O'Fallon, IL (Hi 85 Lo 72)
THIS IS MORE OF A JOURNAL OF CANCER THEN FOR PLEASURE. I'm telling details.
The beginning of the week was continuing with Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Speech. I spent most mornings and early afternoons with Jim. The later it gets in the day the more tired he gets and he sleeps. On Tuesday they started training me along with him on how to work with a walker, get in and out of the car, do steps and ramps. His mind tells him he can do anything, but the body doesn't always cooperate. I learned how to work with a strap around him in case he falls.
Monday: I picked up the keys to the new apartment. It's in a new development. It's so new the address seldom comes up to have things sent. The little patio.Over looking a couple lakes. We have baby ducks learning from parents.
The inside views.
Interesting there's a closet in the dining area for wine?
Wednesday was a wild day. Jim had PT, OT and speech in the morning and during that time we went by van from the rehab to the Siteman Cancer center a few blocks away for the first radiation treatment. We got back to rehab in time for lunch some more OT and testing stamina then back to the cancer center for first consultation with the oncologist doctor. The rehab van forgot us so with some help from a therapist we tracked down the driver and was on our way half hour later. I guess they're used to that, because it wasn't long we were in for the visit. Now the pills and all the appointment will be for three weeks, then an MRI to see what happened to the tumor. If we continue or stop treatments at that time will depend on how Jim is doing and any changes. It was a long question and answer visit and I was given a detailed list of what to do and when with about 15 meds. My mind is spinning, but as they say do one day at a time. We made it back to rehab ok. The driver from rehab happened to be at Siteman and we rode back with him. We can't get over the immense amount of people at the Siteman Center, only for Cancer. Every 15 minutes someone is getting treatment from morning to night five days a week. After three weeks it's a new set of patients. The cars in and out of the place are in long rows.
Our new radiation place in Shiloh, IL