Ok. maybe it wasn't actually the devil, (although that is a great song), but Dad and his 4 "boys" took a road trip to Savannah Georgia several weeks ago. Lana (my wife) recently asked Dad what city he would like to take a trip to and he selected Savannah, where he was stationed in the military and due to his love of Civil War history (no, he wasn't stationed there during the Civil War....). We took a paddleboat cruise, a historic Trolley ride and "self guided" tours of several bars. It was a great weekend full of fun and laughs.
Mom is no longer a fan of flying, so she stayed back with Lana. They went shopping,, out to eat, to the casino, an arboretum and Mom played dominos with friends. It's possible those two put on more miles driving around Minneapolis, than the 2,184 miles it took us to fly to Georgia. Clearly, Lana was the MVP of the weekend.
Dad had repeat scans of his brain and lungs in late April. Unfortunately, those scans did show that the main tumors in his lungs and brain have grown somewhat since his previous scans. As a result, he went through his 4th round of brain radiation ("Gamma Knife") last week and had no issues following that procedure. For his lungs, his doc is researching whether there is a different oral chemo pill for him to try or whether he would need to return to the IV chemo that he previously went through. A decision on that will be made within the next week or two.
Mom's bone marrow cancer continues to be pretty well controlled with the oral chemo pill that she takes. Her blood numbers were off a bit recently, so her doc has changed her dosage. Instead of taking her chemo pill for 3 weeks each month, she will now take it for 2 weeks each month and see how that goes. She continues to struggle with some memory issues at times depending on the day, but seems to have no problem recalling all the times we each got into trouble in high school.
Mom and Dad are both looking forward to getting up to the cabin and seeing friends. As always, they also welcome phone calls for a quick chat. Mom does tend to misplace her phone on occasion, so if she doesn't call back please try again. Pretend you are one of those sales calls selling extended warranties for your car, a timeshare condo in Kabul, or a new roof-just keep calling.
Thanks for your support and Happy Memorial Day.