June 30, 2017
Sarah and I have had a couple of doctor jaunts in the past few days; one to a GI doctor in Chesapeake and another to a breast imaging center in Greenville.
Since I had a young and agile passenger with me on those jaunts, I had her leap in and out to pump the gas. So nice to have a built-in assistant!
The GI doctor ordered blood work to check on a few things and started her on a few weeks of a proton pump inhibitor to see if that made any difference. He wants to see her again in a month.
As for the Greenville appointment, Sarah had an ultra sound on the left side six months ago and they wanted to follow up on that. In the meantime, she found another lump on the right side so she went to her doctor to have it checked and was told she needed an ultra sound on that side, too. She has to go back in six months to be checked again, and then if everything is unchanged, every year after that. This girl of mine keeps her doctors busy!
In fact, it was just a little sobering on the trip to the GI doctor to watch her filling out all the forms they had mailed her. I watched as my 21-year old daughter checked boxes for all sorts of things including cancer, bone marrow transplant, surgeries, radiation, chemo, breast biopsies, ultra sounds, two colonoscopies, and the wearing of a Holton heart monitor.
She just takes it all in stride though, which is one of the many things I admire about her. In fact, she can even find humor in it all. She told me a couple of Sundays ago, “Mom, I was talking to some older ladies at church and I was actually keeping up with them in the health ailment discussion.” Gotta laugh.
If you’ve read about any of my own Greenville journeyings (to oncologist, rheumatologist, pulmonologist and reconstructive surgeon) you probably know that one of the highlights of my trips there has always been getting to eat at Chick-fil-A.
Of course, Sarah and I big plans to eat there on Tuesday but when we arrived, the cars were backed up so far we couldn’t even get into the parking lot. Rather than trying to wend our way through the mess and the mayhem, we thought we would give the restaurant next door a try.
We LOVED it!
We were looking at each other while we were eating and saying, “Chick-Fil-WHO?”
This is obviously not food I would make my daily fare, but for a special treat on a trip to Greenville? I am all about it.
Also, when we told them we had never been there before, they told us each to pick out a dessert for free. Don’t know if all locations do that but give it a try.
She is still working hard at Food Lion every day. When you consider that she weighs 100 pounds and is five feet tall, it is impressive that she wrangles these big carts and containers all day long. (She also takes between 5,000 and 7,000 steps a day.)
After long days spent grappling with groceries, she especially enjoys outings last night. She and Steve had a pizza together and then went out for ice cream and a walk by the ocean.
They were eating on their own because I was out for dinner with a couple of friends. The restaurant (Pamlico Jack’s) was getting ready to close which is why it looks a little empty in this photo but it was a hoppin’ place most of the night. And those windows provide an amazing view of sunsets over the sound.
One of the women I was with was telling stories of how she used to wait on Andy Griffith when he came to the restaurant where she worked. I love hearing local stories told by local people.
With all the doctor travels we’ve had lately, I am happy to report that on July 10, we are embarking on some fun travels, namely, a road trip to Wisconsin.
And to add even more joy to the journey, a certain son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren of Steve’s and mine will be coming to Wisconsin, too! (Flying, not driving.) Steve and Sarah haven’t been up there in five years; also, most of my extended family have never met Noah and Madison since Nathan and Meagan were newlyweds the last time they were there.
It will be downright deligthful to trade in doctor travels for happy travels.
Many of you have seen the name Ann Draper Martin crop up as one of my most frequent commenters.
We met Jim and Ann when Sarah was in treatment and have been in touch with them all through the years; they are very special to our family.
Last week, Ann was diagnosed with breast cancer. And today? It’s her 71st birthday.
Isn’t that just how it goes?
Sad days and celebratory days all blend together to create the shades of shadow and light that make up the moments of our lives.
Dear Ann–Steve and Sarah and I want to wish you the happiest birthday and we also want to let you know that we are with you in this cancer battle. You have brightened the lives and lightened the loads of so many other people; now it’s time for all of us to do that for you.
Much love on this day as we get to celebrate YOU!
What about you? What is your favorite fast food restaurant? Why?
Do you have any fun travels planned for the rest of the summer?
Thrift stores, fuzzy socks
and conversing with my Yorkie
are all on the list of things I love.