WHEN YOUR BRAIN HITS “BONG!”

Brain

Sometimes the human brain reminds me of a pregnant woman’s belly. It just keeps stretching and stretching and then when it’s time for delivery of your first child and you realize a baby is going to come out of THERE; it’s astounding. Watermelon sized infants pass from your body, and that’s remarkable. Then we face the remarkable phenomenon of breast feeding and these two jugs we possess keep producing what is needed simply based on the theory of supply and demand. It all seems miraculous somehow.

I have come to believe the human brain is also “stretchable” in a sense, because it keeps taking input, continues to reason and problem solves. How many times in your life and mine have we said, “I just can’t take it anymore?” Yet, somehow we do take on life because we must and we find we can stretch. Recently I have frequently wondered just how much one individual can take without his/her brain exploding.

Yesterday I had one of those days. It was the weekend, as I’m writing this on a Sunday. We are preparing to return to Portland, OR tomorrow to resume another five radiation treatments for my breast cancer.  I confess, I am an extremely high maintenance chick. It’s not clothes and accessories that cause me to retain that title, no; it’s all the needs for comfort and existence. Medications, humidifier, lotions, special foods, computer, books, and manuals about what I should be doing, etc. If only I was stuffing a suitcase with jewelry, scarves, beautiful clothes and fancy shoes, that would be fun. Guess I’d have to own them first. This planning I have to do is all utilitarian. Clothing is a need, but it is not my primary concern. Since I cannot wear a bra as yet, and won’t be able to while getting fried, excuse me, treated, I am wearing long sleeved, colored T-shirts with an overblouse. Now I just look flat chested. I don’t think anyone really notices because I am such a character with my daily hat, etc. it is distracting.  So few women wear hats these days, my hats always bring comments.

I also have to pack an extra pillow or two due to a bad neck, food, treats and toys for our little dog, and any other comforts to make this as pleasant an experience as possible. Our hotel has a ramp instead of stairs. It is not a particularly cheerful place although the setting is lovely. I think it’s because we had to get a room that allows dogs, they pretty much stripped down the place; however it is clean, the folks who work there are friendly and it is quiet during the week when we are there. Because one of my current problems is my vision, I am taking old-fashioned light bulbs. Don’t know if they will object or not but I hate those new bulbs. I simply can’t see that well and that is depressing to be in semi-darkness. Are you getting the picture of this high maintenance woman?

I’m amazed at how very understanding my husband has been with all of this process. I’m not sure how long I can get away with the old, “But Honey, I have cancer” bit. Of course, he knows I’m trying to make light of it but there you have it. Now he can return my kibitz with, “Well, so do I, so there.” Now we have the added concern of his extended biopsy on Tuesday and will be so relieved when the path report on his lymph nodes comes back clear. We should get those results later in the week. Our dear daughter will be with us for part of the week and that extends the circle of concern for me.

I hate it when my problems affect my family and her husband and my grandchildren will be inconvenienced. I am most blessed that she insists and simply says, “Mom, I’m coming.” I am also blessed with a great son and son-in-law who are both very understanding and my son will be out in a week to spend that week with me in Portland. He’s flying in from Texas. The following week, my daughter will go back in with me. My dear husband will fill in the other time. We don’t know what his recovery time will be. Naturally, he thinks it will be 24 hours and I, well, don’t know.

I know all of these changes in so many lives are the ripple effect concentrically coming off of my many problems. I rarely feel guilty anymore because I know it is hopeless to deny and out of love and is something I would do for them in a minute. That doesn’t mean I am not awesomely grateful, because I am. I am blessed in so many ways. I also realize all of this help makes me look like a helpless old lady but I am not precisely that. I just don’t drive that well due to pain in my knees and ankles and cannot see well after dark. I know my limits. We also drive a large SUV and the area surrounding the hospital is an old one full of lovely refurbished Victorian homes, streetcars and very narrow streets. It’s quite lovely to us because we are such antique nuts as well as living in an old home ourselves. It’s a good thing we have a fairly small home or it would be filled to the rafters…wait. It is filled to the rafters; so much for that admonishment.

I need to take myself to the market today as well as pack, think, organize and keep my brain from too much clanging. Instead of feeling overwhelmed, I choose to agree with that famous man of history Bernard M. Baruch who said, “To me, old age is fifteen years older than I am.” I love that.

I will do my best to keep up with all of you. Please feel no need to tell me to take it easy. I have no choice and will obey but this, my writing is my passion and it would have little meaning if you were not there to read it, my good friends and acquaintances.

One final quote for today. “A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.” William Arthur Ward who was an educator.

We’ll chat soon.

90 thoughts on “WHEN YOUR BRAIN HITS “BONG!”

    • Yes, Janet, indeed we are both going through a crisis in life. For good or ill, life is never stagnant, is it. If only, but that’s a waste of time so guess we both need to start treading water. Love you and am thinking of your many changes currently facing you. Much love, Sue

      • Dear Jennie, As Sue said hate my problems falling on my kids, but not much I can do about it. Compared to what Sue, Pommum, you and others are putting up with my problems are miniscule. I have a good place to go to with people who love me and my 3 furry friends are going with me. I am just too darned independent and I am making problems where there are none. You, my friend, take care of yourself and know how much you are admired and loved. Janet

  1. I feel like such a pack rat when we go any place. You make me feel better! Praying blessings for you both, Sue. Hugs!

  2. Testing …if I get on I’ll try again but I mite not be able to more than once .and don’t want to lose a long blog. Tried loads of times
    Chris

  3. SUE ….THANK YOU FOR A GREAT BLOG, I KNOW I SAY IT EVERYTIME, BUT I DON’T KNOW HOW YOU DO IT, WITH EVERYTHING YOU HAVE ON YOUR MIND…..BEEN THINKING OF YOU BOTH, AND CHRIS, WHO ONCE AGAIN CAN’T GET ON HERE YET, WISHES FOR ME TO ADD HER GOOD WISHES, AND BOTH OF US ARE WAITING FOR JIM’S RESULTS……BEING AS WE ARE ROUGHLY NINE HOUR IN FRONT OF YOU, WE HAVE TO WAIT LONGER THAN MOST…….I HOPE THE WEEKEND IS A CATCH UP FOR SOME WELL EARNED REST, TO RECHARGE YOUR BATTERIES, AND OH LORD I WISH IT WAS OVER FOR YOU……………THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN FOR THE NEW BLOG, I REALLY APPRECIATE IT………I LOVE YOU…..JENNIE XXXXXXX

    • Jennie, I love you much, too. I will also be glad when today is over, and of course Jim says he’s fine. Long day today with the reward of home at the end of it. Later dear, Sue

  4. Ok now I’ll try again
    Hope all well ,hope sue and Jim are hearing good news today
    Suzanne not long till you appt
    Such a heart wrenching blog and but all those positives as well .family and friends
    Only write shorties just incase
    Be back Chris

  5. Sue:
    You are indeed one to handle ! You are blessed with that hubby of yours who comes thru in a pinch and those kids who love you enough to drop everything to come and help you. They know you are strong willed, yet also know when to over step that part and come on in. I am glad you have them all there with you to see you thru this mess ! Along with the most important one of all, the God who loves you and looks over you and rewards your faith in Him.
    I was reading it book (that I wouldn’t recommend to you) that was written by the sister of a friend of Fran’s. It is a memoir of sorts about a lady with breast cancer and her gardener. She is a selfish, overbearing egotistical woman who I wanted to throttle !! I kept comparing her to you and how gracefully you regard things. She lacked any faith and used the C card at every avenue. Blamed everyone and hated everyone. Even got mad when people sent her cards ! I felt sorry for her and also wanted to bang her head as well ! My take on her was she needed someone like you to teach her the true value of her life and show her what a human being looks like !!
    I love you Sue. God bless you, I pray you have a safe trip home today
    Tonie
    PS Chicky Sue showed up this morning from her “all-nighter” I have no idea where she was at !!

