Friday, December 19, 2014
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
This morning I had my 30th and final radiation. It has been a long tough road and I couldn’t have made it without the love and prayers from all of you. Thank you. The good Lord held my hand and helped me to be strong.
Now begins the healing process. My body is still filled with radiation and will be for the next week or so. My neck is fried deep purple and is extremely painful. The whole inside of my mouth is burned including my tongue which is very painful. It is very hard to swallow and it is like I have a very severe sore throat. And of course I have the Bride of Frankenstein hair.
I have a follow-up next week to have my skin checked. I have a foul smelling cream that I was given to put on my neck. I have been reduced to drinking the Ensure type drinks. Since I have no taste buds they all taste the same. It is still very difficult to swallow my pills.
I am thankful to still be alive and writing this post. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving,
Monday, November 17, 2014
My son and a friend from Chicago had come to visit me for the weekend. It was a very warm stormy morning and I was glad to see them leave for home that Sunday morning because the weather forecast was not good. They had only been gone an hour when they came back. My son’s friend had a terrible headache and so they returned. As time passed my son mentioned going to the Red Lobster in Peoria for lunch. I really didn’t want to go as the weather was beginning to frighten me a bit. No tornado watches or warnings had been issued for our area so finally we left for Red Lobster.
This was divine intervention. We had just been seated at Red Lobster when our waitress told us there had been a tornado in Pekin. The rest of the day and the weeks to come were chaotic.
So many homes on my street were damaged. They have all finally been rebuilt. My kitchen window was blown out and for weeks after I found shards of glass in my kitchen and living room.
If my son and his friend hadn’t returned that Sunday morning I would have been in the kitchen preparing my lunch at the time the tornado struck.
Today, one year later I am getting ready to leave for my radiation treatment. After this morning I will have 7 treatments left. I appreciate all of your kind thoughts and prayer.
Friday, November 7, 2014
I get up each morning at 5AM. I have the first morning appointment in radiation each week day morning. Most days I am taken in on time but some days like this morning I am taken in a bit early. Today was my 18th appointment, I have 12 treatments left.
The reason I get up early is so we can leave home by 7AM. This enables us to get a parking spot in front of the building where the radiation is done. First thing when I get up each morning I take a tablespoon of a compound prescription and swish it around in my mouth and then swallow it. This is to coat my tongue and throat that has been burned by the radiation, I have to wait 15 minutes for the numbing to start. I then can swallow my meds which feel like rocks that I am swallowing. In the interim I make my bed and get dressed. By this time the 15 minutes are up I take my meds and eat a bowl of cream of wheat.
I have lost some more weight (3 lbs last week) but I am not in the danger zone yet. I am forcing myself to eat as I declined the feeding tube. It takes a long time to get a cup of soup down. The blender has been a blessing. Bean with bacon soup has been a staple as is cream of chicken and mashed potatoes.
Yesterday I saw an associate of my beloved Dr. McGee (my radiation oncologist). Very nice looking young man but not nearly as nice as Dr. McGee. I finally asked the question that I have been afraid to ask, what is my prognosis? This Dr. M said Dr. McGee would have to tell me but he did say my radiation has been very aggressive and they do have good results with it.
My daughter has cheerfully taken me each day and missing part of her work day on Wednesday. Thank you Marcia.
Thank you to Nana Diana for the prayer blog she did for me. Such a wonderful caring lady.
I am not intending this blog to be a complaint. I am just saying what my day is like now. God has been good to me and I am ever thankful.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
I have finished 10 of the 30 radiation treatments. The radiation is directed to my neck and head so they are pretty tough. The worst side effects are to my mouth. It is raw inside. I have been given a compound prescription that is helping a bit, numbing my mouth and throat so that it is easier for me to swallow meds. Eating is difficult but I have resisted having a feeding tube inserted. So far I haven’t lost a disastrous amount of weight. Sadly I don’t have any extra weight to fall back on.
The radiation frizzes (burns) my hair so I look like the bride of Frankenstein. I can live with these side effects if it kills the cancer. I will not choose to go through treatment a 3rd time though.
I think about all of you often. I just don’t have the energy to visit you all. Most of my time is spent just getting through each day. I have the good Lord to thank for helping me to do that.
Stay safe and be happy!!
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014
and I marvel at the fact that the good Lord saw fit to let me have another birthday. It was a lovely day too, in the 80s with sunshine. Lunch at the Red Lobster was great. I had the never ending shrimp special. I had the parmesan shrimp and breaded shrimp with salad and baked potato and of course the cheddar bay biscuits. So good!
