Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A light at the end of the tunnel for Jason!

We were so glad to be able to fly to Salt Lake City to see Jason receive his undergraduate degree in Architecture. Frank handled the trip well. The smile on Jason's face as he 'walked' was worth the trip. So many long days and nights away from his little family as he studied and worked on projects. . . Great job! Since he was accepted into the accelerated program for his master's degree, he will only have 15 more months to go, then he will be finished with school in August 2011.

Seeing Kristal and the two little girls was definitely an added bonus. They are a laugh a minute. Kandra and her family and Lance came also and we had a good visit. Check out Kandra's blog http://kandjowens.blogspot.com/for pictures and more details. Her little boy, Gavin, (20 months) thought he was at Disneyland when he got on the elevators at our hotel. He didn't want to get off but rather to keep pushing buttons, going up and down, down and up, around and around, over and over.

When we returned from our trip, we stopped in Mesa for another chemo treatment for Frank and a zometa infusion for his bones. Ugh! He decided to split up his Decadron dose from 40 mg all at once to 20 mg two days in a row so it isn't so hard on him. Don't know if it helps or just prolongs the misery. He has a bright red rash on both legs--don't know what that's from. The doctor wants to wait a week or so and see if it goes away on its own. (Maybe the augmentin which he took for a week??) Tomorrow we will go down to Mesa again for more chemo., then spend the night and fly to Seattle for the first part of a week long trip to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary which was April 16. On that day he had to have a dose of chemo. We scheduled this trip during what we thought was an off week but with his eratic treatments due to low blood counts, fevers, etc. our schedule is off. However since flight and hotel reservations had been made, we told the doctor the chemo could wait a week. As we see it, if we have no quality of life and can't do anything but get treatments, then what's the point??

We will stay near Seattle a few days with friends we met a few years ago on a cruise and then the four of us will travel by car and ferry to Victoria on Vancouver Island, B.C. We've wanted to do this for a long time and are really looking forward to the trip. Hopefully I'll have some nice pictures to post when we get back.

4 comments:

Skousen Seven said...

Have a great trip!! Take time to smell the roses or tulips:) Love ya!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KaNdRa and JaReD said...

It was a really good trip other then my back killing me!!:) Yeah and Gavin drove me nuts with the elevater thing!!!!

So have a great time and I agree with the quality of life thing. You might as well do all that you can while you guys are feeling up to it.Have fun!!!

Becky and the Boys said...

What a relief for Jason to be moving along so swiftly. I knew an architect student in college - she did more all nighters than I could shake a stick at. That sounds like a fabulous trip - good for you, and happy anniversary! They say that half a bag of the best cookies is better than a full bag of blah cookies...

Kristal said...

So glad you guys could come up here. It was wonderful!