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This post will be pretty brief and to the point. With the cancer thing dragging me down, my immune system thought a UTI would be nice. But not just any UTI, one that turned into Sepsis. I got very sick the same day we got 24 inches of snow. Great. Wendy dragged me to the ER Wednesday morning. They checked things out and sent me home. I made it home and Wendy called 911. Fever of 104 was enough for her. And I’m still in the hospital but hopefully on the mend. Fever is down and the morphine is controlling the pain. So I came in at 😡 and currently at 😠. Wednesday night I made MY decision to be put on Hospice. By Thursday night Wendy decided that I had decided wrong. So…I’m still here. Yay me! For any further updates please annoy, I mean call Wendy.

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Lupron Shot

I had my last Lupron Shot on Tuesday. Out of the many side effects I would say I have fatigue, swelling of legs and feet, overall weakness, and mood changes.

This Shot is good for three months. I still take me bicalutomide every day. Nine radiation treatments to go.

My numbers look good according to my blood work.

My moods are the scary part. We all have good or bad moods. But as adults we know when to control them. As for me right now I just need to avoid people and all will be good! I’m so tired that all of my filters are gone. So I apologize in advance for what may come out of my mouth.

I’m normally a pleasant person…really!


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The 12th Day of Radiation…

Not exactly a title to set to music, but coming up with snappy titles is not always my thing. I ask Ariel to help me out many times.

So 12 radiation treatments are behind me…17 ahead of me. My last blog was about side effects, so no need to go over those again. They have not really changed. Maybe a few have intensified, just a dash, but for the most part I guess (I hope) a status quo has been reached.

So this post is just a couple of heads up I have tripped over and hopefully others may avoid by reading this.

My hormone therapy creates havoc with my body. Several side effects are definitely icky ones due to blocking my testosterone. But now, about three months into it, I have found a couple of things that have helped.

One side effect is nausea…the second one would be agitation. I do not think either of these are avoidable, but I have learned to choose the “best” time to feel them at their worst.

The six months of treatment started out with a heavy duty hormone shot good for three months. Followed up with taking a pill every day. One side effect that was stressed to me was that I would feel fatigued or tired. Because of that, a lot of people choose to take the pill in the evening so that they can sleep most of it off. Since I had two months of hormone therapy before I started radiation, sleeping it off was not that big of a deal for me. I did not have to be anywhere at a set time so I was taking my pill before bedtime. I knew that I was not sleeping all that well, felt nauseas, and agitated during the night, etc. But not a huge deal since I could take a nice morning nap each day. But then I started my radiation treatments. I now have to get up at 5AM to start my day and make it to my morning appointment. One week of early morning alarms and I was like UGH! But being the not so brilliant person that I am, I did not think of changing the time that I take my hormone pill. Tuesday of this week I smartened up and am now taking my pill at lunch time. So my afternoons and early evenings are not all that great, but when bed time hits, along with the help of Melatonin, I get a good nights sleep. So the rest of this past week, my morning routine went much smoother. Mostly because I was awake for it.

So what I am saying here is be smart with the timing of your medication. Choose when you want to be at your worst and make sure to get SLEEP.

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For better of worse….we are home. The house is finished and we have officially moved in. So far we have given away enough furniture to furnish another home and we have yet to unpack many of our boxes. I hope that Good Will is ready because we are coming! How many toasters and crockpots can one house possibly need.


I’m embarrassed to post some of these pictures because of all the clutter we are still trying to find room for. But hopefully you will find the forest through the trees and see the vision that we had when building. Of course the best thing is that it is all wheelchair accessible! To me, that has made it worth all the hassles to arrive where we are. So enjoy the pics!


IMG_0693This is the dining room area. Table for eight should be large enoughIMG_0711 for family and friends to sit around, enjoy a cup of coffee and solve all of the world’s problems.








IMG_0710This pic is looking over to the living room area from the dining room. A nice, comfy wrap around sofa, fireplace, TV and piano. A little bit of everything for everyone.IMG_0690 Ignore the Chhuahua wearing the cone of shame.













Here are some shots of the kitchen area. The craftsmanship on the kitchen cabinets is amazing. The pics here do not do it justice. The area is very open allowing for lots of maneuvering room for me. Also a shot of the front door and the door to the right of the kitchen goes into the hall leading to the garage with Wendy’s and my room on the left and the laundry room on the right.




