Peter Brady's Journal
Written Dec 10, 2013 3:46pmHello its Pete!
Lots to talk about. As you know I'm getting stronger which has enabled me to start picking my nose again. iIs beautiful. Sometimes I have a little trouble getting up there and scooping the detritus out. I end up pushing it farther up there. Luckily, I haven't lost hope. Its a two picks forward, one pick back situation. Now to the real problems. When I finally get the previously mentioned litter out of there, I'm stuck with a booger on my finger. As you know, an average American would just give it a flick. I cannot. Its one of the devastating ailments I have to endure. This leaves me with 2 options: 1-Wipe it on my chair. 2-Put it on a stationary piece of furniture. Well I don't want boogers on my chair, obviously. Wiping them on my surroundings will be too undisguised. Every booger on the furniture at waist height will clearly be mine. Its as if I'm leaving calling card. As you can see, our troubles continue. Please, dont leave suggestions, Its something a man has to learn to fix with his own will power and tears. In the meantime i close my eyes and take a walk. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZX6Q-Bj_xg **** **** I don't want to see this band in concert
Written Dec 3, 2013 7:34pmHappy Holidays folks! As some of you may have heard, Jim went to the hospital late Wednesday night because of a small 'focal seizure'. Essentially, he was having tremors in his right hand and right eye but was still totally alert. So he was in the hospital from Wednesday night to yesterday afternoon. The doctors adjusted Jim's seizure meds and it would seem as though we have found a good balance. He's been seizure free for two days!
A seizure is one of the expected side effects of the tumor and treatments, and Jim was lucky to have been without them for as long as he was. Apart from this slightly distressing symptom, the big tumor (fat man) himself and the little tumor (little boy) have experienced no new growth. The fluid retention in the ventricle that was happening before continues to lessen and the doctors are still recommending no surgery.
They don't know the exact cause of the focal seizure. Their best guesses are 1) swelling from the treatments, 2) the fluid retention in the ventricle, or 3) calcification around the tumor area (caused by dying tumor tissue).
So two steps forward, one step back as usual but overall things are good. Jim is tired quickly but doing well, and super bummed about being in the hospital for black friday! The man does love to shop.
Some of the things we are thankful for this Thanksgiving:
- The folks at Windom Elementary for sending us a turkey and organizing a service to plow our driveway for the winter!
- The girl's orchard park field hockey team for raking all of our leaves!
- The fact that Pete was able to eat at the table with us and feed himself.
- Being together with family from near and far on Thanksgiving and all they do to help us and show their love.
- The amazing family who brought over an entire dinner on Thanksgiving day!
- Our phenomenal neighbors who bring us delicious meals every week, such a great help!
- The nursing staff and doctors who worked so hard to help Jim on thanksgiving.
- The stand-up guy who shoveled our driveway after the first big storm in lieu of shoveling his own.
- Avoiding Jane's cooking!
- Everyone else on team Brady who is there for us all year round!
November 24, 2013
Written Nov 24, 2013 8:06pm
Pete’s fraternity brothers continue to keephim in their thoughts, and this week had a fundraiser for the Peter BradyHealing Fund. These guys won’t quit.With these funds Pete is going to buy an FES (Functional Electric Stimulation)Bike. FES applies small electricalpulses to paralyzed muscles to restore or improve their function. Pete used one of these bikes at ShepherdCenter. This exercises Pete’s muscles, is a cardio workout and improves strength and circulation. This is an awesome piece of equipment and every time I look at it I will think of Pete’s brothers and their kindness and generosity.
The swelling decreased enough for thedoctors to decide to wait on surgery. Jim started his second round of chemo andis on a 5 days oral chemo, 23 days off schedule. We are trying to strike a balance; thesteroids decrease swelling, but they result in muscle weakness and fluidretention. With lower doses of thesteroids, speech becomes more difficult and you never know when the swelling will reach a harmful level. We continue to pray and hope for the swelling to continue to decrease and the cancer to slow down. Jim is persevering through all this, and continues to find ways to care for us all, as he always has.
The folktalebelow describes what we have experienced since Pete got hurt and continues to this day. We have seen with our own eyes, the difference between heaven and hell. Thanks to our family, our awesome neighbors, our friends and all your prayers, we live this folk tale every day.
"I once ascended to the firmaments. I first went to see Hell and the sight was horrifying. Row after row of tables were laden with platters of sumptuous food,yet the people seated around the tables were pale and emaciated, moaning in hunger. As I came closer, I understood their predicament."Every person held a full spoon, but both arms were splinted with wooden slats so he could not bend either elbow to bring the food to his mouth. It broke my heart to hear the tortured groans of these poor people as they held their food so near but could not consume it."Next I went to visit Heaven. I was surprised to seethe same setting I had witnessed in Hell – row after row of long tables laden with food. But in contrast to Hell, the people here in Heaven were sitting contentedly talking with each other, obviously sated from their sumptuous meal."As I came closer, I was amazed to discover that here, too, each person had his arms splinted on wooden slats that prevented him from bending his elbows. How, then,did they manage to eat?"As I watched, a man picked up his spoon and dug it into the dish before him. Then he stretched across the table and fed the person across from him! The recipient of this kindness thanked him and returned the favor by leaning across the table to feed his benefactor.I suddenly understood.Heaven and Hell offer the same circumstances and conditions. The critical difference is in the way the people treat each other.