Friday, December 26, 2008
The olders waiting for the elders to come down early in the morning.
(Click on the picture to see Carter's expression, not so good of Cole- he will not be pleased.) I honestly laughed when I saw this (waiting that is). Totally picture worthy! They were up at 6:30ish for I heard them walking around. They were advised not to wake us till 7. Stuart is always up at that time. No matter how late he goes down at night he is up at 7. He is my alarm clock.
Can't be Christmas without your cookies & milk.
We had a great day of staying in our pjs. (I even took two naps) After a late (10:30) breakfast, the older boys went on a hike with Aunt Jeanie. We then met her with Stuart at Grandma & Poppy's for Christmas dinner. Grandma outdid herself this year. The cookie spread was like I have never seen it.
Thank you all for praying for a non cancer surgery recovery day. It was GREAT!!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
OK on to the post...
I have spent the past few days (kids and all) reflecting on where I was a year ago this Christmas season. I remember having to ask permission for an eight hour home pass on Christmas day. Dave came to the rehab hospital early to get me ready. Signed release forms. Pushed the wheelchair down the hall. Pulled up the warmed car. All in. Driving home thinking about the boys anticipation was more than words can express. (My anticipation as well.) We are home. Dave parked and helped me into the house. Lopsided I was. I could partially walk with a WHOLE LOT OF SUPPORT. Inside Stuart almost knocked me over. Literally. The boys couldn't wait any longer to open the stockings & presents. I teetered into the living room, thankful but exhausted being home. After stockings we opened presents in the sitting room (tree locale) It was a bustle of wonderful activity - so much for my brain comprehension. I took a LONG nap after breakfast.
This year I look forward to waking in my own bed (hopefully after 7, depends on the boys). Then on to stockings, presents & breakfast. All in our p.j's. We used to have a family brunch. This year I really desired for it to be low key for the morning. We will see Grandma & Poppy later in the day.
Please pray I would not forget my blessings and reflections that are so hard to put into words.
Have a blessed Christmas. I am so thankful Jesus came as a baby to save you and I. I am so unworthy.
Blessed be the name of the Lord!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Please check this out on snopes. (Cut & paste) It was sent to me in an email. A five year old girl dying from a brain tumor is asking for Christmas cards this year. She has a caringbridge website.
Yes, I am on chemo as of last night. I was speaking with a friend who asked how I was doing this morning and my response was "It feels like I have lead in my legs. Someone most likely gave me an exhaustion pill. I am thankful to be alive, though. "
Have a good one.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
My MRI came back clear - Hallelujah! Did I hear you say? Oh yes! The scan compared to October showed no change. The hunt is on to find out the eye pain (that is not as prominent as before). I did make the earliest available appointment with my eye doctor, Bruce Cohen on Tuesday, January 6 to check eye pressure. The bummer of it all is that it is at his Siteman office. Traffic! No thanks to the hwy 40 fiasco. Many thanks to Caleb's mom for being willing to watch Stuart after school. I will most likely not be home by noon. I am going to see if my mom can be with me at the appointment. I totally cannot drive well with the eye dilation procedure. For that matter I cannot drive well as it is. Ha ha ha. Ok, this wasn't a joke post surgery last year for as you know I couldn't drive due to the left sided disability.
Chemo will start this weekend for the five day dosage.
I will see oncologist, Dr. Needles January 13 to discuss any further issues. Bloodwork will be taken prior to the appointment and January chemo to follow on the 16th most likely.
That is all folks. (did you think of the Bugs? - bunny that is.)
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
A little Target stocking stuffer shopping and veggie shopping at Whole Foods was good therapy after lying still in the tube for 45 minutes.
I have been asked if I could do an open MRI. I decided to ask the lady who does my scans what the difference is? She mentioned (to some extent of my understanding / processing abilities) that it would take longer than 45 minutes for me since the magnets? force fields ? are not as strong. Ok, no thanks an hour of laying still like a mummy is not my cup of tea. I took the time today to look deeply inside the MRI machine once out. The ones at the hospital are longer than the ones at T & C.
