Thursday, May 27, 2010

What a Great Day! - May 27, 2010

It is truly a great day! Went today to get the results of my CAT scan. Everything is good, my CA 125 was 7. Now I go back every 3 months for check up. I went this morning after we got off work to go have blood work for my regular doctor for my prescriptions. That was at 9:30 am, 1 stick and I didn't even feel it. She was good! Then off to MD Anderson, got home around 2:30 pm. So again thanks for all your prayers and just continue to pray for me.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

CAT Scan Day - May 25, 2010

This is how our day went today. We started off by getting up at 4:00 am went to work, arrived at 5:30 am. Clocked out at 8:45 am, went home fed the dog and changed clothes. Off to MD Anderson we went. All the directions (at MD Anderson) and info is for those of you who have been to MD Anderson, so you know what I am talking about. The rest of you just have to imagine it. HA! We always park at the Mays Clinic because it is cheaper. So we ride the shuttle over to the Main Building to the second floor for blood work. My schedule appointment was for 10:30 am but we got there and checked in at 9:50 am. Didn't have to wait too long, one stick there. While sitting there waiting there was a man sitting across from us, so sad, he had a tumor right under his chin and had a trach tube in his neck. Just remember to count your blessings. I always say there is someone worst off then me. So now we have to go to the Radiology Outpatient Clinic for my x-ray and CT scan. Never been to this building, so we have to catch a bus to take us there. My check in time there was 11:20 am, we got there around 10:30-45 am. Got called back around 11:05 am we are doing real good. As I am sitting in alittle office with a nurse and receiving the barium to drink, a doctor comes and and says I need you RIGHT NOW to the nurse. She leaves around 11:10 am and there I sit. Oh, I started drinking my banana barium. Yuck! Usually you go back out in the waiting room to drink your first bottle, but there I sit. Nurses and doctors are running back and forth in the hall. Then EMT's and an ambulance was called, they are running in. So after sitting there for about 30 minutes, another nurse comes in an apologizes for me being left in this room. She had just come off her lunch break and didn't know what was going on. So she tells me it is time for my next bottle and to change my clothes. So I ask her if I can go talk to Scott first. People in the waiting room we all alittle nervous wondering what was going on and who it was. They had gone out in the waiting room and got alittle old lady to come back, so then they new it was her husband. I come back, change my clothes and was given my second bottle. The nurse asks me which arm to start my IV, I told her which ever one you can find a vein. So she gets two warm blankets and wrapped my arms hoping that would help. When she comes back, she sees that I have bad veins, she sticks me, oops, no good. She starts looking again, calls another nurse over to help, she sticks and digs, oops, no good. So now we are at number 3, she finds one down by my wrist. That smarts! So because the the emergency in the back everyone in the waiting room is off schedule from about 30 mins. to an hour. I was the last one called back before the emergency. So even though they had the emergency I still got out early. My scheduled time for the CT scan was 2:20 pm but I was out of there by 1:20 pm. After my scan, I was waiting to get my IV out and the nurse I started with came over to take it out. She was thanking me for being patient as she was crying and tears falling on my leg. She had been with this lady until the hospital chaplain came to be with her. She was apologizing for crying, she said I have been a nurse for many years but it still affects her. I told her it was fine and we are all human. I told her when she left me I was praying and told her I would continue to pray. This couple were from out of town. I don't know their name but when you think about this little lady pray for her. I can't imagine loosing my husband and being by myself with no family. So now I go to the doctor this Thursday to get the results. At least, there will be no needles.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

May 22, 2010

It has been awhile since I posted anything. Been doing good, just get tired more than usual. I rest and then I feel good again. Upcoming news is that on Tuesday, May 25th, I will be having blood work, x-rays and a CAT scan to see how the chemo did. Then on Thursday I go to the doctor for an exam and the results of all the tests. So be in prayer that everything is OK and I can be totally on the road to recovery. I am so ready and I am sure Scott is too. He has been so good to me in taking care of me and helping around the house. Plus going to work everyday and the work at the church. God has totally been good to us. Thank you for your prayers.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Final Chemo Treatment - May 6, 2010

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! For all your prayers. It was a good day. We arrived at MD Anderson at Diagnostic area for my blood work at 8:00 am. One stick in the hand for blood, that was good. Then we went to the 6th floor for my doctor's appointment. We signed in around 9:00 am got called in for blood pressure and that around 9:15 am. We went back out in the waiting room and got called in again around 9:35 am. So when the doctor came in she told us what the plan was. In three week I will have a CAT scan and blood work and then the next day we go back to the doctor for an exam and results of the CAT scan. After the doctor's appointment we went up to the Infusion center where they started the IV for chemo. Praise the Lord! One Stick!!!! Now we had to go over to the Main building for chemo, we got there around 11:05 am. By the time we got called in and chemo started it was 12:20 pm. I slept quite a bit. My appetite not good, but everything went well. We finished around 5:05 pm. That is another blessing. I wanted to go up to the 10th floor where I was after surgery to see if we could see some of the nurses who took care of me. Yeah! Marg was there and it was a blessing talking to her. She told us it was a blessing to see patients they have taken care of. We hugged and even took a picture, which I will post here in a minute. Then on the way out we went back to the gazebo to take some more pictures. With all that running around MD Anderson, we got home around 6:20pm. It is amazing how Scott knows his way around MD Anderson. I just follow. Today he went to the financial office too. Now it is time to start paying. The lady in the financial office is a Christian and has been a blessing to us in that area.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

God Is Soooooooooooooo Good! - May 1, 2010

Just been sitting at my computer listening to my neice singing (Pam) and others on CD and praising the Lord! What a blessing! He is sooooooooooooo good. Even during cancer, He shows himself mighty.
Well, to update y'all. My next chemo treatment is this Thursday and it will be my last. Since I will not be having the Carbo part of the chemo treatment, I do not have to take the pre-meds on Wednesday. That is a blessing! When I took the pre-meds I was fighting to stay awake in the morning and then when it was time to go to bed, I was wide awake. So pray for one IV stick this time. I had 4 IV sticks last time plus the stick for my blood work on my hand.
Some more blessings this week, I have received several cards from folks in Idado from people I don't even know telling me they are praying for me. The amazing story is a couple of months ago we had a missionary come through and was with us on a Wednesday night. What a blessing they were! They told my story to their home church, Treasure Valley Baptist Church and they started sending me cards. Thank you Chad & Kirsten Wells! It is such a blessing to hear from folks that are praying for us. It is encouraging and uplifting during these hard times.
Thank you so much everyone for your prayers.

Picture before Cancer Surgery