Friday, July 31, 2009
Here's a new visitor to our garden...a mourning dove (at least he/she looks sort of like the one in the bird book). I was sitting out on the front the porch the other morning and I kept seeing this bird fly in grab some dried stuff from the garden and then fly off. I kept snapping pictures till it finally came into view and I was able to get the whole bird in the picture. It was very industrious...guess getting nesting materials. I used the photo to identify it to the closest in our bird book. Graham (7) and I have plans to make a bird note book (complete with pictures) of the birds we have seen and taken pictures of...so far it is just a plan...but we definitely have pictures when the right time comes along to create the notebook...the notebook is bought and ready for the project...now to find the time! And, we have seen lots of birds right here in our front yards. Amazing what is out there if one just sits quietly and waits. Reminds me of one of my favorite Bible verses: Psalm 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am God."
I grocery shopped today. When I got home, Graham, Abigail and Woody helped me carry the grocery bags in and then helped put things away. Abigail and I made a salad for a salad luncheon that I'm going to tomorrow. Woody read Abigail several stories. Graham built Big Ben with his K'nex. Woody helped me some when I got around to fixing supper. Woody got home early from work today and when I asked if he went in a bit earlier, he said "no" that he had worked through lunch...he got so busy that he didn't realize that it was lunch time...so I'm assuming that he didn't walk at lunch today. I just checked and I was right about my assumption! When I went down to check as to whether he had sawed any more on the tree, I found out that he had cleaned up the kitchen after my cooking mess of making supper...nice surprise! He said that he sawed another two feet off the tree trunk this evening. He was studying his Sunday School lesson, when I interrupted to check about the tree sawing and to see if there was anything that I "needed" to add to the blog! I think that he has had a pretty good...pretty busy day. Now for a good relaxing weekend!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Here's the brush pile that he has created!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
We got to Melany's today just as the rain started in Murfreesboro. We loaded up into her vehicle and headed off to Vanderbilt. It rained on us most of the way there. We got to Vanderbilt right on time. Woody was called back almost immediately for lab work. And, it wasn't long after he came back to the waiting room that he was called back to the little waiting room outside Dr. Sosman's exam rooms. We sat there for a while...but not overly long and then we were taken to a room. We did have to wait for Dr. Sosman for some time. But, definitely not as long as last week. We were getting a bit hungry and Woody's stomach kept reminding us that it was time to eat! After seeing Dr. Sosman, we grabbed a quick bite to eat at Vanderbilt and were on the way home by 2:30. We got back to Tullahoma around 4:30...even stopping to take a few pictures and having rain part of the way back. (Total travel and doctor time today = 7 hours. 2 hours less than last week!)
Everything was very routine today at Vanderbilt. When the research nurse questioned Woody as to how he was doing, she very shortly decided that she and the doctor needed to tell Woody their ailments! All his blood work looked very good. Woody asked Dr. Sosman if it was a goal to have his blood counts change. Dr. Sosman said that they do want the chemo to do something to the marrow to show that it is working (they will know that it is doing that when his blood counts start changing--I think dropping). So probably if everything stays the same with his blood counts, then on August 10th they will be upping the dose of the known chemo drug. Also, the research nurse told us that we will probably always be "blind" as to whether he had the research drug or not.
We will be going back next Monday, August 3rd, for a repeat of today.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention that Woody got up this morning and since he wasn't going to work due to his appointment, he went outside and worked on sawing the tree up more. I was amazed to see how little of the tree is left!
Monday, July 27, 2009
Woody got up early this morning and headed to work per usual. He walked at lunch. And came home to relax after work. I made homemade lasagna for our dinner tonight. I was rather messy in the kitchen and Woody has come behind me very nicely and cleaned up after me! Like old times! He has been reading this evening, as we still have no TV signal...no matter which way we rotate the antenna. At this rate he will be going through books even faster than usual...thank goodness for libraries!
This little bear in a bee costume I machine embroidered on a collar of a dress I made for Joy (the dress is yellow with little bees all over it). This design just makes me smile when I see it...so thought that I would share a smile with all of you this evening!
