Thursday, January 29, 2009

P.S. Throttle Body Assembly

Forgot to mention I ordered a reconditioned throttle body assembly off of eBay. Hoping it comes in before my "new to me" 2006 F150 Lariat 4x4 with the gorgeous leather seats and moonroof goes KAPUT!

I couldn't see paying $220+ for the part at the dealership. Does anyone know how much of a markup they put on parts anyway? Even my local mechanic was going to charge about that much. Instead I'm paying $73 which includes the shipping fee to get it to me in PA from MN. Then my mechanic will put it on for a reasonable charge.

One Week Later

... and the incision is healing pretty well.

I have allergic reactions to certain types of tapes so the hospital had a red wrist band labeled "Allergy" on me the day of the surgery. Doncha know I still had a reaction to the steri-strips they put over my incision?

I didn't make it to 48 hours before removing the steri-strips. I had blisters around the incision site and they itched like crazy. I called the doctor's office on Monday to let them know about it. I got a call back on Tuesday telling me I was correct to remove the strips.

Hardly any itching now and the redness from the blisters is starting to go away. The incision is still a little raised but it will probably go down in a few months.

I'm happy to have the port out.

I almost forgot to mention my little grey doe goat died. I don't know what happened to her. She was inside the house laying on her side like she was asleep. The other goats were outside eating. Very sad. She was so cute. She had little waddles on her neck area and had black legs.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Portacath Surgery

Today was my surgery to remove the port in my chest.

We had to be at the hospital at 5 a.m. Surgery was at 7:30 a.m. I had a local with a sedative. All went well and I was discharged at 9:30 a.m.

We went to Bob Evans for breakfast. I had the banana pecan cream pancakes. DOUBLE YUM! I slept on the drive home and while hubby went in to get my pain scrip filled, and then slept the rest of the day.

I have a minor amount of pain. I think part of it is just from the compression bandage I have to leave on for 48 hours.

Waiting for hubby to come home. He drove to Indiana County to scout out another grouse hunting location. He's very secretive about his hunting spots! Grouse hunters. LOL!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Today was an expensive day!

Hubby was off work today which meant we spent the day together. :)

We got up early in order to get my truck down to the dealership to find out what, "Engine Override Mode," means. My truck shut down on me when I was driving the other day. We had a big snow and I'm out on the road and the daRn thing just locks up. The wheel locked, the lights went out and it just stopped. NOT a good thing to happen as I'm driving down the road with other vehicles behind me!

The diagnostic machine says my truck needs something called a Throttle Body Assembly whatever the heck that is! The dealership wants $480+ which included the $70 diagnostic test. We paid the diagnostic fee and hope to find both the part and the labor cheaper someplace else! OY!

Then we were off to get new tires on our one year old Jeep. $506 later we were out the door with our Cooper tires. Are you getting the feeling today is going to be a very expensive day?

Breakfast at Bob Evans and then over to Sam's Club to put in my prescription for new bifocals. Yep, I haven't been able to read anything without a magnifying glass for the last year. First I attributed it to the effects of being on Compazine to combat nausea due to Chemo. (I can't remember the name of the second anti-nausea medication I was on when Compazine stopped working. DaRn it! I hate forgetting stuff! <---It was ATIVAN!) Nope, the eye doctor said it was my age. OUCH!

My eyeglasses plus hubby's contacts were $386. ACK! Imagine how much more expensive it would have been had we gone somewhere else.

We got home and hubby plowed the driveway. Did I mention we got another boat load of snow over the past couple of days? I played around with my page at Facebook talking to my family and friends while he worked. I'm bad, I know.

I fixed chicken breasts, lima beans and rice for dinner. Yesterday we had leftover beef soup I made on Saturday. Boy it was good!

I wish he wasn't going back to work tomorrow. I enjoyed having him home. I didn't enjoy spending all this money today but whatcha gonna do?

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Phone Call

I got a phone call this afternoon from Dr. M's office. My CEA level results came back. Mine was 0.5! Anything below 5 is normal.


Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Today was the visit with Dr. M. PET scan results were as expected ... clear! No more cancer. Get bloodwork done for CEA level. Get port taken out next week and see you in six months! WOWEEE! God is good!

