Saturday, October 19, 2019

Cool & Colorful....

 Our Japanese maple is a pretty little tree . It's red and yet when it's autumn it gets a different shade of red. The setting sun lights it up.
 There's some pretty changes going on in our area.  Not yet peak season for fall color, but getting there.
 Bright and firey skies late in the day.  We have had beautiful clear skies and some cloudy one also. The air is much chillier. Frost in the mornings.
 This is an up date on Ted's doctor visits. We when to the bone marrow dr this week. He lower one of Ted's meds. Took the picc line out, so glad about that. Ted's blood work showed his counts are up again. We do not go back there for two weeks, unless something should change.
  We also went to see Ted's heart doctor. The one that put a stint in Ted's heart almost 20 years ago. He went over Ted's med sheet and cancer/bone marrow records. Thoroughly examined Ted  and set up a Doppler of Ted's heart at the hospital two blocks away. We go get the Doppler and the nurse says it looks very good, and tells us we can leave now.
  We go have some lunch then come home. Once we get home the heart dr's office calls and says we need to go back they did not do the other test the doctor wanted done. Ted tell them I'll come back tomorrow , set it up. then  the heart doctor's office calls and says that another exam will be set up at a totally different Heart Center near Indianapolis, in Carmel.  So we are waiting for that test to be scheduled and then we go from there. The Doppler showed that Ted's heart squeeze is back to where it was before all the chemo  and that is good news. The heart doctor wants the extra tests done to see if there has been any scarring of  Ted's heart muscles. Wish we could get a break from all the doctors and tests .
 Thank you dear blog family and friends for all your kind words and prayers. XO

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  1. Oh what beautiful pictures. Love the colors of the leaves and that sky takes my breath away. I know you all are weary of all the appointments but keep on keepin' on! Prayers continue!

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    1. Thank you Theresa. It is so overwhelming at times...but we know we just have to keep praying and let God help us thru this. It is getting so pretty now since the frost and cold nights have arrived. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  2. Glorious colors!
    Prayers continue for you all!

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    1. Thank you Billie Jo. I appreciate your prayers so much. They are helping us. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  3. I hate going for all the tests I need too, but it's better to get them done and know what is going on. Good news on Ted, though. Your fall colors are beautiful. Only green trees here. A few more weeks before our trees turn color.

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    1. Kathy, I don't think our tree will have the same colors as years before, some are just dropping leaves from our dry conditions. Too much rain in spring and not near enough this summer. I know going to drs. is needed, but oh it's tiring. Bless you and Joe, xoxo, Susie

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  4. Prayers for only good news to come. It's so tiring going back and forth to doctor appointment. Glad you have some beautiful days to bring some cheer into your days. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thank you so very much. I welcome all prayers. They are helping us. I love the pretty skies we have been having. Some mornings feel so cold after the heat we have had. Going to the drs is very tiring at times, as you said honey. Bless you, xoxo, Susie

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  5. Hi Susie, Thank you for the update. I know how hard it is to get to these appts. and have changes made in the tests and the location of the tests. I'm so sorry it is such a stressful time. I pray for you both daily. Your pictures are just so pretty. God bless your weekend. Love you. Mildred

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    1. Thank you Mildred. I am grateful for all prayers and well wishes. They truly help us thru this. It has been pretty this fall so far. Our peak color season has bumped back a couple weeks.My daughters and I always loved visiting the state park when they were young . Blessings to
      you and John and all your family. xoxo, Susie

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  6. Bless your heart, you are both in my prayers. I know what it is like to have our date nights replace with doctor appointments and tests. If we go out together it's most always an appointment.
    God bless you both,
    Connie

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    1. Connie, Thank you so much. It's been pretty out and Ted and I drive around to see the sights. He can not sit or walk outside, we live in the country and he can not be in the crop dust, too many molds. Can't wait for you and Steve to get your fun time back too. Running to this dr and that dr is so tiring. Blessing to you both and believe me you are in our prayers also. xoxo,love, Susie

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  7. Hi Susie :) With all of those doctor visits and procedures, I wonder how you both actually relax. Your photos are beautiful. Our leaves are changing too and there is a definite nip in the air! Old Man Winter is looming!!!

