Right after my son & I arrived in Europe my DH became very ill. After 1 week in the hospital he had surgery to remove a 6.6 pound (3 kilogram) tumor. This surgery was followed a few days later by another surgery - a liver biopsy. He spent another week in the hospital and has now been home just over a week. This photo is of a church you can see from the hospital.
You can imagine - I just arrived into a country where I don't speak the language (although most his doctors and many nurses do speak English, phew!), was getting my son settled into his new school AND making the trip to the hospital 2X a day to see my husband. 1 longer visit by myself while my son was in school and then a shorter one after school so he could see his Pappa. Plus the whole stress of my DH being sick. And grocery shopping - sometimes I meant to buy 1 thing and would buy the wrong item - oops! So some meals were a challenge. Walk, walk, walk everywhere. Just to get my son to school is a 20 minute walk. There was homework to complete that I didn't even understand for myself, food to cook, laundry to do (and my downstairs neighbor does not like me to do laundry at night because it makes too much noise?!). And my poor lonely, scared DH who was extremely uncomftable. He needed lots of company. Fortunately his family is close by and we came up with a plan to alternate visits so he did have lots of company. My son and I spent weekends at my DH's sister's house. The company was good for me too!
The hospital is at the end of a tram line. We like trams! Here you can see the tram coming down the road - the red lane is for bikes and the sidewalk for people is to the right. Most bike lanes are not painted red, but this one is because it is easy to confuse the bike/walking area.Friday we finally got the test results. Yes, my husband's tumor was cancer. BUT, the doctors feel like they got it all out - such a strange, all enclosed tumor. And unbelievably big. No wonder he was so tired all summer. The tumor was smooshing a kidney (which they thought they would remove, but then did not!) and crushing a main artery. Right after surgery my DH went from white to pink - so immediately we could see results! The recovery from this surgery is coming along slowly, but it is so much nicer to have him home instead of at the hospital! The tumor originated in the fat cells and was not attached to any organ. The liver biopsy came back clear. Bone scans are clear. Blood work is clear.
It has been a long 3 weeks, but now with good news in hand and a recovering DH, I can get around to the business of unpacking and settling in. I have now unearthed my sewing machine from down in the basement storage area and looking through projects that I left behind... 3 years ago. Look at this - an almost completed quilt top - I used the "rejected" blocks to make a different quilt, which is in my sidebar photos. I guess I am making this in reverse order. I just know that a little bit of sewing therapy will do me worlds of good right about now!