Monthly Archives: March 2012

Truly blessed…

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We have been so very lucky to have had my Aunt Lynn come to visit us from Brooklyn this past week.  She has brought with her, a delicious bag of tricks!  She came to stay with my Dad while Mommy Sue was off at a conference.  And we have all had an opportunity to spend a bit of time with her as well!  Not only has she come to be with my Dad and offer her wonderful company and assistance, she made it her goal to rid their freezer of as many partially opened bags of frozen bits as possible – I believe she eliminated 7 rubber banded bags. She has done this with her ususal delicious flair and we have all been the recipients of such wonderful, home cooked meals.  For instance, tonight, instead of the usual corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day, we had an English feast of roasted leg of lamb, parsnips and potatoes that were crispy on the outside and so soft and luscious on the inside, asparagus and for dessert… vanilla ice cream with butterscotch sauce (which she made) and bananas… the amount of butter, sugar and fat in general we’ve consumed this week could be a bit scary, and for me it’s been worth every bite… (What a few more minutes on the eliptical?)

I realize this is not the post you are used to.  And sometimes we just have to forget about what is going on and enjoy the moment and taste each bite and delight in it – forget what’s happening in the real world… She has given us that gift… and for that I am so very grateful.  I shall miss her when she leaves tomorrow afternoon.

Healing with every breath, and tasty bite, Dad.

A brief update

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A brief update…

On February 17th, Dad had a follow up MRI which looked better than the December one.  This was good news!  Mady was concerned about his blood pressure, a result of the Avastin, and changed his medication.  She also lowered his dose of Decadron, the steroid that has assisted with swelling.  She said this was going to be hard.  And it has been.  It’s pooped Dad out.  He’s also been having some back pain.  And he’ll have moments when his right side (or left side?) will droop.  Mommy Sue was concerned he was having mini strokes, I was concerned that maybe the doctors weren’t getting the whole picture and were missing something, as the back pain started prior to his reducing the Decadron.  Dad and Mommy Sue met with Dr. Zhang, the oncologist in Santa Rosa administering the Avastin.  He said that the droopiness could be caused by the Decadron, as one of the side effects is muscle weakness.  His lungs were clear, my concern, as pneumonia can cause back pain, and his blood pressure is still too high.  His platelets were also a little lower than they should be.   It’s like you manage the brain tumor and there’s a whole host of other things you have to manage/figure out… never ending journey…

Dad was to have another blood test today to see if his platelets are within the Avastin range.  He’s also going to go to the blood pressure clinic.  Saturday, the boys and I are gonna have an overnight and next week, we are looking forward to a visit from my Aunt Lynn – she’ll be spending time with my Dad while Mommy Sue is at a conference.   

Healing with every breath Dad…