Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Linda's First Outing With Her "No-Do"

DeBary, FL.

54 deg. mostly cloudy, no wind.
Forecast = Generally cloudy. High around 70F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday evening, Linda made the statement that she wanted to go to Walgreen's with Jim when it was time to pick up the rest of the prescriptions. She said that she wanted to go inside rather that through the drive-up window because there were some items she wanted to buy in the store. So,  ,  ,  ,  ,  after Walgreen's called early yesterday afternoon, Jim and Linda took CLT and headed over there.

Now, some of you that know Linda, know that she is the type of person who doesn't believe in hiding things or beating around the bush, so when they got there, she took off the hat that she was wearing and went inside bare headed!!!  :-O

The first stop in the store was the cosmetic counter where a sweet little clerk helped her pick out some makeup. (Linda hadn't worn any makeup for years, so she wasn't sure what she needed). From there she headed to where the turbines were (like the one Jim bought the day before), and picked out a purple one, (Jim had bought her a brown one). and then headed to the pharmacy to pick up her prescription.

All this with her new no-do and no hat!!!!

You see, she had made up her mind that her shaved head wasn't going to stop her from doing things and she had decided that the outing to Walgreen's would be a good "icebreaker". Well, it worked!!!! No one laughed at her or made any remarks and now she doesn't have to worry about going out in public. She'll probably be wearing some kind of head covering most of the time because she says that her head feels cold, but now she knows that she can go out and everything will be fine. ;-)

Yesterday evening, Laura stopped by to visit for awhile. (I'm sure she was curious to see how her mother looked without any hair). Then after she left, Jim and Linda watched TV until bedtime.  

Oh! Just one last thing. If your're going to be celebrating New Years Eve tonight, have a great time, but please be careful and watch for the crazies out there.

Did you know that the tradition of using a baby to signify the New Year was started by ancient Greeks around 600 B.C? They would carry a baby around in a basket to honor Dionysus, the God of Fertility and symbolize his annual rebirth.


Monday, December 30, 2013

Prescriptions, A Hat For Linda and Ashley Saves The Day

DeBary, FL.

59 deg. overcast, NE wind @2 mph.
Forecast = Sun and clouds mixed. High 71F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday morning, Linda was pretty sore from the surgery, so Jim headed to Walgreen's to get Linda's regular prescriptions refilled and pick up a few other items. He would have had to wait for at least an hour for them to have the prescriptions ready, so he told them he'd come back later.

One of the things he found while roaming around in Walgreen's, was a turbine type head covering that the ladies wear after they've washed their hair. Jim though it may make a nice head covering for Linda after she lost her hair, so he bought her one.

From Walgreen's, he headed over to Winn Dixie, (which is just across the street), and picked up some essentials before coming back here to the house.

When he got back here to the house, he showed Linda the head covering, and she was thrilled to death!!! :-) She thought it was just great, and said that she thought she'd wear it a lot.  

After lunch, Jim went back to Walgreen's and picked up most of the prescriptions. I say "most" because again, they didn't have enough of one of the meds, so now today, (Monday), he'll need to go back again! :-(

By Saturday evening, Linda was feeling better and she asked Jim what he thought about going out to eat someplace? She was also thinking about Ashley coming Sunday morning to shave her head, and said that she'd like to go out to eat before that happened.

So, about 4:30 they took CLT and headed over to Gram's Kitchen and had their Prime Rib Special!!! Both of them were still talking about how good the steak was when they returned and it made my mouth water as Linda was wrapping up the leftovers to put into the fridge and freezer! .-)

Sunday morning, (about 11:00), Ashley came over took care of Linda's hair. By this time, the hair was starting to come out by the handful so Linda was glad that she had made plans to get it removed. Ashley was very caring but yet  professional and in just a short time, it was done.

After finishing, Ashley stayed and talked for awhile and then headed to one of her friends house for lunch.

Linda wants to thank Ashley so much for the way she handled the whole thing. Because of the way she went about it, she kept it from being the traumatic experience that Linda was dreading.

Thank you so much, Ashley!!!!!!!

A Point to Ponder :  Don't worry about what people think, they don't do it very often.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Catching Up, The "Port" and Hair

DeBary, FL.

66 deg. overcast, NE wind @ 3 mph.
Cloudy. High around 80F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph.

Wow!!! I've really gotten behind with this blog, so I'll try to catch you up on what's been happening around here for the last 4 or 5 days.

Let's see now,    ,   ,  ,  ,  ,  ,   Christmas Eve, Laura, Lindsey and Anna stopped by for awhile just to visit and then Christmas morning, Jim and Linda took CLT and headed over to their house to exchange and open presents with Laura, Lindsey, Ashley, Chris, (Ashley's boyfriend), and Anna. From there, they all headed over to Marv and Inez's, (Lindsey's parents house in DeLand), where they had a nice meal and visited for awhile.

Again, Jim and Linda want to thank Marv and Inez for their hospitality. It was really nice of them to include Jim and Linda in their holiday celebration.

Jim and Linda didn't exchange gifts this year because they had just bought this new laptop computer for Jim and the Kindle Paper White for Linda. Besides that, they both said that they have just about everything else they need and there really wasn't anything else they needed or wanted this year.

Thursday was a busy day with 2 appointments. First they had to go over to the Florida Hospital in Orange City for a pre-op procedure, so they could do blood test and get all of Linda's medical information in preparation for getting the "port" inserted on Friday. After that, they had to hurry over to the Chemo place where they took more blood to make sure Linda's white cells were still plentiful so that her immune system keeps working.

Thursday was a hard day for Linda.  First of all, she wasn't happy about having the "port" inserted in her body and then, when she took her shower in the evening and combed out her hair, the comb was full of hair!! :-(   Yep, the chemo is doing it's thing on her hair and it's starting to fall out. This was expected, but was still was a traumatic time for her. :-(

Yesterday morning, bright and early, Jim and Linda headed over to the Florida Hospital where they implanted the "port" in Linda's upper chest. This was what they call an "outpatient procedure", so by about 3:00 or so, they were pulling back into the driveway.

Linda doesn't like the idea of the "port" thing at all, but she's trying to look at the good points. It will now be easier to get blood drawn for tests and will be easier on her veins when they are giving her further chemo treatments. As for the hair thing, she says that she won't have to worry about washing and combing her hair for awhile and will be able to easily wash her head.

Yesterday evening, Laura stopped by for while because she knew that Linda wasn't having a good day. By the time she left Linda was in a much better mood and was feeling much better though. :-)

So,  ,  ,  ,  that catches you up on the blog. Linda is feeling fine and only has minor pain from the insertion of the "port" yesterday. I don't know of anything special planned for today, but Sunday morning, because she has worked as a beautician,  Ashley is going to come over here and shave Linda's head before she starts getting bald spots. She will also be helping Linda with some eye make-up.

Yet again, Linda and Jim want to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and words of encouragement. It has really meant a lot.

Thank You!!! Thank You!!! Thank You!!!

Did you know that New Year is the oldest of all holidays, as it was first observed in ancient Babylon as many as 4000 years ago?


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

DeBary, FL.

62 deg. light rain, N. wind @ 5 mph.
Forecast = Cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy this afternoon. High around 65F. Winds N at 10 to 20 mph.

I hope all of you have a safe and Merry Christmas. Linda and Jim will be heading over to Laura and Lindsey's house either this evening or tomorrow morning to open presents and then will be going to Marv and Inez's house tomorrow for awhile.

Linda seems to be doing pretty well right now, but Thursday and Friday, she has appointments at the doctors again.

Did you know that in 1947, Toys for Tots started making the holidays a little happier for children by organizing its first Christmas toy drive for needy youngsters?


Saturday, December 21, 2013

The First Day Of Winter

DeBary, FL.

63 deg. light mist, no wind.
Forecast = Plentiful sunshine. High near 85F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph.