    • Tonie, oh my such kind words for this old stubborn woman. So many small and large events have sustained me, for instance our med. insurance is with Walgreen’s for meds and our hotel has a Walgreen’s right across the street! We are being watched and guided by Love. Glad my little wicked alter ego chicken has returned to the roost. Later dear heart. Sue

  6. Sue, spot on. And I know why you write – for the same reason I sing. It’s not just something we enjoy doing, it is a part of us and a very important part at that. I think all of us here realize that and wouldn’t want you any other way. 🙂 I hope there has been (or will be) good news regarding Jim’s biopsy and that he is healing well. Enjoy having your kids at your side – they wouldn’t think of being anywhere else.
    I must say I thought of you last evening. I had a board meeting and even though it was cooler when I came home I decided with beautiful weather continuing the next several days I didn’t feel like putting the top up on my car to only have to put it back down the next day. So, I donned my sweater and headed out. Partway home it was getting chilly. Did I pull over and put the top up? Heck no! I did pull over, but it was to grab a cup of decaf coffee and set out again with my seat warmer on, enjoying the freedom of free flowing air, driving top down! I thought of you just then, knowing you would chuckle – and understand. As long as I can, I’m gonna! 😉

    • GOOD FOR YOU LYN. GOOD COFFEE AND SEAT WARMER, HOW CAN THAT BE WRONG. I CAN PICTURE YOU HAVING A BLAST.. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND . GOD BLESS . LOVE YOU BIG. XXX

    • Lyn, Oh you do know how to make me envious. As you know, it reminded me so much of my blue Mustang and riding in it with the top down and the heater on. Now, if I’d had a seat warmer I wouldn’t have had to do that. Such fun and such a marvelous feeling. I think you’re closing statement would make a great blog title. May I use it someday? Love you, Sue

  7. Sue……thanks for posting to me, so glad you are home and don’t have to face anymore until Monday, enjoy family time now love, have something wicked to eat, sod it, a nice treat is what you and Jim need…….can you sit in your garden and enjoy some sunshine? Hope so, love you darling…………….Jen x

    Chris…..hey great you are back on…..talk later, hope it went well at the Doc’s….xx

    Suzanne……you ok love? soon be time to see the doc for you too huh?……love you….Jennie poo xx

    • HI JENNIE POO, JUST HAVING A HARD TIME OF IT RIGHT NOW WITH THE PAIN. SOON I’LL SEE THE INTERNIST AND HOPE WE CAN FIND ANSWERS TOGETHER. TRYING TO JUST RELAX AND REALLY DO NOTHING BUT LIFE…… ALWAYS SOMETHING TO DO BUT VERY LITTLE THESES DAYS. ACTUALLY IT’S BEEN 3 WEEKS SINCE THIS UNBEARABLE PAIN HAS REALLY GOT GOING. TRYING TO GET MY FLOWERS PLANTED BUT I PLANT ONE POT AND THEN HAVE TO REST, THIS IS GETTING RIDICULOUS. ALSO VERY TIRED ALL THE TIME BUT I THINK THAT MIGHT BE FROM THE PAIN.
      THE SUN IS SHINING TODAY AND IT WILL BE A HOT ONE WITH LOTS O F HUMIDITY. I DON’T LIKE HUMIDITY!! HAPPY THAT THE SUN IS SHINING.
      HOW ARE YOU AND DH AND YOUR MOM DOING? ENJOY THE WEEKEND. LOVE YOU SWEETPEA!
      GOD BLESS. XXX

      • Yes, Suzanne, pain can definitely cause or contribute to fatigue. Work a little, rest a little, and take it easy in the humidity!

      • HI SUZANNE……HANDS NOT GOOD BUT NEEDED TO REPLY TO YOU……MUM HAS BEEN SIGNED OFF FROM HOSPITAL, SHE IS MANAGING TO GO OUT A BIT ON A STICK, AND SHOULD BE WELL ENOUGH TO RETURN HOME TO HOLLAND ON THE 17TH, DH IS OK, KNEE A BIT OF A PROBLEM…..HAD TO TAKE SACHA TO THE VETS TODAY, HE WAS GASPING FOR BREATH IT WAS FRIGHTENING, YET ANOTHER INJECTION, AND WE HAVE TO WATCH HIM CAREFULLY……DON’T KNOW WHAT IT WAS……..I FEEL CHOKED THAT YOUR PAIN IS BAD ENOUGH TO STOP YOU POTTERING IN YOUR GARDEN, I KNOW HOW MUCH PLEASURE IT GIVES YOU……EXTRA PRAYERS FOR YOU TONIGHT DEAR LADY…..LOVE YOU…JENNIE POO XX

      • Suzanne dear lady, I agree with the other comments to you. YES pain can wear you out and do it quickly..it’s like this nasty vacuum that sucks it right out of you…your energy, your motivation, your joy. Sweet lady, you must get some answers so throw yourself on the mercy of the doctor but do it cautiously and with truth and control; otherwise they label you an hysteric and that ain’t good. So much depends on the personality of the physician. Hang in there honey, hang in there. Love, Sue

  8. Hi all
    Well went to dr.and she had heard from pain clinic. The bottom of the bowel probs are from the sacrum ,she examined me there all and it’s all normal,so I have to keep on the amytrip. for the nerve endings
    The salty taste in my mouth is from the sjogrens.
    DH is a bit better and can drive at least
    Daren’t put much incase this won’t post
    Hope all ok…..sue and Jim
    Chris

    • OH CHRIS LOVE, SO MUCH GOING ON WITH YOU AND YOUR DH. SENDING PRAYERS YOUR WAY AND HEALING ANGELS. MUST BE NASTY TO HAVE A SALTY TASTE IN YOUR MOUTH ALL THE TIME. SJOGRENS, ISN’T THAT WHAT SUE HAS? HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND TO RELAX AND ENJOY WITH REALLY NICE WEATHER. THINKING OF YOU CHRIS. GOD BLESS. LOVE YOU BIG. XXX

