Sunday, June 21, 2015

Hi Ho, It's Off To Work He Goes!

Chad returns to work tomorrow. It is a bitter sweet day. While of course we are thankful and so blessed that things turned out how they have thus far, there is some fear that his job (which is 100% manual labour, he is a painter) will be too much for his body.

He still suffers from pain, which we assume comes from scar tissue - so God willing, he adjusts alright. He has admitted some fear or nervousness and I wish I had magic words to make everything okay. All he can do is give it everything he has, as he always does but not over-do it!

If you're thinking of our family tomorrow - please send up some positive thoughts for Chad's return to work!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Here's To 'Normalcy'

What does it mean to be 'normal' ? I know our normal has been entirely redefined since Chad's diagnosis but I am happy to report, God Willing, we may return to some sort of normalcy soon! And we shall enjoy it to the fullest!

Chad had lab work done yesterday here at the clinic about 35 minutes away. Today we traveled to Marion, Illinois to the VA hospital. All the blood work came back normal, Dr. V reviewed the previous CT Scans and everything looks good there. He will be forwarding the results to our specialist. Dr. Sardi for review.  Dr V did prescribe yet more medication for Chad to address his burn pain that he has been having in his waist-line area but other than that, things look great!

Chad still has cramping and the occasional pain but he has been cleared to go back to work in about three weeks - so we are thrilled!

He also went to see the dermatologist to get some moles checked out. There is a history of Melanoma in his family so considering what he's been through over the past six months, he was vying on the side of cautious. The dermatologist said everything looked fine and he wasn't concerned about anything! 

The most beautiful thing is, aside from blood work in three months - we will not have to go back to the VA hospital until December! (Provided nothing catastrophic happens) So let's have a toast, a cheer and a prayer to and for NORMALCY!

So, at the end of the day - I would consider this one a success :)