Sunday, November 16, 2008

Up and About

This is Amy. Now that you all have had the husbandly perspective of this, it's my turn again.

I really am feeling pretty good. I can only raise my left arm over my head with a lot of help from my right hand and only about once a day. It doesn't work very well on its own yet. At first my fingers were pretty useless, but that's back to normal now. Pain truly has been minimal - I haven't been being stoic. The worst part is that now that swelling has gone down and anesthesia is completely worn off, I can feel all the tubing that's still inside me. It doesn't hurt, but it's making me a little batty. The surgeon hopes to remove it on Wednesday if recovery is progressing sufficiently.

I did not go to church today. Some folks thought I was going because of Jon's comment about my being back at the keyboard soon. He wasn't talking about the musical keyboard (which I don't play very well), but about this computer keyboard. I had a relaxing day at home with my parents and a couple of friends who stopped by. I don't plan to go anywhere for quite a while, except doctors' appointments. Maybe I'll even skip those. The kids do have a play next Sunday night..... I'll be doing a lot of reading, as long as I can stay awake.

It's embarrassing to have details of my cancer and treatment spread all over through this blog, and I sure don't want to be offensive to anyone. I hope you all will understand that lots of people have the same (embarrassing) questions, and this is the best way to answer them. I guess that's the nature of my kind of cancer. As long as I'm the one posting, you can be sure I will skirt those questions as much as possible, but I can't say the same for my to-the-point husband.

So many of you have sent us cards and notes via this blog, CaringBridge, FaceBook, and email. I won't be able to respond to all of you, but I have read every note and appreciate you all so much. Thank you, thank you, for your care and concern for all of my family.


Brandi said...

Happy to hear that the pain is not as bad as it very well could be :)Will keep praying for you and everyone!


Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing ~ even the personal stuff.... our church family is praying for you and your family too.

Love, Mike and Rachel

Cynthia said...

It's great to "hear" you through the keyboard again, Amy! :P I'm so glad to know that you are recovering, and there are still many prayers being lifted for all that lies ahead.


Cousin Cynthia (from all the other Dickens in Brazil, too)

Sunil said...

We are glad that the surgery went well. We are praying for your speedy recovery.
Veni & Sunil

Donna said...

Good to hear from you again, Amy. Praying earnestly for you.
Love, DR

Anonymous said...

Hey Amy & Jon,
I,m so glad to hear that you are doing so well. Belive it or not even though we don,t get to see each other or talk that often you are still FAMILY AND WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH!! I've been praying for you and the family. I'm glad the kids are doing well I know its been tough on them. Kiss them all for me. I so wish I was there to help. Take care and I hope to talk to you soon!!! Oh and tell Jon... I think he has done a wonderful job!!!! Love, Lisa Caldwell-Burns

Jendi said...

Praying for you in PA and praising the Lord for what He's done so far.

Please don't feel embarrassed. You are an encouragement to others.

Anonymous said...

Dear Jon and Amy,
We have been following your blog site for a number of days, praying for you and remembering being with you years ago when you were ministering in Steamboat Springs, CO. So many in the Bixby family are continuing to be a great blessing to us - most recent is Tim and Ruth going to France with EMU,Int. We praise God that Amy is home with the family and able to be at the keyboard again! We continue to pray for you and all the Caldwells.

In His love and service,
George and Marilyn Jensen

Anonymous said...


You and your family are on our prayer list at our church and are being LIFTED up to our glorious Father in prayer! Although we don't know each other, I am so proud of you and your committment to the Lord. He shines brightly through you :-).

Love in Him,
Kristin Dawsey
Brookwood Church
Simpsonville, SC

Anonymous said...

You are on our prayer list at church. Glad you are recuperating so well. =)

Rachel said...

Thank you for your wonderful entry. Though we DEEPLY appreciate Jon's posts it is so very good to hear from you, girl. Continued love with prayers. I have you on my church prayer list and a number of YOUNG women, in particular, have come to me to request as to your progress. This has touched their hearts greatly. In return, THEIR caring has touched mine. I am just so glad your mama and daddy are with you. Over the years they have not had much time there and they treasure this time now. Much love to you, honey.
Aunt Rachel (and Uncle Jim, too)

Anonymous said...

Jon and Amy,
You are both in our payers.
Dave and Maxie Young (Montana)