"Our soul must perform two duties. The one is that we must reverently wonder and be surprised. The other is that we must gently let go and let be." Julian of Norwich

...Cancer teaches both!!!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

It's a Girl!

Jordan Jeanette Fentie  
b. March 31, 2011
7lbs 6oz

Mother and Daughter

Brandon, Robyn, and Jordan Jeanette

Jordan is derived from the Hebrew yarden (to flow down, descend). The name is that of the chief river of Palestine, in which Jesus was baptized. Jordan originated as a given name in the Middle Ages, being bestowed upon those baptized in holy water said to be taken from the Jordan River. Jordan was one of the top names on Robyn and Brandon's "Girl Names" list.  They settled on it after the birth seeing that it was the name that best fit their new baby.

Jeanette is a female name, a diminutive form of the name Jeanne. Other variations are Janette and Janet.  The name is derived from the Hebrew "God is gracious". Jeanette was chosen as a tribute to Grandmother's Jean and Janet.  What a great way to carry names and memories into the future!

Jordan was delivered at 12:08pm after Robyn and Brandon arrived at the hospital at 11:30am!  Phew!  What a close call!

Jordan Jeanette Fentie
b. March 31, 2011


Weekend Pass

I'm home from the Rehab Hospital on a full weekend pass, which means I am able to stay home overnight on both Friday and Saturday nights.  What a treat to sleep in my own bed with Grandma!  

I continue to make good progress and am now maneuvering indoor spaces with the aid of one cane (right hand to support left leg).   I'm still using the 4-wheeled walker for outdoor strolling.   

I had visits with all three of my surgeons this past week (General, Plastic, and Neuro/Spinal).  They are all pleased with my progress and see no particular problems.  Next on the agenda is a visit to the Cancer Agency to determine more definitively if there is any residual cancer left in the sacrum and whether or not radiation is advisable if there is, or even if there isn't.  I'll also be following up with my regular oncologist.

I'm scheduled to finish my rehab program on April 19th.  I'll be home after that and following an ongoing physio regimen as an "out-patient".  My physio-therapist is setting up a program that will include work-outs at my local community centre.

That's all folks!

Rob; in Vancouver

"A new baby is like the beginning of all things - 
Wonder, Hope, a dream of possibilities."
Edna J. Le Shan


Anonymous said...

Hi Rob and Family: Congratulations on the grandaughter, she is just beautiful and your daughter is beaming. God has blessed your family with a beautiful healthy baby, how wonderful.

Congrats also on getting the weekend pass, nothing like being home even for just a shot while.

Take care and best wishes for continued healing.

Tina G. (geotina from CSN)

Anonymous said...

Jordan suits her even more after reading the Hebrew meaning, to flow, descend. Sure would be neat to baptize her in water from the River Jordan.

Thanks for the update. It is so perfect that your gym is right across the street from you. Can't wait to get down to Van to visit. I know Jordan will love a stroll in the Lagoon with Grandpa.

Love Robyn

Anonymous said...

Hi Rob!

This is Rick Murtagh from the CSN forums. Thanks for keeping up the blog. I recently hada recurrence in the sacrum (just starting to do things about it now at MSKCC) and your blog has been a real encouragement!

Glad to see things are progressing more positively than negatively and a new granddaughter to boot! Congratulations!

Best wishes,

chaoticfamily said...

Congratulations on your grandbaby! She is lovely.

Just reading about your journey and I thank you for sharing your story.

My Dad has stage 3B colorectal cancer DX in October 2009. We are also originally from the Vancouver area.

Please take care and stay strong.


Anonymous said...

Hi !!! Good job!