Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A Long Day With Good News...

Yesterday Reid saw his oncologist at MD Anderson and got the results of his latest scan.  The scan had been done on the 5th, so we had been nervously awaiting the results for five days.  This scan was done to see if the Adcetris was working.

We left the house at 10:15 for his 11:15 blood draw.  The doctor's appointment was scheduled for 1:00, so there wasn't really time to go anywhere.  We plopped ourselves down in the waiting room and waited.  He didn't get called back until almost 1:45, but the Physician's Assistant came in and gave us the news right away.  His scans looked good!  The spot on his lymph node had gotten smaller and there were no new spots.  (Gosh...I didn't even think to worry about new spots.)  The liver numbers that had been elevated in his previous blood work had now returned to normal. All good news!

His appointment for the infusion was at 3:00, but they were running 1 1/2 hours behind, so we waited again.  They went ahead with the infusion at the reduced level of the drug that they used the last time.  It sounds as if this is the level they'll keep him at from now on.  The infusion takes a half hour, but they won't order the drug until he's had his vitals taken and he's in a room with the IV ready to go.  It's my understanding that the drug has to be thawed and if for some reason he can't receive the infusion they don't want to waste it.  So, we had to wait for the Adcetris to come from the pharmacy.  I don't remember what time we got out, but we stopped at Subway on the way home and picked up a sandwich for him.  He hadn't eaten all day.  I think we were home at 7:00.  It was a long day, but the news was good so we weren't complaining.

Remember the dining room that I started painting before Christmas last year?  I've been trying to get the dining room ready for the painter that I've hired.  I decided at the rate I was going I'd never get it done. The walls where the china cabinets are have been painted, so those pieces of furniture won't have to be moved and I won't have to pack up the china and glassware again.  But, I've been busy today taking down pictures, shelves, and moving smaller pieces of furniture out of the room.

I've decided that I have too much stuff.  I used to weave baskets and there are baskets all over the place.  This is the pile I took out of the dining room.  Perhaps I have too many baskets?
And too many bears?  This guy is a permanent fixture in the dining room because I have no other place to put him.  He's really a Christmas bear that I won years ago at a Hallmark store.  I just can't seem to part with him for some reason.
And Reid's cat Ashely has been enjoying all the dining room action.  He likes a bird's eye view.
Here's some more stuff that I dragged into the hallway to get it out of the way for now.  The hallway is going to be an obstacle course until the painter is done in the dining room.  You can see some of my dolls in the hallway.  I have too many of them too!
The painter is supposed to be here Friday and Saturday.  I sure hope he gets it done on time.  I'll be glad to get the room back in order.

Meanwhile, we've had a lot of rain.  After last year's drought we're not about to complain.  Everything is nice and green now.  My poor outside cats are getting tired of hanging out in the garage.  It cleared up a little and Blackie and Baby came out, but I guess they don't care for the wet ground.  They've taken refuge on the top of Reid's truck.
I always keep towels on the deck chairs for them.  As soon as it cleared up I put dry towels on the chairs, but I guess they don't realize it yet.

I've got a few more things to get out of the dining room and tomorrow I'll vacuum it so we don't get cat hair in the paint.  I'm off to bed early tonight.  I just wanted to quickly get a post up to share our good news.  Thanks again for every one's prayers.


  1. Oh Betty, it's so good to hear good news!!!! That was a long day and a lot of waiting, but like you said..... with good news like this you can't complain. I know you and Reid must feel so relieved....I'm very happy for you!

    Sounds like a good idea to get a professional to do the painting. Just getting ready for the painter is a big job.

    I love the pictures of your cats......

    It's been raining here today..... we really needed it.
    Keeping Reid's continued good progress and healing in my prayers.

  2. It is so wonderful to hear good news for Reid and for you. You have been through a lot. I just know this good news will keep up too.

    And I can't wait to see the finished room all painted.


  3. Praise the Lord! Betty! I'm so happy about this news! I know you and Reid are happy too! I'm so glad I scrolled down on my reader and seen that you had posted this evening and it was good news! It is after midnight. Sorry there was such a long wait but the news is so wonderful! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!

    We haven't painted the inside of our house since we built it 16 years ago! lol It needs it really bad! My husband has touched up in a few places covering some drawings that my then 4 year old son drew on the walls but as far as a real paint job it hasn't happened. Seems like we bought some paint before Christmas and then it didn't happen. I don't like the smell of paint either but it does need to be done. We look like white trash people with our walls all dirty around the light switches! lol

  4. Oh, I forgot! Your baskets are so beautiful! You did a fantastic job on them! The bear is too cute too that I wouldn't want to part with it either. I'm one of those people that if I could I would keep my Christmas decorations up all year round but then again I do love decorating for other seasons too.

  5. OMG! I am so glad that the news was good!!!! LOL that you are getting rid of baskets...I'm picking them up here and there to use for my houseplants!...:)JP

  6. I am so happy for Reid and you, Betty! Praise the Lord that the rest of the treatments bring good health to Reid!

    Painting is a big job but when it is over you will be happy with it, I'm sure. I also have to de-clutter my belongings, as I hold on to too much. I donated much of my Mother's belongings to a local charity when she passed and I may do that now with my extras.

  7. Phew, it's good to get some good news! May it only continue. Those baby cats look cute on top of Reid's truck.

  8. Hooray. I can get to your blog this way.

    I'm so happy to read some good news for you!

    Painting can be such a pain but so rewarding once it's finally done!

    Sending you a big hug and lots of prayers for a good week fo ryou all!

  9. So glad you and Reid have had good news. xx

  10. Hi Miss Betty! I wanted you to know I was thinking of you all!

    I am continuing to send prayers to each of you!

    Hugs and healing and hope and friendship!


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