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Week Three ends and all that I can do ..... and did do!!!

Monday, July 18, 2011

WARNING: A GRAPHIC HEALTH DESCRIPTION AHEAD *********


Tomorrow starts week four. I'm 1/3 thru with all of this treatment!!! This morning when I first awoke, I did 10 minutes of leg raises. I was able to eat a cup of canned peaches in very light syrup!! YUMMY!!! I had finished my Isosource by then and had the silly tube flushed, then took a shower and shampooed my hair. Did I mention it is coming out in glumps once more? Well, yes it has - just as it was growing into a cute style. But since I got the most wonderful bargain on my new wig, I really don't care!

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My new wig is sooooooooo pretty - well, cute would be a good description, too.



It is called "Milan" by Paula Young and it is human hair.



And this is the color - Lt Auburn with blonde highlights!!!!!! Am I going to have some fun as a red head or what? But - the very best part of all was the price was $40 - well they said $39.99, but I call that $40!!! It came last Friday and I have been really excited ever since!! I even dreamed about it!

Now then, getting back to all the wonderful things I did today. I had my radiation treatment and since it is Monday, afterwards I got the to see the doctor and he said it is shrinking!! Good news for the Ev team. But that said he says my neck is starting to look sunburned and he wants cream applied to the neck and shoulders to keep the itching down. He looked at my nails and told me he didn't want me to have to clip them as he can see I have taken a lot of time on them. Ah, no, I don't think so!! These lilac fingertips are my own nails done very nicely by my manicurist - they aren't long, but not real short either. Just enough length where I can still keep they sparkly clean. And if I didn't mention it, last Saturday I had my tootsies done to match!! So no, there will be NO clipping until they get too long to keep clean properly!!

After that, we came home and I took up a load of towels and got them started in the washer. Getting them gathered and started was a real accomplishment for me especially right after a treatment. Then I decided I could do a little work sitting at my scrapbooking desk. Does that make sense? The desk doesn't scrap - it holds some of my supplies so I can scrap, which I haven't done much of in the past few years. Today, I said enough. As I sat there, throwing this or that out, and putting other things in order, I discovered two envelopes of pictures. One had a lot of our photos from our honeymoon in England and Washington DC. The other contained some I thought were gone forever - my mama at 10 YOA - that would be 1923, BTW. Her baby sister holding an Airedale around the neck. It was Joy -Dog and my grandfather bred her as he raised Airedales. There was one of my dad on his Morgan named Buddy during WWII. His job was considered too important to be drafter - he was a special deputy/guard at the Arsenal about 40 miles from home. Each one had their own Morgan and partner and the road the lines 24/7 to keep our ammunition safe. Then I came across on from 1962 of my aunt who died from Breast cancer in November 1964, my uncle who was killed exactly a week before to the time my father died. My parents had stopped at my brother's on their way home from having attended Uncle Russ' funeral when my dad took a nap an never awoke. With my Aunt and Uncle was their one son of their five children. Rusty was 16 when he died. He was a blue baby before much was known and was so frail. Needless to say there were bunches of tears of joy falling that I had found these treasures. These were the parents and brother of my cousin who is Wisconsin State Regent in the DAR. And just before I finished all the sorting and cleaning, I found the treasure of the day!!! There in a box with an exacto knife (Don't ask, because I don't know!) were a pair of stork shears that my grandmother had received when she was 10. That would have been in 1889! I nearly feel off my chair. I called for Bob to come to see.
These tiny shears are over 120 years old and I am third generation to have them and I want my SIL to make sure her granddaughter has them later should she be interested in sewing. Grandma tried to help me, she really did. But she was too impatient and when I could get back to her house during the school week, she would finish whatever project I had started. I never did learn to sew. Heck, I have problems putting buttons on things.

By then I was ready to check on my email. I am slowly catching up with it from last week. But, no, I got into several more projects first! I made of list of some music I would like added to my I-pod and several books for my Kindle.
Then I stumbled onto some favorite verses and I had to copy those. I was able to have some smashed up banana to fortify me during all this. emoticon
I was also able to throw away some post-its that were out of date. Last but surely not least I cleaned my keyboard.

