Allison is right, I need prayers is a big way...my brother Brian is full of cancer. They found a large mass in his lung, neck, and brain.
The lung is a large tumor and it's not operable, in his neck is a large blood clot, and the brain has some swelling around the mass there. I need prayers for peace and mercy, no long term suffering. This is the brother I go fishing with, boating, he's the cook, and my gardening buddy. Besides my husband...he's my best friend.
We just got home now having compressed the work of sending three kids to their colleges in a busy, high mileage week! I hope I can post pics from the famous Namkaugh garden taken during a stop in the Berkshires to rest our weary bones. Right now, we are very tired and sore and feeling pretty wierd with the quiet and CLEAN house.
We explained to our dog how each child had gone to a college. He listened and stopped waiting by the front door for them. After we moved his mistress, if you petted him, he'd put his head into your arms and wimper.
My heart goes out to Celeste and to Louise, and the rest who've posted too. Prayers, prayers prayers are what I can offer.
Thanks all. Empty nest is truly an adjustment that has just begun for us. It did help Cliffie to take him to a patio restaurant. A lot of kids and adults came to admire him. Still, he walks all around the house probably hoping they'll appear, and daytimes while we are at work will be much longer, even if we do make a point to come home at lunch.
In some ways it is a blessing that kids have gone on to college. We are very thankful we were able to get to this point. Also, I can clean, and a day later, it still looks good!
It would be really funny if i decide to teach a college course again, and DS goes to the closest university. Thanks for the offer Victor, since you undoubtedly have amazing kids, but i think I've earned a little rest.
Fingertip length it's called and that is the proper length for school...stand up and let your arms relax at your side, mine lay about 4" above the knee...if you look at the shorts they sell now it's 0" inseam which would be about 12" from the knee...BIG difference
Heehee Yes, I just got up and measured. From the top of my knee to fingertip is 7". I have long legs.
Back in school I thought I was daring when I wore a skirt at that length. That was in college, cuz no way were my folks gonna let me out of the house like that.
In going through a box that my mom had I found info about my grandmother's father. A relative has been doing a family tree. My mom had gotten info together, but never sent it to this relative. I found her phone number by googling her name and called her. She was tickled pink. I am in the process of updating info. Looking forward to finding new family. Never knew much about Nana's side. I only thought she had one brother-turns out there were two. One drowned when he was helping with logging and floating the logs. His body was found 6 weeks later. That was just before the cousin I called was born back in 1935. I also found a picture
album and a photo of my great-grandfather.
Edited to add. RD, I guess it just wanted an education too
I will be doing a followup DNA test with Nat Geo. Will give lots more info than the first one I did. Will now see both maternal and paternal lines, many additional markers, even how much Neanderthal is in me! Grunt!!!
Thanks so much, you guys are the best♥ Domenic is home and doing fine. He will be sore for a couple of days but some pain meds should help him along. Felt so good to be able to hold and help comfort him in the recovery room. I am truly blessed!
I really haven't seen any news on the clean up from this hurricane on mainstream media so glad I get updates from the president of a charity I support
Here's part of his message
I’m in East Plaquemines Parish, and the damage here is just absolutely devastating. This was truly a historic storm, flooding every home along an 18-mile stretch. Residents are still without power and have no access to running water, the air is thick with the smell of mold from flooded homes, mud covers nearly everything and there’s an overwhelming heat index of 110 degrees. In short, the devastation here is far worse than reported
What had happened was this...
Plaquemines Parish which is on the east bank of the Mississippi River was still suffering from the BP oil spill, and a large percentage of them are still out of work because of it. They said “The oysters and shrimp have not come back, and many fishing families have suffered fiscal meltdown as a result. "
Then came Isaac. The new levees in St. Bernard stopped flooding into that parish, but the new high walls “funneled all that water into Plaquemines and ruined everything.”
Every single building has been flooded—either ruined or severely damaged. There are boats and burial vaults strewn helter-skelter all over the road and sloped alongside the levy. There is a sweet rotten smell that covers the soggy land and seems to seep into your pores.
So hard to dip in and try to catch up...have missed keeping up with everyone. Will be back online more soon. Celeste, Dear, you are still so in my prayers, and I also pray for your peace, more memorable moments with your dear brother and Brian's comfort.