Will wait along with you to find out the results from the scan. I will call tomorrow to see if the doctora has any info.
hope your day is a good one. gotta run to pick up the older boys at school,
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
thank you for being my friend,
Yes, I am thankful for the 4.1 WBC. I did go in the appointment telling Dr. Needles about my right eye pain that is intermittent and runs to the back of my head (did not tell my bloggers) . He felt is necessary for me to have a MRI within the next week or two prior to starting my December chemo (supposed to be this Friday wants to hold off till the MRI results). He wants to see if there is concern in the brain area. He thinks unlikely. The doctor also asked if I have had my eye pressure checked recently. "I have." Thank you very much with Dr. Cohen. I was encouraged to have another appointment and have it checked again since that appointment was in September. Dr. Needles also asked if I grind my teeth at night - which I assume I do and have had my dentist recommend a nightguard. Yet to use....yeah yeah yeah. I know what you are thinking. Wear that nightguard. I do have to say the dentist at my latest appointment didn't mention the grinding of teeth nor the nightguard. OFF TRACK. Sorry for the tangent on the nightguard dentist thing. On to the next item... I also mentioned that my joints have been hurting since the November chemo cycle. (I try not to write every ache and pain I have with this cancer chemo thing on the blog.) He put in second lab order. After looking over the order it seems he is looking for
1. rheumatoid factor (joint I assume)
2. SED rate (something to do with an infection in the blood- (got this info from the blood draw person)). Not sure if the low WBC last month did a work on my body or not. I am hopeful that I will hear from the doctor today on the results. Maybe the next hour or so. Okay... back to the MRI... I am to schedule it soon and call the doctor a few days later to discuss the results.
All I wanted for Christmas was a low key stay in your pajamas time with my family. I was in tears hearing that I was to have a MRI prior to December 25. I don't want another season of unrest. Yes, I know God is in control and Dr. Needles is just being precautionary(as I want). Please pray for my fear. I have been through the mill. I am crushed emotionally. Thank you for praying on my behalf.
It was a year this December 7 since my second surgery. My left side was not functioning. This morning getting ready I was thinking about how I felt with the disability. I couldn't hug my kids with both arms, stand, walk, brush my teeth, put my bra on correctly or for that matter get dressed by myself. Standing in the shower was difficult (shhhh Emily & Sarah) Thankfully by God's grace I can do all these things. He has brought me through a lot the past two years. I know He will be faithful during this next round of the unknown.
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
I have a oncologist appointment, Tuesday, December 9 in the morning. I will have my blood drawn prior to the appointment. I am wondering what my WBC count will be. Please be in prayer that it has gone above a 4.0. Also I have a praise. I had a cold this past week that has gone away without any hitches. I thought for sure that it would be a doozie of a cold due to my November WBC count of 3.2.
That is all...
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped;
My heart leaps for joy and
I will give thanks to him in song.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
Not in any particular order just written on the fruit and veggies.
- TV - because it is entertaining.
- Soda - because it "taest" good.
- Food - because I could not live without it.
-Baseball Cards - because they are entertaining.
Cole's cornucopia had Psalm 100:4 without thankful items written on it. I don't think it was the third grades assignment for that craft. Cole mentioned to me yesterday morning on the way to school that there is so much he is thankful for that it wouldn't fit on any paper. He mentioned bugs (he LOVES bugs) because we as humans are dependent on plants to give us oxygen. Without bugs there wouldn't be any plants was his reasoning. That is my deep thinker for ya. He did have a turkey made from his footprint with the following poem:
Pumpkin pie is awesome.
I love Thanksgiving.
The Feast of the Tabernacles is a celebration
when God’s people remember the many wonderful
things He did for them after they left Egypt.
Remember, remember, how God loved them so,
And saved them from the Egyptians a long time ago;
He opened the sea so they could pass by,
He put a cloud of protection up in the sky;
He kept them safe and wanted them to know
To praise Him, to thank Him for loving them so.
Thanksgiving Day is a time when we give
thanks to God for all He has blessed us with.
I am thankful for many things this holiday. The depths of my thankfulness are hard to put in writing.
Update- so far I do not have a infection yet. Just a cold. Please pray it stays that way due to my low white blood cell count. My body most likely will not be able to fight off an infection too well. I am guessing it is still low. Time will tell.
