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Engineering Coconut Water

One of my daughters-in-law is Venezuelan. Their culture is certainly different from what I grew up with–but there are certainly aspects I find charming and thoughtful.

While I haven’t written about it here, my husband was diagnosed with lung cancer in mid November 2022. After biopsies and CAT scans and PET scans, he has been enrolled in a study sponsored by the Veterans Adminstration regarding the benefits of directed radiation therapy versus surgery in early lung cancer patients, Radiation is a preferred and known treatment for those individuals too ill to undergo surgery—and they think it will work–but a study to do so is underway. The leading physicians in this study have been impressed with the willingness of veterans to agree to participate in this study—and we have been incredibly impresed with the quality of care he has received at Debakey in Houston.

The radiation involved something called a Cyber-Knife—which sounds dreadful–but it times blasts of radiation with breaths so as to target the cancer cells. He has completed his series of radiation and now is in the healing/waiting mode until the next set of scans.

All of that leads up to my dauther-in-law instructing her husband, our middle son, to bring some known fruits thougth to enhance healing.

Coconut water was first on the list.

Of course, a pocket knife was quickly produced but found to not work.

Engineers don’t take long to come up with another solution.

Supervision is always needed.

We always enjoy our time with these two grandsons. They are full of life and energy—and we must confess we are tired when they leave.

Of particular note, surpirse, and pleasure; Oliver is a determined and persistant artist. For their last Christmas spent in Germany, I made both boys a hand-bound book of assorted drawing papers for them to occupy themselves on their flight. Oliver is still using his but has now obtained a fancy case with more markers, colored pencils and crayons. He readily brings it out to work in and then carefully returns each marker to its proper place.

And that piano player is getting quite good with his saxophone—he plays by ear–but is also learning to read music.

Can you tell this is a very proud grandmother?

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  1. Jeannie Loving #

    Very interesting post. Keep us updated on husband and grandkids!

    February 27, 2023

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