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Yes, I have been AWOL

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Not sure why...no busier than usual.
In fact, less, as I cannot go for a walk due to this dang boot I have been sentenced to for three weeks.
It does slow me down in daily activities as I am supposed to try to stay off it as much as possible.
Plus it is heavy and makes me waddle so my hips are not happy.
And it is hot.
Luckily, it is my custom these last few months to lay down for half an hour to meditate in the afternoon so I can take it off for a while.
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At first I tried chair exercises but it is sooooo boring, even in front of the tv!
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I know, big baby, right?
I was doing so well a month ago, had started losing weight again by walking every day, some ST, and strictly low-carb...then..this!
(It’s only a tendon tear so it should heal with immobilization.)
Now, that bit of weight is creeping back on.
I no longer have the incentive of the Caribbean vacation in August as Anguilla will not let any Ugly Americans in until further notice (Who can blame them???).
Btw...my amazing grandchildren heard the bad news and handled it so very gracefully...lots of questions but no tears. They are so smart and kind and empathic that they totally understood why we are not allowed to travel right now. They get that we are all very sad and disappointed.
And, of course, we didn’t even go into the part about their daddy being in such a high risk category for traveling during a pandemic.
I have spent hours looking for a nearby ‘consolation prize’ vacation...preferably a house with a pool to rent for a week within driving distance but no luck.
The few I have found are booked...seems like lots of folks are not traveling far right now.
I will continue looking...Patrick’s 50th b-day is not until August 11.
Although, truthfully, he was disappointed but kept saying he is fine, just wants to be with his fam...sad about not sharing this special place with his kids, but hoping we can figure out how to do that in the not too distant future.
Happily...my state, Rhode Island, has done so well with the virus (flattened curve for about 3 months, ‘only’ 1-2 deaths a day) that the nursing homes, hospitals, etc., are allowing limited visitors, so I got to visit Patrick at his chemo session yesterday, first time since early March.
I treasure those one on one times with him. We go deep.❤️
This was his last scheduled chemo session...been going biweekly for three years.
They can no longer find a chemo cocktail to hold his cancer at bay.
He is getting a scan next week and Dana Farber will be exploring trial studies he may be eligible for....the next logical step.
Scary stuff.
He is such an amazing man...far from perfect, for sure, but handling all this with grace and dignity...and even humor.
Medical marijuana has been a godsend!
I guess he has plenty of time to come to terms with his prognosis and knows he is already on borrowed time.
He is doing all he needs to do to prepare himself for the inevitable and care for his family.
Love that boy.



(That’s him way in the back on the left with his in-law family in NH last week. They all wore masks when near Patrick.)
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  • WATERMELLEN
    I've somehow missed a couple of your recent blogs . .. and you've been having a tough time. I am sorry.
    52 days ago
  • TRENTDREAMER
    "In fact, less, as I cannot go for a walk due to this dang boot I have been sentenced to for three weeks."
    * oh no. I haven't caught up, but sorry to hear/see. Are you ok?


    "I know, big baby, right?"
    * Yes I am!


    "I no longer have the incentive of the Caribbean vacation in August as Anguilla will not let any Ugly Americans in until further notice (Who can blame them???)."
    * I can. They need you and yours to offset the ugliness!


    "I have spent hours looking for a nearby ‘consolation prize’ vacation...preferably a house with a pool to rent for a week within driving distance but no luck."
    * You/yours should totally go to the Jersey Shore (not sure how close it is to you)!! You can say Hi to Ronnie, Snnoki and J-Wow. That would be epic!! Probably very similar to Anguilla (totally trolling)


    "Happily...my state, Rhode Island, has done so well with the virus (flattened curve for about 3 months, ‘only’ 1-2 deaths a day) that the nursing homes, hospitals, etc., are allowing limited visitors, so I got to visit Patrick at his chemo session yesterday, first time since early March."
    * Hugs. Prayer said.