IMG_0699One of the bookshelves I bought for the study. This one is four feet wide and six feet tall and we could use about five more of them for all of the books we have. So if you should ever visit, don’t be surprised of finding books just about anywhere.








This is one of the bedrooms down the hall complete with bookshelf. Every bedroom also has its own TV so you can escape the herds for a little quiet time.








IMG_0713Another bedroom. And as you can see we are gradually getting pictures hung onIMG_0714 the walls. Amazing how the little things turn a house into a home.











IMG_0703This mess is Wendy’s and my room. It does look a little bit better IMG_0704than this now. And our bathroom. You can see the sink cutouts and roll-in shower for me.











Well I guess this ends the virtual tour. I hope you enjoyed it and ignored the mess. Feel free to drop by for a visit and we may just be able to find an extra coffee cup. 🙂










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A nickname that we gave our cat because he truly was the meister of spooking. Jet black and very stealthy, he could evade detection from the best of searching or flashlights.

You may wonder at the odd spelling of his name, Spewky, but our youngest daughter wrote out his name with this spelling when she was 10 years old and it stuck. We did just call him “Spooky” but we all loved the spelling.

Today was a sad day for the rest of Spewky’s family. I knew he was not acting or feeling well, so we brought him to the vets. Not even attempting to use all of the terms the vet used, he had what amounted to congestive heart failure. Fluid had collected around the exterior of his heart and lungs and he was basically drowning. So we made the very difficult decision of having him put down.

We had the “Spewk Meister” for 15 years and he certainly became a part of our family. He will be greatly missed.


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The busy little bees continue to buzz and the ants continue to march as the finishing touches take place on our new home. I try to roll myself in once a day or so just because I am nosey and eager to see the work. So here are a few more pics to update.

Remember I had this home designed barrier free and landscaped so that no ramps are needed to get into the home. I hope you enjoy them!


Back wall with all of the windows of the open concept area with trim work complete and wooden floors down.


Fireplace in the living room area, built in TV area above the fireplace, and kithen off to the right.


Corner bedroom of the home. Wood floors throught the entire home except bathrooms and laundryroom.


View of kitchen taken from where the living will be.





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Front entrance with kithen on the right and hall on the left leading to library, bedroom and bathroom.

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Kitchen…I hope you can see the beautiful crown moulding here and countertops.

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Bathroom floor in Wendy’s and my bathroom.

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The cutout in the vanity will be where my accessible sink will be placed.

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Barrier free shower for accessibility. Has oversized drain in the back corner with a 2 inch drop from the entrance. This meets ADA and VA requirements. The door is 36 inches wide.

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Roll-in shoower with the plumbing fixtures on the back.

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Wendy’s and my bedroom also with wood flooring.

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Wendy’s and my bedroom.

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Greetings fellow bloggers and blogees. What! Blogee is not a real word?! I can’t imagine. 😉

I was informed it was time for an update on the house. Not mentioning any names of course, but here is the update, as requested, from someone in South Africa. Fortunately for all of you other readers that are just tingling with excitement and anticipation, you get the update also. I will just tack on small notes to the pics, and the videos speak for themselves.  Enjoy!


The is taken from the back corner of Wendy’s and my bedroom. The door on the right goes into our bathroom and the door straight ahead goes into the hall coming in from the garage.


This is taken from the kitchen area looking down the main hall in the house. The first door on the right is the library. The last door on the right leads into Wendell and Hilda’s area of the house.


This is taken from the back corner of the dining room. The main part of the house is an open concept consisting of the dining room, the den that you see here and the kitchen is off to the right. The door on the left also leads into Wendell and Hilda’s end of the home. The two holes on the right that you see will be for the fireplace on the bottom and a built in TV on the top.


This is taken from the back corner of the kitchen looking into the main part of the house. Lots of Windows for lots of light. The double glass door will lead out onto the patio at the back of the house.


This is taken from the bathroom door in Wendy’s and my room, looking across the back of the bedroom.


This is the tub/shower enclose and my roll in shower in Wendy’s and my bathroom. The roll in shower is barrier free with a two inch slope down to an oversized drain at the back of the shower.



Front of the house taken from Avery Road.

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