31 May 2009

Sheet Street & Pillow Lane

The Prednisone is wearing off and Ford is feeling the effects of 4 days without much sleep. Hopefully, tonight and tomorrow he will be able to sleep and get much needed rest.

Today has been a quiet, good Sabbath day.

29 May 2009

The Real Super Power

Tomorrow is the last dose of Prednisone for this round of chemo and maybe then Ford can hyper down. Right now he refers to himself as Superman, because the Prednisone makes him feel very strong (health wise). It makes it very difficult for him to calm down enough to get a decent night's sleep.

The up side of it all is that he was able to work 6+ hours today. He also worked out on the stationary recumbent bike for 30 minutes and we walked together around the neighborhood. We also enjoyed visiting with several neighbors and Ward members along the way.

We so very much appreciate the continued prayers offered for Ford. He had such a rough time at the beginning of his treatment. After his first hospital stay in the ICU, he came home weighing 137 pounds. He was able to gain and has been able to maintain his weight at around 157 pounds. When he came home, his arms were bruised and marked literally from wrist to elbow from the IV's, the arterial line, and all the blood draws (every four hours 24/7). His fingers were sore from all the pricks for testing. His head was very foggy and he was very weak. Yet he has progressed and been blessed.

Some of the remarkable things we've noticed about Ford:

-Although his hair has thinned quite a bit on his head (he seemed to lose all the remaining dark colored hair leaving only gray) he didn't go completely bald
-He has not lost his eyebrows or eyelashes
-His fingernails and toenails have never yellowed or turned brittle
-He only has a small bit of neuropathy in his toes and fingers
-His nausea has been mild and able to be controlled by taking ginger tablets and ginger tea (the few times he needed something stronger he took Zofran)
-He has not developed sores or blisters in his mouth or throat
-His skin has been a little dry, yet not to the point of peeling
-The Neulasta injections have not brought on the bone pain that many often experience
-He has experienced exhaustion, yet not the week or weeks of debilitating exhaustion and weakness that we have heard can come
-He has been able to gain back the weight that he lost initially
-He has experienced a bit of things tasting off while he takes the Prednisone, but for the most part, he has been able to eat and enjoy food
-He has had an immense measure of patience taking vitamins, nutrients, protein drinks, healthy concoctions, and unusual foods
-He has endured daily Lovenox injections in the stomach and been able to say thank you after every one, even though the medicine burns like crazy
-He has been able to work about 20 hours a week consistently from home and communicate via telephone with his co-workers
-He has been able to work out consistently on the stationary recumbent bike
-He has been able to get a little bit of frisbee in once in a while
-He has become hooked on Sudoku and has been able to keep his mind alert working through the puzzles
-He has maintained a positive attitude and preserved his sense of humor (every visit to the doctors at the HCI he has prepared a joke, riddle, or some witticism to see what reaction he can get)

There have been many more positives, but suffice it to say that these are why we can definitely say we are witnesses to the fact that prayers are being answered.

While the race is not yet over (and we know it won't actually ever be over for much, much longer), we believe that we can see a flicker of light at the end of the tunnel. We have about 6 more weeks of treatment and follow-up tests before we know how effective this round of chemo treatments has been. Where ever we go and whatever we do, we feel and envision a huge host of support (sort of like the Verizon commercials, only bigger).

We know that your prayers have made the difference in so many circumstances the past four months. Some of you have expressed regret and apologized that you have not been able to do more for us. There is not anything that we could have needed more than your faith, love, and prayers. Once again we offer the seemingly small and insufficient, yet nonetheless, deeply heartfelt words: THANK YOU!



28 May 2009

Good Results

Yesterday, the lab results looked pretty good. Ford's sodium levels did not drop as much as in the previous two treatments. It took us a while to get the results and took a bit longer to drive home, but we made it back to Provo. Home, Sweet Home!

