Leaves on this Family Tree

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Medical Update

Gene had his 2nd to last "regular" appointment at the GI Clinic Friday. The reason it is the 2nd, not the last, is that the wound on his chest has decided to start seeping again this week. Doctor Kukar was sort of dumbfounded as to why it was doing this since the last catscan showed a minor amount of liquid in his chest cavity.

Doctor needs to talk with the GI Oncology Department to see if and when Gene will need to see them. He said that this is such a rare form of Cancer that there may be some new info out there that the Oncology Department has that he hasn't seen yet.

Before Gene had his surgery he met with Dr Ma from this department about what type of chemotherapy or radiation he would need. Dr Ma said that when this surgery was successful there was nothing left cancerous so he didn't know why he would need anything. But, Dr Ma will be leaving Roswell Park Cancer Institute on May 1 for Mayo Clinic. So we will see who Gene needs to meet with this time. 

Dr Kukar's "Espresso" Doily
This time I took the doilies I had made for Dr K, Dr Al-Sukhni and Maureen, since I didn't know if and when we would be going back.
Maureen and Dr Kukar both liked theirs. Dr K said his wife would really like it since she likes "things like this."

Maureen Brady's "Summer Splendor" Doily
Dr Al-Sukhni was in Brazil, as in South America, so Maureen said she would put hers on her desk so she will have it as soon as she returns.
Dr Al-Sukhni's "Caprice" Doily
Last night Gene said he thought they were really surprised when I gave the doilies to them. I think so too. They probably don't get handmade things from the patients very often.


Indy, patiently waiting to how the flower beds off.
Mom said I could take you on a tour of our front and back yard since the guys were here on Wednesday. o I patiently waited at the fence to the back yard until she was ready to go.

She talked to the man who mows our grass about reseeding the back yard, or as I call it, my bathroom. She asked them to mulch the flower beds and reseed the back yard. 

Mowed front yard and cleaned-up flower bed.

When she and Dad got home she thought the Shoemakers Elves were there. Three guys were busily working. They had edged the front flower bed, pulled out the major weeds and were spreading mulch. 

Front flower bed . . all trimmed out and mulched.

Flower bed by Leona's house.
In the backyard . . WOW . . . they were pulling weeds in the bed next to Leona's house and cutting back all of the dead stalks on the peonies and rose bushes on the opposite side of the yard.

Man, talk about a good feeling, having clean flowerbeds and grass seed spread in the backyard. They over-seeded the backyard, because of all the shade. Then Gene took some extra grass seed we had and spread it out.

This flower bed had Daylilies in it last year.
We dug them up to plant in Indiana last fall . . .
as you can see, we never made it to Indiana.
We hope they will survive until we get there.

Before the "elves" got there,
I transplanted some daylilies from the front flower bed to this one.
There are some ground cover plants in there too.

This is the REAL Daylily bed.
A Year ago June we dug a bunch of them up and took them to family in Indiana.
I am amazed how many came up this year.
Sad part was the Daffodils in the front of the bed didn't bloom.

This is our Flowering Plum tree.
We don't eat the fruit,
which looks more like big cherries.
But the squirrels and birds LOVE them

See why the back yard is so shaded?
This is our Flowering Plum.
Last year we had it trimmed back to, hopefully, let more sun into the yard.

Would you look at all those Grape Hyacinths growing?
And the yellow Tulips. They really multiplied this past year.

Can you say "Where's the grass?"
With luck there may be some there in a month or two.
But at least we have Tulips and Grape Hyacinths growing.
Soon, I am hoping, the Lilac bush in the far right corner
and the neighbor's Lilac behind the fence will be blooming.

My FAVORITE elf sowing some more seeds in the backyard.
That "dead vine" in the front
will bloom into a miniature rose bush entwined with a Clemantis.
Now, the wait to see if we do get a backyard this year.