Sunday, August 2, 2020

Touching Base

We have been completely quarantined but when our surroundings get to us, we get in the car and go for a long drive.
I have very little time to read or write blog posts but thought I would touch base with this short update. There is nothing like having to do it all to make one realize just how much ones spouse does in the shared running of a large home. I never see the end of the laundry, the only part of laundry that was my responsibility was to put things away after it was washed, dried, folded and left for me in nice fresh little bundles. We are counting the days untill MeMa's second round of chemo. The first one included Taxol which caused every joint in her body to cramp up. Nausea was so bad that she couldn’t look at or smell anything without becoming very ill. I tried so hard to make her comfortable but it was a losing battle. 
In those first few weeks she had lost over twenty pounds, able to stomach meals like a 1/4th of a cup of broth. She could not eat the same thing twice. Even into her second week when the pain was letting up and the nausea was for the most part under control she would ask for a particular food item, eat a small portion of it and then she was done with it. Either toss the rest or I usually added it to the growing number of leftovers that I would attempt to finish as a lunch or dinner on the days MeMa couldn't eat. 
Roxy, never far from MeMa. She takes her job very seriously.


  1. Thank you for the update, Doc, I had been thinking of you both. I do hope the second round of chemo is not as harsh. Good to see Roxy doing her job. Hugs from New Zealand.

  2. I’ve been thinking about you both. Sending good wishes for a less debilitating second round Good girl, Roxie.

  3. So glad that you have afforded us all an update Doc, your days are busy and long, so it means an awful lot.
    Poor MeMa, undergoing chemo takes a tremendous toll on the body, I watched my dearest friend after her treatments, and my heart broke seeing the suffering.
    Your lady is strong, she will beat this, I'm keeping you both in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. MeMa, I wish you strength, and love from Poppi.

  5. Oh, MeMa. Poor lady, chemo is a real bitch and some people have such a hard time with it despite the really good anti-nausea drugs. My husband was one of those people that had a terrible, terrible time. He was already terribly thin from the cancer and it was such a scary time.

    I do have one suggestion: since you live in Portland and marijuana is legal, maybe that could help MeMa. If she can't smoke it they do make edibles, and I know from personal experience (ahem) that it's a wonderful appetite stimulant. Just a thought.

    By the way, our dear niece just moved to Portland to attend Lewis and Clark law school. She's in love with the beauty of the campus and, indeed, all of Portland. We're so happy for her!