Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Chemo round 2 week 2

It took a week for me to wake up :) Could be worse. Could have been sick the whole time. Sunday had it's moments. Was warned that the new meds would give me diarreah but in fact had exactly the opposite problem. Until about 4:00 Sunday afternoon just as we were pulling into the parking garage at Bobcat's Arena to watch the Charlotte Checkers hockey game. It was a LONG walk from the parking garage to a restroom! But I made it. Barely! Things have moved smoothly since then :)

Today was the first day that I haven't been tired. Feel "normal," whatever that means any more. Went with my mom and got last minute items for Thanksgiving dinner, and we spent the afternoon chopping everything up and making pies for Thanksgiving. My sister and her family will be here probably around noon tomorrow. The only thing we have to do in the morning is last minute sweeping and dusting.

Every thing is prepped for dinner Thursday so that won't be any big deal. Just have to remember to make the rolls. I have a habit of forgetting them until we sit down to eat. Hope that doesn't happen this year. But then it wouldn't be a holiday if something didn't get forgotten.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thank you all for your prayers. That is one of the biggest things I'm thankful for this year. That and God's continuted healing touch.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Chemo - round 2 day 3

So far not too bad. I'm tired. Really tired. I'm trying to clean my house before my mom comes on Sunday and my sister Josie and her family come on Wednesday for Thanksgiving, but I'm not really getting very far. I can do something for about 10 minutes before I feel like I need to sit down before I fall down. But I'll get there.

I am so thankful that I'm not really sick. Kind of queasy but not too bad and I've got pills if it starts bothering me. No diarrhea. In fact just the opposite. It sure beats the neuropathy I had with the other drug. This is much easier to deal with.

Thank you all for your prayers and support. It means more to me than you know.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Chemo - round 2 day 1

Chemo went well today. I'm kind of tired, but so far, no nausea and no diareaah. I'm sure it'll come, but so far so good. I'm stocked up with drugs and I won't hesitate to use them! The other advantage to the new chemo drug is they have to give it to me through an IV in my arm instead of through my port. That cut an hour and a half off the time I had to sit there getting chemo because they can do 2 drugs at once, one in my arm and one through my port. Yeah! I'm all for less time sitting in that chair hooked up to an iv!

Time to go take the third nap of the day.  I'm tired, but feel good! 

New Drugs

Here we go again. Back to chemo. I sure enjoyed the time "off" to heal from the last one. As my dear husband said, i "want" to go so I can continue to heal. I have no problem with going....it's the after effects I'm not looking forward to. I'm expecting the worst, nausea, diareaah, hair loss, and praying for the best, none of the above. But I'll tell you, after what the last treatment did to my hands and throat....I'd happily shave my head tomorrow to never have to go through that again. I still have a little trouble with my hands, and in the last week have started having trouble with pain and tingling in my toes. Nothing I can't handle, just more of an irritation than anything. But there is no way I want any more of that drug in my body. Not unless they told me it was the last resort. And then I'd find ways to deal with it.

The joys of cancer. This really isn't fun, but it is a bump in the road that will eventually be gone, and I am so grateful it isn't a lot worse as it is for so many others. So far the love, joy and peace that I have been given far outweighs the bad. And God has strengthened my faith greatly since this journey has began. Thank you God. I know that He will use this to His good.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Results of 11-3 CT scan

One of the largest tumors in my liver is COMPLETELY gone! The rest are shrinking! I start chemo again on the 17th. Praise God. The healing not only has begun, but has gone a long way already. Thank you for your prayers because I know that is what is making all the difference.  Please continue to pray for me.  I can't begin to tell you what it means to me that so many people, both friends and family, and people I have never met pray for me on a daily basis.  These are the "hands" of God.