Thursday, February 28, 2013
We made it home from Houston, but I have a fever of 101. Wonder what that means? I'll see the doc in the morning and get right on this.
I'm headed straight to bath and bed, now. Lee is good, so far. I haven't been around anyone who I knew was sick; I don't get it, but we'll see to it tomorrow. I'm sitting in God's lap, so I know He'll take care of me.
PS; Linda, Tom, Sissy, Steve and Mary, Bob says that Max is missing all of us. He was a treat; the little rascal and you were all so good to him.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Lee is being such a wonderful support. This would be so difficult to do alone! I really appreciate his wonderful attitude and strong arms to hold me.
Doris and Jerry are the best, too. Judy was there with us yesterday when the doctor said the cells were metastatic. I'm so very grateful for wonderful support. I know that God has put all of you in my life and I thank Him for that.
We were able to get all my tests finished today, so we can go home tomorrow instead of staying for another day of tests and going home on Friday. Then we'll come back next Monday night to be here for the Tuesday appointment when we see the doc and work out the treatment plan. I'll keep you posted and up to date all the way.
We left MDA at 9 p.m. tonight, so it's been a L O N G day! I'm so ready for bed. God bless you all and thank you for your wonderful support.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Okay, so here is the news, some not so good, but not so bad, either. The lumps on my neck proved to be malignant from the biopsies done yesterday. That means I now have stage 4 breast cancer. My doctor is treating a lady who is 93 and looks great after having started treating her when she was 64 or 65 with stage 4 breast cancer. So, I could live a long time with this. It's just a matter of finding out the best treatment. There is no cure, but it can be treated. Of course they have lots of tricks in their bag. The first thing we have to do is test everything to see to what extent it has spread so they'll know best how to treat it. I've already done chest X-rays today and more blood work. Tomorrow I will do an MRI of the brain and a bone scan. Thursday I will do a pet scan. With all the results from these tests the doctor will make a plan of attack and we will shift into fighting this cancer mode. I'm 64; I've had a wonderful life and I don't need to be greedy. I will do the best I can do to stay alive and be healthy and productive, but death is not the end of the world even if that's what I'm facing. We are all facing it; most of us just don't know when. I still don't know when, I just have a better idea of what I'm facing. So, that's the report that I can give you all at this point. I appreciate your support and prayers and love you for caring. Lee is doing fantastic and I'm blessed to have him for great support. I completely trust God's plan, so whatever is dealt to me I will play out the best I can.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Sunday, February 24, 2013
We made it fine to Doris and Jerry's house. How nice to have such loving hospitable people in our family!
I'm closing short to go visit and enjoy this time. I'll report to you as soon as I know anything from my tests.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
We're working to be ready to leave in the morning for Houston. I'll be glad when we are out of go mode and into stay home mode. I thank God for wonderful places to go, people to see and a wonderful home, too. We are richly blessed!
Friday, February 22, 2013
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
This picture was made at the restaurant the night after we'd hiked out to Kiholo Bay, my all time favorite place. I was totally crashed, but it felt so good! I sure thank God that wrinkles don't hurt; isn't that a blessing?!
We will be home a couple of nights and then we'll leave for Houston to have my sore head and my neck checked. I believe more and more that I am just a lumpy sorehead. Seriously, they checked out the lumps good in October and said they were just swollen lymph nodes but there was no indication of cancer. I've looked up neuralgia (God put that word in my head; I had no knowledge of it.) and what I read fits me to a T. I really think that the situation I have going on in my back that pinches the nerves that cause pain in my right hip and leg is the same thing that is causing this pain on the right side of my head. If I'll go home and spend some serious time on the inversion table, I think it will improve. I wore my traction belt one night to bed and the next morning my hip was unbelievably better. I really think this is what they'll tell me; or they'll rule out cancer and direct me to a neurologist. I'm relaxed about it. I just need to go get it checked and then go enjoy a great time in Branson before I go home and get back to subbing, which I love.
We've got our bags packed and weighed. We've just got to get what we are wearing and our toiletries into the right bags in the morning. Then for the long trip home. It will be good to see folks at home, though, even it we won't like wearing all the heavy winter clothing, again. Hopefully spring will be at home soon!!
Tomorrow we'll pack our suitcases and weigh them to make sure we can pass the weight limits. We should be okay, I think.
I thank God for this wonderful trip and praise Him for all the awesome handiwork of His that we've seen and experienced! We're about to head home! This has been a wonderful trip, but home is always sweet and we thank God for it and the folks who have taken good care of it for us!
Monday, February 18, 2013
Today Bob noticed the winds have blown down a branch onto his fence which took out a couple of his transformers. He's out there fixing that. I'm sure glad it didn't happen when he was gone because I don't know if Lee knew how to fix that; I sure don't!
This farming business is something else. Only two cows a cat and a dog, but Bob sure has a lot of work to do around here. He loves the space he has, though, and I think he loves the work. We're blessed to get to be a part of it every now and then and our part is easy. I'm glad to have a few days to spend with Bob, too.
