Wednesday, March 30, 2016


I have rescheduled my PET scan now for the 4th time, which means 4 doctor visit reschedules too. I have had the crud for over a week and the cough keeps hanging on. The drainage in the back of my throat is like a faucet says the nurse, but at any rate, my ability to lay flat and absolutely still without coughing is not possible yet. I thought it would be by tomorrow's PET, but by noon, I knew I had to cancel. So now I have until Monday morning to get this cough healed up.

Luckly, Sam and Gretchen both had just gotten over a week of the crud, so they were not in advoidance mode around me. It was great to have them home for Easter. A short trip, but a good one. We watched I LOVE LUCY DVD's, played games, went to Easter sunrise service and enjoyed the Easter morning breakfast afterwards. Sam got a haircut and we watched a little March Madness. (My bracket is in very sorry shape) 

I love Resurrection Sunday. Everything about my life is predicated on the fact of Jesus rising from that dark grave. It is a day of great joy, and even though I did not feel myself, I was happy to be sharing this great Resurrection Day with three of the people I love most in this world.

Gretchen and Sam have recruited us to help them paint their house in April. Weather permitting, we will go do that. I refuse to go on a ladder higher than 3 feet with my balance issues. Which pretty much assures me of not having to paint from a ladder!!!

I am progressing very slowly with my workouts. I am certain that the steroids caused muscle atrophy to a severe degree, as I still struggle to get ahead. But I am at the health center every other day and just doing all I can til my muscles burn. 

Have a wonderful springy April, y'all.

Saturday, March 12, 2016


Richie and I just returned from a week's vacation in Branson, Missouri. It is a long jaunt of 9 hours each way, but it was good to "get outta Dodge" for awhile. While there we saw two shows; one of which was absolutely fantastic. So good, that at intermission I had tears falling from my eyes and I said to my husband, "I am so glad God let me live long enough to see this show!!!" We left the theatre thinking we will probably never see a show this good again. That is worth the trip.

I detest shopping and though we had a new mall and an outlet mall close by our condo, our sum total shopping purchase was 3 pairs of $50 shorts for Richie, all on clearance for $9 each at Haggar. The more I go into these outlet stores to look, the more I just shake my head. There is so much "stuff" in so many shoppes that people fill their lives with that would stifle me. I guess I am just content with what I have.

Our condo was two flights up from our car, and though there was an elevator, I challenged myself to walk the flights, which in my former life I would have run up and down. Steps are still very hard and slow. I had to stop after 1 flight to let the "burn" settle down for a second, but I kept at it each time we left in the car. It got easier as the week went on. And today we went to the health club and I was so happy to see my stair improvement. Maybe after another 6 months, I will again be able to run and down stairs.

On the way to Missouri, we spent an afternoon and night with my sister-in-law and brother-in-law in Kansas City. They invited our niece and nephew and their families over to see us and have dinner with us. It was a precious family time with people we do not get to see often enough.

I am going to an ENT on Monday. My hearing loss from radiation is getting worse all the time and I am always feeling like I need to pop my eardrums like when you fly. Dick has wondered whether my inner ear could have something wrong with it....something fixable. So I thought I would get it checked out. It would be amazing if my condition were treatable. Otherwise, I need to get a hearing aid very soon.

I have another PET scan of my lungs the end of the month. It will be interesting to see those results.