Friday, July 18, 2008

Finding your Rhythm in life is essential

Row, row, row your boat; rollin', rollin', rollin', keep them doggies rollin'...Do you get me? These are rhythmic songs, one from childhood, and one, that dates me, from my youth...any Clint Eastwood fans out there?

You experienced hand quilters know that when you find the rhythm of hand quilting, there is nothing more relaxing. The sensual feeling of rocking back and forth may have something to do with it, but, it does feel good. Of course this is many callouses later than beginners, but, stick with it if you want to relax and I believe it can be physical therapy for some. FYI my favorite thimble is the coin thimble from Clover.

Just like the comfortable rhythms in life, so does cancer require these same rhythms to be found. Although, there was no rhythm found in radiation, just pure pain and chaos-whew! glad that's over! Now it's back to finding our rhythm with the chemotherapy, once again. Jennifer is back to the Kosair Children's Hospital, in Louisville, Kentucky, where she is the geriatric patient on the floor with androgynous toddlers. There are a few other teens but, mostly babies and little ones. Rhythm for us is Chemo every other week, because, Ewings Sarcoma has had best results with a compressed schedule.
Ewing's is a classic childhood cancer, that's why we are with the kids. I'm not complaining. The next treatment is July 28, the week after her birthday, she'll be 24. On the cusp of life, of which she will dive back into and find her own rhythm-off the meds and back in school to begin, hopefully, this Spring.

I see the faintest glimmer of


jovaliquilts said...

What good news that the end is in sight! I think those rhythms really help -- how hard to start each day without some set pattern in mind.

Libby said...

Yes - there is a soothing rhythm to hand quilting - it's gentle and calming. Hope you can find some of the same while you continue the battle with cancer. Keeping you in my thoughts.

The Italian Blog said...

I love Clint Eastwood...been a fan since I can remember. Had lunch and a beer in his pub in Carmel last summer. Re. european football players. It's probably a combination of the weather and the money. In any case I'm off on holiday tomorrow. The blog will be lying dormant until September 7. In the meantime enjoy the summer with your nearest and dearest.

jovaliquilts said...

Haven't heard from you in awhile -- hope everything's ok!


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