Tuesday, June 11, 2013

From Mary Jo (via Rosey's Express as MaryJo says)

Am in my second week of the low iodine diet which is mostly tasteless with no salt, no dairy, no fish... Fruit and veggies with 1 oz of protien is what is on the menu. Sure miss chocolate! And, do not want another salad. Salt substitues can't compare with the real thing. No cooking for DH, can only handle my own food. One more week with radiation in the middle and then isolation. Have lots of UFO's ready to finish. If not in the mood, will work on the new quilt room upstairs. Or, if not well will just read. Have a nice stack ready and waiting.Made up the guest room with new sheets and my favorite quilt. After the scan and labs, will have to dispose of my bite guard, toohbrush and such. Can only use disposable dishes/utensils during that week. Wonder if I'll glow in the dark? The hardest part is keeping away from Fred, the cat. Last time, we boarded him which did not work out. He hid in the lower part of his cage all week, afraid of everything. He doesn't know there are other animals in the world. Will keep him in the garage if weather allows; unless hot. Am using one end of the house and will lock the doors as he is good at opening them. Harder for him when they have knobs instead of handles.

On the bright side, the yard is looking much better. Son Jeffry barked the front taking the old off and bagging it. My quilty friend took that for her dog area. It was bigger chips and works better there. The new lies in nicely and hopefully will discourage those stubborn weeds. Thistles are 3 feet tall in back where we are still working. Lilies are profuse. Red, orange and yellow are in full bloom. Only about a dozenbig thistles left. DH tries to dig one a day. The goal is to make the place easier to maintain. May take awhile. He wants to move to a townhouse with no yard to maintain but I am not ready to give up our home. We have that in Tucson and I miss the yard and space.

DH has good days, sometimes several in a row. This week he isn't having any....3 down days are discouraging. But, his overall spirit is good. He doesn't complain, can't say that about myself. I need to listen more and growl less. Will do that for the next 5 weeks having had a steriod injection in the hip joint. No limping or pain greatly improves my days. Replacement surgery is scheduled for July. The dentist is assessing radiation damage this week, has to take care of all problems before surgery. Even tho there will be more from the next radiation. As Granny said, 'getting old is not for sissies.'

Don't feel old, tho. Looking back with two friends from grades 3 and 4, 65 years of friendship is a wonderful gift. Chosen family, friends, kids and grands are the best part at this stage. And, quilting!


At June 13, 2013 at 6:13 AM , Blogger RoseyP said...

Mary Jo, am I understanding that you are in the process of 'killing off' your thyroid? Good heavens. One other quilter here has had to do this, then go on medication. Animals don't know but sense when something is off. Can you keep a computer handy when in the week of isolation?

At June 15, 2013 at 5:43 AM , Blogger Lavinia-AZ said...

Didn't know you were in Tucson?? Did you know AQS is coming to Phoenix next February? Just before the AQG show in Mesa in March. Good luck and God Bless with the radiation and all.

At June 16, 2013 at 8:03 PM , Blogger Doris W. in TN said...

MaryJo - I am sending you prayers and cyberhugs and hopes that the treatments are 100% successful.

At June 17, 2013 at 2:09 PM , Blogger Sara in Florida said...

Mary-Jo this is just what a friend of ours went through last year. He was treated here in Jax. Fla. at the Mayo Clinic. I offered for them to stay here, but he couldn't be around anyone. It was stressful, and a royal pain, but now is is just fine. They were to be here last Thurs. for follow up-but his MIL (who was living with them) died. They are in New Jersey for the funeral this week, and hopefully can re-schedule before too long.
It is an ordeal to go through, but I trust you will be fine also!
Sara in Fla.

At June 22, 2013 at 9:49 PM , Blogger Marion in NZ. said...

Mary Jo, that all sounds horrid. What a challenge for you. I'll add my prayers and cyber hugs to those of others . Makes what we see as our own problems, pale into insignificance. Keep in touch if you are able. All the best.


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