Why the Redwood Forest slideshow?

Judy had always loved trees, and in 2008 we spent some time among the California Redwoods. Some of the ingredients in Judy's chemo cocktail were derived from trees (not Redwoods but Yews). We always knew that Judy loved the trees, and the trees got their chance to repay her affection.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Back to work!

Judy's biggest problem during her first day back at work was the fact that her pants wanted to fall off! After a few weeks in sweat pants with a soft elastic around the waist she had to dress up a little more, and after losing almost 15 pounds, none of her pants fit too well, and a belt is out of the question.

Otherwise, her four hours at work were a success. Doc Phillips has cleared her to work this week on a 4-hour-a-day schedule, starting today (Tuesday) and continuing through Friday. Next week, if things are OK, she'll bump this up to about six hours, and during the Thanksgiving week full-time work may be possible. But on that Tuesday she'll have her second round of chemo, so we'll see what will pan out. Let's not get too excited here.

Two days ago, on Sunday, Judy got the itch to see whether she could ride her bike. She used the mountain bike and, well, rode a bit. I've been sworn to secrecy to not reveal any more. She said she had a big grin on her face the entire time. Emily was with her, and our almost-18-year-old "step-daughter" could only proclaim that "Judy is back!"

The accompanying pic shows Judy with the fruits of her knitting labors: A little jester hat for Judy's cousin's daughter Olivia, who happens to be a Crested Butte (CO) baby. Fits the image of the mountain hippies, doesn't it?

For right now things are looking amazingly smooth and good, and we're hoping that this path will continue. We'll keep you posted.



Lagniappe said...

YEAH!!!! Good news.
Judy looks incredible and I am so happy to hear she got on a bike.
Glad you did it on a mtb bike...
Thinking of you still....

Anonymous said...

Yeah Judy!!! You look great and it's good to hear that you are getting out and about. Don't over-do.

Take care...
Love, Judy and Doug

Adam & Carrie Tungate said...

Wow, you are doing really well!!! Praise God! I can't believe you are already back at work. Good for you. I hope you keep doing better and better and I'm still waiting to hear when we can bring ya'll some dinner.

MTB_Chik said...

You must be just thrilled to be back at work! We are thrilled for you.

Cath and John

aka Kathy said...

Great news Judy! You're always in my thoughts and I'm looking forward to seeing you at the Spring races.

scott m said...

Wow ! Great News. Back at work and riding a mtb...Truly amazing.

Keep moving forward and stay positive.

Scott and Family.

Cynthia said...

I'm so happy that you are handling the chemo so well!
what a way to lose weight! You look great and I hope and pray that we continue to read good reports here. It's always nice to see your smiling face. Can't wait to see you back at the races.
Cynthia Stewart

WayneLorane said...

Judy, you look so good with that cute hat in your hand. Please be careful and dont overdue it. I don't know about this full time stuff...just play it by ear. I was a little nervous at lst when I read you were on the bike. I know you'll take it easy, hopefully, and I guess I'm just a worry-wort. But be careful out there. We are very happy that you are doing so well(even though I sounded grumpy before)
Love,love,love, WayneLorane:)

Cindi said...

Hi from Colorado Springs Judy (and Jürgen)! Was thrilled to read how well you are doing-but don't overdo!!

I'm here for a mtn bike meeting..if you think of any burning ?s..send them to me and I'll get them answered for you.

Cindi :>