Sunday, August 28, 2016

A Merry Heart Doeth Good Like A Medicine......

We had the most wonderful surprise visit last week from our dear friends Jerry and Dawn. We got a call that they were close by, on their way to a wedding and wanted to know if we were up to a visit. Thank you Jerry and Dawn for taking time out of your busy schedule to stop by. Scripture says A merry heart doeth good like a medicine and our hearts were merry and the medicine worked great!! (Proverbs 17:22)

Joe's "happy place" is behind the wheel. Our friends Jim and Neila  joined us one day last week for a day trip to Trout Lake, Washington via Highway 14 along the Columbia River on the Washington side. It was a beautiful day.

We stopped at the ranger station in Trout Lake and the ranger showed us a map of a beautiful loop back to Portland.

At some point on the way back we had to make a choice whether to go right towards Randle, Washington or Left towards Cougar, Washington. We chose Cougar. The forest, and trees were beautiful. We passed by Lake Merwin and stopped here to stretch or legs before the last leg to home. By now, Joe was getting tired. We knew of a wonderful little restaurant in Woodland, and decided to eat dinner there.  Rosie's  is a must stop if you like great hamburgers, french fries second to none, wonderful, and warm bread pudding, just to name a few items.  Oh, and come hungry because the hamburgers are the size of desert plates!! After we finished eating, Jim, knowing Joe was pretty tired by then, offered to drive the rest of the way home. Joe readily accepted that offer.
 We met Jim and Neila when we  parked beside them for a week or two at one of our membership RV Parks in AZ. They have walked along side of us through this journey we are on with Joe's illness. They drove all the way from Florida last spring to Cascade Locks, Oregon accepting a position as camp host at Cascade Locks Salmon Hatchery to be closer to Joe and I. They have cried with us, encouraged us, played A LOT of cards with us which always created laughter too!!  It was difficult to say goodbye this week as they slowly head South for the winter. But knowing  we will see them in the Spring makes us smile. 

Not being able to pitch shoes right now, doesn't stop Joe for being at the tournament in Oregon City. Nope, not at all. He kept score and enjoyed the company of his horseshoe pitching buddies. The smiling guy with the yellow shirt by the fence is his friend Russ. Another friendship that began at Pilot Knob RV Resort in Winterhaven, California. We were taking a walk and they were sitting outside their motor home. We noticed we both had the same model of cars and Joe struck up a conversation with Russ. Horseshoes came up, Russ was interested, and a few months later Russ called Joe for information as to where our club was.  The rest is history. Russ and his wife Kay just returned the day before this tournament from an 80 day trip to Alaska and back. Glad they are back home safe and sound.
An Update on Joe. His oncology Dr., is on maternity leave until January and Dr. Dr. Xiong has taken over Joe's care in her absence.  The words one of his caregivers used was...chemo has really given Joe's body a beating.  He continues to loose weight, eating and drinking are difficult but he is trying his best. One of the chemo meds, Avastin, is going to probably discontinued Wednesday as it is probably the culprit that is causing bleeding again.  Quality of life has become a big concern for Joe's team. He basically doesn't have much at the moment. So Wednesday  not only will he get the results of the CAT scan he had Friday, but he will  have a consultation with Dr. Xiong regarding how and what they can do to give him that better quality of life and still maintain. Joe is my hero! He is a fighter. A very weak and tired fighter. But he can still drive safely and we do enjoy day trips to our favorite places. and He is looking forward to the BIG day September 10th when he stands beside his son as his best man!!   Thank you to each and every one of you who are praying, thank you for your words of encouragement, your letters, emails and cards. It's friends like you that keep us going.