8/29/10

Oops...

My goodness, I hadn't realized it was so long since I'd written a post. Time is certainly flying by!

Nothing too important has been happening, which is why it didn't occur to me that I should 'report in'. But I've been very busy, nonetheless:

~ I've been going to Physical Therapy. It hasn't helped with the pain on an ongoing basis, but on the day of the therapy I get some pain relief, and hopefully it is strengthening the supporting muscles a bit. That's important, since even a relatively minor fall or bump to the hip could have very serious consequences. We're hoping to get me strong enough that I could perhaps use the regular machines at the local Y.

~ I've been getting Qi Gong healing sessions with a truly lovely woman - I'll talk about her more in a later post, as she is starting up a wonderful program for cancer patients and their caregivers over at Woodwinds. She is hoping to start it up in October, and it will be free of charge.

~ Realizing that my time of mobility is very limited, and that already I can only walk a very short distance, we shopped around and found a used scooter for a very reasonable price. Of course, now I need a way to cart the scooter (and future wheelchair) around...

~ So we are shopping for a reliable used minivan. We have narrowed the field to the Mazda MPV, the Toyota Sienna, and the Dodge Caravan (not the Grand, but the smaller one). The Honda Odyssey and the Plymouth Voyager would be on the list, but they are out of our price range. It's not proving easy to find one in our budget that is well kept and not too heavy on the miles, so let me know if you are aware of someone in the Twin Cities/Hudson area who is about to put one on the market.

~ The wonderful son started his college year this week, and there's been a lot of stuff necessary to get to that point, so that kept us busy in-between the shopping and therapeutic adventures.

All of which has kept me somewhat distracted from fretting about the upcoming scan. That happens very early tomorrow (Monday) morning. I expect I'll hear from my doctor on Wednesday or so if the news is bad, which I rather expect it will be. He doesn't like to give that sort of news in person. That will leave plenty of time during our appointment on Friday for him to push at me about chemo. Wheeeeee...

So that's all the news that's fit to print. I do have a few things of more general interest to say, but I'll save that for another post.

If you are inclined towards prayer, please put in a word for my dear friend Timary, whose husband was recently diagnosed with what has turned out to be very aggressive renal cell carcinoma. He is not doing well, and is going straight to hospice care from the hospital where he had surgery. Timary has been a great blessing in my life the last few years; she is a talented designer and a very beautiful spirit. She and her family need and deserve all the love and support they can get.

7 comments:

Delighted Hands said...

Nice for you to have life get in the way of posting! Hope things go well today for the scan.

Laughingrat said...

I'm really glad that some of the alternative treatment options are helping you! Very sorry to hear about the mobility problems increasing so quickly, though. And sorry to hear about your friend's husband, too.

Barbara Maloney said...

Give my well wishes to Timary - it's a very sad development and all we can do to give loving thoughts to someone who has been such a huge support for you. I'm so sorry.

The Violet Hoarder said...

Very glad to hear that you're getting massage and Qi Gong--I'm a long time devotee and believer in those two. I will add Timary to my prayers. And I just discovered A Shepard's Voice from your bloglist and love it! I hope you got some good news today, my friend...

Nancy K. said...

I'm happy to see you posted today, Eileen! I get worried when you're too quiet for too long. You usually have something to say about something! ;-)

I'd be interested in hearing more about your Qi Gong therapy. Are you utilizing any other alternative therapies?

I so admire the head on way that you deal with what's happening to you. I'm such a "run to bed and hide under the covers" girl, that I often make things much worse for not just facing whatever it is that needs to be faced. You are a brave, strong woman. I bet your son is mighty proud of you.

Speaking of your son: Congratulations on successfully getting him off to college! What school is he attending? It had to be hard for you to "let him go". I cried like a baby the day that I dropped my youngest off at UW Madison...

You're in my prayers. I hope you're indulging yourself in little pleasures occasionally. Heck, I hope you're indulging yourself in BIG pleasures, frequently!!!

And "Thanks!" to The Violet Hoarder for her kind words about my blog!

Labeled Disabled said...

Wish I'd know you were looking for a van sooner... I hear you've gotten an Mazda MPV... I only hope that yours lasts longer and gives you less trouble than the MPV my family had gave us. I'm personally very partial to our Dodge Caravan (admittedly a Grand Caravan)...

I hope that you get at least not-bad news about the scan... I've gotten rather schooled in hoping for "at least not bad news"...

Consider the candles lit, for you and your friend. I only wish I could do more.

Dori Ann said...

So sorry to hear of your friends loss,my heart truly aches for her.
Good luck on the scan! Good job getting son in school, that's a chore :)
Get some enjoyment over the weekend, have fun with the new car, if you've gotten it!
Wish you lived closer, hubby has used ones on his lot.