The ibandronate/Boniva has helped with the hip pain to a reasonable degree. The tumor in my spine is making itself felt, but I'm used to moderate back pain - it's not pleasant, but I can handle it. I still need a cane to get around, but I can walk half a block or so without knocking myself out for the day, and I can sleep for several hours at a stretch. This is a good thing.
We're taking advantage of my little spate of increased function by going on a very small vacation, which I am busily planning.
I'm also taking advantage of this reprieve by driving around and running errands. I know that doesn't sound like a lot of fun, and certainly it tires me a lot more than seems reasonable, but I'm enjoying myself. It's amazing what a little trip to the grocery store or library does for the soul when you haven't been able to do anything constructive for a long time.
We also got a used van, and are planning to get a wheelchair/scooter lift put in at some point, so that I can use it easily when the hips become non-functional again.
And I think that's all the news that's fit to print!