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I'm biting the bullet & a DH update
Old 05-19-2021, 09:55 AM
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My extremely hyper, jumpy dog and my family are hosting a dog trainer this Saturday afternoon to see if we can get her to calm down and stop jumping on people and growling at visitors.

I *KNOW* I should have done more when she first moved in with us, so we likely have some "untraining" to do, too. Now that DH is up and around with a chemo pump, the pup CANNOT jump on him for fear that his line would get pulled, so trainer, here we come.

DH is starting treatment #3 today. His spirits are still pretty high despite the bouts of worry and fear that still creep in. We have started a plan (for as long as he feels like it) to spend every other Saturday touring something fun within a few hours' drive. We've been terrible at that for most of our marriage, and especially with DS, we need to get out and experience life a bit more. So, this past weekend, we went to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. We spent several hours driving the scenic route and feeding the critters that came up to the car. The only one we wanted to feed and didn't get to feed was the herd of giraffe, so we will be going back sometime later to try again. I'm posting a pic of the Ostrich we met who just sat and mugged for the camera!

On the way there, we stopped at a state park for a picnic and to go wading in the river. It was a first for DS and Dh had the time of his life with our kiddo. The state park we went to has fossilized dino tracks in the river bed, but the river was up just a bit too much for us to get to see them. That's another trip we want to make later this summer when the river is a little drier.

Anyways, things are going OK right now...DH's bloodwork came back good prior to his first three treatments and his CEA marker is down a bit from the baseline, which is good. He likes the staff at the infusion center and other than being aggravated by the pump line, slight nausea from time to time, and being really wiped out after treatment, he's physically doing well. Doc and nurses on his team seem pretty pleased with his progress so far. We'll be cautiously optimistic and continue to hope for the best and continue to prepare in case we have a longer road than we currently expect to have.

Thanks for listening and for all of your support. You are all appreciated and loved. You have no idea what the support you've lent has meant to me.


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Old 05-19-2021, 09:58 AM
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Old 05-19-2021, 09:59 AM
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Kerryssgirl:
What wonderful adventures! I love the photo. So glad for your good news. I have been watching for an update.

Prayers for continued healing and memory making,
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Old 05-19-2021, 10:13 AM
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Thank you for the update! I'm glad you guys are getting out there and having some fun.
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Good to hear
Old 05-19-2021, 10:31 AM
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some positive news! You and your family are in my prayers. Fingers crossed for doggie re-direction!

Partly because of retirement, partly due to the pandemic, DH and I have explored local treasures. I call it being a tourist in our state. During the lockdown we would drive off into the desert or visit a a quiet spot , have some nibbles and enjoy the area. Our rule was the virus was not to be discussed. We really looked forward to those field trips!


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Thanks for the update
Old 05-19-2021, 10:41 AM
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Glad to hear all the good news. You are creating precious memories.
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Old 05-19-2021, 10:42 AM
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I'm happy to hear that things for DH is going in the right direction. I like the idea of taking a drive on Saturdays and love your Saturday photos, especially the Ostrichs. The water looks refreshing for DS & DH. Wishing you well with the training for your pup. Have a uneventful week.
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Old 05-19-2021, 10:55 AM
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I'm so glad to hear the update. I love the plan and your family outings. I don't think it's ever too late to get a trainer and "untrain" the behaviors. I also don't think it will take that long. Thinking of you and your family.
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Old 05-19-2021, 11:13 AM
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Thanks for the update. Love the idea of taking short jaunts. It reminds me that I should just drag DH out of the house and go on a mystery trip.

Keeping you in my heart.
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Old 05-19-2021, 11:27 AM
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Thank you for the update as I think of your family often.

Iím glad youíre focusing on spending time together as a family. We get so busy these days that that seems to never happen.

Sending good thoughts for you and your family.


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Old 05-19-2021, 11:33 AM
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I am in awe of your upbeat outlook. Your family is so lucky to have you holding you all together. Donít forget to take some time for yourself. It is evident that these outings are just what you all need.
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Good!
Old 05-19-2021, 12:03 PM
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Things do seem to be going better now. The dog training seems like a good investment of time and money. I think you will see improvements in your dog's behavior, and I don't mean that your dog is misbehaving. We just need our dogs to lol learn "the rules" to make things safer and easier for all.

I think a lot of people are starting to get outdoors now that things are a little more relaxed with the pandemic. I think most of us feel we just need to get out a little bit and enjoy life beyond our homes after this past year.

I am glad your update is positive today. You're family deserves it.
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Old 05-19-2021, 12:36 PM
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Congrats on the positive news. Just getting out is good for the soul. When this began we got out pretty consistently every saturday, sometimes it was just to get drive through coffee at a place we like that is 20 miles away. Sometimes we packed lunch and sat at the marina and looked at the water. Everyone just felt better when we got back. Have fun.
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Old 05-19-2021, 01:01 PM
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Thank you for the update. I am sorry your family is going through this, but I love all of your positive attitudes and actions. You are all inspiring!
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Old 05-19-2021, 01:04 PM
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Thank you for the update. I think of you and your family often.
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Old 05-19-2021, 01:22 PM
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thank you for taking the time to update us all on your family. You are in my prayers.
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Old 05-19-2021, 01:50 PM
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Iím glad to hear your encouraging news. Your positive actions and attitude are so important in helping your DH get through chemo. Love the photos!

PS. For mild nausea due to chemo, hard ginger candies really help.
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Old 05-19-2021, 01:50 PM
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Thanks for your update. I am so glad to hear your positive news. I love your plan to to do some touring. The picture of your husband and son is absolutely beautiful!
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Old 05-19-2021, 01:59 PM
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I'm glad to hear an update. Sounds like your DH is handling things as well as possible, and I love your idea of short little getaways! I will keep thinking about yoU!
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Old 05-19-2021, 02:27 PM
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I love your family! I think you are quite a gift to each other. Thank you for the update and sharing your adventures.
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Old 05-19-2021, 03:07 PM
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Thanks for the update. I love your pictures. What a fun time!
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Old 05-19-2021, 03:12 PM
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Thanks for the update . . .I was adding prayers for you and your loved ones. Beautiful outside isn't it!
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Old 05-19-2021, 04:01 PM
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Thank you for the update. I admire you greatly; you are doing a great job handling this difficult situation. Praying for full recovery.
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Old 05-19-2021, 05:18 PM
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It makes my heart happy to know DH is making such good progress, for the most part feeling pretty good and that you are all making it a point to enjoy life!! I really loved reading your very encouraging and positive update!

I love the pictures! That sounds like such a fun experience!

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Old 05-19-2021, 05:49 PM
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I love the plan to get out and explore more! What a great way to spend some family time. So happy to hear that treatments are going well!
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Old 05-19-2021, 07:24 PM
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Thanks for the great update. I'm glad your family is getting out and about and having some adventures.
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Old 05-20-2021, 10:43 AM
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I'm so glad that your husband is responding well to the treatment! Please keep us posted and your whole family is on our thoughts!
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Old 05-21-2021, 03:32 PM
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Great update and Iím looking forward to hear about the next adventure you go on.
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Old 05-22-2021, 06:58 PM
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What a wonderful post! I hope there are many more of the same to come!
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