Saturday, February 16, 2019

Round Three is Near....

  Ted is going to be doing round three of the chemo for his Acute Myeloid Leukemia. . We saw the cancer doctor yesterday afternoon. Ted blood work was better numbers ,B.P. great, oxygen level perfect. All vital make him look ready to tackle this third round of chemo.
 The dr said he could have a milder round and a bone marrow transplant. Then the cancer would be gone. Or he could just do another round like last time, and run the risk of getting the ecoli infection from his own body once again.
  Ted's brother Mic has offered to be a donor. Bless his heart, he has been there for us from the beginning of this battle. Drs. will be calling us and setting up dates. Then Ted will see the cancer doctor in two weeks. We would be so very grateful if you keep us in your prayers. Thank you dear friends.
 On Wednesday after Ted got his labs, we joined his brothers and one sister and a childhood friend for lunch. The café was called Downtown Diner....it was just a hole in the wall kind of place. But  clean, fast service, and good foods. That worked for me. :) Here's Ted and I after we had eaten.
  Ted's little brother Mic and his wife Micki.  Oh I know Mic and Micki. We love it. Ted sister Dorothy is sitting next to them but  didn't get a photo of her and the friend.
  This is Ted's big brother Cliff and his wife Linda. She has taken very good care of Cliff since he had his stroke three years ago. He can not always speak well, but gets across what he wants to say. He didn't recognize Ted right away, then squealed , pointed, and said, "I know you. " Laughed and hugged Ted.  Yes, that made me cry.
   Just want to show you my daughter Kathy's rescue cat. His name was Rocky but she calls him Buddy and he comes to her. So Buddy it is, I guess.  He is loving on his new mouse toy.  What a little cutie pie cat.  I think Buddy needed Kathy, and I know she needed him....she was lonely for a pet. She has always had cats before moving. Ninety some more cats and I can call he crazy cat lady. .LOL
   Hope all of you are doing well and marking the days off till spring. XO

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Letting You Know....

  This past Tuesday, Ted and I had lunch at D.Q.  He said he was bored and ready to go out.  We enjoyed this so much. It was something we would do before his cancer battle started.  We ate and did not linger. I could tell he was getting tired when we returned home. It truly felt wonderful to be out for something besides lab work , drs. appointments , and going to the drugstore. LOL
   Ted also said he wanted to drive to his lab work yesterday. Of course I  rode along with him. He did okay. A bit of improvement each day. Thanks to God and all of you with your powerful prayers. We so appreciate all of you. XO.
 It rained for two days, enough that the sump pumps came on and ran awhile. I was thrilled it melted all the snow.
 Then Friday we had beautiful breaks in the clouds, so we could enjoy sunshine and blue skies.
  In the little woods in back.  The grass is kind of brown in most places.
  This was yesterday's sunset. I loved the colors. Those are lime piles in the field across the road.
  Have to show these cuties ...all wallowed out and napping. Layla and cousin Max.
 While they nap, Luke and Ozzy Cat, are bird watching. I so love getting pictures of the little ones since I can't be with them at this time.
   I hope all of you are doing well and counting the days till spring.  I know I sure am.  So ready to be done with snow and carrying wood. LOL.
  Thank you again my sweet blog family for your prayers. You are all in mine. Speaking of prayers,  I want to ask that you say prayers for  Nana Diana's granddaughter  Sweet Cheeks. She is a sweet young girl and very ill right now. Thank you so much. XO

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Cold Days, Scary Days, & We Go On...