It has been 3 weeks now since I had the surgery. On the day I was having surgery I sat in the waiting area with a young father. He had cancer in the throat, tonsils, on the tongue and the lymph nodes in his neck. He was having the same surgeon as I, Dr. Parrish. We had a conversation and he told me that he had just recovered from an illness that he had been told would be terminal. He didn’t tell me what it was and I didn’t ask. I remember thinking at the time what a courageous guy he was and I told him that I would pray that he would be OK.
When I first went in to my assigned room the patient there was getting ready to leave. She and her husband/boyfriend? were causing quite a disturbance and flounced out of the room in a huff. After they were gone I watched the cleaning lady go through the drawers in the stand next to the bed. She filled a garbage sack with bags of chips and other snacks. The windowsill also was loaded with cans of pop, etc. The nurse later told me that this couple had almost cleaned their kitchen out. Then the next morning I had a woman roommate who kept the bright lights on and the TV on 24/7. I could hear her talking to her mother and she was sobbing. By the 3rd day I told the doctor that I was ready to go home.
I see the oncologist on Monday and I will find out about the radiation. That comes next and I will be glad when that is done.
My birthday flowers.
Have a wonderful weekend. Stay safe and be happy!
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Today is my birthday so I am doing nothing. My daughter is taking me to my favorite place for lunch, Red Lobster in Peoria. I am hoping that the all you can eat shrimp special is still going on.
Happy Birthday to my Twin in Tennessee!
Stay safe and be happy!
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
I can’t find words to say how much I appreciate all of you, my blogging family. So many of you have been with me since before my husband died in 2006 and not once have you left me to fight a battle alone. I have made so many new friends through my 9 blogging years. You are all special to me. Thank you!
My daughter has been a God send to me, always stepping in to help and my son has given me such comfort with his telephone calls. My sister in her time of grieving has also called me several times a day. My Twin has comforted me with her telephone calls. I am truly blessed.
I am trying to get back in my normal routine which includes laundry, cleaning and all of that good stuff. I will be by to visit today, the Good Lord willing.
Stay safe and be happy!!
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
It is time for me to pick up the pieces of my life and move forward. The past can’t be changed so I am hopeful for a brighter future.
Many of you know that my niece in WV passed away. Her funeral was held Sunday at the same time as her ‘daddy’s’ memorial was held. Two new guardian angels looking down on us below.
I see my oncologist on the 27th and I will find out when the radiation will start and how long that it will take. I realize now that a finish date by Thanksgiving is not possible but definitely in time to do some Christmas shopping.
I am finally starting to feel better pain wise. I have been able to cut back on the pain meds and yesterday was the first full day I didn’t take any. That is good as I take so many meds anyway. My swallowing is better although my speech leaves a lot to be desired.
I have set a goal to visit as many of you as I can this week, a few a day to begin with.
Thank you for all of the kind thoughts and prayers for my sister’s family and for me.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
A few weeks ago I asked for prayer for my niece in WV and her dad. My niece had undergone emergency surgery on Aug 11 and her dad had been admitted to the same hospital because of pneumonia. Sadly my brother in law passed away on September 1st. His daughter still remains hospitalized. Today the family asked that all life support measures be removed and family and friends are gathered around her. I am heartbroken that because I am undergoing treatment for cancer that I can’t be with them all.
I am so very appreciative for all of the prayers and kind thoughts that you all have given the past couple of months. Thank you to Diana for the prayer blog she did for me. I love you all!
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Sorry to be so late with an update. I saw the ENT surgeon on Friday. The drain was removed and the doctor told me that the stitches looked good, etc. I am still having pain and trying to pace out the pain meds. I don’t have any energy yet and I have depended on my daughter a lot. She has been really good as a backup and I am so thankful for her.
An appointment was made with the oncologist for Sep 29. My goal is to get all 35 radiation treatments done by Thanksgiving.
I do have lots of tales to tell from my hospital stay and I will get to those when I feel like posting again. I was given a choice on whether to be discharged on the 3rd day. Things were so hectic in my hospital room that I couldn’t get out of there fast enough.
Looking down my street last October.
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
My surgery is scheduled for Thursday. Thanks for remembering me.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
I am so very thankful to you all for the prayers, cards and emails!
My niece remains in very serious condition. Her dad was rushed to the hospital with pneumonia on Thursday morning and is not doing well. My sister has her daughter on one floor at the hospital and her husband on another floor. Please continue to pray for all of us. Thank you!
Love you all.