Ahhhhh!!!!! The first day of Winter!!!! Frost nipping at your nose, (It'll get down to about 66 degrees here in Florida tonight), brisk winds blowing snowflakes through the air, (Brisk winds at 10 to 20 mph but only blowing some leaves around), snow crunching under you feet, (no snow, only gravel), all bundled up to go outside, ( no coats today cause the temperature is supposed to get up to 85 deg. ).

Yeah, winter is sure different down here in Florida!!! In some ways I kind of miss the snow and the crispness of winter, but I sure don't miss almost freezing to death when my fur is covered with ice and I'm shaking like a leaf in a 50 mph wind!!!  And, I know that Jim doesn't miss shoveling snow and dealing with all those slippery conditions.

Like anything else though, there are trade-offs. Down here, there's lots of bugs to deal with, the humidity is high much of the time, but unlike the Northern parts of the country, most days you don't even have to wear a jacket or coat. ;-)

At this time in our lives, I think Florida is the best place to be. As you get older, it's more likely that you'll break something if you fall on a slippery surface, the cold winds seem to make you feel colder than they used to and they don't call that wet heavy snow, heart attack snow, for no reason.

Yeah, Jim, Linda and I miss the pretty snow and ice on the trees, but we can always look at photos from the past.

Hope you have a great day, where ever you are. :-)

Did you know that the word solstice comes from the Latin words for "sun" and "to stand still?”


Friday, December 20, 2013

Feeling Better and More Appointments

DeBary, FL.

51 deg. clear, no wind.
Forecast = Sunshine to start, then a few afternoon clouds. High 82F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

By Tuesday, Linda's joint/bone pain was mostly gone with just a few aches here and there. It looks like the side effects from this injection, (she will be getting an injection after each chemo treatment), are going to last about 3 days or so.

In fact, Linda was feeling well enough that she, Laura and Jim went over to the Florida Hospital complex  where they went to an American Cancer Society office, where a very nice lady who was also an RN, showed Linda some of the hats, scarves and hair pieces that they had for cancer patients. All of the items that they had have been donated or purchased with donations so there was no charge for the 2 hats and 2 small hair pieces that Linda selected.

They also had a whole wall of informational  booklets available covering different treatments and types of cancer so Linda brought home some of them too.

Wednesday, Linda and Jim headed over to the doctor's office who is going to implant the "port". She still has a whole lot of reservations about the whole "port" thing but it sounds like she's going to go ahead and have it installed. In fact, she now has an appointment for pre-op on Thursday, Dec. 26th, and an appointment to have the port installed on Friday, Dec. 27th, all at the Florida Hospital in Orange City, which is only about 3 or 4 miles from the house.

The inserting of the port is an outpatient procedure and she should not have to stay overnight.

Yesterday, Linda had to go to the chemo place to get a blood test to see how the chemo drugs are effecting her immune system. The test results were satisfactory so it appears like the treatment is proceeding as planed.

After the test, and stopping by Walgreen's to pick up a prescription, Linda and Jim returned here to the house. Then, soon after they returned, Ashley stopped by and spent a good part of the afternoon visiting with them. ;-)

I don't think that there's anything special planned for today, or for this weekend for that matter. I think Linda would like to go out to eat somewhere, but the chemo doctor has told her that she should avoid large crowds or groups of people if possible because her immune system is compromised from the treatments and it would be easy for her to pick up some germs that could effect her health.

Did you know that in 1836, Alabama was the first state in the USA to declare Christmas a legal holiday?


Monday, December 16, 2013

Dealing With Some Side Effects

DeBary, FL.

46 deg. clear, N. wind @ 2 mph.
Forecast = Sunny. High 67F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.

Friday afternoon, Laura swung by and picked up Linda and took her over to the chemo place where the nurses took a blood test and gave Linda that injection that will help Linda's immune system fight off infections and other nasty things.

Because it's almost certain that Linda will loose her hair from the chemo treatments, from there they headed up to DeLand to check out a few places that they had been told, sold hats and head coverings of different styles. The trip was unsuccessful though, as one place was closed and the other was out of stock! :-(

Saturday, Linda started getting the joint/bone pain that she had been told about. It has been quite severe at times and has made it very difficult for her to do some of the things she wants to do. Over the counter medications have helped some but not as much as hoped. They didn't tell her and she never thought to ask how long this joint/bone pain is supposed to last, but if it continues, she may have to call the doctor and see if she'll prescribe something a little stronger.

She also has had some nausea, but the medications prescribed for that, seems to be keeping it in check.

Linda says that she feels that if these treatments are making her feel so crummy, the treatments must be doing their job in fighting any cancer cells that still may be inside her.

I don't think that there's much planned for today. Linda has almost all of the Christmas presents ready to be boxed up and sent out. I think Jim is planning going to the post office this morning and getting some of those priority boxes and then hopefully, tomorrow, he can get them back to the post office and get them in the mail.

A Point to Ponder : Life is just a bowl of cherries, you just need to remove the pits.


Friday, December 13, 2013

So Far, So Good!

DeBary, FL.

48 deg. partly cloudy, no wind.
Forecast = Mostly cloudy skies. High 73F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph.

There have been some days lately where Linda was having doubts about this whole chemo thing. She got to reading all about the possible side effects of the treatments and that probably wasn't a good thing. One thing that did help was that she received some very positive comments and e-mails from some of my blog readers. Some of who had gone through the treatments themselves and others who had loved ones or family members who had. To those folks, Linda wants you to know that your advice and kind words helped tremendously.

Thank You!!!!

As many of you know, yesterday was Linda's first treatment. Everything went well, but they had trouble with her veins and she will more than likely have to have a "port" installed. I don't know a whole lot about it, but from what I gather, it's a device that's surgically  implanted just under the skin and is hooked to a vein. This     "port" can then be used for all further treatments.

Linda's not very happy about the idea of having a "port", but thinks it's probably the best solution. :-(

When Jim brought Linda home yesterday, she was feeling fine. So far, (and I even heard Jim ask her how she was feeling this morning), she has not had any side effects. She is taking preventive medication for nausea, and as of last night, her appetite was fine.

This afternoon, he has to go back to the chemo place and get an injection. This is to help her immune system. They've already warned her that it could cause bone and joint aches and have advised her what she should do if that happens.

For the next 2 weeks, she will have to go to the chemo place every Thursday and get a blood test so that they can keep an eye on what the treatments are doing to the blood. Then, in 21 days, (also on a Thursday), she will have her second chemo treatment.

In the meantime,  the chemo place is making arrangements for her to get the "port" implanted, (an outpatient procedure), at the hospital.

Again, thanks everyone for the thoughts, prayers, comments and e-mails. And again, the RVing community has come through with flying colors!!!! :-)

A Point to Ponder : Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.


Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Meeting and Emotions

DeBary, FL.

62 deg. light fog, no wind.
Forecast = Partly cloudy. High 83F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

The Chemo Patient Education meeting on Friday at the Chemo place went well and the nurse, (I think Jim said that her name was Margret), explained the  whole chemo treatment process, showed Linda, Jim and Laura the facilities and talked about some of the common side effects. She also gave Linda a bunch of papers that described the procedure, gave instructions about what Linda should and shouldn't do before and during the treatments and listed more of the possible side effects.

The meeting took about an hour and soon, Linda, Jim and Laura were back here at the house and discussing what they had learned.

That evening, Linda started reading the papers that she had received at the meeting, and that's when things got tough! :-(  You see, they listed the many, many possible sided effects of the chemo treatments, and to be honest, many of them are downright scary!!!!

It was at this point that Lind's emotions got the best of her.

This whole cancer thing has been very emotional and reading about the side effects really hit Linda hard. In fact it hit her so hard that she and Jim stayed up until the wee hours of the morning, talking about everything that has already happened and what was more than likely to happen in the near future.

I was trying to get some sleep, but I did hear them talking about the treatments, what effects they would have on their daily lives and what the future looks like concerning travels, seeing family and friends and time here in DeBary.