Ford is doing well today. I am not sure if we are getting into the routine of chemo treatments and the trips to SLC, or if Ford can see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel, or what, but he seems to have handled this round of treatment the best of any. Any nausea has been very mild. While on the prednisone for 4 days after treatment, his taste is off a bit and he has a very hard time winding down to sleep. He understands that this is not an unusual occurrence with this med. That is the toughest he has had to deal with so far.

The doctors at the HCI indicated that they are looking at the 6th treatment being the last of this series. Then, pending the follow-up tests and comparisons, we will see. Dr. Pollack ends his fellowship at the HCI at the end of June. Dr. Glen will remain Ford's oncologist for how ever long it takes. We don't know yet if we get another Fellow after Dr. P. leaves.

Dr. Alward (pulmonologist) checked in this morning to let us know that he reviewed the scans and is very pleased. He, too, said that whatever the masses/lesions were, they are receding. I asked about any concern with scarring. He said that scarring is normal and will not impair Ford's lung function.

Now we try to keep from being around any one contagious with anything. Round #6 is on the schedule for 16 June 2009.


26 May 2009

Early To Rise

We had an early appointment today at the HCI. The normal routine has been that we arrive 45 minutes before the scheduled appointment with the oncologist in order to do have the lab results ready by the time Ford is seen by the doctor(s). Then we go right down the hall to the infusion room and get the chemo treatment.

Our schedule today had us arriving at the HCI at 7:45 am with the doctor's appointment at 8:20 am. Then, as usual, we were told to go on down to the infusion room. When we arrived at the check-in area, the woman there seem to have problems finding a chart for Ford. Then when she found his appointment, she told us we weren't on the schedule until 2:00pm. !! ?? It was currently a little past 9 am. No big deal, except for the fact that Ford is suppose to wait 24 hours from the end of his chemo treatment to receive his Neulasta injection. From beginning to end of a treatment, they figure 5 hours for Ford. That means that we wouldn't be able to get follow-up blood work and shot tomorrow until nearly 7 pm. Ouch. We overnight each treatment to be near the hospital in case something goes awry. The latest check out time they can give us is 1 pm. After that, we have to pay for another day.

The whole staff at the infusion area is awesome. If I have failed to say that in the past, please let me emphasize just how wonderful everyone is. The woman recognized our dilemma and went to see what could be done. They were in a pinch of their own. Because of the Memorial Day weekend and holiday, most all of the Monday schedule patients were scheduled for Tuesday along with the normal very busy Tuesday schedule of patients. Well, long story short, they came and got Ford within the hour. The nurse assigned to Ford was the same one he had last time. She remembered that he had been in the area where he could lay down and asked if he wanted to be there again this time. He readily took her up on the offer. It really is very nice for him to be able to be laying down and able to relax and sleep during the whole process. The only glitches in today's treatment were: (1) the IV had to be relocated almost immediately after the pre-meds began, and (2) the IV pump was very sensitive and every time the pump was set with a new drug and time, the nurse would get just far enough out of the area to be annoying when it would start to beep. It was one of the loudest beeps we have experienced on one of those pumps. Both glitches were very minor. Ford was done with his treatment and we were on our way just before 3:30 pm. Amazing! Again, let me repeat, please, the infusion room staff is absolutely wonderful!! The nurses are all professional, personable, caring, and engaging people. A big THANKS to them all.

The doctor reviewed with us the lab results (all were good) and also the report from the CT scans. The report is that there has been good progress in the lungs. There are visibly less lesions, however, scarring may be a problem to be dealt with later. Ford has two lymph nodules in the chest but because they are very small, the oncologist considers them benign. The thickening in the lining of the stomach is hard to determine by comparing scans, because the PET scan that they are comparing it to, didn't require using a contrast dye for the scan and it is hard to get a good comparison without the contrast. However, it seems that the two doctors that have been treating Ford (the Fellow and one of the head Oncologists) feel that Ford is making good progress. Scans will be redone about one month after the 6th treatment and they should be able to have good comparisons by then. At this point, it seems they feel that the next treatment will be the last one in this series.

