Saturday, February 15, 2020

Busy Times.....

 This month is half over. It has been a busy time for Ted and I .  Ted's energy seemed to be better this week. Yesterday was the last dose of chemo for this maintenance round. The Riverview hospital has some awesome nurses and a great new facility for infusions. Some spots are little rooms with electric fireplaces and TV.  Ted was in them most everyday.
 Monday was the longest day. Labs then chemo at Riverview. Then the same day,on to Franciscan south of Indy for check up and first round of baby shots. Ted did well. He knows why babies cry, said his shoulder was so sore for two days.
  We were blessed with good roads this whole week. We had a big snow but got out to the main roads and traveling was fine. Yesterday was the coldest day around these parts. Wind chills 15 below zero. Good thing I had refilled the back porch wood box. We should be getting into the 40's for the next few day.  Just  35 days till spring. Oh boy, I am so ready . :)
  I have still to get my grandson over to work on my computer. There's no way I going back to the Geeks around here. They wiped out too many files and pictures.  I am thinking of adopting a smart kid. LOL. Just kidding. Gotta a lot of love to give, but not near enough time.
  Hope all of you are getting thru this winter and staying healthy. We are doing our best,wearing our masks everywhere. Not at home or in the car. Had a lady ask me is I was wearing it to stay healthy...well yes. The clerk at the $ store told me he needs a haz-mat suit some days. :)
  Take care of one another and yourselves. Thank you so very much for all your good wishes, prayers and thoughts. Sending them to you too. XO







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  1. It is so good to hear from you. Keep that woodbox full and maybe you won't need it. Best wishes to Ted and that is super that he has a neat place for his treatment. I don't think they have those where my daughter works. Maybe I will suggest it to her. Hang in there, Ted and Susie.

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    1. Thank you Peggy. Hoping this round of maintenance chemo doesn't take Ted down, the Dr. lowered the does a bit each day. Peggy, the recliner Ted sits in also has a warmer and vibrates. Wow, that really is good for those that have to be there a long time. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  2. It is nice to hear of the attempt to make the surroundings 'huggable' during the long Chemo sessions. So glad to hear that your man-Ted is more energized. Good stuff. BUT the weather report makes us southerners shiver, BRRRR, we did get down to 28 last night after some 7os.
    Yes even we, look forward to spring
    Sherry & jack.

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    1. We have had strange weather,don't you agree. Record breakers. Hey, I forgot to mention that the recliner Ted sits in at the infusion center vibrates and has a warmer. That is a comfort for those having to sit so long. Plus they will let you order food, coffee, snacks. All the nurses are so kind too. Stay warm there in the south. LOL. Hope you did not get those heavy rains, scary. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  3. I get so excited when I see a post up from you! You and Ted have had an amazing and equally challenging journey! But you held on to each other and walked through it. Now you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I hope you get some good solid rest soon. You are worn out physically and mentally as well as emotionally! Ted is, too. Wish I could wiggle my nose and send y’all off on a tropical vacation!
    Love you both dearly......

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    1. Thank you my sweet friend. Linda, it has been more than I ever dream I could handle...but let's face it...without prayers and God's loving mercy I just could not have done this. Ted is happy this afternoon. I made him some chili and corn muffins. Blessings to you, LD and the whole family. xoxo,love you guys so much, Susie LOL

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  4. I have grandson's that could fix my computer too. it's wonderful and a lot cheaper than the geek store Trouble is they don't live close and I'm not good at following instructions over the phone. Glad you'v e had good roads to travel on. Same here. We are just coming out of the deep freeze today and it'w warming a bit. Take care and keep the masks on. Flu is very bad here right now.

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    1. Thank you. I truly am tired of wearing these masks, but not willing to chance getting sick. I have to stay well and keep Ted well also. I liked that we had a deep freeze earlier to kill off the bugs and germs. Maybe this late one will help with pollens, that cause allergies. Stay warm, spring is coming, hooray. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  5. There's never enough time to get everything done. I know how anything but spending time with your man is put on the back burner. Illness certainly sets our priorities straight.
    We wear masks everywhere too. I don't want to being anything home. Our men certainly don't need any more piled on them.
    God bless you both.

