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Monday, October 4, 2010

Family Update

The kids and I returned from Pennsylvania on Saturday. We had a very nice visit (sorry for those of you that we didn't see, but we stayed cooped up with the family). My parents were very grateful that we visited--it was good for all concerned. Jack quickly fell back into his role of Grandpa's little buddy, pretty much leeching onto him from sunrise to sunset. Once Audrey warmed up to everyone, she was happy to be the ham she is. Joe really looks good. He has lost about 20 pounds, but still looks healthy. He was supposed to start chemo last Wednesday, but his white blood cell count was too high (must be fighting an infection) so they will try again next week. Please pray that all goes well- he really needs to start the chemo as soon as possible. Mom is also doing good. She got a cold (probably from the stress and lack of sleep) but quickly recovered. Thank you all for your prayers, we really appreciate it.

Oh, and on another note, my parents cat passed away Friday evening. The kids and I weren't there, as our flight left BWI early Saturday. Mom was pretty upset about it. They have had the cat for 14 years and he was a good cat, who was content to sit on your lap and just be loved. So here is the crazy story. Mom had to run up to my grandmother's house for something. As she pulled to the end of the driveway, she saw the kitty in the road :-( She immediately started crying, jumped out of the car, ran into the middle of the road (this is a pretty busy 2 lane highway on a dangerous curve), picked up the still warm cat and turned around to see the car rolling down the street. She said her legs went to jello and she collapsed in the street, holding the warm cat, bawling her eyes out, and watched her car go over the bank and somehow miss hitting two trees. As she is telling me this story, I was crying one second, laughing the next, and crying again. I guess it's for the better, as they have to travel so much between Florida and PA, which the cat didn't like. And now my husband will soon be able to visit without have allergy madness. I think the cat died for Joe, and somehow the cat has taken the cancer with him to kitty heaven.

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