Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Summer Report

As I have always said during the writing of this blog -- "No news is good news!"  So that's why it has been so long since I have posted here!  It has been a summer of "good news!"

Sabine loves summer in southern Wisconsin and this summer is a great one!  We have had visits from Sabine's high school friend, Shirley, visits from neices Teak, Meg and Kim and their families and another "relative" visit in August as a number of Coupers gather at New Journey Farm here in Blue Mounds.

We  had a hospital "check" yesterday to look at the important fistula in Sabine's arm -- there was a slight blockage and Dr Chan "ballooned" it open.  The fistulat looks good and has been functioning well.  My competence as Chief Cannulator is increasing and our five day dialysis sessions each week is becoming almost routine.

We have season tickets for the American Players Theater in nearby Spring Green and recently attended a wonderful performance of the Bard's "All's Well That Ends Well."  We continue our weekly support group meetings at Gilda's House in Madison.  Sabine goes to the patient group and I attend the one for caregivers.

Our new screen house poolside has been in great use as we often take afternoon naps and have a glass of wine before dinner.  Now that the tunnel catheter is gone and Sabine is able to engage in water activities again, she is eyeing the possibility of us becoming kayakers.  We have the Wisconsin and Sugar rivers nearby which are both active kayak venues. 

She has a check-in with her oncologist, Dr Sheehan, in August and we anticipate another postive report on Sabine's progress.

Here are a few scenes, so far, depicting our summer:

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