Then I came here. From all the talk, I know I won't have many days like this, but I'm just thrilled when I do. I was able to rest the entire time, really, because I was in my comfortable computer chair for most of the time.

I exercised, I got a little cleaning done, found some good music and books to download, and found precious "lost" photos and shears,

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"A friend loves at all times." Proverbs 17:17
And I love you all my dear, dear friends!!
Ev

  
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PUFFPASTRY 7/20/2011 3:00AM

    You remind me of an older version of my friend Michelle, who goes on just those kind of treasure hunts to find pieces of her family history that she knows no one even remembers, much less has any idea where they might have stored. She's uncovered fascinating stories -- or, more accurately, pieces of evidence that her parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc had amazing life experiences that they somehow "forgot" to share with their offspring, and in bringing out these photos and letters and stuff, she's gotten her relatives to open up so much more about their lives, and she can now see them so much more clearly as entire, complex, multi-faceted people. It's really wonderful...I mean, that's exactly what our pasts, our histories, are supposed to be good for. Very cool! So glad you had a wonderful day!!! emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 7/19/2011 6:18PM

    I love your wig, that is a cute style! I have a couple of Paula Young wigs that I used when the chemo had thinned my hair for awhile.

I am glad today was a good day, and I wish you many, many more!

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TBID227 7/19/2011 12:41PM

    What a great day you had and a trip down memory lane! I think that is so cool that you have taken the time to scrapbook and go through things and remember all the stories about them! Your wig is super cute, LOVE the color! I hope you have many more of these days to follow and know that you have loads of love and support when you are not feeling so great! Also, great news that it is shrinking! Take care of your neck and continue on this path! *hugs*

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TERJEGOLD 7/18/2011 10:50PM

    Excellent day! And there's every chance you will have many more while you are doing chemo. And then decades after, of course! That radiation sunburn stuff is naughty stuff. Lotion is definitely a great idea. Use the stuff they recommend as it's much better than the stuff in the stores.

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PMCFARM 7/18/2011 8:21PM

  That's an especially beautiful day and you certainly deserve it!
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CELLOPLAYER1 7/18/2011 7:48PM

    I'm glad to hear you had a good day!

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SOFEDUPP 7/18/2011 7:47PM

    I am glad that you were able to find that treasures that you thought were lost.

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COACHPENNY 7/18/2011 7:34PM

    "And now, this is the sweetest and most glorious day that ever my eyes did see."

Donald Cargill

I'm happy you had such a fruitful day. I'm also jealous that you know how to use an IPOD! emoticon

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JKURJACK1944 7/18/2011 6:31PM

    You had a great, fabulous, overwhelming and stupendous day. Congratulations on your finds. I can just feel in your words how much they meant to you. Glad to see you blogging today. God bless. emoticon

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Member of Spark...What's that?

Monday, July 11, 2011

I have some strength today after getting lots of rest over the weekend. After radiation this morning I saw the doc who reminded me, this is getting me ready for the big fight that's on the way. But he was very happy that my weight loss was so good. He doesn't want it to be more than 2 lbs@ week. Therefore, I have no idea how much I'll feel up to being on line or adding to my blog.

Isn't SP wonderful? I have tried explaining it to my friends who don't know. I've had several friends join and others who only come on to look around. They'll ask how I became a member. Well, it's been a ride for sure!! I first joined on 13 Feb 2008. I had no clue what I was doing. I found some recipes and that was about it. Then on 01April2010 I returned. I read some more and made my own page. Although I signed up for a lot of the newsletters, I don't think I was really committed. Then in August my weight had come down 10 lbs. from when I had signed in 2008. I truly needed to be committed and move onward and upward rather than rolling my legs, but standing still.

I've had lots of fun finding my way around the site. I found some groups to join. Some I have become co-leader for the team. I managed to fit in a challenge. That was something last August, I thought I'd never be able to do. During all of this I located the food tracker, the fitness tracker, tips to collect or to give and trying to mark them to see not only progress but also Spark Points. Know what I found out? All of SP's statistics about what helps members do better are absolutely true. The more friends I had, the more I have learned of others' journeys. The more I tracked my food, the better my grocery items improved and much fewer "snacks" came into the house. There are still some chocolate cover pretzels and frozen yogurt there. And I have not been able to give up soda, but I sure have those things less often than before!!

