Up on the roof.

Saturday night.  We have had another busy week.  Rob met with Ryan twice, as they continue to work towards getting the socket to fit “just so.”  It’s not an easy task.  Rob’s leg has fluctuated in size, which is apparently normal for the first year after an amputation.  Translation:  it takes a lot of patience to be a prosthetist!  Rob also had outpatient physical therapy appointments at Rusk on Tuesday and Thursday.  Then on Friday he had a follow-up appointment with Dr. Rapp, his surgeon.  After seeing Dr. Rapp on the 8th floor of the NYU Cancer Center, we stopped by the 6th floor to see Sarah and the other nurses who have been so outstanding throughout Rob’s chemotherapy treatments.  It’s bittersweet to realize that we will soon be leaving NY and the excellent medical caregivers whom we’ve come to appreciate so much.  We promised to stop by to say a final goodbye before leaving NY.

Jim, who has been out of town since Monday, returned to NY this evening.  To celebrate, the four of us trekked to the roof of our building (elevator ride to the 33rd floor, then a flight of stairs to the roof), took along a bottle of wine, and enjoyed the good view and the sunset.  Rob has gotten very adept at walking with his forearm crutches which is a good thing, since he isn’t comfortable wearing his prosthesis for long hours yet.  He’s definitely hoping to get a well-fitting socket so that he can wear his new C-leg without pain.

Each day we are witnessing the return of Rob’s normal look — his cheeks have a healthy color, once again.  About a week ago, there was just a faint shadow along his hair line, but now his hair is coming in, as well as his beard, returning like a major 5 o’clock shadow.  It’s heartwarming to me to see all of these things, and to know that the chemo is finally gone from his system.

Friday night Lee Anne, Rob, and I ate soba at Nippon, a great Japanese restaurant on 52nd St.  I would probably eat soba every day if I had the chance — like everything else about Japan, it took a little getting-used-to, but soon enough, I became completely hooked.  Also, a week ago, the three of us went to Joe’s Shanghai for soup dumplings.  While they were not as amazing as the dumplings we used to get just across the street from our apartment in Shanghai, they were good and reminiscent of our fun days in China.  When we leave NY, we’ll definitely miss having such a wide variety of good restaurants in close proximity.

I continue to be in awe of God’s provision for us.  And, I must admit, being on the home-stretch feels good!

Psalm 30: 4-5, 11-12    Sing praise to the Lord, all his faithful people!  Remember what the Holy One has done, and give him thanks!  His anger lasts only a moment, his goodness for a lifetime.  Tears may flow in the night, but joy comes in the morning.  You have changed my sadness into a joyful dance; you have taken away my sorrow and surrounded me with joy.  So I will not be silent; I will sing praise to you.  Lord, you are my God; I will give you thanks forever.

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3 Responses to Up on the roof.

  1. Ellen Knox says:

    I have been thinking of you all and hope you are doing well. Thank you for your posts and the inspiring passages. Now it’s a matter of patience to get that prothesis just right. I loved hearing that color is returning and hair is growing and even a 5 o’clock shadow is emerging! Love to you all, Ellen

  2. peggy Redfern says:

    What is soba? A fish, maybe? I’ve never heard of it before.

    I agree with Ellen, it’s nice to hear that Rob’s hair is growing back and he has
    some color to his cheeks. I guess his beard will come in before the hair on his head.
    So interesting.

    Glad you’re on the home stretch. And I’m so grateful for the way you’ve handled all this from day one. You’re so strong and yet gentle. I love that about you!

    • Roslyn says:

      Peggy, soba is a dish of noodles made from buckwheat flour, served either cold with a dipping sauce, or hot in a soy-based broth… yummm! I became smitten, what can I say?!?

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