All of this has  put a huge bump in the road for Linda and Jim. The future is very uncertain and only time will tell what will happen. We are so fortunate that we've had over 12 years to travel and hopefully we'll be able to do much more traveling in the future.

On a lighter side.

Did you know that a passionate kiss uses up 6.4 calories per minute?


Friday, December 6, 2013

CLT Goes To A Mechanic, Decorations and A Second Phone

DeBary, FL.

62 deg. light fog, no wind
Forecast = Mainly sunny to start, then a few afternoon clouds. High near 85F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph.

Wednesday, Jim took CLT to a mechanic down on US 17/92. You see, for a while now, there has been a clunking noise coming from his steering wheel, and just lately, his horn has started blowing at odd times while driving down the road. Jim was quite sure that something had come loose in the steering column and didn't want to take any chances of the steering either locking up or coming apart! :-O

The mechanics at Bob Gorman's Alignment and Brake Center did a fine job and soon had CLT's steering repaired. While he was there, Jim also had the mechanic install new shocks on the front and do an alignment. Now CLT doesn't bounce while driving down the road and Jim says that he drives better too. :-)

While CLT was at the mechanic's, (Bob brought Jim back here to the house while CLT was being repaired), Jim and Linda finished decorating the tree. I think it looks pretty nice and I'm even starting to get into the Christmas spirit. ;-)

Then, about 4:30 Bob called and told Jim that CLT was finished and he would be picking him up in just a short while. In about 10 minutes, Bob arrived with CLT and picked Jim up. They headed back to the shop where Jim paid the bill, (Jim thought the charges were very reasonable), before bringing CLT back here.

Since she doesn't know how the chemo treatments are going to affect her, Linda's getting worried about getting everything ready for the upcoming holiday. In fact, yesterday, she and Jim were making a list of things that need to get done before the treatments start. Then, about 2:00 they took CLT and headed out to do some shopping and to see about getting another phone so that they can contact each other.

You see, all these years, Jim and Linda have only had one phone, and that had worked quite well because they were almost always together. Now, since we're here in DeBary, there already have been some times when a second phone would have come in real handy. After checking on how much it would cost to have another phone line added to their regular plan, it was decided to just go with a pre-paid phone, which was much less expensive.

After doing the shopping and getting the phone,  they came back here for while and then headed to Gram's Kitchen in Orange City for dinner.

This afternoon, Linda has an appointment at the chemotherapy  place for a "Chemo Patient Education" session. From what I understand, they will show Linda the facilities, explain the procedures to her and answer any questions she has about the treatment process and the side effects. Jim and Laura will also go along so that they will also have an idea of what Linda is going through.

 Then on the 12th, (next Thursday), Linda will have her first treatment.

A Point to Ponder :  Being kind is more important than being right.


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Tree, A Gift For Linda and Friday's Appointment

DeBary, FL.

52deg. clear, no wind.
Forecast = Sunny to partly cloudy. High 78F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

Jim and Linda set up the new tree the other day and I think it looks pretty good. ;-)  Since this photo was taken, they have also partially decorated it, but haven't finished yet, so Jim didn't take any more photos of it.
They also strung a string of lights across the windows in the Florida room, but unless Jim takes a photo of them at night, I don't think you'd be able to see them in a daytime photo.

Oh, and Saturday, a delivery man brought a package!!! Linda didn't know it, but Jim had ordered a "Kindle Paper White" for her!!
You see, Jim had been thinking about getting her a Kindle for a long time but had put it off for one reason or another. But now, he reasoned that with this "chemo" stuff coming up, she could use it while she was getting the treatments and it would also be handy for her while we're here at the house and even while traveling. He chose the "Paper White" because Linda's eyes are not real good and the reviews said that it was the easiest one to see under most light conditions.

It took a little while but both Linda and Jim have figured out the basic use of it and have already downloaded about 30 free books from Amazon. ;-)

Laura stopped by for awhile yesterday afternoon. No special reason, just stopped to chat for awhile. I also found out that she's also going to go along to the Chemo place for Linda's "chemo patient education" appointment Friday afternoon. As I understand it, at this appointment, Linda will learn what's all involved with getting the treatments. She will be shown the facilities and a nurse who administers the treatments will walk her through the whole process and answer any questions she has.

Then, on the 12th, Linda will have her first treatment. :-(

OH!!!! I almost forgot!!!! Sunday, Jim and Linda went Christmas shopping and bought a whole bunch of presents. They said that the stores really weren't too crowded and in fact, were kind of surprised how few shoppers were out and about.

Don't think there's anything special planned for the next few days. Linda has been working on a few embroidery projects to use for presents and Jim has been doing a few things around the house, so I suppose they'll be doing more of that.

Did you know that the first Kindle was introduced on November 19, 2007, for $399?


Saturday, November 30, 2013

Thanksgiving With Marv And Inez and An Early Christmas Present

DeBary, FL.

60 deg. mist, N. wind @ 4 mph.
Forecast = Partly cloudy with a chance of rain. High of 79F. Breezy. Winds from the NE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

Again, Marv and Inez, (Lindsey's parents), invited Jim and Linda to their house for Thanksgiving dinner with their family, so Thursday, Jim and Linda took CLT, (Cute Little Truck), and headed up to DeLand. They got there a little before noon and by about 1:00 they were enjoying another one of Inez's great meals. ;-)

Like she always does, she prepared a great meal of ham, turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and all of the other traditional Thanksgiving dishes to go with them. Then, of course, there were the pies that she baked plus the plate of brownies that Linda had taken over there.

Again, Jim and Linda want to thank Marv and Inez for including them in their family's Thanksgiving holiday. They always have a house full of family, but always make room for them.

Thank You!!!!!

While Jim and Linda were at Marv and Inez's, they were looking through all the sale adds that came in the paper. Jim noticed that Home Depot had Christmas Trees on sale and mentioned that he needed to buy a tree because all they had was the little 2' tree that they had been using in the RVs. Well,  ,  ,  ,  ,  Friday morning, just before 6:00 AM, there was a knock on our front door and when Jim opened it, there was Lindsey with a tree!!!!

He had gotten up and had gone to Home Depot at 5:00 AM and bought a tree for Jim and Linda!!!! He intended to get one of the featured trees in the add, but others had the same idea and by the time he got there they were all sold. So, he bought another tree that was also on sale. Jim offered to pay for the tree, but Lindsey wouldn't take anything for it, so I guess this is an early Christmas present. ;-)

Are these "kids" great or what??????

You know, even though Linda has been having health problems, we really do have a lot to be thankful for. Great family, great friends, plenty of food and a good roof over our heads.

What more could you ask for????

Did you know that the first artificial Christmas trees were developed in Germany during the 19th century? These "trees" were made using goose feathers that were dyed green.


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

DeBary, FL.

38 deg. clear, no wind
Forecast =Partly cloudy, High temp. 64 deg. N. wind @ 10 to 15 mph.

Please have a great and safe Thanksgiving!! We all have so much to be thankful for!!

Did you know that In 2002, retail sales of turkey was approximately $3.6 billion? In 2010, sales reached $4.37 billion.


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Learning About Chemo and A Tentative Schedule

DeBary, FL.

66 deg. overcast, NW wind @ 8 mph.
Forecast = Partly cloudy in the morning, then clear. High of 68F. Breezy. Winds from the WNW at 15 to 20 mph. Low temperature tonight, 38 deg.

Yesterday was "Learn about Chemo Day", so about 9:15 Laura came by and picked up Jim and Linda and they all headed over to the chemo therapist, which isn't in the hospital, but in another medical building in Orange City. It's actually closer than the hospital and probably easier to get to.

After filling out yet another bunch of forms, Linda was finally called in to have a blood test and to meet the doctor who will be overseeing all the treatments. (Jim and Laura were also there when Linda met Dr. Saferali. )  She went through all of the steps of the chemo treatments and talked about treatment procedures and possible side effects. The meeting lasted over an hour and the doctor answered all the questions and concerns that Linda, Jim and Laura had, the best she could.

