Thursday, February 26, 2015

Chattanooga snow

We got about 8” of snow yesterday and overnight. It’s one of those beautiful, fluffy snows - just right for playing in - if you’re of an age and inclination to do that sort of thing. We just enjoyed looking at it and taking a few pictures.

We stayed in all day - mostly watching and listening to the snow melt. I had a huge attack of the sleepies and took 2-3 naps in the chair during the day.

Our driveway is not snow-free, and any melt-water will freeze overnight. So we won't be going anywhere early in the morning. My mammogram is scheduled for 9:30 - and we're expecting to be able to get there. But we won’t go out before then.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Update plus weather report

John's been scheduled for a bunch of appointments over the next ten days - starting next Monday. He is to have PET scans and brain MRIs on Monday. Then he is to see the ENT guy on Wednesday. A week from Monday (9 March), he is to see the oncologist at 11:15 and the pulmonologist at 3:15. I hope by then these two (or three) doctors will be able to tell us what he’s up against and coming up with treatment options to propose.

The hospital we're using has a large cancer center, and I had a long talk this afternoon with the "nurse navigator" there. She'll be our center source of information, explanations, etc. This is going to be special - at least for us. Her name is Betsy - with the same last name as my dear Aunt Betsy. So I know we have a special guardian angel looking over us. I told her that, and she wanted to know all about my Betsy. Definitely gives us a good feeling.

John's still doing a lot of deep coughing - left over from the bronchoscopy - and his chest/abdominal muscles are really starting to ache from that. The anesthesia hangs on, and by 8:30 he was already sleeping in the chair. At least he's gone on to bed.


We're having a beautiful, fluffy snow tonight. I'd guess we've already had 4+ inches (since 5 pm), and it's still snowing. . It's very light outside because of the light reflecting off the snow. But the temperature is supposed to go up into the 40s tomorrow, so it'll probably all be gone by tomorrow night - just in time for the next cold snap. Such is life in the sunny South. I've just had to reschedule my mammogram for the second time.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A day to remember - but not for the best of reasons

A little history here. John had prostate cancer diagnosed about 5 years ago. This was treated with radiation and went into remission. Last year, the prostate cancer recurred and he has been having treatment for this. About a month ago, he had a body scan and an MRI to check for “hot spots”. There was nothing in the pelvis around the prostate. But some suspicious places showed up in the chest area. John was referred to a pulmonologist. A bronchoscopy and biopsy were scheduled for this morning.

We had snow and ice when we left to go to the hospital this morning. (John said he heard they had closed the bridge because of ice shortly after we crossed it.) Glad we went on and chanced it, though, since we got there without incident. The procedure went as scheduled and John did well.

Unfortunately, the results were not good. He has lung cancer, possibly related to his long-time smoking (even though he quit 30 years ago). It's separate, not metastatic from the prostate cancer. And there’s another suspicious area on his larynx, which will be investigated by a head and neck surgeon.

Today, we're just dealing with that shock and trying to process the information. There will be lots more testing in the days ahead - to "stage" the tumor, breathing tests, PET scans, etc. Then the docs will be able to determine what sorts of treatment to recommend.

Stay with us. We’ll keep you posted on our journey.

Monday, February 23, 2015

It's Monday is it still winter?

It was in the 30s all day today, but at least not "doing" anything. We even had some periods of sunshine. I hope it doesn't "do" anything overnight. We're supposed to have John at the hospital at 7:30 tomorrow morning for his bronchoscopy and biopsy.

Just the usual Monday stuff today. We hadn't been to Monday bridge for several weeks. We had six tables today, which was nice. I had some good and some not-so-good cards - just the usual stuff.

Our ballgames were 50:50 tonight. The UTC Lady Mocs are now #18 and won their game with Mercer. The Lady Vols played South Carolina. Each was undefeated in SEC play, so this was a big game. It was a hard-fought game, but SC held on to win by a couple of points in the last few seconds. Only one more home game for UTC.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Getting out

We finally got out of the house today. We drove over to see Margaret and Bobby. It was the first time we'd been there since we helped get him moved in with Hospice. John mostly talked to Bobby, while I talked to Margaret. Bobby has lost weight, and is getting weaker. But he is getting around in the house a little bit, and even out of the house occasionally. Margaret is keeping occupied struggling with various medical entities and bureaucracies, and keeping track of all the phone calls, etc.

The drive over was interesting. The ice formations along I-24 going over Monteagle were gorgeous (if you've been in the area, you know where I mean). But the fog going over the top was horrible - both directions. John kept the flashers going both times. Very scary, but at least not for more than about a mile or so. At least we're home safely, and it was good to see Margaret and Bobby for a little while.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Sunday Stealing

Colorful Meme

Stolen from: Survey Haven

Could you tell me please, what color each of these things are?
~ Your hair: grey
~ Your eyes: brown
~ Your shirt: turquoise
~ Your socks: multicolored
~ Your shoes: slippers, multicolored stripes
~ Your purse: black
~ Your wallet: black
~ Your phone: blue
~ Your computer/laptop: blue
~ Your earphones: earphones for TV sound amplifying, black
~ Your best friend’s hair: grey
~ Your best friend’s eyes: brown
~ Your sky today: grey

Sounds pretty dull today, doesn’t it. That’s what happens on a snowy, rainy day.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Finally Friday

  • It’s so boring to keep talking about the weather, even that’s all that’s happening around here.
  • Only seven of us braved the single-digit temperatures to go to the pool this morning. But it was wonderful, at 84 degrees.
  • And good to get out, get some exercise, and then socialize at Panera afterward.
  • We watched a great documentary DVD called Hey, Boo! Not surprisingly, it’s about Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s excellent - definitely worth an hour and a half of your time.
  • With any luck, tonight’s inch of snow, followed by freezing rain, will have melted and gone by early afternoon tomorrow. On these hills, a thin layer of ice is treacherous.