Then in November the first shoe fell. All through the BC treatment, I was able to get in cardio. I completed my challenge at that time. I finished treatment 21 March and finished the challenge 21 May 2011. 27 June 2011, I started the second round of treatment this year - only for cancer of the right tonsil.

This past weekend I received a pump to fit my feeding tube and I am on it 24/7. This really, really makes getting in the amount of exercise I need. I'm still trying to do at least 5-10 three times a week, even if it is leg raises or some arm exercises from a chair.

Since Feb 2008 until now I have lost 53 lbs and I'm only 13 lbs from my 1st goal!! But I never did it alone. And I could never had done the things that encouraged me with commitment.

Sometimes I don't know what those little icons mean to me, but they do. I have loved seeing which new one(s) I get every month.

Yep, SP is lots more than a site. I have been on more than a healthy lifestyle journey, I've had the two cancer journeys as well. The two have been tied together by all my friends and even some new friends I've met when they add words of encourage to me. As much as I would like to go to everyone's page and leave a thank you, it just hasn't been possible these past few weeks. It is nice knowing good thoughts, blessings, and prayers are there for me. I'm a firm believer that one can never have too many of each.

Thank you everyone! You mean the world to me and I love you!!

I'm nearly sure every member of Spark have had similar experiences. What's Spark People? It's commitment, determination, support, and learning and follow through with the best advice available.

Thanks SparkGuy and all of the Spark team!!!!

How blessed am I? Great site, wonderful friends here, and my keeper of a spouse!

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PUFFPASTRY 7/20/2011 2:50AM

    I think SP should create a special EVWINGS icon in honor of your unbelievably positive attitude and indominable spirit! You are inspiration personified!
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1BEACHWALKER 7/16/2011 1:06AM

    So glad to hear you are doing ok, Ev. Thanks for the blog and the update. You are a good blogger. And thanks to your husband again for the updates when you aren't able to talk to us. Take care and get well soon! Thoughts are always with you! emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 7/12/2011 5:58PM

    So glad to see you blogging today! emoticon

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HOPE2BE 7/12/2011 11:22AM

    Ev I'm so glad you're doing better. I will continue to keep you in my prayers. BTW some members who were bedfast started with leg raises etc. and worked out of their bed to walk again. I'm sure you can do likewise. Keep up your spirits. You're an inspiration to all. Hope

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PANSYLADY2 7/12/2011 10:20AM

    Evie, we all love you and your courageous attitude. May God bless you richly today and always!!

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IDLETYME 7/12/2011 8:39AM

    It's wonderful that you feel well enough to blog and share your thoughts with your friends! Continued prayers are headed your way!!
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SYLVIALYNN2 7/11/2011 9:23PM

    Evie, yes, our spark teams and friends are a true caring community that upholds and encourages us. I have not had to go through all that you have but I understand being overwhelmed by wanting to make personal responses to everyone who has commented and encouraged you in your different journeys. May God bless you with strength and good health. Sylvia

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COACHPENNY 7/11/2011 9:23PM

    Dear Ev,

You get what you give and you give lots! That's why you have so many people cheering you on. You are an inspiration!

Love and Blessings!

Penny
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MIRAGE727 7/11/2011 8:09PM

    After reading your blog today, I didn't get a spark. I got a powerful surge of strength! Your spirit overwhelms me and you are an inspiration to all.
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Thank you for sharing. You are in my prayers.
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JKURJACK1944 7/11/2011 8:03PM

    Evie, So very happy to see that you have the strength to post a very long and detailed blog. You expressed all that Spark is and gave me encouragement to continue. God bless you and Bob.

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PMFISH 7/11/2011 8:02PM

    Great news that you are doing so well. Just that much closer to putting the cancer chapter behind you.

You are right, you can never have too many prayers and I know you have many. Save your strength and get through this next stage.

Prayers and good energy heading your way.