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    1. Connie, You are so right. We have our hands full without more illness, such as colds,the flu or anything like that. I have had my flu shot but Ted has not....because of the bone marrow transplant he has get his baby shots first and the dr said that would take almost 2 years. Yikes. Prayers for you and Steve. Hope you are having some wonderful moments together. Just some laughs or memories of better times can help us. Blessings to you both, xoxo,love, Susie

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  6. I THOUGHT OF YOU BOTH DURING THE BAD WEATHER THIS PAST WEEK. THANKFUL THE ROADS WERE OKAY. THE HEAT WAS RUNNING CONSTANTLY! I HOPE YOU HAVE A SUNNY WEEK

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    1. KAREN, i CAN NOT STAND TO HEAR OUR HEAT RUNNING ALL THE TIME...SO WE USE OUR FIREPLACE A LOT. IT HELPS CUT THE HEAT BILLS. BUT IT'S DIRTY AND WORK. I AM ABOUT WORE OUT AT TIMES. HOPE YOU DIDN'T GET TOO MUCH RAIN OR SNOW.GOT TO WALK CAREFULLY ANYTIME WE ARE OUTDOORS. BLESSINGS TO YOU DEAR FRIEND, XOXO, SUSIE

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  7. I am so glad that Ted seems to be getting some strength back, Susie. Those ongoing treatments can be brutal sometimes and it is nice to have a relaxing atmosphere to offset some of the discomfort and time that is 'stolen' during treatments.

    I hear you about the computer mess. it is hard to get the kids to work on it sometimes-they have busy lives, too. xo Diana

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    1. Diana, I ask my granddaughter if he husband could come spend the week with us. LOL. She says everyone wants him to stay over. He is so good on computers.
      Diana, the chemo place had the best machine for making coffees, cappachinos, and flavored coffees. Oh I wish I had a machine like that. LOL Ted and I watch TV there and talk with the nurses. I am so thankful for them, they are caring and kind.
      The recliner there has heat and vibration, I tell Ted he will be wanting one of those for home. It helps the people having to sit for long periods.
      Blessings to you sweet friend, xox,love, Susie

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  8. I'm glad to hear you are well and Ted is coping well with his treatments. Have been thinking of you and hoping all was going well. Stay safe and warm!

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    1. Thank you honey. I am getting a happy boost from seeing about a dozen robins on Friday. The sunshine helps me too. I think Ted is getting along better cause they gave him a smaller dose of chemo this time around. :) Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  9. It’s good to hear things are moving along and that Ted is doing ok, I hope you get the computer fixed soon, they are great when they work lol,, springs coming,, that will make everything easier, take care, I keep you both on the prayer list at church and I keep you both in my prayers,, there’s power in prayer,, take care my friend,

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    1. Thank you so very much Laurie. We are grateful for all the prayers. Oh yes, I do believe in the power of prayer. It is something we can all do for each other too. Please thank your church members for us. Blessings to you and yours, stay healthy and warm, xoxo,love, Susie

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  10. I haven't been sick in about a year. I'm surprised this winter hasn't gotten me yet.

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    1. Bless your heart Adam. Stay strong and healthy honey. The stronger you are in your youth the better it will be for you when you are older. Blessings to all, xoxo, Susie

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  11. Greetings from cold Michigan. I'm glad you weren't hampered on your travels with the storms and snow and relieved the next round is over. As for me -- the head cold no one wants! It won't last but it can't leave soon enough!

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    1. Jeanie, I hate getting a cold. I had one last year. I think the older I get the harder it is on me. LOL Yes, we felt totally blessed with the good shape of the roads. Today is pretty and 40 degrees. Wow. Get well soon Jeanie. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  12. Prayers continue!! Good to catch up here!

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    1. Hi Terri. I am praying for you and yours too. Be safe outside...it's pretty here and yet slick on the walkways. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  13. We finally had some sunshine today.
    The sky pictures are beautiful.

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    1. Hi, hope you get some more pretty days....the warmth can not be so far away, can it? LOL It's 40 here today and the sun is shining, I am loving it. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  14. Hi Susie! I'm glad you're sounding very chipper. God be with you guys!