One of the things about chemo is that each person is different and the treatments effect everyone differently, so there's no "set answers" that will pertain to everyone.

Linda, Jim and Laura all thought that Dr. Saferali was very knowledgeable and were pleased with how she answered all Linda's questions and concerns. They also appreciated that she took as much time with them as needed and she never made them feel like she was rushing through the meeting.

OK, so what's next?? Well, here's what I know so far. On the 6th of December, Linda and Jim, (and possibly Laura if she can make it), will go back to the Chemo office for a "Chemo Patient Education" meeting. She will meet with the nurses that administer the treatment and see the facilities. The nurses will also explain all the procedures and try to explain what will happen while Linda is there.

Then, on the 12th of December, Linda will have her first chemo treatment. She needs to be there at 9:00 AM and the treatment will probably last anywhere from 4 to 6 hours. (probably close to 6 hours because this will be the first treatment). The second treatment will be 21 day later on the 2nd of January, and a third treatment will be 21 days after that.

After the third treatment, there will be about a 2 week waiting period and then Linda will start 8 weeks of Radiation treatment, (5 treatments a week on Monday through Friday for 8 weeks). Then after about another 2 weeks, Linda will again get 3 more Chemo treatments, (again spaced at 21 day intervals).

I haven't figured it out exactly, because the 2 week waiting periods may change between the 2 different types of treatments, but rough figuring brings it to sometime in September before all the treatments will be completed.

After the meeting, Linda, Laura and Jim met Lindsey over at the 4 B's Restaurant and had lunch/breakfast. Then Laura brought Linda and Jim back here to the house, where they relaxed and talked about the upcoming treatments and procedures.

Jim and Linda have had some serious discussions about all of this and how it may/will affect our future. There have not been any decisions made, but major changes may be necessary. Only time will tell though.

 A Point to Ponder : Everyone experiences fear! It's what you do despite that fear that defines you!


Monday, November 25, 2013

Meeting With The Radiation Oncologist and Roland And Louise Visit

DeBary, FL.

62 deg. mostly cloudy, NE wind @ 2 mph.
Forecast = High temp. 72 deg. mostly cloudy, E. wind @ 15 mph.

Friday, Jim and Linda headed over to the Florida Hospital in Orange City for Linda's appointment with the Radiation Oncologist. This was an informational meeting where a nurse and then the doctor explained the Radiation Therapy procedure and then answered questions that Linda and Jim had.

Linda and Jim both learned a lot about Radiation Therapy and by about noon, CLT was taking them to the 4 B's restaurant here in DeBary. There, they had meals, ( Linda had breakfast for lunch and Jim had the Crab Cakes). They said that both meals were very good, and Jim especially enjoyed the clam chowder soup that came with his meal. ;-)

Yesterday morning, Louise and Roland called Linda and said that they were in Orlando at a phone store and if Linda and Jim weren't busy, they'd stop by for awhile in the afternoon. Both Jim and Linda thought that was a great idea and told them to come on over.

So,  ,  ,  by early afternoon, Roland and Louise were pulling into the driveway. ; -)

The afternoon was spent visiting and catching up on what all has happened since Linda's surgery. Then about 4:00 Linda called Gentili's Pizza and ordered a pizza for pick-up.

After a very nice meal with very good friends, Roland and Louise decided that they needed to head back home. It's at least a 2 hour drive from here to Frostpoof so even though it was about 5:00 when they left, I'm sure it was after 7:00 by the time they got home.

It sure was good to see them again. Lately, it seems like there's always something going on that makes it difficult to get together with them. :-(  Hopefully, Jim and Linda will be able to see them a couple times this winter or next summer.

A Point to Ponder : To handle yourself, use your head. To handle others use your heart.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Lots Of Support and A New Laptop

DeBary, FL.

63 deg. overcast, no wind.
Forecast = Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of rain. High of 79F. Winds from the NE at 10 to 15 mph.

Linda's had a lot of support the last few days. Family and friends have been calling to encourage her as she comes to terms with the upcoming treatments. Of course Laura has stopped over a few times and Jim has been trying to help her through this emotional time.

Dr. Molpus, the surgeon, has arranged it so that Linda will have her chemo and radiation treatments here in Orange City, at the Florida Hospital. That way, Jim and Linda won't have to make the 30 to 45 minute trip over to Daytona Beach for all those treatments during the next 9 months. Today, the Florida Hospital is supposed to call Linda to make an appointment for her to come in to a informational meeting to learn all about the treatments, the scheduling of them, and what side effects to expect.

I don't think I've mentioned it, but I have been doing this blog on the desktop computer lately because the notebook is having serious problems. Jim says he thinks it's been infected with a virus again, and it's causing it to slow way down and not even load some of the pages.

So, being that it's an old computer, "2006", that is still running Windows XP, Jim and Linda decided that a new one would be the best choice. After some research and talking to a "Computer Doctor" that has been highly recommended, they took CLT and went to Office Depot yesterday and bought a new one.

It was on sale as a "Pre-Black Friday" item and with a rebate, ended up being less than $400. :-)  Of course with taxes and some software that Jim wanted, it ended up being more than that. :-(

After they left Office Depot, they headed over to the 4 B's restaurant here in DeBary. It's a restaurant that only serves breakfast and lunch and has been a "local" meeting spot for over 50 years. It's one of those places where the waitresses know most of the people by name and even brings some of them their, "usual" before they order it. ;-)

Oh, and the food is really good too!!!! :-)

Tomorrow, the "Computer Doctor" is going to come here to the house to set up the new computer and try to get all the files off of the old one and onto the new one.  Then, Jim, Linda and I will have to learn all about the new Windows 8.1 operating system, so we can use it. :-0

Again, Linda, Jim and I want to thank all of you who have sent best wishes and encouragement Linda's way. The e-mails, phone calls and comments have been a great help in this time of stress. I want to assure you that Linda is doing very well and is getting stronger each day. I have great faith that she'll come through all of this with flying colors and before we know it, we'll be traveling again. :-)

Thank You!!!!!!!!

Did you know that today is "Name your PC day?" 

Wow!! what a coincidence!!!!!  Hmmmm, now what shall we name it?????


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Post-Op Doctor Visit and Not Good News

DeBary, FL.

65 deg. scattered clouds, NE wind @ 2 mph.
Forecast = Mostly cloudy, high temp. 84 deg. E. wind @ 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain, 40%.

About 8:30 yesterday morning, Laura swung by and picked up Linda and Jim. This trip was to take Linda over to the Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach so that she could have a Post-Op exam and a Post-Op consultation with Dr. Molpus, the surgeon who preformed Linda's surgery.

The exam went well and the doctor was pleased with Linda's progress and the healing of the surgery incisions.

Then, came the consultation!!!

Dr. Molpus explained that the tumor had grown almost through the uterus wall and that the biopsies had for the most part come back negative. But, (And there's always a "but" isn't there?), he did remove some suspect tissue from the surrounding areas that came back positive. :-( 

So, even though the final decision is Linda's, he highly recommends the she has both Chemo and Radiation therapy. :-((  This hit Linda pretty hard as she was hoping that they would only have to do the Radiation therapy.

Now, what does this all mean?  Well the details will be worked out when she meets with the Chemo and Radiation people, but Dr. Molpus told her that the whole procedure would take close to 9 months with rotations between the Chemo and Radiation!!! :-O  That would mean that if they wait another 4 weeks for Linda to completely heal up from the hysterectomy surgery, (which the doctor says is necessary), they would start the Chemo and Radiation sometime in December or January.

That would mean that it would be sometime during September or October before we could travel again. :-(  It is possible that there will be short times between secessions, and if Linda is up to it, we might be able to go RVing for short times, but that's a very big "if"!!!

