Had a nice couple of days and enjoyed the weekend after chemo. It has been so nice not feeling so sick this round. Getting the good news of my CA125 dropping of course helped. As I mentioned, this is a tumor marker to track and see how I am progressing. I have been doing my arm exercises and swimming a bit which has been nice as it has been over 100 the last couple of days. I have been getting rest as well and just taking it easy overall. I have been able to eat with out nausea and that has been very nice. My pain is under control so on the health end I feel very blessed.
I am keeping my chin up on our home. My daughter is going to ask her boss if he can help her somehow. I pray he will help and then she will figure out how to pay him back. If not, I have to remember health first the rest will follow. In a positive light “We will pay our mortgage on time, we will pay our mortgage on time, we will pay our mortgage on time”
I enjoyed the ending ceremony of the Olympics tonight. What a wonderful sight-seeing all the world come together. I wish it could always be like this. This is the first time I have ever seen so much of the Olympics and I loved them.
To all good things for all,
It has been extremely hot the last 2 days and I have been exhausted! It’s one thing to be hot normally, but with chemotherapy it seems to fatigue me so much more. No wonder my hair is falling out so dramatically. I do not have much hair left now, but I am going to get a wig when I can afford one. I heard that the american cancer society sometimes get wigs donated. We are going to check into that.
My children have been doing their best to come up with our house payment, but so far no luck. I am praying that they can get some help for us. I was a victim of elder fraud a few years ago and the mortgage company stole all of the equity out of my home. When we finally were able to refinance and save our home we had to use every penny the 3 of us had to save it. The new mortgage company was going to credit back around $100,000.00 if we were not late. We made it 9 months, but needed to make it a year. It is a great gift, but when you have no savings, and all these new expenses, what can you do. My health and that of my family is most important. God will help us and I will keep confident that it is what it is and all we can do is the best we can. Wouldn’t it be strange if there was nothing to be concerned about? I often wonder what that would be like. “I just want my cancer to leave my body, I want my cancer to leave my body, I want my cancer to leave my body”.
I have heard so many inspiring stories with the Olympic athletes. Their stories are amazing. We all have a life to live and its important we live it to the fullest as best as we can. I am grateful for my children and all I have. Things will get better!
My nurse told me this round of chemotherapy may not be as hard on me as the first time. So far, it has been good. I have been tired, and a slight headache, but not the severe pain. I am telling myself I will hold up well this time. My steroid that they give me with the chemotherapy usually wears off on day three, so we will see what happens.
I had an uneventful day. I actually hung out with my daughter and relaxed. We are going to make a no bake lemon pie tomorrow as my son is coming home again and he likes lemon pie. My daughter is making a hearty beef and vegetable stew as well.
We also watched the Olympics and it was so exciting to see Michael Phelps get his 22nd gold metal. Swimming, Gymnastics and Volleyball are our favorites. All the athletes from all the countries are so amazing!. The man with two prosthetic legs that ran today truly gives you motivation that anything is possible. Well, my best to all the Olympic athletes.
I have been pretty lucky so far this time with my double chemotherapy dose. I have had a slight headache, but no pain at this time. I know that one of the main reasons is I get an IV of steroids prior to each dose which usually makes me feel pretty good for about 48 hours.
I have been very good about drinking a lot of juice and water today as my nurse told me to drink ten to twelve glasses of non-caffeinated beverages a day. I was given an Iron shot yesterday and was concerned about getting constipated. I am doing good in that department as well today.
I continue to tell myself, ” my cancer will to away, my cancer will go away, my cancer will go away”. My hair is still thinning a lot every time I brush or comb it. Just taking each thing one day at a time.
We had a very nice social worker here who spoke with my daughter about things to help financially. Family members can be paid to care for spouses and parents depending on if you “qualify” for certain “in home care programs”. These vary depending on where you live in the United States. She is going to get us some information.
I enjoyed another day of the Olympics.
Keep smiling as much as you can,
Today, I had my fourth chemotherapy dose which was the second of my “double dose”. So far, I actually feel pretty good tonight. My hemoglobin was now up to 11.1 which is still low, but my insurance approved iron shots and I got one today. My nurse practitioner said this should help me improve building my blood. Getting blood really helped me a great deal. I feel like a vampire now. Hah!
My daughter and I were watching the Olympics tonight and I was laughing and she said it was good to see me happy. The nurse practitioner also said I was smiling today. I had a tumor marker draw today, but those results will be run tomorrow so they told me I would find out more on how I am doing next week when I see the doctor. He had to go to another office today, so I did not see him.
I have been drinking a lot of fluids today. My Odwalla super green food, apple juice, water and etc. I am staying on my same regime of vitamins and mineral and I even swam for just a bit tonight. Was pretty tired though. I am planning on getting through this round easier than last time. Besides, “My cancer is leaving my body, my cancer is leaving my body, my cancer is leaving my body”.
Ciao for now,
It has been so nice having a couple of good days. I have chemotherapy tomorrow and it will be my double dose of medication which is rough. I am tough and will get through it. I admit that I am not looking forward to my session tomorrow. My hair seems to be falling out more when I brush it the last 2 days. This next treatment might be the one that makes it really fall out. We will see. It is kind of freaky thinking about my hair being gone. Well as my daughter says I can join the many celebrities that wear wigs all the time.
My daughter has an old wig from my mother that she is going to wash and style until we can afford to get one. I think I am going to get some of the cool material hats as the idea of a wig sounds hot. It is still very hot in our house again tonight.
I am addicted to the Olympics so I am going to go enjoy the rest of the night watching them.
My computer and I are not getting along and I apologize, but can’t get a picture up today.