Ford slept through most of the treatment, as I previously said. He was hungry after treatment, which is good. After eating, we checked in at the U of U Guest House and we both slept for several hours. Ford woke up hungry and was able to eat a very substantial dinner. He is tired, only slightly nauseated, but in very good spirits. He is currently listening to a show on TV with Brian Regan, a popular comedian and a favorite with some of our family and friends.

I will end with Ford's observation shared with his attending nurse today. A majority of patients receiving chemo treatment have a PORT installed for the duration of the treatment. This allows direct access for blood draws and infusions without the continual need for IV's or finding veins for needle "pokes" or "sticks" every time. Ford cannot have a port because of the increased risk of blood clots. Ford told the nurse today that observed that there are two types of patients. There are the Port-ables and then there are his type: he is in the IVy league. (-;

23 May 2009

Lazy Day

Everything went smoothly yesterday driving to SLC and to the HCI for Ford's scans. I really appreciate the valet parking at both the HCI and the U of U Hospital. We went to the U of U Hospital to get the disc of the scans we were suppose to bring back to the doctor in Provo. The copy that the HCI would have given us would not be readable except on their own system. The U of UH copy can be read at any doctor's office in the USA (according to the cute little receptionist at the HCI radiology desk).

While at the U of UH, waiting for the valet to bring our car to us, I was bemused by the young fellow standing a few feet away from two "NO SMOKING" and one "No Smoking within 50 feet" signs while smoking a cigarette. There was an elderly woman on oxygen sitting in a wheelchair near us waiting for her van. I am not sure which bothered me the most, the fact the I am allergic to smoke and was having a hard time breathing or that this guy was possibly oblivious, illiterate, apathetic, ignorant, selfish, inconsiderate, reckless, or a combination of the above. It also made me get to wondering who enforces those types of rules at a hospital and emergency services entrance. I looked around and there were several valets scurrying around, hospital patrons coming and going, and those of us I previously mentioned. No one that looked like the enforcing type of people. (See how easily entertained
I am these days!) :-)

Back to the scans...Ford evidently is becoming accustomed to the taste of the berry flavored barium and said that it actually did not taste that bad. This is, to the best we can figure, Ford's fifth time doing the barium swallow for CT scans. He is one hot guy! Hence, the reason that the pulmonologist was agreeable to not doing CT chest scans of his own and then having them done again a few weeks later. He settled for a copy of the scans instead. And yes, the irony has not escaped us that while waging a battle against cancer, the frequency of the scans increase the risk of cancer. (Here I will spare you a diatribe on the obvious conundrums in our current methods of detecting and treating cancer.)

Once Ford went in for the tests, it was a very short wait. Ford contributes to the story by telling me that the majority of the waiting time was him trying to lock what seemed like an unlockable locker. He had outfitted for the scans and put his belongings in the locker. "The key is already in the lock. All I have to do is to shut the door, turn the key, and take the key out of the lock. It won't come out. I turn it back the other way and the door unlocks. Now I have to figure out if it is a quarter turn, a three-quarter turn, and in which direction. It can't be that hard."

When he finally was able to get the mechanisms to work and exited the dressing area to the waiting technician, he apologized by making some comment about the lock being smarter than he was. She remarked that it often takes people a lot of time, that he wasn't the slowest, and many of them end up having to ask for help. Hey, we already knew he wasn't a hardware guy...

While we were waiting, copies of the book, "Winners Never Cheat," written by
Jon M. Huntsman were being handed out to patrons in the different areas at the HCI. Ford and I each received a copy. How did the scans turn out? Don't know. We think that the pulmonologist will contact us some time next week after he has a chance to review the disc. We also think that we will get some type of report from the doctors at the HCI on Tuesday when we show up for Ford's next treatment.

Today has been a very laid back type of day. We'll enjoy the quiet of the weekend, look forward to our granddaughter and her parents getting back from their Disneyland vacation, and Sunday Sabbath activities. Then we'll gear up on Monday for the trip back to the HCI, Ford's next chemo treatment and follow-up stuff.

