Nancy had chemo on Tuesday, the 21st, and was feeling much better today after five days of fatigue and nausea. She had blood work this morning and, because her white blood cell count is low, her chemo for tomorrow has been cancelled. She will have to avoid any chance of infection and delay chemo until her white blood cells have had a chance to regenerate. This happens sometimes with chemo as it kills good cells along with the nasty ones. There is good new though...Nancy's CA125 level, the marker for ovarian cancer, is now down to 8.2! The normal range is 0-35 so her numbers are looking really good now, especially compared to the 83.9 she was at in July. Nancy will start chemo again in two weeks, on November 11th, assuming her blood count is back to normal. Meantime, she can enjoy two whole weeks of feeling good!
The memorial service for Nancy's dear friend, Deb Reid, was held on Wednesday at the Arundel Yacht Club in Kennebunkport. Deb died of cancer on October 17th. The setting for her service was chosen because it looks over the Kennebunk River and Reid's Boatyard where Deb and her father spent many hours sailing together. For the service, Nancy went through her photos and found many of she and Deb, ranging from high school, through weddings and trips together, to this one from January of this year. I thought I'd post it because it says a lot about how close the two of them were. Debbie was a wonderful friend and will be missed by so many people who knew and loved her.
In other news...for those who know Hank, you would not be surprised to learn that, now that he has cleaned up the "haunted forest" behind our house for this year, he is on to his next project. Yup...not being one to waste a moment in the house when he could be outdoors, he decided that he needed to build a "pasture gate" in our yard. No...we don't have a pasture, or any animals to keep in or out for that matter, but the gate will come in handy if we decide to get some, I guess. So...here is Hank's "gate in a day" project, all done except for the paint.
Sometimes I'm afraid to leave for work...I never know what new addition I will find at "Winn Farm" when I get home! Do I dare call it the "gate to nowhere"?
I got an e-mail from our cousin, Steve Smith, last week asking about how to access this blog. Steve...I hope you've found us and that you and Brian and Aunt Ann get a chance to read some of the posts that we have dragged you into...the earlier posts about Bayberry Hill and Wells Beach should bring back some memories for all of you.
And to Aunt Marion...we love all of your comments on this blog...in fact, you are our #1 commenter...we love them...thanks for thinking of us.