      • Yep sue has the same thing.its unusual thing to have and wierd too
        Just made some veg soup with sweet pots in it ,I like the texture it gives
        Woke up it was thundering at 7am ,now its warm and humid here too.sends my hair all frizzy!
        Hope this gets on
        Love Chrisx

    • Chris, glad hubby is a bit better. Awful how often we have to settle for a bit and not a lot. The problems with your sacrum, are they telling you it’s those nerves at the base of your spine because with me and my sacroiliac problems it can affect the rectal area so much I can’t go. Try not to strain and take a softener to keep your stools soft or take a mild laxative and plan to stay at home, okay? I find with my IBS it is definitely more comfortable to keep the bowel cleared. All those people that have told me over the years that you don’t have to poop everyday, don’t know me, I do. I pray your Dad is getting along day to day dear friend. Love you and boy do I understand about the Sjogren’s. I don’t have a salty taste just dryness and then I can’t talk. But it makes perfect sense because salt and water go together..that’s chemistry. Hope you carry a bottle of seltzer or water with you all the time. Much love, Sue

      • Well he said it was coming from the sacrum and that controls the pelvic area area.,that’s why the amytrip might work. yep I understand what you say about the softners etc.i have to keep going every day too with the IBS and divertic.if not it sets up a cycle of problems
        Coming off amytrip it drys me up …and I as well carry water for myself and DH ,it’s a blimmin nuisence
        Dad not too bad but getting a bit worse all the time.his 90 th next week.
        Weather cleared up for this evening and looks a good day tomorrow ,so might get out
        Sue have a restful w.end,I know it will be difficult with all the preperation for next week
        How are you feeling?
        And Jim has he recovered from the op now?
        It was such good news to have for the w.end
        Love Chris.

  9. Hi everyone- been reading to keep up but haven’t had much time to post. What a lot is going on with all of us! Chris, Jennie, Lyn, Tonie, Janet, Suzanne and Brenda (so happy to hear Connor likes his new school!) you are all in my thoughts and prayers often, as well as our dear Sue and Jim. I seem to have a lot going on as well; clinic rounds next 2 weeks administering and reading TB tests, basically 6 hours in the car M-W this week and T-Th next week. Not so lovely on the ol’ derrière.
    Had an appt with GI doc, with gastro scope scheduled for 6/23 to eval reflux/poss hiatal hernia, surgeon may want to do Nissen procedure for reflux as even the meds don’t really control it well. Had PT evaluation yesterday and will start twice a week therapy next month for S-I joint dysfunction and related urinary issues. Sonogram and allergy testing next Tues, sleep study on the 18th, two more dr appts the 26th, and…there went June. I’m really pretty discouraged though my issues seem so minor, the sum of them is overwhelming. I think my brain hit “BONG” a long time ago. Toss in a couple “not quite right” lab results to follow up on, and it’s kind of a hot mess.
    Sue, thanks so much for continuing to soldier on and write with such a lovely positive attitude. You encourage me so much. I think to my self if Sue can do it, so can I.
    Love to all, Princess Crabby Pants

    • OH PRINCESS, YOU CERTAINLY ARE GOING THROUGH MANY ISSUES AT THE SAME TIME, NO WONDER YOU ARE FEELING OVERWHELMED. I WOULD ALSO. THANK GOD FOR OUR SUE, I BELIEVE SHE IS OUR ANGEL CAUSE SO MANY OF US SAY “IF SUE CAN DO IT, SO CAN I.” I KNOW I DO THAT SO OFTEN.
      WILL BE SENDING YOU HEALING PRAYERS & GUIDING ANGELS. JUNE WILL CERTAINLY FLY BY FOR YOU.
      LOVE YA AND GOD BLESS YOU. XXX

    • Annie, oh my gosh, I can’t believe how very much you are up against right now. Prayers for strength to see you through it all. I think you need to delay the BONG setting on that brain of yours until you get through all of this that’s coming at you. Hang in there my dear and just remember, one day, one step and one procedure at a time. Love you, Sue

      • Sue, I think that setting us actually “bing bong da ping pong dinga longs ding dong” ( kinda like a pinball machine ). So if I’m only to “bong”, its not so bad, right? LOL (cuz COL is so much more depressing, and makes my nose red!)

  10. OH SUE, YOU DID IT AGAIN AND THIS TIME MADE ME LAUGH ALSO. YOU MY DEAR LADY ARE MY SPECIAL ANGEL, LIKE IT OR NOT. REMEMBER THAT SONG ” YOU ARE MY SPECIAL ANGEL SENT FROM……” THAT WAS ME SINGING TO YOU. OF COURSE IF I WAS TO SING THAT SONG YOU WOULD NOT RECOGNIZE IT. LOL…SEEMS LIKE EVERYTHING IS UNDER CONTROL. I PRAY FOR YOU TO HAVE LITTLE PAIN DURING THOSE FRYING SESSIONS. YOU ARE ON MY MIND A LOT LATELY CAUSE OF THE PAIN I’M IN AND THINKING OF YOU HELPS ME GET THROUGH THE BAD DAYS I’VE BEEN HAVING.
    6 MORE SLEEPS AND I SEE THE INTERNIST. I’M PRAYING THAT ALL WILL GO WELL THERE.
    CHAT LATER.
    LOVE TO ALL ON THE BLOG.
    GOD BLESS.
    XXX

  11. Sue, thank you for continuing to write, and share and touch our hearts in the process! I am always encouraged by you and am very thankful I “happened” upon your writings in years past. I thank God for you, my friend! We are praying for you here in Texas.

    • Brenda in TX, Sorry I didn’t see this. I value those Texas prayers ’cause my Daddy was from there and my son, DIL and four grands live there right now as you know. Jeff, my son just went back there Friday after being with me all last week in Portland for my treatments. Hope you are doing as well as can be. Fondly, Sue

  12. Sue, I don’t know how you continue to write these blogs but you amaze me and give each one of us he courage to keep on going! I am very fatigued today and aching all over but no major reactions to report from my infusion so if it works, it will be well worth it! Today we headed back to the cottage and since GS’s dad could pick him up at school today, we picked his little two year old sister up from her daycare at noon, and for the very first time took her to the cottage with us in our car! I don’t know who was the most excited her … or the two Poms Korry and Teddi Bear! Little Neve talked or sang non stop for the entire hour and forty minutes, and even made up songs about going to the cottage to the tune of Old MacDonald! Her father, brother and Golden Retriever Fergus arrived for supper. Her mother has put in some very long days at work recently so she is looking forward to a childless Saturday morning to sleep in and then has some paint ready to do some painting inside their home which is so much easier without little ones under foot, but by the number of phone calls, I know she is missing them!

    Lyn, I didn’t realize you had a convertible but I could picture you driving down the road the other night, and as you said, As long as I can, I’m gonna!” … you go girl!