The boys are off today for the start of Thanksgiving break.
Off to make breakfast...
Friday, November 21, 2008
1. Your WBC (white blood cell count) was low (3.2) in November when will you know if it has gone up to the correct range of 4.0 - 9.8?
I am to see the oncologist Tuesday, December 9. We should know then as I will be getting my labs taken prior to the appointment.
2. When will your monthly chemo regimen stop?
That is up to the oncologist. The November on call oncologist stated that it is desired for a brain cancer patient to take Temodar one to two years. A clinical trial has not been done on the findings of this chemo and how long it should be taken. So... one year most likely will be sufficient. It is solely up to my oncologist, Dr. Needles. My records state I started January 2008. I was thinking he would allow me to discontinue in February 2009.
3. What will happen after you finish the monthly chemo?
To be honest I am not sure. This is something we will ask at the next appointment. The following is my guess...
Monthly labs & doctors appointments most likely. MRI's (not sure how often) depends on the doctor. I am guessing every two months.
Hope that covers it
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
That's right! Did you see they are in the grocery stores? Clementines. It reminds me of my first surgery hospital stay craving and the clementine caper delivery. Was that a run on sentence? As for the clementines in the store... Stuart and I purchased our first batch for the season. I had to control our eating of them prior to the photo shoot. They do taste sweet as candy. Stuart ate two for lunch with his p b and j sandwich. I love how they are easy to peel with no seeds.
Driving home today I wanted to give you a funny of Carter and Cole's conversation ....
Cole: Hey Carter, what kind of truck would you buy besides a Honda or Toyota? I would buy a Dodge Ram. (after he just looked at a hot one on the highway.)
Carter: I'd get a Nissan.
Cole: quickly remarks Oh yeah I forgot about Nissan, I'll switch to that.
**Carter: Cole, a professional baseball player should have three vehicles. A run down car to take to the games so no one will steal your car then a hot one. Also your wife will need a mini van.
I piped in to say "Hey what if your wife doesn't want a mini van?" He just responded well she then can have anything she wants. If you have a only child then they can have a hot car as well. Clementines to minivans...
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Today we celebrated with Stuarts friends his fourth birthday. The official day is this coming Thursday the 20th. He had a blast in the Creation Station at the Museum of Transportation. There were four year old pirates, astronauts, chefs, and fireman roaming around along with a multitude of train tracks. Great pretend play. I took some pictures while Carter video taped. After returning home we came to the realization that a group picture was not taken. Big bummer. Enjoy some of the pictures I did take. He had so much fun and is currently playing with the gifts upstairs with Cole .
He loved all his gifts and was especially happy to have his teacher, Mrs. Byars at his party. The Lightning Mcqueen sound effect book was a real hit! Thank you, Mrs. Byars. He adores you.
A funny part of the party was when Anneka asked "Is this Stuart's home?" The huge playroom was painted with transportation stuff galore. Oh to be four.
It was a low key party for me as I didn't do a thing except show up with cupcakes and enjoy in their fun. Cupcakes were served as it was the easy option - No cutting of cake. I am all about easy. You learn after three kids and cancer.
Chemo is going well. I am filling up on prunes to help with the constipation. I love the taste of prunes so it is not a bad deal.
Today was a good day.
Gotta think about dinner...
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
While doing my makeup for the day I noticed this little man was in my bed (after it was already made). It was a picture worth taking. Messed up bed and all. Have a good day. He is Indiana Jones with his hat and fake whip just thrown.
Gotta get going for the day. Carter & Cole are off half day.
Monday, November 10, 2008
White blood cells. These cells help your body fight infection. A low white blood cell count (leukopenia) leaves your body more open to infection. And if an infection does develop, your body may be unable to fight it off.
Following up on my earlier post concerning early menopause...
80 - 90 % of patients taking Temodar (chemo) experience early menopause. Time will tell. I will find out more later with Dr. Needles.
Sunday, November 09, 2008
1. Chemo induced early menopause (I'll chat possibly later with you on this one.)
2. Chemo stop date - Will it be February? (of course this ? will probably have to wait till Decembers appointment)
Gotta get to bed...
