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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Home the Healer

Joyce came home a week ago today after six nights in the hospital. She was very happy to be back in her own home and in her own bed. That afternoon, I was sitting on the edge of the bed talking about what she might want to eat for our evening meal when the phone rang. It was our neighbor Judy, who said she was bringing over a pot of homemade potato cream soup and some chocolate pie. The soup was unbelievably delicious, and the pie tasted like heaven, especially after all the hospital food we've been eating. The whole meal warmed our souls. We've lived next door to Judy and Ronnie for the past 37 years; they are truly "good people."

Joyce's feeling much better now and the sunshine we've had over the past few days has helped lift both our moods tremendously. She went in for a follow up chest X-ray this week on Tuesday, which showed her lungs to be clear. After a brief meeting with her oncologist, she was given the okay to continue her taxil treatments. This was her second, and there will either be four more of these or possibly six more, all one week apart. So far, other than a flushed, red face for two days, she's doing well with this round of the drug. 

I called in the Geek Squad last Saturday and finally got her laptop connected to our home wireless network; there was some kind of problem with our security setup, probably because it was installed by yours truly. She's surfing the net now and playing Hearts (which she loves). She told me to thank all of you again for your thoughts and prayers. Your support has meant a lot to her.


  1. Good news all the way around! Glad you got Joyces laptop hooked up. Those Geek Squad people know their stuff and worth the $$.

  2. What GREAT good news. Not to belabor the obvious, but good neighbors are one of life's greatest blessings.

    My best thoughts and prayers to Joyce and you continue.

  3. Dan, I'm tardy to comment, but I read this when you posted it. So glad you are keeping us in the loop. I know it might be a chore, but I really appreciate it.

    Not much better than tater soup, and mud pie.

    Dangit, I'm getting a bit misty. God bless, and keep y'all.