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Tuesday, June 10, 2008


Yep, it's one of the best perks of being a school teacher.
OK, Mary is doing very well. Her blood is good. The grafting process appears to be working. She is still experiencing some gastro-blah. It just so happens that as her stomach started to settle down, they gave her an antibiotic that basically kills everything, both good and bad...that's good for the bad, but bad for the good, like digestion. Oh well... She is still a little frustrated with not feeling quite right, but to see her and to talk to her, one wouldn't know. I do understand her frustration. I wish there was more that I could do to help. It is great to be seeing Dr. Robin again and it's even better that all he really does is look at her blood work and then check her heart and then say "see you next week." There has also been significant measurable improvement on the chemo brain situation. I believe Mary read a book in two sittings this past week. Up to now, she has had a very difficult time concentrating on anything other than flipping through magazines and short newspaper articles.

Nora is at school for a month taking a classes in teaching reading and adolescent literature. She is essentially reading a book a day. That would keep anyone in shape. It appears that she likes the teacher who teaches both classes and the classes seem to be interesting. She's living with a sorority sister; her pledge Mom, Tommy. Her classes are all at night and she is free during the day to study and do whatever. I think there is a kiddy pool involved in the daily routine. We miss her, but it won't be long before she comes home for some vacation and endless loads of laundry before she heads off to London and Berlin for her fall term. We all hope to get a trip to see Grandma Bette some time this summer.

Me, I have a very stressful summer planned. Let's, fishing, grass cutting, painting, trips to the doctor and after 40 years of owning a guitar, I am finally taking some lessons. Who knows, it may improve my score on Guitar Hero.

We're home, so call, email, drop by if you're well. We would love to hear from you.
Peace to you and to those you love.


  • At 2:55 PM , Blogger Nancy Loeffler said...

    Happy Summer,
    We are in Minneapolis with Pete. We spent the week here, and will return to Raleigh tomorrow, and to the beach on Sunday, which means work. I know, to most people the beach doesnt mean work, but when you work 10 miles form the beach, it only seems right to live there. It is some consolation coming home to ocean breezes and waves.
    We have had a wonderful week here, we went canoing on the St. Croix, wandered the neighborhood in search of coffee in the mornings, and walked to Lake Calhoun a couple of days.
    we spent time with Jessica, and her boys, Wes and Owen. we also helped with some minor work, Dan patched some stucco on Pete's garage, and we gave him some ideas for updating the 1st floor flat and the 3rd floor flat. We mostly just enjoyed the luxury of time together.
    I am happy to hear that Mary continues to improve, here's to a healing summer for everyone.
    much love to all,

  • At 5:50 PM , Blogger Jody said...

    Rob, you are so funny. Honestly, you crack me up. Funny and creative. Love Jody Kisses to Mary


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