As many of you know, these treatments can be very disabling, so only time will tell if we'll be able to travel at all, or not. Jim says, "We'll do what we have to do", but right now, Linda is pretty upset about the whole thing, and I can't say I blame her. It's a big disappointment and will be a lot for her to deal with during the next 9 or 10 months.

Did you know that the first Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages were three inches wide and eighteen inches long?  You made your own bandage by cutting off as much as you needed.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A Trip To The Used Bookstore, Laundry and We're Proud

DeBary, FL.

58 deg. overcast, NW wind @ 15mph with 25 mph gusts.
Forecast = Partly cloudy with a chance of rain. High of 68F. Breezy. Winds from the NNE at 20 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

Not a whole lot to report. Linda and Laura went to a used book store in Orange City Monday. By the time they returned, Linda was really tired, but said that she enjoyed the outing and ended up buying a few paperbacks. ;-)

Because the laundry hamper was overflowing, Linda and Jim did a couple loads of laundry yesterday. Actually, Jim took the laundry out to the storage shed and put the clothes into the machines while Linda talked him through some of the settings for the washer and dryer, from the kitchen doorway.

Yeah, I know, ,  ,  ,  you'd think that Jim would know how to do the laundry, but that is one of those things that Linda always took care of. He would carry the baskets of dirty clothes for her and bring the washed items back, but he never really "did" the laundry.

Well, you can't say that he hasn't now!! I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks!!!!! ;-)

Jim didn't think that Linda was up to making dinner or going out to eat yesterday so he volunteered to go out and get something, but Linda said that she thought it would be good for her if they went out to eat. So, they ended up going to Steak 'n Shake for a Steakburger.

After they returned, the evening was spent watching TV.

You know, Jim and I are really proud of Linda. She's still pretty sore and gets tired quickly, but she has been pushing herself and trying to do something active each day. She has quite a list of things that she's not supposed to do, so some days it's hard to find something she can do.

Friday, she has an appointment with the surgeon, (Dr. Molpus), for the follow up to here surgery and to find out what further treatments he thinks will be necessary. She's not looking forward to going at all! She says that she's more worried about the procedures that he may recommend than she was about the surgery itself.

Did you know that Steak ‘n Shake was founded in February, 1934 in Normal, Illinois? Gus Belt, Steak ‘n Shake’s founder, pioneered the concept of premium burgers and milk shakes.


Monday, November 11, 2013

Veteran's Day

DeBary, FL.

61 deg. clear, N. wind @2 mph.
Forecast = Partly cloudy. High of 82F. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph.

Please take a few minutes today to honor our veterans. Because of them, we are free to pretty much do whatever we want. And if you see a veteran, thank him for putting his life on the line for all of us.

Oh, and if you have a flag, get it out and fly it today. Show everyone that you appreciate what so many have done for us, including giving their lives, the ultimate sacrifice. 

Did you know that major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect?


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Linda's First Outing, A Photo and Christmas Decorations?

DeBary, FL.

6o deg. clear, N. wind @ 3 mph.
Forecast = Partly cloudy. High of 81F. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph

Things have slowed down around here. Friday evening, Linda decided that she wanted to go out to eat someplace, so CLT (Cute Little Truck), took her and Jim over to Gram's Kitchen in Orange City. That was the first time that Linda had been out of the house since she came home from her surgery. Jim says that she did really well, and they both enjoyed a nice meal. :-)

Linda was quite tired by the time they returned though, so she sat in her chair and watched TV for the rest of the evening.

Oh, speaking of Linda's chair,  ,  ,  ,  , Jim took a photo of the new living room arrangement, so I thought I'd post it today. As you can see, the couch has been moved over to the wall on the right and Jim and Lind's chairs have been moved in front of the windows. The love seat that matches the couch has now been moved into the craft room and the blue chair that was in there has been placed where Linda's chair used to be.

By doing this, they lost one seating space, but now their chairs are right across the room from the TV and they both can more comfortably watch it.

The mailman brought a sales flier from ACE Hardware the other day and they had some Christmas decorations and lights at a good price, so Jim took CLT and headed over there and bought a bunch of stuff. You see, for the last 13 years or so, Jim and Linda have been using a little 2 foot tall tree in whatever Motorhome we had at the time. Well,  ,  ,  ,  ,  can you imagine how that 2' tree would look here in the house? They also have only enough lights and decorations decorate the small tree, so Jim bought more lights and a few decorations for the house.

They'll still need to get a larger tree and more decorations for the tree, but more of that kind of thing should be going on sale in the next couple weeks or so.

No big plans for today, except the "Da Bears" game is supposed to be on TV this afternoon and I'm sure Jim and Linda will watch it. They still root for "Da Bears" even though it's been a long time since we've lived in Illinois. ;-)

A Point to Ponder : Since a running back runs forward, why is he called a running back?


Oh, can you find me in the above photo? Boy was I scared!!! :-O

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Been Busy, Lots of Company and Joe Heads Home

DeBary, FL.

69 deg. overcast, SW wind @ 3 mph.
Forecast =
Partly cloudy with a chance of rain. High of 82F. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

It's been real busy around here the last few days. Of course, Joe has been here and Laura and Lindsey have stopped by from time to time. Ashley has also stopped by and Anna even took a day off from work and made the trip down here from Jacksonville the other day to see Grandma and Joe. :-)

And, the day that Anna was here, Ashley brought over and introduced her new boyfriend, "Chris". Then, because Anna, Ashley, Chris and Joe were all here, Laura and Lindsey bought some fried chicken and other "fixen's",  from the grocery store for dinner.

I hope Chris wasn't too overwhelmed by everyone, (this was the first time he had met any of Ashley's family), because there was a lot of joking and telling of stories between the family and poor Chris kind of got caught in the middle of all of the banter. :-O

He seemed to be OK with all of it though. ;-)

Oh, I wanted to show you the neat bouquet of flowers that Glenn, (Linda's brother who lives up in Wisconsin), and Jeanette sent right after Linda got home from the hospital. They were really pretty and Linda really appreciated them.

Yesterday afternoon, Joe had to head back to Virginia Beach. But. in the morning, Jim snapped this photo of him sitting at the table out in the Florida Room and doing some work on his computers. He was able to get some work done while he was here, but said that he was getting pretty far behind.

About 2:00, after many hugs and a few tears, he went back to the airport to catch his plane back home. :-(

It was sure great that he was able to come. Jim says that he thinks that Joe being here was better medicine for Linda than any doctor could have prescribed.

Linda seems to be doing much better. She's been getting around better and she says that the soreness is definitely  going away. In fact, last night, she was saying that one of these days real soon, she'd like to go out to eat, maybe someplace like Gram's Kitchen. :-)

She still gets tired real easily, so she'll have to carefully pick the time when she wants to go.

Oh, Linda's doctor appointment has been changed from the 13th to the 15th of November. There was some kind of scheduling problem.

Jim still hasn't taken any photos of the re-arranged living room. The place has been kind of a mess with everyone here, but it's pretty well straightened up now and I'm hoping he'll take some today or tomorrow.  

Did you know that today is "National Men Make Dinner Day"?


Saturday, November 2, 2013

A Busy Place

DeBary, FL.

72 deg. partly cloudy, SW wind @ 8 mph.
Forecast =
 High of 82F. Winds from the SW at 10 to 15 mph shifting to the NW in the afternoon. Chance of rain 60%.

This has been a busy place for the last few days. Thursday, a little after noon, Joe got here from Virginia Beach, VA. His flights were on time and he said that it was a good trip.

Once Joe got here, Laura and Lindsey stopped by to see Joe for a couple hours and then about 4:30 or so, Roland and Louise came. Soon after Roland and Louise arrived, Roland and Jim went and picked up some Chinese for dinner.  Roland and Louise couldn't stay long because they still had to go down to Frostproof and get their double-wide opened up so they could stay there, so they left about 6:30 or so.

