Monthly Archives: June 2013

A rough start, a good ending


I work with a very nice lady, Irene, who hasn’t been feeling very good. She finally went to her Doctor. After a general pelvic exam, he had her go in for some more imaging stuff (sorry, I have forgotten whether it was sonograms or MRIs). They found a lump on one of her ovaries. She went in a few days later for a blood test. This morning she had to go talk to a specialist. Everyone at work did their best to keep her spirits up. And, like I told her, she wasn’t using her ovaries, so they could be safely removed. That did make her laugh.  (She older than me by several years.)   After she left for her appointment the rest of us sat at a table, taking our morning break and trying really hard not to think about the what ifs. But it’s always there, in the back of your mind…

Before we expected her, Irene was back. It wasn’t cancer. However, the tumor is the size of an orange so it will have to come out. This time the jokes about useless female body parts had humor and joy in them. She’ll be out for most of August, but that’s okay by us.

It all made me think, though. As far as we have come with the diagnosing and treatment of the various cancers, the initial reaction is still terror. Next to basil cell carcinomas and squamish cell cancers, ovarian cancer is, if caught soon enough, is one of the few cancers that are “relatively” easy to get rid of. It’s not always a death sentence anymore. But, judging by Irene’s reaction to the possibility, the “C” word still carries a lot of fear. We really need to work on that…


A “Bad Day at Black Rock”

Okay, so it’s really the title of an old Spencer Tracy movie, still, today kind of feels that way. Our dishwasher at work had a doctor’s appointment so he left REALLY early which left all of us to do our jobs and his. On top of that, it is Wednesday. Wednesdays and Fridays are our busiest days. We usually have 60+ meals for Meals on Wheels and a lot of people to feed lunch to at the Senior Center. Today, with all meals added together, we served 120 people, + or -.

Because of the severe weather we have had, high winds (60 mph gusts), heavy rains (flash flooding), and hail, the humidity is up really high, which aggravates my asthma something terrible. Not a good day to lose one’s inhaler. I lost my inhaler. Have no idea where. Could have lost it at work, could have lost it at Mom’s, could have lost it at The Marble’s house (we visited them for Mrs. Marble’s birthday). (Sleeping is not going to come easy tonight.) I’ve even shut off my swamp cooler to try to lower the humidity. Right now it’s 54%. That’s a lot for a high desert town. Usually it’s in the single digits.

And I missed Ghost Hunters. That really makes me sad. Oh well…

Such a good weekend.

Birthday ducks

Had the best Saturday ever, and Sunday was just as good, just at a lower level. Saturday I got my swamp cooler fixed and up, thanks to my Uncle Mike and cousins Gordon, Clay and Ian. Now it’s a lovely 68 degrees inside when it’s almost 100 degrees outside. Then, starting around noon, we celebrated my Mom’s 80th birthday and my Uncle Mike’s 70th birthday.

Don’t know what the final count was, but there were lots of people that came in, for well over two and a half hours, to see and talk to Mom and Uncle Mike.  They got to see people they hadn’t seen for years.  We had several family members come in, too.  After the party, we moved to Mom and Cindy’s house for a BBQ and more fun and conversation.  Then this morning – Sunday, all that were still here met for breakfast, which lasted for close to two hours (there were 14 of us at breakfast).  So much fun and laughter and just really good conversation.

Now, as I sit in my very cool and comfortable house reflecting on the last two days, apart from being very tired, I realize what a great family I’ve got.  Not only do they enjoy a good time, who doesn’t, they are all willing to jump in and lend a hand when and where needed.  I am so blessed to have such a great family.