Monday, March 14, 2005

good help is hard to find.....

Today mom was feeling much better. She still doesn't have a lot of energy but she wants to do things - like cook dinner, clean the house, etc, etc..
The fact that she is motivated to do more is great. It's just very frustrating for her because she doesn't have the energy to do it yet.

Dad has been so wonderful. He hasn't missed a beat. The laundry has been done. The carpets have been vaccuumed. The bathrooms have been scrubbed. Everything has been done and often. Their house is always spotless.

Dad has always done things around the house. He's done some laundry and cooked at times. But mom has always done everything else. She was telling me on the phone yesterday how wonderful he's been. He heard her and hollered in the background "Hey! This housewife stuff is hard work!"

And mom laughed. What a wonderful thing to hear.......

5 Comments:

Blogger Pryncess Kat said...

Thank you. I know that writing your blog is an outlet for you...but, I wanted you to know that I appreciate your openness.

I, too, love my Mom's laughter. Nothing soothes the soul more than hearing her laughter or seeing the twinkle in her eye.

3:08 PM, March 15, 2005  
Anonymous Margaret said...

As long as her CA125 keeps declining its good. Thats what my doctor told me. When I was first dx'ed with a HUGE tumor my CA was only over a 100, but this last time when I had two smaller tumors it was well over 3400. My doctor mentioned it doesn't matter how high the number as long as it keeps declining with treatment they don't worry an aweful lot.

3:55 PM, March 16, 2005  
Blogger Laurie said...

Way to go, dad!

8:47 PM, March 17, 2005  
Anonymous Becki said...

I hope the good news, and the laughter, continue.

11:18 PM, March 17, 2005  
Anonymous Louise said...

Laughter is a wonderful thing. So is your father's help around the house. I think when we are ill, it is often hard to imagine what will happen when we can't do the things we normally do. It is comforting when people step in and take over, and we see that things won't fall apart.

You are a great daughter. Your mom is lucky to have you.

2:33 PM, March 18, 2005  

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