Thursday, June 13, 2019

The Happenings Thursday....

  Thursday started nice enough.  Ted had an appointment with his bone marrow doctor. His labs showed that his counts are in the normal range....hooray for that. One test showed he had to be taken off one of the water pills for a few days.  He will have a lab work here in Tipton and the results will be faxed to Dr. Tandra at the bone marrow clinic.  They will call to let us know when to resume that water pill. Ted's hemoglobin is 8.8 , it should be between 13 and 17.  We feel things are  looking up.
  Last week there was a free ice cream fair for cancer survivors. The nurse said Ted's doctor went to the little treat wagon twice. LOL.
  When my daughter Liz sent this picture to Ted and I , we talked about it with pride. It's our granddaughter Emma at her job. She works at a little sandwich shop in her town.
  This picture did indeed make me cry. Emma , my little crafting buddy, baking pal, over night slumber girl, is giving a thumbs up pose.....she just got her beginner's permit to learn to drive.  Where did the time go?  I feel time is cruel in many ways. We can never  get it back. Please hang on to your children and grandchildren tightly....they are growing up .
 Oh yes, this picture made me almost want to cry...but what can one do??? Our AC gave out  and with Ted having a bone marrow transplant we are not allowed to use fans...we have to have AC, so this is the new unit put in two days ago.
  Our household luck is as bad as it can get. New roof, new water heater, a furnace repair in the month of Feb. and now a new AC unit. The household account is running out.
   We are just so thankful to all of  you for your healing prayers. I will keep you posted about what Ted's next lab work shows. He is still low on energy, but the lab counts should start to change that soon. Sure hope so. Thank you everyone for the prayers. Blessings.  XO

Monday, June 10, 2019

Better Days....

  Ted and I are home. We got to come home on Friday afternoon, right after Ted's doctor's appointment.  His  next appointment will be this Wednesday.  His lab numbers were decent and the doctor thought he was ahead of everything by a week, that's great.
 I went to the local dollar store and picked up this cute box that says it all, right on top.
 It holds all of Ted's meds now. The drs say his meds will change weekly or monthly.
 This is what our dining table looks like till I can get more organized. To think I truly used to be a very well organized person...not anymore. Yikes.
 My daughters have come to visit this weekend and each has brought food items for us. Today Liz brought an awesome lasagna. We divided it into small containers to freeze. As Ted can not eat left overs that would be older than one day.  He has had banana bread, his favorite from Karen (Liz's twin) Ted is doing well with his meds and his eating...but lacks energy. He is starting to walk around the house on the inside , just to get a bit of exercise. That's a start.
 The catalpa tree has bloomed and is dropping it's blossoms like snow.
 The clematis has bloomed also and looking very pretty.
 Even the honeysuckle has started to grow again.  thought it had died out last year.  It's been raining the past two days and now this afternoon the skies are clearing. Looks  pretty with all the trees leafed out and everything so green.
  I want to thank all of you for your good wishes and prayers for us. We are thankful to all. May you each be blessed. XO

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Weekend Pass....

  Ted was allowed a weekend pass home. He was very happy about that. I see glimpses of energy here and there, it does last long at this time.
  This s the shuttle that comes for us at the apartment near the hospital and takes us to appointments.  Such a handy transportation.
  This is a poster at the bone marrow clinic in the hospital. The picture is of  Dr.Anand Tandra, Ted's doctor. He is one of four in this group. All are so smart and truly caring.
  When Ted has to take more pills than ever in his life and the pill holders are not near big enough. So I just used a big picnic paper plate to hold his meds for each day. There's morning, afternoon, evening and bedtime. I have read named the sections a couple times.  I will have to get a bigger holder. This is time consuming and that is because I double check . All the long twisted names of meds, confusing...and some drs. use the product name .
 Near the last two days of Ted's hospital stay after a big rain, there was a rainbow ...I took it as a sign of great hope.
 Then that evening there was a beautiful full moon. A day later, we  transferred to the out of hospital housing. So near by and helpful.  This is all paid for by donations. I think this will be one of our favorite charities.
 This is our other one, Cystic Fibrous Foundation. Today is a walk for our great grandson Luke. I was sure hoping to be able to join everyone, but it just didn't work out.  Luke's aunt made up T-shirts to help raise money. It did raise hundreds of dollars. How wonderful.  Please pray for the children.
   Ted will have two more appointments this coming week. Then I think we will be allowed to return home . He will have weekly appointments, then it will be monthly.  Ted has done amazingly well with this transplant. It is a long process ...lots of tests and meds. He has to shower daily , take care of his dental hygiene, and always be on the look out for anything different occurring with his body. The doctors are happy with the results. I am so thankful to all of you for prayers and well wishes. Thankful God has shown us mercy and love.  XO