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 24, 2009

Another CT Scan Today

It's been almost two weeks since the last post. My, how time flies. Our life has been regulated by work (MHMR and TTU) and the usual day-to-day routine. The officiating travel for the year is done and over with, although we're going to run off to Monterey (CA) before mid-December for a weekend get-away.

The big thing this week (apart from the Thanksgiving turkey) is Judy's CT scan today. Dr. Phillips ordered the scan to find out whether something is going on that we need to know about. We hope that things are normal, but one never knows.

It is doubtful that we will know anything about the scan results until after Thanksgiving, so from both of us: Happy Turkey Day!


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Good News!

We just received the great news that Judy's CA-125--the number of cancer markers--has finally dropped after slowly increasing for months. When Judy went in for some lab work on November 2, her CA-125 was 171; this Tuesday, taken right before her latest chemo, it was down to 131.

We know that these are just numbers, but even so we are encouraged by these news. Maybe the new meds are finally kicking in. We'll know more in a month or so, when the next test right before her next chemo will be performed.

Let's keep our fingers crossed.


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Another Chemo Treatment Behind Us

Yesterday, Judy was treated to another cocktail of meds. I am starting to lose count of them. After chemo she came home for half an hour and then went off to work. She's so tough. The nausea set in pretty early, and it was a rough night for her. Back to work this morning. I just hope that she is going to feel better tonight.

This weekend, Judy will go to Palo Duro Canyon near Amarillo where she will be chief for the TMBRA marathon mountain bike race. Rumor has it that Lance Armstrong will show up, and she's a bit nervous about that. I'm going to fly to Clearwater, Florida, tomorrow after school for the 70.3 (half-Ironman) World championships. This will be our last race weekend of the year. Yeah!

Monday, November 2, 2009

What else did we do in Madrid?

We visited the stables where Karen keeps her horse.

We went to the ham museum!

And we kept celebrating our friendship.

... and when we got back home, it was time to work yet another mountain bike race, this one a small affair in Abilene. Emily came over from Stephenville to help out.