  Sorry it's taken me awhile to post. Ted is in a good mood here. He has had some really highs and lows. Last Monday , I took him for his follow up. They let us go to the Riverview hospital where he was when all this cancer battle started.  I drop him at the door, parked  and run in to  lead him down the hall. He is just barely walking. Then had to sit on a bench.
   Once we get in the N.P. hematologist office, they get his blood pressure . It was 86 over 60...they hook him up to an IV drip.  We are there 3 hours, so they go ahead and do his Monday blood work.  He was on many "water" pills, so he was dehydrated.  They make an appointment with his heart dr. Then the dr. and nurses  think he should be seeing an oncology heart dr.  Ted has had his heart dr. since he had a stent 18 years ago.
  We go to the oncology cardiologist the next day. That young dr. takes him off some of the Water pills.  Cuts one in half and says do one on M-W-F.  The dr. told Ted he was doing very well , so we gave a sigh of relief there.
  Since I do not have enough hours in my day..I could not stay on top of the driveways. I cleared a patch on the porch and in the front drive, to load Ted up for blood work at Tipton. So I just drove over the snow and got him into town. Our I.U. hospital seems complicated. Instead of just going to the lab with his standing order, he has to sign in with the same questions and info up front at registry, every time, three days a week. .( stone age)
  This was yesterday's sunset. Cold but full of promise for the next few days. We are to have warmer weather and some of this snow will be gone. Hooray. There's 3 foot drift around the front and I have walked all over because the drift is right on the walkway...where else would it be. LOL
 Have to show all of you this. This it the water tower at Chrysler in Kokomo. This tower has been there since 1955. The filling valve froze, so it continued to fill and over flowed.  So scary and cold looking.
You can see the water flowing over it, this is earlier in the day, as it first happened.  I remember our dad taking us at Christmas to see this tower, as it would have all blue lights hanging on it in the shape of a Christmas tree.
  Praying all of you made it thru the coldest weather ever. We wore two sets of clothes every time we had to be out , or on the roads. About 46 days till spring...oh boy !!!
 My dear blog family and friends, Thank you for you wonderful well wishes and prayers. I am humbly asking you to keep them coming our way and I am sending prayers up for all of you.  XO

Monday, January 21, 2019

Look Who's Coming Home......

 Ted Is finally well enough, that he is coming home. Not sure for how long.  But it will be so nice to see him everyday.  He is over his cdef  or cdif. , However it's spelled.  But I will be taking precautions anyways.  I am praying Ted will be able to get his strength and spirits back fully.  He had a horrible time recovering from the second chemo round.  He may have one to go. It will all depend on the cancer doctor and Ted's blood work.
  This is the weather we had on Saturday. It iced, sleeted, and snowed. Power flickered on and off many times. Many were without power for some time.  So scary and dangerous..
 Sunday the sun was old, but it was bitter cold and today is even colder.  The sunshine lifts my spirits even in this cold.  It is sunny today and I want to enjoy that sweet glow.
  On Saturday Layla had her cousins over for the night, as the boys parents and grandparents went to Chicago for a Blackhawks hockey game. Now have any of you ever called your grandkids monkeys? Well just look at Layla's feet  holding her drink as she uses her hands for a bag of treats.  So funny, she's a monkey .:)
 The boys brought their dog Madison over with them. She is on the left and maybe not so cozy with Bennie, Layla's doggie. It was way too cold for animals to be outside without a heated house. These are inside dogs.
  Dear friends, I thank you for all the wonderful prayers and well wishes.  I am asking you to please continue to pray for Teddy. He is truly a good man with a kind heart. Would do anything he could for anyone. :) Thank you for your kindnesses. XO

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Luke's New Car & An Update....

