Gene's brother, Pat, and Pat's daughter, Jackie, came from Missouri for a weekend visit. The two of them, Gene and Pat, used to really look alike in their younger years but not so much now.
(1994: Pat and Gene)
(2016: Pat, Jackie, Nancy, Gene)
Last week, friend Beth and I went to several re-store places in the Aspen area. She convinced me that I could find beautiful old, used, and even restored or replaced items for a song. Was she ever right.
A new (old) mirror that we both really liked. The margins of the mirror are painted in what appears to be Swedish, or rosemaling flowers. The outside dimensions of the mirror are 32"x 39" and it will be hung atop a new (old) sideboard previously belonging to its former Aspen area owners.
(close up of mirror corner)
Then we picked up this piece six foot long sideboard and brought it home in the back of her SUV:
(close up of middle section front)
Tuesday, I bought a few factory produced furniture items for our newly established homestead that are to be delivered today: two end tables for the bedroom and a desk and filing cabinet for Gene along with these two pieces for the living and dining room area:
Just to keep a sort of medical diary, here are excerpts of emails sent to a new virtual friend in New York who also has cancer, and we have become a sort of support system for one another (as least she has become one for me)...
Today I have an appointment with a RO to map out the next two weeks of radiation treatments. But I am having second thoughts about this and will discuss my concern with her, of course. Maybe it will help to clarify in my mind why we are doing this, so here goes my thought process:1. Yes, hips are hurting but in three weeks since MO suggested radiation, things have changed. Three weeks passed and that was a necessary delay because I had another PET scan, then another MRI to further delineate where the Rays should be targeted. But now, ribs are hurting as much as hips. Question is " how do you decide where to put radiation and why, if there are more than one or two spots giving trouble?"2. PET scan did not prove anything was worse, and that the Ibrance medication was helping the rib tumors to remain stable, perhaps decreasing in size, but also showed a new lesion further down, where it now hurts, 9th rib. Question: "radiate here now? Benefit? Radiate both hip and rib, BOTH places ( on left side where original cancer was found) ? Again, three weeks since MO said radiation would help hip pain. Things change.3. Hip pain is tolerable, ditto with rib pain. It seems we are doing radiation too soon. Should I not wait until pain level increases to start radiation? And how many times can you radiate same area? Does more radiation help or hurt the same areas of concern? Will I be back in another six months for more radiation?As you can see, Sue, I am a bit troubled by jumping in with rads too much, too soon. I don't expect you to have any answers, but am kind of wondering if you had or have any of these thoughts, or similar ones, as you trudge through this. I believe you, however, are having many more and deeper issues with pain since you are pretty much home bound, as you say.Thanks for being a sounding board. You and the onsite cancer board are now my support group of those who have cancer, Sue.
Then, yesterday afternoon, this email was sent to my friend:
After brief discussion with the RO, it seemed that the prudent thing to do is to have rads to both lower rib and the hip and the base of spine. I got mapped out with markers and clear sticky tabs that are supposed to stay on for the two weeks. Ten days of twenty minute sessions. Side effects are fatigue and diarrhea, oh my.
How are you? What are your medical treatments now? Are you a reader? Books have been neglected for too long here.
Thanks for your emails, Sue.
Long story short, I am mapped out for radiation and will start a ten day regimen beginning October 17 targeting left lower ribs, pelvic area and spine. Side effects will not be much of a treat come Halloween, given the optimistic fact that I can answer the door for trick or treaters without interruption from bathroom breaks.