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    1. Thank you honey. I am trying to think about how close spring is and Ted's year mark for his transplant. Good days for us. :) Blessings to you and yours, xoxo, Susie

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  15. Wonderful news Susie, I always enjoy reading that both of you are doing better, and life is getting easier.
    We've had snow, rain, and lots of sunshine this past week, Mother Nature can't seem to make up her mind :)
    Good luck with your computer problems, they have become such a great part of our lives, it's a struggle when they go wrong :)
    Take care dear friend,
    Hugs,
    ~Jo

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    1. Thank you Jo. I am loving any sunshine we can get here. Today is one of those sweet days. 40 degrees and sunshine. Love it. Oh yes, I love when this computer works and want to throw it out when it doesn't . LOL Blessings to you Jo and your family. xoxo, Susie

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  16. So glad that Ted is feeling better. So far my two week cold last month is my only illness and I'm grateful it was just a cold. We've had the warmest weather in January ever. Probably not good for water in the summer -- we rely on snow -- but great for getting around. Take good care, dear Susie!

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    1. Thank you Carol. Although we have no had many big snows, we have had rains many times this winter. But today was 40 degrees and sunny. I am so loving it. I have to admit when it's like this , it is harder to deal with another snow day. LOL. Making me long for spring all the more. Stay healthy dear friend. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  17. Winter is hard and it will be good for it to be past. Thankful you had good weather for you travels! Glad Ted is felling better! God is good ♥

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    1. Doris, I am so thankful to God for the good raods. I actually prayed out loud as we pulled away from the hospital Friday after the last chemo dose for this round. Then I saw a dozen robins and felt like God was sending me his love. I laughed and cheered. Ted did too. These next two weeks should let us know more about some issues in his lungs. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  18. Susie, my thoughts are with you. You both better wear the mask. The flu has been awful this year. You are okay, right? Just wanting to make sure that you aren't in treatments too. Of course, you are if he is. We do life together, right?

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    1. I am not having chemo, it is Ted. But I go with him for his treatments. I am in need of cataract surgery and possibly a detached retina soon. I keep reminding Ted of our masks. We both wear them, especially going into the drs. or hospitals. Stay healthy young lady. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  19. Hey Susie! My thoughts are with you always. Feel as if someone just gave you a big hug? That was me! Take care of yourself and your Teddy bear. x

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    1. Thank you Kay. Some times we all need those hugs.:):) Once Ted gets stronger, I feel I can relax more. Blessings, stay well, xoxo, Susie

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  20. Bless your heart! I know that you and Ted are steady doing whatever you can to get him feeling better! I love your pretty pictures! Continued prayers! Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

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    1. Thank you Theresa. I so appreciate your prayers. I hope your siblings are doing better. Prayers for all of you. Blessings to you honey, xoxo, Susie

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  21. Hi Susie...you and Ted are on the move all the time..doctor appointments, scheduling, medicines, I think of you both often but don't seem to get around to visit you. Thanks for faithfully stopping by my blog. Love and hugs to you both.

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    1. Thank you Wanda. Your prayers are helping us. I was thinking about 5 years ago my brother Mark passed away and you came to me in a dream and gave me a hug...that dreamed hug and the birth of my first great grandchild helped ease the pain of losing my brother. God knows, doesn't He?Prayers for you and Don. Blessings always, xoxo,love, Susie

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    2. Thank you for that special memory. Love you tons.

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  22. Hi Susie,
    Glad to hear Ted is doing better. The pictures are gorgeous. I hope we see more sunshine this week along with these warmer temps. Take care and have a great week.
    Hug,
    Kris

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    1. Thank you Kris. I know that we were blessed with a kind of mild winter, but it seems long...I think it's just me want this long cancer fight to be done and Ted to be his old self again. We have a couple more important specialist to see this month, then maybe some quiet time. I am so ready to see your window boxes loaded with flowers. LOL. Blessings to you and yours, love, xoxo, Susie

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  23. Hi Susie! Glad to hear you're well and Ted is feeling better.

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    1. Thank you sweet girl. I appreciate you. I hope you and your family are doing well also. We had Ted's cardiologist check him out today. Wants him to increase one heart meds and come back in 3 weeks...What a big bother. As all the tests have proved Ted's heart is back in the good shape before chemo and transplant. Plus while his platelets are not in the normal range, I do not think he should be taking an aspirin a day...so I will call the bone marrow drs and ask them...after all they are the ones in total charge. Don't you wonder sweetheart about why dr just won'T communicate all that well with one another? Makes me stressed and nuts. LOL Bless you, stay well, xoxo, Susie

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  24. Susie, I'm glad to hear that Ted has more energy lately. The hospital he's going to sounds like a nice one with good nurses and health care. I hope you get your computer fixed soon. I don't want you to lose any of those sunrise/sunset pictures - you always take such pretty ones around your area.

