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Monday, June 20, 2011

I was ready for what today was to bring and I got up early so I could relax. I had my suitcase packed, everything ready to take. It was pouring rain and I opened the garage door and stood there so my ride would pull into the garage driveway. She saw me and I loaded the car trying to stay dry. We got off about 10:30 and made it to the Cancer Center by 11:05 AM.

I went in with my laptop and waited for another person to finish and signed in at 11:14 AM. My friend came in and we talked while waiting and didn't get called till after 12 PM. When I walked back to the room I stopped and got some snacks and soda that they have before I got hooked up with the IV's. The nurse was standing waiting and said I was late and they couldn't do the chemo. Are you kidding me but she said it took 5 hours and it would run late. She said I was to be there between 7 & 9 o'clock and I told her my appointment was set for 11:30 AM but when I checked the paper in my medical folder it was 11:00. It didn't matter because I was there 11:05 AM they just didn't get me till after 12 PM. I was a little upset but tried to keep my cool.

1st the girl that took me didn't really have extra money for gas but was being kind to take me and I bowl with her during the winter league. We both got talked into being President and Vice President. 2nd it is not a cut finger it is cancer and can't be put off. 3rd I have been taking the medicine over the weekend too get ready for the chemo. 4th our time is just as valuable as anyone elses. Can you tell I am a little miffed and I am a calm person but someone really messed up and it wasn't me, I did what I was told to do.

So they wanted to change it too Tuesday and Wednesday but I didn't have anyone to drive me Wednesday. So I just cancelled and said do it next week on Monday and Tuesday. This week I have everything planned out for each day.
Monday will be 5 hours so I will be there at 9 AM and Tuesday it will take 1 hour and I will be there at 11:30 AM. this way I will be able to bowl on Tuesday night which makes me happy. When I come home Tuesday if I need rest I can get a few hours before I bowl.

When I came home I took care of the dogs and put everything back where it belonged like keys, remotes and such. I ate some potato salad because I am out of cottage cheese and laid down because I was totally exhausted mentally and physically. Long drives drain me and since we didn't have a lot of time between the travel time it was too much.

My daughter came to feed the dogs because I didn't call her because you can't when she is working so I got up and we talked and I told her I had to brush the pool so she did it for me. She is a good girl and will help me whenever I need her.
She went home and I made dinner and then started my Spark page. So today has had its surprises and not good ones.

Not a lot of exercise today but some so I am going to fill out my food and exercise, then back flush the pool and call it quits. Now all I did this weekend with washing sheets, clothes, cleaning the house, taking medicine has to be done this weekend again.
Plus have to cut grass if it stops raining. They are calling thunder storms everyday til the weekend. Oh well has to be done anyway but need to rest sometime.

All take care, God bless you and I will survive.

Catch you tomorrow with a funny smile.


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MEADSBAY 6/21/2011 10:59PM

    How inconsiderate of the patient's needs- both physical and emotional.
They should know better.
I'm sorry this happened to you.

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JKURJACK1944 6/21/2011 3:19PM

    Someone really messed up. These people know what you have to do to get ready for Chemo. I know you don't want to make a scene, but please consider following through to the top. This is inexcusable. Judy

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STRONGIAM 6/21/2011 1:13PM

    Sorry you had to deal with this on top of your treatment. My dad has some chronic health issues and loves his current doctor but their office personnel are terrible. Sounds like you handled it very well. emoticon

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WIGIME 6/21/2011 8:51AM

    It's not like you are habitually late for these appointments. I would definitely talk to someone higher up in the food chain about this.

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INFLATED 6/20/2011 11:58PM

    I think I would be sending a letter to whoever manages that place with a copy of the appointment card and you could cut and paste your blog here to the letter.

Your time is valuable and since you are fighting this battle, your health should be considered. I have heard that chemo can make you fatigued. Since you have someone driving you, they should really try to do better with the scheduling.

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Yesterday I had planted my $100 grab bag that was free and I have no ideal what the flowers are. Today I planted the 1 that came yesterday and I put them in my flower garden. As I was doing it I had these black satin plants and look at them and they looked like the blackberry plants. I took it over to the garden and compared and yes it looks the same and then I thought I have black satin blackberries so now I have 2 more plants and they are the thornless ones too. I picked a half quart of the blackberries and just ate some in my fruit salad that is my snack each night.

I have some really pretty blue spruce 3 of them and I am going to put them where my other 2 spruce are looking a mess. Winter took a toll on them. The blue spruce are so pretty a color. When they get big they will look great.

I tried to have everything done for Monday and don't you know the 3 days rain has really messed the pool up. Lack of use and the rain it needs to be vacuumed and I just didn't have time so I will have to get it done next week.The garden is in good shape and all the flowers planted and the yard looks nice. By the end of the week the grass will need cutting and I will try and do it or my brother in laws will.

Didn't get the netting done because 1, it was raining and when it stopped I was planting. 2, daughter woke up with a really bad migraine headache and had to stay down most of the day. When she called I had come in and taken a shower and had dinner. Washed my hair and was ready to stop the work outside. Had to make my bed because I wanted everything clean when I started the chemo. Packed my suitcase and clean the kitchen. Just trying to have things right so if I don't feel good at least it doesn't look bad.

I take a small suitcase because I never know how I am going to react and several times I have landed in the hospital and people have to go to the house and get my things. Now I go prepared so that doesn't happen.

Well, going to stop for now and finish getting things read. All have a good start to the week and stay healthy. God bless everyone. Happy Father Day to all the DAD's.

Pretty good race today but Jr. had some trouble at the end, still in 3rd place but has to keep up in the top 10 or 15 of the races. This was the first one he wasn't in the top 15 so he has been doing good. Would love to see him win and stay in the top 10, been long, long time coming.

