Monday, January 9, 2012


Not anything real exciting today.  We were up at six this morning and left the motorhome at 7:45 for my 9:00 appointment at Duke.  We left early because we didn't know how long it would take us with all the morning traffic.  It took almost an hour -- the traffic was INCREDIBLE!  This is a very busy area -- Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and all the little places in-between.  

I was called to a room by "Joan," my Radiologist's nurse.  This was the first time meeting Joan and she was a delight.  She is originally from Finland.  Joan said she bragged about snagging a "Yank" and shortly after they were married in Finland, he informed her they were going to the States.  I was also seen by a Resident -- a Navy doctor.  This is the second Resident we have seen in Radiology that is a Navy doctor.  He has been in the Navy 24 years.  The Radiologist explained everything and answered all my questions.  I am impressed with my Duke radiology team.

I go back Wednesday for a CT Scan and "mapping" for radiation.  Next week I will start radiation 5 days a week for 31 sessions.  After I complete radiation, I will once again see the oncologist who will prescribe an estrogen blocker drug that I am supposed to take for five years.  Five years is a long time...I will be near 70 years old in 5 years.  None of us knows what tomorrow will bring, much less 5 years down the road.

We shopped at Trader Joe's today.  We have NEVER been anywhere near a Trader Joe's, so we now understand why people like shopping there so much -- we thought the prices were  reasonable.  We didn't buy a lot but did buy cereal that was recommended by Diabetes Living's website -- "Triple Berry-O's" -- honey oat O's with dried blueberries, strawberries and raspberries.  

When we returned home, everyone was gone and we were here by ourselves -- the only RV in the park.  However, after dark, another MH moved in.

It has rained off and on last night and today.

Not much else to report.  We are gearing up to watch the big championship game tonight -- LSU vs AL.  
Thanks for your prayers -- with so many praying for me, I know I will be OKAY!


  1. Are you going to be able to stay any closer to Duke when you start your radiation next week? That's quite a commute. Visiting Trader Joe's is always a fun experience. We are lucky to have one a few miles from our house. I don't buy too much there, but I like some of their meats, especially their marinaded Korean bulgogi.

  2. I'm jealous that you're near Trader Joe's. If you feel like making your own pizza, their dough, which is usually near the produce section, is excellent.
    Glad to hear you're finally going to start radiation. Hope it goes well.

  3. Trader Joe is our favourite chef! We love the prepared meals we can get there - great store.

    Good luck with the radiation treatment.

  4. We always look for a Trader Joe's and stock on some of their stuff when we can:)

  5. Google Chrome says I can't comment on your post, but I'm going to try again (Chrome has been acting up recently). We wish you the very best success with your radiation therapy and all the follow-up! We'll exchange prayers with you for your and Suzy's healthy progress. Thank you for your nice comment on our post! We'll be seeing more of Trader Joe's in the future, even though it's 50 miles away.

  6. We're fortunate to have a Trader Joe's here in Eugene but we don't visit as often as we would like to. Thanks for the update on the radiation - you know what I'm doing!!

    I'm commenting on Tuesday so I can say congrats on the big win. The Tide really rolled last night!!