Monday, February 02, 2009

February 2, 2009

Art marched in place for 28 steps!

He has been on his feet only one time since, January 4, 2009.

Today, 28 days later, I watched him stand up tall and move from the bed to a chair. Then stand up again and march in place.

That is the man I married! Give him a goal and he’s on it!

His absolute poly number is still at .02, but his white blood cell count continues to rise meaning his absolute poly number will begin to go up soon too.

2nd round of chemo is maybe 6 days away.

I rejoice.

I fear.

My job?

To embrace living in, with, around these emotions.

Somebody else want to take the position?


Helping Hand Tip # 4

Offer to write up a specific shopping list for others to use. Include the brand names of groceries.


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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous8:27 PM

    I am Cheryl (Spezzi) Collins' grandmother.Her mom, Donna Walker at Meadows School sent me your blog. Cheryl says that your husband was a big influence in her chosen profession - teaching. She teaches the first grade at Meadows. I, too, complain as a caregiver, but your notes inspire me. My husband and I have been married for 62 years. We know the end is coming and we thank the Lord for the wonderful years we have had together. We have passed our 80th birthdays. He has had a history of surgeries that fill a typewritten page, which I take to each doctor since it would never fit in the space provided on their forms. 5 years ago he was diagnosed with Parkinsons. It doesn't move as fast as cancer, but takes it's toll and will not get better. He also requires a lot of help through daily tasks that we used to take for granted. I am most thankful that I am strong enough to care for him and I pray that I can continue to keep him at home even through the struggles. You have been added to our prayer list and we do pray for strength and courage for you and peace and strength for your husband.Hang in there and continue to document all of this. It may help you to release your feelings and it will help others to know that life is not easy, but it does go on----
    God bless both of you and your families,
    Virginia Bennett (and Gene,too)
    Overton, Nevada