Pat

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PAMMY222 7/11/2011 7:55PM

    You are a courageous lady!
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As you already know, we are here for you when you need us!
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GATOR12 7/11/2011 7:31PM

    You did a great job summing up what SP is and means to those who work it & have found success. The support and added strength gained from the membership is priceless energy that boosts us when we think we can't go again. Blessings and hugs to you. I remember those days of chemo and although I haven't ever had a feeding tube & pump, I agree, you must save your energy for what you need it for most, healing. Not that I didn't try to do some exercise when I really shouldn't or didn't feel like it! Brenda

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CELLOPLAYER1 7/11/2011 7:10PM

    I'm glad to hear you are doing better. I was worried also.
Do what you can as far as excerise. Take care! emoticon

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TERJEGOLD 7/11/2011 6:57PM

    I am SO GLAD to see you posting here! When your Sweet Bob posted for you, I started to feel really frightened for you.

Save your strength for this fight. Exercise only when and if you want to. Your job now is to feed your body and get through the chemo.

You made my day just posting here! I am so glad you are doing "alright". Continued prayers and healing thoughts pouring your way.

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Ev's Condition

Friday, July 08, 2011

This is Bob using Ev's account. She had a very bad last two days. They told her that her body is trying to reject the chemo, so they are going to try changing it next week. She couldn't have her radiation today until she had an 1.5 hour of anti - nausea drip. Then later in the after noon, the nurse from the company supplying her nutrition came to the house and set her up for a feeding drip in her feeding tube 24/7. Hopefully this can change, but I have some doubts.

My thanks to all of you who have given my Sweetie so much support and have become her friends.

Bob

  
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LINDACAT3 7/16/2011 10:31AM

    Hi Ev and Bob
I am so sorry about all this and I am keeping you both in our prayers.
I will bring you up tomorrow in church during prayer time.
Luv you
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TBID227 7/11/2011 10:11AM

    Keeping her (and you) in my thoughts and prayers. Sorry that she is having a rough time right now.

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CELLOPLAYER1 7/10/2011 7:11PM

    I will keep EV in my prayers

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ILSAWING 7/9/2011 9:36PM

    Adding Ev and Bob to my prayer list.

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PMCFARM 7/9/2011 7:56PM

  Bob & Ev... You are both in my thoughts and prayers. Cont to stand firm in Gods' promises and watch for His direction and allow Him to carry you over the bumps! MarilynC.



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69NURSE 7/9/2011 7:09PM

    Dear Bob and Evie,

I am terribly sorry you are going through such a rough time. However, there are many people out in cyberspace praying for you and bringing good thoughts your way. God is still in the miracle business. Hugs and prayers to you both.

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MOM2ACAT 7/9/2011 6:45PM

    Bob, I am so sorry. Please tell Ev she is in my thoughts and prayers.

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JKURJACK1944 7/9/2011 6:25PM

    Thank you Bob for the update. My prayers are with Evie.

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HOPE2BE 7/9/2011 10:59AM

    Sorry to Ev is having problems. My prayers go out to her and you both. I will say a special prayer today and tomorrow at church. emoticon
to her. Hope

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Thanks for the update.
Keeping Ev in thought and prayer.

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PUFFPASTRY 7/9/2011 12:59AM

    Aw, Ev! Thanks for the update, Bob. Please just tell her to focus on getting better; that's all that's important...and know that she has so many people thinking of her and feeling so inspired by how strong, kind and generous she's been in sharing this journey. That lady deserves a break!!
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PANSYLADY2 7/9/2011 12:30AM

    Bob, thanks for the update on Evie. She is so determined. I pray for her that God would heal her. Scripture tells us that "healing is the children's bread." We can claim that healing as His child.

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TERJEGOLD 7/8/2011 11:54PM

    Oh my! Please tell her I am sending tons of prayers. She has become a close friend through our shared experiences with throat cancer with herself and my Daddy.

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COACHPENNY 7/8/2011 11:06PM

    We are all here rooting for Ev. Sending thoughts, prayers and miracles your way. Strength to you Bob. Ev always talks about how blessed life is with you by her side.

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JET150 7/8/2011 10:36PM

    Please add my good thoughts and prayers.