We will also be taking time to remember on Memorial Day those many people that have done so much for all of us and are a big part of who we are and what we enjoy today.


21 May 2009

Not a Great Year for Family Visiting

Ford was able to work at the office today for a short while today. He got several hours of programming in yesterday and today.

We missed getting a message from his sister that was visiting here in Utah for a few days, so he didn't get to see her before she and her family had to head back home. This doesn't seem to be the year we will be visiting with much family. The annual Park City condo visit is out, although we were able to visit with Ford's dad and wife before they got up to Park City. That is always a treat. We also found out today that one of the niece's and her family will be here in a couple of weeks and would like to get together with as many of the family as possible. Since that will be the week of Ford's lowest immunity, we will not be seeing her either. That just means we will be looking forward to the next time once Ford has finished with his chemo treatments.

Ford and I have been able to take a walk around the neighborhood area for the past few evenings and then he has come home and put in some more time on the stationary recumbent bike. He will definitely be glad to get back to biking on a regular basis when he is feeling better.

Tomorrow we head to the HCI for CT scans. We both will be happy to have those over with. We are suppose to bring a disc that has a copy of the scans back to Provo so the pulmonologist can review the chest area and see what is happening in the lung area. We hope that the blood clots Ford had in each lung are cleared up.

That is pretty much all the news for today.

20 May 2009

Holding Steady

The results from Tuesday's blood draw were pretty good. The WBC was just barely in the normal range, but that is a big difference from last week. Sodium level is looking good. There were more H's and L's (highs and lows) on this result than there were last week.

The Neulasta injections seem to be going very well for Ford. His WBC does recover much faster and there doesn't appear to any ill side effects that we have been able to detect. Yeah!

With the WBC up a bit, Ford went in to work yesterday. After a couple of hours, he did not seem as tired as he has been the last few months.

Friday Ford is scheduled to have CT scans done of chest, abdomen, pelvis, etc. These will be used to compare to tests that will be taken after his sixth round of chemo. When those results are completed then we will know if Ford is done with treatment. His fifth chemo is coming up on Tuesday, if all goes well. Then, if things continue to go well, the next treatment (#6) will be 16 June. We are not sure how soon after the treatment that the follow-up scans are done, however, Ford may well be within six weeks of completing his treatment.

For the past few weeks, we have many people comment on how well Ford is doing and how good he looks. Many people have shared with us their experiences with cancer treatment and the process of recovery. Except for a very rough first 6 weeks, Ford has done remarkable well by comparison. We believe that he has had tremendous blessings due to the amount of support and prayers. We have amazing family and friends, near and far, that have continued to let us know of their love and well wishes and prayers. This is a humbling realization. Again, we say thank you to each and every one of you. Thank you for the cards, the phone calls, the personal visits. Thank you for the loaves of bread, the goodies, and the food. You have indeed lifted us and helped shoulder a tremendous load. When Ford is in the clear, we will do our best to return the love and service in whatever way we can. For now, know that you all are in our prayers each day.






16 May 2009

Spring Fever

Spring looks like it is finally here! And so is all that it brings, good and bad.

We have had a few days of sneezing, runny noses, and watery eyes. Allergy season is in full swing and along with everything else, we are thankful for allergy meds.

Although Ford's WBC came in very low on Tuesday, he has been gaining energy throughout the week. He is trying to be tolerant of being at home full time, however, I can feel the energy building up.

For a couple of days in a row, he was able to get daughter #3 to go out and play frisbee with him. The running space is very limited in our front yard, so yesterday I asked if he wanted to go up to Provo Canyon and play. He immediately took me up on the offer. Our daughter was also a willing participant so off we went. They threw, caught, and chased frisbees until they were both tuckered out. Then we drove a little more through the canyon. It was absolutely beautiful. The weather was perfect. And it was great to get out and play.

When we got home from the canyon, we got a visit from daughter #2 on her way home from a roadtrip she had taken to St. George. That is always a welcome treat, to have her drop in and catch up.

