Friday, February 26, 2010
I am very glad to report that my son has purchased his first car. I am so relieved that I will not have to be carting him around anymore. I love him, he is a great guy, and I like spending time with him, but to not be on one less persons schedule will be divine!!
My daughter's relapse scares are gone. The doctors have ran all sorts of tests, and everything has come back negative for cancer. Now we just need to figure out what it is that is giving her the headaches. The doctors want to wait to see if it is some sort of virus that may pass before we dig deeper. At this point, that sounds like an excellent idea to me.
My cancer scare is also over. The doctor thinks it is just scar tissue and I need to "get used to it" and try being on a low fiber diet as much as possible. Which totally sucks for someone trying to lose weight. But the doctor is confident if I go low fiber as much as possible, I will be more comfortable. Needless to say, I am not a real happy camper and am trying to figure all of this out, to be both comfortable and at a healthy weight. I am in so much discomfort most of the time it hurts to move around as much as it does to sit still so I haven't exercised in awhile, other than parking in the last parking spot in the parking lots, and always taking the stairs. But that does seem to be working, I am down to a size 12 jeans, and that does make me happy.
The little stuffed puppy I ordered to keep me company isn't quite doing the trick. I want a live little companion, and my husband has agreed, but has asked me to wait a bit before I bring home my new baby. I am trying, but I must admit, I am weaker by the day. Did you know they have a next day puppy web site you can find your furry baby on? That means, I could still do my school work and get my puppy delivered! Now just to convince my husband that is as cool as I think it is, and I will be all set!
Friday, February 19, 2010
No, I am not one of those people who celebrate birthdays for a week. I have one daughter's birthday at the beginning of the week, and the other daughter's birthday at the end of the week. My youngest turned 15 on the 15th. The golden birthday. She announced on Saturday night that she wanted to go to Camp Sunshine, in Maine, on her birthday. So, I called up and got it arranged and off we went, for an over night. We had a great time, saw so many people that we know and love and as always, made new friends.
Meanwhile, the medical issues are getting cleared up. My older daughter has not relapsed. They are not sure exactly what is causing the headaches, but it is not cancer, nor is it life threatening. Praise God. My cancer has not come back, but is a kink in my intestines at the surgery site. Again, God is Good. It is good to know that they have found the problem. I will meet next week with the doctor to get a plan of action, which as I have studied up on is surgery. I am not keen on needing surgery, but I am very keen on not being in pain anymore. It is pretty constant, but I am able to get through the days.
Today we are off to Boston to see the Harry Potter exhibit before it leaves town. Both girls are huge Potter fans and the exhibit is supposed to be amazing. Thanks to my mom and dad, we are able to go. We now have a museum membership at the MOS for the whole year. YAY!
On Saturday, my oldest daughter will be turning 17. We will be going into Boston again, just she and I, to see Lion King. She has loved Lion King since she was 2 years old. I am really looking forward to this time with her.
And, on the school front, I am plugging away. I have a hard time studying without my dog by my side. I know it sounds silly, but he truly was my study buddy. So I have ordered one of those lifelike stuffed puppies that breathes and makes doggy sounds. I am hoping that my school work becomes a little easier when it arrives. I seem to be able to concentrate for brief moments of time and wind up pacing around about every 5-10 minutes, just missing my Jack and his constant companionship. I know that this too shall pass, but in the meantime, I need to find a way to get through it, and I am hoping my new little study buddy will help the transition be a little smoother.
Wow, it really helps to get some of this out. It has been so long since I have blogged, but now I need to get ready for Boston, trip 1.
Friday, February 05, 2010
The last two weeks have been incredibly taxing. I worked 30 hours, had classes - 3 of them, my books were late so I was behind on my reading, my son turned 21, I had to have a CAT scan to see why I am still having pain in my upper right abdomen area (if the cancer is back or not check), my daughter who has had cancer is not feeling well which always makes me highly concerned and I had to put my dog down yesterday. Overall, this has been a very trying time.