Today is day 15, cycle 1 of Woody's chemo drug study. We go back to Vanderbilt tomorrow for Woody to have lab work and to see Dr. Sosman. I'm hoping that it won't be toooooooo long a day. I'll report about our visit tomorrow evening in the blog...we should be back long before evening...but one never knows when it comes to Vanderbilt!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
This has been pretty laid-back start to a new week....guess that is how Sunday is supposed to be. We got up, went to Sunday School, both taught our classes, and then came home. It has been very quiet around our house for the last several days as we have not been able to get a TV signal. Digital TV is not progress in the technology world for us! Oh, well...we are probably better off without it. But it is a diversion for Woody....at least white noise for his "eye resting" times. Woody has read a good portion of the afternoon and evening...taking periods of "eye rest" while reading.
Woody has been in the drug study program for two weeks now. In my opinion this past week has been one of the best that he has had in a very long time. I don't know if it is because he hasn't taken any pain medication for quite a few days now...so has gotten the effects of that out of his system; or if the chemo drug is perhaps working so he is feeling better...or if it is just God's timing for him to feel better for a while...but whatever the reason it is good to see him seemingly feeling better. Now...his story about how he is feeling might be different than mine! His main "complaint" health-wise at the moment is that he has sinus drainage. He took one Benadryl capsule to help with his drainage a couple of days ago and hasn't taken another...so he really hasn't given Benadryl a chance to dry up his sinuses. But it is up to him to decide if it is enough of a problem that he needs to take a pill for it! I'm pretty sure that his plan is to take as few pills as possible prior to cycle 2 of the drug study which starts August 10th (and they may be adding a higher dosage to one of the drugs...which could mean more pills). At the moment he is only taking his daily blood pressure pill. Twenty-two pills a day during the first week of the drug study about did him in...looks like an aversion to pills has started once again!
Our Monday pattern of going to Vanderbilt is being broken this week and we will be going on Tueday. Dr. Sosman isn't going to be in the clinic tomorrow so Woody's appointment got moved. He has lab work scheduled a little before noon and an appointment with Dr. Sosman a little before 1pm on Tuesday. Can't help but wonder how long a day it will be!
Saturday, July 25, 2009
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Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
We have had a busy day. Erin helped me with our grocery shopping this morning. Then after lunch Graham, Abigail, Joy, and Esther came over to our house to play and nap while baby Elijah went for his first pediatrician check-up. The doctor pronounced that he is doing great. Erin helped entertain the three that weren't napping and all had a great time...or so it seemed! Erin helped me fix our supper tonight.
Woody hasn't felt the greatest since coming home from work...first he was sleepy and then he was hurting. He did take some of his pain medication and seems to be hurting less at the moment. He did rest some after supper and that probably helped a bit too. He went to work at his usual time this morning and walked at lunch.
I'm waiting on a call from next door. Grammy is going to go over and rock a baby for a little while...I have only held him once and need some more "Elijah holding time"...and both Kathy and Nathan seemed to welcome my suggestion!
Vanderbilt's automated appointment confirmation call came last night...so guess Monday's appointments are now confirmed.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
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Friday, July 3, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Today was a day to refill some prescriptions...when I called the pharmacy they didn't have the one that the research nurse had called in earlier in the week. All I could think was...we spent all that time there yesterday and could have gotten a written one from them! Since Woody wasn't totally out of his pills, I was waiting to pick up his when I got some of my medications refilled and hadn't thought that maybe I should call to make sure that we could get his. But all worked out...I called the research nurse and she recalled the pharmacy...and it was ready when Woody stopped after work!
Woody went to work, walked at lunch, then came home to relax. A couple of hours after he got home we both went over to take care of the neighbor grandchildren while Nathan and Kathy went out to dinner with friends. Their last date before baby (maybe)! We ate supper with the children. Woody read to whomever wanted stories...one of his favorite things to do is read to the grandchildren...and they love the stories! He is looking forward to a relaxing three-day holiday weekend!