February 22, 2008

A little Thank you Note

I just wanted to thank all of you who have been so close to my heart, and helped me and my family out recently. You are all so wonderful and a true blessing to me and my family.

I'd like to thank all of those friends from our church, that made me except help, and have cleaned my house each treatment and gave us food! I would also like to thank Sheila Woodson for all of her wonderful meals and her beautiful spirit. The warrior juice has been working. I also need to thank my wonderful husband, he is definitely my inspiration and strength. My sister and mom have been trying to help where ever they can and they have been coming with me to most of my treatments and my mom takes each time off of work to come up to help out anyway she can (even though she won't read this I still need to thank her). My in-laws have been wonderful watching the kids when ever they can and helping us out financially. I also want to thank everyone that has been praying and checking up on us through out this whole thing.

Most important, I would be so horrible if I didn't thank my Heavenly Father for knowing what I could handle and not giving me more. I feel so blessed to be alive and to have my family and friends by my side.

If there were one piece of advice that I have learned through this experience is don't take life or your family for granted. You never know how long you have on this earth.

#8 (The last has past!!)

It was so cute. Yesterday as I was leaving the chemo room the nurses and my doctor were waiting for me with a bottle of sparking cider that they signed to congratulate me. Once I got home I was so exhausted! I went to sleep around 6:30 last night. I am getting my IV flush right now and I am really tired still. I did have insomnia last night around 3 with nausea but I don't think anything can get me down right now, even this cough.

February 21, 2008

The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot was definitely an experience! It was so much fun, but expensive. There is a foundation called Diane Price Fisher Foundation that gives our family fun things every month. Last month we got a family membership to the zoo and this month it is the Melting Pot. The foundation called and set up the reservations. So they knew it was me when I came through the door.

The lighting was very dark but the tables were far apart so that was nice. The food was so good! First we ate the cheese fondue and then a salad and then the entree. Derek's parents joined us so we had two different pots to enjoy. The entree was a bunch of different raw meats and veggies that you stick in the pot for a couple of minutes and dip them in different sauces. Then we had two choices of chocolate fondue and Dennis (Derek's dad) asked me to pick them. After a very hard decision because they all looked so good, I chose the dark chocolate and raspberry and milk chocolate and amaretto. IT WAS SO GOOD! I was so full but of course you can't just let it go to waste. I definitely recommend it to anyone for a very very special occasion because it is such a fun and wonderful experience.

February 19, 2008

Last chemo anticipation

Usually I start dreading the few days before Chemo but this week I am so excited to get it over with. I have no clue what I am in for after besides the every 6 month Retuxan and Pet scan. I am just so excited that I can move on with my life. I feel that it has been so chaotic since this whole thing started because I have to go everywhere and I never know when I am going to get sick and have to go in for a x-ray or CT scan. But my hair is really starting to grow back!
The cough is still with me but now I don't really know if it is from being around sick people and getting thier cough or from acid reflux. Anyway it's not gone and it's getting really annoying. The pain in my side started to feel better and then I had a coughing fit and injured it again. Hopefully it will be gone soon!

February 9, 2008

More Cough problems

Okay so the cough hasn't left yet; and Monday night I was coughing so hard that I think I hurt a muscle under my rib cage. It's now a stabbing pain when I cough and lay down in my right rib cage. I called my doctor Tuesday and she said to take ibuprophan and if it didn't get better to call again. So Derek got me to call again and I had to go in and get an x-ray of my chest yesterday. I didn't get a phone call after so I am assuming that there is nothing that can be done, it just has to heal.
I am getting more excited that next week might be my last CBC!!!

February 1, 2008

#7 is almost over

I am sitting here in the Chemo room right now getting my IV flush. This part takes two hours and then I get a lovely shot in the arm called Nulesta. I looked at the bill and that shot itself costs $4,000 alone. Crazy huh! Last night I feel asleep around 9 and woke up with a little bit of nausea and insomnia at 4 a.m. Not so much fun but, it's almost over!! I am so excited to have only one more full RCHOP treatment. Next month before #8 Derek and I are going to celebrate by going to the Melting Pot for dinner. It will be a Valentine/Celebration Date. I hope all of you are doing well, and are see as many blessings in your lives everyday as I have. I will save my thanks and appreciation for you in the next blog.

Cough update

I have been bad and I haven't uploaded anything to the blog recently. You are probably wondering what happened with the cough. Well it didn't go away I still have it so Dr. Kanard sent me to Dr. Robinson a ear, nose and throat doctor. First the nurse sprayed a numbing agent up my nose that had the smell of the primate house at the zoo. Then the doctor put a scope (a long tube like thing with a camera at the end) down my nose to look at my voice box. That part made my throat hurt for about 2 hours afterwards. It was not a pretty picture, but I don't really like looking at my insides, it would have been so interesting to Derek. He saw that their was a irritated spot on the wall of the voice box that was burnt from acid reflux. That is actually good news from his mouth. All I have to do is take some Nexium for a couple of weeks and it should be fine. I have to go back to him the 2nd week of March to see if it has completely gone away. Hopefully I won't have to do a scope again. I will try to keep you updated with that.