Everything is all blurring together and seeming like a lot. So last Friday, I go into the office to just fill out my time sheets and the phone rings. I am the only one in the office, so I go ahead and answer it. One of our clients has threatened suicide. I scramble trying to find his regular case worker, or her boss to no avail. I wind up heading out to find this guy - I do not know him from Adam by the way, find him and take him to the hospital for evaluation, he is fine, but mentally unstable. My ridiculous cell phone company does not have great coverage, and I keep having to run out into the night air of 12 degrees to check my voicemails to see if anyone is coming to relieve me, and leave this guy in the waiting room by himself. Finally someone does arrive, 4 hours later, and I am able to go home. The guy is fine, he was just looking for some attention.
My school books came in on Thursday, all of my assignments are due Saturday at midnight. Of course, I had to work Saturday also, but no where near as long. I managed to get my course work in, just a hair after midnight, so thankful for lenient professors. On Sunday, I slept in until 11, I was exhausted!
Then on Monday, I had a CAT scan, the contrast did not make me sick until Monday night on well on into Tuesday, where I had to miss two classes and work as well. Monday was also my son's 21st birthday, what a milestone. He is a good young man.
Then on Wednesday, I took my daughter for her bi-monthly clinic visit to get her blood checked after her battle with leukemia. She has been off treatment for two years. She has been sick for about a week. They drew labs and are concerned as to what is making her sick, because she has had both the H1N1 shot and the regular flu shot. We are nervous. Her labs came back looking good, but that isn't a real consolation at this point because when she was first diagnosed, her labs were fine then too. So we wait a week, and if she is not better, then we will have do a spinal tap on her and draw some fluids to see if there are cancer cells in her spinal fluid.
Thursday was the deal breaker for me as I woke up and my dog, Jack could hardly breathe. He was gasping for air. I knew it was time to put him down. I miss my golden shadow following me around, but know that he is not suffering anymore.
To top it off, I went to work today, picked up the client I am working with, took him to the doctor, then to the cemetery to pay respects to his mother, and finally to the pharmacy to pick up his medication. Somewhere between dropping off his prescriptions and getting back into my car, he poops his pants. He sits in my van and soils my seat! ARGHHH!!!!!!
My friends, Ben and Jerry visited last night and offered some solace, and I accepted without guilt. Now it is off to do my school work, it is piling up.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Our cruise was wonderful, warm and fun. I was able to snorkel for the first time in my life since my bells palsy left me with a lopsided mouth. That in itself was a fabulous gift. The fish are amazing in Cozumel. We ziplined through the rainforest in Belize and rode intertubes through the caves. What great adventures and memories for the whole family. Christmas caroling in the elevators, playing miniture golf on the top deck of the ship, seeing the original Drifter's perform, it was a very good trip.
We got home to snowy conditions and almost didn't make it home when our flight was cancelled, but we did. It has been a whirlwind of activity since we touched home. Unpacking, Laundry, putting up Christmas decorations, the girls with school, Al, Gabe and I all had to work. On top of that, Al decided he wanted to send out Christmas cards, but I never recall seeing him attach so much as a stamp to one envelope. Oh, I love that man. Needless to say the Christmas cards are out, and I did them all, again.
I managed to not gain any weight this season, nor did I lose and that was my goal. To keep things under control, I did not go on a baking frenzy as I usually do. I made the sugar cookie batter up and so far have only baked one batch of cookies out of it. The rest is in the freezer, err, I mean garage, to be pulled out in small batches at a time so no one goes crazy. And I didn't make a ton of other goodies either. Our Christmas meal was roast beef, and tons of veggies of every sort - even brussel sprouts! Thanks to the lessons I have learned on Spark People I was able to be sensible about the holidays!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
I finished the semester in school and hope I did all right. It was a lot of work and a lot of the material wound up bringing up some very painful memories, insights and revelations. I was able to get through the coursework, and work through the new information, as well as old garbage just in time to get ready for the cruise. We leave tomorrow.
I did not get in all the exercise that I wanted to during the last few weeks, but I also stayed very controlled and did not do any late night binging or stuffing my face while I did all of my research and studying. Nor did I eat at my emotions that were comparable to level 5 hurricanes. So for that, I am saying, "Good job, Cindy. You are making progress and keeping things in check."
Now, I am getting ready to climb up in the attic to get down my summer clothes to pack. It seems completely ridiculous, considering it is only 30 degrees here, not counting the wind chill. But pack, I will!
I have missed my Spark friends so much during these last few weeks. You are all so special to me.
So for now, it is Bon Voyage! I will return late Saturday night with many a tales and photos, to be sure!
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