Friday, November 07, 2008
Below are some reflections I have for today. I may add more throughout the day as time allows. Some of these were reminded to me in a email from a friend watching her husband going through cancer.
1. As I study Romans in CBS...asking GOD to help me remember it all, and never forget what HE has done - the list is large and for me to ..." rejoice in this suffering, knowing it will produce endurance, character and hope-hope that will not disappoint because God's love has been poured into my heart through the Holy Spirit who has been given to me " ( Romans 5:3-5).
2. A desire for our boys to never forget watching their mom and dad go through this...They will tell of HIS wonderful acts...(Ps. 145:)... they (we) will eagerly utter the memories of GOD's abundant goodness...
3. God's goodness - Wow! Where do I begin?
4. The unknowns of cancer...vs...NO unknowns of God. He is in control. Hallelujah
5. The love of God never left me.
6. I can be here with my family for two good years. - Walking Talking, Laughing, Some processing (be it slow.)
7. A commited caring husband
8. The hands and feet of Jesus with people here on Earth. Meals, housecleaning, cards, phonecalls, an ear to listen, etc.
Add more in the comments as you see fit.
Monday, November 03, 2008
As we pray about our nation and the elections tomorrow, let’s be comforted and encouraged by the truth that God is in control.
“Praise be to name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and season; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him.“
hope fill you with all
joy and peace as you
trust in Him.
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Many thanks to my mom for helping take care of the boys on the homefront. Yes, she was the official "soccer gram" on Saturday with Cole's chilly early morning game. Stuart did not nap for her on two of the days. She had her hands full for sure.
The bummer of it all is that I missed Angie's memorial on Saturday. A friend mentioned to me the following in an email a few weeks ago.
"God, in his foreknowledge, KNEW Angie's days. He knew when she would die He knew when her memorial would be planned in St. Louis, and he KNEW that you and Dave would be planning a weekend together...and that it would be THAT weekend."
Great weekend memories...
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I normally don't get into political stuff yet, I thought this video was one NOT to pass up.
My post won't let me make it into a direct web link. You will need to copy and paste it to your internet. If you have a firewall it may not let you into the website.
Off to family movie night. Gotta get a movie and order pizza. The boys do not have school tomorrow - Teacher work day.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Two items resulted. 1. Group A strep 2. Staph. Both will be eradicated with the oral antibiotic he has been on since Friday. Even the staph. The pediatrician affirmed my hesitations.
Gotta take a nap... I have been tired the past few days along with good nausea.
I am glad that tonight is the 5 of 5 nights chemo. Last Night Hooray!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
The latest update on Cole is that the culture was taken, I forgot to ask the doctor when we will know the results. Stuart (Dennis) was all over the place during the appointment and Cole was a little fearful of it possibly hurting. Multitasking can we say? I was so ready to leave when it was all said and done. I called after my nap yesterday and spoke to a receptionist. She said most likely we will hear something after Tuesday on what the bacteria could be on his fingers. Cole was prescribed an oral antibiotic. He will be taking it along with his topical ointment three times daily. I need to soak his fingers daily. We can already see an improvement. The oral antibiotic is the big guns since Cole has a PCN, penicillin allergy. He cannot take the simple antibiotic of amoxicillin. He did not return to school yesterday for Grandparents Day. Fine for him. He also did not have his soccer game today. Not fine for him. It was forfeited due to many who could not attend. That made him feel better. Long story short: A culture was taken. We will find out more later. Cole and famly are recovering.
Today has been one of needed rest for all. I didn't get out of bed till 9:24 which is not like me. I was up at 6 ish yet stayed in bed. I also took a nap when Stuart had his quiet time this afternoon for I was tired. Chemo is now in effect. I have the normal first chemo side effects of a mild head rush and an upset stomach. Tolerable, so I cannot complain. I am hoping for no more effects.
Many thanks to Jane for bringing delicious, moist bran muffins to my home yesterday morning. I have devoured many. They will be gone by Sunday. No problem.
