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    Lisa66 reacted to LexieCat in Happy Spring!   
    This really isn't typical for NJ.  We generally don't get huge amounts of snow, or even that many snowstorms, but this year late spring has been one big mess after another.  Actually, I shouldn't complain.  Near Philadelphia, and the Delaware River, we generally have less bad weather than at the shore or a bit further to the north.  I'm hoping this is the end of it for this year.  The last two days were in the 40s and it's already mostly melted.
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    Lisa66 got a reaction from Steff in Happy Spring!   
    Wow !!!!! I thought North Carolina had a problem making up its mind, but New Jersey might be worse.
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    Lisa66 reacted to LexieCat in Happy Spring!   
    So far I ain't all that impressed with spring in South Jersey.  I just took this photo out my window:  
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    Lisa66 reacted to Tom Galli in Happy Spring!   
    Texas Spring....

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    Lisa66 reacted to JustMe in husband home with hospice   
    Hi there,
    Thank you for your sweet replies. Jay passed away peacefully on February 8th.  Less than 9 months after diagnosis.
    My daughter and I are doing okay, getting use to everything...heartbroken of course.
    Please take care my friends.
    Jennifer
     
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    Lisa66 reacted to Donna G in husband home with hospice   
    Jennifer I am so sorry for your loss.  I think I know what you are going through. I am a survivor but
    my husband, Jay,  also got lung cancer and it was very aggressive and it spread rapidly and took him in months also.
    I miss him so much .  
    Donna G
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    Lisa66 got a reaction from LexieCat in Sad, Disappointed, Worried, and Unsure   
    LexieCat 
    I am so sorry to hear about your dad
    Lisa
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    Lisa66 reacted to REVTAMA in Sad, Disappointed, Worried, and Unsure   
    Thank you Bridget-I am calling Hospice, and will explain to them that we have yet to meet with any Palliative Physicians or Radiation Oncologists at the Hospital. I think the Oncologist I was speaking to was saying that none of the oncologists would treat him palliatively with radiation because radiation is very tough on the body and they know he is in such a weakened state already.  Irregardless of that, I am going to ask Hospice what we can do to-if there is any modality, any protocol we can try- ANYTHING that we can try to get him off the respirator-if not, at least we asked, and found out for sure. It is truly feeling like we have run out of all options, but at least if we try and even if he cannot be weaned from it, I would like to know what they can do to get rid of his anxiety and of course any pain that develops. Another complicating factor, our father has been in a wheel chair over 10 years, with paraplegia. So just his history has these doctors giving up on him, but he is 76 and he did not get to be 76 without a will to live. He has grandkids and his great grands that he loves so much-he is the sweetest old guy, worked so hard his whole life, gave everything to his kids,  and now we are gonna do all we can! Thank you so much for your help! Here he was last year when things were pretty good: 

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    Lisa66 got a reaction from Tom Galli in Good news, maybe?... Maybe not?   
    Thanks Tom,
    I wanted to be incouraged, but wasn’t sure if that was anything to be excited about. The oncologist said he was going to set up cat scan as soon as treatment is over and he will talk result the end of April.
    My finger are crossed for NED.
    Thanks again,
    Lisa
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    Lisa66 reacted to Tom Galli in Good news, maybe?... Maybe not?   
    Lisa,
    Yes!  In first line treatment, radiation is the more powerful component of the radiation-chemo pairing. So if his lymph node is being fried, the mass in the lung is likely also affected. 
    Let’s hope his post treatment scan shows no evidence of disease (NED).
    Stay the course. 
    Tom
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    Lisa66 reacted to JoshK in Help!!! I have a sick, frustrated, stubborn dad.   
    Thanks for your warm wishes. My mom's foot got better right away with the anti-biotics, and other than that she feels fine. Her hair is beginning to fall out, but honestly she's taking that really well too. It just sucks that she has the awful type of cancer. We'll see if the chemo is being effective in 2 weeks time. Fingers crossed...
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    Lisa66 reacted to BridgetO in Help!!! I have a sick, frustrated, stubborn dad.   
    Hi Lisa,
    How did it go with your father? Is he OK? Is he still "mad daddy"?
    Bridget O
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    Lisa66 reacted to JoshK in Help!!! I have a sick, frustrated, stubborn dad.   
