Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas Eve

Hello to all of you wonderful friends! We want to wish you a wonderful and blessed Christmas. We appreciate and love you all; you are so faithful in following our blog. That is more encouraging than you can imagine.
We will have our kids over Christmas morning for a big breakfast and presents. So looking forward to that. Glenn has been  feeling well these last weeks without having treatment. We saw his nephrologist this week and he is going to check out the results of Glenn's last bone marrow biopsy and talk to the oncologist to see if it is necessary to have more treatment. As far as benefits to the kidneys, that is pretty much not necessary since they are all but gone as far as functioning. They are probably damaged too extensively to try to save them with treatment. So the question is whether he needs treatment to control the underlying disease and if it has affected any other organs. So that's where we are with that. Since we found a place to live here in Jax, we know we won't be living in G'ville, but we will be closer to there and the Dr.s here in town so he can go to either place when necessary much easier. 
For those of you who are familiar with Glenn's office, he's gotten through at least half of it sorting and throwing away, although to look at it you wouldn't guess that. He has gotten through all the boxes and almost all of the filing cabinet drawers. Now the part that is visible is the next step, and that will be difficult because I'm not supposed to touch any of that. He knows what's in each heaped pile and if I touch any of it it will mess up his "system"! Hopefully we can get through it all in the next week or two and have that out of the way to start packing. Merry Christmas to you all and a blessed year ahead.   We'll be having 70's temps here. I am jealous for any of you who will be having a white Christmas but Glenn loves Christmas in Florida: "barbecue and volley ball on the beach" is his favorite kind of Christmas. ;-) (I say, "Bah, hum bug" to that!)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

To spare you the suspense.....

Ok, I don't know for sure yet, but I'll tell you anyway, that I think we have finally found a place to live. It's in another "55 and over" community in a beautiful setting that also has some wildlife, and planes for Glenn to watch landing and taking off. It's a much smaller neighborhood and not nearly as plush, but has a very homey feeling, to us anyway. It puts us closer to G'ville and a shorter trip to the local hospital/Dr. offices. We'll know for sure at the beginning of the week.
Glenn feels pretty good these days, (thanks to no treatment for a few weeks). He should be getting it but the glitches with insurance, etc. have continued to put it all on hold. The up-side of it is that he will be able to feel good for Christmas. We don't know how his chemistry is and that makes me uneasy. He hasn't had much swelling at all and when he does he can take a medication to fix it.
Thank you for your continued support, encouragement and prayers.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Sunday, December 11, 2011

No news is good news

I usually don't post anything if we don't have any news. But a girl at church today said just post what we're doing. She likes to know what our life is like anyway. So....
We've been looking for a place to live this week, as well as going through Glenn's office stuff and eliminating as much as I can get him to get rid of. He's done pretty well at throwing things away. But we haven't had any luck finding a place to live yet. We looked at a place near G'ville that we really liked and the girl we talked to was supposed to talk to management to see if they could give us a better rate. She hasn't called back so we at least missed out on the special if we would have signed within 48 hours. I guess we'll call tomorrow to see if she can give us any good news. Other than that, we haven't had any luck finding anything in\near G'ville or in the Orange Park area, which is just southwest of Jacksonville and closer to G'ville than where we are now, but still in this area. And we haven't made any progress with Glenn's treatment yet. So we continue tomorrow, (Monday) to work on those two things.
This weekend we had our Boyles Christmas  get-together and feast here at our place. It was wonderful! Everybody in the family came as well as all but one significant-other of our kids'. We all had a very great time together eating and watching Phoenix open her presents. The cousins got caught up with each other and Glenn had stories to tell about his two sisters to entertain us all. And we had waaayyy too many desserts. ;-)  If I was techno-savy I'd post pictures here, but haven't figured that out so you can see them on fb if you and I are fb friends. But I'm sure everyone would agree it was a a wonderful, memory making evening.
Glenn has been feeling fairly well, since he hasn't had any chemo treatments for a few weeks now, and he's been able to get out more this week. We were able to go to church today for the first time in a while. Sooo good to be with, and see everybody again. It was very encouraging to him to see everybody and for them to see him and how well he's doing.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Results of tests.

Ok, so I finally called the Dr. since we hadn't heard from him. He said the chemo must have helped because the value he was looking for in the bone marrow was better. So Glenn will be on chemo treatment every three weeks as what the Dr. called a maintenance therapy. His hope is that the kidneys will recover some function. Encouraging news! But that didn't help us make a decision as to where we should move to, though we pretty much have decided that since we have to get another nephrologist anyway, that we will use one in G'ville there at Shands. We will be talking to the finance dept there hopefully Monday to see what county we have to live in to be in their system. Maybe THEN we can know where we will move.
I have pretty much gone through all the rooms and gotten rid of what I need to through garage sales and Goodwill. That is a load off. I've got Glenn going through the stuff in his office by bringing out a few boxes at  a a time to the living room (where he pretty much lives, eats, and sleeps). That angle seems to be working better than trying to get him to go in his office. It looks like an overwhelming job when he tries to go in the office and do the sorting. And if you've ever been in our home, you know why it is overwhelming to him. So a little at a time is working so far. He went through his stuff one time and we got rid of more than 15 boxes, but he still has about that much more to get rid of, if not more, hopefully. So we have pretty much started the process of moving. We gave the required 60 day notice and got move out instructions. Of course, we'll be glad when this is all over and we are settled for a while again.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Just want to fill you in

Hello faithful friends, I just want to let you know we haven't talked to the Dr. yet about the results from Monday's tests. We missed his call yesterday so we're waiting for him to call back. Sorry I don't have anything to report to you. Really sorry! Wish we knew more.