After supper, Ford still had energy to burn so we went out for walk. We've more than doubled our usual walk. He does very well and seems to be working out the kinks from lack of exercise, especially in the knee that had the ACL repair. After that walk he wanted to go out some more, so he took another walk around a different part of the neighborhood. He is doing so well that I am having trouble keeping up with him.

Ford has continued to be able to work from home. He has commented that when he is done with treatment, his bosses will want him to work from home because he is able to get so much done. Everyone has been great working with him via phone and computer. For that we are grateful.

He misses his work and the workers and patrons at the Provo Temple. Thank you, Brother H. for keeping in touch with him! It helps.

We have a family in the neighborhood that has been good enough to help care for our yard. They have taken charge and seen that things are getting done like the mowing, edging, weeding, fertilizing, etc. They are very dependable and do good work. We are thankful to them! In fact, it sounds like the lawn is getting mowed even as I type. It helps stave off the frustration I have at not getting out there to get things done. I have OH-so-great-plans for landscaping and gardening, but it looks like it will have to wait another year. Maybe the chemo will create a chemical change in Ford that will make him want to get out and involved in the yard and garden... ha ha. Just kidding!






12 May 2009

Catching Up

The weekend was uneventful. Ford and youngest daughter played frisbee again on Saturday. Getting outside gives Ford a boost. He also enjoyed watching the national volleyball championship matches hosted at BYU (via TV, of course).

Two young men brought us the Sacrament on Sunday. Daughter number 2 and her husband came by with happy Mother's Day wishes and a present for a few minutes. Oldest daughter called to say Happy Mother's Day and youngest daughter prepared dinner. I am grateful for 3 wonderful daughters!

Today was blood draw day. The doctor called when the results were received and let us know that the WBC was very low. And, it isn't even Thursday yet when his WBC hits its lowest point in the treatment cycle. That means extra caution this week to protect Ford from exposure to anything that might compromise his immune system.

We have been expecting family to be able to stay for a few days, but we had to find them a motel room instead. In Provo this week that is a major accomplishment. However, a wonderful clerk at one motel made the impossible happen. Customer service like that is rare to find any more.

Although Ford's WBC is down and he is very tired, he perseveres exercising and putting in several hours of work. His good attitude is still intact. He is remarkable and has endured much. He doesn't like having to be home all the time, however he agrees that somewhat of a quarantine for the time being is better than contracting something and being very, very ill or dying. He prefers home to the hospital 100%.


08 May 2009

Today's Update

Today was the first day since Tuesday's chemo treatment that Ford has not needed any anti-nausea medicine. And tomorrow is the last dose of Prednisone for this round of treatment. This is always a good day for Ford.

The color in his face has returned to normal today. For a few days after the treatment, his face is sort of pallid.

Although Ford is getting quite tired of being "on house arrest," as he calls it, he is doing quite well. The Granddaughter was over for a few minutes today and always loves being with Grandpa. This does Ford some good too.

He also got outside for a little while and threw the frisbee around with our youngest daughter.

This evening we took our walk around the block again. I was in agony from cleaning carpets today. Ford, as always, was a good sport and very patient and encouraging. Who's helping whom?

06 May 2009

Over the hump

We are home. We are tired. I'm getting old and driving the freeway makes me irritable. Actually, it is only the drivers on the road that are rude, inconsiderate, ignorant, reckless, clueless, aggressive, or flat out dumb that get to me. The other 1% and I get along great! (-:

Ford is doing okay after his treatment and today's shot. He says that the burn from the Lovenox shot is worse than the burn from the Neulasta shot. The doctor told him that there was an alternative sight for getting the Lovenox shot rather than in the stomach. But Ford declined. He says he did not want to get behind and that he didn't like the way things would end up.

He had a 6 point drop in his sodium level. No one seems too concerned (except me, of course, who worries about every change).
It is still close to the 135-145 range. He has had some nausea, but has done well at eating today.