Rosemary, I hope this new phase is a nice one for you and your husband. It must be hard to have 3 leave all at once, but just think how fun it will be at the holidays when they come home and they no longer have bedrooms now that you've made them all garden storage rooms! LOL Poor Cliffie, must be such an adjustment for him to understand.
Jan, that is so cool about your newfound family!
Ronnie, good to hear Domenic is doing well.
Personal trainer, huh, Jen...yikes, aren't they really sadists in muscle shirts? :)
Went to the fair today & brought home 1 blue ribbon...for my Morden Sunrise rose...3 reds, & 1 white...not too bad considering I didn't enter many flowers this year...my dahlias were awful, but there were some beauties entered...anyway, the day was a top ten in the weather dept. So wonderful just to wander around ...
;) Louise guessed my secret. Kid bedrooms are being deep- cleaned, and the boxes already started going in (temporarily I tell ya). They'll be shocked at how nice the house looks until they see their bedrooms.
We did get a new webcam--they've improved and gotten cheaper. Now anyone far away can see their dog.
Thanks, guys...the fair is sort of a highlight for me, so you can see how boring my life really is! LOL...Today I'm painting one of the spare rooms...yes, I know, just too exciting...Rosemary, great idea with the web cam...I really missed my dog when I was at college...
Please remember my close friend, Stephen Driscoll, who died while saving others in the S tower on 9/11. Member of the elite ESU of the NYPD. I will always remember him as a skinny kid from the Bronx with a heart of gold and a constant smile. Thanks.
Thanks, Victor...quite a tribute to your friend...yes, a day I'll never forget with 3 family members in Manhattan, not knowing if they made it or not...couldn't stop crying until all had been accounted for, but Mitchell is still carrying the emotional scars of seeing the second tower hit...
Thank you for posting the tribute to Stephan. The daughter of a childhood friend was working for american Express, but was able to escape. We should remember all of them, especially the first responders. A nasty batch of people plan something like that attack.
Hate all robo calls...why do we have to be subjected to them on the phone service we pay for??? That is a cute monkey...was actually a pet of someone in the village where it was discovered...Anyone else's gas prices going through the roof again? Local station here is charging $4.15 ...I take a trip to the city where it's a little cheaper...
Heehee, just had to rub it in. Seriously, we missed you.
It was a great day. The weather couldn't have been better. There were some new DG members attend and a very young man -about 11 or 12 who is very interested in Plants and he was taking notes on his phone. Awesome!!!
We had a garlic tasting that coleup organized. We even celebrated Sallyg's birthday which is coming up soon. Got her to wear a tiara and everything.
I walked to Davids on Saturday, and walked Leah back home, then a return trip and back, without the stroller and cutting through the school yard, it was only 20 minutes one way. With the stroller on the sidewalk was 25. Not bad.
First time I walked there since they moved in, I usually am driving something over for them.
can't run here either - i tried adding a steep trail to begin my hike, then down a gradule trail, back up another steep trail and then down the very steep trail - did this for a couple of weeks and my knee acted up again, feels like there is something in there.could not even take a few quick steps playing the field in softball.
went back to just up the other steep trail and down the gradule one and knee was sort of ok -just needed to be careful no landing on the right knee on big drops going down hill. after another week went back try the really steep trail route again knee felt fine...until the next day, really sore again.
think i will just do two loops on the route with the gradule down slope. and think about getting the knee scoped again.
I have decided to run the Dempsey 5k Challenge to raise money for a good cause. Since cancer has been knocking out the ones I loves for several years now, I have chosen to fight the only way I know how.
I can't have the radiation treatments for my brother, or the chemo for baby Adam but I can run like the wind (well I use to be able to in my younger days) so im going to try. I started training on 8/24/12 ~ I couldn't run for more than 90 secs the first day. The 2nd week I was sick as a dog so I didn't run. Now I run for 3 minutes, walk for 3, run for 3 walk for 90 secs and run 2 more minutes. I do this every day. Every Friday I add a little more time on, this week it will raise to 5 minutes run, 3 minute walk.
I doubt I will run the entire 5k but I am going to push myself to the limits of my legs, heart and mind and then push a little harder.
If anyone would like to support me on my run you can do so here...
For those of you who already have ~ THANK YOU FOR BELIEVING IN ME!!!
No one can take any "shrink" of anything. I took it to show the waste. The quality of those roses are gone. Flowers are in the produce department. You would be amazed at the produce that gets tossed. Thousands of dollars.
