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23
May
10

Brian’s Knee Update, More Photos

Brian’s surgery on Friday went fine, and although there was a significant enough amount of pain for Brian to actually resort to the prescription pain pills on Friday evening/Saturday morning, by Saturday evening he was down to just ibuprofen.

It just amazes me that they can fix knees with three little holes in an in-office procedure these days – when my first husband had knee surgery, he was in the hospital overnight (at least), and has a big scar running down from the top to the bottom of his knee – I think it’s around 6″ long or so.

Thanks again to cousin Jeanette for taking Brian over and waiting with him while he had surgery. I’d planned on going with them, but as the week wore on, it became obvious that the chemo was still hitting me pretty hard. So I waited at home for them.

And because I don’t really have the brains this morning to blog about anything else, here are some pictures for your delectation.

Robin's definition of foot rest

And April the cat gets in on some of the action:

April's definition of back rest

We’re going to the ballet today, and I have to remember to wear a mask, since I’m probably immune-compromised at this point. I’ll know for sure tomorrow, but around all the kids, probably best not to take any chances.

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20
May
10

My First Video (or not)

In lieu of anything illuminating or deep today (because believe me, it would take a major drilling effort to find anything deep under the load of fatigue and chemobrain riding me today, and yesterday), I’m including my very first video that I’ve ever taken.

The actor does a great job, the videographer needs some training.

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Well that’s revolting – I need to pay an upgrade fee to load videos onto my blog. Forget that!

Instead, here are a couple pictures of the dog, the cat and the quilt:

Ahhh . . . the cool hardwood floor!

Robin is definitely a hot dog, and he prefers to lie on the linoleum or the hardwood floor to stay cool, even during non-warm weather.

Jeremy snuggling with my new quilt

This is the quilt that Evelyn made for me – I still haven’t gotten any of the original pictures off Brian’s camera that show the whole thing, so that post is still coming up.

That’s it for today, kids!

01
May
10

So Many Things to Do. . .

A week ago Monday, we spent more than 2 hours with our attorney, figuring out a basic plan for our estate. This was the first time I’d met Mr. GoodLawyer, Esquire, and he turned out to be kind, funny, and knowledgeable. Brian has been doing business with him (usually by phone/e-mail) for more than 12 years, but it was only the 2nd time they’d met in person.

The whole business of planning one’s estate seems as if it should be a bit of a downer, which is probably why we’d put it off for so long. But there is so much to cover, and we did it with laughter, so it really wasn’t too onerous. Mostly, we’ve come to recognize that without children, we are planning for our (well, actually Brian’s) old age. We have enough to make it worth the time to do the living trust model, but not really enough to worry too much about tax planning after I’m gone. Of course, as we (and the lawyer) pointed out, there’s a major, legitimate assumption that I will go first, but it is always possible that Brian will step out the door and get hit by a bus, blah, blah, blah.

So we’re on to the business of figuring out fiduciaries and heirs. About the only thing I didn’t like hearing is that there is no good way to provide for the animals. Brian and I have friends who have said they will take Robin, and we figured that we would leave them a certain amount of money with which to take care of him (and likewise with the cats, but different people).

Mr. GoodLawyer pointed out that although you can say what a bequest is intended for, there’s no way to enforce that it is actually used for that. So in his grim world, you leave the money to the Humane Society, and request that they use it to take care of the animals until they are adopted – but there’s no guarantee that the Humane Society will do *that*, either. Also, and this makes more sense to me, by the time both of us are dead, whoever is left will probably have a whole different set of animals, anyway. Since I might live another 10 years, and Brian presumably has another 20+, Robin, April, and Jeremy will probably be long gone, and our neighbors who love Robin and will take him might not even like Rex (or King, or Lassie, or whoever).

The good thing is that living trusts are amendable, so we will provide for Robin and the cats, and change the terms of the trust if necessary down the road. In *our* world, our neighbors *do* love Robin and will take him and use any money we provide for taking care of him; as will the family who will take the cats.

And in the meantime, we need to think about heirs (not making them, fortunately, merely deciding. . .)

p.s. Schrödinger is signed up for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on May 8, 2010. This is a link to the main page. For the Schrödinger team, here is the specific link: Schrödinger. In addition to myself, there are at least three other people in the Portland office who have had family members with cancer that I know of. Although this is a breast cancer walk, please donate or walk in honor of all Schrödinger employees and their families who have had to deal with this devastating disease, whether it was breast cancer or some other type of cancer.

Brian and Robin will be walking with the group; and I will at least be at the starting/ending point, and will walk if I have the energy. Since I’ll be in the middle of my most recent round of chemo, I’m not sure what my activity level will be up to – most days in the middle/end of the chemo cycle, I have trouble with more than a couple trips up and down stairs. I might have to kick somebody’s baby out of their jogging stroller if I get out on the route and find I can’t make it the whole way ;-}

27
Mar
09

OK, this is not funny anymore. . .

. . . I have pneumonia. Again.

The doctor doesn’t know why – I don’t think he really cares why, he just wants to get me over it so he can keep poisoning my body.

Which, most likely, is one of the reasons I have pneumonia again – the compromised immune system can’t beat back those germs that healthy people shrug off every day. At least we caught it early again; apparently I am ultra-sensitive to the pressure of fluid building up. Interestingly enough, it is only happening in my left lung, which is the same as the last time. The pulmonary embolisms were one in each lung, but I’ve long had pain in my left chest (heart problems ruled out); and the cancer was in my left breast. No wonder they call it sinister!

The first round of pneumonia responded to Levaquin, which is a very potent antibiotic. On second thought, maybe Dr. Medici is gleefully rubbing his hands together going “mwa-ha-ha-ha” that I have pneumonia, because seriously, this stuff has the potential to be as bad as Taxol and Avastin – it can cause temporary or permanent nerve damage, bleeding problems, seizures, hallucinations, and tendonitis or tendon rupture, amongst the five pages of warnings that came with the cute little bottle.

At any rate, one of the problems it can cause is sleeplessness, and right now, as tired as I am, I cannot sleep. Of course, I couldn’t last night either, so it may be totally unrelated to the Levaquin.

So anyway, that’s how *my* week is going. I’m mildly depressed, and massively annoyed at being sick again – hey, chemo by itself is enough. But Brian is back home from his trip, and that’s wonderful, and the cats have been very cuddly recently. . . hmm, I seem to recall that they were pretty cuddly back the first time. I guess they’re pretty sensitive to this, also. Great – now whenever one of the cats wants to sit on my lap, I’m going to get paranoid. I mean, I woke up this morning with a cat lying on top of me purring – and today I’m diagnosed with pneumonia. Cats as diagnotic tools – guess I won’t go there about whether he was doing a scan or not. Oops, sorry, I went there.




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