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Thursday and Friday of chemo week

Monday, October 12, 2015      5 comments

I meant to post this a long time ago. I get so busy and so stressed that I have trouble making time to blog, but it really helps me to do it, so I try to eventually manage to get to it. This is the follow-up to my last post, and the chemo week... Read more

Monday to Wednesday, last week

Monday, October 05, 2015      1 comments

Last week started out pretty well. Danny was finally feeling better after the last cycle, just in time to be slammed again, which is always the way. He did quite well for most of the week, though. The worst effects always take some time befo... Read more

Visits with my daughter and my mother

Wednesday, September 23, 2015      2 comments

I very much enjoyed my trip east, to visit my college senior daughter for Parent's Weekend in Front Royal, VA. My only real regret was that I wasn't able to sign up for the Civil War sites bus tour offered by one of the professors. By the time... Read more

Chemo cycle update

Sunday, September 20, 2015      3 comments

Danny had to go in for counts last Tuesday (the 15th), one week after getting the last chemo of the cycle. I was fully expecting him to need platelets, since he always does at this stage. But it was one of those days when everything in the cli... Read more


Thursday, September 10, 2015      4 comments

Tuesday was a regular chemo day for Danny, but since he was scheduled for intrathecal chemo (given directly into the spinal fluid), the doctors were going to also measure the pressure of the CSF to see if it was high enough to indicate h... Read more

Hearing Test

Friday, September 04, 2015      4 comments

Danny had an appointment for a hearing test this past Monday. It was a routine thing, no big deal, just a follow-up. One of the chemo drugs he was treated with as part of the first protocol he was on, cisplatin, or cisplat, as it is affectiona... Read more

Thoughts on body shaming

Sunday, August 30, 2015      6 comments

I recently read a very thought-provoking blog about body shaming. The person who wrote it mentioned an incident where she was wearing a sleeveless shirt because it was a hot day, Her cousin, with whom she was having lunch, was horrified and sa... Read more

Good news, with a bit of a caveat

Friday, August 28, 2015      4 comments

Danny's MRI shows no new tumor growth! That is the good news, and such a huge, huge relief. :-) We had to go in for chemo today, and I asked Dr. Whiteway first thing about the MRI. She said she had looked at it, and there was nothing big nor ... Read more

MRI Blues...

Friday, August 28, 2015      5 comments

...Or, How to Control Scanxiety by Writing a Blog Update Danny's MRI was originally scheduled for last week, the 18th to be exact. It didn't happen then because there was a major miscommunication between me and the MRI scheduling perso... Read more

Always something

Friday, August 21, 2015      6 comments

Yesterday morning Henry woke me up to tell me that he was in severe pain and needed to go to the ER. Coming from Henry, who is like I was at his age, and avoids doctors whenever possible, that meant he felt very bad indeed. So I dragged my... Read more

Bad day at black rock

Saturday, August 15, 2015      6 comments

When I was a little girl, I remember my mother talking about having a 'bad day at black rock.' I wonder if that was a common expression, since I have never heard anyone else use that term. And my mother has Alzheimer's, so she won't remember. ... Read more

How I Almost got a Med Student in Trouble and a Doctor Actually Did

Wednesday, August 12, 2015      1 comments

On the lighter side of doctors and treatments...a story no one but me may find amusing, but at least it made me smile. Danny and I arrived at the clinic a couple weeks ago for an appt., and were introduced to a very nice medical student. N... Read more

Counts and YL Convention

Sunday, August 09, 2015      4 comments

I just lost a very long blog I was almost finished typing. It just vanished. I hate this computer!!! Otoh, it may well be that it was too long and boring. I'll see if I can do a short and sweet recap. Short and sweet isn't usually my style,... Read more

Tough Day

Friday, July 31, 2015      8 comments

Yesterday was just one of those days. :-( Henry and Cecily had a 10:45 appointment to get new ID cards, which they both need for medical care. So this was a very important appointment. Meanwhile, Danny had an appointment across town at the c... Read more


Wednesday, July 29, 2015      6 comments

I usually try not to be a Debbie Downer, but this blog will be an exception. I am hurting badly for two of the strongest, bravest parents I know, and their beautiful daughter. One of the greatest supports I have found since Danny's cancer ... Read more

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