Yesterday, Linda mentioned to Jim and Joe that she wasn't happy with the furniture arrangement in the living room, so Jim and Joe proceeded to move thing around. Jim hasn't taken any photos of the new layout yet, but the 2 recliners are now where the couch used to be, making it better for TV viewing from the chairs that they normally sit in.

Soon after they were done moving the furniture, Joe went to the grocery store and bought items to make taco's for dinner.  After a delicious meal of Taco's, Laura and Lindsey stopped by for awhile to visit and see how Linda was doing.

Speaking of Linda. She's doing fine and is able to do more each day. She says that the soreness seems to be going away and see seems to be getting more energy as time goes on.

Oh, and she called the doctor's office yesterday and he wants to see her on Wednesday, November 13th for a check-up and to discuss further treatment if necessary. He also told her that no further treatment would be done until she is completely healed up from the surgery, which will be between 6 to 8 weeks from now.

So,  ,  ,  ,  that's what I know for now. Joe will be staying here until this coming Wednesday. (He can do some work from here on the Internet), I'm sure Laura and Lindsey will be stopping by from time to time and this evening, Ashley is planning on stopping by for awhile.

It's been really great to see Joe again and Linda is just thrilled that he's here and will be able to stay that long. If I don't post every day, don't worry, Linda seems to be doing fine, it's just very busy around here right now. ;-)

Did you know that November is "Banana Pudding Lovers Month"?


Thursday, October 31, 2013

Joe and Roland And Louise Coming To Visit

DeBary, FL.

64 deg. partly cloudy, no wind.
Forecast = Partly cloudy with a chance of rain. High of 88F. Winds from the ESE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

Linda is still doing well. Still sore and pretty weak, but she says that it seems like all of that is improving as time goes by.

I don't know just when, but Joe, from Virginia Beach is coming to see Linda today. I know he's been worried about his mother and has been trying to find a time when he could come down here. I'll know more a little later on, but I'm thinking it'll be sometime this evening before he gets here.

Linda can hardly wait to see him!!! ;-)

Also, Roland and Louise are planning on stopping by today. They're on their way down to their home in Frostpoof, FL for the winter and are planning to swing by here. Louise is going to call this morning and tell Linda and Jim when they'll be arriving. If you remember, they were going to come up to Rantoul for a visit. Then, just before they got there, we had to come down here for Linda's surgery, so we didn't get to see them. :-( 

Linda and Jim are really looking forward to seeing them too.

Laura stopped by for awhile yesterday. While she was here, she found out that Marv, (Lindsey's father), is having some medical problems and was going to the doctor.

I hope he's going to be OK.

Oh!!! With all that's been going on, I almost forgot that today is Halloween!!!!

Happy Halloween everyone!!!!!!

Did you know that the owl is a popular Halloween image? In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches, and to hear an owl's call meant someone was about to die.

happy ghost saying boo on halloween

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

35 Hours

DeBary, FL.

64 deg. mostly cloudy, no wind.
Forecast = Partly cloudy. High of 84F. Winds from the NE at 10 to 15 mph.

Monday evening, Jim called Linda at the hospital to see how she was doing and to say good-night to her. Then, around 6:30, yesterday morning, Linda called Jim. Nothing special, she was awake and just wanted to talk to him. She told him that she was doing well and had a pretty restful night. (As good as you can have in a hospital). It was decided that there was no reason for Jim to hurry over there because the doctor hadn't been in yet and it didn't sound like anything was going to happen until the afternoon.

So, a little after 9:00, Jim took CLT and headed back to the hospital. After arriving and getting CLT parked, he took a couple photos of the part of the facility where Linda was.

This is the sign out front, that you see from the road.

When you turn in next to the above sign, this is the view of the "Fountain Building".

The patient drop-off and pick-up area,

The view looking back towards the road from the pick-up drop-off area.

Once up to Linda's room and giving her h and k, (hugs and kisses), Linda told him that it sounded like she would be able to go home sometime after lunch. :-)  Of course, Laura was there with Linda and helped Linda fill Jim in on what all had happened during the time Jim was here at the house.

Then, after talking for awhile, he took a few photos out of her room's window. Her room was on the 7th floor and facing East, so there were some nice views of Daytona Beach. If you click on the photos to enlarge them, you should even be able to see the ocean on the horizon.

After lunch, Linda was told that she'd be able to go home and by about 2:00, Laura was helping her get dressed and soon after, CLT was bringing her back here to the house.

Laura came back here also and helped Jim get Linda into the house and get settled in her recliner. Then, she stayed with Linda while Jim went to Walgreen's to pick up a new prescription for Linda.

After Jim returned, Laura headed for home to get some much needed rest and spend time with Lindsey.

So,  ,  ,  ,  ,  In an approximately 35 hour time period, Linda left for the hospital, had major surgery and was able to return back home!!! If they had not been able to operate, using the robotic procedure, she would have had to stay in the hospital much longer.   She seems to be doing well. She had a restful night and seems to be feeling pretty good this morning. She's still sore, but that's to be expected. She also has quite a few restrictions about what she can do for the next few weeks and months, but the doctor doesn't foresee any problems.

In 2 weeks Linda will go back to the doctor's office and then it will be decided if any further treatment will be needed.

Again, Linda and Jim want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. It has meant so much, just knowing that there were so many people sending good thoughts and prayers this way.

And, of course, both Linda and Jim want to thank Laura. She has been so much help. She has made everything so much easier for Linda and Jim and her nursing skills and knowledge have been invaluable.

Thank You, everyone!!!!!

Did you know that on this date in 1945, the first ballpoint pens to be made commercially went on sale at Gimbels Department Store in New York at the price of $12.50 each?

I'm sure glad Linda's home and doing well!!!!! :-)



Monday, October 28, 2013

The Waiting Is Over and Linda's Surgery

DeBary, FL.

70 deg. clear, N. wind @ 4 mph.
Forecast tonight = Clear. Low of 63F. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph.

I'm posting this on Monday evening so that all of you get the news as soon as possible.

In the middle of the night, (3:50 AM Monday morning), I heard Jim and Linda's alarm clock beeping in the bedroom and soon Jim came out and started getting ready to leave. Soon after, Linda came out and then about 4:20, Jim and Linda waked out of the house, got into CLT (Cute Little Truck), and headed to the Bob Evans Restaurant parking lot, where they had made plans to meet up with Laura at 4:30.

As soon as Laura arrived, they headed , (with Laura leading the way), to the Halifax hospital in  Daytona Beach. CLT says that they got there about 5:00 and were in plenty of time for Linda's 5:15 appointment.

In just a short time, they had Linda in a room and were prepping her for surgery. Surgery was scheduled for 7:30, but there were some delays, and it was almost 8:30 when they began.

The surgery went well and they were able to do the daVinci  Robotic method, which means that they didn't have to make a large incision. The surgery did not go real smoothly though and the procedure took about 4 hours.

I won't go into the details here, but in the end, the results were very good and she came through the surgery with flying colors!!!! ;-)  By 3:30 in the afternoon, she was eating broth and Jello, and drinking liquids.

Jim said that she is sore, but doesn't have severe pain. Her vitals are all good, and if she can tolerate solid food and continues to improve, she should be coming home tomorrow!!!!! :-)  She's in good spirits and was joking around with Jim, Laura and the nurse.

About 5:30 Linda started getting tired, so Jim gave her h and k, (hugs and kisses), and came back here to the house. Laura will stay the night. They have an extra bed in the room for someone to sleep on and they actually encourage family to stay.

So,  ,  ,  ,  ,  the surgery went well, even though it did take a long time. Linda is doing well and hopefully she'll get to come home tomorrow. In about 2 weeks she'll have an appointment with Dr. Molpus, (the surgeon), any further treatments or procedures will be discussed and then in about 6 to 8 weeks, additional procedures/treatments will start if required.

And,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  the waiting is over!!!! :-)

Linda and Jim want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. They were of great help and are very much appreciated.

Thank You!!! Thank You!!! Thank You!!!

