Monday, April 11, 2016

Sad Day

     Today Brian lost his mother to a sudden illness. She got the flu and her lungs just couldn't handle it. We flew to NY on Wednesday when we got the news that she was sick and going into ICU. Brian had an MRI that day and we got the call on the way home from Nashville. We got plane tickets and packed in an hour and a half. We got to Troy at 12:30 am and went straight to the hospital. She never knew we were there. She never regained consiousness and was on a ventilator. The difficult decision was made to take her off life support today and she passed away peacefully. We had to come home to see the oncologist tomorrow. We will return to NY for the services as soon as they are set.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Spring Break 2016!

    There are just a couple more days to enjoy the very last Spring Break of my teaching career! We sadly said goodbye to Brother and Sister in law this morning as they trek back to cold NY. We all spent an amazing three days in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, TN. We had a cabin with an awesome view! We saw deer, turkeys, and bears! We went to Clingman's Dome, Cades Cove, and the Chimneys picnic area in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We sampled wine from two winerys and got lemon cake from Ely's Mill gift shop. It was a wonderful time spent with family.
     Monday we had a dermatologist appt. Tuesday Brian had his second infusion. We saw Dr. Sosman who was very pleased with how well Brian is handling the treatment plan. He scheduled the next CT scan for late May. He also let us know that, regardless of CT results, Brian will have an additional 12 weeks of single medication treatment. This medicine is Yervoy and is administered every two weeks. Hopefully he handles that treatment as well as he is this one.
The Chimneys
Living Room
Pool table in Loft

View from cabin