Thursday, December 9, 2010

Checking in

Hi there!

I decided I had better update just in case you visit and see I haven't posted in a while. I'm still here, though things have taken a different twist. This last round of chemo sure is taking it's time passing!! I can't wait for food to taste good again!! Because this time when it does, it should stay tasting good, or at least I hope so!

Yesterday I ventured out for the first time since last Thurs. My good friend, Sonya, was having a birthday and I needed to give her a birthday hug. So I climbed out of my bed and went to visit her at her job...which happens to be my LNS! LOL I stopped to talk to folks up there, did a little shopping, came home and went back to bed. Who knew that little trip would wipe me out? We made plans to have a stitch day tomorrow but unfortunately or fortunately...depending on how you look at it, that has been canceled. I wanted to see everybody, but that little trip yesterday wiped me out! I spent the entire day in bed today, except for now when I'm here typing to you. Lots of things are going on and this is the time (7 - 10 days after treatment) when my white blood cell count is at it's lowest. I'm not sure if I caught a bug (which can be bad when your immune system is compromised), or just tired myself out, but UGH!! I just want to feel human again! *whine*

I'm going to confess, at my last doctor's appointment I was told that indeed something is going on at the site of my gallbladder surgery. The ultrasound showed that my liver is enlarged. The pain I've been experiencing is neither imagined nor exaggerated! Thank heavens, I thought I was losing my mind! They tell me there is nothing to be alarmed about, that it could be effects of chemo, or just inflammation from the surgery, but they will recheck it in 6 months. Hm...I'm not sure how I feel about that. Let's just say, that my Dad passed away 18 months ago from a liver disease that they never found the cause of, so I understand how important a liver is and I want to keep mine healthy!! They also discovered another little infection and I've been on antibiotics since last Friday. Let's just say if you shook me I would rattle (from all the pills) and I'm sure the reason it's taking me so long to recover this time is all the little "issues" I have floating around in my body. Well my one wish for Christmas this year is a healthy body next year!! LOL

I've not answered any e-mails from my yahoo groups in ages. For that I apologize. I was going to try and answer a few tonight, but I'm already thinking about my nice comfy bed upstairs...and will probably end this and head up there. Writing this, I hope, if anyone from the groups read this they will understand my silence.

Lastly, I just wanted to mention Elizabeth Edwards. I don't know if you've heard of her, if you live in the US you can't get away from the news stories about her. She recently lost her battle with cancer. It began in her breast several years ago. She fought it and thought she had won, then it returned, attacking other areas of her body. Elizabeth was a class act. She overcame so many tragedies in her lifetime, the loss of her teenage son, battling cancer not only once, but twice, supporting her husband through his political campaign only to be betrayed and lied to by him. She handled everything with grace and dignity and I admire her beyond description. Her friends and family are in my prayers tonight and will be for some time, I hope you'll join me in supporting them with your prayers. Until I began this journey, I never truly understood this fight. I'm truly saddened by her passing, but I hope she is at peace now and getting the rest she deserves.

Hug someone you love never know what tomorrow brings. *Hugs*


Maggee said...

Hi DJ! I don't think I would wait 6 months for another check on the liver, especially when there is history in your immediate family! You hire those doctors--make them do what you want! I am also saddened by Elizabeth's passing. She was a great lady! I hope you take it easy. Getting a bug now would not be too good. Hopefully the meds they gave you will help quickly. Rest easy! BIG Hugs!

Connie said...

I'm so sorry you're not feeling well and I hope those other health issues are nothing for you to be concerned about. In the meantime, when your body says you need rest, REST! Your friends will understand why you're not responding to emails; the others don't count.

I, too, was saddened to hear about Elizabeth Edwards. She is an inspiration to all who face adversity.

Mouse said...

Hi Babes ... rest away you need and deserve it ... if things don't feel better go back and have another word ... letter is being composed as we squeak :)will let folks know you hibernating for awhile. Glad you enjoyed your little trip to your LNS wish I could have come too I like days like that ;).take care n (((((HUGE HUGS))))) love mouse xxxxx

Kathy said...

After your fabulous news in the last post I am so sorry to hear that you aren't feeling well. Go ahead and get all the rest you can to beat whatever little bugs are attacking your system. Just take it easy and get better. You want to be able to enjoy Christmas.

I hope and pray that the New Year brings you nothing but happiness and good health.

Babs in Alabama said...

I just gotta' ask...did you get to go to the spaghetti dinner at church? I missed our Christmas dinner last night, but I'm really not into eating much these days, just love the fellowship :)
Oh, DJ, I do pray for you good health and fast healing so you can enjoy the beauty of Christmas and make plans for the New Year. Like you, I just want to live and get better and we have to do whatever it takes today to enjoy tomorrow. God bless,

Edy said...

just (((((((((((((hugs for dj)))))))))))))))))