The only products I see leaving the store, not past dated, is stuff for the food kitchen.
Another point I would like to make. Jims ex wife died 7 months ago. He bought flowers for the funeral. I got the cheapest bouquet I could from the florist. That was 40 bucks!!! Go to your local super market & you can pick up a bouquet for 10 dollars. Go to the dollar store & get a vase. You could easily make 1 for 15 dollars & deliver it yourself. Now thats is a saving.
You guys here on DG are WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!! I have meet my goal of $150 thats the min. you HAVE to raise. If you can't get 150 in donations then you have to pay it yourself so I didn't put my goal any higher. Now that I have reached the min. I went ahead and raised my goal to 250.00 and im happy to say im almost there too!!!!!!
I think I may reach for the stars and enter a new goal of 500.
THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU WONDERFUL FOLKS FOR BELIEVING IN ME AND SUPPORTING ME!!!!!!!!!
I don't usually complain to companies but I did today...yesterday while shopping for my tea (I usually buy online but happened to be near the store) the two sales people were so pushy wanting me to buy stuff I didn't want I almost walked out without my tea. Kept insisting the more I buy the more I save. If they work on commission they just lost mine. I sent an email to their website, they may never respond but I felt better. I really should have told them at the store I didn't like what they were doing and left without a purchase but I actually felt funny and though that would have been rude of me...next time I will!
Way too involves to get into details, but my MIL had another big setback. Transferred again today from the rehab hospital near us to the regular hospital. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. This never ends. Over six months now.
Thanks, all. News is actually worse since last night. She will need a completely new double aortic graft done. Very dicey. Only 60% survival rate and many possible complications, including paralysis. First, she is having another procedure done where two tubes will be inserted through the skin in her back to connect to her ureters. I feel so bad for my poor wife. She had to make the final decision re the surgery. As of last night, we thought the plan was an indefinite period of strong antibiotics. Now, they say that would only suppress, and not get rid of the infection in her graft. They worried that it would spread to her stump and good leg. Also, she would have never gotten rid of the C diff, which she still has. Ugh.
Will pray for your family Victor, hoping for the very best results. MIL is a strong cookie to have endured so much already.
A few UPDATES: (I know im way over due )
Baby Adam is doing pretty good considering. The MRI showed no change , but thats better than more spots or the ones there growing. He's in the hospital right now, his counts are a bit low so they are keeping him until they come back up. Thats another tough little cookie right there!
My brother just finished 12 days of radiation treatments, he starts chemo on Tuesday. It will be very aggressive that day(5hours) then on Wed. he will get a normal dose, then have a few weeks to recoupe, then do it again.
In the mean time I have arranged for all my brothers to fly home at the end of Oct. for one last get together.
We were 7 strong, one girl with 6 older brothers who were once raised as ONE. In Oct. we will be 6 strong, we've already laid one to rest. Soon I will lay 2 more as my other brother Alan has been battling for several years. I think I mentioned he's lost a kidney and both of his testicles in the last 7 years. So when brother Brian was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer I was blown away. The news only got worse...his lung cancer metastasized to his brain and there is a large blood clot in his neck. None of which can be operated on, we can only hope to buy him some time by slowing it down alittle. It's taken me weeks to be able to say/write these words and accept them. He is not just my brother, this one is my best friend. We cook together, garden, play dominos, go out in the boat every Weds in the summer months. He is the one who took the time to really get to know his little sister, when I was little he would take me for an ice cream. He is 13 years older than me and has always watched out for me, encouraged me, picked me up when I fell and most of all...loved me unconditionally.
I use to think it was nice to be the youngest and the only girl, but now im not liking what that entails. With a gap of 17 years between me and the oldest and 9 years between me & the youngest, I will most likely be the one left alone. :(
Im sorry if that was depressing...didn't mean to bring anyone down so on a happier note I babysat yesterday so Tiffany and Michael could go to a Red Sox game in Boston. They have an anniversary on Tuesday so I bought tickets and offered to babysit too. :)
Great news. They went in and found no infection in the grafts. They think it's all urological so they closed her right back up! Still have to resolve that but that is manageable. Thank you all for your prayers and thoughts. I know it helped!
You may have heard or seen on the news about the idiot around here who killed his DIL and took off. 73 years old and an experienced hiker and hunter. Still at large. They canceled all after-school stuff yesterday.
