Sunday, October 12, 2014

Standing Still

The last week has been both difficult and comforting.  My grandparents arrived on Tuesday for the afternoon appointment with the cancer specialist.  For my part, I left work early that day and took Wednesday off to be with them.
(a stunning photo from Remy's walk last week)

In short, the doctor ordered a series of CT scans to determine whether or not is cancerous, and it appears to not be.  There is something in a lymphnode they are checking out tomorrow, but otherwise imagine it to be Meningioma.  He is not in any pain or discomfort, and is taking steroids to help with the swelling.

 (autumnal treat - great on toast)

Other than when I've been working, I am at my parents house, spending time with the whole family.  I've taken two evenings off, including tonight, to piece together my everyday life.  I'm so glad that I've spent all of that time with them, because we've talked genealogy, favorite memories, and I will learn embroidery from grandma (lesson #1 tomorrow night).

 (I've made Grandpa and myself some tea on several evenings)

The first few days were rough, because the swelling of the frontal lobe changed his personality.  Also, he is adamant about not having surgery - which is the only way to really deal with this large tumor.  I don't know what that means for his longevity, nor do I know how much longer he'll stay in Denver.  I know they'd like to go home.  In the meantime, I'm just loving on him. 
(Occasionally, it looks like he is smiling while watching tv!)

Thanks again for all of your continued support! No matter the length of the remaining time, I am at peace.  See you soon....


  1. Ingrid! much love and hope to you and your family. I hope you are all at peace.
    There were a lot of things I wish I knew about my grandparents and there just wasn't enough time to hear all the stories so I am so happy you are able to soak it all in when you can.

  2. Enjoy time with your granparents! :-) Hopefully the swelling will go down!

  3. My thoughts have been with you and your family the past week. I'm sorry that you didn't get more information but I know spending the time with your family and soaking up every second must be so nice and comforting for you. I love that you have been learning more about your family and where you come from.

  4. Yes, what Maud says - there are so many things I wished I asked my grandparents before we lost them. Your time with them now must be a comfort. Let us know how the embroidery goes. x

  5. Grandpa looks pretty darn healthy from that angle. I know how stubborn older folks can be about doing what is best. Good luck to you all.

  6. What luck to be able to have these conversations. Treasure them.

  7. Enjoy spending time surrounded by family, I am positive they appreciate your love and support. Sometimes just being there and listening is enough.