Today we visited with Bob at church and in his little church there sat Terry Bradshaw and his wife, Tammy! It was a very good lesson and there were a couple of professional dancers in the congregation, also. The preacher is a fire dancer with Island Breeze and he asked those guys to come up and do a chant with him. Wow! That was awesome! Sissy, it was like the dancers we saw that night at the Mauna Lani; there were 3 of them chanting and stomping and the whole building vibrated! It gave us chicken skin, as they say here; goose bumps we call them at home. Anyway, after the service we stood around and talked with Terry and his wife, Tammy and those chanters were quite the topic! What a delight to get to meet Terry Bradshaw and his wife!
It has been windy, rainy and even felt cold here, today. This has been the first day that has been like this all day. It's God's way of helping us to get more ready to go home, I think! I sure thank God for a wonderful trip and am grateful that we have a home to where we can return! We went to watch whales and when we finally found a spot where it wasn't raining, it was too windy to even see a whale if it had breached right in front of us. I almost got sick just watching the rough water. So, we opted out of whale watching and came home and took a Sunday afternoon nap.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
We're winding down our last week. We'll leave for home on Thursday and arrive at home on Friday. It'll be good to see family and friends at home, too. Home is always sweet, but we are blessed to get to travel like we do.
Today I went to a ladies' luncheon in Waimea and met some really nice women. It was a connection group and it was just really nice to meet those ladies. Karen, a lady who we house sat for once before invited me to go. Blessing after blessing; thank you, God!
Friday, February 15, 2013
How many people ever get the chance to live in Hawaii rather than just be a tourist? We are very grateful!
Today Bob went to Waimea to a dental appointment. Lee and I went to Kapaa to watch whales. I saw a really good breach pretty close and several way out on the horizon. Wish I'd had binoculars with me, but I enjoyed it, anyway. It was very windy and Lee got tired of sitting at the picnic table, so he sat in the car a lot.
Tomorrow is another day in paradise, so we're counting our blessing, but we don't have enough fingers and toes. I've totally lost count; the blessings are running rampant!
Sissy is really kind of shy and she hates to have her picture made. I kept telling her to just give me the Cory look; she looks just like her beautiful granddaughter, so she'd open up her eyes wide and give me that beautiful smile. I love it! Sissy, thanks so much for letting me have these great memories and even the great pictures to remind me!
We picked up Bob at the airport this morning and he was more tired than I've ever seen him. He even let Lee drive home. I fixed grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch and then he crashed for the afternoon. Lee and I sat in front of the TV and crashed with the dog, too. I guess we were all worn out. It's a wonderful place to be, but I love it when Bob comes home and everything is in good shape. I worry the whole time he's gone that one of the animals will get sick or worse. What a relief when he gets home! Bob's wife, Mimi, will stay in Taiwan for a couple more months, so he'll be batching it after we leave. Even after a 3 hour nap, I'm ready to go to bed for the night. Hope you rest well if you're seeing this tonight; if it's in the morning, I hope you had a good night's rest.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
The picture is one the waitress took of the four of us Saturday night at the Bamboo restaurant, here in town. We all clean up pretty good and we had a wonderful evening on the town!
Today Lee and I washed the car, carried the garbage to the dump and swept out the garage. We picked up sticks under the fruit trees because I'm betting one of the first things Bob will want to do is mow under them. We're ready to help him do whatever is on his to do list. He'll have another surgery next month, so we want to help him be as ready as possible for that.
Over the last 3 years Bob has had several surgeries and he is looking forward to having a knee replaced as soon as possible. This next surgery is to remove a cancer on his ankle. I pray that all will go well for him with all these surgeries. The good thing about the knee replacement is that he'll go to Vancouver, Washington and be with his daughter and her husband and 3 kids while he goes through that. That will be a blessed time for him, plus he'll come home with a new knee!
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
I goofed up and let the dog out before Lee had put back his fence, so he made a game of running from us He ran through every pile of dirt he could fine. So when I caught him I had to give him a bath. He's white, so he needed it, plus there was no way I was letting him in the clean house all dirty. So it became bathe the dog day. Now, I know another reason why I don't have a dog! :) He really was easy for a dog, but I'm much rather bathe a baby.
Our trip is winding down. We're thinking more in terms of going home, now. Another one of Bob's friends called today to ask if we could stay and house sit for them, but obviously we've got plans and can't stay. It was an honor to be asked, though! Even on cleaning day, Hawaii is sure a great place to be cleaning. I thank God and Bob for the opportunity we've had to be here during whale season! I thank God for the health we've had to get the job done. I thank Him for seeing me through the next few challenges. I think it's all a matter of ruling out bad things and then treating whatever is the issue. The lymph nodes that are swollen you can see if you blow up this picture. The are just under the skin about where my necklace is at my neck and above my collar bone. This is a picture that Mary took last week when we made a run to the Hilo area; we usually eat at Ken's Pancake House, so here we were after a hard day of play!
Today Lee and I went and watched whales for four hours. They were awesome! We saw more breaches than I could count and lots of fin and tail slapping. I just love watching the whales at this time of year! I thank God for the opportunity to get to come and see them and for the opportunity to share this time with great friends and family.
