Sunday, May 29, 2016

Way To Go Joe

This wonderful man of mine never ceases to amaze me with his strength and courage!! He may have dropped a class in horseshoes, but look where he placed today!! And this is his "down week of chemo" He can't eat much right now because everything has a metallic taste to it including water which causes him to become dehydrated easily. He did manage to get a full bottle down though while he was pitching and is working on his second one even as I write this. You Go Joe!!! I love you so much my strong, courageous husband.

I downloaded the following article from the internet. It is a procedure Joe will be having as soon as the insurance approves it.

Yttrium-90 Radioembolization

Radioembolization is very similar to chemoembolization but with the use of radioactive microspheres. This therapy is used to treat both primary and metastatic liver tumors.
This treatment incorporates the radioactive isotope Yttrium-90 into the embolic spheres to deliver radiation directly to the tumor. Each sphere is about the size of five red blood cells in width. These beads are injected through a catheter from the groin into the liver artery supplying the tumor. The beads become lodged within the tumor vessels where they exert their local radiation that causes cell death. This technique allows for a higher, local dose of radiation to be used, without subjecting healthy tissue in the body to the radiation. The Yttrium-90 radiates from within and, since it is administered in the hepatic artery, it can be viewed as "internal" radiation.
Radioembolization is a palliative, not a curative, treatment-but patients benefit by extending their lives and improving their quality of life. It is a relatively new therapy that has been effective in treating primary and metastatic liver cancers. It is performed as an outpatient treatment. There are fewer side effects from this treatment compared to standard cancer treatments, with the main one being fatigue for seven to 10 days.

Monday, May 23, 2016

It Truly Seemed Like What Paradise Might Really Be Like

We recently attended  one of our FMCA (Family Motor Coach Association) Lewis & Clark Chapter Rallies at Thousand Trails Paradise RV Campgrounds near Morton, Washington. There were approximately 50 members there. 

Please click on the pictures to enlarge. Thank you

We met new friends including Judy and Denny,

We learned a new to us card game called "TENS" and also played another favorite game FAST TRACK. What made it so fun was approximately 30 people stayed after the evening meal to play games.  How would I describe this fun club?  Well, they love to travel, eat, and play games.

His friend Gary told him "Joe you lost the Elvis look, but the new cut looks great, just like mine"

His friends were constantly amazed at his strength and stamina... 

He pitched for 3 hours on two different days while he was there. 

After a time of rest he was ready to go on to the next activity.

Paradise Campgrounds has two ponds that are stocked with trout.  The fish license was $4.00 for the day. He didn't catch any fish but enjoyed the fun.
Fishing wasn't just for the guys. Nancy and a few other gals enjoyed fishing also.

Russ was the winner with three nice size trout.

We didn't tow our car this time but our "neighbors" Scott and Lois invited us to go for a ride to check out  Taidnapam Park  a forested campground with a popular fishing bridge on Riffe Lake (formed by Mossyrock Dam) in Lewis County. It is a beautiful campground.


I took the following pictures on a walk around the campgrounds.

It is said "all good things must come to an end". It was a wonderful break for us. Joe gained 6 1/2 pounds on this three week break. This is a good thing because he looses weight after each chemo session. We enjoyed seeing all our L&C friends again. The love they showered on us was so sweet.  The gals were there to greet us when we drove in and the guys were there to help Joe get the rig set up. Those of you who know me well, know the tears come easy but these were tears of love and gratitude. Thank you all for your continued prayers and good thoughts. Please remember David and Marsha Ross in your prayers as they journey back to their home and start Dr. Appointments to address  David's medical issues.

Leaving Paradise Campgrounds wasn't the end of "all the good things"  As we were driving out the gate Joe asked me if I was up to a long ride home..........Driving is Joe's way to relax. (Greyhound Bus Driver Remember? :) I said sure why not... so off we went

We went  Highway 12 to Jackson Highway, then we hooked up to Highway 505, then 504
to Castle Rock, then we took 411 to Vader, Washington 
then Highway 506 to PeEll

We stopped and I made us a little lunch right in front of this old Jail House. There is a nice park behind it.

These beautiful flowers took up the whole front yard of this quaint little house.

Well look at this a field of mammoth marshmallows!

We took Highway 6 out of PeEll. I love barns, old or new.

We took Highway six all the way to Raymond 

And that led us to Highway 101 

I lived in Long Beach, Washington and this was one of my favorite places to stop.......

This is just a tiny portion of why we love the Cottage Bakery.
After leaving Long Beach we got back on 101 and headed for Seaside, Oregon where we had a wonderful spagetti dinner at the Twisted Fish Steak House and from there we got on Highway 26 and headed home to Oak Grove. We got home about 8:15 that evening, tired but happy and ready to face more rounds of chemo.
Have a great rest of the week.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Time For A Haircut

Dewain, Joe's barber for 20+ years and Joe discussing how short to cut his hair.  His hair would come out by the handful each time he combed it and he said it was time for a crew cut.

Dewain explains to Joe that he doesn't charge for a hair cut that has to be because of cancer. He wouldn't even take the tip Joe offered.
We spent Thursday and Friday with our friends Jim and Neila at the Cascade Locks Salmon Hatchery across from Bonneville Dam. We are the Class C parked in front of the 5th wheel.  It was the first time we have boon docked and things went pretty well........ except we realized we needed to buy 2 new house batteries. 
There are beautiful trails  and the Eagle Creek Trail Head begins there. The Pacific Coast Trail also runs through there.

We took a day trip to the East side of Bonneville Dam to see the fish ladders and watch the salmon pass by the viewing windows.

The water was so green and murky you could hardly see the fish.  That is a Lamprey eel hanging on to the glass.

It was fun watching the fish "climb" the ladders.

Next we visited the Maryhill Museum of History and Art.  
The grounds are beautiful and well groomed

There was a large display of chess boards and pieces including this very large one on the basement floor.

Views of the mighty Columbia River across the Bridge from Biggs, Oregon

I loved this little church in the town of Maryhill, Washington.
And look at the beautiful wood carving on the steeple
Across the street from the church was this old filling station/garage.

Our last stop was  Columbia Hills State park off Washington highway 14  and the Petroglyphs & Temani Pesh-wa Trail

You have to look close to see the pictures  but they are there.

I thought it was so sad that the trails have to be closed because of vandalism.  We were told though there is a .tour every Friday and Saturday morning at 10:00 A.M 
I loved the way the California Poppy's bloomed around the wood fence.
Have a great week and Smile even in the rain