Monday, November 7, 2011


Truvy is home safe and sound. A little shell-shocked but otherwise okay. Her daddy is doing much better too and has finally stopped crying every time he talked about her. I've been a bit emotional the last few weeks.

Thanks for all the kind thoughts and words. They were very comforting.


Thank you is all I can say to the many thoughtful, caring comments and emails I have received concerning the health of myself and my family. They mean so much and have brought many tears. In a weird way, it's comforting to read the journey's others have had with their loved ones and to know I'm not alone. Who says you can't count on the kindness of strangers or at least people you have yet to meet in person.

I'm not sure how I did this but somehow I'm able to read my emails on my newish HTC phone but haven't a clue as to how to respond to them. So I do read your comments but by the time I can respond to them on my computer, I haven't the mental energy.

I'm about to take Truvy for a long walk to drain some energy so she is calmer going into surgery this morning. At 12, I take mom to the cardiologist and then if all goes well (and I expect it will) I'll pick Truvy up around 3pm. It was a long night with little sleep. Truvy has never been left with anyone but friends and family since we found each other 9 years ago.  I'll take some pics if I can. I think the cone will be the worst part of all.

Thanks!  Sean

Saturday, November 5, 2011


Today's post is dedicated to my little girl, Miss Truvy. On Monday, Truvy will have an operation to remove an abnormal growth from her lower eyelid that is too abnormal now. She's had it for about two years. She'll also have a fatty tumor removed and her teeth cleaned. (she has great teeth and doesn't need a real cleaning but since she'll be under, a little polishing is a good idea.

She goes in at 8:30 am and should be home by 3:30 that afternoon. The worst part of all of this will be making her wear that cone of silence. I'll be sure to take plenty of pics because I know her and she'll be staring at me with those big brown eyes and the most pitiful looks just begging to take the cone off.

Please keep her in your thoughts on Monday and send lots of positive energy our way. Thanks!!


Either before you go to bed Saturday night or after you get up on Sunday morning don't forget to turn back all your clocks one hour. For many of us, it's Daylight Savings Time and since it's the fall, we turn back time (see how I worked that in there?) and get an extra hour to do with whatever we like.

The most important point of my post is not to remind you to change your clocks but to REMIND you to change the batteries in your smoke and CO2 detectors. You should replace your detectors if they are more than 5 years old or you don't know how old they are. Take a marker and date the battery door so you'll know in the future. And now I present the one and only CHER!

Friday, November 4, 2011


My Mom: When school started in Sept of 2010 Mom had to break-in a new kindergarten teacher (fresh out of college) and a class that went from 18 to 29 students - a huge jump in snot-nosed brats. :) Mom started feeling tired, stressed and began napping when she got home (she is 69 after all.) Then she began getting nagging little colds or aches that she never had before and we continued to think stress and too much work. The doctor agreed. Around Feb/March Mom started getting B12 shots but the doctor found nothing until Mom lost her voice and sent her to an Ear/Nose/Throat doc. He sent Mom for a CatScan cause he needed more than an xray. Turns out she had a tumor in her lung and thus began the journey. To shorten a long story, she has stage 3 lung cancer, does not have classic presentation or additional complications and was/is in good health for a 69 year old. All of which increase her odds of survival and of course she has a great support network and excellent doctors.

She started a combo treatment plan of chemo and radiation immediately but this proved a bit too much at once. We learned a lot about the importance of eating, hydrating and listening to one's body. They give you tons of info but until you have cancer care experience, there is still a gigantic learning curve. Mom completed 39 radiation treatments by Aug and is on a new three week cycle of chemo for about 4 months.

I've been doing most everything - cooking (anything to get her to eat), cleaning, driving to the doctors, tracking her meds (excel is great for this and the docs love it) and medical records (for the trips to the hospital (which have averaged about once a month) and pushing, pushing, pushing to eat, walk, get up and dressed (which of most days is a major accomplishment to be proud of.) Taking care of people just isn't my Dad's thing and he's completely stressed and my sister has her own family of a husband and three boys 23, 21 and 14 and if you remember my 21 year old nephew fell off a roof and was in a coma. He's made a complete recovery but there is an incredible story to still be told about him. So it's been mostly me and it has cost me.

Mom just got out of the hospital after being there 3 of the past 4 weeks. We were both in at the same time for about a week. First for a caught-early case of pneumonia (the biggest threat to any cancer fighter) and then after 5 days home she was back because she caught a virus while in the hospital that caused complications. This turned out to be a good thing in that they discovered a pre-existing arrhythmia. It was at this time I was hospitalized for the second time and will post about late today or Monday.

Mom continues to gain strength and today we are going to Costco and then Jones Beach and Robert Mosses (the very far end/beginning of Fire Island) for a walk and lunch at the marina. Up next is a PetScan, 11/09, which will when read on 11/16 will finally tell us how successful the treatment has been so far - FINGERS CROSSED!

I have not written about this because it is very hard and emotional for me. I feel a bit better and thank you for reading.  Sean

BTW - no pics because my scanner is a piece of crap.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Like a fine wine.

Zombie Mug Shot

Nice face but where's the neck?








Innocence among the guilty.


Guilty - Past, Present and Future!

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