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    1. Rain, I am dreading winter. I do get to enjoy the fall colors as we go back and forth to appts. :) I sometimes think the drs expect too much. The heart dr asked us so many questions of all Ted and been thru. I have three little journals dating everyday since Nov 20 last year, but still can't answer all the questions. Even that wears on my nerves. Bless you sweet girl, xoxo, Susie

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  8. I’m glad the doctors are being so thorough in treating Ted. Remember the scripture - and it came to pass. This journey will be behind y’all and you will forge ahead in life as you once did.
    I love your sky shots and have missed seeing them. Did you ever reschedule your appointments?

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    1. Linda, No I have had no drs appts for myself. I really need some , but can not be out of commission with Ted needing me. He is getting better again, that pneumonia scare set him back. Linda , I am so looking forward to when this is behind us and we get a part of our lives back .Ted was happy to see his heart dr. again. Thank you always for the prayers. Blessings to you and LD, love you guys, xoxo, Susie

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  9. The doctors sound like they are being very thorough! I know how tired of doctor's offices and hospitals you both must be...but so glad the results are looking good! Fall looks beautiful in your next of the woods, Susie! xo

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    1. Hi Linda, You are right about the running here and there, it is hopefully necessary. It wears us out some days. I wish we had a camper to park in the hospital parking lots at times. Our trees are turning , not a quickly as years before, but some are so pretty. Bless you, xoxo, Susie

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  10. I love that Ted told them what to do about going back that day! We do have a voice and can speak up. Everything sounds good. I know that I have had two heart exams because chemo takes a toll on the heart. Yay for a good recovery from all that. Beautiful color in your corner. I hope that it lasts a good long while (unlike mine)!

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    1. Vee, The drs think we flying a small helicopter to and from, that's what I tell Ted. You are in my prayers for a good recovery and not problems. I was happy Ted told them it's the hospital fault we did not get the other test, they sent us home. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

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  11. "Ted's blood work showed his counts are up again."

    YAY!

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    1. Thank you Sandi. I was concerned about his labs too. His platelets had dropped off and they were back up. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  12. Such beautiful pictures, I love the smell of fall and winter air. so cool and clean smelling. Prayers always for Ted, sounds like he is getting his mojo back, good for him. I love when I can look at the calendar and see a week with no appointments.

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    1. Nonie, we have two weeks no appointments, till the mixed up with the heart tests....now we wait for the heart center to call about setting up an appt for the test there. It's not fun waiting either. Thank you for the prayers. We need then and are grateful. Bless you, xoxo, Susie

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    1. Hi Adam, the cold nights and frost have helped make the pretty trees. At night it is getting scary low, 38, that's too close to snow for me. LOL. Bless you, xoxo, Susie

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  14. Oh my, Susie, I am soo sure you are ready to be done! It takes so much out of a person to be going all over the place and the waiting and all. My prayers continue!
    What beauty surrounds you. I love a pretty sky! We don't see much of the western sky here and no sunrise either....till we see the sun it's way past that point!

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    1. Thank you Doris. Your prayers mean so much. Sometimes when I see the beauty of nature , it's hard to believe there's pain in our world. Ted and I do enjoy the pretty scenery. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  15. Oh my, Susie, I am soo sure you are ready to be done! It takes so much out of a person to be going all over the place and the waiting and all. My prayers continue!
    What beauty surrounds you. I love a pretty sky! We don't see much of the western sky here and no sunrise either....till we see the sun it's way past that point!

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  16. Well it sounds like Ted's heart is doing really great, so that is good news! Y'all have surely been through the wringer these past months, I can sure see where y'all would be so tired of going to doctors and for treatments and tests all the time. Oh, you have a japanese maple? Mr Front Porch loves those!!

