost as sweet as that cinnamon roll!