Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Spring so far...



Springy huh? 

11 inches of fresh snow fell between Sunday and Monday!  I awoke this morning snow falling again and I am just beyond tired of it as most of us who live here are.  While the rest of the world plants flowers and decorates for spring, the only thing with "green" that would be appropriate around here may be putting up the Christmas tree.  

I am hanging in there with my new lower dose of Xeloda.  I still struggle with nausea and a bloated and distended stomach which I've heard is common.  Fatigue has crept in as well.  Most days I am in bed by late afternoon, early evening.  

But I am at dose 8 out of 14- I am over half way there and if it doesn't build up any more than this, I think I can do this. We'll see when or if the cracking of the skin on the hands and feet begins and go from there.  But I remain encouraged.

My brother came to visit last week.  I am so grateful.  He has actively helped me, help my mother.  We are in the midst of making sure we are taking the very best care of her that we can, and trying to have a plan in place for if or when she may need more help.  

We also had Family Fun Night at Colton's school, and I yielded to sprite and my pillow that night.  But Saturday night we had Nolan's hockey party and I wouldn't miss that for anything.

So I am learning to give in at times and rest, while pushing through at other times and finding I can manage somewhat.  

I have a few more vacation photos.  Jim, Rick, the boys and I spent a cool afternoon at The Aquarium and Broadway at the Beach, in Myrtle Beach.  For everyone who has so generously given to us so we could enjoy our vacation- I assure you we all did- and these are some of the things we did with the boys. 





















I took a short video shortly after we first arrived at the beach.  The shouts of excitement are from Colton.  The waves are chasing him and he is trying to outrun them.  The sound of unadulterated joy in his voice is priceless to me.  




































21 comments:

  1. It's always so funny to me how differently people view weather depending on where they're from. And while I probably don't want snow in April, I'll also try not to complain about skipping over spring and jumping right into 90 degrees in April. :)

    Glad to hear you're hanging in there.

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    1. Exactly- I have that feeling too that we will skip right from winter to summer at some point. The bigger issue I haven't even mentioned is that we are projected to have a huge flood and are just waiting for the big melt and then we will build giant sand bag dikes trying to protect our homes... it's shaping up to be crazy :)

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  2. I have family and a friend in Wisconsin and they feel exactly the same way about the snow as you do! It seems as if old man winter is holding on with all his might! We here seem to be going right into summer as we are looking at the 80's and into the 90's next week. I really don't like the 90's and wish it would wait until July!

    I'm happy to hear that you are tolerating your medication. You are in the home stretch now having already taken 8 out of 14 doses!!! Yay!!!

    Your pictures and video are wonderful and really show all you got to experience and enjoy as a family. I love the upside down building!!!

    Hugs my friend! Just remember that the snow has to go away sometime! :)

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    1. Hi Eileen- yes, we are just hanging in there as best we can. I feel lucky to have escaped it for a bit- but am already longing for a good dose of vitamin D!

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  3. oooh, wow... we're just starting to feel SPRING here, can't imagine still looking at that much SNOW!?!

    perhaps this drug is going to kick cancer to the curb for you and you'll be able to recoop and move on with the business of life.

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    1. I know- right? It gets fairly tiresome... and then the wet and then the WATER... oy, it's going to be crazy...

      Yes- am hopeful about the drug and what it can potentially do! Crossed fingers- in time we will see :)

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  4. So glad that you posted the video, Vicky. LOVE the sound of the surf...surpassed only by the sound of our son having a large time!! GREAT!!!
    Smiles abound from me as I watched and listened to that.
    As you rest (and I am glad that you are resting, my friend,) I have a hug for you to give to your Mama. Sending nothing but love and hugs to her. Mothers are a treasure for always, and I know that you and your family are taking the best care and giving the best love to her. Give her my best, would you.
    As you continue your meds, I am so glad to read that you are over half way through taking them. So happy to hear that. I pray for comfort when discomfort creeps in.
    Finally...I LOVE the photo of the snow, Vicky. As I've said many times on many of my friends' blogs (yours included)...I don't get to see snow. I love to see it...photos of it...the softness of it, and to know that you still are able to enjoy it brings happiness to me. What the heck! Put up the Christmas tree if you have to!! :))) Enjoy the wonders of God's gifts...whether they be white or green. I love you, my friend.
    Jackie

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    1. *your* son ...not *our* son....
      Again...I do my best proofreading after I hit "send." :)

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    2. Miss J, I will most definitely pass along a hug to my mom from you :) And I am glad for the reminders that despite what I grow weary of (the snow) it is a blessing and sight to behold for others. And the "our" son Jackie, indeed for all of the years, all of the time, all of the sweet ways you have followed his little life- he is- in an honorary way- "our" son :)

      Love to you!

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  5. Thanks for bringing us to the ocean with you Vicky! I loved all of the visuals, and of course, the words too. You never cease to amaze me by how you are perfecting this leaning in thing. Looking forward to seeing you soon! Hugs and blessings sweet friend...

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    1. Embracing- letting my word guide my way and blessed to have you all come along with me :) Will email soon!

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  6. Great pics to brighten your spirits
    Yes I do hope the snow stops It's about time it does.
    But you did have a few days to warm up and sit by a nice beach and this should have been very good for you.

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    1. I take myself back through my pics- often these days Vic- so true :)

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  7. Snow almost wish ours was snow instead of rain and wind. Roads and basements are flooded. Lots of humidity and very short patience in some cases.

    Am so glad you had a great vacation. Love the photos. Also looking forward to spring and planting flowers and garden. Have a great weekend!

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  8. Snow almost wish ours was snow instead of rain and wind. Roads and basements are flooded. Lots of humidity and very short patience in some cases.

    Am so glad you had a great vacation. Love the photos. Also looking forward to spring and planting flowers and garden. Have a great weekend!

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    1. I've seen all the flooding this week in your area Verna- scary- hopefully the water will begin to abate and recede soon - we are just gearing up for ours :)

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  9. Oh my... THAT is your spring?!?!

    You seem to have a balance. Probably not easy but it sounds good: deciding when to rest and when to join in the fun. Sorry you have to miss some fun. I know this must be hard.

    X

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    1. Ha- yes and it isn't much better this week yet either :) Soon- the melt will come!

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  10. Felt like I've just taken a wonderful trip with your post. Your pictures make me smile--love, love the video. Wish I'd known just how special that moment was when our three were younger.

    So much love!

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    1. Oh how I adore seeing you here Julie- thank you for your visits and heartfelt words!

      Love and blessings to you~

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  11. LOVED to hear Colton's voice! Looks like a great time and nothing beats the waves lapping at your feet. Hang on to that springtime feeling in your heart. It's just under the snow. I know - SO comforting aren't I? :D Yay for dose 8 and that you are past the half way point. So sorry though for the nausea and distended tummy. That hurts. I get a distended tummy with a malady I have and it's really uncomfortable at best and painful at worst. I go from a normal of four months pregnant-looking to nine months in a half-an-hour. It's been happening all week, at night, but next time it happens I will think of you and think of it as communication with my faraway friend! Belly buddies. Let's come up with another way to feel connected. haha

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