    I hope Spring comes around soon, as been cold where you live, and I want you to be comfortable while you're caring for Ted. I bet you're longing for warmer weather. Have a wonderful week, Susie.

    ~Sheri

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    1. Thank you Sheri. It's been good to see ted trying to get his energy back. He walks around inside the house. Has carried a bag or two of wood and the water from the car to the kitchen. Yes, I long to sit on the porch and write. Take care out there. Hope you can find just the right place to move to near your daughter. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  25. Your winter sounds very cold! 🥶

    That is so good to hear Ted is doing well. I check here to see updates when you post. You are both in my prayers.

    I hope you find someone to fix your computer!

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    1. Thank you so much Sandi. It feels good to think of Ted improving . 72 days till his year mark is here. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  26. Oh Susie...I'm so glad things are going along better. And thankful that Ted has a little more energy. Otherwise it is really hard to maneuver. For years I worked in an office, sitting in front of a computer -crunching numbers. Then I retired...well yesterday I sat at my desk for about 5 hours working on my taxes along with making phone calls taking care of other business---well I was exhausted last night..I thought 'wow! how did I do that everyday?' Ha Ha Once I hit my chair, I don't think I moved until it was bedtime! We've had some nice days here also. This month is flying by too. Nice to see sunlight at 6 pm!
    Take care of yourselves and know you're in my thoughts and prayers.

    Blessings,
    Gert

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    1. Thank you Gert. I am so happy to hear from you. As the time gets nearer to the year mark of Ted's transplant, it seems he is not as energetic. I tell when he gets up in the mornings he is better, but I do not see much thru the day. Hoping the maintenance chemo will ease up as the year mark gets here. I am so thankful for your friendship and your kind prayers. It is amazing how wonderful people have been to us with good wishes, thoughts and prayers. I keep yu in my prayers too. Blessings, xoxo, Susie
      p.s. I would be wore out if I had to do taxes....filling in all of Ted's med papers just makes me crazy nuts. LOL

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  27. Hi, Glad to hear Ted is improving, My Brother Ronnie "Rang The Bell" at the VA Hospital in Florida yesterday when he had his last Chemo Treatment and Check-up ! We are going up and down on Temps here in Northern New York, 41 and raining, ground has about 10 inches of Snow, Hope the 20th is nice as we are getting away for the night ! Stay Safe and Warm and wear your masks !!! sending regards from the Crazy North Country !

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    1. Hi, I hope you have a clear good day too. I am thanking God for your brother's good report. He has fought a hard fight and won. Blessings to you and your Mrs. xoxo, Susie

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  28. Susie, you make me laugh. Should have told that lady that you had just robbed a bank and forgot to take your mask off! Sometimes people are just plain goofy. So glad this go round is a little easier on Ted. I can't imagine the weather you are having. We are just nice and sunny with cold nights. Sounds ideal except that we should be having some rain. Nothing yet so I think it will be a bad summer around here again..xxoJudy

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    1. Judy, I some times wonder why the rains can not be spread out evenly thru out. :) I know some state use big snow for water. Like Utah. We had mild snows but plenty of rains. Today was nice, tonight will be 9 degrees and tomorrow high 30's with all day sunshine. Yahoo.
      Judy, Ted and I out our mask on as we entered the cardiologist office Monday and the receptionist cough without covering. Gaaa. She coughed into her hand a few more times and handed a man his bag of meds. :( So sad. Blessings to you and the Captain. xoxo, Susie

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  29. Dear Susie, I was good to see you post. I am playing catchup today and couldn't miss your post. Thinking of you and sweet Ted. Hoping the weather is being nicer to you. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. Hi Cindy, Thanks for your good wishes. We have the lung dr appt on Monday and I am ready for that to be done and over. Then I go to the dentist..yikes. Blessings to you and yours, xoxo, Susie

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  30. Hello sweet friend! So good to hear things are going good! Good idea to wear your masks. I've been staying close to home these days. With Crohn's Disease, my immune system is compromised, so I have to be careful. You are both in my daily prayers, Susie. Looking forward to Spring! Love to you. Debbie xo

