Things that are taken for granted under normal situations are cause for celebration around our homestead.
Biggest “Hurrah!” last week was Rick’s ability to swallow his meds. For the past few weeks he’s had to crush them between spoons and mix them with water before putting them through his feeding tube, so being able to swallow them whole (as well as drink water) is a major breakthrough.
I’m not counting on him being able to take solid foods for the next couple weeks, but you just never know what he’s going to surprise me with.
His ability to speak has increased to the point that we can actually have a conversation that doesn’t cause him to wince in pain. His throat is still pretty sore, so if he talks too much the pain comes back, and he still has to rely on the pain meds to keep it manageable.
He’s also getting more mobile, so he’s able to get some hours in a work and hauling wood indoors for me.
We have to be mindful that his immune system is still compromised, so being around lots of people is still a no-no until the Doctor’s say his body can fight off infection and nasty germs.
All in all it was a very positive week for Rick, and I hope that we’re on the road to starting the new year off with all of this behind us.
Other exciting news this week is we have another hunter in the family.
Paige is now old enough to get her own tags for deer hunting and wasted no time on opening weekend getting her first buck. This 7-pointer was acquired early Saturday morning when she was out hunting with her Dad.
Congratulations Paige and good luck to all the hunters this week. Please stay safe and fill all your tags!