Friday, August 15, 2014
The PET Scan showed something else on the other side of my neck. I am having another needle biopsy on Aug 20th. I am having surgery on September the 4th. Then about 6 weeks after the surgery I will begin radiation. I have the same two doctors that I had before, Dr. Parrish and Dr. McGee. I have great faith in both of them. I do appreciate all of your prayers. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Also at this time my niece Dee, in WV is in the hospital fighting for her life. She had emergency surgery on Monday and is greatly in need of prayer. Thank you so much for including Dee in your prayers.
Love you all. Stay safe and be happy!!
Friday, August 8, 2014
Monday, August 4, 2014
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
I wanted to let you all know that I am waiting to be scheduled for a needle biopsy. I just talked to the doctor’s office and they are to call me tomorrow. It appears that I am not in remission right now although it won’t be clear until I get the biopsy done. Pending results of that I will have a Pet Scan if the test is positive.
Please don’t forget me as I will be back as soon as I get this thing under control again.
Thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Friday, July 11, 2014
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Sunday, July 6, 2014
and a lovely one at that. It is nice and cool right now but it is to reach upper 80s today,
I got all of the cleaning done yesterday, including the bathroom and floor mopping. I am glad that is done for a few days.
I have a roast in the oven right now. I will have that with carrots, mashed potatoes and green beans. Yesterday I had a bacon tomato sandwich. I bought the tomato at the store. Those tomatoes are not real and I can’t wait for a real one.
My flowers I planted around the lamp post are really looking good. Not sure where the pink petunia came from.
Have a lovely peaceful Sunday. Don’t forget to thank Him for another day. Stay safe and be happy!!
Saturday, July 5, 2014
Friday, July 4, 2014
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
It’s off to the dentist I go. I have one word for that and it is YUCK! I really hate going to the dentist. I hate the cleaning which actually only takes about 20 minutes. It is just the thought of psyching myself up to go. Since I had the radiation last year I have to see the dentist every 3 months, so double YUCK on that.
After all of the storms we had the last week or so today is beautiful! Sunny and a high in the 70s.
This photo was taken by Cory Bitner of Monday night's storm in Canton, IL Canton is located about 20 miles from here. I don’t want any more storms for awhile. I do think it is an awesome picture though.
Have a great day, enjoy the sunny cool day, or if it is still hot and humid where you are the cool down is coming. If you are one of my Australian friends I know you already have a cool down.
Stay safe and be happy!!
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Monday, June 30, 2014
I am not well organized lately. I was out for errands this morning and since I got home I haven’t wanted to do anything. Definitely don’t want to do anything that resembles housework. I have all of these lovely books that I have purchased at garage sales this summer. I just finished reading book 4 of The Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts. In addition to these 4 books in the last two weeks I have read a couple of hard back books too.
Right now I am reading Urge to Kill by John Lutz. I have never read any of his books before and it has been hard following the author’s jumping around in the story. Parts of the book are interesting and since I am halfway through 468 pages I guess I will finish it.
Photos courtesy of www.amazon.com
We had thunderstorms last night and this morning with heavy rain. We will have had over 10 inches of rain for the month of June. That is practically unheard of in Illinois for the month of June and the day isn’t over yet!
Have a good week! Stay safe and be happy!
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Friday, June 27, 2014
Now how in the world could anyone resist a garage sale that was advertised like that. My daughter and I followed the ‘Crap’ signs to the sale where I met a very nice lady who is a fellow blogger. Unfortunately as I was taking a picture of the sign (by permission) the wind blew on part of the sign.
I also went to garage sales yesterday. I do love garage sales.
I met these two ‘gentlemen’ that welcomed folks to their garage sale.
And this guy said ‘Welcome’ too! The gentleman having this sale was a wonderful old guy that looked to be at least 90.
I found more books today and some other good stuff. I finally was tired though and had to come home as it was getting very warm and humid and it was beginning to affect me.
I hope you all have a great weekend. Stay safe and be happy!!
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
on this Wednesday morning in central Illinois. It is too warm and humid to have the windows open so I can’t hear the birds chirping. I can see by looking out my front window that the workers are back working on the houses cattycorner across the street from me.
I have big plans for this, another day that I have been granted. First to run some errands (again) then to sit down and take stock of my life and what lies ahead for me. You know, one day you are young and pretty and you have your whole life ahead of you. The next day you look around and your children are grown. Your husband of so many years has been taken from you. Members of your family and friends are gone too, many taken by the dreaded disease of cancer. Suddenly it becomes very real to you that you have had your 15 minutes of fame or maybe even 20 minutes. I am not complaining, just taking a minute to thank God that I have been granted one more day.
I will be by to visit you all later. Stay safe and be happy!!