No – not on drugs!
I just finished watching a full episode of Ugly Betty on ABC.com and it’s great! I’m not one for gadgets in general. I don’t care if I ever get a PDA or MP3 or any other of the latest gizmos. But I just love being able to watch a full episode of a show I miss on the internet. There were fewer commercials. It took less time – an “hour” show in 3/4 of an hour. I could watch the episodes I wanted.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m not hooked on television. I often do something else as well as watch TV. Besides, this is hockey season and we have NHL Center Ice. So more often than not, hockey is on TV in the evenings. I don’t mind. I love hockey and I like listening to it when I’m on the computer. But sometimes there are shows I’d prefer to see.
My husband is good about it, but I know he really wants to watch the hockey. He takes such good care of me, how can I refuse. Okay – I do refuse and watch what I want once in a while. I love him but I’m not a doormat. Still, this gives me the best of both worlds. Hockey in one ear and a show I missed in the other. It’s an alternative to computer games. I love having options.
An update on my father-in-law. He’s still in the hospital, but hoping to be discharged tomorrow. We visited on Friday evening for a while. He was waiting to go for a CT scan. We weren’t sure why he needed the scan. We knew why he was waiting . . . one of the two CT scanners was “broken” and so they were trying to get everyone “done” on one machine.
Saturday here in Massachusetts was one heck of blustery day – a Nor’easter. Gratefully, it was rain instead of snow! We grabbed a bite to eat, then went to visit at the hospital again. We knew we were up to take Mom home after the visit. When we got to the room, Mom & Dad didn’t look very chipper. We asked if everything was okay and the answer took our breath away. “The lymphoma is back.” Ten years ago Dad was treated for non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He been fine ever since. Now there is a small 1.5 cm growth in the lymph node under his left arm. That’s what caused all that fluid in the sac around his heart. So treatment will begin again. Mom is really upset and scared. I think Dad is, too, but he keeps telling her, “It’s just a bump in the road.”
The oncologist was supposed to talk to him this morning, so while I went to church, my husband picked Mom up and took her to the hospital early, so she could be there when the doctor came in. He didn’t. A resident did come in to give him a little information, but the “real” doctor won’t be in until tomorrow morning. (I could have told them that – what specialist is going to make rounds on Sunday morning?)
My husband is really upset. But since his brother, who lives in Michigan, cries every time he talks to Mom about it and his sister, who lives right here, is crying and not eating, my husband gets to be the strong one. He says that just another thing he and I have in common. (I’m the strong one in my family according to my mother.) The good thing is we don’t have to be strong at the same time when we’re together. No one can be “the strong one” 100 percent of the time!!
I’m am SO looking forward to 5 days in Maine. I need to have some down time. We leave Wednesday morning and get back the following Sunday. Not a moment too soon, if you ask me. Of course, I get to have a crazy Tuesday to lead up to it. I get to see the nutritionist at 9 AM. That should start my day off swell. Then a Search Committee meeting at church in the evening. I guess I’ll pack what I can tomorrow, in case the meeting runs late.
At least the grocery shopping for 2 weeks got done today. That means the vacation feeling may last a couple of days after we get back. And if it doesn’t, I can always watch episodes of some of my favorite shows.