Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Happy Anniversary to Us!


Happy 36th anniversary to the companion of my life, my best friend, and the best company I've ever known.  What a journey it has been, my dear!  I look forward to the time ahead, here and in eternity!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Happy birthday to my baby brother!


Happy birthday, Matt!  It has been fun to watch the transformations to husband and father and upper-management.  And through it all you always make me laugh and bring much love (along with M. and Z.)  Happy birthday, Baby Bro!  Hard to believe you are turning 47, since I remember helping to time mom's contractions when you were about to be born! Love you!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Recent projects

Here are a few of the things I have finished up lately.  I love having time to sew a bit!

First, we have a quiet book pages for C.'s second birthday, followed by two small quilts: a table-topper with mug rugs for one friend, and a lap quilt for another.











Saturday, July 09, 2016

Health Updates

Yesterday I got the results of my last ERG from UNM, along with completing the Vision Field Test and FA at the Retina Center in Albuquerque before seeing my doctor. Many of you know that my new doc had previously put the brakes on beginning the weaning process to lower my medicines.  I went into this appointment praying we could have a good conversation about that, and wanting to ask if he thought I needed to get to a birdshot specialist.  It all could not have been better.

All my tests were stable and unchanged from the previous ones 3 months ago.  And in fact, they remain substantially unchanged from July, 2014.  Dr. Chiu explained once again that birdshot tends to be a chronic condition, and miost will never be able to get off of the meds, but said as he saw it, I had two choices:  to continue at maintenance where we were and continue my meds at the current level, or to try slowly (ever so slowly) reducing my mycophenalate,  and watch things carefully.  Since I feel strongly that my body needs a break, and since my former doc and my online expert agreed that under the general parameters where I am living, reducing meds was acceptable, we decided to go for it.  Today, I begin half my dose of daily mycophenalate, and will redo all my tests in four months. Additionally, my current doc is fine referring me to the closest specialist whenever I want, and we decided it is not necessary for now, but we can both feel free to get that help whenever we think it is needed.

I could not have asked for a better outcome yesterday.  Thank you, Gentle Reader, if you have prayed for me.  God has been good to answer our prayers!

And speaking of prayers, my dh Dave will have a second biopsy on Monday on a little nodule on his thyroid.  80% of thyroid nodules are benign, and that is our prayer.  The first biopsy was inconclusive because they did not get enough cells.  So please pray with us that Monday's biopsy will be conclusively benign.  Thank you!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Happy birthday, Dave!

Today we celebrate 60 years of life for this amazing man.  He is faithful to God, gentle to all, and mine.  I love you, Dave, and praise God for the gift you have been to me all these years!


















Saturday, June 25, 2016

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Cousins Camp 2016 Part 2

After picking up Emma in Tucson, we headed up through Globe and Carson pass, past Roosevelyt Lake, and to Payson, AZ.  We camped just outside Payson, and B&E met us there for dinner and left A. with us.  The first surprise was the fact that neither the battery nor the stove in the camper would work (and the faucet had broken at home.)  So we were in for some familial bonding, that was clear!  And then the record heat made some changes of plan necessary (like a trip to the library to sit in air conditioning!)  But we had fun at Tonto Natural Bridge and Tonto Springs Fish Hatchery.  See the proof below.