August 26: Day 87

Welcome to the twilight zone, where we enjoyed Fall through most of Summer and now that the kids are back in school/football and Fall is upon us, it's SUMMER with a vengeance! Oh Iowa, how come we cannot quit you?

We have been smooth sailing since the little virus hiccup in the ER last month. 

Mom recovered from that adventure with a little help from a high powered antibiotic and has been making herself engage more in the social world, even when she feels less than stellar, more so than anything some days to control the impulses/crazy of the monkey mind. 

She's been to a handful of family reunions and events, bunco, lunches, on her bike here and there, enjoyed a day at the fair (atop a scooter), continues to walk, does a bit of grandkid babysitting; all told she is doing a better job of getting up and out of the house, and has even driven (twice). 

These are all great signs. The yoga teacher in me tends to also look at the human form signs/progression, and in that arena her breathing seems far less labored, and she doesn't seem to protect the right side of her body so much. She has also regained some range of motion in the right arm and ambulates with much greater ease. 

All that said, she is still tired, nowhere near the mock ten speeds we all knew/loved/admired, she continues to look 'puffy' and the humidity makes breathing and doing about anything outside a real cumbersome task. Keeping all things in tremendous perspective, God willing, hopefully the weather (and decreased stamina) are all we have to complain about for the foreseeable future. 

I would be remiss if I didn't also point out that so much of Mom's galavanting around is possible because of the generosity of all of you. The calls, cards, rides, flowers, countless acts of kindness; have all been an absolute Godsend. The meals also continue to show up, meaning Mom doesn't have to put a moment of thought into making or providing them. Thank you will never cut it, but we are so very grateful. 

On another note, we head back to Iowa City tomorrow, so wanted to put out this update to get you "prayer people" in action. Not that so many of you aren't already in constant prayerful action already (we feel it)....however, we are specifically going to Iowa City tomorrow to see Dr. Karwal again and to get everything 'measured.' 

We are praying/hoping that both the liver function numbers AND the AFP number continue to go DOWN. This would mean that the Nexavar is continuing to work its magic and that the tumors are continuing to SHRINK.

While you all are at it, please also include our (great) aunt Elaine and her family, the entire Dan Woodin clan, as well as Keith Barnes and his family in your prayers. All are currently in their own (cancer) journeys and amidst some very stormy seas. If we have learned one thing from this, it is that cancer does not discriminate. 

I will update the site with news as soon as I am able tomorrow. Appointment time is early afternoon, so will be sometime tomorrow evening.


“Maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it's wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” ~Gilbert