Saturday, January 29, 2022

Life with Leukemia (And Some Reading) - January 30

It's Sunday Post time!  This is hosted by the awesome Caffeinated Book Reviewer and gives us all a chance to recap our week.

What I Got:

Dewey Decimated by Allison Brook - So excited about this one!  Love this series! (Publisher)


An Impossible Imposter by Deanna Raybourn and The Golden Ball and Other Stories by Agatha Christie 

Listening: Almost Just Friends by Jill Shalvis 

This week flew by.  Rover had his first puppy class and basically spent the entire 50 minutes trying to saying hello to everyone.  He did enjoy it and I think once he stops being overwhelmed he's going to do really well.  He was very proud of himself as you can see above.

Will has been feeling okay but his appetite has completely disappeared.  It looks like we are going to have to go back to the feeding tube which none of us are thrilled about but it's just one day at a time.  He also got his new leg braces to help with some of the neuropathy issues.  He's getting used to them and it definitely helps with his walking but he says it feels weird because it keeps his foot flat.  He also got his first Covid vaccine Saturday morning.  So far so good other then a sore arm.  Jason has been working from home since March of 2020 but will have to be going back to the office a day or two a week starting in a few months and has a number of business trips on the horizon so it will be a relief for him to have some kind of protection.  Though really from what we've seen with cancer kids while getting Covid is not good what can go really bad is a secondary inflammatory infection.  We know of three kids who have ended up in the ICU for extended periods from that alone.

This week was one of those weeks that felt absolutely crazy and frazzled even though I have no real idea why.  I did join The Conqueror Virtual Challenge which is essentially virtual challenges where you can walk/run/swim or whatever on certain distances.  I'm doing the Giza Pyramids Challenge which means I'm going to walk 46.4 miles at my own pace.  When I put in my distance it moves me on the map and I can see Google street views of where I am and at certain points I get postcards telling me the history of particular places that I'm passing.  When I've walked all my miles they'll send me a real life medal.  There's bunches of different challenges and I'm really enjoying it.  It's good motivation to get outside and walk more and right now I need the motivation since it's still cold here.  I am NOT designed for winter temperatures!

Have a great week and happy reading!


  1. I'm looking forward to trying Deanna Raybourn hopefully soon.

    Sorry to hear about the feeding tube but hope all goes well. Sending lots of positive vibes your way.

  2. Oh the Allison Brook book looks promising. Always a new challenge for you all with Will. Rover does indeed look proud, what a joy he must be. Your walking challenge sounds really interesting, especially the history of the places. All the best for the coming week.

  3. Rover is getting so big and I can see he must be really proud of himself. Such a good boy. Sorry to hear about Will's appetite, I do hope the feeding tube won't be necessary...

    Your walking challenge seems like fun! Focus a bit on that and some good books and take a death breath.

    Take care! We miss you!!

    Elza Reads

  4. I like the look of Dewey Decimated. Enjoy your books, and hopefully this will be a better week.

    I'm glad Will's vaccination was not a problem. Hopefully his appetite will return. He sounds like he deals with it all so well.

    Have a great week, and here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

  5. Rover is still adorable! Once again I love the cozy mystery titles, Dewey Decimated is perfect! I do want to read something by Raybourn. Hope you have a great week!
    Lisa Loves Literature

  6. Glad Will was able to get his first COVID and hope the second vaccine goes smoothly as well. Fingers crossed his appetite improves. Hope you read some more good books this week.

  7. The Conqueror Virtual Challenge Sounds like a great motivation, something I really need.
    I’m sorry to hear Will may have to go back on the feeding tube, I hope it will be a short term thing.

    Wishing you a great reading week

  8. I picked up the Dewey Decimated book from NetGalley too. I'm a big fan of that series. Glad Will was able to get his first shot. I think the Virtual Challenge sounds great.Have a really good week!

  9. Rover really is getting big and does look quite proud of himself. I love the sound of the Conqueror Challenge. Sounds like a lot of fun and great motivation.

    Have a great week!

  10. Go Rover! I'm glad Will was able to get vaccinated and it went ok. You got some great reads, enjoy!

    Anne - Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

  11. I need to get outside and start walking again, the challenge sounds awesome. I am so sorry to hear that Will most likely will be getting a feeding tube again. I love the title "Dewey Decimated," I hope it's as good as it sounds. Have a great week!

  12. You've got a lot of stress for a mom - not surprised that you would sometimes find yourself frazzled!

  13. I'm sorry about the feeding tube but I hope it helps.

    I love the Allison Brook series, but already I'm a book behind. This looks like a good one too. Have a great week!

  14. Rover is just the cutest! I'm sure he'll settle in and do just fine in his class. Sorry Will's appetite is gone... fingers crossed you can avoid the feeding tube for a little while. Hope you have an easier week ahead.

  15. I'm sorry Will's appetite has disappeared again. Poor guy; that tube can't be much fun. (But better than getting week from lack of nutrition.) I hope his appetite returns soon, and that the Covid vaccine gives him some protection as your husband returns to in-person work and travel.

    Rover is adorable! I hope the puppy classes are helpful. I wouldn't know the first thing about training a dog, other than that they do need to be trained.

    Your walking challenge sounds like a great motivator!

  16. I loved The Impossible Impostor and hope you do as well. I am sorry to hear that Will is going to have to go back to a feeding tube. Rover looks quite proud of himself after his puppy class :)

  17. Hope Rover enjoys his training and does well. Sorry to hear that Will has to go back to the feeding tube, hopefully it won't be for two long.

    Hope you liked the newest Speedwell book, I have mixed feelings about it as you might have read in my review.

    Have a great week and happy reading,
    Week in Review

  18. I really need to get caught up with Raybourn's series. I hope you love Dewey Decimated. I am looking forward to that one. I am sorry Will will have to return to the feeding tube, Katherine. Hopefully he won't have to have it for long. I also hope the leg braces will make a big difference. I hope you do well with the The Conqueror Virtual Challenge. It sounds like a great idea. I hope you have a good week. Stay safe!

  19. The Conqueror Virtual Challenge sounds great. I will have to check out more. I am sorry Will will has to return to the feeding tube, I am hope he won't have to have it for long. I hope you have a great week ahead.

    Gayathri @ Elgee Writes

  20. I'm sorry to hear that Will has lost his appetite. I do hope he's able to avoid the tube. Thank goodness for the vaccine. Glad he was able to get it!

  21. I've been looking at that Conqueror Challenge! Lol.

    Sometimes what feels like a step back is a step forward. Does that make sense? I am glad that he got his first shot! I felt so much better once Wyatt was fully vaccinated. Wyatt has braces too - he is not able to articulate to me how they feel so I was interested in reading what Will said! I guess that would feel sort of different, especially to someone who has not had them and knows what it feels like to walk without them. Hang in there! Spring is around the corner!

  22. I'm sorry to hear about Will's health and wish you both the very best the rest of the year.

  23. I can't get over how grown up Rover suddenly looks! Glad he took to the training session so well. And I'm sorry that Will's appetite has deserted him - hopefully it will pick up again before the feeding tube is necessary again. The vaccination does affect appetite so maybe that had an effect? He is such a trooper and I hope the strangeness of the leg braces soon wear off. As for you - I'm full of admiration regarding your walking challenge, which seems like a marvellous idea. Have a better week, Katherine:).

  24. I'm glad Will could get his first vaccine. 👏👏👏