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    1. Thank you Debbi. It is very tiring making, keeping and understanding appointments. I feel I should keep notes to repeat for the hospitals at times. I can barely do my own caring for Ted and should not have to chase down meds and appts. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

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  17. Praying that you get good reports from the specialist. God bless you.

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    1. Thank you so much Karen. You are in my prayers too. We are getting tired with all this running. I sure need a a vacation. LOL Bless your heart, xoxo, Susie

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  18. Susie...I thought of all that Autumn beauty surrounding you and the tough ordeal you and your husband are going through....I think God is listening and keeping you both strong....it's a bit overwhelming but good results are happening....blessings to you both

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    1. Thank you Betsy. Ted and I enjoy the beauty of nature. I am thankful for every bit of good news. Some times the traveling and all the traffic on top of the appts is maddening. I am so grateful for the good news on Ted's heart. He was happy to see his heart dr. Blessings to you and yours, xoxo, Susie

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  19. I'm so sorry for everything that you all are going through. So many tests. I am happy to hear that Ted's heart test looked good. Your trees are getting beautiful. Ours are just starting to change here in Atlanta. xo Laura

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    1. Laura, I feel our season are confused. LOL We had tropical rains in spring and very little thru summer and the leaves are just changing, I heard we are two weeks behind schedule. That okay if it would mean winter will be late. LOL. I am thrilled about Ted's heart squeeze...now the next test is to see if there could be scarring from the chemo. ..I think they are doing this to see why he has no energy. I think the pneumonia took some of his pep...set him back. Blessings to you , hoping you have a great new week. xoxo, Susie

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  20. "Wish we could get a break from all the doctors and tests"...oh, I hear you! Keep looking at the beauty of those trees whenever possible and keep hope in your heart for always that better days are coming! Hugs to you and your sweet Teddy bear. xxx

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    1. Thank you dear Kay. I do try to glean some joy from each day...some days are so much harder than others. See nature's beauty is wonderful. We have two weeks from the bone marrow clinic, so hoping the heart thing comes soon and goes well. Blessings to you and yours, xoxo, Susie

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  21. Thoughts and prayers for a good report from the test.
    Your photos are so pretty, so up lifting.
    Blessings,
    Sue

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    1. Thank you Sue. We so appreciate the prayers and and good thoughts. Our blog family has been so good to us that way. It is really starting to have some good colors here in central Indiana. Blessings to you and yours, xoxo, Susie

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  22. Oh Susie, I am so sorry you and Ted are going through all of this. I wish the doctors could set the appointments up at the same day for you. That's good news on Ted's heart test.

    Your Japanese Maple has the prettiest Fall colors. And it looks like those skies have Autumn swirling around in them.

    Wishing you a pleasant week, Susie, and I hope you get some answers very soon. This has been such a difficult time, and you really are a strong and beautiful woman.

    ~Sheri

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    1. Sheri, Thank you for your kind words. You are a sweetheart. Ted is starting to show more energy. We went to walmart and he wanted to buy a big screen TV. omg. I do not like really big TV's. It's a 50 in. screen. I think we may be getting rid of the Dish service. Ted's heart doctor did double one of his heart meds. Dr. Cossell was my mom heart dr. too...he is so trusting and that helps in the medical field. Our next appt at the bone marrow clinic is at the end of this month. Ted will have 6 months in on his B.M.T. and will start getting baby shots. Just like a newborn. Blessings to you , love you honey, xoxo, Susie

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  23. These results sound very promising so three cheers. I can imagine every test, even those that are more routine, are filled with anxiety.

