Wednesday, April 24, 2013

It's still hard to believe...

It was a year ago today that we lost Jim.

I think we're just now coming to terms with it all.  Jim died suddenly and we then had to immediately focus our attention on getting Reid well.  It's only now that things are starting to settle down a little and we have time to reflect.  Things are semi-normal now...I think.  I'm not even sure what normal is any more.

So, today we try and remember the good times.

He was so proud of his sons.

I have so many great pictures, but unfortunately they're all slides.  I do have a slide scanner, but I've never quite gotten the hang of it.  A couple of the above pictures were slides that Troy scanned for Jim's funeral.  I really need to get more scanned so we can look back and remember.

One of our favorite places in Texas is Brazos Bend State Park.  Over the years we went for many hikes at Brazos Bend and saw lots of alligators!  A couple of weeks before Jim died we went to Brazos Bend and had a little picnic.  Neither Jim or Reid felt up to hiking that day, but we still had a good time.

It was a restful day.

We did take a quick look at some alligators.

I'm glad that one of our last outings was to a place we really enjoyed.

Today is a day of reflection.  I'm thankful for the years we shared together.  He was such a good man.  I thought he would always be here, but I was wrong.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Moving along...

The days have rushed by and I never got a post written after Reid's last doctor's appointment on April 1st.  That was day +100 and we left the house at 5:30 that morning and didn't get home until 6:30 in the evening.  It was a long and tiring day, but Reid had all his scans and then his doctor's appointment.  The good news is that the scans were clear and no cancer was seen.

I had every intention of taking a picture and then writing this post, but the picture never got taken and too many days have gone by.  I finally decided to go without a picture this time.  Reid looks remarkably well. (You'll have to take my word for it.)  If you saw him you would never believe all that he's been through.  He has had no complications.  They have cut back on the anti-rejection medication to one pill a day.  There's a good chance it will go down to one every other day next week.

He no longer has to be seen by the doctor weekly.  He his now able to go to the MD Anderson clinic in Clear Lake for a blood draw every other week.  On the alternate weeks he still has to go down to the Medical Center so he can be seen by the stem cell doctor.  However, being able to go to the clinic saves a lot of time (and parking money).

He still gets fatigued, but is learning to pace himself.  It frustrates him that he can't help me more, but there are certain things that he just can't do.

I finally got the backyard cleaned up and mowed.  (Reid's not allowed to do any kind of yard work because of the molds.)  I have a lawn service for the front yard and I'm seriously considering having them mow the back too, but I'm kind of particular about the way it's mowed and it doesn't need to be mowed weekly because it's not regular grass.  I've also been working on cleaning out the garage.  I hope to get a bunch of stuff up to Goodwill tomorrow.  I would have done it today, but it's raining like crazy.  (Thank goodness...we need it!)

I would also like to move and have been looking for another house, but really don't care for the type of homes they build here and the small lots.  I look at the listings, but rarely see one that I'd even like to look at.  I would prefer the type of homes they built in Virginia when we lived there, but homes like that are few and far between.  I don't want to keep putting money into this house.  The house across the street has been a mess for years and I don't expect things to get any better soon.  I was recently talking to a neighbor that told me they are considering selling and so is her next door neighbor.

I'd better go.  I told myself that I'd do a little cleaning today since I can't work in the garage because of the rain.  I'm not online much anymore, but will try and do better to keep in touch.