Heading out in a few hours ...I have to pick up my brother in Turner, drive to hospital for chemo, then back to Turner, then back home. Turner is an hour and 15 minutes from me, the hospital is 20 minutes from Turner, so alot of today will be in the car.
Brother started loosing his hair with the radiation, now after yesterday's chemo treatment he's got it coming out in clumps. I imagine after today he'll lose most of his hair by the weekend.
I opted to go bald with him, so tomorrow morning at 9 i'll have all my hair shaved off. No more bad hair days!!
Glad the news was so good, Victor...Pixie, you're the best sister anyone could have! More cancer news... I visited my friend in NH who owns the dairy farm ...her 26 year old grandson was married on Labor Day...just diagnosed with colon cancer...his name is Jeff if you feel you'd like to include him in prayers...
Thanks everyone! Well Bill, I went with the longest setting on the clippers first, then went up another notch because it wasn't short enough, if I go any more i'll be Kojak! Give me a lolly-pop please!
I was Jen but my daughter pointed out to me that while my chopping my hair off was a great statement and showed support...I have a 17 month old Grandson, and 3 & 4 year old Granddaughters who may not understand and worse, scare them.
sorry marilyn - we just got through with some work on the wife's car for slightly north of your hit - and i had been using a friends pick up to harvest rocks for another wall and the power steering went, no relationship of lugging rocks that would cause the problem, still feel guilty, althoguh it is a 10+ yr old vehicle so something was due to happen.
I know how that feels, Marilyn. One of our Managers at work just had his second, new car catch on fire in less than two months! Why he bought another one like the first one that caught on fire is beyond me! The first one he had two months - this one two weeks and I wish I could say it wasn't an American car, but both were Dodges. The only bright spot - well - besides the flames - is that they are company cars so it doesn't cost him anything.
Guess I won't be looking at a Dodge! Bill, this Tahoe is 8 years old & has 112,000 miles+...I've only replaced a battery & brakes, so I guess it doesn't owe me anything...I'm trying to find a newer, used Tahoe, but ..no luck...
Went to my brothers yesterday, he ate very well considering. He's lost a bit more hair & weight and his platelets are way down from the radiation & chemo. They gave him a shot Friday to bring them back up and he doesn't need to have chemo for 2 weeks...round one is done for now.
With that smile, you could make anyone feel better, Celeste. Sending hugs and prayers too. So much reading to catch up on! Intimidating since i know I've missed birthday wishes and other things, and I hate that! Getting slowly better, and the weeds and trimming and fall prep are making faces at me. Waving to everyone!
Thank you Memory, BA, Ronnie & Robin.
Thank you Louise, so nice of you to say, but I am still his little sister so I can annoy him . :) I'm glad your feeling a little better and I wouldn't worry about those weeds, they will be there next year.
LOL IrisMA That was one of the first things I said to him...how come your mustache is not falling out??
Allison, your sweet too, yes I butt dialed you again and im sorry. Sorry your ankles hurt too...but if they hurt that means a great show again this year!! It's Oct.!! Only got 30 days left before the big night!!!
BA, your right...she's the Halloween/Christmas Decoration Queen!
It is sobering to think about the medical challenges above, and the courage it takes to face them. DG folks are in my heart and prayers for good health.
I'm home with the flu, so there's a chance to post a few pics. Who'd have thought with kids gone, I'm busier than ever, getting them settled, cleaning up, recovering energy and equilibrium...
I just posted this under the public gardens section-- a pleasant stop while driving home from college drop-off, the famous Namkeag Gardens in Stockbridge, MA, designed by Fletcher Steele for Mabel Choate. I've always wanted to see it.
Newspaper this morning showed a 2 year old bull moose in my neighborhood...has been wandering for several weeks...warning drivers to be careful as he already weighs 6oo pounds! DEEP says to give him a wide berth, but that he probable won't attack...great...another thing to worry about when I walk Suey...
I had a horrible day at work.. besides the rain.. police involved at one of my stops.. that 1st one took me 3 hours.. easy one next.. real bad one next.. and I went to an easy one last.. kept calling Bravo Sierra after the bad ones.. you all can figure out what that means
HI everyone, I need prayers please. My brother was admitted into the hospital last night with what im pretty sure is pneumonia. He's very weak and struggling to breath, any prayers and good wishes will do. Thank you!