    I had a BMD yesterday (bone density) and was told by the technician that she would be checking two areas, beginning with my spine. After my spine was completed she then said she would be adding a couple of extra sites to my test, so I am not anticipating favourable results. My rheumatologist will use the results to help decide which medication he will prescribe … possibly the bone building injections for two years.
    Time for bed. My thoughts and prayers are with each one of you.
    Sue, hope you, Jim and George too, can get some well deserved rest. You are in my prayers dear friend.
    Love & Hugs ~ Pommum Brenda

    • Nana Brenda:
      I am so glad you got to take Neve to the cottage ! It makes me smile to picture how excited she was ! And the boys as well. I can see them in the back seat all smiles (all three of them) and happy faces. Which of course traveled to the front seats containing you and dh ! Such happiness you have right now with all your babies around you ! Memories being made for you and for them ! Wonderful memories. Just like the ones you have of your grandmother . Oh I miss mine so bad ! Prayers for your treatments honey that you will be made better !
      Love ya
      Tonie

      • HI POMMUM BRENDA, WHAT A FUN TIME YOU HAD DRIVING TO THE COTTAGE WITH YOU DEAR LITTLE NEVE AND THE DOGGIES OF COURSE.
        SENDING YOU HEALING PRAYERS BRENDA THAT ALL WILL CONTINUE TO GO WELL WITH THE NEW TREATMENT.
        I THINK ABOUT YOU OFTEN MY DEAR FRIEND. ENJOY YOUR TIME AT THE COTTAGE, YOU SO DESERVE TO BE HAPPY. LOVE YOU. LET US KNOW ABOUT THE RESULTS OF YOU BONE DENSITY TEST.
        XXX

  13. Hello All, it’s almost midnight. We got home a few hours ago and I will answer everyone tomorrow but for now, Jim’s preliminary pathology report is for NO spread to the lymph nodes. Thank you God. More tomorrow. Love to all..Sue

    • Desr Sue…such wonderful news. Prayers have been snswered. Tha nk God. I have trying to read and catch up with you Jim and others. Know that you have been in my thoughts a nd prayers. Happy you are back in your own home for the weekend and hope you all have a restful and peaceful werkend.
      another wonderful blog….just what I needed to read to keep myself going.
      God bless you and Jim…
      Jo

      • Jo
        So good to see u back on blog Hope you are getting back on track as well. hang in thre and don;t be a stranger !
        love
        tonie

      • THANKS, TONIE. SLOWLY TRYING TO GET LIFE BACK ON TRACK. BEEIN GETTING BACK TO THE WATER THERAPY WHEN I CAN, A COUPLE DAYS A WEEK. THANKS AGAIN FOR THE USEFUL INFORMATION YOU SENT ME RE: SCRIPTS, ETC. MIKE JUST WENT BACK TO WORK SO HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE IS STILL 3 MONTHS OFF. TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF AND YOUR CUTE LITTLE CHICKIES. I WILL TRY TO POST MORE OFTEN!
        LOVE YA,, JO

      • Jo dear. Hope life is smoothing out for you a bit. How’s the pain level? Thank you for your concern and prayers. What a long week and weekend it has been. The weekend’s are exhausting with laundry, some housework, repacking for the coming week. We’re getting together tonight with our son who came from TX last night, my daughter and her dear family to celebrate her birthday. Lovely here today. It is GOONIES weekend, you know that crazy movies so many like. We have it every year and thousands of fans pour in. Last week was such a complicated one but Jim, after waiting all day for surgery is mending well. He’ll return to work next week and have a peace filled week without me and our little Jake, our mini schnauzer will not be alone. The kids have been feeding him but I know he’s been miserable. He’s deaf and doesn’t see well but he managed to go down to the basement when no one was here to let him out and then we mop a lot down there on the weekend. This is just a time in my life when I must journey forward. Do take care of you because you are special dear friend. Love, Sue

      • DEAR SUE, THANK YOU FOR YOUR POST. BY NOW YOU ARE BACK IN PORTLAND. I AM SO HAPPY YOU WILL HAVE YOUR SON WITH YOU FOR THIS WEEK. I HOPE YOU CAN FIND A LITTLE TIME THIS WEEK FOR ENJOYING EACHOTHER’S COMPANY AFTER TREATMENTS.. YOU SOUND LIKE YOU HAVE WONDERFUL CHILDREN. I AM HAPPY FOR YOU.
        MY LIFE IS SLOWLY GETTING BACK TO “NORMAL” AFTER DAD’S PASSING. MIKE JUST FOUND NEW WORK AFTER BEING LET GO TWO MONTHS AGO. SO THAT WILL WORK A LOT OF ISSUES OUT SOON.
        AS FOR ME, I AM KIND OF IN LIMBO MEDICALLY UNTIL I GET MY HEALTH COVERAGE BACK. MY BODY IS STILL RECOVERING FROM THE ALL THE STRESS AND TRAVELING I HAVE DONE THE LAST COUPLE MONTHS. THANK YOU FOR ASKING ABOUT ME WHEN YOU HAVE SO MUCH GOING ON.
        CAN’T WAIT FOR ALL OF THESE TREATMENTS TO BE OVER FOR YOU AND BEHIND YOU. I HOPE THE P.T. HELPS YOUR SHOULDER, SUE. FROZEN SHOULDERS CAN BE VERY PAINFUL. I HAVE HAD BOTH OF MINE FROZEN (ADHESIVE CAPSULITIS IS THE MEDICAL TERM I BELIEVE) IT CAN BE EXTREMELY PAINFUL.MAKING IT HARD TO ANYTHING. KEEP IT MOVING IF YOU CAN. PRAYERS AND HUGS FOR YOU, SUE. XOXO

  14. OUR PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED FOR JIM. WOOOHOO. SLEEP TIGHT JIM AND SUE, TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY. LOVE TO BOTH OF YOU. XXX

  15. Dear Sue, I feel so bad for poor Jakie. I wish I lived closer and could have kept him company while you and Jim were both gone. Poor fellow. I’m sure he was plenty happy to see you when you returned.

    • Lyn, Jake is holding up. Jim’s home with him this week but did go back to work with a drain in…stubborn man; and goes home for lunch with him…Jake’s lunch of a slice of bologna. It’s going okay here. Yesterday after riding into Portland the machine was broken and I had to wait another hour and a half but then was okay but I was exhausted last night. Jeff went out and got us some Italian food to go. George is keeping watch. Love you, Sue

      • SO HAPPY TO HEAR JIM WILL BE THERE FOR JAKE’S LUNCH. NICE YOU WILL HAVE TIME WITH YOUR SON THIS WEEK. ITALIAN HUH, MMMMM. HOPE IT WAS ALL GOOD! THINKING OF YOU AND SENDING YOU PRAYERS AND ANGELS. LOVE YOU SUE. XXX

