Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Last Friday, Valerie was my chauffeur for a trip to the LA area to visit my dad and his wife. We stayed with Aunt Audrie in Hermosa Beach. Val and I agreed that staying at Aunt Audrie's house is like coming home. We enjoyed visiting with my dad on Saturday and Sunday. He is in an extended care facility after a car shattered his leg when he was hit walkig in the crosswalk. He was glad to see us, and especially glad that I brought him snickerdoodle cookies! We visited with other family members, shopped briefly, and went to church with Aunt Audrie to see her play in the bell choir. We came home Sunday night after a great weekend!

On Monday I had a doctor appointment. Some of my blood counts and iron were a little low, but Dr. Garley still isn't concerned about that. So, despite the lady who fainted while my blood was being drawn, and the person who was sick and hiding in the bathroom, and that it took 3 hours to get done, it was an uneventful visit. We like uneventful doctor visits.

Yesterday, Tuesday, I slept in until 9:30. I find that I need about 10 hours of sleep. I don't take naps during the day, though. I had time to read the paper and do the crossword puzzle before getting ready for lunch. Lunch was a social affair with three quilting friends. Getting together with friends is so theraputic. Tuesday evening was the Assurance (chronic illness)Support Group at church. This group started in September while I was in the hospital. As soon as I was able, I started attending. I do find this group to be very encouraging and supportive. It's good to get this boost every Tuesday.

Today was quilting at church. I didn't get far into the room before I was snagged to help tie a comforter. Alvena showed me a nifty, fast way to tie a square knot. So, even though I didn't do traditional quilting, I learned something new.

I like to get out of the house each day, even if I'm just running errands. I'm saving the car wash for tomorrow. Hmmm. It's supposed to rain tomorrow - maybe not such a good idea - we'll see. I try to walk every day with a friend. My neuropathy still gives me fits (figuratively). On Monday I fell at a friend's house. I fell flat on my face onto a carpeted surface. I made a big BOOM that shook the house. My glasses scraped my nose slightly (no blood). But that and my ego were all that was injured.

Every day people share with George or me that they are praying for us. I so appreciate that. I know that God is faithful and that he has the perfect plan for me. Thank you for being part of that plan.


Anonymous said...

Hi Susan, So glad you are doing prayers are with you always...I know you are gaining strength everyday. Can't wait to come down and have lunch with you again soon. Love you, Jullie

Brenda B. said...

Hi Mrs. Harper,
It sounds like you are doing well, and I am extremely joyous to hear that. Your family and you are always in our prayers, and I know that, like you said, God has a perfect plan for you. God Bless you, Brenda

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
It's good to hear your voice. Yes, it comes through in your writing! It is a special treat to get news about family and quilting at the same time! I'm glad you have such good support groups. Jill M.

Anonymous said...

Hi Susan,
I was absolutely shocked when I was told about your cancer. Julie Lehman told me at the end of the last school year. Kent has kept me in the loop somewhat, but never gave me your blogspot. Pam Pflepsen sent it to me this morning and I've been perusing through it. You have an amazing attitude and faith! With both of those you can get through anything! I know because a week before Christmas 2008 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I've had a double mastectomy, chemo, and radiation. God did not forsake me and the prayers of friends and family kept me strong! Keep up the fight!
Lynette McBride