Thursday, March 27, 2008

Things to think about

This is the first week in the past 7 (!) weeks that we haven't had a dr. appt, biopsy, surgery, or test done. Seriously, for the past 6 weeks, we've had between one and four appointments a week between the two of us. Hooray for a breather! Next week it starts up again with A going radioactive for a week. But for now- it's nice not to be waiting on test results or a visit to a new doctor.

Sometimes I feel like I'm living in some horrible version of Flowers For Algernon when I spent time with A. His lack of a thyroid has effected his balance, coordination, energy and short term memory. This wonderful, smart man who previously flew airplanes with ease is now tripping, uncoordinated and has to ask me 3 times what we are getting at the grocery store. It only seems to come in waves and is a totally expected side effect of the treatment that will go away when his system is balanced again with medication. But it's still strange.

We made the decision not to put the baby quest on hold right now. It actually seems like a good time for it because A will be able to be around for a pregnancy, delivery and early weeks with a baby since he'll be off for a year. Although money will be tight, the family time is more important to us. So we're working with another specialist on that front. A may have cancer, but I'm doing my best not to let it effect our dreams and goals any more than it has too.

We are still considering the move to IAH. Although it will have to be deferred until treatment is concluded and A is stable, it still feels like the right thing to do. With the LTD, it won't matter where we live, but if there is a potential for supplemental income, we'll have to consider that as well.

For now, it's just one day at a time and enjoying life as much as we can.


Partner of a Pilot said...

That brought a tear to my eye. Good for you guys! Fingers crossed you have some good news to follow!

Tim Heibel said...

Good to hear A is doing better. I'm sure it is very hard on you, but keep up the good work and be strong! Sorry to hear the sick leave donation didnt work out. I know Capt Bob and others where pulling for it. welcome to "blogger" I mad the switch myself some time ago! Its just much easier to work with!