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Friday, April 10, 2020

Hello all you wonderful Spark Friends. I hope you are managing in these very uncertain times. I have to admit, my very favorite day is a day that I don't have to go anywhere so this whole idea of sheltering-at-home is not too difficult for me. Although I do miss my children. I have yet to meet little Samuel Sebastian who is about 4 hours away from us and I've only seen little Roman Anthony when he was 4 days old. But it's important that we all stay safe and I'm okay with that.

Our weather has been quite nice for April - no snow..... yet. So Daisy and I have been able to get out pretty much every day for our walk. I'm anxious to start going early in the morning though because there are so many people out walking now. Daisy likes to meander along, smelling here and smelling there. It's hard to let her do that with people coming up from behind and people passing us on the other side. But she does seem to like that I am not running off to the gym every other day. As soon as she saw me pull out the gym clothes she would go into her kennel to sulk!

I am keeping myself busy by cooking more and trying new things. Who knows, by the time this is all over I may actually enjoy cooking. I've baked bread - something I used to do all the time when I was first married. It didn't rise as much as I would have liked but it sure tasted great. I also made hamburger buns - they rose too much. But I'm learning!

I talked with my niece yesterday who lives in Massachusetts. The doctors discovered breast cancer last fall and for months now she has gone through chemotherapy, had a double mastectomy, and currently was undergoing radiation which was suppose to be the last stage of healing. Then she started having pain around her hip. The doctors first thought it was muscular because she had been sitting so much, so they advised more activity. Nope, that made it worse. Then another doctor suggested a pulled hamstring. Nope to that one either. She finally went to her Oncologist and Yep - cancer. She has a lesion on her hip. But what's even scarier than that - she has something in her brain as well, which accounts for the headaches.

They will treat both areas with radiation to start. Apparently that is all they can do for the brain. The radiation will likely cause some memory loss and she probably not be able to knit for awhile which is something she so enjoys. Once they know more about what is going on in her brain, they will start more chemotherapy.

And the saddest thing I think is that the hospital and doctor's offices won't let her husband be with her anymore. He has been the greatest at taking her to her appointments, staying with her through her chemotherapy, and just the best support system anyone could ask for. And between us, I am rather surprised because at the beginning of their marriage he was somewhat of a I'm-in-charge kind of guy. The last appointment she had she face timed him in so he could hear everything the doctor said.

I have to admit, I am quite worried about her. She is so positive and has such a great attitude which I know is a positive on her side. This has been on my mind pretty much all day today so thank you all for letting me get it out!

I wish you all a wonderful, safe, stay-at-home kind of weekend. I'm thinking about signing up for the Disney app. I feel like it might be time for some wonderful Disney stories of hope and promise. Take care, everyone.
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  • MARYJEANSL
    I am so sorry to hear about your niece. Cancer is so very awful. I love that she has a positive attitude. People like her (and my son) make the world better.
    151 days ago
  • LOSEDAPOUNDS
    I am sorry I missed this and I am so sorry your niece is going through this. Her husband sounds wonderful and I am glad she has his support.

    I can't wait to hear about when you meet little Samuel Sebastian! Glad you and Daisy have been getting some good walks.
    153 days ago
  • RAERAERAE62
    But, she beat the odds. She has a wonderful husband, works a job she likes. Several years of pretty awful, scary treatments mixed with pain, hope and joy where we were able. Hopefully you all can take joy where you find it. 🌈
    191 days ago
  • RAERAERAE62
    Cheery movies and books are a great idea! And yay for adventures in cooking/baking. It is tough to walk through cancer with a loved one. I will say, in 2007 my DD was given months, at most. It was so all over, including her brain. It was tough.
    191 days ago
  • GRANDP
    Prayers for you and your niece. I know how hard it is to go through medical scariness alone. Thankfully there is facetime and he could be as close as possible. I can smell that fresh baked bread from here. I used to make it too maybe 50 years ago ... Have a slice or two for me. Hugs!
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    192 days ago
  • SABLENESS
    So sorry to hear about your niece. Saying a prayer for her and family now.πŸ™
    194 days ago
  • DIVAGLOW
    Kathy, I'm so sorry about your niece. My prayers are with her and hope that she gets through this. The other day when my mom went to the doctor they wouldn't let me come in either. I had to wait in the car for over an hour.

