Check out the team at work in the project video:
Even though the primary focus for the project was the Beyond 90 house, resurrecting the church’s garage apartment for Pastor Rigo’s family was still a big ongoing task. Although work had been going on slowly since the period 1 project ended in January, we needed as much talent and time as could be spared from the house to make any meaningful progress. So, by the 2nd week of the Beyond 90 project, we were able to pull 2 people over to focus on plumbing tasks that ended up with a working water heater, toilet and sink. Bit by bit, more workers switched over and the work continued. The dry wall went up. Doors were hung. Outlets and lights were checked out. Slowly it was starting to look more like a place to live.
Another hospital visit hadn’t been on the radar at all when Cathy got up Sunday morning to go to Sunday school and church. But the swelling under the arm was getting harder and, unlike earlier instances when she had gone to the surgeon to have it drained, the area around the lymph node incision was getting red and warm. By mid-afternoon, her temperature was rising a little every time she checked it. The only option was to head to the ER. After some tests, she was admitted for a post-op infection, and put on an IV antibiotic. On Tuesday, the fluid was drained and a surgical drain inserted to collect any more fluid that might accumulate into a bag she would wear for the next 10 days. Uncomfortable and awkward, but better than the alternative. And once the drain came out, no more fluid was accumulating so it had done its job. Whew!
With the risk of infection raised, Cathy stepped back from any on-site project work. Instead, Dave had her pick up some grant writing activities for the Pocahontas State Park Group Cabin Stabilization effort. We wouldn’t want her to have too much time on her hands, would we? She managed to get two submitted just before their March 1st and March 15th deadlines.
The medical oncologist mentioned that some people used cold gloves and socks during the Taxol treatments to reduce the chance of neuropathy. We ordered some gloves and socks and tried them out one night as a test run. Some people can’t tolerate the cold, so Cathy wanted to get some idea “how cold is it really?”