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    1. Jeanie, The things that save lives can also make you unhealthy in other areas. Ted's chemo had his heart messed up a bit and the doctor said the test showed he was back to this time last year before the two big rounds of heavy chemo. We are thankful for that. It will be nice to know if the next heart test, which they will scheduled in a couple weeks, shows no scarring. Plus in the mean time. he will need another breathing treatment and maintenance chemo. I feel on edge most of the time....I can't seem to relax very well. LOL. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  24. Such good news on Ted. I know you both have been through so much dear Susie. Your pictures are stunning and oh I wish we had those beautiful colors here in Florida. Hugs and blessings to you. Cindy

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    1. Cindy, Since the nights have been cold and the frost have been around the leaves are turning much prettier now. It rained today and the leaves are really dropping. Oh yes honey we are happy about every good report we get. This is a tough and long journey for Ted and I have to be with him thru it. It will be nice when next spring arrives, things should be smoothing out by then. Blessings to you and yours, xoxo, Susie

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  25. Praying my dear friend. I hope all the tests come out well.
    I enjoyed your Autumn photos.
    Carla

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    1. Thank you so much Carla. We still have not heard from the clinic that is to check for any scarring of heart tissue. But honestly we were happy about the doppler test. It's cold and rainy here today and th leaves are falling , but many have really changed colors quickly after the cold nights and frost. So pretty, we love to drive around to see the views. Blessings to you , xoxo, Susie

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  26. We've been "off the grid" a bit with Google and blogs, but now I think it's recognizing me at least in comments on other folks' blogs. I've been thinking of you so often, and checking on your and Ted's progress---it's all sounding quite promising, and I'm so glad. Hoping to meet y'all someday---maybe at Horton's we'll pass in the aisle. I've always wanted to go there, since you've described it so vividly. Many thoughts and prayers! rachel

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    1. Thank you Racheld. I am glad you are back. I visit when I can and comment too. I still have not gotten help with my photo files. Oh yes Ted and I are happy about his getting better each new day. It's a tough journey and a ways to go yet...but we pray and know God is helping us. Blessings to you,oh yes to meet up would be fun. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  27. Hi Susie,
    I know it is a pain to have to have all these tests but it sounds like your cardiologist is being very through and that is a good thing. Glad the chemo did not do any heart damage. That is great news. Our trees are changing and now with all the rain and wind all the leaves are falling quickly. Have a great new week.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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    1. Hi Kris, I really like Ted's heart doctor because he is through. He explained some things to us that no one else has ,about the heart.
      The little rain we got was needed for lawns, but not for farmers now that they are harvesting. But in one short week we can see the changing of the leaves. Hope you are loving your new house, I think of you often. Blessings, love you, xoxo, Susie

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  28. so glad you stopped by Susie, and YES!!--I'm still doing that too....going to dial the phone to tell My Mom things.....then I remember---and it's so sad. Glad I'm not the only one!!! Hope you're doing good!

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    1. Thank you Debbi. As old as my siblings and I are, we want our parents. One day we will all be together again. You made your mom smile wearing the necklace. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  29. ...I LOVE those skies! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for visiting. Hope you are having pretty autumn days too. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  30. Sounds like Ted is doing better, Susie, so glad to read that!

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    1. Thank you Debbie. He is much better, but has a way to go. Hoping his maintenance chemo will be scheduled soon. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  31. Beautiful Pictures. Hope the best for you and Ted. Thanks for dropping by the Shipslog, I enjoy your comments. I finally got around to getting on the follow lists. Looking forward to reading more of your life.
    Sherry & jack over at the shipslog

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    1. Hi Sherry and Jack, Thank you for the good wishes. Ted is much better than he was last month, it's scary. He is approaching the actual 6 month mark of his bone marrow transplant. I like visiting your blog to see the wonderful old cars. Blessings to you and yours, xoxo, Susie

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  32. Thanks for stopping by to visit me! So very glad your husband got good news, saying my prayers for it to continue.

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  33. Hello sweet friend. I was praying for you both just last night. I'm sorry you have so much running to do with testing. It does get to be exhausting, doesn't it? Hopefully you will get this out of the way before the storms of winter start. then maybe you will have some time of rest and relaxation. I love you, Susie. Debbie xo

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  34. Hello Susie! Thanks for visiting my blog yesterday and I enjoyed my visit here. Add my prayers for your husband to those of your other friends. Joe and I know the awesome power of prayer in our lives, too!

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