Marco had a play day at the Moresi’s house with us yesterday and played ball until he dropped, lol!
Monday, May 30, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Wired for sound!
Chemo Drugs :-(
Yesterday saw us back at Atlanta Cancer Care for round two of Beth’s chemo treatment and marking the half way point in the process! We also visited with Beth’s Oncologist who was very pleased with her progress and reported that the tumor has indeed shrank in size so apparently the chemo is doing its job.
Beth was in good spirits during the chemo treatment listening to her new G4 I-Phone and even eating lunch however as we saw during round one she became disoriented and very tired by the end of the treatment. After returning home she slept most of the afternoon and evening. She woke this morning upset and sore but after taking her meds and having some breakfast see fell back to sleep. I would suspect that she’ll sleep most of the day while the chemo drugs do war with the tumor that appears to be losing! Round two seems to be following the same course as round one.
Thanks again for all the thoughts and prayers.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Yesterday I finally found a source for Prickly Pear Cactus for my garden so I bought three plants for $10.00. The Prickly Pear will winter over in the south and make an interesting addition to the garden. Oh did I mention they are prickly!!!
Prickly pear cactus are found in all of the deserts of the American Southwest, with different species having adapted to different locale and elevation ranges. Most require course, well-drained soil in dry, rocky flats or slopes. But some prefer mountain pinyon/juniper forests, while others require steep, rocky slopes in mountain foothills.
There has been medical interest in the Prickly Pear plant. Some studies have shown that the pectin contained in the Prickly Pear pulp lowers levels of "bad" cholesterol while leaving "good" cholesterol levels unchanged. Another study found that the fibrous pectin in the fruit may lowers diabetics' need for insulin. Both fruits and pads of the prickly pear cactus are rich in slowly absorbed soluble fibers that help keep blood sugar stable.
Fantastic music in the square.
Many families brought picnic dinners.
Concerts on the Square are presented every Saturday night in May beginning at 7 pm and feature an eclectic mix of music. The Iberian Pig is located just off the square. It was great fun!
Sunday, May 15, 2011
To combat Beth’s stage four breast cancer the Doctor is administering double doses of chemotherapy which has been hard on her especially in the mornings. Yesterday after a tuff morning and after a shower and some lunch she was able to enjoy an afternoon on the deck. Beth’s sister Stacey visited and provided her with a therapeutic foot massage which she really enjoyed.
Our very kind neighbors have banded together to supply us with dinners over the weekend. Sam had his wife from across the street brought us these delicious pasta shells stuffed with Ricotta Cheese, Italian bread and an apple pie.
Thanks so much!
Friday, May 13, 2011
One of the unfortunate side effects of Chemotherapy is hair lose so Beth decided to have her hair cut short. Today we visited her favorite hair stylist Courtney who gave my beautiful wife a new sassy look. I really like it!!
Chemotherapy works by killing fast-growing cancer cells. Unfortunately, chemo can’t tell the difference between cancer cells and fast-growing healthy cells, including red and white blood cells. As a result, one of the most serious potential side effects of some types of chemotherapy is a low white blood cell count.
Today Beth had an injection of Neulasta a white blood cell booster to help support her natural defenses and help reduce the risk of infection in patients with some tumors receiving strong chemotherapy like she is.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Yesterday we began our treatment for stage four breast cancer by having our first of four double dose Chemo threatments.
When you start thinking that you're life is tuff remember all these brave folks having chemo therapy today. I'm just saying!!!
I thought I was humbled by Heart Disease!! Seeing these folks fighting their individual battles with such dignity tugs at my heart!
Bravery is understated in this room!
Beth and I want to thank our family, friends and neighbors for putting pink ribbons on all the mailboxes in the neighborhood and for all the great food. Beth and I are overwhelmed by your thoughts, prayers and kindness!!
Thanks Dawn and Stephanie!
Three weeks ago Beth was diagnosed with having an 8MM stage four cancer in her right breast. After exhaustive testing it was determined that her left breast and lymph nodes were clear and a round of chemo and radiation treatment which began yesterday was prescribed. After those treatments she will undergo a mastectomy and breast reconstructive surgery. Three weeks ago we began a long journey neither of us saw in our future however we are determined to do battle with this cancer and win.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Sunday, May 01, 2011
Yesterday I bought a Blue Morning Glory. I moved one of the trellises from the side yard and remounted it and planted the Morning Glory in Lola's garden. It gets 4/5 hours of full sun there and the soil is very rich so we should have a nice display in a few weeks.