saga continues, we just try to keep on smiling! What else can one do when faced with traumatic events but smile smile smile...
Since coming home from a very uncomfortable stay at the hospital, Lorne has been sleeping a lot. He needs a blood transfusion, scheduled for Monday, Nov. 25th, and after that he should start to feel stronger.
Also, when we went to see his oncologist, we were actually a bit surprised that the doctor was willing to let Lorne stop the chemo. Apparently, most people would insist after having gone through what Lorne just did. However, he wants to live - let's face it, who doesn't? - so he asked what other options the doctor had in his bag of tricks.
After some deep thinking, we have all agreed that he will continue with chemo, but with a change to his cocktail. Instead of the 3 drugs he's been given thus far, he will get only one. Hopefully, he will be able to tolerate it with fewer side effects. If he can, then at the next treatment the doctor will add one of the other drugs to see how that goes. Lorne is willing to do everything he can to get healthy, or at least as healthy as can be, so he can go on for as many more years as possible.
At the moment, there are no signs of cancer, but the oncologist emphasizes that the little "buggers" are hiding inside, just waiting to attack. While Lorne struggles with the physical side of this war, I struggle with the emotional side. There are so many things we still want to do with our lives together, but we can't make any plans until he is off the chemo and recovering. Here, Lorne is chatting with his best friend Chris, who's in Arizona for the winter. It really keeps his spirits up when his friends give him a call.
And we both keep smiling - well, we try.
I've started physiotherapy on my ankle and even went for a very sloooowwww walk at the dog park the other day. The ankle is sore and still swollen a bit, but I'm on the mend. And for that, I smile. And so does sweet Tegan. (Photo taken during my first time back at the dog park with her.) How could anyone resist this adorable smiling face?
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- I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.