Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Goodbye hair.

Every day for the past five or six days my hair has been leaving me. Saturday I went walking and just popped by a kind neighbor's home (she cuts hair) to see about cutting it short. I'm not ready to shave it yet, but shorter hair will be less mess. My guess is that it will be gone by the end of the month.

I get this week off chemo to let my blood counts recover--YAY!! No needles!!
I'm feeling okay but weak most of the time. Evenings are the hardest-where I feel pretty yucky. If I don't eat frequently during the day I feel pretty yucky too. I've been pretty dizzy at times (oh-maybe that's because I'm blond!--but not for long).

I'm just happy for each day I wake up and I'm still here!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Only one poke this time!

Tuesday was a success!! The nurse got my IV first try!! I wanted to hug her!
Things are going relatively smoothly. Nights are the hardest--when I get worn out and feel yuckiest. Sometimes I have sleepless nights (like last night) and I get weird aches and pains all over from time to time from who knows what--all the chemicals or the cancer or stress. Nothing too unordinary.

Tuesdays are my Huntsman days from now on--to get chemo every week, bone strengthener once a month and see the Dr. from time to time. My white blood cell count has already dropped pretty low, so I get shots for three days after chemo to up my white blood cell counts.

Keepin' positive!! (Thanks to everyone's prayers and help!)

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

I am a holy woman.

Today was my first day for my new chemotherapy called Taxol. I'll be getting it each Tuesday.

It took three women, three sticks with a needle in each arm in various places, and a little over an hour to find a vein that would be found after much probing and digging around with each stick. That was pure torture!! I tried to go to my happy place and pretend I was on the beach. Every so often the digging brought me back to reality and I felt like crying like a little girl.

The actual receiving of the Taxol wasn't bad. After we got past the first 15-30 minutes where they watch to see if you have an allergic reaction (I was a little nervous during this part) things went smoothly. 1-2 hours total. We met some nice people and I found out some good places to check out for wigs (if I decide to go that route--I may just like scarves & bandanas--we'll see).

My nurse called this afternoon to let me know that my MRI results showed more cancer in my skull (there was already a palm-sized amount on my forehead at my last scan) but none in my brain!! YAY!!

I'm wired. I'm on a ton of steroids that go along with the chemo to help my body not have an allergic reaction. I wonder if I'll sleep tonight. I guess I could always organize closets or something useful!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Coming soon...

I had a weird thing happen to my vision on Tuesday so I get an MRI of my brain for New Years!! YAY!!
I just love getting scanned!
I'll post results when we get them. Maybe some photos too!

I've been feeling pretty well--I've been snow-shoeing the past two days and we spent an awesome New Year's Eve with family and friends. I'm still waiting for the nausea from my chemo to go away before I start the new stuff on Tues. the 6th. It's getting better each day but not gone yet.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU EVERYONE for all the fasting and prayers!! I am feeling a lot of emotional and spiritual strength because of it. I'm not sure how things will turn out, but I'm confident that God is watching over me and come what may--everything will be okay.

I am glad for every day I wake up--I love mornings!