Today has been a good day.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Grandparents Day is this morning at school. My dad is attending. My mom is out of town. The other grandparents live out of state.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
The family at dinner
8:15 am revision: Carter summoned me to return to bed for breakfast in bed. He even made peppermint hot tea with my good china cup and a saucer! I never use a saucer on the weekdays let alone my cute cups. It is usually the hospital / school ugly mugs during the week. A cute surprise was the iced tea spoon he used to stir the honey. They are extremely long if you know what I mean. Stuart wanted to show me every sticker he used for the birthday card. Cole's creative card could have been used as a purse. He corrected me in saying it could be used as a necklace. Thanks to pipe cleaners aka: chenille stems. I will try to post pictures later today (maybe tomorrow) in this post. Keep checking.
Written yesterday as a draft for today:
That's right! I am 35 today! By my calculations 2 down and 45 to go for 82 years of living cancerfree. The doctors median expectancy 2 years ago gave me 4 years. I am thankful I have had two great years with my family and friends. Tonight we plan to celebrate as a family by eating out for dinner.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
It is a great reminder of how a parent loves their child no matter what and how God loves ME no matter what. Thank you Jesus. I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
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Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Thanks for checking in. I see the doctor on Friday with the results. Pray for no change from the last scan.
Off to check on the homemade chicken noodle soup. Stuart and I are needing it badly tonight. Yes, he has it too.
Monday, October 06, 2008
Sunday, October 05, 2008
This weekend was good even with a cold. The boys each played their respective games great! Cole scored his first ever goal in soccer. I didn't get to see this feat. I heard it was wonderful. I stayed home while Carter caught up on his sleep. Friday night he attended a lock-in at church with his fellow Sunday school friends. As for Carter's feat he had his first "in the park home run" last night at his fall ball game. Cole, Stuart and I were at the schools fall picnic. Yes, I missed both feats. Discouraging.
Hope your weekend is going well.
I have my next MRI on Tuesday morning.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The following are the next dates coming up pertaining to cancer world.
MRI (last one was 3 months ago) - Tuesday, October 7
Next doctors appointment (to discuss MRI) - Friday, October 10
Next chemo cycle (Good nap weekend) - Friday, October 17 - 21
Have a good Tuesday,
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Last night was my last chemo pills and so far so good on the side effects. Fatigue is the chief complaint at this time. I will take being tired over the other items recently experienced during the chemo cycles.
Yesterday my mom joined me in seeing the oncologist. Dave has been ultimately busy at work and could not attend. Tuesdays are really the prime busy day for him. The doctor & I discussed why I should not come while on the chemo cycle for that defeats the purpose of the bloodwork. Duh. I was wondering why I am seeing him later lately. It is just the way the calendar had scheduled it. I will be having a MRI in early October then see Dr. Needles on the 10th with a follow up. Blood work is always a given. My lab numbers looked good yesterday. My upcoming October chemo cycle is the 17th - 21st.
Off to study Romans at CBS this morning. Whoa is it good!
Have a great Wednesday,
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Our weekend in review:
Friday- Stuart and I enjoyed leisure time at the zoo. He has been neglected with good mommy time lately and I was aware of it. It seems that Carter and Cole got the best of me and Stuart only gets me. At least he gets me though. I wanted to treat him to the zoo for the older boys were given lots of excursions when they were young like him. I haven't done that much for him lately. Go figure! You should have seen his expression when I stated Thursday evening that he was going to the zoo. He was elated. "I want to see the giraffes." "Okay!" Once at the zoo he wanted to ride the train then was changing his mind so often that he didn't know what to do with himself. We took a long walk... long... Did I mention it was long? We enjoyed seeing the ducks at the pond of all things then we went to see the snakes & monkeys ughh. Not my fav. Stuart neither. After walking some more here are the giraffes. They were beautiful and very close up. It was nice to be able to sit on benches and eat snacks often. We were in no rush to be anywhere.
Started chemo this night through Tuesday eve.
Saturday- Cole had a 10 am soccer game in which he assisted a team mate in the scoring of the goal. He was happy even though they didn't win for he had a great smile on his face once home. I did not go to the game for Dave thought it might have been too much for me. I napped thirty minutes in the morning. We had his company picnic to attend from 11 - 3. Loads of fun for the kids. Lots of food, a bounce house and slide not to mention a velcro wall. Ohh was that fun! We are so blessed to have a good company to work for. They have been good to Dave.
