Sunday, November 6, 2016

Heading Home

It has been a whole year since I've been to Tahoe.  It was October of last year that we left for Portland, intending to move more of our life to the city closest to our children. At that time I started an Intention Board (previous post) for a boat to keep in the San Juan Islands. Our intention was to sell Tahoe and take up a new adventure. Well, that didn't happen. We're actually quite grateful that we are not now worrying about how to take care of a boat as our life circumstances changed. Living in two places is difficult enough.

I look forward to seeing old friends, having lunches and dinners with people I've known most of my life. It's been hard going through what we have without the benefit of friends and family. We are lucky to have a couple of old friends in Portland full time, and a few friends that pass through when they are visiting their children that live here. But, for the most part, we depend on each other for social interaction. Great until one of you gets sick, and the other one needs use a shoulder to cry on, or a giant glass of wine over lunch. Our daughters are great, but they are dealing with their own issues with their father being sick. And they are busy with their own lives, which is how it should be.

So we're heading back to Nevada tomorrow. I look forward to the creek behind our condo and the smell of pine in the thin mountain air. Rich is feeling great and nearly back to his old self. He was unable to continue chemo because he just couldn't tolerate it. The doctor sent him home and told him to enjoy his life and bring back pictures. What this will mean in the long run is uncertain. But then, everything about this disease is uncertain. His tumor was unmethelated, which means the chemo was not going to be as effective, and since he literally quit eating and drinking for several weeks, it was clear he would not survive the "cure."

So we live in the moment, day by day. And tomorrow we're going home!


37paddington said...

Welcome home! I'm glad Rich is feeling better.

luksky said...

Please, if you have not tried tumeric, do so. My husband had a golf ball size tumor on his neck that grew bigger and bigger. I started putting tumeric in our daily smoothie (which I call our medication because it includes all the superfoods I can get in there) and over several weeks the tumor shrunk down to almost nothing.

I am a firm believer in food being thy medicine.

((hugs)) to you and your husband.

luksky said...

Also, I have read there is great success with a low carb/keto diet being successful with reversing brain tumors.

Anything is worth a shot, right?

Nancy said...

37 Paddington - Thank you :-)

luksky - Yes, we've been taking the capsules of turmeric/curcumin - 2 per day. We tried the diet, but with him not eating anything the doctor felt he should just eat what he could. We're slowly trying to put more veggies in his diet but he really craves grape nuts and milk! Since he's so thin - anything he would eat was good. Now, we'll work on the diet. We're also using high THC Cannabis oil, which is also having a big effect on brain tumors. Thankfully it is legal in Oregon. The oil is kept for medical marijuana card holders only.

luksky said...

I'm so glad he is able to get the Cannabis oil.

Lindz said...

We'd love to be those people with whom you drink wine when you're back in Portland. Enjoy Tahoe!

Nancy said...

Lindz - Thank you! You are absolutely on the list! I still need to meet your two adorable children.

Madeline Kasian said...

I only just found your blog, and I am sending you love and support form Arizona. Sounds like returning to Tahoe will be an enjoyable trip for you and your husband.I'll be following..on your blog.

Nancy said...

Madeline - Thank you so much :-)

Nancy/BLissed-Out Grandma said...

Nancy, I have just been catching up on my blog reading, and I'm sorry to hear about your husband's struggle. My best to you both, and I'll look forward to both of us coming back to our writing.

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susan said...

Dear Nancy,
I was so sorry to read about your husband's illness. Having worked in neurology and neurosurgery for so long as I did I'm more familiar than I'd prefer to be with glioblastoma. Now so much more time has gone by since you posted this all I can do is to send you my very fond regards. It's so difficult not to sound banal in these circumstances but I hope all is well.
Best wishes, Susan

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