Sunday, June 15, 2008

Father's day

We have had a nice day at Mom & Dad's. It was beautiful, and Dad had the pool ready to go - great swim, and everyone had a nice time. Glenn and Mellie brought Norma, so that made it nice, also. We brought the girls home with us, as Glenn and Mellie are going to Atlantic City tomorow, on a bus trip. We stopped and bought invitations for Alex's birthday party - although her 14th birthday was on the 5th, she is having a swim party at Great-Moms on the 22nd, with her school friends. They will stay here tonight and tomorrow night, and I will take them to school tomorrow and Tuesday.

I started Physical Therapy for the bone spur in my shoulder this week - have been twice. The therapist doesn't know if he can help me permanently - he can reduce the pain from the pinched nerve, but can't cure the bone spur. I might have to consider surgery, but - I will try cortisone shots first, if the PT doesn't work.

The plans are solidified - the 30th in Pittsburgh. They sent us a package for Butch to fill out, and information about the liver cancer center. They sent some info about places to stay, how to get there, etc. There is a non-profit called Family House which is within walking distance, looks - from the brochure - to be quite nice, and is between 25.00 and 45.00 per night - very reasonable. Pittsburgh seems much more organzid than Mayo - they sent us nothing in advance, and we did not know who our Doctor would be in advance, either. The packet cover letter says Butch is scheduled for a CT Scan at 8:30 in the morning on Moday, June 30th at UPMC Montefiore Hospital, followed by a consultation with Dr. T. Clark Gamblin, who I saw on the website is the assistant Professor of surgery.

We had a busy week last week. While Butch played golf on Tuesday , I visited my friends at work. Friday we played 9 holes with Carolyn and Joe, and played pinochle at night - we won! Saturday night we went to Tioga Downs, where I won 4 races in a row! I have to tell you - I place show bets, so - I have a better chance at winning - Butch goes for the win - needless to say - he lost!

Butch is feeling better and better - being off chemo is scary for us, especially since we know it was working, but - he feels better off. Also - the legs are MUCH better, and the pulmonary embolism seems to be melding into the lungs, as it is supposed to. We are continuing our dietary changes, especially as they seem to be helping.

I want to mention that I changed the design so that anyone who wants to write a comment should be able to now - prior to this you needed to have a google account.


Loma said...

Sounding better and better! Both of you remain in my prayers and on my mind.

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