From Krystyana…

Our move to Chester went quite smoothly and we send many thanks to those who helped.

Although we were filled with relief that the move was over and we had most furniture in its proper place, it was not to last because we soon found out that water was leaking in the basement from the septic system…at 10pm on a Saturday. We had to skip showers that night and there was much anguish over that, mostly from me. I was the lucky gal attempting to take the first shower when our houseguests hollered up about a lovely water feature they had found in the basement. Needless to say, the first order of business the next day was to find a plumber working on a Sunday. The plumber fixed the problem temporarily but told us we had to replace the septic outflow pipes and we were not allowed to flush any toilet paper or wipes until that was resolved. We had to wait a week and get quotes from plumbers to fix the various plumbing issues. It was decided by my mom that my dad would probably prefer being away from the house during the septic replacement as it would take a few days and possibly be loud and smelly. And so we stayed at a hotel for two nights with my dad in a room with a Jacuzzi tub and gas fireplace in it. Dad turtled in the tub and we had to call in Bas to help get him out of it. Thankfully, the whirlpool in the pool room worked out better and Dad could get in and out under his own power. Another issue that sprung up midweek was that our oven was not working properly, while in the attempt of cooking meat within it. And we are still working on getting a motor for the soft tub my parents ordered because the delivery people showed up with the correct sized tub but incorrect size motor.

Despite all that, my mom and I have unpacked and organized quite an impressive amount while installing various fixtures.

My dad had his PET/CT scans on April 18th in Chelsea and his doctor’s appointment was April 23rd in Boston. His doctor said tumor growth was on going but seeing my dad, he felt very positive about my dad’s progress. The doctor also had the amount of daily steroids reduced. My dad is doing a lot better in terms of his energy, speech, and reactions, from my point of view. He is eating more and making an effort to do so as well as making an effort to go out and exercise.

His next scans and doctors’ appointment will be in mid June and if his doctor clears him, we will be going to see the Arctic this summer to see the polar bears.