As of Ian's last MRI, the tumor seems to be stable. There COULD be a small decrease in size, but these things are minute and fluid, so we're not hanging any hats on that notion yet.
We haven't quite settled into a routine yet, because last week was CHEMO WEEK! Yippeee!! and that meant a lot of sleeping.
Going forward, we will continue on an oral chemotherapy regimen of once a month, for five days, recheck via MRI, and ... it's back to the wait-and-see game.
He has finished all of his formal in-home therapies. I work with him to practice tasks dealing with memory, cognition, etc. This is some of the hardest work I've ever had to do; patiently going line by line in a child's activity book with my master's-degree-holding husband, as slowly as one teaches a child to read.
As far as daily life:
|When she's told to draw a picture,|
she even DRAWS writing.
Audrey has been able to ride the bus some mornings. Praise God! She asked me in hushed tones if it was okay that she didn't go to the Daddy-Daughter dance this year; I asked if it was because she was embarrassed about her dad, and she said, "no, it's kinda... like I'm jealous?" I nodded. Yep. I get it. Heartbreaking. Self-aware. She writes and writes and writes -- thankfully she's able to escape and process in that way. I'm thrilled we have that in common.
|Look! I made a crapt!|
I was able to "people" on a women's retreat last weekend. The kids went with my mom, Ian with his, and I got a little breathing room. Many were surprised to see me there ... I guess I've been hermitting pretty hard. (yes, I made up that word. I like it.)
Ian has a new wedding ring, thanks to the encouragement and generosity of many friends. He has been ingesting books on CD from the library and is always open to suggestions in that area. He's not as down/sad as he was as of my last entry. He maintains a sense of humor and both a "what's next?" and "this is how things are" mentality. Still, he is discouraged at what he can't do both mentally and physically ("I'm pretty much worthless."). If you've see him interact with people, however, you know that's just not true: His ministry lies in connections and care, and that hasn't been taken from him.