Monday, January 7, 2008

A shot in the just that....

Today was a "drop your drawers" day for dh. The nurse was so good that she gave him the shot and he did not even know it. When done, we (the nurse and I) were looking at him waiting for him to put things back together, and he just stood there until prompted! He truly had no clue the shot had been administered. I think that is a good thing. We got lots of questions answered. Many answers were "we don't know" or "we aren't sure" because everyones's response to cancer treatment is different. But this today was an easy one, for sure. The next step is a visit to the radiation people, getting a tour of the facility, getting to know what is in store, and getting an idea of what the plan is. Radiation is likely not going to start for another two months. That will allow swelling to abate before the actual radiation begins. This is vital, since they have to irradiate the entire prostate, and if not smaller before they begin, it could damage vital surrounding tissues, and we all hope that does not happen!

After all was said and done, we went to Panera Bread for lunch. While we were sitting there, a lady came in with her mother. She was attempting to steady her mom, who was having nothing of it as she stumbled ahead, using her cane. The mom was probably in her late 80's or early 90's and dressed to a "T". She even had on heels, if you can imagine, while the daughter that was trying to keep her steady was wearing comfortable clothes and sensible shoes! Anyway, the mom was fussing at the daughter, loudly, and making a scene. Now for those of you that know us, you know we do elder care. My dad and dh's mom both lived with us until my dad died in October 2006. He had been with us for 11 years. We have been through almost any drama you can imagine with taking the Oldsters out to eat, etc. And my mil, who at 96 is still living with us, was fussing about using a walker in public until a couple of years ago! DH and I looked at each other, knowingly, and continued eating our lunch.

We are hoping to go on a trip in two weeks. We are making plans to leave my mil with one of our daughters for a couple of weeks. There are many things to deal with to make that happen, but hopefully all will work out.

It was 72 degrees today, all in all, not such a bad day.

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