Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Still here.......

I've struggled with more nausea this week. It's been frustrating, but I'm doing ok. I just need to continue to rest and recuperate, while making sure I use some muscles. A fine balance to find, sometimes, but the chemo really does knock me out.

I have a long weekend in Traverse City planned for the first weekend in August, and I scheduled my chemo around it so I can enjoy it as much as possible. It will be 4 weeks out from a treatment, so I should feel pretty strong and healthy (barring any unforeseen problem) (positive thinking, here, I'm going to be fine that weekend!) My friend Hesper and her husband will be out of town, and offered me their home while they are gone. I'm going to go up with Jill, my sister Marsha, and her daughter. Marsha has never been to TC, and she and Chrissy (and Chrissy's dad) have lived in Houston for the last 25 years, and so this will be very new to Chrissy. She's not sure what to expect, I think, she is thinking: trees, a lake or two....not understanding how beautiful the area is. Of course I'm so prejudiced because it is my dream to have lived there, and I never wanted to leave. I find it so incredible. It is a soothing and calming area, for me. I love the farms, the orchards, the lakes, the forests... not the busy lake/home areas...not the built-up parts, (there aren't too many, thankfully) but the open beautiful parts.

I'm so excited.

If you are unfamiliar with northwestern lower Michigan, please check out these links. I highly recommend it as a vacation destination. Miles of sugarsand beaches, no crowding, completely preserved, and has the most incredible sunsets into Lake Michigan.

Saturday, July 22, 2006


I'm feeling much better now. Thanks to Marsha who helped me out all week, and thanks to time for passing and giving my body time to recover.

I'm looking forward to a much better week this week.

Thursday, July 20, 2006


been wiped out once again by the treatment and have been in bed (or couch) all week. I hate feeling so sick, and wonder if I can take this treatment much longer...

I need a break from it, that's for sure. I get knocked flat and can do nothing but lie down and be served. My very sweet sister Marsha has been here taking excellent care of me. I don't want for a thing, and she's cleaned and done laundry and taken care of Master Pogo.

I'll write more soon.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Feeling good

Yes, the port insertion went very well. I was quite nervous, but it was easy. I was nervous about what sedation medication they would use because they wanted to use Fentanyl, which I've had a reaction to. They tried to convince me the amt they'd use wouldn't be a problem, but I refused and made them use something else, and all went fine. I was just drowsy as they numbed the area of my arm where it would go. It's pretty cool, it's a small device, about 3/4" in diamieter, that lies flat under the skin, completely covered. There is a tube that is threaded into a vein and is left there for use in administering meds, getting chemo, getting blood draws, or anytime they'd need to insert an IV. It will prevent me from being jabbed a zillion times, as my veins are quite shot. I did ok for the first chemo course I had, but it's gotten more and more difficult as time passes, and I can't take the torture of IV insertion and drawing blood anymore. The veins actually shrink, get hard, roll around, due to the abuse they've taken. Then when I go for my chemo, or whatever, you put numbing cream on, and they insert a needle into the port and infuse away. It is invisible under my skin, yet has easy access. It will be great.

So, I had my treatment, plus added Neulasta, which will keep my white counts up hopefully (it will) and I will probably not feel as tired, and won't be at risk of infection as has been happening over the last few months.

I'm just going to rest today, and I'm thinking of attending a family gathering this evening. We'll see.

Friday, July 14, 2006

all went well

Just a short post to let everyone know that treatment day went fine. I had a port inserted, and that went very well, and it will be soooo nice. I should have done it long ago.

I'll be receiving Newlasta along with my chemo to prevent, hopefully, the drop in my white count which allowed the recent cellulitis to knock me down...

and we'll go from there

I'm tired, it was a long day, and I'll post more tomorrow.

Thursday, July 13, 2006


Netflix rental

A movie recommended by several months ago.
A documentary about the 2004 Olympic rugby team (I'm pretty sure it was 2004) made up of quadraplegics.

Excellent. Inspiring, informative, touching, but by no means do you feel sorry for anyone on the team.
They made their lives a challenge and a success.

Great rental. Highly recommnded now by me.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Not much to report

I'm doing pretty well, just tired. My foot is doing much better, and I'm just continuing to recooperate. Apparently it takes a while to do this.

I'm a Netflex chick now, I've received my first 3 movies. 40 Year Old Virgin (moderately funny, much profanity), Broke Back Mountain (haven't watched it yet) and Rear Window (the original with Jimmy Stewart...I don't think I ever want to see the Chris Reeve version) (this choice was prompted by my recent hospital visit and having been wheeled back into my apt in a wheel chair. Once I was settled on the couch, Jill took over the wheelchair to practice wheelies. She then went out on my balcony, which of course reminded me of Rear Window. I'm telling you, if I wasn't on the 4th floor, I'd teach my dog to ride down in a basket to go potty) Jill has never seen the movie, so one of these nights, we're going to watch it. Great movie, as I'm sure you all know.

So, here it is not even 8am on a Sunday morning and I'm thinking of watching a movie....nah, I'll wait til later....I like the CBS Sunday Morning show. It's gentle and has nice stories for a Sunday morning.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

I need Netflix

I'm continuing to improve from my bout with cellulitis. I am a pro at propping my foot now. I'm taking it easy, the swelling is minimal, so knock on wood of all kinds to hope that stays that way.

I'm enjoying napping and doing nothing, but admit I'm bored and wish I felt up to going out. I need more movies to watch, but can't go get them.... I'll have to send someone. :)

That's all I have as an update...

I'm improving, feeling better, and the ankles aren't nearly as fat.