Last night I wrote to MD Anderson to see if I could get an appointment with them when we get home. The lymph nodes on my neck that we've been watching have multiplied (from 3 to 7) and I've had a tender spot on my temple (about the size of a baseball) for a month, now. If anything is still there after 3 weeks I'm supposed to have it checked out. So, I have appointments at MD Anderson on the 25th and 26th of February. We get home the 22nd, so we'll be making a quick trip to Houston. I'm sure everything will be okay, but we'll all feel better if they check all this out and tell me that it looks funny but it's not cancer. I've looked funny all my life, so I can look funny really well. I appreciate MD Anderson for responding quickly and working with me to get these appointments set. If it is cancer, I can deal with that, too; I just need to know what hand I've been dealt so I can play it the best way I know how. Thanks for your prayers, as always!
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Today we went to church and then came home to have a restful Sunday afternoon. I'm hoping we can get the Thunder game on TV, but it's hard to keep up with mainland sports since we are 4 hours behind. I'd sure like to see them play a good game!
Saturday, February 9, 2013
This is one of my favorite places on the island. It's difficult to get to, so few people have seen it. Also few people know about it. Lee hiked with Sissy and I as far as the Bali house and Sissy and I left him there. We went on to see this awesome sight. Steve and Mary were off watching birds and didn't make it as far as we did, either. If you make this picture bigger you can see 4 huge turtles sunning on the sand of the island. That's Sissy on the right. The guy in the picture is taking a picture of the turtles. Soon I'll post a picture of Lee in front of the Bali House. They close the gate to this beach at 6 and Sissy and I barely made it back to the car in time. Steve and Mary and Lee were back at the car, ready to drive it out and Sissy and I would have walked out if we didn't get there in time. Precious memories! I thank God that we made it back, and for the ability to hustle in the deep sand.
Today we went to the Farmers' Market in Hawi and I got a couple of pounds of dried bananas to take home. I love those! We also went birding and whale watching. We saw good whales, but I'm glad we've got nearly 2 more weeks to watch whales!
Tonight we are going to the Bamboo Restaurant for supper, Steve and Mary's treat, so I'm doing the blog early so I won't be so late doing it when we get home.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Steve and Mary went birding without us today. Lee and I were tired and thought it was a good time to stay home and get some rest. I did several loads of laundry, so that was good to get behind us. I took a nap this afternoon and so did Lee, so we're boosted a bit.
I love this happy face and wanted to share it with everyone. I'd like to meet the guy who did it, but I can imagine him and I thank God for his spirit of sharing happiness!
Today we went with Steve and Mary birding on Saddle Road, which is not known to be a very good road. It is vastly improved over the last few years, though. We took it all the way to Hilo, watching birds all the way. From Hilo we did some touring around that end of the island, had supper in Hilo and then came on home. We are so tired, as usual. We wear ourselves out, but we sure sleep good! I logged over 4 miles on my Fitbit today, so, we go, go, go! That's a great thing! I'm so grateful to be able to go, go, go! God sure blesses us!
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Today we thought would be an easy day, but we got away from birding and ended up hiking over 5 miles around the Kohala Coast! Lee did about 3 miles and then read on the beach while waiting for Steve and Mary and I to hike. It's been another wonderful day in Paradise. I sure thank God for the ability to do the hiking and the opportunity to do it!
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Steve and Mary came Sunday night, so we've all had fun for the last 3 days. I think we've had moments that we will all treasure. Again, I thank God for precious family and friends!
We spent Sissy's last day juicing oranges and grapefruit and watching whales. We got to see lots of blows and humps and tails, but we didn't see any breaches today. We did get a great sunset and a great rainbow. Wow, it's been awesome!
I put those ZZZzzzzzzz's in the title because I'm so sleepy and tired. I know I'm going to sleep well tonight. I just hope I make it to the bed before I fall asleep.
We intended to go to the grocery store on the way home but we were all so tired and hungry, we just drove to on of our favorite places and ate dinner. We decided to do grocery shopping tomorrow. Surely we won't starve.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Steve and Mary have arrived at the airport and will be here in about an hour. They'll be here for a week. Sissy will be here until Tuesday night when she has to go home. It's been so wonderful to have her and to spend this precious time with her. I surely thank God for these moments to treasure!
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Sissy took this pic of Lee and I at Akaka Falls yesterday. Lee wasn't real happy about all the stairs we had to climb there, but he handled it fine. We pretty much took today off, though, because yesterday was so hard. I did laundry, so I'm caught up on that.
The day we go to the volcano we have to take warm clothes because it's cold and windy up there. In this picture we were way warm. I had one layer tied around my waist and two layers on. I got my shorts wet when we went hunting for sea glass (a wave always gets me), so I was glad I had my jeans to wear at the volcano!
Man, it is so interesting to see all of God's handiwork all over this island. From the beauty of this waterfall to the power of the volcano; it's just one thing after another that is so awesome! I thank God for the opportunity to share this with Lee and Sissy.
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Today we went to the volcano and many places before that. It's always a long day to go to the volcano, but full of fun things! I'll have more pictures to share from today, but I haven't had time to download and edit them It's way past bedtime, so I will sign off. I thank God for that smile and the wonderful time we are having.