**Please pray for my friend, Angie and her husband Colin. She has recently been entubated in a Texas hospital. She has complications from cancer that originated in the breasts. The cancer has spread to her lymph nodes, lungs, liver, bones and most recently the brain. She also has congestive heart failure. This is her second time being entubated in a years time. My heart is heavy for the family. They have been called in (second time as well in a year). So far that is all I know.
Sunday- Good to be at church. Great notes from the sermon. I would love to find the time to write them out. After lunch the older boys went with Aunt Jeanie on a hike to a cave in Franklin county. They have been planning this for some time since last years excursion. It was WAY fun last time. They were giddy going to bed and waking this morning. Aunt Jeanie is a delight to our hearts.
Today marks the 13 year anniversary when Dave asked me to be his wife!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Please take the time to pray for Dave. He is coming down with a virus. He is going to bed earlier than normal due to swollen glands. Work also has been a busy one for him with lots of meetings.
I will have my blood drawn tomorrow morning. My next doctors appointment is Tuesday the 23rd. This Friday starts my chemo cycle. It will most likely run till Tuesday eve if complications do not arise like my migraine last time. Please pray for a non eventful 5 day cycle.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
I am feeling much better since my last post thank you. It is a good reminder to be able to take care of someone else I love who's sick.
Chemo starts next Friday, the 19th and runs till Tuesday the 23rd.
Have a good Saturday...
Stuarts awake gotta go.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
"Well, it is right on time. School has started and so have the colds in our home. It seems mine is quite a severe one. I am up after midnight after going to bed at 8:30 and not sleeping well. The nostrils are getting a work for their money. I despise colds more than anything. Of course, who likes to be sick? I am hoping that this illness departs quickly before I start my chemo later next week. I am discouraged.
Last week I was wondering why my tongue had sores on each side. Now I know. My immune system is slammed most likely due to last months chemo. To top it off this morning I awoke with a good cold sore on my lip. Great for the dental appointment today. Lovely. Cancer has taken a toll on my body both physically and emotionally. I can still say that God is my portion forever. I don't like this but God is in control. After a good cry this morning I am alright.
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Also an update on my eyes. On Friday I had my yearly exam. After testing my field of vision. It showed that each eye has difficulty seeing in the upper left quadraint area. More on the left eye. The doctor suggested that there could be a problem with the right temporal lobe. I explained my second surgery in December taking ALL of my anterior right frontal lobe(forgot all about the left sided paralysis...oops thank you, Dave). He said that the surgery could be part of this issue as he wasn't sure how close the temporal lobe is to the frontal. He also said not to worry since I am having regular MRI's. I will be in contact with my neurosurgeon, Dr. Forget to send surgical notes to the eye doc.
Please pray for my forgetfulness and eyes. The Lord is faithful.
." THE LORD, HE is the ONE who goes before us, He will be with us. He will not leave us nor forsake us....so we do not fear nor be dismayed" Deut. 31:8
Saturday, September 06, 2008
The boys have now finished 8 days of school. They went four days had Labor Day break then four more days. Stuart on the other hand had four days due to going only Tuesday & Thursdays. He is loving his teacher and comes home exhausted but content. At dinner you can find a good song that is his welcome and goodbye song for the day. I went early to pick him up last Thursday and had a few giggles from seeing how the three year olds handle school. We never had Carter and Cole in school at this age. It is fun to experience his joy.
Hope all is well with you.
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
I am taking most of my time trying to work / concentrate on our home. I am slow in doing things and find that I forget many items. Just today, I went downstairs realizing that I had just been cooking food on the stovetop and left it there without supervison. Duh! Can we say multi tasking is an issue? No wonder Dave has been trying to pick up the slack in the home. Laundry, dishes and the sorts are slow in coming. On top of his full time job he has me as his second full time job. My mom has been coming on a set day during the week to help with the above items. Thanks Mom! (although she doesn't get on the computer as much as she used to)
Thursday, August 28, 2008
I just completed last night my chemo cycle. I ended up skipping the Saturday evening pills minus the Zofran due to the headache induced naseau. I have just been tired today. Not sure if you will be reading a school update from me. The more I try to compile the story the more it doesn't make sense or flow well for the blog. I also type slow still . Sorry for those of you who want to know...
