Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Scottish Hound Dogs

These little guys joined us at the shelter yesterday:



and Braveheart - that fish hook was stuck in his precious little feet :( 

Apparently, our shelter manager was in a Scottish mood yesterday ;)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center

First night at UAB was uneventful.
Somehow, someway I've gotten used to the hard cushions on the couch much so that I might have even been more comfortable last night than I have been lately at home on my own soft bed.

Weird, I know.

Chemo started at 6 p.m. last night and then 6 a.m. again this morning.
She won't have another until 6 p.m. tomorrow, so we have a little downtime.

We learned last trip that we can slip away between rounds :)

The nurses would not give us "permission" per se...but we tested the waters, and after sneaking around and lots of giggling and making jokes, we didn't get in trouble.

It does wonders for Mom's mental health to get out of the room and back out into the real world...the sunshine...good food...her own shower...
The little things in life become incredibly important when leukemia comes to town.

As they should for all of us.

Probably the saving grace of this journey for us has been the UAB nurses.

There's not a better group of caregivers...and I'm not just saying that.

Attitude and emotional stability have a lot to do with a successful fight against Leukemia...these nurses know doubt.

Nurses who are not even on Mom's service come by to see her...Nurses we met during another stay drop by to smile, laugh, and visit.
One of our favorites actually came in last night at the end of her last rounds and talked with Mom about faith, worry, God's plan for us, books they've read in common, etc.
Seriously, some of them have become like family...several have family names...Whitney and Chandler particularly, and we joke about that all the time.

When we enter the Hematology/Oncology floor at UAB, familiar faces immediately smile and say "Hey, Mrs. Rasberry!!! So glad to see you!  Look at you, owning that new hairdo!"

There are many bigger places to go if you have cancer...MD Anderson, Sloan-Kettering, Mayo Clinic, etc.
The fact that one of the most renown cancer centers and group of physicians are right here in Mom's home is a blessing to us all, and we will forever be grateful to this place and its people.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Home and Back

I went home for a few days this past weekend.
Mom started the next round of chemo tonight, so I needed to refresh before we were locked inside UAB for another week :)

I love home.  
My house needed cleaning, and the laundry needed washing.
But, I didn't even mind.
Ed does what he can to keep things up, but he's getting ready to retire, so a lot is going on for him as well.

I needed hugs from these guys: 

and I needed to check on this sweetie-pie at the shelter:

Mom and I went to the library in her neighborhood before I left so I could check out an audiobook for my ride home and back.
I've been listening to Playlists from Spotify, but I'm just tired of them...I hoped this would hold my attention and force me to concentrate on something.

It was a slow started but once the dog action began, I was hooked.  I'm on the last of 6 CDs.
Imagine if I actually finish this and write a review!!!

Whoa Nelly!