    I actually like staying at home as well. I've always liked being alone and with just the three of us here I'm good. Scooter likes when I go get the mail because it's a car ride.

    I've love cooking and have been doing lots of it. I'm even making a special Easter dinner for the two of us on Sunday.

    Stay safe! emoticon
    195 days ago
  • SPEDED2
    Like you, I've always enjoyed the days I could stay home. No work, no errands to run, so for now, this is okay.
    Cooking has become an adventure, I now spend some time every day looking for new recipes.

    Such sad news about your niece, I am so sorry. While I understand why her husband can't go into the hospital or doctor's office with her, that doesn't make it any less sad. At least technology allows him to be a part of her treatment, but you can't hold a hand, give a small hug, or give just a touch of caring love through a computer. Losing part of her memory has to be a nightmare for her.

    Except for morning news and Governor Cuomo's briefing, I just can't watch the horror show. I discovered Maine Cabin Masters by accident on the DIY channel. I've set the DVR to record all the episodes and now I have most of them. They have fun with their work and I always feel better after watching several episodes.
    DGD and I plan to stream a couple of movies from Dish this weekend. With the theaters closed, first run movies are there for the download.

    Have a Happy Easter. Prayers that you will get to visit with the new babies soon and Jake, too.
    Stay safe, my friend. Be well. emoticon
    195 days ago
  • no profile photo HOTPINKCAMARO49
    God bless you and your niece. (((Hugs)))
    196 days ago
  • GOLFGMA
    Prayers for your niece. Glad you and Daisy can get out to walk and without snow. Praying our lives will be somewhat better soon, but, it seems many things will have changed because of the Covid-19. Praying our small businesses will survive and jobs will be saved.
    196 days ago
  • IMUSTLOSEIT1
    Sorry to here about your niece, The brain surgery doesn't sound very good, but she sounds like a fighter. Our Terry,(S2), was diagnosed with bone cancer in his hip at the age of 40 that was 2007,,it was contain in one area and had a total hip replacement surgery and has never slowed down. They did tell him that due to his young age that he will have to have the same surgery sometime in his life. And that was the same time I broke my shoulder. So we celebrate together.
    196 days ago
  • TERMITEMOM
    Kathy, I am so sorry to hear about your niece! She will be in my prayers. This is so scary.
    196 days ago
  • ALEXSGIRL1
    emoticon i will pray for her
    196 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    So sorry to read this news. I can truly understand you being worried for her. Getting the Disney App is just the thing to take you away from reality. Sending prayers and well wishes to your niece and your family.

    Please take care and stay safe. emoticon
    196 days ago
  • TERRACOTTAGE

    Keeping busy here too, plus walking also helps. Your niece sounds like quite the trooper and I wish her well. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    196 days ago
  • USMAWIFE
    Glad you are staying busy and trying new things. Go to blueprint.com. Until April 16 th they are doing free classes on cooking and you might find something you would like to try

    Sorry about your niece. this is such a horrible time to be sick, especially when you can not have support of a loved one with you in the hospital. I will keep your family in my prayers
    196 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    So sorry! Wrapping your niece and whole family in prayers for healing. It's doubly sad that she can't have her DH there. I can understand the reasoning, and I'm sure she does, too, but . it's . hard!

    Hugs and prayers.
    196 days ago
  • LYNCHD05
    Kathy, that is truly horrible news about your niece. It is bad enough all that she is going through with the breast cancer and now this. I am glad she has her hubby looking after her. I know it would help me to have that support.

    Right now my sister is going through the same. She just finished her chemo and the next step is her surgery which will happen in May. It makes me feel sick to hear what has happened in your family. You just think about the path she is on now and after the radiation it will all be over. I don’t even want to think about thst.

    Glad Daisy is enjoying having you home. I think there are going to be lots of pets very unhappy when our lives return to normal
    196 days ago
  • REEN77
    You are definitely staying busy!
    196 days ago
  • 2BDYNAMIC
    Glad you are staying busy and enjoying cooking and more. I am sorry to hear about your niece and her illness. And how sweet her husband is at her side, as close as they allow him to be during these appointments ... I wish you a very blessed Easter weekend. ((Hugs))
    196 days ago
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