September 5, 2019 Finally Leaving Little Rock, Arkansas

On the Road Again !

The image above shows some of the very colorful landscaping in one of the older, more established neighborhoods in Little Rock. I was pleasantly surprised by the many older neighborhoods all around the city, almost all shaded by massive live oaks and most beautifully landscaped.

Today, September 5th, I had my checkout appointment with my oncologist at UAMS and received permission (and a whole lot of medical instructions for the upcoming months) to leave Little Rock,  Arkansas, after the longest, and most grueling five months of my life. The Bone Marrow Transplant that was originally estimated to take roughly 3 months was extended in my case by a couple of unfortunate complications, but at last I am done here, at least until I have to return for next April’s checkup.

The intense chemo and extended hospital stays resulted in my feeling and getting around like an old man. Well, I guess I am an old man, just never felt like one before. Considering that I left the hospital almost two months ago using a walker and was barely able to make it up the four steps into my motorhome, I guess I can see that I am actually slowly, and I do mean slowly, regaining my strength, but I still have a long way to go. My Multiple Myeloma is not in total remission so I will be taking what they term a “maintenance” drug routine for the foreseeable future and will have to have regular blood testing done to monitor how quickly this horrible disease comes back, and unfortunately, it always does.

In the meantime I will be heading north back to New Hampshire next week with my new Chevy Equinox in tow. My weakened state and brittle bones meant I had to ditch my previous toad setup of my old reliable Prius on a tow dolly, just can’t risk pushing the tow dolly around anymore. The Equinox is one of the dwindling few new cars that can still be flat towed, four wheels down, and so far, I am really pleased with the vehicle.

I hope to get some nice New England foliage shots and indulge in some Ipswich  fried clams (at Boardman’s or The Clam Box), some Maine lobsters, and maybe even some fresh Swordfish, three favorite foods that I have gone without in the last six years out west. Hope to visit some of my old photographer friends around Lebanon and Hanover, NH, and then just may spend some time with my little sister, who generously donated almost four months of her life to act as my caregiver down here in Little Rock, putting up with the intense heat and humidity (and me), and was simply invaluable to me, especially during some of the dark days I spent in the hospital. Don’t know if I would have made it without her.

So, I will soon start doing some blog entries once again, taking photos as I used to, and eventually making it back down to Florida for the winter.

Stay tuned!

20 thoughts on “September 5, 2019 Finally Leaving Little Rock, Arkansas”

  1. So glad to hear that you are on the mend and on the road again! I will look forward to your photographs. Prayers for continued healing.

  2. Great job – keep on keeping on. So glad to hear you’re on the mend and back to it. I’ve been working on a rather large artwork (for me) using one of your bighorn rams as reference. (per your blessing) I can send you updates, or the finished picture when done. (I don’t have a website, but I am on Instagram) Thanks so much 🙂

  3. Well done, and keep getting stronger. My brother has gone through the same, so I have an idea of your battle, Keep on fighting, and enjoy your travels.

  4. Bob, so glad to hear you are on the mend and able to be on the road again taking photos. Enjoy this beautiful season and safe travels.
    Judy & Ron

  5. Many blessings to you as you continue your journey. I’m in Portland, ME and would love to say hi should you find your wanderings near here. Stay strong.

  6. I am glad to hear of your improved health. I am glad your little sister came to Arkansas to assist you. I have missed seeing your superb photos.

  7. Congrats on winning this battle. Looking forward to seeing you when you arrive back in NH. Travel Safe! And thanks to our sister who came through for you without giving it a second thought.

  8. We are sooo happy to hear from you again. It has been so long and we have worried and prayed for you. We are glad you are on the mend and that you can travel again. Take care and God bless!

  9. Welcome back. So good to see you up and about. I really wish you all the best for continued improvement. Looking forward to many pictures and travel stories.

  10. So glad you are on the road again. My wish is to travel with my camera like you do. You are my inspiration and God be with you.

  11. I was so happy to see your subject “On the Road Again” in my email inbox! I’ve been wondering about you. Glad you were in good medical hands and had a loving sister to care for you. Glad you are back!

  12. It is such great news that you are on the move again. I’ve been thinking of you and waiting for news of your progress. During your absence, I have revisited your wonderful photography and art.
    What joy you bring to so many! Will be anxious to hear of your new adventures (and art), and of course, your healing.

    Indeed, travel safe!

  13. So good to hear from you again Bob! I’v been thinking about you this summer and wondering how you are. I’m glad you’ve made it to the other side of this crisis. Hope that when you are back in NH you’ll drop by AVA and say hi.
    Safe travels!

  14. So glad to get your news! I think of you so often. We are heading back to TX the end of Sept. We’ve rented a house in Corpus with our youngest daughter and her hubby. We now have a real address where mail can be sent. The house has not yet sold and we are about giving up. It’s empty and we just could not wait another winter up here. I can’t wait to see more pictures. You remain in our prayers!

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