    "He is doing all he needs to do to prepare himself for the inevitable and care for his family.
    Love that boy."
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    So sorry to hear.
    58 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/26/2020 12:55:31 PM
  • AHTRAP
    Sorry to hear about the hardware acquisition. Here's to returning to mobility.
    60 days ago
  • BESSHAILE
    just one great big hug - squeezing you tight. I know you will hold it together for all those beautiful children and grand children - and for your DH and your own self too. Gigantic big hugs for whenever you feel shaky
    60 days ago
  • TIZSLIM
    Really hoping you find some amazing way to celebrate Patrick's 50th. Oh and that your foot heels quickly - obvs.
    61 days ago
  • LESLIESENIOR
    I continue to pray for Patrick, his darling family, and you and your husband!
    61 days ago
  • ALIHIKES
    So sorry you had a tendon tear. It is hard to be unable to exercise as usual. I hope you will be able to find a vacation alternative to spend time with your family -- spending time with them is the important part of the whole journey.

    I hope Patrick is able to get into a trial treatment. Hugs and best wishes to you and your family.
    62 days ago
  • ALEXSGIRL1
    i hope you can find somewhere where you all can be together Hugs
    62 days ago
  • MARITIMER3
    I hope you find somewhere special for Patrick's 50th birthday, Liz. I understand how disappointed you all must be not to be able to go to the Caribbean.

    I hope that Patrick is eligible for some of the medical trials. After 3 years of chemo, it will feel very strange for him not to be going any more.

    Ontario is having a resurgence of new cases of COVID-19, up to 200/day this week, mostly people in the 20-40 age group, who have gone back to the bars, beaches and parties.

    I believe this fall and winter will be bad, and have started stocking up on the basics... paper products, pasta, rice, soups, canned vegetables and fruit. I talked to my son in Nova Scotia last night, and he is worried because Peter and I are seeing Siobhan and Aria regularly, even though Chris, as a police officer, is exposed to a lot of people every day. He also thinks we should not be having the wedding reception here in September... even though it will be only 15 people. Chris insists that we use all disposables, even though they aren't elegant, and I reluctantly agreed. I know that in the church everyone except Siobhan, Chris and the priest will be masked. Perhaps we will be in the backyard as well.

    Take care of your foot,

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    62 days ago
  • THISTIME18
    Your injury is giving you time to think, feel and appreciate all that has happened to you and your loved ones. Sometimes a slower pace becomes an unexpected blessing.

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    62 days ago
  • MTN_KITTEN
    emoticon You'll find a perfect place for your family to gather ... even if it's in your own back yard.
    62 days ago
  • EDWARDS1411
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    62 days ago
  • POLSKARENIA
    Keep taking it easy. The weight will wait to come off and it will all be fine again, and you WILL find that alternative for Patrick’s birthday.
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    62 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
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    62 days ago
  • LORI-K
    I’m so sorry about your tendon tear, Elizabeth. I hope it heals quickly.
    Good luck on your vacation search. Don’t give up!
    I am 100% in support of medical marijuana. In fact, I also 100% support making it legal for recreational use as well. America needs to grow up and get over the misconceptions about marijuana. Seriously. It is way overdue.
    I hope your son can do the trials and that they help.
    Thank you for sharing.
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    62 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    HUGS and hope you find a place! That would be so very special.

    Prayers.
    62 days ago
  • LKWQUILTER
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    62 days ago
  • NEW-CAZ
    Sorry you couldn't get away as hoped. Hope you're soon out of that contraption Liz. take care hun emoticon emoticon
    62 days ago
  • RUTHIEBEAR
    Your son sounds amazing, as do you grandchildren. I am convinced that positive attitude promotes healing. emoticon
    62 days ago
  • BETHGILLIGAN
    Your family has a lot on their plate; but I guess they have for a while. So happy you get to spend some private time with Patrick. Your grandkids are wonderful and seem mature for their age. Take care of that foot! I think about the only thing worse than the boot is crutches!
    62 days ago
  • HIPPICHICK1
    So sorry you couldn't find another alternative to your tropical vacation. Did you try looking after you meditated? I'm suggesting this because often times after meditation you get an inspiration to do a thing that may seem insignificant, but it's your inner being leading you along the path that you want to follow so you can get the result you seek.
    Good Luck!
    62 days ago
  • RAVEN145
    Thanks for sharing
    62 days ago
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