    Just wanted to add my own little update here because it's relevant. I noticed my mom limping last week and asked her what was wrong. She said she just tripped and cut herself and it was nothing.
    A few days later I felt she was limping worse, and when I asked her about it, she started screaming and yelling at me (not a rare occurrence). Luckily the doctor looked at it prior to chemo and found she had a pretty nasty and large infection on her foot. 
    She was treated with another anti-biotic drip for 2 hours and given a course of oral anti-biotics. It will probably amount to nothing BECAUSE she is being treated.
    The point is chemo leaves your immune system shot, so any infection can be serious. It's hard on us caregivers when our loved one is a stubborn and difficult patient (my mom is to the nth degree), but I guess it's part of the territory. When we sign up for this job (or it gets imposed on us), we just have to do our best.
    I hope your Dad is doing well.
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    Lisa66 got a reaction from Tom Galli in Help!!! I have a sick, frustrated, stubborn dad.   
    Thanks Josh for letting me know I am not the only one. Sometimes is just better to listen to us kids. Lol. I hope this post finds your mother feeling better. I met my dad at his radiation treatment the day after our little run in and he had to go to infusion center for liquids, steroids, and a few other bags of goodies. They said blood pressure was bottoming out and was severely dehydrated. They said if he went home before getting fluids and other meds he could go home go to sleep and not wake up. I had to fight the urge to say see I told you, but he is daddy and I chickened out.
    Seriously it is just hard to see them become so sick and there is just not a lot we can do for them.  I often find myself thinking of the old proverb “This to shall pass”.
    I wish you and your mom all the best.
    Lisa
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    Lisa66 got a reaction from Steff in Spring Forward, What FUN Thing Do You Love?   
    I am an early bird so I like the change. I like to get my veggitable garden ready for planting. It is tricky here in North Carolina, weather wise. I have to be patient and wait for the second or maybe third winter to leave so that I can plant. I also enjoy the hummingbirds.
    Eric I love Montana!!! Glacier National Park is beautiful.
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    Lisa66 got a reaction from Tom Galli in Help!!! I have a sick, frustrated, stubborn dad.   
    Hi Tom,
    It is hard to boss my drill sergeant daddy around. He still thinks of me as daddy’s whittle girl so I have to out menuver him.Hopefully they will be able to find what’s going on.
    Thanks
    Lisa
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    Lisa66 got a reaction from Steff in Spring Forward, What FUN Thing Do You Love?   
    I am an early bird so I like the change. I like to get my veggitable garden ready for planting. It is tricky here in North Carolina, weather wise. I have to be patient and wait for the second or maybe third winter to leave so that I can plant. I also enjoy the hummingbirds.
    Eric I love Montana!!! Glacier National Park is beautiful.
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    Lisa66 got a reaction from PaulaC in Help!!! I have a sick, frustrated, stubborn dad.   
    Thanks for the information and advice Bridget. He does chemo on Monday so I can’t seem to get him back there, but he has radiation today so I already called in advance and they are going to check him out. Can anyone say mad dadddy. I don’t care though. I love him and he is just gonna have to put up with me. Lol
    Thanks again
    Lisa
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    Lisa66 got a reaction from Steff in Spring Forward, What FUN Thing Do You Love?   
    I am an early bird so I like the change. I like to get my veggitable garden ready for planting. It is tricky here in North Carolina, weather wise. I have to be patient and wait for the second or maybe third winter to leave so that I can plant. I also enjoy the hummingbirds.
    Eric I love Montana!!! Glacier National Park is beautiful.
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    Lisa66 reacted to eric byrne in Spring Forward, What FUN Thing Do You Love?   
    Good Morning Everyone,
    We moved into our new home in Lanark Friday last,getting things into order,well Internet and TV up and running so everything else is no problem.We have lots of plans for re-decoration so it will take a few weeks to complete.I enjoyed reading about your wildlife in the USA,hummingbirds,beautiful creatures,never seen them "live" would love to have them in Scotland.When I did my 7 week Amtrak tour of the USA, I saw so many interesting animals,the red cardinals were as common as sparrows in Scotland,they were just beautiful,I saw mountain goats in Montana ,on  a tour bus trip on the road to the sun in Glacier Park a bear crossed the road right in front of the bus,I was so stunned ,searching for my camera it was gone before I could click,as it crossed the road it gave us a backward glance then dispeared into the forest.We do have some super wildlife here such as capercallie which is the largest member of the grouse family,they are becoming rarer now, but fun to watch.So many other animals fun to watch,otters and red deer etc,do visit Scotland and see for yourselves.I am off to relax in Albir Spain next Sunday the weather should be in the sixties which is an improvement to what I have been having here at home.