Still, it was very hard to hear that I had already surpassed my life expectancy which was 18 months. I mean it's a good thing that I am still alive but a daRn sad thing to hear that we expected you to only live this long. My eyes teared up. I'm glad Sandy went along with me.

It will be so good to get his port out. It's been itching and making me have a hard time sleeping at night.

Mom's Uncle Denver Cook passed away last night. Such a wonderful man. So tall and handsome. Such a nice deep voice. Smoked a pipe which smelled like cherry tobacco and always called me Carolina. I'll miss you Uncle Denver.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Other Blogs

Lately I've become addicted to reading other people's blogs. :) Mostly knitting blogs. I love to see the projects and yarns other knitters are working on.

I came across one the other day as I was Googling about tattoos and cancer. Mainly I was looking for tattoos people had gotten to cover their cancer surgery scars. I'm thinking about getting a small tattoo to cover the port scar on my chest after the port is removed.

Anyhoo I came across this one by a woman named Michelle who also has colon cancer. She had links on her site that I hadn't come across before. The Colon Cancer Alliance website is VERY interesting. It's got me to thinking about their UNDY 5000 fundraiser for colon cancer!

I'm checking with my sister in law, who is a colon cancer survivor for 16 years now (Yeah, go MaryAnn!!), and my sister, who is a runner along with her partner, to see if they'd also be interested. My sister had her colonoscopy and they found pre-cancerous polyps. Thank GOD she had her colonoscopy! So far my brother won't get tested.

Hubby wants to know why I'm looking at these websites. He finds it depressing but I find them inspirational! I was talking to the guys at Monro Muffler/Brakes in Greensburg the other day about getting tested by colonoscopy. If I don't speak up who will?

Thursday, January 8, 2009

PET Scan

I went for my PET scan on Tuesday. The bottom floor of Magee Women's Hospital is mostly the cancer floor. CT/MRI/PET is all done in this area way far away in the back portion of the hospital. Everything says Oncology. Just reading that word is SCARY! Thank goodness I've been through this before so I know what to expect.

Somehow I remember the pre med drink tasting better in June. LOL. The hardest part for me isn't the bloodwork, the IV (they can't access the port for PET scans, the contrast dye would blow the port out, or so they tell me), or the injection of radioactive isotopes. It's sitting in this room being quiet and not moving for an hour. This is next to impossible for me!

Finally my intense hour of sitting and doing nothing was up and Jerry came in to take me for the scan. I was really feeling anxious at this point. I know Dr. Moser said the cancer is gone but this is a test which will really prove it.

I absolutely hate the contrast dye injection. I feel so nauseas when the hot sensation flows from my head to my toes and back up. Thank God I didn't throw up! I laid there and my eyes started to tear up thinking, "This is it. This will prove the cancer is gone." It was still frightening to me because even though I wanted to stay positive and remain focused and hope/pray for the best I have this sinking feeling in the back of my head telling me (is this the devil?) that it might not be over yet.

I see Dr. Moser next week to go over the results from the PET scan and anything else. I'm hoping we can schedule the removal of my port. I will be so glad to get it out. It's been itching lately and I'm having a hard time sleeping on my right side because it starts to hurt.

Another PET scan in six months. Hopefully this will be OVER soon and we can really get on with our life!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy New Year!

I was so excited! I had my granddaughter overnight on New Year's Eve. The kids had plans and I offered to babysit. It was the first time I'd had her overnight since she was a baby.

First we played with Barbies and then we played with stuffed animals. Then we chased each other around the furniture. Then she helped me make spaghetti for dinner. Alright she watched while I held her and cooked. I gave her a bath, we had dinner and then we brushed her teeth. She started to get sleepy around 8:30 so I took her up to bed.

I had the portacrib set up but she wasn't having any of it. I layed down with her until she fell asleep and then got up to put her in the crib. She woke up and started screaming so we layed back down again and she fell asleep AGAIN. After doing this two more times I decided we were both just going to sleep.

We woke up at 10 on New Year's Day. We got up and had breakfast, played a little bit and went up and down the stairs a dozen or so times. At least I got exercise.

Mom and Dad picked her up at noon and away she went. It was over too soon! Wah! I'm waiting for my next Grandma time. I loved it!