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A little bit about me and a lot about the things we do.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Rollar Coaster Week

I hate roller coasters.  I have only been on one real one.  I always wonder why people want to do that.  You stand in line watching people ride and scream along the way.  Some get off the ride holding their stomachs, others stumble to a near by bench to rest and then there are those crazy people who run to the back of the line ready to go again.

I just don't understand why people like that feeling.  I prefer the safe feeling when there aren't so many ups and downs in life.

This past week was one of those roller coaster kind of weeks. 
On Sunday it was about to get very exciting because we knew that the next day our "Alberta kids" were going to make a very big announcement.

Andrew and Brianne are having twins!
And then came Monday when we got the terrible news that our "granddog" had lymphoma.  It sounded like there was very little chance for our Bentley.
I sat in my office and cried on and off most of the day.  I cried for our son, for Bentley and for me.  He's such a fun, sweet dog.

On Tuesday, we got word that our oldest granddaughter, Sarah had been scheduled for dental surgery.  It's hard not to be there for Jenn and Sarah.
Wednesday was a bit of an up day after two very hard days.  Jenn gave me the dates that she could come for my surgery and so I booked her a ticket.  Having to go through the surgery will not be fun but having Jenn here will truly be a blessing.  Bentley also had an appointment with an oncologist and they started chemo.  The prognosis is that after chemo he should go into remission for a while but there is a 25% that he will be completely better.  Praying!!!

On Thursday, we started to climb higher on our roller coaster.  Bentley was feeling good, tickets booked for Jenn....and we were off to Calgary.  After a very long time I was going to have a ring on my finger.  My engagement ring was lost early last year and finally after a lot of headaches and tears we had one designed to go with my bands.

It was an exciting time....you know that kind when you are at the top of the roller coaster and ready to go over that cliff when your heart is in your mouth.

Friday...we were ready to get off this roller coaster and have life tame down for a while.  We are thinking good thoughts for our Bentley....praying for our Sarah who has surgery next week....enjoying looking at my sparkly finger.
Now, back in Ontario there is another roller coaster starting.  Jacob, our grandson is a little concerned about his mom coming to help me.  He wants to know who will be making his supper.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Looking at the Postives

When I first heard and read "suspicious for thyroid papillary carcinoma" I tried to toss it to the back of my mind.  Of course, there were times it would slip to the top and I would ponder the idea of having cancer.  I knew from reading that Thyroid Cancer is very treatable and "the best" kind of cancer to have but still the thought was not welcoming.

The positive was that immediately when my daughter heard, she put things in motion, to be able to come out and help me through the recovery time.  As much as I dislike the idea of surgery, I look forward to this time that Jenn and I will have together.

Yesterday, Ron took the day off to go with me to talk to the surgeon.  First, his assistant explained the report once again indicating that the probability of cancer was 75% or higher.  She then told me that the doctor would want to check my vocal chords.  This, unfortunately, was not done by me trying to sing but rather putting a scope down my nasal passages.  This was rather uncomfortable and left me wondering...."Does this doctor know what he is doing... looking for something in my throat down my nose?"  Actually, he seemed quite thorough in explaining the procedure and recovery.  I shed only a few tears with the high percentage of the likelihood of cancer and a few more with the hunt for my vocal chords.

The positive was that since we were in Calgary, we got to have lunch with our boy.  It is always great to be able to have those moments.

From there, we went to the mall were we were finally putting an end to dealing with the "store" that had lost my engagement ring last year.  I had to sign a waiver that I can't talk negatively about this chain of jewellery stores.  After a year, of them unsuccessfully trying to design a ring that would go with my wedding bands, they paid me out and I got to walk away with the cheque. 

The positive is that next week we will go to pick up a ring that was designed to go with my bands and we only had to wait 5 weeks to get it.

So, even though my emotions seem to be a little whacky with dreading surgery; I have so many positives to consider and so I shall try and dwell on them and hopefully leave those other thoughts hidden.
 

Monday, 5 February 2018

Fur Babies and Snowy Mountains

A good mother loves to babysit her grandchildren and will even be willing to look after her grand pets when they are as cute and cuddly as these.
After almost a week with these faces, Ron came to defur me and off we went to the mountains.  On our way to Radium, we stopped at Lake Louise to find a good place to ski.
Close by we found lots of snow and the perfect trails through the woods.


It was a wonderful day.  The heavy snow on the trees were gorgeous and then it opened up to a frozen lake.


We finished a nice trek around the loop and then headed to Radium.  It never gets old going into Radium.
We checked into our chalet.  It's a quaint little motel with a wonderful view.

The next morning we headed back to Nipika.  The conditions were perfect this time and the trails were beautiful.
Later that day we went to the hot springs and soaked all our muscles.
That evening Ron returned to do laps in the "cool" pool.
The next morning we left Radium but the locals got the right away.
On our way back we stopped at Johnson Canyon to go for a little walk.  It was cold and the wind was blowing but it was sheltered enough to enjoy the spectacular sights.





There is nothing quite like enjoying the mountains in the winter but of course there was a little reminder that spring is coming even if that reminder is in a plant.

Monday, 29 January 2018

Ups and Downs

On Ron's last day off we headed towards Radium, BC.  It's a perfect place to spend a few days off.  On our way, we got the good news that Ron had an extra day off.  That was great news.

We booked into a quaint little chalet on top of the hill that had a beautiful view.

We spent a little bit of time that evening in the hot springs and it was exactly what we needed because we got more news.  I got two calls from the specialist who wanted to see me right away. 

I made the appointment for Friday so that we could still enjoy our time in the mountains.  The next morning we headed to a beautiful spot in the woods.
 It was quite mild and the snow was rather sticky but the trails were amazing.


It took us quite some time to actually figure out the maps and many times we ended up exactly opposite from where we thought we should be.



It was kind of slow going and often we were stopping to clear off the snow from under our skies.  I took a couple of falls down hills but still enjoyed the day and the views.

The next day we felt that we deserved another visit to the hot springs so this time we travelled to Fairmont.



It was cool and windy but the heat of the pool felt wonderful.  It kind of made my husband of almost 35 years feel like a little boy again.
On our way back to Radium we had to stop for some of the locals crossing the road.
We checked out of the chalet and headed back to our son's.  It was a bit of snowy drive and quite beautiful.

The next morning we arrived at the doctor's and got the news.  The results showed that one nodule was suspicious of cancer.  An appointment has been scheduled for a consultation with a surgeon.  And so now we wait.
These few days were full of ups and downs...but together Ron and I enjoyed the days away and we will be together to get through the weeks ahead of us....along with special family and friends!