Thursday, September 7, 2017

Life Seems to Go On - Despite. . .

Brief update on Sister-In-Law: She has had two surgeries in her brain to remove the one tumor - first one removed 80% and 2nd one removed remaining 20%. She has had her ups and downs but most of them are ups; and has a long road ahead.  There is still no response on her left side and she was just removed from intensive ICU into a "step-down" room that is less intensive. She keeps her eyes open while my brother and their kids & grand kids are visiting and squeezes their hands in response to comments or questions. She can't really talk as she has a trach in her throat so she can breath on her own. My brother said she had a lopsided smile the other day. The next move, could be a move to an acute care long-term hospital for recovery before she is started on radiation/chemo. The normal prognosis for this type of brain cancer is maybe a year maximum, as there will be some cancer cells in her brain that the radiation and chemo will not kill. My SIL is a trooper and there could be some help developed within the year - the Zika virus is being experimented with right now in hopes that it will kill off the cancer cells in the brain of a human.

When Hurricane Harvey was heading to Texas, we worried about Jim's sister-in-law and nephew, who live east of San Antonio. They received maybe a total of 4" so were spared. Now we are worrying about Jim's niece in Florida with Hurricane Irma and she lives on the east coast of Florida; plus our friends who live in Eastpoint Fl in the panhandle area. He was put in the hospital a couple of days ago with pneumonia and just got out today but is in no shape to hitch up their 5th wheel trailer they live in and doc's orders are no driving. She is not able to do it because of physical limitations so fortunately some friends of theirs in Georgia will house them, if necessary.  They will have to leave the 5th wheel and truck behind. They live just 150 ft from the Gulf waters. Then what is Hurricane Jose going to do? We have friends up in the NW surrounded by the forest fires. So far none have been forced to leave but the smoke. . . . I don't know - all this worrying about my friends is not easy to take.

Otherwise, our family is doing fine.  Be glad when the Fall weather is here as have projects outside to get done and I find it more difficult each year to be outside when it is hot.  Am preparing the floor of our metal storage shed to keep the ground squirrels from making a mess between our yard and the neighbors; preparing two bird feeding areas; trimming my cactus hedge; getting the alley plants ready for winter; fix "bee water" for the bees to keep them away from the hummingbird feeders (works most of the time); continue watering the shrubs and plants for awhile longer; and starting to clean up falling leaves from the mulberry tree. Got lots to do inside when it is hot outside.

Hope all is going well with those that still read.  Before long Winter will be upon us and we will be wishing for Spring.


  1. My friend had a brain tumor and she also had some Paralysis on the right side. had radiation and she claims she is cancer free. She worked hard at PT and is walking and driving again. I wish your sil the best.
    These hurricanes are so bad and I would never want to live on the coast again. Of course the fires aren't any better and it is really sad. And then last night the earth quake in Mexico. I think we may live in one of the better places even though we have lots of hot, hot weather. I love winter so I never really wish for spring since that just leads to summer.

    Hang in there Emily.

    1. The news from my bro tonight was not good. Oncologist is not going to do rad/chemo because her recovery is so poor. She is now in an acute care facility. He said if her CT is not showing signs of improvement in 2 weeks, then he is going to bring her home for what time she has left. I agree we do live in a good spot - hot for a few months and maybe a few snow storms for me (at almost 5,000 ft elevation).

    2. Sorry your sil isn't doing well, but glad her DR. won't put her through more treatments that won't work and make her much worse. I'll be thinking of her.

  2. Still read but not in a very timely fashion. Happy that you are in a good place. Still hope to visit there someday.