  16. HI ALL…….WELL WE HAD THE MOTHER OF ALL STORMS LAST NIGHT, AND IT IS STILL RAGING BETWEEN BOUTS OF HOT SUNSHINE….SO WEIRD….WOKE UP IN THE WEE SMALL HOURS, ALL THE ROOMS WERE BRIGHT ORANGE, THOUGHT THE BLOOMIN’ HOUSE WAS ON FIRE…….GOOD FOR THE GARDEN…..I THINK!!! SOME OF THE ROSES SEEM TO HAVE DISAPPEARED. WELL HOW IS EVERYONE…SUE DID YOU ENJOY YOUR FAMILY TIME? DID BETH ENJOY HER BIRTHDAY, SO GLAD YOUR SON WILL BE WITH YOU FOR THE NEXT SESSION OF YOUR TREATMENT.
    LYN….CAR GOING OK?
    CHRIS…CALL YOU LATER ON
    SUZANNE…..ARE YOU FEELING ANY BETTER?
    POMMUM…..HOPE YOU ARE ENJOING BEING AT YOUR COTTAGE.
    TONIE……HOW IS THE SHOULDER…ANY EASIER NOW? WHEN IS THE NEXT TREATMENT DUE??
    RIGHT IF I HAVE MISSED ANYONE OUT….MY HUMBLE APOLOGIES, BUT I NEED TO PHONE MY MOM……NEED TO KNOW SHE IS OK……I LOVE YOU ALL, AND WILL CATCH UP LATER……………………..JENNIE XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    • HI JENNIE POO, THAT STORM SOUND SCARY TO ME. HAPPY TO HEAR YOU ARE OKAY AND LIVED THROUGH IT. HOPE THE GARDEN WILL THRIVE NOW.
      NOT FEELING ANY BETTER AT ALL BUT OF COURSE IT’S MORNING HERE SO I HAVE A GOOD 2 – 3 HOURS WHERE I CAN’T DO ANYTHING. THEN I ‘LL TRY AND TAKE A SHOWER CAUSE I REALLY NEED ONE TODAY. I USE TO BE ABLE TO TAKE ONE EVERYDAY BUT NOW IT’S JUST TOO PAINFUL. FEEL LIKE I’M FALLING APART. 3 MORE SLEEPS JENNIE, PLEASE KEEP ME IN YOUR PRAYERS. I REALLY NEED HELP CAUSE I JUST CAN’T GO ON LIKE THIS.
      HOPE YOU HAD A GOOD CHAT WITH YOUR MOM.
      LOVE YOU SWEETHEART. XXX

      • SWEET SUZANNE….YOU ARE ALWAYS IN MY PRAYERS, YOU KNOW THAT. YOU WON’T FALL APART DARLING, HOPEFULLY THE DOCTOR WILL LISTEN AND GIVE YOU THE PAIN RELIEF THAT YOU NEED…..YES I CAUGHT UP WIT MOM. SHE SOUNDED GOOD, AND SHE IS HEALING WELL FROM HER FALL……SHE WILL HAVE HELP AT THE AIRPORT WHEN SHE RETURNS TO HOLLAND………JUST 3 SLEEPS AWAY THEN PETAL…..PLEASE GOD WILL BE WITH YOU, I KNOW WHAT LEVEL OF PAIN YOU ARE AT……..I’M IN YOUR CORNER MY FRIEND, JUST KEEP IN TOUCH…..LOVE YOU BIG…..JENNIE POO XX

      • Suzanne, praying for some answers…be firm and pathetic..it helps when they realize how much you’ve suffered. As far as showering, I’ve gone to every other day just because of dry skin, etc. As long as you don’t stink…let it go girl. Love, Sue

    • My goodness, Jennie, what a night! The crazy weather continues. It has been warm and muggy here. My car is running well – knock on wood. We’ve had several sunny, non-rainy days for me to run around top down. 🙂 Now this week there is the possibility of shower(s) pretty much all week. Take care! I do hope all is well with your Mum.

      • I’M HOPING FOR RAIN AS I DO NOT WANT TO HAVE TO WATER MY FLOWERS. MY FRIEND CAME UP YESTERDAY AND HELPED ME PLANT, WELL SHE DID MOST OF THE WORK, BUT IT’S ALL DONE NOW. THAT MADE ME VERY HAPPY. THEY KEEP TELLING US IT WILL RAIN AND THEN IT DOESN’T. DARN!! OF COURSE ONCE WE WERE DONE SHE LEFT RIGHT AWAY CAUSE SHE COULD SEE THE PAIN I WAS IN. I SLOWLY WASHED UP AND WENT STRAIGHT TO BED.
        SUE THANK YOU FOR THE ADVICE. I WILL BE FIRM ! PATHETIC I WILL TRY. WISH I COULD BRING ONE OF YOU IN THERE WITH ME. OF COURSE THIS AGAIN WILL ALL BE DONE IN FRENCH, SO THAT MAKES IT MORE DIFFICULT.

        I CAN HARDLY USE MY RIGHT HAND CAUSE OF MY THUMB AREA AND NOW THE PAIN IS GOING UP MY ARM AND THEN THERE IS THE REST OF MY BODY. NOT GOOD EITHER. NOT SHOWERING CAUSE I ‘M HAVING TROUBLE WASHING MY SELF. IT’S HARD WHEN YOU PUT ON BUG SPRAY CAUSE THE MOSQUITOS ARE THE SIZE OF JUNE BUGS NOT TO SHOWER? STINK, WELL AT TIMES I DO. NOT GOOD HUH?

        THANK YOU FOR THE PRAYERS, I NEED THEM ALL RIGHT NOW AS I’M GOING THROUGH A VALLEY.
        ONE MORE SLEEP .
        PRAYERS FOR ALL OF YOU CAUSE IF YOU ARE HERE YOU NEED PRAYERS TOO. LOVE TO ALL.

        SUE SWEETHEART ENJOY YOUR SON SENDING HEALING PRAYERS AND GENTLE HUGS LOVE YOU.

        LYN SO HAPPY YOU ARE ENJOYING THAT CAR OF YOURS.

        BRENDA ANY RESULTS FROM THE BONE DENSITY TEST? PRAYING FOR GOOD NEWS.

        CHRIS HOW’S IT GOING? DOES THAT SALTY TASTE EVERY GO AWAY?

        JENNIE POO, I LOVE YOU. LOVE THE PICS OF YOUR BEAUTIFUL GARDEN. THANKS FOR SHARING THEM.

        TONIE LOVE, I MISS YOU. HOPE THAT SHOULDER OF YOURS IS GETTING STRONGER EVERY DAY. KEEP US POSTED.
        JO SO HAPPY TO HEAR FROM YOU AND WONDERFUL DH GOT A JOB. HANG ON HEALTH CARE IS COMING. LOVE YOU.
        PRINCESS, JUNE IS GOING BY, YOU MUST BE VERY BUSY. KEEP US POSTED SWEETIE.

