Sunday, April 3, 2011

Goodbye Arizona, Hello Chemo...

Ah, it was great to be back in Arizona again. Jud's sister, Joan,  joined us for another week. 

Our good friends, the Hallbergs, joined us for dinner. They lived both in Rapid City and in the Twin Cities with us and we try to see them when we come. Bruce and Cozy are on either side of me.

Bruce and I talked as the sun set behind us.

I took a picture of Jud, his sister and his mom before we went to bed. I have told you about his sisters and someday I will speak longer about his parents. They are wonderful people.

Jud's dad was a doctor, too, and delivered over 5,000 babies. He is the best grandfather I know. Here is is with one of the great-grandkids. He is also really handsome!

This was the final sunset. Jud captured it in this picture.

We flew back to St. Paul and Jud had a port installed on Monday. This is a device that was inserted into his chest and makes it possible for him to receive the chemo directly into his right atrium. He started his "four drug" chemotherapy the next day. It is very powerful and it was pretty hard. He felt drugged up and nauseated the whole week and he is still very tired. The good news is that he gets a week off in between. He is still resting up from last week. Hopefully, his "break" will start tomorrow. 

I am hoping to take pictures of gifts and giveaways I have received. The postman knows me well! I apologize to those of you who have not had thank you's from me yet. I am usually on time with such things but have gotten behind.

Have a wonderful week!


  1. Everything is just as it should be dear worries!
    Such lovely warm pics of from your visit
    Brightest of Blessing to all

  2. The subset photo is stunning.
    Big warm squishy hugs to you both.

  3. How lovely that you were able to spend time with close friends and family. the pictre of the sunset is awesome.
    sending up a prayer for you and jud tonight!!
    I hope you both have a great week this week

  4. Beautiful pictures and beautiful people. Praying for you and Jud...

  5. Sending lots of prayers and warm thoughts.

  6. Glad you had a nice time! Ahh, Sunshine, what a TREAT!

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Both!

    Glad you enjoyed your package Sweetie! You deserve a bit of pampering right now too!

    Hugs, Love and a Bus!

  7. Sending you both lots of love...hope and pray all goes well my friend. xoxox

  8. Looks like the most wonderful family visit in beautiful Arizona...keep up the faith, dear friend. You're in my prayers, as always. When will you be in California next?

    Wishing you a lovely, peaceful Sunday...


  9. I hope he has a good week in between treatments. Best wishes...

  10. Sending Love and all good wishes to you and your precious Jud!

    sometimes there are no words

  11. Oh how good it is to read this post from you Suz. Prayers continue. You and Jud and all your family and friends are so very important and it is heartwarming to see you all together. Enjoy this week ahead and just breathe...

  12. I love looking at those pictures Suz! As always you and Jud are in my thoughts and prayers.....Karin

  13. This is, indeed, a rough regimen for Jud....and you as well - ever by his side. I hope the love and prayers of family and friends help to lift you both up. To echo Patty, sometimes there are no words.......she is so right.

    xox Rella

  14. Sending to love and prayers to you both!


  15. How wonderful to visit with your family and friends. Great pictures of the Arizona sunset!

    Hope all is going well and you two are resting well and things are looking up for that sweet husband!

  16. The sunset picture is stunning! Picture perfect! You and your hubby will be in my thoughts and prayers. I had a friend go through chemo every other week who I helped. She is doing great now! Positive thoughts coming your way!


  17. Hi Suz,
    sending my love,hugs and prayers.

  18. I'm glad that you have family and friends around during this tough time.

  19. May God give your Husband lots of strength while he does chemo!

    Sandy xoxox

  20. Dear Suz,
    Wishing your husband all the best during this time...You have a beautiful family--sending blessings to you all!

  21. Looks like a wonderful family time! Sending prayers that the chemo does exactly what it's supposed to!