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Life is full of good news and bad news lately

Saturday, August 08, 2020

Good news first:
Patrick has been accepted into a trial study at the Dana Farber Institute starting August 17th. emoticon
He will be in Boston (75 miles away) two days a week for two weeks and then once a week thereafter. The study uses a drug that has shown success with breast cancer and now they are finding it effective with advanced colon cancer...he couldn’t remember the name of it but he found that encouraging.
We are all about buying him more time on this earth. emoticon
Pat’s 50th birthday is this Tuesday and our birthday/family vacation to Anguilla was cancelled. emoticon
I looked all over New England for a big Airbnb near a beach and/or with a pool to no avail...which was fortuitous as many of the nearby states where I looked are now shut down. emoticon
So, my wonderful DIL booked a hotel in nearby Newport with an outside pool and they will spend two nights there with their three water-loving littles, ages 6,9 and 11, and we will join them for his birthday dinner at a great restaurant with an amazing outdoor dining area overlooking the water. Jean is also planning a tiny socially distanced surprise party for him tonight with his 4-5 best friends (he has sooo many!) in the garage...his man cave....so the kids are sleeping over here. emoticon emoticon emoticon

My new roof looks grrreat!
It really updates the look of the house.
They even did the shed...which looks so cute now.
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The process only took one day but the flowers and shrubs under the mesh tarps they use while ripping off the old roof really took a beating.
It was one of those extremely hot days and I think it was like an oven under there for 7-8 hours...plus some branches were broken.
We need rain sooo badly but nothing happening and we all have water bans...even for vegetable gardens!
We have a well so my dear man prevents anything from actually dying but we really don’t water anything else...don’t want to run the well dry, either.
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And....gosh darn it!!!
The three weeks in the boot, which was a huge pain in the tush in the summer...no walks, no beach, no pool, struggled with stairs....did NOT repair the torn tendon in my foot.
Within days the pain returned, despite starting slowly in walking and wearing my plantar fasciitis boot to sleep in.
I am so disappointed.
Next my doc will order and MRI on my dang foot to see what the heck is going on in there....awaiting insurance approval.
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So, we have a coolish morning today and I am going out for a nice long walk!
Have a great weekend!
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  • THISTIME18
    Good news for Patrick, bad news for the foot. I wish you had good news all round and maybe someday soon you will!

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    47 days ago
  • EDWARDS1411
    Sorry about your torn tendon not healing as quickly as you'd like - they are so tricky and unfortunately can last so much longer than we'd like. On a more positive note, Happy 50th Birthday to your dear son Patrick - enjoy this extra special birthday dinner with him and his/your family!!
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    48 days ago
  • SPICY23
    Happy news for you and your son. Hope it makes a significant difference.

    Peace and Care
    48 days ago
  • BESSHAILE
    Oh I hope that you can buy a little more time with your beloved son. And what a family he has - your heart must swell every time you think of them. I hope he was cheered by the surprise party.

    Wow - your roof looks fabulous. We're still dickering with roofers for our new one - the last big expense we have to shell out. Hope it looks as nice as yours.

    Sending you rain prayers and foot repair prayers and just all good things prayers ...
    and thanks for the bloglove on my reunion post.
    50 days ago
  • ALIHIKES
    I am so glad to hear that Pat was accepted in the trial. And the revised plans for celebrating his birthday sound great.

    Your new roof looks great, and the shed is really cute. Your plants will probably recover IF they can get enough water. We have a drought here also, but they still allow some restricted watering. Luckily the extreme heat spell has ended here.

    I am really sorry that your foot is still painful. I hope the addition scan can get some answers for you.
    50 days ago
  • TIZSLIM
    Great news about your son. Keeping my fingers crossed the drug is effective for him. Also glad you've found a way to celebrate his birthday together.

    Not such good news about your foot. Hope you get a solution soon.

