Daily Check in Sept 18 2015

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Re: Daily Check in Sept 18 2015

Post by itspennyc »

I am so glad the Dr's feel you caught it in time. Take care of yourself.



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Re: Daily Check in Sept 18 2015

Post by jckitty »

Good Morning all,

Been awhile since I have actually been able to call it a morning check in. It is raining so no outside work today. That's okay, we need the rain and I can use a break to do inside stuff.
Shopper, good thoughts and prayers to you and your fellow patients.

How do you use the smilies? if I click on one all it gives me is the letter equivalent. It says that smilies are on???

I have floors to do and some dusting, may sort a few cabinets. I think I will put off doing the floors until rain stops, I will just have to re do them anyway from the paw prints. Plenty of leftovers for lunch but may plan homemade pizza for supper.

Still getting a few tomatoes each day, I am cleaning coring and bagging them in freezer until I get enough to make the mess worthwhile. I need to pull and pickle beets next week, also will pull all the squash vines, zucchinis are played out and the blue hubbard are done also. Time to put the garden to rest.

Need to refill the humming bird feeders today, they are looking at me through the windows.....I think they should be migrating soon???
Have a great day all,

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Post by clemencia2us »

Wow - Shopper - you have been through a lot. Glad things turned out well for you.

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Post by floridacatlover »

Shopper, I'm so glad that your treatments are over and that your prognosis is so positive. (((Hugs))) for all you have been through the past few months.

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Re: Daily Check in Sept 18 2015

Post by clemencia2us »

Nice and sunny here in south Texas. Warm weather is here for a bit longer.

I feel better today. I took some Benadryl last night and slept well. My throat doesn't hurt either. Maybe it is best to mix up the meds - benadry/nose spray. Don't have a headache either.

Even though I felt bad, I still set up another raised bed yesterday. It isn't hard. The pieces just slide in together. I tore up the box in came in and put that on the bottom to block any weeds. I didn't dig that up.

In the back of my mind, my goal is to get decent grass in the empty lot. I figure if I have these beds out there, the yard will get watered and it can look nice. I've even planted new grass and it is coming out nice.

The pack is sleeping now. They have been out twice. The new pup has lots of energy. This one is more than likely going to have to find a new home. I will work with the three rescues I know to find him a home. He needs an active household, maybe a "job". The rest of us are very low energy and it is not fair to him. But wah - it will be hard to let him go. Send good vibes our way please.

Have a great day all.

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Re: Daily Check in Sept 18 2015

Post by rinty »

shopper113 wrote:This could be called "What I did on my summer vacation."

I haven't been around much, and this is part of the reason. The last 6 months has been busy. I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer in mid March, had a hysterectomy in April, was off work for 6 weeks (This is why we pay for short term disability insurance).

We caught it relatively early, but not quite early enough to avoid chemo. I had known from the day of diagnosis I'd have at least some radiation treatment. There were no known or visible through testing tumors or spots anywhere after surgery, but based on certain measurements there was a chance that cells were floating through the blood stream, thus the need for chemo--hunt those suckers down and kill them before they find a new home. Since this cancer has no markers that can be detected from blood tests (per my doctor) I viewed it as completely preventative medicine, based on what they were telling me.

So, 3, seven hour chemo infusions spaced at 3 week intervals, a short break for 5 (relatively mild, I think) radiation treatments every other work day, followed by 3 more infusion sessions. Given that one of my nurses has another patient who has had 33 chemo infusions so far, I know I got off relatively easy-- again because we caught it early and because it was preventing a potential spread.

Yesterday was my final chemo session, hopefully forever. I had sailed through previous sessions, though had noticed that there was a cumulative effect and I felt worse, longer, after each progressive session. Thanks to the anti nausea meds (that last for 5 days) they give as part of the infusion i was never really sick after, but feel more like I"m a tad seasick for a few days after (longer the more treatments I had) and have muscle and joint pain... and I have been known to be grumpy about it.

Now, time to rebuild strength and endurance, hopefully get past the carb cravings I've had (I call it cruise eating... the days I feel a tad seasick, I tend to eat to feel better :( could be why the "chemo and you" book they gave me said women usually gain 10 lbs on chemo!! )

My hair should start growing back in a few weeks, but based on research I've done it will be close to 6 months before I have enough hair to style into a short pixie cut. I have a very nice wig, another that I bought to save wear and tear on the good wig and because it was cooler in the summer and another I bought on ebay (same company as the second one--they are common on ebay because wigs are very hard to return to the mail order places.) Should I be sad that I get more compliments on my hair when I wear the good wig than I ever have for my real hair? ;)

SO, now that I have fulfilled the stereotypical old woman yakking on about her surgery a public service announcement.

Get regular physicals, If you are the age for it, get your colonoscopy and mammograms, etc. If you notice spotting or bleeding, get your cute little self to the doctor immediately. If I had waited, I could have been the woman getting her 34th Chemo treatment (or the one who never had a chance to make it that far)

As it stands, based on stats, I"m in the "~ 90% chance of being alive in 5 years" group which, since that number includes all causes of death including accidents and other issues, sound not much worse than just being 57 years old.

Oh Shopper , (((hugs))) to you !

You sound so brave ! I am so sorry you have had to go through this, all the best to you and I hope your positive attitude helps with your healing. I hope you got some really cute wigs though and tried some different colours and styles. Really sorry again and bless you !

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