Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Friday, December 8, 2023

Thursday, December 7, 2023

Exit plan team member...

Found this article when I started investigating my options 2 months ago.  Finding any kind of care in remote areas is always tricky.  My PCP got the ball rolling after my appointment yesterday.  Spoke to my case worker Tiffany this morning and she is already on the job.  First hurdle to overcome was the dreaded "out of network" threat from my insurance company.  In just 4 hours she got BCBSTX to grant me an exemption so they will cover the nursing costs.

Wednesday, December 6, 2023


Heading to an Airbnb in Alpine on Friday for a week.  I am overwhelmed by all the positive messages from my readers.  I never imagined that this blog would create an extended family that would offer such support in my time of need.  Thank you!

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Back in Alpine...

Appointment with my PCP tomorrow to discuss hospice options.  Booked a couple of nights at The Antelope Lodge.  I stayed here this week 16 years ago right before I headed south to start building my TFL hut.

Sunday, December 3, 2023


Proverbs 3:24  When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. 

Saturday, December 2, 2023

on to a new adventure

Ever since the first CT scan found a tumor on my pancreas, I pretty much resigned myself to the fact that my time was up even though I had more tests to go through.  I tried hard not to get my hopes up because I know that pancreatic cancer is always death sentence.  My recent surgery on Friday confirmed what I have already come to accept.  The cancer is inoperable - stage 4.  I have been "getting my affairs in order" and I already made arrangements for Ben to be relocated to his new home and owners in a week.  I am opting out of meeting with an oncologist to discuss chemo and will be going straight into hospice care soon.  The blow of an early departure is softened by the fact that I retired and have been living life completely on my own terms for the past 15 years and won't be leaving a family behind.  While people die all the time, it's pretty hard to wrap my head around the fact that my turn is coming up.  My only fear about it is that I am undeserving of God's grace...