Did you know that the harder you concentrate on falling asleep, the less likely you are to fall asleep?


Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Time Is Near and An Emotional Rollercoaster

DeBary, FL.

54 deg. clear, no wind.
Forecast = Clear. High of 81F. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph.

The time is near. By 5:15 AM tomorrow, Linda will be at  the Halifax Hospital, getting prepped  for surgery. I don't know exactly what time her surgery is scheduled for, but I do know that Dr. Molpus has the surgery room reserved for 4 hours. That doesn't mean that the operation will take 4 hours, but the room is available in case it should take that long.

This last week has been an emotional rollercoaster. There were times when things were going along just fine and then something would happen and it seemed like a major crisis. :-(  Most things were not really that big of a deal, but seemed immense at the time.

One of the more major things that happened was that CLT's battery decided to die. Friday evening, Jim and Linda were going out to eat and when Jim tried to start CLT's engine, the starter wouldn't turn the engine over enough to start.

So, yesterday morning, Jim got out his little battery charger and hooked it up to the battery. While he was waiting for it to possibly charge up the battery enough to get CLT started, Ray, from across the street, saw that Jim was having problems and brought his larger charger, (with a boost feature), over and in no time, CLT's engine was running. :-)

After thanking Ray for helping, Jim took CLT and went to Auto Zone, where they checked the battery. It was bad, and since it was an Auto Zone battery and had a little bit of warranty left, Jim purchased a new one. One nice thing about going to Auto Zone is that when you go there for charging/battery problems, they will test the whole system and then, if you purchase a battery, they install it for you at no additional charge. :-)

Now, this whole thing turned out to be something that was fairly easily taken care of, but Friday evening it seemed huge!!

Today, Linda has to drink about a gallon of stuff to get her insides cleaned out. She's not looking forward to that at all, but I think Laura will be coming over to be with her. She can't eat anything solid all day and after midnight, she can't even drink anything. Then tomorrow morning, Linda and Jim will have to leave here about 4:30 to get to the hospital by 5:15. :-(

Laura will be at the hospital with Jim, so they'll have each other for company while they wait. :-)

Oh, Jim was fooling around with the clock yesterday to make sure the alarm worked. He said that he can't remember the last time he set the alarm.

I don't know when I'll be posting next, but I'll let you know how the surgery went as soon as I can.

 Did you know that in 2012,  about 1,638,910 new cancer cases were diagnosed?


Thanks Ray!!!!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Pre-op Visit, da Vinci and Waiting Again

DeBary, FL.

60 deg. clear, N. wind @ 5 mph.
Forecast = Partly cloudy. High of 77F. Winds from the NNE at 10 to 15 mph.

Tuesday afternoon, Laura swung by, picked up Linda and took her over to Daytona Beach to the doctor's office for all the pre-operation stuff. Much of the time was spent on telling Linda what she needed to do and couldn't do before the surgery. Then, just before they left to come back here, Dr. Molpus, (the surgeon), came in and talked to Linda and Laura.

They will be doing a full hysterectomy and he told her that he was optimistic about the possibility of doing the  da Vinci Robotic Surgery on her which would shorten the recovery period considerably. He also told her that he was quite sure some Radiation Therapy would be necessary, following the surgery.

So,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  now we wait again. Linda has to be at Halifax Hospital in Daytona Beach at 5:30 AM on Monday morning. If everything goes according to plan and the doctor can do the da Vinci Robotic Surgery on her, she will only be in the hospital for one night and will be able to come back home sometime Tuesday. If there are complications and the standard surgery is necessary, the hospital stay will be for 3 or 4 days with a much longer recovery period.

Yesterday afternoon, Jim and Linda took CLT and went back to Walgreen's to pick up all of the prescriptions plus a new one that Linda had received from the surgeons office on Tuesday. Then, after taking afternoon naps, for dinner, they went to Steak & Shake.

Did you know that on this date in1861, the first transcontinental telegraph message was sent when Justice Stephen J. Field of California transmitted a telegram to U.S. President Lincoln?

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Getting Shot While At Walgreen's

DeBary, FL.

72 deg. clear, no wind.
Forecast = Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain in the afternoon. Fog early. High of 93F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Not much happening the last few days. Both Linda and Jim have been trying to stay busy so they watched quite a bit of football on TV Sunday and then went to Walgreen's yesterday to get prescriptions refilled and get shot.

No, No!!!! Nothing bad, they got their flu shots for the upcoming flu season. :-)

While they were at Walgreen's, they picked up some other needed items before coming back here to the house. They were busy at the pharmacy and would have had to wait quite awhile, so sometime today, they'll go back and pick the prescriptions up.

For dinner, Linda called the local Chinese Restaurant, (the Lotus Garden), and ordered a carry-out meal. The restaurant is only about a mile from here and both Jim and Linda say the food is good.

This afternoon, Linda and Laura will be heading over to the doctor's office in Daytona Beach to get all the details about what Linda can and can't do before her surgery next Monday. They'll also get instructions and information about where to go and what will be happing that day.

While they're doing that, Jim has some things he wants to try to get done around here. We'll see how that goes though, the forecast is for a pretty hot afternoon, (90 + degrees), with possible T-storms.

Did you know that on this date in 1939, the first televised pro football game was telecast from New York?  Brooklyn defeated Philadelphia 23-14.


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Mike And Family Stop By

DeBary FL.

74 deg. overcast, no wind.
Forecast = Partly cloudy this morning with a chance of rain, then a chance of a thunderstorm in in the afternoon. High of 91F. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Mike called about 10:30 yesterday morning and said that they were about to leave their hotel down by Disney World. He also said that Dillon had been running a slight fever from time to time and at one point he had that rash again. :-(  But,  ,  ,  ,  it was decided that they would swing by here anyway and that Dillon would stay in the car with someone, and not come inside of the house or get too close to Linda.

So, that's what they did. At first, Gina stayed in the car with Dillon and then after awhile, Susan, (Gina's mother), stayed with him.

Soon though, Dillon started getting very upset that he couldn't come inside, so everyone except Linda went outside. Jim talked to Dillon and explained that Linda was also sick and that she had to go to the hospital soon. But, she couldn't go there to get better if she had a fever or a rash.

He seemed to understand, and soon there was a smile on his face as Jim asked him all about the things he had seen and done at Disney World. ;-)

They were here for about an hour and just before they left, Jim took these 2 photos of them. The first one is of Savanna, Dillon and Brenna. Dillon is holding his birthday card that Jim had given him, and was proudly wearing the hat that he had gotten at Disney. And, of course, they all were wearing their Disney shirts. ;-)

Mike and Gina got in on this photo.

So, it was a short visit, but at least they got to come. Mike, Gina, Susan and the girls got to see the inside of the house and hopefully Dillon had a good time with "Grandpa" even though he didn't get to come inside.

Not much happened the rest of the day. Jim and Linda did go to Bob Evans to have breakfast for dinner and then watched TV until bedtime.

Did you know that Disney World opened October 1, 1971 and is the most visited attraction in the world, with attendance of 52.5 million annually?

Boy!!!! It was sure good to see Mike and his family again. :-)


Friday, October 18, 2013

Guess Who's Coming To Lunch? and An Accident

DeBary, FL.

67 deg. clear, no wind.
Forecast =
Partly cloudy. Fog early. High of 93F. Winds from the South at 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday, Jim called Mike to let him know how Linda was doing and to ask about Dillon. Guess what he found out? Mike told Jim that Dillon evidently didn't have Chickenpox because all the spots were gone and his fever was also down to normal.

Wow!!! That means that Mike and his family can stop by here Saturday on the way back up to North Carolina!!!!

Of course, with 3 children, things can happen, but it sure looks like this is doable. ;-)

So, the plan is for Mike, Gina, Susan, (Gina's Mother), and the kids to stop by here around noon on Saturday for lunch, and then continue their trip from here after seeing the house and visiting for awhile.