        AND TO ALL I MISSED, PRAYERS THAT ALL IS GOING AS WELL AS IT CAN.
        GOD BLESS XXX

      • SUZANNE, ..JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW I WILL BE THINKING AND PRAYING FOR YOU TOMORROW AS YOU HEAD TO YOUR MUCH ANTICIPATED INTERNIST APPT. REMEMBER TO BE ASSERTIVE AND MAKE SURE THIS DOC UNDERSTANDS JUST HOW BAD YOU ARE FEELING. I HOPE AND PRAY YOU LEAVE THAT OFFICE WITH, AT THE VERY LEAST, A NEW PRESCRIPTION FOR PAIN, AND THE BEGINNINGS OF SOME ANSWERS FOR YOU. KEEPING MY TOES AND FINGERS CROSSED FOR YOU.. I AM JUST HANGING IN THERE AWATING FOR MY MEDICAL INSURANCE TO KICK IN SOMETIME IN LATE AUGUST. I HAVE NEVER BEEN WITHOUT INSURANCE BEFORE. THEN I WILL BE PICKING UP WHERE I LEFT OFF MONTHS AGO WITH MY NEW DRS. AND FURTHER TESTS. SLEEP WELL AND LET US KNOW HOW IT ALL WENT DOWN TOMORROW. LOVE YA SUZANNE!! XX

        ANNIE,.THINKING OF YOU AND ALL THAT YOU HAVE GOING ON WITH YOUR HEALTH LATELY. I THINK IT WAS A WISE CHOICE TO CANCEL SOME OF YOUR TESTING. TAKE ONE THING AT A TIME. I, TOO, WENT THROUGH ALL THAT ALLERGY TESTING AND SHOTS YEARS AGO, AND FOR ME, IT DID NOT HELP. HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER SOON. .PRAYERS FOR YOU….JO XX

        SUE, I HOPE YOU GETTING THROUGH THIS WEEK OKAY WITH NOT TOO MANY PROBLEMS. THINKING OF YOU AND KEEPING YOU IN MY PRAYERS….JO XXXX

    • Jennie, Holy Cow! Storm I guess! Roses disappearing, brightness with rain. Amazing and glad you didn’t lose power or anything important and hope you meant the petals of the roses fled but not the bushes. There’s always so much clean up at home when we get those big storms. I once had a chair pad totally disappear and a heavy pottery pot blown off the friggin’ porch.
      I’m hanging in there. Beginning to feel the burn now in the evenings and keep slapping on the ointment. 9 down and 19 to go. Hope you are okay and DH. Love you much, Sue

  17. Wow Jennie, that sounded like a Texas-size storm! Hope your flowers all survive. We got a good soaking rain last night and today, which we desperately needed as we are in Stage 3 drought.
    Lyn, I wanna go cruising with the top down! Sounds so fun!
    I cancelled my allergy testing for tomorrow. I think a sonogram is enough for one day, and I want to ask the doc a little more about it before I go forward. The testing is not that expensive but the shots are, and I haven’t found them to be incredibly helpful in the long run, and have had ever so many problems with severe shot reactions. Gonna take some convincing to go down that road again…
    On top of all that I have another UTI, and the sonogram will be mashing around in my belly- argh!
    Tonie, the adventures of Chickie Sue and Rufus keep me laughing! Such sassy birdies!
    Chris, hope your sacral joint stuff gets sorted out-its awfully miserable isn’t it?
    Suzanne, e few more days til your appt and hopefully you’ll get some answers and some relief. Hang in there!
    Hi to the newbies- hope to hear more from you soon.
    Jo, it was so good to hear you chime in! Brenda, the drive to the cottage sounds like it was delightful. Hope you have a great summer there.
    Sue, glad Jeff can be with you this week. Hope your PT helps with the arm up thing for radiation. Too bad it doesn’t give you a good tan for your trouble, eh? Hope you can squeeze in a pleasant outing or two in between treatments.
    Love to all, Princess Crabby Pants (with the remma lemma bing bong brain)

    • Annie dear, well, the rain is a good thing but as far as your own plumbing, sorry to hear there are troubles there again. Did you ever think of taking cranberry caps everyday to keep it at the right acidic level? Might be an idea? I think you made a wise decision about the allergy shots..no fun and if they don’t help that much…duh? I know sometimes the whole thing is so overwhelming so hang on, hang in just don’t hang up. Love you, Sue

  18. Hey all:
    Thank God for AC !! Turned mine on for the 1st time today , it was 93 in here when I got home :(. I can hear the electric bill rising as we speak ! We got a huge storm moving in over the mtns as we speak, now whether it passes on or stays not sure yet ! I am tired and muggy and need a nice shower ! Sue I think I will join Jake and have a Bologna Sandwich for supper !! So glad you are doing well, and I know you are enjoying time with Jeff.
    Suzanne, prayers on for you my dear !
    Love to you all
    Tonie

    • Tonie, sounds like time to stuff ice cubes down your bra. You’ve heard the old adage “when your bosoms are cool, you’re cool all over,” haven’t you? Take care of you. Love, Sue

      • Nope that is one I have never heard 🙂 But it makes sense ! 🙂 It got cool finally ! We had a little rain, high winds (knocked over my tabel and umbrellas outside) but overall not much happened. So I am off to start another day !! Here’s to you having a great day as well !
        Love ya
        Tonie

  19. Hi all
    Sue
    You sound good today . I expect you are up and fighting knowing you
    Nearly two weeks down now
    Suzanne
    Good luck tomorrow ,and you tell em how it is
    Annie
    You have a lot going on,and that uti comming back.blimmin nuisance
    Lyn
    It will be good to have the car for this summer ,at least you will have a way of keeping cool!
    Jo good to see you back
    Well hope this gets on
    Chris

    • Chris dear, well, it certainly did. Hope your life is in some semblance of peace. How wild things have been lately for so many of us. If I sound good it’s because I don’t have much to do here except eat, treatment and visiting with George and my son. I am actually very fatigued and strangely weakened. Guess it’s the treatments. Thanks for the dear thoughts for everyone. Love you, Sue

