Home Again Massachussets 2012

Len will be home shortly—he is playing golf. So Diego and I have been doing chores. Putting together an autumn tableau, playing Frisbee, and trying to figure out the instruction manual for my hearing aids. What has my life come to?

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We had a wonderful week in Massachusetts with Carol and Al. We were, “…over the river and through the woods….” Through Massachusetts — Purgatory, Groton, Shelbourne, Gloucester, Rockport, Worcester, Salem, Essex, Framingham, Shrewsbury, and Boston; Rhode Island—Providence; Vermont—Brattleboro and Weston; and in New Hampshire—I don’t know. Long enough to stop at a State Liquor Store! Most of the time we were on a quest. We were either going to Trader Joe’s, Federal Hill, Rite Aid, Starbucks, Vermont Country Store, or seeking out foliage, fried sea food, pizza, pizzelles, Vermont Gold Vodka, Rush Shining Hair Spray, UPS, on and on. Ninety-nine percent of these quests were initiated by me. Len and Al in the front seat and Carol and I in the back seat….we covered over 1200 miles in a week. It was great……Carol and I always have great things to talk over, Al always lightens our spirits with great belly laughs, and Len always the king of patience, driving, and finance! IMG_4269.jpg We had a fantastic time. IMG_4272.JPG Pizzelles.jpg

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At night we would come home and unwind with hearty soups, hard bread, cheese, and wine. One night we had what I like to call a family reunion including two of Karen’s friends from work. All the kids and their kids were there except Alphonso and Jayne and their kids but we were able to see them the first night. It was a million laughs….Kirstin and Andy’s little Giacomo is slated to be a bar tender…Cedric, a former basketball player for the San Diego, now Clippers, and his girl chum, Linda, made the evening even more notable. Gemma and Giacamo are totally smitten…..hell’s bells, I wanted him to throw me in the air too! David and Len did Mason talk and for all I know some secret signs, Karen ordered a case of Crema de Tequila using her phone, Samuel and Lorenzo, the young men were awesome–patient with the adults. Al got to tell the best laugh….how he found himself locked in the men’s handicapped stall in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s House of Seven Gables. It was hilarious—Al locked in and few options considering his physical limitations. Only Al could make this a great and happy story.

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Len and I spent the last two days in Boston prowling around the North End. Nephew Justin gave us a great tip….using our military ID cards gave us access to park in the Coast Guard Station right in the middle of the North End. This saved us lots of time and quite a few bucks too.

So, once home, Len went to the trainer’s to pick up Diego and I ran a few errands. When Len came in he had this huge gift basket….it looked like something from a florist….it was from Lisa, Diego’s trainer! I have to put the photo in here. It had a BIG photo album of Diego and his exploits, treats, treat apron, and a FRAMED 8”x10” glossy of Diego sitting on a rock, and looking a lot like RinTinTin. Suitable to hang over any fireplace! Ok, so is Diego a changed dog? Well, in some ways. He now can high five, shake hands, roll over, jump in and out of the car, and solve a doggie puzzle. He still chases cars. IMG_4500.JPG

This is reminding me of something Susan sent last week. It was a list of little known facts. The fact that caught my attention was the cost to raise a medium sized dog to the age of 11. $16,400!!!! Well,here is what I can say: Diego is only 6 months old and we are well on our way to exceeding that amount. We did have him neutered and had a chip implanted. Len loves Diego.

Today I went with Len to the spine specialist. Welllllll, the news wasn’t great and not encouraging. More about getting old and dealing with that reality. Len’s vertebrae are mostly all spurred and compressed…. obviously scoliosis….I knew it just from looking at the x-ray. Len’s neck is in bad shape again too. Dr. C gave Len the options….have surgery and be prepared to have only quality of life daily living not the biking and the golfing or get physical therapy and cope as best as he can until he is willing to accept more permanent limitations. This is really tough for Len. He has always been so athletic.

All we do is hang out in the hospital. Most of my time is in the infusion center still but I do spend new time in the audiologist’s office. She is fine-tuning these things to near perfection. I swear I can hear a dragonfly blink now. When the fountains come on in the morning it sounds like Niagara Falls to me. I can wear a little gizmo around my neck and talk on my phone with the audio going straight to my hearing aids…also the same for watching TV! I like that a lot! Apparently, this hearing loss could rightly be a result of the chemo.

Yesterday Channel 6 News film crew came by again and filmed me working in the infusion center. I don’t feel comfortable with this—as much as I like attention. It really isn’t about me but breast cancer awareness…that better be the spin.

Next Tuesday I have my 6-month check up with Dr. B….she is Dr. Rudd’s replacement. I am going to go all by myself. I want to go by myself and see how I do.  

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