Snippets

Lots of stuff going on lately, my head is spinning.

1. First and foremost, we were hit with the news this week that my father-in-law has cancer, lymphoma, to be exact. From the link above:

“Lymphoma is a cancer that begins in the lymphocytes of the immune system and presents as a solid tumor of lymphoid cells. It is treatable with chemotherapy, and in some cases radiotherapy and/or bone marrow transplantation, and can be curable, depending on the histology, type, and stage of the disease.”

However, I sort of take that as good news as compared to Monday when they told him he had lung cancer. Apparently, the prognosis is better for lymphoma than lung cancer. He certainly seemed in much better spirits when he called and told me the updated news yesterday.

I don’t really know about lymphoma, or the lymph nodes for that matter, but I’m starting to read. It is interesting to think about the lymph nodes having to do with the immune system as he was not very long ago battling some very nasty cases of bronchitis and pneumonia.
(more…)

follow-up

Today K had a NICU follow-up appointment at the child development center. She saw a nurse practitioner, physical therapist, occupational therapist, and a doctor. Overall, every one of them is happy with where she is at. They gave me a few pointers on some things to do with her to strengthen some muscles and they expressed concern over her eyes and a way she turns her head to the left (or right) and then uses her peripheral vision of the other side to look at something. She sees a neurologist next month though, in part for the eye issue. The occupational therapist thought that maybe K’s looking at things like that was her way of stopping her eyes from moving around, to get a fix on what she sees. She also has the next kidney ultrasound coming up soon. And I am so tired…