Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Diagnosis and Playtime – we made snow!

A tough couple of weeks. We won't see the Urologist until July to determine next steps. With cancer in his lymph nodes, we now know where it is after two MRIs, two bone scans, three CT Scans,  PSA tests every 3 months, 3-month check-ins with the urologist, one colonoscopy (negative), two cystoscopies, a flushing, and two biopsies. It's all a been a waiting game to see where the cancer cells migrate. They go on about cancer survivors, but treatment survivors need medals.

Yesterday hubby wasn't feeling well at all. Headache all day, feeling like he had flu. He thinks he has a fever, but isn't 37C. normal? sigh. The biopsy procedure took a great deal out of him. I wonder at all these tests. The prep alone is stressful (an enema, then the drive into town). We'll see how he is today. They give you a sheet of paper in case of infection from the biopsy. You hand it to the ER staff to let them know about the biopsy. It must be common to have an infection.

In the meantime, I look back at last week.

I saw this on TV. Some dippy actress was showing us how to do this. It wasn't a bad activity, except my older granddaughter was reluctant at first. They grow up so quickly!!! We sort of sucked her into the fun!




Isabelle explained how to create this snow!


Snow play from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
It feels like snow: hair conditioner and baking soda. Good clean fun!

11 comments:

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

That looks like a fun activity I'll be adding to the list for the grandkids to make this summer.

Olga Hebert said...

My grandson will love that snow.

I am so sorry about the diagnosis. Yes, a friend once said cancer treatment is a full time job, and a really hard job at that.

Gillian said...

I don't know if I would have the will or the stamina for all the tests and treatments necessary when cancer is diagnosed. Your husband must get really tired of it all. And I'm sure you feel very stressed by it too - sometimes it's nearly as hard to watch someone you love having to go through these things.

Nancy J said...

Snow in summer, and hand made, great fun. The treatments are gruelling, take so much time in travel, and waiting, and the prep., yes, your Mr J need gold medals galore. it all gets too hard sometimes. Hang in there, dear friend, we the carers have hard days as we care, worry, drive, and do lots more than we ever did even years ago. Love the grandies' glasses. My new distance ones, wow, I can see for miles now, and have a lengthy Dr and practise nurse appt., for 29th, ahead of renewing my driving license before I am 75... Scary when I put that age in writing!!!

William Kendall said...

37 is definitely normal. Given the aftereffects of treatment, feeling that way isn't surprising.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Yes, the treatments and other medical interventions are every bit as challenging as the disease... as William says, perfectly normal reaction. You both remain in thoughts and prayers - YAM xx

Red said...

Cancer fights dirty. I hope that there are times when things feel somewhat normal.
Stunning new header.

Vagabonde said...

I am sorry about your husband’s health issues – all these are time consuming and not fun. My husband was diagnosed with bladder cancer 3 years ago, and he has had to have follow-up treatments and cystoscopies. The tumors came back 3 times, last time a couple of months ago, so we follow the treatment still. In addition he was diagnosed with Alzheimer and cannot drive anymore so this is one of the reasons I cannot post as often as I did. Getting older is not easy – we are like old cars with parts getting bad. But I try to juggle all the doctor visits so we can still go on little trips. The snow video is cute.

Kay said...

I am so sorry for all you're going through. That is really stressful for everybody. I hope he's not feeling nauseous or too uncomfortable.

The baking soda,hair conditioner sounds like fun! Winter in June!

Out To Pasture said...

You guys certainly have had challenging times but are meeting the ordeals with courage. We can only trust the doctors and our inner strengths to cope. Might even make a small batch of summer snow myself. Your granddaughter was having a blast.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

HOw fun!