Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Trading Places

     How many times have your watched a loved one who is ill and think to your generous and loving self, "I wish I could trade places with you right now, to make your life a better one?" That thought has entered my mind as my sister, Diana, has endured one setback after another in her quest to get to surgery to remove a cancerous tumor on her leg.
     The good news for her is that it finally seems to be happening. I am happy to report that her tumor seems to be responding to the radiation. Seems to be a little smaller and weaker in our professional opinions. And...she is back to being able to eat, a big worry for us, since she lost 10 pounds. It is great to hear her voice happier and stronger when I call.
     The bad news is that I, once again, am trying to one-upmanship her in the sympathy department. It seems that I have had an asthmatic condition for quite a while, which accounts for my shallow breathing. As the pulmonologist pointed out succinctly, "Your breathing is lousy." So I am taking some inhalation therapy to see if it helps. So far I am coughing like a...coughing person, I guess. In addition, my little toe somehow must have gotten jammed somewhere when I was not looking, and is turning bruised and purple. How do you get an injury like that and not know? Is there going to be a time soon when we are both healthy at the same time? Stay tuned. Meanwhile enjoy a funny little video that made me laugh.It turns out that it is the Voca People, who portray aliens ( I thought they were match-heads) and are quite a sensation.


Bodaciousboomer said...

Glad to know your sis is better; but sorry you're now having such a bad time. Breathing difficulties scare the wazoo outta me.

Love the Voca people BTW.

Anonymous said...

Best wishes to your sister in her ongoing battle and sorry to hear your little "piggie" is suffering.

Joanne said...


I just got over pneumonia (2 courses of antibiotics and a course of steroids)I coughed for a month. You can probably imagine how much fun that is for a woman was borne 5 children! Thank God for Poise pads!
All I can say to you is this too will pass. I'll keep you and your sister in my prayers.

Jeanne said...

Joann, It is funny you should mention that. I am going to go back to the dr on Monday for a chest x-ray to see if it has developed into pneumonia. Usually I can tell when I cannot eat anything that I have pneumonia but this cough is wicked and you are right. Hurray for poise! Love it.