Saturday, September 26, 2009

Slacking Off

The last week or two I've been slacking off with my blog.

The week of the 16th was very busy for us. Our 20th wedding anniversary, the beagle club's 4-day license trial plus Phil's trip to Ohio to the NAVHDA Invitational with Bella.

Our anniversary was very nice. We had a quiet dinner together at Red Lobster. Phil gave me a boquet of mixed roses. Very lovely.

The NAVHDA Invitational was very exciting. Phil's training partner, Mike Groman, and his dog MoJo, passed for his versatile championship. Bella had a snag with her shackled duck and did not pass that leg of the test. Very disappointing but we will try again next year!

My 4th round of chemo wasn't too bad this time. Well, I did have another reaction to the Oxaliplatin. My face turned beet red and got blotchy. My bp went up and my throat again felt like it was closing. The nurses gave me Allegra and then two shots of 100cc Solucortisol. I went home and slept all night.

I got disconnected from the chemo bag on Thursday. No really bad side effects. A little nausea but Friday was pretty bad. Lots of nausea and diarrhea. I hate that. My feet and hands are really hurting. Tingly sensations and itching. I'm afraid they are going to peel.

I've spent the day watching cooking shows on the Food Network. Yummy. Giada and Ina make me so hungry.

It's rained all day here. Phil had a hunt test outside of Butler with Bella this morning. As soon as he got home he and Mike went back out to train.

That's about it here. Praying for a mild week with no problems. Ooops, forgot to mention when I saw Dr. V on the 22nd he said it may be another 6-8 months of chemo. My face hit the floor. I can't imagine and am really not ready for that.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Yesterday and Today

have not been good for me. I felt pretty good yesterday morning. I got up and took Phil's mom back home then went over to Rosalind's to drop off some paperwork for today's DAR meeting. I started feeling really bad then drove home and went back to bed. Today I've only gotten up to hit the bathroom. Not good. Hoping for more energy tomorrow. My fingers are all tingly and the bottoms of my feet feel like they're burned and will peel. I really hate Oxaliplatin. I can't believe this is only my third cycle of chemo. Hoping for a really great week this coming week since it's my off-chemo week!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Today is Thursday

I slept until 7:51 this morning. We didn't need to be at the center until 11 but got there at 10:30. We were seated in the treatment area next to a couple from Syria. What a beautiful language they spoke. They did speak English and the woman asked questions about my knitting project and where we were from. :)

I got another bag of Decadron and one or two other antinausea meds which caused me to fall asleep. I had a bout of diarrhea this morning which is certainly wearing on the system. A lot of nausea this morning before we left and driving on the way there.

After I was done we went to Giant Eagle for a few groceries and came home. I fixed a peanut butter sandwich and went to bed. Slept from 3-6. Had a wonderful bowl of my mother in law's homemade chicken noodle soup for dinner. Phil headed out to train Bella. Only a week and a half until the NAVHDA Invitational in Ohio. I'm going to check out FB for a while and probably fall back to sleep. Here's praying tomorrow is a better day. I feel so exhausted.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Hump Day

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 aka "hump day." I have slept most of today which isn't good but have been happy with no nausea today. Hooray for Ativan my antinausea med! I did have muscle cramps in my calves this morning. I hope my potassium level isn't down. I'd rather eat bananas than have to take potassium pills. Gag. Even cut in half and put in applesauce or applebutter I still have a hard time swallowing them.

We go to the center tomorrow at 11:00 to get disconnected but plan to stay for fluids which takes another two hours. I'll take my knitting along with me. I'm halfway through a pair of socks for Jassmine. I started them on Saturday night.

I just had my bath and Phil is still in the tub. I have to make sure I don't get my port dressing wet. It'll be great to get a shower tomorrow after I'm disconnected!

Tonight was a nice spaghetti dinner made by Phil's mom. I asked if she wanted to stay and go back home on Monday but she said Friday would be better. I know she's totally bored here. I just sleep all day. She's so good to us. Makes me really appreciate my mom staying here all those months.

I forgot to mention that we got past the two year mark of my colon cancer diagnosis. That was September 5, 2007 and thankfully I am still here. It was a good day and I'm thankful for each and every one I get. :) Thank you Jesus.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Labor Day Weekend

Please excuse any typos. I have hand neuropathy from the chemo today and it's pretty bad. My hands are real cramped up. It was a very tiring day.

Our weekend was wonderful. We didn't get out the door until 11:00 a.m. and made it to Bluestone State Park around 5:00 p.m. My sister rented us a cabin. It was nice. She fixed dinner Saturday night. Nice meal of stuffed shells. Sunday morning we got up and went over to cousin Laura's house for breakfast. Mike and Kaye, Tony and Kim and two of their sons, Brandon and Tyler, were there including Laura's daughter Erin. My brother and his daughter also came over for breakfast. It was a good time.

From there we went to one of the family cemeteries (Lilly-Crews in Nimitz). I photographed all of the Pack headstones that were there. I ran out of batteries before I could do all the Lillys. Very disappointing.

We made it back to the cabin by noon and left for the Neely reunion in Pipestem. It's been at the Ruritan club for 20+ years. It was great to see my aunts, uncles and cousins. We were there until about 6:00 and headed over to uncle Gary's house on River Ridge. Uncle Edmund and aunt Barb were there plus Gary and Joann's two daughters Vicki and Tasha. Vicki and David have seven children. The youngest was born in February. They are all beautiful.

Today was a very exhausting day. We got up at 6:00 to gt to the center by 8:45 and didn't get in to be seated in the treatment ara until 9:30. I know it was abut 10:00 before my blood was drawn and things started moving. We got out of thre abut 2:00. I was sick to my stomach the whole way home. We got home and I went upstairs to lay down. My throat closed up on me but I didn't panic this time. I layed back down and fell aslep knowing this side efffect would pass. Mom Urban is making dinner now and Phil should be home soon.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Enjoyed this week

It's my second week off chemo and it's been absolutely great!

I met with the genetics counselor at Hillman on Tuesday. She didn't tell me anything I didn't already know. I had three out of four of the genes for being a carrier for colon cancer but only met two out of three of the criteria for HNPCC so even though two members of my family have had colon cancer (me and my aunt Wanda) seems they think it was more of a fluke for me getting it than really being familial (hereditary).

It was a long drive into Pittsburgh on a very beautiful day. I had a nice chef salad in the cafeteria then drove back home. I stopped at the gift shop on my way out the door. Bought some pretties.

Worked yesterday and today. Managed to get the desk cleaned off for the most part. I had not been in to work in a long time, maybe two or three weeks? Left birthday cards for Randy and Kristina since we will be away this weekend and won't see them.

Phil is taking half a day tomorrow so he can put Opal and Reno in the kennel over the weekend. We can manage Bella on the trip but the other two are too much of a handful.

There is one yellow and black peep. None of the other eggs were any good so I threw them out. Hopefully this chick will make it. The last group of 15 were eaten. I think a hawk got them. I have lost most of my hens. I only have four left. I may need to order some through Stromberg's catalog next spring.

Looking forward to this weekend. Have not been home to WV in ages!