The house is still in pretty good shape, so a little straightening up a quick dusting and a vacuuming of the floors is really all that will be needed.

Today, there's nothing planned except to get the house ready and go to Winn Dixie to pick up a few items for lunch tomorrow. I kind of doubt if Linda will go along to the grocery store since she's still quite sore from the exam the other day.

Oh, one more thing.

Jim got an e-mail from Bev. You long time readers will remember that Bev is Denny's wife,.(part of the Illinois Bunch), She said that Denny had had an accident with his Gold Wing Motorcycle. Denny is OK with just some soreness and road rash, but Denise his adult daughter who was riding with him, did not fare so well. She's in the hospital with 7 broken ribs, a collapsed lung, 7 stitches in her elbow and quite a bit of road rash. Bev said that while they were going around a curve the bike hit some wet pavement and went down, sending them and the bike into a guard rail.

Denny feels really bad that Denise got hurt, but it could have been worse. Thankfully they were wearing helmets, (Denise's was destroyed), and were dressed properly.

Our thoughts and prayers are heading their way and we're hoping for a speedy recovery for Denise.

Did you know that today is "National Chocolate Cupcake Day"?


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Getting Ready and The Exam

DeBary, FL.

70 deg. overcast, NW breeze @ 2 mph.
Forecast = Partly cloudy with a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 90F. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

After 12:00 AM on Monday, Linda wasn't allowed to eat any solid food and then at 9:00 AM she had to drink a couple bottles of some liquid that was prescribed by the doctor which caused her to spend the rest of the day in the bathroom. :-(   Laura came by and spent most of the day with her and helped her get things like Jello, clear broth, and apple juice to eat/drink. Being that Linda is diabetic, this nourishment had to be balanced out with the correct amount of insulin so that her blood sugar didn't go too high or too low.

While this was going on inside of the house, Jim was out in the shop/shed taking down old pegboard. After removing the old stuff, he headed over to Home Depot and bought some new pegboard to put back up. From Home Depot, he went to Harbor Freight and bought a bunch of pegboard hooks, then went to Ron's Hardware and bought some screws to fasten the pegboard to the wall of the shed.

On the way to Ron's, he drove through the Orange City RV Park, where we used to stay for the winters until they raised their prices 3 or 4 years ago. As he was driving through the park, he saw Joe, (who was the maintenance man at Orange City RV Resort for years), and stopped and talked to him for awhile.

Joe's health is failing. He has severe heart problems, (2 open heart surgeries already), and just lately, he's  developed kidney problems. He's in good spirits though and Jim said that it seemed like he really enjoyed talking to him for awhile.

On the way back here, Jim went to the 4 B's Restaurant here in DeBary. They're only open for breakfast and lunch, so Jim and Linda can't go there for dinner, which is a shame because their food is really good.

From the 4 B's, Jim came back here and proceeded to install the new pegboard on the shop wall and hang up some of the tools etc. that he wants up there.

Yesterday was Linda's appointment to have the "Exam under anesthesia" preformed at Halifax in Daytona Beach. She was directed to be there at noon with the exam to be preformed around 1:30, so around 11:15 Laura swung by and picked up Linda and Jim and took them over there.

After some "prepping" and answering a whole bunch of questions, Linda was taken to the "Holding" room where she waited until the doctor was finished with another patient.

Everything went will with the exam. The doctor came into the waiting room and talked to Jim and Laura after the procedure and told them that as far as he could tell, the tumor was contained within the female organs and was cautiously optimistic that a hysterectomy would solve the problem. Of course, there will be more biopsies taken at the time of surgery and that will tell the whole story.

So,  ,  ,  ,  Linda is doing fine. She's sore from the exam, but that's to be expected. Next Tuesday, she'll go to the doctors office for some more pre-op stuff and then will have surgery on the 28th of October.

Again, Linda and Jim want to thank everyone for the thoughts and prayers sent this way. They are of great help and very much appreciated.

Thank You!!!!!!

Did you know that on this date in 1928 - Marvin Pipkin received a patent for the frosted electric light bulb?


Monday, October 14, 2013

The Best Laid Plans

DeBary, FL.

67 deg. mostly cloudy, no wind.
Forecast = Partly cloudy with a chance of rain. High of 86F. Winds from the North at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

Well, the best laid plans just don't work out sometimes.

About 9:30 yesterday morning, Mike called from Northern Florida, (where they had spent the night), and informed Jim that Dillon had come down with what looks like chickenpox!!!! He was running a slight fever and had spots on his body that were itching him. :-O

What a bummer!!!!!!!!!

Normally, Jim and Linda would have said to come on here anyway, but being that Linda has all those medical procedures set up, plus probable surgery, it was decided that it would be best if Mike and his family wouldn't stop by on their way to Disney World. :-( 

So, instead of being with family, the day was spent doing a few things around the house, going to the grocery store and watching football on TV.

It was very disappointing that they weren't able to come, but I really feel sorry for Dillon. He just turned 6 on Saturday, and I'm sure he was really looking forward to Disney World. :-(

Did you know that Chickenpox has been observed in other primates, including chimpanzees and gorillas?


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Getting Ready For Company

DeBary, FL.

64 deg. clear, no wind.
Forecast = Clear. High of 88F. Winds from the North at 5 to 15 mph.

After cleaning up the Florida room, Jim spent quite a bit of the morning out in the storage shed/shop, yesterday morning.

I'm having a little trouble deciding what I want to call it. Up to now, it's definitely just been a storage shed, but now since Jim has been working on it, it's starting to look more like a small workshop. But, the washer and dryer are out there too, so maybe it should be the laundry room.

Decisions!!! Decisions!!!

The afternoon was spent with Jim and Linda cleaning/straightening up the house, doing a load of laundry and taking naps. ;-) Then for dinner, they took CLT and headed over to the Perkins Restaurant in Orange City.

This morning, Jim will do some final vacuuming so the house looks presentable when Mike, Gina and the kids get here this afternoon.

I don't know for sure, but the other day, Linda mentioned that she thought that Gina's mother, Susan, may be coming along on this trip too. I don't remember meeting her but I'll be sure to welcome her and behave if she is along with them. ;-)

I don't want to make a bad impression!!

Did you know that on this date in 1792, the cornerstone of the Executive Mansion was laid in Washington, DC. The building became known as the White House in 1818.


Friday, October 11, 2013

PET Scan and Company Coming Sunday

DeBary, FL.

63 deg. clear, no wind.
Forecast = Clear. High of 86F. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Just a couple things to keep you up to date.

Linda had the PET scan yesterday morning. She said that it really wasn't too bad, but took a long time, (about an hour and a half), because they had to inject some sort of dye/tracer into her blood stream and then wait for it to circulate throughout her body before they did the scan.

While she was having the test, Jim went to the Bob Evans Restaurant and had some biscuits and gravy. While he was there, Mike called from N. Carolina to find out if it was still OK for he and his family to stop by on Sunday.

Jim gave him directions on how to best get here to the house and Mike said that it would be sometime Sunday afternoon when they got here. He said that they would only be able to stay an hour or two because they have reservations down in Orlando for Sunday night and they want to get settled in before it got too late and the kids got too tired.

I['m sure glad that they'll be stopping by. It's been way too long since I've seen them. ;-)

After Linda was finished with the PET scan, Jim took her to the Perkins Restaurant so that she could get something to eat. She wasn't allowed to eat anything except a few crackers before the test so she was really hungry. While she was eating breakfast, Jim had a piece of apple pie.

No big plans for today. The house needs some TLC before Mike, Gina and the kids get here on Sunday. The weather has turned really nice here. The humidity has dropped way down and the temperatures are in the 80's instead of the 90's, so Jim may cook something on the grill for dinner.

If you'd like to learn more about the PET scan you can click on this link.  PET Scan It and the links off of that site should give you all the info you ever wanted to know about the procedure. (It's all way over my head!!!)  :-O

Did you know that there are about 2 billion $1 bills in circulation?