Catch you tomorrow all my friends.


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JKURJACK1944 6/20/2011 1:14PM

    Hope your Chemo goes smoothly. Please keep us informed if you can. How do I get some of those blackberries? Yummy. The store bought ones are not that good. Judy

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SUZYMOBILE 6/20/2011 7:07AM

    Please let us know how everything goes, Joyce! We're pulling for you.

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

I started about 10AM and knew I had a lot to do. I had flowers that I had bought that I had to finish planting around the mailbox and telephone pole. With all the rain I couldn't get out but today I got it done and then put some seeds in also. Then I had bought a blueberry patio plant and you received $100's of a grab bag plants so I had to plant them and have no ideal what I have. I finished putting all them in and worked in the garden pulling weeds and grass. Went through my seeds and threw away empty bags but found some more spinach and carrots so planted some more of them. I finally finished around 8 PM so I got a shower and was ready to call it quits. I had to close the garage that is connected to the house and there sits another box of plants. I ordered some African violets and also have the $100 grab bag but I haven received the african violets yet. So tomorrow I will be planting again.

Moving my miniature fruit trees outside and I took out 3 but the others are a little heavy but I will slide them out. Trying to get everything done before Monday and my daughter is coming over tomorrow to help me get the netting straighten out. One of them is fine but the other looks as if it is double and it is too large for me to try and get it cut and straighten. I felt really good working outside so hope tomorrow does just as well.

The new phone I bought I can't get it to work and it should just work. Put the batteries in, charge, program, work. Not this time so I will ask my daughters husband to look at it. Can't ever have things easy anymore, high tech.

All have a beautiful Sunday with the Lord, family and friends. God bless you always. Learn from Spark people and share it.

Catch you tomorrow with a smile.

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JKURJACK1944 6/19/2011 1:54PM

    emoticon Now if only the phone could have worked. I bought one for my husband and have the same problem. Judy

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KIMBIES1124 6/19/2011 11:58AM

    Goodness, you got quite a workout in by doing all of that! Me, I sat on the back of a motorcycle for 5 hours yesterday. Though it was not sunny and hot, but cloudy and rainy.

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MCJULIEO 6/19/2011 10:07AM

    Sounds like you've earned your "Day of Rest"!

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Little one had to go home this evening but we made a good day for her. WE had breakfast and then showered and went to the bowling lanes as it was another sun, dark clouds, sun you get the drift. I didn't bowl because I want to save the free games I get for her. She did really, really good a 95,85,101 for a 281 series. When she left her winter league she had a 52 average but she is going to show them this next season. If she can get it straight down the center she gets strikes with an 8 pound ball. She had 3 strike in her last game. I think my free games will last till Sept 9th and she will go to school in August so each week she will bowl 4 to 6 of them. I am glad she is improving so well. We came home and the sun was shining so I told her to get in the pool until it either turn bad or her Mom was too come.

I made lunch and we ate outside and she got back in the pool for a half hour. She had to get a shower and wash her hair because a girlfriend was coming over to her house. We walked around the garden again and pulled some weeds and got the mail and then she had to get ready.

I straighten up the kitchen and then we played some games. Her Mom called and left a message she was on her way but showed up 2 hours later. We talked and her little friend came with my daughter, she had to pick her up, so that made her late.

It was 6:30 PM and I was hungry so I had to find something quick to eat. I had 1 steak sandwich slice left so cooked it with sharp cheese on a kiaser roll with lettuce, tomato and onion. I had my veggies and it was a small one. I ate my fruit salad with 5 fruits in it also.

So now I am finishing this and I am going to program my new phones so I have something to work if I need to call someone.

Have a great Saturday and have fun with family and friends. God be with everyone in all you do. Really love all of you and thank you for your well wishes and prays.

Catch you tomorrow and I will be watching races.

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JUSTJUSTY 6/18/2011 9:04PM

    Sounds wonderful! emoticon

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JKURJACK1944 6/18/2011 11:43AM

    From a 228 series to a 281. By the end of the summer she will be doing great. Glad you had a good day with her. They are so precious. My granddaughter is in Florida and I won't see her until December. Enjoy yours. Judy

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KIMBIES1124 6/18/2011 10:17AM

    Children do keep us young.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Today I rested in the morning but not long, little one was already up and had put her breakfast out for her. We where to go to lunch with my girlfriend but her children came. So we went outside for a while checking out everything and I was telling her what each plant was in the garden. We ate lunch later and got ready to go out.

We went to the store and bought her some shoes, socks and other items. Then went to the grocery store for onions, be glad when my have grown. Had to go to her home and pick up her bowling bag and then off to take the phone back to Sears. I bought another one and it uses regular batteries instead of those white ones. Then it is off to the bowling alley and she really bowled good. She bowled 49,70,and 109 a228 series and that was great. I pre-bowled for my Nascar league and bowled 181, 167, 201 for a 557 series, they will like that.

We came home and feed the dogs and I made some salads with tuna fish and she really likes that. She has been drawling and reading and just messing around. She wants to play cards so I am going to get done here so we can.

All take care and have a fabulous Friday. God bless everyone richly.

Catch you tomorrow if I am still moving.

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SPEEDY143 6/16/2011 10:53PM

    Nothing sweeter than a gramma and granddaughter day to remember on those not so good days... keeps us going emoticonYou are both very lucky to have each other emoticonENJOY!!!!

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PLPEEP 6/16/2011 10:18PM

    What a lot of memories you made today. My granddaughters are 600 miles away and I don't get to see them nearly enough. Sounds like a very fun day.

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JKURJACK1944 6/16/2011 10:15PM

    Sounds like you had a really great day. You had an impressive series, but DGD did nothing but improve as she bowled. That was great. Get a good nights sleep and God bless you.

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