Bone Scan Comparisons

When I did my bone scan last week, we knew that we would see a lot of growth when we compared it to the previous one from October 2019. So looking at the scans side by side, I can see 15 months worth of growth while on active treatment.

Even with that knowledge going in, it was still very hard to look at the images and see how many of my bones have active cancer in them. And it’s crazy to see how much growth there has been knowing I was on chemo the entire 15 months. Clearly the chemo was not working the majority of the time, which we already knew.


Showers and Neuropathy

I have not taken a regular shower since the 19th of November, when they put in my pleurx catheter, so we could drain the fluid from around my lung at home. I have taken partial showers and wiped off with rags and wipes, but I really miss being able to take a regular shower.


Asking Questions and Getting Answers

Valley Medical recently changed how they release test results.  They used to go to the Dr. first and then the Dr. would release them.  They now release them to us both at the same time. 

After my bone scan,  I had the radiologist’s results within a few hours.  The results are like a foreign language sometimes and we Google a lot of words to figure out test results. Then the oncologist clarifies things we can’t figure out.


Puppy Love

I’ll admit, I always thought it was a little strange how people felt like their dogs were like a child and a member of their family. We always had dogs when I was growing up and I never felt that way. But they were outdoor dogs and never allowed in the house. Maybe that is the difference. Now I get it. We have had Oliver about two weeks now and we just adore him.


It’s Not Fair

I was browsing through social media today and was reading a post of an author I follow.  She is just getting over COVID. She was describing how she felt for the past 2 weeks and was so thankful to be feeling better.  I am so happy for her and am thankful she could deal with it at home and didn’t have to go to the ER.


Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone. I hope you have all gotten back into your routines with work and school or whatever you do during the day. The girls started school up again today and Tom went back to work in the garage. I went to chemo and then came home and rested.

We had originally planned to go to California and see family for Christmas. However, I was too weak to travel. Instead, Tom’s parents and my two nieces and nephew came up for a week after Christmas. It was so nice to see them and we especially loved having them here on New Year’s Eve.


Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from our family to yours. We got going with breakfast and stockings around 10 am and had a relaxing day in our matching PJs that we opened last night. While I’m not feeling the greatest, I’m thankful to be able to be out of bed to see my family. And I’m thankful for a week off of chemo this coming week.


Another Day at the Infusion Center

I had chemo again this morning. Today for the first time since November, my port was clogged. I went an entire year without it clogging. So today, bloodwork and some hydration were doing via IV to get me out of there quicker. I only had to wait 30 minutes with the unblocking medicine in the port and it worked. I was very thankful for that, or I would have had to wait an additional 90 minutes for the medicine to work. Hopefully this will not be something we have to deal with on a regular basis again!


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