Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee,
Whether summer clothe the general earth
With greeness, or the redbreast sit and sing
Betwixt the tufts of snow on the bare branch
Of mossy apple-tree, while the nigh thatch
Smokes in the sun-thaw; whether the eave-drops fall
Heard only in the trances of the blast,
Or if the secret ministry of frost
Shall hang them up in silent icicles,
Quietly shining to the quiet Moon.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Better News

Just a very quick update to say thank you so much for all the lovely messages that have been left for my husband and I, we do appreciate all of them very much. He is out of hospital now but still undergoing tests as an outpatient and he will eventually need to have surgery. The diagnosis is a condition that can be succesfully treated and seems not to be as nasty as I first feared though there are more tests to be done over the next few weeks. Tomorrow he is having a scan requiring a radioiodine injection followed by another one next Friday. Hopefully he will have no side effects from this but he won't be able to see our grandchildren or daughter/daughters-in-law for 3 to 4 weeks as he will be radioactive for a while and has to avoid contact with children and young women.

A happier event took place yeaterday as it was Gabriel's 1st birthday so we went over to share his birthday cake and then went to call on Jules and Matt to meet george their new ginger cat - no photos yet as he's still nervous and we didn't want to scare him.

Gabriel enjoying his birthday tea!

I still shan't be posting regularly for a while but hope to add one or two posts here and there. Thank you again for all the positive thoughts and prayers.


Leanne said...

Rowan, I am so relieved yuo have posted something, i have been worried about you both! Thank goodness everything looks like being ok, and how lovely to have a major birthday to celebrate and allow yuo to relax for a while!


Leanne x

Sheila said...

Happy Birthday to Gabriel..!
It looks like he is enjoying his birthday tea!

Julie said...

Dear Rowan,

I have been so, so worried. I was fearing the worst. Thank you for posting this report. I know you have a lot on your plate but would welcome updates now and then.

Happy Valentine's Day, my dear.

Hugs, Julie

Paula said...


I've been checking in frequently and like others, was fearing the worst since we had not heard from you. I'm sure this is still a big upset in your lives but it sounds most positive. Your little Gabriel is adorable. What beautiful big eyes. Lots of hugs to you and yours.

Jenny said...

I'm so glad you took the time to post. What a tremendous relief that your husband's condition isn't as bad as you'd thought. Thank goodness you were able to celebrate Gabriel's birthday before his injections. Your Gabriel is adorable by the way- what gorgeous eyes. Wishing your husband good health,

Miss Robyn said...

Rowan, I am so glad you have posted.. I have been thinking of you both, I can relate to the radioactive thing.. ha! you feel like a leper for awhile..
love the photos...your grandson looks like a regular little Celt! dark eyes :) - (my grandson is due in 4 weeks time!)

Janet said...

I'm glad you posted about your husband. I hope his test go well and he feels better soon.

I can't believe Gabriel is already one year old! It just seems like a couple of months ago when he was born. He is such a cute little guy.

Anonymous said...

Hi Rowan, glad it's better news and I hope the tests go well. Little Gabriel liooks like he's enjoying his meal...good for him!
Margaret and Noreen

nancy said...

What a precious little man! I'm so glad youposted to let us know what was what. I'm thankful for the encouraging news. I will continue to pray for good health.

Mary said...

This was the best Valentine gift today - and less fattening than chocolate!! Just knowing things are not as bad as feared and that your dh will be OK is wonderful. Will be thinking of you both and hope he is soon back to good health.

Happt Birthday little cutie!!

rel said...

Thanks for the update. It's good to hear that all is brighter than you thought. And of course there is Gabriel to put a smile on your face.
Take care my friend.

Lynda (Granny K) said...

So happy to see a post from you. Will keep you both in my thoughts and prayers.

Happy birthday to Gabriel! He's enjoyed whatever it was, by the looks of things!

Shirl said...

So glad to read that your husband is nearer to a diagnosis, it must be a relief for you all.

