Jen got home from the Apostle Islands at 2 AM Sunday morning; Martha, Dan and her drove straight through. She had a great time, and was able to keep up with the other experienced paddlers. They were rained-in one day on an island, but had good weather aside from that.
My brother Bill and his wife Jane left Monday morning for their home in Maine; they arrived home an hour ago.
Natalie got home Monday afternoon after her Weepin’ Willows gig in Chicago on Sunday. She’ll be staying with us for a few weeks until she reunites with Rick in the RV.
The REALLY GREAT NEWS came today: my local surgeon agrees with my local G.I. doctor that the proposed procedure at the Mayo Clinic on August 25th is not really needed. He’s agreed to take over care of my gallbladder, and is confident that we can deal with whatever arises!
It has been an up-and-down week, but generally I seem to be moving in the right direction. My weight has stabilized, and I’m even gaining a bit of weight on good days.
My gallbladder seems to be stable for the time being. I was able to get an appointment with my local surgeon on Tuesday next week, so hopefully I’ll find out then what should be done about the gallbladder. I’d prefer to get it taken care of locally, rather than going back to the Mayo Clinic August 25 as currently planned.
Natalie re-joined the family Monday, and will be staying with us for a few weeks until she reunites with Rick on his RV. It’s been nice having her around while Jen has been out paddling the Apostle Islands.
Jen ready to launch!
We haven’t heard from Jen since she launched, but we didn’t expect to. We should hear from her tomorrow, when she gets back to the mainland.
Today the doctor at the Mayo Clinic said I could start adding more fat to my diet. I had a Whopper Junior for lunch; it was great! Tonight Jane and Bill are preparing a wonderful shrimp dinner. Life is getting better!
My older brother Bill and his wife Jane came into town this week (from Maine) to keep an eye on me while Jen is off paddling the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior with the Hoosier canoe and kayak club.
Jen left here at 5:30 this morning, and arrived at the group campsite about a half hour ago. I just got a call from her; she’s setting up her tent now. She’ll be gone just over a week.
Bill will be participating in a 35-mile Jay Freeman bike outing near Rabbit Hash tomorrow! He’s borrowing my bike, which hasn’t seen any usage yet this year.
Our visit to the Mayo Clinic on Thusday and Friday went generally well, although it was hectic at times making all the appointments.
The chest x-ray showed no leaking, so they’ve doubled the amount of fat that I can take in on a daily basis. That should help me begin to put on weight.
The lymphadema seems to be fully resolved. The only issue is that the gall bladder cannot be removed laparoscopically because of scar tissue, so we will have to figure out how to deal with that when the time comes.
We are back home now and the weather here is beautiful! Jay and Kathy Freeman have invited me to be a guest in their canoe tomorrow on the Little Miami River!
I’m sorry that I’ve gone a week or more without updating the blog. I have continued to struggle getting enough nutrition onboard day to day. I’ve lost some more weight, and haven’t been feeling too chipper.
On the plus side, PT has been going well, and I am able to walk reasonable distances without any walker or poles at this point. We are headed back to the Mayo Clinic this Thursday and Friday for post-op check ups. I’ll provide an update Saturday when we get back.
Readers should recall that my daughter Natalie lived in St. Thomas the first four months of this year. Rick owned the Latitude 18 bar there, and a sailboat that Natalie often stayed on. They fell in love and got engaged; Rick sold the business and the sailboat, opting instead to buy a “land yacht”: A 35′ RV. He drove it up here from Florida, arriving just in time for dinner on our screened-in porch:
Here’s his new rig:
And here’s the happy couple with Rick’s two dogs:
Jen and I took a tour of it; it’s very nice, with two slide-outs. We’re very happy to finally meet Rick in person!
I have been back home three days now, and it’s going pretty well. I’m getting around on hiking poles as well as using the walker for longer distances. I’m doing a lot better nutritionally, as the home-cooked food is kicking in and we’re upping the calorie and protein count daily.
I’ve been too tired to make the usual sort of blog posts, but I expect that to change soon. I’ll get back to some of my storytelling and include more pictures.
It’s going to be a long road getting back into shape. I should be starting some outpatient PT in the next day or two. Meanwhile, Jen has me working some light weights and stretchy bands!