  Great grandson Luke got a new car for Christmas. He was all over it while his dad Mark tried to get it assembled. So funny.
 Even Max was checking out the tools .
  The instruction also. Looks as if dad has his hands full.
 Luke just seems so happy and enjoying it all.
 While Mark is trying to put the wheels on, Luke crawls in the window. LOL
  When his little fire dept. car is done, it was time for Luke to have a treatment for his C.F.
  Update on Ted. He had his second round of chemo..two hour drip twice a day 12 hours apart. for 5 days. A day of rest and they sent him home on the 1st of Jan.  He was not in any good spirits or feeling well . On Friday he was to have the first of 208 blood works for the year. I got him to the hospital got the blood work done stat.  Once I get Ted home, I take his temperature and give him his morning meds. His temperature was 99...that did not worry me too much.  But I knew to check it again to see if it would be climbing.  He did not want to eat, did say he wanted some coffee...took one sip and said he felt sick to his tummy.  I gave him nausea meds that he was prescribed.  20 minutes later...I took his temperature and it was 102 point 4.   That made me almost panic. So I get him in the car take him to Tipton's hospital ER dept.
 They admit him because his blood work was done and not good numbers.  After about 2-3 hours in ER they transfer him to ICU. They give him platelets and antibiotics. His fever is up and down. They transfer him by ambulance to Indy to the St. Vincent's that had just sent him home 4 days earlier.
   He is now on the oncology floor . He has some infection that all the drs. can't seem to narrow done to were it is coming from...as possibly his own gut...as chemo can do that.  Now he is into the diarrhea again.  Not wanting to eat  and not enough rest.  The only good thing about all of this...he is still in remission.  I am asking all of you to please keep Ted in your good thoughts and prayers. I am so grateful for each of you . I wish you all blessings. XO

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Round Two.....

  Ted was back in the hospital on the 26th to take on round two of his chemo. He flashes his "v" onto victory sign. So proud of his courage. He is doing well . This chemo is different than the first round.
  His numbers are on track, that is what the nurses and drs are telling us.
  The chemo is a stronger version but not a 24 hour drip. He gets two 2 hour drips, twelve hours apart.  He gets eye drops 4 times a day. The "drunk" test is actually checking his balances. Thankfully he is passing each test. We have been masking up and walking down the hall and back.
  This is the T-shirt my daughter Liz's family got him for his fishing trip coming this spring. He really loved it. This picture was taken at home after we spent a couple hours with the family. He was gaining strength each new day.  I will ask that you will pray for Ted or send good thoughts his way. The prayers you all sent up for us has truly helped us thru . We so appreciate everyone of you. XO
  Layla got a new purple guitar from her "Gigi"  She certainly looks happy with it. Her daddy Brock, played next to her here.
 Max got to visit some life animals at the Nativity right before Christmas.
Little brother Luke was truly loving being placed on the back of a burro.  We did not get to cuddle the little kids at Christmas...could not risk germs.  We have a whole lot of hugging to make up for once Ted is thru these chemo treatments.
   I hope each and everyone of you enjoyed some family time during the holidays. I am wishing all of you a Happy New Year of  love and good health.  XO

Friday, December 21, 2018

Holiday Visit....

 My Teddy got to come home for Christmas. He will be back at the hospital right after Christmas day. He will be starting his second round of chemo . He had to stop at CVS, for meds on the way home from the hospital. I had to go back the next day to get the potassium, as it had to be ordered.  Then it was up early and out to the drs. office one morning, then wait for the home nurse to come check him out . Then up early today for blood work to be faxed to all the doctors. Waited for the nurse again today. Thankfully I will be taking care of Ted now. No more waiting.

  Wednesday morning looked like this, so pretty  and mild.
  Same day's sunset. Love this sky.
 Here's our wee Christmas tree. My daughter and granddaughter bought this for Ted's hospital room and we brought it home. This is about the extent of my holiday décor this year. LOL
My daughter Kathy did even simpler ...she bought a rosemary plant and strung a tiny strand of lights on it.  She says it smell good too.  The holiday is so near now and I am feeling happy to have Ted home to enjoy it with me.  We won't be going to anyone's gatherings....just to be safe from germs. Have to have Ted ready for another round of chemo.
  I wanted to thank all you wonderful people who have prayed, sent cards, and well wishes Ted's way. Also for the prayers for me to have the strength I need to help Ted thru this. So many compassionate people in blogland. I am so thankful for each of you.  Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas. Love you !!!