  20. OH HELLO…I AM STILL ON THEN……SORRY ANNIE, BUT NOT GONNA CLICK ON REPLY FOR YOU IN CASE IT HAPPENS AGAIN, JUST WANTED TO SAY I HOPE YOU HAVE GOT OVER YOUR TREATMENT OF THE OTHER DAY, AND ARE FEELING A BIT BETTER.
    SUE…….BEEN THINKING OF YOU AND WONDERING HOW THIS WEEK IS GOING FOR YOU, SO GLAD YOU HAVE YOUR SON WITH YOU, YOU ARE VERY BLESSED WITH A CLOSE FAMILY, HOPE JIM HAS RECOVERED NOW AND FEELING BETTER NOT JUST PHYSICALLY, BUT MENTALLY WITH THE RELIEF THAT ALL IS WELL…..SOON IT WILL BE LIKE THAT FOR YOU….I LOVE YOU…JEN X
    CHRIS….GOOD TO TALK TO YOU…HOPE IT GOES WELL FOR DADS BIRTHDAY ON FRIDAY, SOUNDS LIKE FUN….DON’T FORGET TO TAKE SOME REST TOO HUH??…..LOVE YOU….JEN X
    TONIE…….OH MAN, YOU ARE TAKING ME BACK TO MY SPANISH TIMES WITH YOUR HEAT STORIES…..I CAN ACTALLY REMEMBER PUTTING ICECUBES IN MY BRA, SO NOT AS FAR FETCHED AS IT SEEMS……I DON’T ENJOY THAT KIND OF HEAT, AND THE SOUND OF THE A/C USED TO DRIVE ME NUTS, AND YES I REMEMBER WATCHING THE NEEDLE GO ROUND ON THE ELECTRIC METER…….IS THERE A POOL YOU COULD GO TO, THE ONE WHERE YOU HAD THE THERAPY, OR IS THAT STRICTLY FOR TREATMENT??? STAY COOL MAMA…LOVE YA …JENNIE POO. X
    SUZANNE….HELLO MY FRIEND…..NOT LONG TO GO NOW, BEEN PRAYING MY SOCKS OFF TAT THE DOCTOR WILL HELP YOU WITH SOME PAIN RELIEF…DON’T LEAVE THE BLOODY CLINIC TILL YOU GET IT….YOU HAVE TO GET TOUGH HERE SWEETPEA….KEEP US UPDATED ON HOW YOU GET ON….GENTLE HUGS MATE……JENNIE POO XXXXXX
    WELL, DONE MY EXERCISES, DONE THE CLEANING, FINISHED THE LAUNDRY, SPOKEN TO MY SON IN THE UK, MADE THE LUNCH AND PREPPED THE EVENING MEAL….MY TIME NOW….SUNS OUT, AND NOW SO AM I….SEE YA, AND LOVE YA….JENNIE XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  21. Jennie:
    Oh yeah, there is a swimming pool at the center as well as the therapy pool. I use it as well. You know when we were growing up NOBODY around here had AC. THe first time I saw it was at my Aunt Jenny’s house (lol) and I got a very bad cold from sleeping in it. I live in a big metal box however, and being as old as it is, it isn’t insulated very well, so it heats up quickly. The heat gets to me these days. So glad I am not in the Az heat. Actually I would go out in the early am there to do what I had to do and stay inside when it was really hot. Here it is the same, if I am out in the am I can stay out most of the day. The nights and am’s are really nice here in the Mtns. DO you use AC where you live ??? We slept upstairs in the attic rooms in our house growing up, under the tin roof and it was so hot there at night. Now my sister (who still sleeps upstairs in here room) has units in the windows upstairs. Raspberries are getting red now, soon they will be black and yummy ! APples on the trees for more applesauce this year. I can’t wait and blooms on my tomatoes.
    Have a great afternoon
    Love ya
    Tonie

  22. HI TONIE….NO LOVE, WE DON’T NEED A/C HERE, THE HOTTEST ITS BEEN SINCE WE HAVE LIVED HERE IS 38/39C I JUST OPE ALL THE WINDOWS SO THE BREEZE (IF THERE IS ANY) CAN FLOW ROUND THE HOUSE, FAILING THAT GOT LOTS OF FANS WHICH DO THE TRICK……..ALSO GOT A VERY COOL CELLAR, BUT IT SMELLS FUSTY….BUT ANY PORT IN A STORM.
    YES WE TOO HAVE SOME RASPBERRIES, AND IT KILLS ME TO WALK ON BY KNOWING I CAN’T EAT MY FAVOURITE FRUIT. DH DIDN’T PUT SO MANY STRAWBS IN THIS YEAR, WE HAVE BEANS AND PEAS WHICH WILL SOON BE READY TO PICK, PLUS POTATOES, TOMATOES, SPRING ONIONS AND LEEKS AND CARROTS……WE WON’T STARVE WILL WE.
    GLAD YOU CAN GET TO THE POOL TONIE, IS IT HELPING WITH YOUR SHOULDER?
    OK HONEY ENOUGH FOR TODAY…….BATH TIME NOW, THEN COFFEE………….LOVE YOU BIG……..JENNIE POO XX

  23. My Peeps, hope all are having a good week! We are quite a bunch, aren’t we?
    Dear Sue, thinking of you and hope your skin is still doing well with those treatments and that you are enjoying your time with your son and of course little George, and that the fatigue isn’t too bad! I agree with Lyn – too bad the dog lovers of the group aren’t
    close enough don’t to help look after Jake. I’m sure he is missing you so much and maybe still grieving for his canine pal sweet Annie! Also, I am so happy that our prayers for Jim were answered!!!

    Jo – great to hear from you again and glad that your life is getting back on track!!!

    Suzanne my dear friend, thinking about you lots and hoping that you are given some answers this week and good pain relief also, but just sad that it must be in the “other” official language, and not the one of your choice!

    Tonie, I can’t imagine your little doggies looking after those ground hogs for you. Our boys love to chase squirrels and chippies but they have never caught one, and I don’t know what they would do if they ever did.The bugs are terrible here this year too, and I still haven’t completely healed from the back fly bites from several weeks ago.

    Jennie and Chris love the stories from across the pond! Hope you both are having a great week.
    Jennie, our flowers are beautiful and thanks so much for posting your pictures.

    We re back home, and taking GS to school and picking him up again which has DH in the car almost three hours a day. I have tried to help a bit with the gardening but my right foot and ankle are so painful today, walking any distance is impossible. I have been forced to use a scooter to shop at Costco … something I have said I never wanted to do again!!! Today an additional problem is nausea which I am sure is from my infusion … time will tell where this leads me.
    Must go … love and prayers – PM Brenda
    j

    • SUZANNE, ..JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW I WILL BE THINKING AND PRAYING FOR YOU TOMORROW AS YOU HEAD TO YOUR MUCH ANTICIPATED INTERNIST APPT. REMEMBER TO BE ASSERTIVE AND MAKE SURE THIS DOC UNDERSTANDS JUST HOW BAD YOU ARE FEELING. I HOPE AND PRAY YOU LEAVE THAT OFFICE WITH, AT THE VERY LEAST, A NEW PRESCRIPTION FOR PAIN, AND THE BEGINNINGS OF SOME ANSWERS FOR YOU. KEEPING MY TOES AND FINGERS CROSSED FOR YOU.. I AM JUST HANGING IN THERE AWATING FOR MY MEDICAL INSURANCE TO KICK IN SOMETIME IN LATE AUGUST. I HAVE NEVER BEEN WITHOUT INSURANCE BEFORE. THEN I WILL BE PICKING UP WHERE I LEFT OFF MONTHS AGO WITH MY NEW DRS. AND FURTHER TESTS. SLEEP WELL AND LET US KNOW HOW IT ALL WENT DOWN TOMORROW. LOVE YA SUZANNE!! XX

      ANNIE,.THINKING OF YOU AND ALL THAT YOU HAVE GOING ON WITH YOUR HEALTH LATELY. I THINK IT WAS A WISE CHOICE TO CANCEL SOME OF YOUR TESTING. TAKE ONE THING AT A TIME. I, TOO, WENT THROUGH ALL THAT ALLERGY TESTING AND SHOTS YEARS AGO, AND FOR ME, IT DID NOT HELP. HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER SOON. .PRAYERS FOR YOU….JO XX

