I am writing for Alice this time as she is has had a rough week which seems to be getting better slowly. I am taking her instructions from her on what to say here but I am sure that I am going to write things she does not want me to.
First about her week. Alice had the second of her RA infusion on Monday (Jan 3) but the flare up of symptoms continued. Apparently this drug takes about 4 to 6 weeks to become effective. It is a good thing that she does not have to have the infusion every 6 weeks. She then had some tummy problems and had to go to the hospital to get a thorough checkout. I wanted to get this done as I was worried that going on a long trip without knowing something about her overall general health would be too stressful for her and more so for me as a consequence. As it turns out, there is nothing life threatening about any of her vital organs based on CT scans but they still could not determine what was causing the tummy problems. So, we are going with the assumption that all the medication she has been on for RA flare up and the infusion are wreaking havoc with her digestive processes and the problem has to work itself out in due time. Alice has to have another lab work done tomorrow per her oncologist, but we hope that she would not throw a wrench in our travel plans.
Before all this happened, Alice was going to write another post on our India trip from 1980, but her fingers and wrists are in bad shape due to RA and she will not be posting any items until she is a lot better. That is why I got the job.
So we are getting ready for our trip and we are busy crossing out the items on MY checklist (Alice hates checklists). We have arranged for a house sitter to mind things while we are gone. The paper delivery has been stopped and I will get the post office to hold our mail. I will let the local police know about our trip so that they can keep an eye on our house (one of the benefits of being on the community council?).
In spite of these last minute wrinkles, we are looking forward to leaving next week. We will spend a couple of days in New York with our daughter No 2 before heading off to Delhi. If either one of us can write one or two short posts during our trip, we will certainly do so. We will still be able to access our e-mail and stuff but not on a daily basis.
I am sure that Alice will be thinking about all of you.