I really appreciated the comment someone wrote the other day.
"Praying for a day of peace and contentment in God's faithfulness in your lives as you and all your family deal with struggles most of us can't really know. Wishing your boys great school days and love and patience on the homefront for all of you."
I am thankful for all of you who have prayed for me and the family in the past. I am continually being reminded that this world is full of brokeness/sin. People are hurting and need Jesus. I don't know how people can go through trials without HIM.
It has been an adjustment for me to have the boys back in school. Lots of things to complete on the homefront. It seems like little time. Chemo brain/body may have something to do with it.k-
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Dave was able to take the day off today. We enjoyed a lunch date at a local Thai restaurant. I devoured my lunch. It was good to be together as we have been under a lot of stress. We are feeling it at home. Please pray for our marriage.
I have been delinquent in informing you about my friend Joe from southern Missouri. If you have not been keeping up. He is a now 82 year old man as his birthday was on August 14. Long story short he was had radiation at Siteman on his left ear while I was having brain radiation in December of 2006. We were able to get to know each other while waiting around. Since our discharge from radiation in February of '07, we have kept in contact. Once by eating lunch together in downtown St. Louis. Other times we have phoned each other. (ok not sure if those were complete sentences.- sorry) It is good to have him as a friend. He has been through a lot since February. Another form of cancer was found in the other ear. He had surgery. Just recently he had a non cancerous growth removed from his back. He is having his stitches removed tomorrow. After his doctors appointment he is coming over for lunch. I am thrilled to have him over for chicken salad sandwiches. He said he loves chicken salad. That's easy for me for Dierbergs has the best around. Salad on dollar rolls...you can't go wrong. The plan is for me to phone him once home from picking up Stuart at school. I am having my mom here to take care of Stu while Joe and I converse.
A fun quote from Joe as he called the day of my ear test a few weeks back. "I'm gonna stir the gravel as long as my feet will let me." Huh? He meant he plans on being around as long as he possibly can. He is an encourgement to me. I am glad I have him as a friend.
Looking forward to tomorrow...
First day of school...Joe here for lunch
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Tomorrow is my doctors appointment at 11:30. We will find out the lab results from Thursday. You can be sure I will tell him about Saturdays episode. Tomorrow Stuart is also going to meet his teacher and drop off the school supplies in the morning. Tuesday is coming all too soon.
Today was a good day. k-
Thursday, August 21, 2008
It has been a low key day. Great to be together as a family for dinner.
added on 8/22 ** Stuart is going T / Th - half days
Friday, August 15, 2008
On Thursday we enjoyed the final Family Summer Series Program for 2008. It was a free movie event held most Wednesday and Thursdays during the summer at participating Wehrenberg theatres. The popcorn and drinks were even discounted for the kids. We went to see Horton Hears a Who yesterday. Charlottes Web was another movie we attended that was less than a month ago. Gotta love free! Afterwards great conversation was had at Chick Fil A with friends. Lots of laughter.
We also are trying to swim at the pool after the four o'clock hour. When it is warm enough. I say the weather patterns have been odd this year. Rain galore then a cool August.
A trip to visit an uncle.
It has been a good summer.
Monday, August 11, 2008
This past weekend was alot of fun for Dave and I. We enjoyed a beautiful wedding on Saturday with a delightful reception. The bride was Lindsay, my previous OT from the rehab hospital. At the reception the tables were assigned seating. We sat with Kate, another patient of Lindsays whom was confined to a wheelchair. Great conversation was had. A coworker of Lindsay was also in attendance. She said she remembered me and how I was not able to use my left side hands, arm legs, etc. She mentioned that I have come a long way. I told her thank you. It was humbling to be in their presence. Memories of December came about.
All in all it has been a good few days at the Snodgrass home.
I also want to add a link that Dave's uncle sent to me today. I thought the scenery and music was good. God has been my friend through all of this. Once seeing it you will understand that sentence. I think the title was Irish blessing.