    Bye for now.
    Eric.
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    Lisa66 reacted to BridgetO in Spring Forward, What FUN Thing Do You Love?   
    First, I have to grouse about Daylight Savings Time. It annoys me to have to reset clocks and my internal clock twice a year. I've heard it said that DST makes as much sense as cutting a foot off the end of a blanket and sewing it on the other end in order to make the blanket longer. I agree? Bah Humbug! Now that I've said my piece on that, what will I do with the alleged "extra hour" of daylight. 
    I will walk later in the evening and (maybe) get more exercise. I'm happy to live in a good walking neighborhood.  I 'll also do some weeding in my front yard. I'm completely NOT a gardener-- I look at it as "yardwork" rather than "gardening." But we had our small front yard re-landscaped last summer to create a rain garden. Steff, you probably don't have or need those in the desert, but here in Portland we do. Our yard was shaded out by 2 trees  Nothing was growing except moss and weeds. It  became a swamp whenever it rained. Now we have some litlle hills and valleys and rock lined area for the water to go until it drains. Also one of the trees was removed so we have some sunlight. The yard is planted with native plants and looks great! But unfortunately it still has some weeds!  So, as soon as it stops raining ( which is often only for short periods at this time of year), I'll get at it. I'm hoping for a few  tiny berries from the wild strawberry plants this year. 
    Bridget O
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    Lisa66 reacted to Tom Galli in Spring Forward, What FUN Thing Do You Love?   
    Steff,
    I welcome spring by placing hummingbird feeders around the house.  Like Washington State, Texas is on the hummingbird migration route and I saw my first this morning.  I think we get our birds earlier than Washington State, but the 2018 sighting plot shows Rufous species already in Central Washington.  Here is the 2018 plot.
    Putting out feeders early sometimes causes migrating birds to nest in the local area.  When they raise young birds, hummingbirds turn into voracious mosquito predators and there are definite advantages having them in the neighborhood allowing one to enjoy evening hours outside in the summer.
    Tom    
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    Lisa66 reacted to Steff in Spring Forward, What FUN Thing Do You Love?   
    With "Spring Forward"/Daylight Savings beginning here in most of the US states, many people start considering coming out of their cozy homes more (at least where I live).  By Sunday, it is supposed to be 55 degrees here and it gets me thinking about what I need to do around the house this Spring.  Although I hate 'losing" the hour of sleep in the morning (I work at 6am, so the morning comes early for me), I really enjoy the extra hour of daylight at the end of the day and I am particularly enjoying the fact that I no longer have to use a flashlight to get the mail when I finally make it home from work!
    So, my question for you is - What FUN thing do you like to do with the extra hour of daylight at the end of the day -or- What FUN thing do you like to do at the beginning of Spring?  
    For me, my FUN thing to do is to start thinking about what flowers I am going to plant in my large flower pots.  Since there is often still snow on the ground at this time of the year or at least a heavy frost every night, I have to limit my FUN to just thoughts.  But in a few weeks when the garden section of Home Depot opens, I will be ready!
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    Lisa66 reacted to Susan Cornett in Carboplatin/Paclitaxel With Radiation   
    Hi, Robert.  It sounds like you have a good plan.  Will you have anyone to accompany you to your treatments?  I had radiation and the same chemo cocktail you're having last spring.  Radiation takes its toll; by week 3, I was napping midday.  I'm not sure if you've been told what to expect with this chemo so I'll share my experience with you.  I had slight neuropathy, almost no nausea, but I lost my hair and I had  terrible muscle and joint aches. If you are interested, check out www.chemocare.com.  It's a great source of information.
    Keep us posted on your next steps and let us know if you have any questions.  
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    Lisa66 got a reaction from PaulaC in Help!!! I have a sick, frustrated, stubborn dad.   
    Thanks for the information and advice Bridget. He does chemo on Monday so I can’t seem to get him back there, but he has radiation today so I already called in advance and they are going to check him out. Can anyone say mad dadddy. I don’t care though. I love him and he is just gonna have to put up with me. Lol
    Thanks again
    Lisa
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