Paulie D’s Day Out

by Renee on July 31, 2015

Ken strongYou’ve probably noticed my “beer blog” has morphed into updates about Paul. But beer and life have always gone together for me in the writing of this blog, and I can tell you that I certainly appreciate a beer at the end of the day more than ever, these days!

Today has been a good day. We’ve kind of been bummed out that summer is passing us by, but today Paul had the chance to get outside and get some good ol’ Vitamin D! Late July sunshine, blue skies and a kind breeze were a wonderful treat as we enjoyed the garden in front of University Hospital’s Hanna House Rehab Center with our friend Ken, who came bearing sweets from a local bakery. I listened in as they talked about the Foo Fighters, skydiving and other adventures, and I tried to imagine that we were just three friends enjoying a day in the park–we take our snippets of happiness where we can find them. This was a happy moment. I’m thankful we’re facing this during the summer months (if we have to), so at least we can get outside and get some fresh air. Nevermind my daily commute to get here–thank goodness there isn’t snow and ice to worry about. Small mercies.

So ten weeks into our new normal, Paul has now successfully completed two rounds of chemo! He’s tolerated it very well. Here at Hanna House, he is getting occupational and physical therapy (OT and PT) on a daily basis, several times a day, as a follow up to his brain surgery. He’s getting stronger, and working toward being able to come home in between chemo treatments. Also, Ali and Matt are looking forward to bringing our family dog for a visit–something patients are Godfatherencouraged to do here.

Paul’s diet is mostly unrestricted, and though his appetite isn’t large, he eats pretty well. (He’s lost about 30 pounds since this all began.) Today’s lunch was homemade chicken piccata and lemon gnocchi, sent with me from a friend. So many people have dropped meals off to the house, and invited me out to dinner, and I’ve been sharing with Paul and the kids, too.

Meanwhile, at home, cards and packages arrive nearly daily. #TeamDeLuca is strong, and your support is our lifeline. Though we won’t be making any trips to the beach or even a baseball game very soon, we are grateful for a simple summer’s afternoon in the garden, time spent with friends, and always, each other.

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Gregory Polyak July 31, 2015 at 3:37 pm

Thinking about Mr. Nice Guy everyday. Proof all are on your side is that Mother Nature has saved up such great weather for you when you could finally get out and about.


Tom Resing July 31, 2015 at 4:29 pm

Thanks for the updates. It’s nice to see a picture of Paul outside. I’m sure the real thing was even better.


Mom M. August 3, 2015 at 1:53 pm

So happy to see Paul outside in the fresh air. It has been a long summer for you both, and Ali and Matt. Keep up the good work and get some sunshine in your life. Will see you this week. Love,,Hugs and Kisses, Mom


Maddy Karpiak August 3, 2015 at 2:33 pm

Hi Paul and Renee – Praying for a complete recovery for you. I can somewhat relate to your situation – seven years ago, my husband Sam was diagnosed with base-of-tongue cancer and has recovered and has been cancer free. I know you will come through this stronger and wiser. Keep fighting!
God Bless,
Maddy (IndustryNet veteran)


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