Oncologist appointment today
I had an appointment with my oncologist this morning. Even though the Halotestin hasn't really made any difference with hemoglobin count yet, he believes it will, given more time, so he is going to keep me on it for now, at least. He said there ... Read more
Snowy day, and a long wait for a doctor appointment
Even though our winter weather advisory officially started at 4am, (it is set to expire at 7pm) it didn't start to snow here until around 9am, so I did not have any worries that the Dial a Ride buses would be running today. I was picked up at 9... Read more
It's COLD outside!
It was - 24F when I got up around 7:30am, and we were under a wind chill advisory til noon. At least no frozen pipes today! Just a "frozen Shari" LOL.
At this hour, a li... Read more
Another ER visit yesterday, frozen pipes this morning
Yesterday morning, I just could not shake that feeling that something was wrong, with the lightheadedness, fatigue, and weakness I was feeling despite sleeping ok the night before. I finally decided around 9:30am to just go to the ER; the way I ... Read more
Hemoglobin still going down, feeling fatigued and discouraged
On Monday, I had my weekly CBC done. As I had been suspecting since last week, my hemoglobin went down some more; down to 8.7, down from the week before which was 10.2. It's very frustrating, because it's at a level where it's making me very tir... Read more
Signed my will today, new CDs, and winter weather
A few weeks ago, I got the process started on getting my will made, something I had been putting off for far too long, but when the status of my cancer changed, I knew I had better get it done sooner rather than later. It's been completed now, ... Read more
This weeks blood counts
This morning, I went to the hospital for my weekly standing order to check my blood counts. I was able to get the results online about 2 hours later. My hemoglobin dropped again, but this time it wasn't quite as drastic a drop as it has been the... Read more
My weekend, hemoglobin decrease, and some aggravation today
It was a snowy weekend here; we didn't exactly get a blizzard like some parts of the country did, but we were under a winter weather advisory from 7pm Saturday through 6am Sunday; mostly snow and wind here. Not the kind of weather you'd want to ... Read more
My hemoglobin went up!
A quick recap first; when I went to the ER on Sunday, my hemoglobin was 7.2. My CBC was checked again Monday morning, after my blood transfusion, and it was 10.7, a good number after 2 units of blood. Today, I had to go to the lab and get anothe... Read more
ER Visit yesterday, and an overnight hospital stay
This weekend was pretty rough with the fatigue and the usual symptoms that I have when I am severely anemic. I had hopes that the Halotestin injection I had just had the previous Monday would be kicking in at least keep the hemoglobin from falli... Read more
Book Review: Dying Well; Peace and Possiblities at the End of Life by Ira Byock M.D.
The author of this book, Dr. Ira Byock, has dedicated his life as a hospice director to make sure that no one should have to die in pain, or die alone. He is prominent spokesperson for the hospice movement. In this book, he shares the true stori... Read more
Frustration with Fatigue and Blood Counts
I was disappointed, but not surprised, by the results of the CBC I had done on Monday. My hemoglobin went from 10 when it was checked January 12 (which was a week after my last blood transfusion), down to 8.8 this week. I knew just from the leve... Read more
Started another cancer drug today
I went to my oncologist appointment today feeling very anxious after the news I got last week, not knowing what to expect today. I was fully expecting being told that since the drug he talked about trying before was not available, that I would t... Read more
Won't be starting that drug for the cancer after all
First, the good news; my CBC that I had done today shows that my hemoglobin is at 10; this is the first time that it was checked since I had the transfusion last Tuesday. I was relieved to find that out. A friend took me grocery shopping today a... Read more
Transfusion went well, feeling so much better!
The transfusion went well yesterday, and I am feeling so much better now, but the day started off kind of rough.
My friend Von picked me up at 6:45am; God Bless her for being willing to go out into the bitter cold so early! Lack of sleep wa... Read more
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