    Meanwhile your roof looks good and I love the style of your house. And yes, the shed looks real cute.
    50 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
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    51 days ago
  • LORI-K
    So much good and bad news swirling around for you. Concentrate on the good as much as possible. GREAT news about the trial for Pat. I pray it will be promising for him. Wishing him a happy birthday and I hope you all enjoy the nice dinner together and he enjoyed his surprise party and mini getaway with his fam.

    Your new roof looks good. I’m sorry about the dryness and water ban. Ugh. We went through that a lot in TX when in drought, but we were always able to still water by hand on certain days during certain hours. I hope your plants and flowers fair okay.

    And that foot! Dang it! I’m sorry the boot did not heal the problem. Frustrating. But the good side is the doctor is pressing on looking for answers. I hope the MRI happens soon and a plan is made. Hang in there.

    Thanks for the update. I always enjoy hearing about your goings on.
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    51 days ago
  • ALEXSGIRL1
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  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Glad you'll be able to get together w/Patrick and family for a celebration and a surprise party! I am so happy he was accepted into the clinical trial. Godspeed!!

    HOPE that the landscaping is salvagable! So hot.

    So sorry to hear the disappointing news about your foot. Good luck.

    HUGS
    51 days ago
  • WATERMELLEN
    Good and bad . . . oh my. Sometimes life is a roller coaster

    It's touching the celebrations your family has been able to organize for your dear son -- so hopeful that the new drug will help him.

    Your roof and shed look wonderful: my flower beds got totally trampled with the 2018 exterior reconstruction too. Oh well oh well: they're coming back a bit now . . .

    And so sorry that your foot did NOT heal. GAHHHHHHHHHH!! Bring on the MRI to find the cause . . .
    51 days ago
  • KOFFEENUT
    I'm so sorry the boot didn't solve the issue with your foot! It's so difficult when we're used to being able to walk wherever we want and don't have physical restrictions to suddenly be curtailed. Hopefully the next round of diagnostic tests will give you a clear answer on what's going on so you can move forward on HEALING!
    51 days ago
  • MTN_KITTEN
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    Bummer, Bummer, Bummer.
    51 days ago
  • LKWQUILTER
    Love your new roof. It really looks great!! So sorry about your foot. It is so hard when we do all that we are suppose to and first option just doesn’t do the job.

    Glad that Patrick was accepted into the new trial study. Praying continuing for him and his family (including y’all too). I know he will certainly enjoy his birthday parties and the children will really love the pool. Have a great dinner too.

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    51 days ago
  • OVERWORKEDJANET
    There are so many new discoveries out there. Best of luck to all of you.
    The kids will enjoy the hotel and 3 day pool party just as much as visiting an island!
    51 days ago
  • MARITIMER3
    Wonderful news that Patrick has been accepted in the drug trial! Will he still be doing chemo as well?

    I'm glad your DIL found an alternative for Patrick's birthday, and that you and your DH will join them on the actual day. I'm sure he will enjoy the party with his best friends.

    Your roof looks great; we're still waiting for ours. Worried about the flowers around our house too; I'm sure they will take a beating. Just hope they have time to recover before the reception on Sept. 19.

    Sorry the boot didn't help your foot. It was worth a try.

    Hugs, Gail
    52 days ago
  • BETHGILLIGAN
    Great news for Patrick and family! I will keep them in my prayers! So sorry the miserable time in the boot did not work. Maybe the MRI will show something easily fixed!! That shed is adorable!
    52 days ago
  • SWEETNEEY
    Sound like the positives are ahead of the negatives.
    52 days ago
  • JOHNMARTINMILES
    Make today the greatest day of your life
    Until tomorrow!

    “The winners recognize that they are more dependent on their people than they are on them. Walk softly.” –
    Brian Tracy
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  • NEW-CAZ
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  • HIPPICHICK1
    Great update!
    Hooray for Patrick and the new trial study!
    Hooray for surprise birthdays!
    Hooray for the new roof! Your shed looks extremely cute.
    Sorry to hear about your foot, but it will get better. I'm sure you can manifest that!
    52 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    Prayers with Patrick and future success with the new therapy. Hope they find whats wrong and correct your foot. Hard to get around with that essential piece not working properly.
    52 days ago
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