Lovely birthday pictures.

Blessings to you all, Shirl

OhSoVintage said...

Thankyou for posting an update, I keep returning to see if you have posted. That's good news that your husband's condition can be treated.

Strawberry Lane said...

Happy First Birthday to Gabriel!

So glad to know there is good news for your husband and that he can receive treatment. What a relief that must be for you!

Rosie said...

Glad to hear more positive news from you - hope all goes well. Take Care.

PAT said...

It's so good to hear from you, Rowan.

I'm happy to know your husband's condition can be treated. I hope all goes well. You both remain in my thoughts and prayers!

Happy Happy Happy 1st birthday to dear Gabriel. What a sweet boy he is!

Anonymous said...

What a relief Rowan, that your husband 's condition can be treated and he's an outpatient now.

LOVE the cake. Gabriel looks like he is anyway! Jennie

smilnsigh said...

I'm so glad that you have gotten relatively good news from the testing. And wish all the best, in his future treatment.

I hope you are being sure to give yourself plenty of TLC also... You too are under stress. Please do take good care of your own body, at this time.

P.S. TLC Tender Loving Care

Breezy said...

That's good news Rowan my thoughts are with you both

Janice said...

Rowan, So glad to hear that things are better and that you both were able to celebrate little Gabriel's birthday before the test. Those are things that keep us going. Continued prayers and good thoughts are sent to you and your family. Janice

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad he's feeling better and that you're felived too. Once you've got a diagnosis it's a good, positive step towards treatment. I hope the injection goes well and isn't too painful.

Best wishes,

Anonymous said...

Ooops, I meant to say "relieved" not "felived" but I think you get what I mean!

Greenconsciousness said...

I just found the blog "Cat in the Kitchen, Flora in the Garden" through your blog. I loved her blog at once and she suddenly died. I want to thank you for sending me to her before her blog of beauty is gone. I wish you a speedy return to health in your family.

Shropshire Girl said...

I just wanted to add my best wishes as well and sincerely hope things go well for the both of you.

Ragged Roses said...

So good to hear from you again Rowan. I am very glad to hear that the prognosis is good fro your husband, Happy birthday to Gabriel. Take care

meggie said...

Hugs & Love!!

Ragged Roses said...

Hello Rowan, hope things are improving all round. Just wanted to say how lovely it was to hear from you this morning, a wonderful surprise, I've missed you and so has M!

meggie said...

Happy First Birthday to Gabriel!
He is beautiful.

Good luck for your husband, for all his tests, & a positive outcome for treatment.

Julie said...


Thanks for stopping by my blog. I know you have a lot on your mind. Hope things are going really well for you and your husband.

Hugs, Julie

Linda G. said...

Thanks for leaving your nice comment on my blog Rowan.. I'm so glad to hear the good news that things are looking up for your husband..

And thanks for sharing Gabriel's first birthday with us..what a joy!

Andylynne said...

Good news about your hubby, testing is tedious. But treatment options are always a good thing.
And your Gabriel is adorable, I lvoed is little rocket cake. Take care and know your being thought of

kathyann said...

Happy first Birthday to Gabriel!
Rowan so glad you're husbands condition is not as bad as was first thought! Hope all goes well with the next round of tests!
Take care and look after yourself too!
Love from Kathyann and the girls

Anonymous said...

It's good to hear it's getting better with hubby. It's always hard to be uncertain about what is wrong. It's good to know what it is and that it is treatable !!
I love the Bday cake, it looks super and Gabriƫl loves it by the look of it !!!
Have a great day !!

Emma Herian said...

Hope it has gone all well, look after each other and keep smiling!

laoi gaul~williams said...

thank you for the e-mail!

i am so glad things are going well and in a positive way


Tea said...

Oh Rowan....I haven`t been around for a bit so didn`t realize your husband was sent to hospital! Glad to read that he`ll be okay now and will keep you and him in my prayers that the treatment isn`t too awful.