Friday, August 31, 2012

8-31-12

Today has been a good day!  Richie still hasn't had much nausea at all, and has been eating good meals and getting lots of rest.  It was a nice quiet day today...it seems like there were not as many nurses coming in and checking on us all the time.  We went out twice to walk up and down the long empty hallway at the end of the hospital hall.  It's a great place for Richie to stretch out his legs and get a little exercise.  And we sure did need a walk after the wonderful home-made cinnamon rolls that Richie's brother's fiancee Rachel brought us last night!   

Yesterday we decided that today would be the day that we order some seeds from Heirloom Acres.  They're having a sale right now that ends tomorrow.  We were excited and a little proud of ourselves for giving ourselves an important job to do. :-)   We bought a bunch of seeds to grow in our greenhouse after it is built in the fall.

Just one more day in this place and we get to go home!!!!! 

Pictures from last Sunday/Monday

Last Sunday Uncle Harold, Aunt Mary and Aunt Judy came up for a visit. 
Uncle Harold and Richie seized the opportunity take a nap.

Meet Bojangals, Aunt Mary and Uncle Harold's cute little lamb dog.

Bo is  the sweetest little thing...his gentle and friendly personality reminds me of an Ausie my family had.

Green beans!  These are Louisiana Purple Pod from Heirloom Acres seed. 
There were a few Blue Lake pole beans ready too!

Rich and Janet have this cute little window over the sink that lets the sun shine in so beautifully for pictures!



 Dilly beans are a family favorite.  We could eat them at every meal!  Here's the recipe for those of you who don't have it already!

4 lbs. trimmed green beans
4 heads dill
4 cloves garlic
1/4 cayenne pepper per quart jar

5 cups vinegar
5 cups water
1/2 cup canning salt (don't substitute regular salt, this is chemistry!)
Pack beans lengthwise into hot sterilized jars, leaving 1/2 inch head space. To each quart, add 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper, 1 clove garlic and 1 head dill. Combine remaining ingredients in a large sauce pot (non-reactive, like an enamel or glass pot). Bring to a boil. Pour hot liquid over beans, leaving 1/2 inch head space. Remove air bubbles. Adjust caps. Process 10 minutes in boiling water bath.
Yield: 4 quarts


One of the plum trees produced a great crop of plums this year, so I made some jam with several pounds.
 



Thursday, August 30, 2012

8-30-12

Today has been a good day all things considered!  We had a wonderful visit with Richie's folks and sister Joy this morning.  Richie has been handling the chemo well...he's had to be on quite a few anti-nausea drugs.  Last night was a typical hospital night, but we both managed to get some sleep. 

They decided today that Richie needs to have a blood transfusion because of his low blood cell numbers.  I think it should make him feel a lot better.  This is the first transfusion he has ever had, so we're a little nervous about it I guess.  They do it often with chemo patients though...one of the nurses told us that she would be very surprised if one was to get through 4 chemo sessions without needing a blood transfusion.  Please pray that it goes well and that Richie's body accepts the blood and has no reactions to it! 

We're still enjoying the pictures on our wall very much, and so are all the nurses and doctors!

Today we only had 1 catastrophe...the IV nurse didn't screw Richie's saline line on tight when he cleaned up the IV site this morning.  As Richie was peacefully eating is breakfast of muffins, toast, a banana and granola, the line came undone and started spilling blood all over.  He quickly pushed the nurse call button, and after a few minutes the nurse finally showed up.  It's a good thing Richie knew how to kink of the line (from observing how the nurses do it) or there would have been a lot more blood all over the place! 

These are pictures from our hospital room taken yesterday.  It's been a little cloudier today. 



The following pictures are from the Threshing Bee at Toledo last weekend!  We had a great time (even though we had to take Ron along lol:-)  We love ya!




The flea market at the event is full of interesting objects!



This is a very old fire steam engine.  Richie says there's only a few of them left here in the U.S.  It was neat to see it up and running!
We all enjoyed the corn-on-the-cob for $1 an ear!



This is the threshing machine.  The grain comes out of that shoot and into the white sack on the right.
This is the steam engine at the other end of the belt that runs the threshing machine.

This is the entire set up from a distance.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

8-29-12

Good morning friends and family!

Last night we slept fairly well...at least we were able to get a few good hours in before the wee hours of the morning when they start waking us up every 10 minutes for vitals, weight, blood draws etc.  The nurses are concerned about Richie's red blood cell numbers, and may very well have to give him a blood transfusion.  Our nurse says she would be very surprised if he gets though 4 chemos without getting a transfusion, so they do see this problem fairly regularly.  It doesn't sound like it's that big of a deal...they just bring in the blood and start the infusion just like they do with the chemo.  But it will probably delay the chemo, since you can only be infused with so much at a time.  Please pray that Richie's numbers will go back up so that the blood transfusion will not be necessary!   

Technical Difficulties

Sorry I'm having technical difficulties with my header for the blog...it should be back soon!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

One more picture


:-)

I showed this picture to Richie and he says "Yep it's you and your egg head husband!"  He makes me laugh :-)

8-28-12

Today we drove up to the hospital for the 3rd round of chemo.  Only 1 more to go after this!

A BIG THANK YOU to all of the WONDERFUL people who posed and sent photos of themselves with signs to decorate our wall.  Wow.  We entered our room to find that our wonderful family had decorated it before we arrived.  You guys are incredible, and we love you all so much!!!  Everyone has enjoyed looking at each special unique photo...it brought us and several of the nurses to (happy) tears, and will continue to do so throughout the week I am sure.  What would we ever do without all of you, dear friends and family!  Each one of you are precious to us and God has used you in a special way to lift our spirits and encourage us.  

  These last few days Richie has felt very well.  It's rather unfortunate that he has to go into another round as soon as he starts feeling good...but it's better that way than to have to go in feeling terrible already.  The cancer markers are continuing to drop, which is a very good thing! 

It took 22 pictures to capture the entire wall-ful of photos! 
















It's hard to see in this picture, but some friends from church had a very creative idea..they held signs on some of the rides at the amusement park...this sign is being held upside-down on "The Ring of Fire" ride!






Wow!  All of those pictures are going to make a wonderful scrapbook when we take them all down at the end of the week. :-)

Since it's hard to read what the folks' signs say, here are some of the verses they put on some of them.

 2 Corinthians 2:14 "But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place."

Romans 15:13 "Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

Proverbs 3:5-6 " Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight." 


1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 "Rejoice always;  pray without ceasing;  in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."

Encouraging verses from God's word is one of the things that keeps us going day-to-day.  I honestly don't know how anyone could go through something like this without the knowledge that the Lord is right there with us though it all, and gave his Word to us to convict, encourage, and strengthen us throughout our lives.  He is so good to us...to Him be the the glory and honor forever and ever for all that He has done!