Sunday, October 17, 2010

Great news again

Craig's 3 month check-up this week shows he is still in remission! Technology plays a new role in medicine. Craig's lab work of blood and urine was done a week early. He went down to St. Mary's ambulatory care and nurses checked his vitals. Our appointment with Dr. Venod in Sioux Falls was a video conference. We'll repeat in 3 months and then go to Mayo Clinc in April.

Three month checks are not without frustrations and humor. Blood draws are easy. Craig collects 24 hours of urine to the minute and keeps it cold. Someone cleaned the bathroom and dumped 12 hours of work. At least it's a renewable resource and there was plenty of time to get it in before the appointment. Gail

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Join us for a double celebration May 30, 2010

Sunday May 30, 2010, we celebrate our 35th anniversay with an open house from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at Faith Lutheran Church in Pierre. Please join us.

Benjamin Saniuk will be baptized that morning at Faith Lutheran by Pastor Urbach who baptized, confirmed, and performed the wedding of his mother, Anne.

We're looking forward to a joyous day and seeing friends and family.

March Madness is over

March was a difficult month. Craig was in the hospital again for 4 days in Sioux Falls with pneumonia. This week he went back to work for a few hours everyday.

Craig felt really good today and we attended church tonight.

Easter Sunday we leave for Rochester for his annual check-up. A year ago today he started "killer chemo" and had the transplant April 3. Even though this year has been difficult, it's much better than last year. We have much to be thankful for. Gail

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Another bump or pot hole in the road

Craig ended up with pneumonia after battling congestions and an infected tooth for a couple weeks. He was in the hospital from Monday to Wednesday. He recovered at home today and wants to head back to the office Friday.

Our lives continue as usual

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Ben's growing, life's flowing--Still in Remission

Since the last post, grandson Ben has grown larger, sweeter, and cuter. He looks like his mom when she was a baby, but has his dad's blue eyes. The Saniuk family wasn't able to join the 3 of us and Neil for Christmas due to weather. They were here for New Year's Day and Anne and Ben were able to stay for a week. Craig and I loved spoiling Ben and changing diapers was even OK.

When Scott came to take them home, he brought my mother. She hadn't met Ben yet. It was a short, but joyful visit.

Craig has his ups and downs, but works through them. The biggest down is needing a root canal. If the weather cooperates, which is unlikely, we'll drive to Sioux Falls for the dental work on Feb. 9. We hope the elimination of the persistent infection, despite 3 antibiotics, lets him increase his strength.
Craig is taking another year off from Destination Imagination. That's difficult because he enjoys seeing the kids compete and benefit from the program. ( Gail told me to do this, and I agreed. My caretaker, also known as wife, tells me what to do, and I do it. She knows me better than I know myself, so I really need to follow her instructions. I am fortunate to have her, and her instructions are always worthwhile and need to be followed. I told her, however, that there are just times when I don't give her the opportunity to voice her opinion or tell me what to do. That way I do miss some instructions, if I can figure out when they are coming and act before she gives the instruction!!!!! ;-) )
Craig remains in remission and we hope that will last for many years. We head to Mayo Clinic in early April for the yearly check-up and the dreaded baby shots. Ben really hated his a few weeks ago and let his parents know it.
Carl is still on break from Taco John's. He's able to hang out with his friends more at day services at Oahe, Inc. and he still works a couple afternoons a week at Holiday Inn Express. He's taken over more of the cooking, baking bread, and it's his job to shovel the front driveway. He's great at all of those. We read together every night and he's watching the Jane Austen miniseries on PBS with me.
From my typing errors I can tell it's time for bed. Stay safe and warm during the long winter.
We will try to keep adding a few words (and pictures) to the blog from time to time.
Craig & Gail

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Thanksgiving blessings

We have so much to be thankful for this year. Craig is in remission and gets stronger every day. He looks like his old self.

Benjamin John Craig Saniuk was born on November 23, 2009, in Omaha, NE. He weighed 7# 9oz and was 20.5" long. Parents and baby are doing well.

We are delighted to have a grandson and he is adorable. Craig, Neil, Carl and I went to Omaha over Thanksgiving weekend and got to spoil him. Craig and I think Ben looks like Anne when she was a baby and Craig's folks think he looks like Craig as a baby.

Anne, Scott, and Ben will be here over Christmas. We're looking forward to a wonderful holiday. This year is much different than last year. Then Craig had shingles and went into the hospital for 5 days the day after Christmas. Gail

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Good News/last couple of weekends

This is really Craig--as Gail said, we had good news at my three month checkup--still cancer free and in remission. The last couple of weekends we have been visiting our kids in South Dakota and in Nebraska. Anne's baby is due in late November. Her husband Scott and roommate are trying to sell their house so Anne and Scott can move either to a house of their own or a rental for a while. Neil is doing well as a civil engineer in Rapid City, SD. All is well--I am working full days and we have many blessings for which to be thankful.