Good and Bad Days

It’s hard waking up in the morning, not knowing if it’s going to be a good or bad day physically. Yesterday was a good day. I was able to do a few things around the house and play a few games. It was different and nice. The day before and today I’m more tired and have a little pain, even with pain meds. I know this is not unlike many of your lives….some days are better than others. That’s just how life is.

This week we’ve had a break from appointments which has been very nice. I’ve been really productive this week. I got our Christmas cards ready and mailed out. I think I finished our Christmas shopping. (I’m very thankful to be able to shop for gifts sitting at home in my comfortable chair.) I’ve organized some things on the computer, finished a Bible Study up with a friend and decided on which one to start next. I’ve played quite a few rounds of Monopoly Deal with Ashley which has been a lot of fun. I’ve scanned paperwork from my In Box to be filed away soon. All of things are great. However, the best thing of all….are you ready for this????? I SHAVED MY LEGS! Yes you read that correctly. That was the highlight of my week!

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2nd Opinion

Today has been a really hard day. My legs are heavy and throbbing and I have been too weak to get out of bed. Thankfully, the Dr. up at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance agreed to meet with us over Zoom so we didn’t have to cancel the appointment. I couldn’t have made it up there today.

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This is a first…

Well, I almost don’t know how to write this post because I actually have good news. I’m not used to getting to share good news.

I had my CT today and it went well. We got the results from the radiologist about 15 minutes after I got home which is so fast! We googled a little bit and it looked like it was good news, but were a little unsure. The doctor called at the end of his work day and I am happy to say I have good scan results!

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So Much to be Thankful for, so why am I so Discouraged?

We have so much to be thankful for,  and I could make a big list for you. We’ve talked about them this week. Yet I’m sitting here worried and scared about this upcoming week.

Monday I have chemo again.

Tuesday I have a CT scan to see how this chemo is working.  Since my symptoms are getting worse,  I don’t expect to get good news from this scan.

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Draining and Chemo

We drained the fluid from around my lung at home this morning for the first time with the Pluerex Catheter. It was quick and easy to do. We drained 900ml after just 4 days. That was a lot more than we expected. I feel much better after that!

Chemo was quick and went well today. Nothing new to report.

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Sore, but home resting

Today’s procedure went well. Before they took me into the procedure room, the doctor brought in an ultrasound machine and we made sure that there was enough fluid and that the fluid was in the right place so that he could do the procedure.

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Procedure Tomorrow

Quick post tonight…fluid is still building up around my lungs making it hard to breathe if I am doing anything at all. So instead of just having it drained, we’ve made the decision with the guidance of the doctor to put in a pleurx catheter so I can drain it at home. I had my COVID test today and have to be at Valley at 6:30 a.m. tomorrow to check in for the 8 a.m. procedure.

I’m also having horrible fatigue. I could sleep all the time…..

Thanks for praying.

I’ve Been Hiding Something

We’ve been enjoying time with my Dad and Else up here. It’s pretty cold and most of the leaves are off the trees which makes me sad. I love looking at fall leaves.

I’ve been dealing with something over the past month or so that I haven’t shared with you yet. Nothing on this journey is easy, even the second time around. Here’s a vlog about it…

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Room 12

SPCU (special procedures care unit) room 12 is my room. For some reason, I always get assigned to that room. Next time I think I will bring a little plaque to put on the doorway so everyone knows.

Today, they drained 700 ml from my lungs after only 70 hours. That is a lot for such a short time! That means the fluid is producing faster and faster.

As soon as the Dr. confirmed with the ultrasound machine that I was as dry as possible, he pulled my chest tube out. I am chest tube free!

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Chest Tube Update

Quick update…

I still have the chest tube in but there is not much air left in the cavity, which is good. The problem is, is there’s quite a bit of liquid coming out. I just had another thoracentesis and they drained 800 ml of liquid. It has only been 6 days since my last one. That means fluid is accumulating quicker. While they could take the tube out as I don’t need it to get air out, it would pull fluid with it and cause a problem.

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Breast Cancer Patient, Chef Wife and Mom

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