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    1. Hi my friend. Oh Debbie, I hate to read this that you are suffering. Seems you have had more than your share of woes too. You know we suffer , yet we would never wish our ills on others. I am so tired of the masks but do not dare go without them in the hospital/dr/office, etc.
      I am so ready for the real spring, to sit outside or see flowers and birds. I love robins and we saw some at the hospital on Friday...it lifted my spirits. Please take care of yourself . Love you, blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  31. Hi,
    Sending prayers Susie. I had to chuckle about the clerk saying he feels he needs a Haz Mat suit. I have felt that way too. LOL
    Take Care,
    Carla

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    1. Hi Carla, I hope all is well and that you get to see your boys lots. Oh I just heard tonight that the flu season might be another 3 months...rats !! The masks and washing ours hands is all the protection Ted has..as he has not had a flu shot due to just starting the baby shots. So I absolutely have to stay well also. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  32. This one fell through the cracks... I was very intrigued to read about the remodeled infusion rooms...they sound great. There is so much more that can be done to bring comfort so I like the sound of that. One of the reasons I chose my treatment center was because of the cheery windows and pleasant atmosphere as opposed to a sterile cold hospital setting, but sounds as if they could do even better. ☺️ So glad that you folks are puttering along given the weather and the cold scares, etc. I am puttering along as well, though trying to be realistic in my hopes for spring. It will arrive there long before it does here.

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    1. Hi Vee, I pray for you sweet girl. Oh yes, those rooms for chemo are the best. Before there could be 6 people in a small room and at times I could not stay with Ted it would be so crowded. This is so much nicer for the all the patients. I see some of them eating and other's watching TV and some even sleeping. So that is such a nice feeling. It take a big part of everyone's lives to go thru the treatments, it should be nice and comfortable. Oh there's also a coffee machine that is wonderful. LOL Blessings to you, hope we all get an early spring. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  33. So glad to hear Ted is doing well. The new infusion rooms sounds lovely. Mine was just a large room with chairs. The weather sounds frightful. Stay warm and enjoy the weekend. xo

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    1. Linda, The old treatment room was two big rooms overly crowded most times. I think this new area is more comforting to the patients. They can watch TV, visit, eat or sleep. Makes you feel better for those involved. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

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  34. Sending loving thoughts and much prayers for healing and strength for the journey!
    Blessings,
    Sue

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    1. Thank you Sue for your kind prayers and thoughts. We are grateful for each one. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

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  35. we have had one of the warmest winters on record and no snow. i miss the snow but my hubby is happy we didn't get any so i am happy for him. he hates cleaning it up!!

    the infusion suites sound amazing. when i was getting infusions for MS we were all in one big room, everyone talking. i did not like that because it was all MS talk, most very negative. i always tried to work on a project but the chatter was too distracting!!

    i'm happy ted had more energy this week, i did too. i know ted is grateful for the good days!!

    and i just want to say, now that my kids are worth living with, they are living with someone else!! heheheh jk of course but i kinda need them now for the same things!!!

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    1. Debbie, I know what you mean about the chatter in those infusion rooms if they are too small. Some of the older people turn their phone on speaker and you hear all that noise too. To me it's rude , but some times the really old ones can't hear. I think head pones would be so nice. LOL. Hope you are doing well. I laughed about the kid joke. Blessings to you and your husband. xoxo, Susie
      p.s. anxious for butterflies. :)

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  36. Hi Susie :) I'm looking forward to spring too, it's been an especially long winter here. It drains my energy. I hope you are all doing well despite all of your traveling and the treatments, which I can not even imagine the difficulty of that. Take care!!

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    1. Thank you Rain. I know you work hard where you live. I keep telling Ted..we are older we can not continue to work so hard...besides doing it all this past year has just about wore me to a frazzle. Friday, we made some fire starters. It was so fun and good to work together, even at something so simple. Stay warm young lady. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  37. Beautiful picture! You really captured it. So nice to read an update and sounds like you have quite a bit to celebrate. Like you, I'm counting down the days until spring. Tired of winter, and of being cold. Nice you're getting computer help...hope things work out well for you, your hubby and of course your computer.
    Sandy's Space

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    1. Thank you Sandy. The good report we get are always a blessing and we both are grateful. Yes, honey, I am so tired of being cold and seeing nasty roads. I am ready to smell fresh spring air and see some flowers. It's so close too. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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