We have been spending most of our days for the last week at Barrows Neurological Institute in Phoenix with our friend Sharleen, who has undergone two surgeries in five days for a brain tumor. She has come through both and is doing well at this time. It is just amazing to me that someone can have such an invasive surgical procedure not once, but twice, and be sitting up in bed and talking the next day. Oh, the miracles of modern medicine! Thank you all for your prayers for this very special lady and her husband Jim, and please keep them coming.
I have to tell you about a very special place called Editha House that I visited yesterday with Jim. He and Sharleen are from Pinetop, Arizona, up in the White Mountains where we used to live, but they are going to have to be near Barrows for follow-up treatment for quite a while once Sharleen is released from the hospital. Located just minutes from Barrows and other nearby medical facilities, nonprofit Editha House is sort of like Ronald McDonald House, except it provides affordable lodging for adult cancer patients and their adult caregivers who are in Phoenix for medical treatment.
They have sixteen very nice guestrooms, which are like efficiency apartments, with private bathrooms and kitchenetts, as well as two community television lounges and a community kitchen/dining area. Even a cut rate motel in the area would be $65+ a night in that area of town, but cancer patients can stay at Editha House for just $20 a night, and no one is turned away if they are unable to make a donation. The staff was very nice and I know that Jim and Sharlen will be very comfortable there. You can help this wonderful facility help people facing serious health challenges by clicking this link.
We left the hospital about 6:30 p.m. and stopped at Terry’s parents’ house to pick up our mail and at the grocery store for a few things we needed. It was late and we were tired, so I didn’t think Miss Terry should have to cook when we got home. A friend called and recommended Fatman’s Pizza & Grill here in Apache Junction and told us it was the best Chicago-style pizza she had ever had outside of the Windy City, so we decided to give it a try. She was right! It was delicious, with a fantastic combination of cheese, sauce and crust, cooked to perfection. We’ll definitely go back again!
A winter storm is supposed to hit us today, with freezing overnight temperatures and strong winds. We both have a lot of work to catch up on from the last week, so now that Sharleen is stabilized we plan to stay home today and play catch up. After we sleep in.
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We were so busy at the hospital that I forgot to announce this week’s Free Drawing. This week we are giving away an audiobook of Big Lake Lynching, the second book in my Big Lake mystery series. All you have to do to enter is click this Free Drawing link and enter your name in the comments section below. Only one entry per person per drawing please! The winner will be chosen at random on Sunday evening.
Thought For The Day – Women spend more time thinking about what men are thinking than we actually spend thinking.