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So very sad but we must go on
Thursday, November 26, 2020      25 comments

The children are so resilient! They have had lots of company stopping by and food and flowers delivered. The kids just want to be outside playing with their friends (the little ones, anyway, Lucy is mostly an indoor kid)....exactly where the... Read more
His final wish was granted
Tuesday, November 24, 2020      42 comments

Patrick came home from his 12 days in the hospital late Sunday afternoon. All he wanted was to be home with his family and we made it happen. Hospice came in the morning with a bed, walker, oxygen, etc. He had a warm and wonderful evening,... Read more
A family reunited
Monday, November 23, 2020      27 comments

Yesterday was a very emotional day for my family. My son Patrick came home on hospice care to be with his family after 12 days in hospital. It was so moving to witness the family reunited, hugs and tears. The hospital bed and the equipment... Read more
We knew this day would come
Friday, November 20, 2020      34 comments

Patrick is still in the hospital (10 days...his kids miss him so much) and now has pneumonia and requires supplemental oxygen. The doctors gave Pat and Jean the bad news today that there are no more tools in their box. They are trying to get... Read more
Looking for a pen pal for Lucy
Wednesday, November 18, 2020      21 comments

I have explained SP to my granddaughter Lucy before and have even shown her my page and told her it is a lot like having pen pals all over the world. So...brilliant idea, if I do say so myself...I was hoping one or more of you would have a swe... Read more
Bonus blog...good news!
Sunday, November 15, 2020      30 comments

The palliative care guy came onboard and tweaked Patrick’s meds and had him and Jean moved to a better room and ...bam! He slept better and woke up feeling so much better (no pain!). He sat up, walked a bit, tummy felt good so they tried hi... Read more
And so it continues...
Sunday, November 15, 2020      25 comments

Patrick is still in the hospital in Boston where he is being treated for his intestinal blockage, trying to avoid surgery as he has become so weak. He had some delirium and was unable to make decisions for himself so they let his wife Jean st... Read more
And so it begins...
Wednesday, November 11, 2020      35 comments

The cascade of medical issues associated with the end of life of a severely ill cancer patient has begun, apparently. My son Patrick, 50, who has battled (there really is no other word for it) stage four colon cancer for a bit over four years ... Read more
Getting right back to it
Friday, October 30, 2020      28 comments

My head is in a pretty good place so I’m not beating myself up about it but I see my weight creeping up ... a pound here, a pound there. ... Read more
A question for my Canadian friends...
Saturday, October 24, 2020      17 comments

How did your family manage Thanksgiving this year? Scaled back? Skipped it altogether? Outside? Limited to your bubble? ... Read more
Fall in RI
Friday, October 23, 2020      26 comments

I have copied a few pix my friends have been posting on FB to share with you...they won’t mind. I only took the very first one of the pond near our house where the kids swim all summer. ... Read more
Better today!
Thursday, October 15, 2020      32 comments

As I said, upanddownandupanddownand... Patrick’s docs had him increase the frequency of his pain meds so the pain doesn’t get out of hand like that (show’s what a huge difference those meds are making, yes?). Guess he or she will have to get... Read more
Up and down, up and down
Wednesday, October 14, 2020      27 comments

Life goes on. Cherish the good days. My son Patrick has had a few good weeks while and after getting radiation on the tumor on his spine. Then today Jean messaged us he is having a very bad day after a very bad night and she was calling hi... Read more
Mind games?
Friday, October 09, 2020      21 comments

So for years I have had a wonderful photo of myself on my SparkPage....that is me in 2009 at my lowest weight since joining SP In January of that year...down about 30 lbs. I look great. I felt great. I was on a roll. No-one was sick. I... Read more
I stand corrected
Monday, October 05, 2020      23 comments

Patrick’s new lawnmower was a gift from friends, not from his amazing wife, Jean. She had asked a friend to help her pick one out at Lowe’s ...Pat’s first ever riding mower. Instead the friend collected $ from a bunch of their friends and t... Read more

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