      SUE, I HOPE YOU GETTING THROUGH THIS WEEK OKAY WITH NOT TOO MANY PROBLEMS. THINKING OF YOU AND KEEPING YOU IN MY PRAYERS….JO XXXX

      • Jo dear, Hope you’re not walking around too much with your fingers and toes all crossed…that was a cute way of expressing concern. I know it must be a bit insecure to be without health insurance but it won’t be long now my girl. So pleased to hear DH got a job. Life can be so difficult in so many ways, sometimes and then it can be glorious. Pray you’re having a good mix of the two right now.
        I’m pooped. My son and I did a bit of shopping today at a few shops I only see online and that was fun. It’s not a good time for me because I don’t have the energy I need to really enjoy it but Jeff and I have so little time together like this I’m striving to make the most out of it. Tried to buy something for Georgie who was with us but couldn’t find anything that wasn’t made in China. I agree with your opinion on allergy testing. It was useless for me and ruined a couple of shirts with the oil base of those holes they poke in your back. No one tells you or tells you to wipe your back before getting dressed.
        I’ve been having a lot of trouble with my IBS due to the dehydration from radiation combined with my already dehydrated state with Sjogren’s Syndrome. This is not my favorite experience thus far but…Do take care dear girl, thinking of you. Sue

    • Hey Brenda ! (pommum)
      So glad to hear from you again. I bet your boys would try to eat them squirrels if they caught them 🙂 dogs are dogs ! Hey if you get Avon there, they have a bath product called “Skin SO SOft” and it is awesome for keeping the bugs away. The fishermen down here keep it in their tackle box to use on the riverbanks. Plus you get the oil softening the skin to boot !! The Shaklee cleaner I sell “Basic H” is also good for that, just rub it on and let it dry. We sell into Canada. Anyway, just thought I would tell you that. Hope your ankle is doing better and you feel better today.
      Love you
      Tonie

    • HEY POMMUM….WHATS WITH HATING THE SCOOTER, SO LONG AS YOU DON’T GET ROAD RAGE…..WISH I HAD ONE, OH YEAH! I COULD SHAKE MY VILLAGE UP A BIT……PITY ABOUT THE NAUSEA LOVE, I HOPE YOU CAN SOON GET THE BETTER OF THAT…………JUST INFORMED COSTCO, THEY ARE GOING TO KEEP THE DOORWAYS AND AISLES FREE FOR YOU, SO GO FOR IT LOVE, NEXT WEEK YOU WILL BE WALKING IN, AND HOPEFULLY FEELING A LOT BETTER……REST THAT BLOOMING FOOT FIRST…………ALL LOVE..JENNIE XX

    • Dear Brenda, I am so sorry to hear about the latest problems with the ankle and foot as well as the nausea. Nausea is one of my ways of dealing with extreme pain..onset is uncontrolled of course, kind of like tears, just happens. My dear, there are tons of folks who would love to hop a cart in any of those superstores. Hope your DH is over his cold and I do commiserate with all that driving. The things we go for our grands…is as it should be I guess because you are a wonderful example, both of you. I am praying your new infusion is going to be less side affect free. Hope the nausea isn’t from that. You’re right sweet lady. Our lives are amazing and disgusting, all at the same time. I just see us as a band of brave folks, all seeking a way to live our lives in peace and relatively pain free. Much love to you, Sue

  24. Hello, all, just a quick note to say hi to all and also to let those who might remember know that my dermatologist’s office called today to let me know the 2 biopsies they took from my back are early superficial skin cancer, so I will be having the rest cut out and stitched shut the end of July after my annual choral performance for a summer music festival. The first available date was the week before the performance, so we decided it best to just wait until after the performance. Nothing to worry about, I’ve had this kind of removal done before. I opted for both at the same time, although I was given the choice of that or one at a time. Almost time for bed. Rest well!

    • Lyn dear, Sounds good…not ideal, which a negative diagnosis would be but wise in how you’re planning. I don’t blame you for having them done at the same time..those little nasty local shots; why have it done twice? Take care my dear. I’m exhausted. Can’t believe how much this radiation therapy is taking out of me. Love you, Sue

    • OH LYN…SO SORRY TO HEAR THAT……YOU SOUND VERY OPTIMISTIC AND POSITIVE, WHICH IS TYPICAL OF YOU…..I MEAN THAT IN A GOOD WAY……..THE CONCERT WILL KEEP YOU FOCUSED, THEN YOU CAN GET IT DONE WITH….THINKING OF YOU PET……..LOVE JENNIE X

  25. Yes, Sue, I meant to share with you, a buddy who went through radiation for breast cancer and I decided that RA fatigue and radiology fatigue are very much alike. I’m not surprised you are exhausted. Hang in there! (I’m sure my Aunt would add that chemo fatigue is also similar.)

  26. HI SUE….HOW ARE THINGS GOING SWEETHEART…….WILL YOU BE COMING HOME TODAY OR TOMORROW? GOSH JAKE WILL BE SO GLAD TO SEE YOU, AND LITTLE GEORGE BACK TO WIND HIM UP………….I PRAY THE OPERATION SITE IS FEELING MORE COMFORTABLE NOW, AND YOU ARE MAKING GOOD PROGRESS WITH THE TREATMENT………HOW IS JIM GETTING ON AT WORK, HAS HE SETTLED BACK IN OK?……………I KNOW YOU MUST BE SO TIRED LOVE, SO REST AT HOME AND DON’T BE WORRYING ABOUT BLOOMING HOUSEWORK………I LOVE YOU…..JENNIE XXXX

    • Jennie dear, Jake has had a much better week with Jim at home. I am homesick. So many amenities I bring with me but not the feel of home. Jeff and I just went out for breakfast at 11 AM and it was delicious. George kennels well in the backseat of the car. My appt. today was changed to afternoon so we’re hanging loose for awhile then treatment and then I hope to feel like walking around a bit to look at shops. Saw something I want to get for Jeff for Father’s Day this weekend. He flies back to TX tomorrow afternoon and will take his rental car and Jim will come in and take me home. And George, of course.
      I hope you are enjoying your fabulous gardens along with Barry, the architect of those great boxes on the roof line. So amazing. We saw a gorgeous Portland rose garden yesterday, with trellis’s walkways and amazing topiaries. Saw it from the car but it was still wonderful. Went to a world famous bookstore yesterday called Powell’s Books. Whole block wide. Didn’t walk it all, found a bench but did buy some interesting books. Strange to be here in such a large city. It’s beautiful though because they have divided it into smaller districts, maintaining the beautiful old homes. Lots of colleges around here so much activity. Do be good to you. Love, Sue

      • It’s a good thing Portland is so large so you can explore little parts of it each treatment week. 😉

  27. SUZANNE………YOU ALREADY KNOW MY THOUGHTS, SO JUST TO LET YOU KNOW I HAVE BEEN PRAYING FOR AN ANGEL TO TAKE WITH YOU TO THE DOCTOR, ASK HE/SHE FOR HELP….DON’T FORGET NOW. GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU SAFE…JENNIE POO XX

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