We were able to take a little walk around the neighborhood this evening. We are woefully and shamefully behind where we should be in our walking health challenge. Sorry, Team.

Hopefully, Ford will be able to get a good night's sleep tonight.

05 May 2009

Laying Down on the Job

Today was a long day. We arrived at the HCI early and waited until it was our scheduled appointment. The doctors were way behind and we waited another hour. That put us behind at the infusion room. We waited in that waiting area for about 15 minutes and then was told that there were no more chairs available so they would have to use a bed, if that was okay with Ford. Bonus! This was a very good option. For the first time Ford was able to sleep through most of his chemo treatment. Things went fairly smoothly, but took a little longer than usual. Ford was pretty wiped out when it was all over. We checked into the Guest House, got everything into our room, and went to get some dinner. Ford ate really well and said that it tasted good to him. Then he went to sleep for an hour or two.

Tonight he says that he is doing just fine. "Terrific."

Tomorrow we have to wait until late afternoon to get the blood draw and shot because the Neulasta shot needs to be given 24 hours after a chemo treatment. We go first to get the blood draw and then if the levels check out okay, Ford will get the Neulasta shot.

The doctor took some time to explain what the normal routine was from here as far as CT scans, treatments, and such. He went through explanations of the exceptions, the what if's, and could be's at a quick pace and although I was trying to write down the gist of things, I still need to go back and figure it all out to make sense of it.

An attempt to follow up will come later.

Thank you, still, for all your prayers and well wishes. We are still feeling very blessed.

04 May 2009

What's on the Schedule


Today is all about prepping for tomorrow mentally, emotionally, and physically (every day is a spiritual prep). Tomorrow will be chemo treatment #4. Ford will be over the hump, so to speak. We leave about 7 am. Treatment will most likely be done around 3 pm. Then we get to overnight in SLC and go back to the HCI so Ford can have a blood draw to check sodium levels and receive the Neulasta shot.

We hope there are no abnormalities and that things go smoothly. If that happens, then, to our understanding, Ford goes back in two weeks for some follow-up tests to see how he is progressing.

Today is the start of a walking challenge through BYU's Wellness Center. Since Ford and I are running a bit short of the 8000 steps suggested for the day, we will be taking a walk around the neighborhood later this evening. Hopefully, that will help Ford get right off to sleep tonight.




In Retrospect


While things are at somewhat of a lull here, I thought I would post about something I learned that might be of help to someone else.

Several years ago I heard the advice of putting your address and phone number in a visible place by every phone in your home in case of an emergency. It was explained that many times in an emergency it is easy to forget even the simplest things like your own address and phone number. I heard the advice. I processed the advice and thought how good that was especially for babysitters that might have an emergency while tending. I didn't heed the advice because our family was well beyond the age for babysitters, however, I did caution any of my daughters that might be babysitting about writing down that information when they were asked to tend.

We have lived in our current home for 10 years. I have seen, written, and spoken our address many, many times. It is ingrained into my brain. Or so I thought. Now I am suggesting to EVERYONE that you put your address and phone number in large letters near every phone in your house. If you have a portable phone, post it somewhere on the phone. (If your only phone is a cell phone, be creative.) This is why I have become a believer and an advocate of this advice:

