The Good and Not So Good

For a person who gets motion sickness, this rollercoaster life isn’t easy, but here we are. I took a few days to pause and direct my focus to the act of intentional thankfulness, but now the time has come for me to share the rest of the news from last week. As is attributed to…

Thanksgiving 2022

Give thanks. I went through Thanksgiving of 2021 much like every other previous Thanksgiving in my life. Days of cleaning the house, cooking, setting up extra tables as needed, all with lots of planning and eager anticipation leading to a special day. Some years had a house filled with people, other years were quieter. Most…

Fiery Hoops

The good news is I now have a pre-op appointment with the University of Iowa Health Center (UIHC) surgeon. The not-so-great news is that it isn’t until December 15, and of course, that leads to the heavy disappointment that the surgery to remove the cancer margins will not likely be until early 2023. I asked…

Another Plot Twist

I have been writing non-fiction stories for many years, primarily United States history. Over and over again, I have found how a story unfolds to be far more interesting, compelling, and even surprising than anything I could possibly make up. And with that as an introduction, here is the story for today. November 15, Tuesday:…

Plot Twist

Do you think you know how your day will go? Don’t count on it. We truly never know how a day will unfold. And for me, one who enjoys making plans about making plans, this is a harsh reality. I wanted a second opinion for my tongue cancer diagnosis and treatment. After a multi-day delay,…

Advocates

Advocate (noun) a person who speaks or writes in support or defense of a person or cause; a person who pleads for or in behalf of another; intercessor. I am blessed with family and friends who are walking with me on this journey. Lisa calls and sends pictures of beautiful baby Vivie, my sweet grandchild…

There will be a second surgery

Today brought *not great news* but it truly could be worse. A second surgery is required to remove more tissue from the underside of my tongue. This surgery will result in additional (and more substantial) speech impairment, which will be permanent. This is mostly due to the location of the section to be removed. Additionally,…

We Are Not Done Yet

As predicted by friends and medical professionals, 10 days post-op I started to feel a little more like my “old self.” That was yesterday. Today, I received news that two of the margins were not clear, and that additional surgery to remove more of the tongue will be needed. Laura and I will be meeting…

One Week Post-Op

When a patient goes for a one week post-op follow up visit and there isn’t a lot to report, I suspect that is a very good thing. In this case, a lack of news is what we got. Everything “looks good” and is healing as it should. I’m still miserable, on liquids only, frustratingly weak,…

Pajama Pants

Four pairs of pajama pantsMy daughter gave to me.People wear them everywhere,But that is them, not me. And then just six short days agoI tried those flannels on.Oh, the comfort! Oh, the joy!My fashion sense was gone. I wore them for the car ride homeFrom surgery. Then since,The only time they’re not on meIs during…

August 23, 2022

August 23 was just 59 days ago. Just a blink of the eye in the scheme of things, really. I had taken John to a routine dental cleaning, and always trying to make good use of my time, decided I would go ahead and get my never-have-had-a-cavity teeth cleaned, too. It seemed like a sensible…