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    My thoughts and prayers are with Ev. Please let her know that we are praying for her emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 7/8/2011 10:11PM

    I'm so sorry EV is having a rough time of this. Please tell her I am thinking of her, and hope everything gets worked out!
Jeanne

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CLOVER2 7/8/2011 10:03PM

    My prayers are with you and your family. I am so sorry to hear that things are not so well right now. Know that you have a million voices heading to heaven for you and your lady. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Happy Birthday, USA from We the People

Monday, July 04, 2011

This morning I was reminded of this song. My grandmother used to play it on the piano when I was little.

You're a Grand Old Flag

by George M. Cohan



You're a grand old flag,
You're a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You're the emblem of
The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.
Ev'ry heart beats true
'neath the Red, White and Blue,
Where there's never a boast or brag.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.

You're a grand old flag,
You're a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You're the emblem of
The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.
Ev'ry heart beats true
'neath the Red, White and Blue,
Where there's never a boast or brag.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.


Today is NOT a day for politics, but to celebrate the founding of the United States of America as our forefathers exclaimed:

We the people, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, Insure domestic tranquility, Provide for the command of defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish the Constitution of the United States of America.

But that was only the beginning. A war was fought and one with a band of rebels against one of the strongest military in the world.

No. I'm not going to give a history lesson, though I believe some of us need reminding!! What I want to share are my feelings of wonder and pride.

Yesterday at Constitutional Hall in Washington DC, my cousin was given the charge of being the State Regent of Wisconsin of the D.A.R. I was the second member of my family to join and since then two other cousins (THis one being one) and a second cousin have joined. We all followed our parents' aunt who proved we were a direct link to a Mariner from this war. Since then we have found a patriot who lost everything he owned by the British. He was thrown in prison and his family had to make due wherever they could find friends or family to care for them. There have also be 6 more with similar stories. I feel I have come from some Patriotic, sturdy stock!!

100 years after the Declaration declaring us our own country, my grandfather was born - May 1876. I spent a lot of time with my grandparents listening to family stories and sharing some tangible heirlooms. This amazes me each time I think of it. His father drove a herd west to provide for the troops of the Civil War and he himself served in the Spanish American War. I never met my great-grandfather Rufus, but my grandfather used to make little chairs and other furniture for my dolls. He died several days after President Kennedy was shot and had been ill during the Cuban missile crises. He always said he thought his war would have finished what needed to be done to provide us security in the region. This was my senior year in high school. All of the important times in USA history, it would seem my family was presence.

I believe I have a right to be proud of not only my ancestors, but my cousin, too.

May we the people continue to have the items listed by our forefathers in the Preamble to our unique Constitution.

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PANSYLADY2 7/7/2011 8:49PM

    Great blog!! I used to belong to the D.A.R. but quit paying the dues. Should look into reactivating my membership.

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TBID227 7/6/2011 11:55AM

    Thanks for sharing this! I love that song as my grandma and I used to sing it all the time! My grandfather's b-day was also on July 4th and I come from a long line of DAR and Masons, it is great to celebrate not only our heritage, but also the hard fought victories that have led to us having freedom today.

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PMCFARM 7/5/2011 9:53PM

  We all need to remember our roots and share those roots with each new generation from the time they are able to understand and/or ask questions!

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JKURJACK1944 7/4/2011 2:56PM

    Evie, What a great history you have. Yes, you should be very proud. Congratulations to your cousin. Enjoy this Independence day.

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3 radiations + 1 chemo treatment = today

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Hello,

My treatments started Monday and oh what a dry mouth I have had ever since. I have been rinsing ever 15 minutes or as close as I can get and it still doesn't help. I can see my water consumption going W-A-Y up there!! I received a 15 min water drip before the two chemicals. Now we have to work on some cardio. I'm going to try to get some leg lifts and upper body chair routines at the very least 3 X's a week. I can tell you it won't be on a Wednesday!!
I had the radiation at 10AM and the chemo at 10:30AM By the time 2:30 came along, I was sooooooooo tired!! I fell asleep on the way home. SO far it has been difficult swallowing at times and I can only eat maybe 2 bites of something, ie sandwich, any meat, solid fruits and vegetables. So mostly I have to have things like cottage cheese, applesauce, and both frozen and regular yogurt have become my two best friends. I'm not sure how long it will be before I have to have nourishment through the tube, but I am going to try to go as very long as I can.