Wednesday, 25 February 2009, was the day after Ford's first chemo treatment. He had felt fairly good when he woke up in the morning except for a slight headache and some nausea. We had been told that these symptoms might occur and had been given prescriptions to counteract them. I dutifully followed the instructions we had been given. The medicine worked as had been explained and Ford's symptoms were relieved. All went fairly well until a little after noon time. After that time things got progressively worse. Ford was struggling to communicate telling me that he was in a loop (term common to programmers) and that he couldn't find his way out. His nausea was also worse and he began to throw up. The medicine did not seem to alleviate the nausea and he was increasingly "out of it." He began to feel worse and worse. Since I had heard of some pretty bad reactions after chemo, I thought that what was happening was all after effects. I called HCI and the nurse told me, after checking with one of the doctors, that what was happening was normal with the meds that Ford was being given. Around 9:30 pm, Ford began to throw up more frequently and more severely. Another call to HCI yielded no help. Ford received a Priesthood blessing a little after 10 pm and settled down for a few minutes. While sitting up, the nausea seemed to ease. I went upstairs to try and bring down a comfortable chair for Ford to rest in while my mom stayed with Ford. All of a sudden my mom was calling to me that something was going wrong. I rushed downstairs and into the bedroom. Ford, who had been sitting up when I left the room, was now laying over on his right side and was totally blue. I ran around the bed and grabbed him and pulled him back up to a sitting position. He began to make an awful moaning noise. I was freaking out. I told my mom to hold him while I ran to the phone to call 911. I tried to tell the 911 dispatcher what was happening. She kept asking me to calm down and kept asking my address. I kept giving her my address and she kept saying that she was seeing a different address on her screen. I was hysterical. I was certain that I was saying the correct numbers. After several moments of switching to a portable phone, describing what was going on with Ford, and again trying to get my address, finally she told me to go open the door, that help was there. When I opened the front door, there was no one. I could see the flashing lights down the street and saw a police vehicle drive past me. I told her what was happening. She again asked my address. I gave it again and she told me that I had given her the wrong address before. Within seconds a police car rounded the corner and all the emergency response vehicles pulled up. Ford was stabilized and rushed to the hospital. And the rest is history....

All this time I was certain that I had been giving the correct address. Obviously, I was wrong. When I had calmed down and had the chance to think about all that had happened, I replayed in my mind the address that I had given. I realized that I had transposed two numbers and because the dispatcher could not get me to calm down, I kept repeating the same mistake. The only time I gave the correct address was when I had opened the front door and gone outside.

Now I repeat the advice. We never know how we are going to act or react in an emergency situation. We are never quite sure what the emergency situation might be or who it will involve. Think about it
.

I am frankly very surprised (and embarrassed) at how I reacted. I was not in control and, while everything turned out okay for Ford, my mistake could have been critical, perhaps even fatal. It also created a bit of trauma for the dear elderly neighbor couple at whose house the police and emergency response did show up. Rumor has it that one of the couple looked at the other and asked it they had died. (-:

It takes very little time to post your address and phone number. It doesn't have to be fancy, just readable. PLEASE! GO DO IT NOW.

It probably wouldn't hurt to show every one in the family where it is and why it is there--young, old, and in-between. Perhaps make it a part of your emergency planning and practicing.

"Prevention is preferred over redemption." I heard Susan Warner say this in a leadership meeting several years ago. I believe this applies to the physical as much as the spiritual.

02 May 2009

By The Inch, A Cinch

Ford is doing well. He has been able to continue to work this week and has gone in to BYU every day for at least an hour. Then he works at home for several more hours.

He still is working on stamina. Since he still has three more treatments to go, it is pretty safe to say that his stamina will be up and down for a while longer.

Ford weighs in every morning and his weight is at an all-time high (not counting the 20+ pounds he put on when he was pumped full of liquids while comatose in the hospital). This should give him a bit of a cushion going into the next treatment for those times he doesn't feel like eating or food doesn't taste right.

He is tolerating the daily injections with a good attitude. The Lovenox burns as it goes in. His stomach is probably pretty tender from all the pokes, yet Ford fights through it all and responds with a cheerful, "Thank you."

Being able to go to the Temple would be an enormous boost for him. The risk of him getting something from someone who may not be wise enough to stay home when they are ill is the only thing keeping him from going, even for a little while. He loves his assignment and misses being able to work in the Temple each week.

Next week's treatment pushes him over the half way mark! He made it all of April without a visit to the ER or a stay in the hospital.

Ford enjoys having short visits with any who would like to come, as long as you are well. He has appreciated those who have come and those who have called.

Evidence of prayers being answered are seen each day. Thank you to all of you for the prayers and love and support. You have been wonderful in letting us know that while we may not see you, we have not been forgotten. Thank you.