Almost exactly one year ago, Bob’s cancer reappeared. We were able to get it to back down with cancer medicine, but now it has reared up again.
There are issues throughout my husband’s body, but the first thing to address is one particular tumor in his brain. Quite soon this one will be removed in an operation and the others will be zapped with radiation. Eventually, medicines will be used to attack the cancer spots in his body.
Today we got to see a view of the inside of Bob’s brain and the issues he/we are facing.
The tumor affecting Bob’s speech will be taken out soon. Hopefully Friday morning. Bob will stay in the hospital until Monday and then come home again.
We are so lucky our children are so supportive. Too bad snowy weather can make their travels to be with us difficult.
We all have a positive outlook and more often than not you’ll find us laughing. Being positive, having great support, wonderful doctors and a good sense of humor will get us through these tough days.
Copyright 2019 by Susan Manzke, all rights reserved
Today, before the weather changes, Bob and I worked at digging up flower tubers.
The canna tubers were the hardest.
I was given a few tubers a couple summers ago and boy, oh boy, do those multiply and grow! It’s a good thing we plant them on huge planters–old stock tanks. Those raised beds are better than being on hands and knees.
Bob did most of the digging with a fork. I was trying to knock the dirt off the ones he gave to me. We ended up covered in soil.
All the stuff we moved will have to be moved again to put the cannas in a safe place for winter. Eventually the basement will be full of resting tubers, but not today.
Bob remembered his grandfather growing cannas in a rock garden in Illinois. I never saw one before I met Bob. It took me years to plant some of my own. I never liked the idea of having to dig them up each fall and replant them in the spring.
We have plenty to share. If you are nearby and want a few cannas of your own, just contact me and you can have a start on your spring planting.
Bob was the first one to tell me about this clotting agent. Years ago he asked me to save the pepper packets from our fast food order. He wanted them for his toolbox.
Black pepper will stop bleeding when applied to an open cut.
Many mechanics, farmers, and others who work with tools may know this trick,
Black pepper is naturally antibacterial so that’s another positive for this helpful aid.
I do not recommend this for a large wound, but those pesky small bleeding cuts seem suitable, especially when working far from other help.
I’ve known Bob to wrap a dirty rag around a cut and continue working after cutting himself. It had to be something big to get him in the house for help–oh yeah, if a cut was bloody when he got inside to help he often fainted. He hasn’t fainted at the sight of blood in a long time, so maybe he’s outgrown it.
Google for additional informational pepper uses–I’m no doctor, but I thought I’d pass along Bob’s suggestion.