Friday, August 23, 2013

Right To The Point, The "Big C"

Rantoul, IL.

66 deg. clear, no wind.
Forecast = Partly cloudy. Fog early. High of 86F. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph.

OK!!! I'm going to get right to the point without a lot of beating around the bush!!!

Most of you know that Wednesday morning, Linda had a doctor's appointment. Well, she's been having some minor "woman problems", so the doctor did a thorough check. Well, the doctor didn't like what she was seeing, so she sent Linda to a local hospital in Gibson City to have an ultrasound.

Folks, the news is not good!!!! :-(

Linda will definitely need to have a hysterectomy, and they're 99% sure that there is also cancer involved.

OK!! Everybody take a deep breath!!!!

I didn't post yesterday because all of the results weren't in yet and everything around here was in turmoil, but I thought I'd better let all of you know, what I know, as of today.

One of the first things that came up was the fact that after this kind of surgery, there is usually a long recovery period. If Linda would have the surgery here in Illinois in a week or so, with a 6 to 8 week recovery period, (at least), we would be getting into November, and Illinois in November is not a place you usually want to be, in an RV.

As you know, Jim and Linda purchased that double-wide down in DeBary, Florida this past winter, so the next logical thing was to call Laura, (Linda's daughter who lives DeBary and is an RN at Halifax Hospital in Daytona Beach), and see if she knew anyone who could/would take her as a patient and perform the surgery. She talked to some of her colleagues, and one doctor's name constantly came up as the best.

So, ,  ,  ,  ,  calls were made, plans were changed, (thanks to that big eraser that Jim has), and Saturday, we will be leaving Rantoul and heading for Florida. Linda won't be able to get in to see the doctor down there until at least the Tuesday after Labor Day, so we have plenty of time to get ready, and head down there at a pretty leisurely pace.

Jim wants to arrive down there on the Thursday before the Labor Day weekend if possible, but Friday would be OK. There's a few things that need to be done at the house before Jim and Linda could move in, but Laura and Lindsey will be taking care of some of those items. The rest can be handled after we get down there, and if necessary, we could stay at a CG in Bobbie T for a few days.

So!!!! There you have it!!!!

This has been very upsetting and nerve wracking, but Linda is feeling fine and I have complete confidence that we'll all get through this "bump in the road". Both Jim and Linda have been calling family and friends to try and let everyone know what's going on. (They're hoping that they didn't miss anyone). There have been reservations for a rally canceled, CG reservations in NC canceled, trip plans scrapped and new trip plans made for our quick journey to FL.

I'll be sure to let all of you know if there are any changes or new news and I'll be posting about our trip down to FL. Any "good vibes" that you can send Linda's way will be greatly appreciated.

Did you know that there are about 600,000 hysterectomies performed each year?



  1. Best wishes for a successful surgery and speedy recovery.

  2. Sending all the prayers, and good mojo that I can. Good luck and safe travels. Shirley and Paul, formerly of Our Second Childhood.

  3. Oh I'm sorry to hear about Linda! She (and you too) will be in our prayers.

  4. Heading back to Florida sounds like a good idea. Safe travels and best wishes on the surgery and recovery.

  5. Linda & Jim

    You're added to the prayer list and our thoughts will be with you in the days ahead. Safe travels and rapid healing!

    Selene, NC

  6. Oh dear. Best wishes and hugs coming your way.

  7. Well that's never good news..... But we have experienced the same thing when they told Loyce that she had CA as well... And she had the surgery when she was 42... They told her hers was advanced and we wondered what that would bring.. That was 25 years ago, and she is just as ornery now as she ever was.... So in this day and age, these diagnosis are more of a hurdle in the road that one just has to get beyond... So thank goodness for the home down in Florida, and a daughter to look after getting things arranged.. And we'll all be right here out in Blogland rooting and praying for guys.... Rod

  8. We will be praying for you. Keep us posted. I know it is hard to keep up with your blog while all this is going on, but we do appreciate your blog and you our friends. Love to you and Linda.

  9. We hope you have safe travels back to Florida. We'll be keeping both you in our thoughts and prayers and hope and pray Linda has a full and quick recovery!

  10. So sorry to hear that you have had a change of plans -- Please know that both Jim and Linda are in our thoughts and prayers and she will be added to the Church Prayer list-- Our best for a quick recovery....if youre traveling I 81 and have a quick minute or two we could meet you at Cracker Barrel!! Please keep in touch - safe travels!!