Now then, here's the deal I hate! I have been eating between 1200 - 1800 calories a day. This was figured by how much I have lost, the time it took me to lose it, and several other factors. I believe it is what I need to maintain my weight and the lower is how much I need to be losing safely. OK, we're good with that, right? Well, at least I am!! NOW they want me eating between 2200 - 2800!! They are saying high calorie, high protein, and high vitamins. Well, I can agree with the last two, but high in calories for 5 meals a day??? Here I have worked so hard to get this darn weight off and now they are telling me to gain it!! They suggest lots of milkshakes, ensure in different versions. smoothies, creamed soups, and juices as long as they are not citrus.

I have a lot more feelings about all of this and how it is going to affect my Sparking, but we are getting a thunderstorm and I need to shut down.

Ev

  
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JKURJACK1944 7/1/2011 7:51PM

    Ev, Sounds as if your usual optimistic self is in play. Eat what you can and get as much rest as possible. Doing the cardio 3 times a week sounds positive. God bless and good luck.

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PANSYLADY2 7/1/2011 8:15AM

    Looks like you got some good advice from others here. I just want to send along my love and prayers!! Father, I bring Evie before You. Reveal Yourself to her as her Healer and Lord. Comfort her, strengthen her, and help her to feel Your arms around her during this time. In the Name of Jesus, I speak healing to her according to Your Word: By the stripes of Jesus, we ARE healed. Amen

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1BEACHWALKER 7/1/2011 5:21AM

    Thanks for the update Ev! Glad you are doing good for the most part. Hang in there! emoticon emoticon

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PMFISH 6/30/2011 6:09PM

    Get you some good protein powder and use ice cream in your shakes, smoothies etc. I was determined not to be a skinny, bald cancer patient, so I did go on a weight gain program back then. I never had a weight problem until the medicines screwed my system. I do remember you did not want to eat and if you are having radiation everything probably taste like rusty nails. This to shall pass! Hang tough! Next year this will be a distant memory!

Pat

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MOM2ACAT 6/30/2011 2:45PM

    emoticon Keeping you in my prayers, chemo and radiation are so hard, especially when undergoing both at the same time.

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IDLETYME 6/30/2011 11:27AM

    Hugs and prayers coming your way to give you strength to get you through these stressful times. emoticon emoticon

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TBID227 6/30/2011 10:06AM

    So happy to see that your spirits are up! What a tough choice, you have worked so hard and done so well and now they want you to up your calories, but they are the doctors, and they know best, right? What a great plan for the leg and arm cardio! I know you will do it, but not on Wednesdays! Sending happy positive vibes your way! Hope you are having a great day! *hugs*

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PUFFPASTRY 6/30/2011 3:41AM

    Aw, Ev, let yourself sleeeeeep if you need to -- there are days when it's really okay to let naps win out over leg lifts. All the best to you -- thinking good thoughts your way! emoticon

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-CHERYL 6/29/2011 9:56PM

    Make sure you drink a ton of water during treatment, especially on the chemo day, helps flush out the toxins!

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BIBS4664 6/29/2011 7:53PM

    Ev, I agree with the others who say to discuss this with your medical team. Blessings and miracles,Mary

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TEXASLYNN 6/29/2011 6:35PM

    You need to keep your calorie consumption consistent and eat as much as you feel comfortable eating. As a nurse for more than 30 years who cared for many, many chemo patients on a hospital ward, I concur that you do need a high protein diet with good carbs and vitamins but if you are nauseated, don't make yourself eat. Just be sure your usual calorie regimen is quality food, not junk.

Best of luck!

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COACHPENNY 6/29/2011 6:35PM

    Can you discuss this with the oncologist or the nutritionist? My gut feeling is they are trying to counteract the stress of the chemo and don't want you to lose right now. It's hard to change your focus so dramatically, I'm sure. Maybe they will have some answers that will ease your mind abut this.

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JUSTJUSTY 6/29/2011 5:45PM

    Hang in there! Remember that you have friends here who care. Stay connected. emoticon

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