An eventful day

October 12, 2017 Thursday

I didn’t get to sleep til two a.m.but my alarms started going off at 7:30. I got to hit the snooze buttons several times but I had to finally get up and at ’em. I put the dishwasher on, got packed for the time in Roswell, took the trash out and then left for the lab appointment.

I told the lab girl that since this was My last lab visit for a while, it was like we were breaking up!!  We agreed that it was for the best!!  Hahahaha. My numbers were very good and she declared me a free woman!

So then I headed home because the lawn mower repairman can’t get to pick up my mower til early next week and I didn’t want it sitting outside til then. So I cranked it up and moved it to the carport. I hope no one steals it.

Then I went to Mr Biscuit and got a serving of bacon for breakfast!  Yum, yum, yum, 👅!!!  As I munched bacon I drove to the surgeon’s office and got there a little early.  So I sat and relaxed and enjoyed my bacon. At the right time Sue and I went in to meet with the surgeon.  He examined my incisions and said they looked really good. He said I had a “complete pathological response” which I think means that chemo did a complete job of killing the cancer. He said it also killed any other cancer growing in my body that we didn’t know about. That’s good news. He also said that I had a nasty kind of aggressive cancer but since the chemo did such a good job that my outlook is very good. More good news. He did say that I will need radiation, probably every weekday for seven weeks, 35 treatments. He said the radiation oncologist will make the final determination as to how many treatments. I will start radiation about six weeks after surgery, so about mid-November and finish up in early January, probably.  That is just in time to pay another large out-of-pocket deductible but he said the oncologist will be having me get lots of x-rays along and I will be very glad I have good insurance!!  Thats about all I can remember from that appointment.

Then I went to the feed and seed store and bought grass seed and fertilizer for Frank’s back yard – that will get put down Saturday evening after he gets off work. Then I stopped at Wendy’s for lunch and talked to a man in Roswell about putting down sod in Frank’s front yard.  He was at their house when I got there and we discussed prices and times and I think the sod will go down next week.  I hope.  Grass planting time is about over for the year so the timing is good.

Then I got to play with grandkids, push them on the swings and all kinds of good things.  Soon it was time for Zoe’s’ gymnastics class.  While we waited on her to finish class, Rachel and I  talked to one of the parents who had cancer a few years ago and we compared situations.  Her case was very similar to mine and she has had very good results.  I’m just so surprised at how many people have gone through this!!!

Then we came home and I mowed much of the backyard while Zoë rode in the wagon (sitting on several pillows) being pulled behind the lawn mower, while Coen sat sometimes on my lap and sometimes in the wagon with Zoë.  Not long after we put the mower up, we got back on the swings to play more. Then I heard a rushing of water and found water coming out of a pipe under the house right in front of the door to the crawl space.  Rachel and I decided to call Frank who told me how to cut off the water supply.  After lots of careful walking low under the house with a flashlight, I found the valve and turned off the Niagara River that had been flowing.  Then Frank and a friend who has been a plumber came over and worked on it for a while and got it going again.  Luckily the leak was in the best possible place it could have been and I found it within a couple minutes of it starting.  We figure the septic tank people had knocked up again that connection while they were working here and that it was already a bad connection just waiting to explode.  At least it picked a good time to do it since I was in the backyard near it at the time.

Then Rachel and I had dinner, we put the kids to bed and now it my turn to go to bed soon.  What a day.

This will be the last blog entry for a while since I am at a standstill in my journey while waiting on radiation to begin.  I will try to post about once a week or so just to let you know that I am still doing well and I will begin again when radiation begins.  That should also be an interesting part of the journey.  It has really helped my frame of mind to know that people have gone on this journey with me!!  I really, really appreciate your help with it.  Talk to you Later!!



A sewing day

October 11, 2017 Wednesday

I was able to go to sleep last night without any NyQuil or any other help.  Then I slept really well and didn’t even wake up once during the night.  Problem is that I didn’t even wake up period until almost noon!!!!!  NOON!!!  That’s amazing.  Hope I can sleep tonight!  I got up and had a nice breakfast and decided to do some sewing.

I seem to have so many projects started that I can’t decide what to work on!!  I need to finish some quilts.  I spread some partially done quilts out and decided to get back to Grandma’s Kitchen.  I have altered the quilt directions so that I am making two of each of the blocks and I’m making all the blocks 12 1/2″ instead of various sizes.  I kind of like the idea of making my quilt different from all the others being made around the country or the world for that matter.  I made these blocks today:


Sorry they are turned sideways.

I did take a break as it was nearing dark to go finish mowing the back yard but evidently there is a stick stuck on the mower blade and the blade won’t move!!  So I left the mower outside the shed and I’ll call the repairman tomorrow to come get it and fix it up.  It needs servicing anyway.

The only thing I ate today after breakfast was a Tombstone pizza – it was pretty good and not nearly as salty as Pizza Hut pizzas are.  Course, it was not as wonderfully tasty as Pizza Hut pizzas either.  No diarrhea problems yet.

The only other thing I did today was put down a reservation for a cruise on the Baltic Sea for spring of 2019.  Talk about long range planning!!!  Hope it all works out.

I’ll have to get up early tomorrow because I have lab and then I meet with the surgeon for my after-surgery meeting.  I suppose he will examine the surgery sites and perhaps we will discuss radiation and if I need it or not.  Or maybe he will send the info to the radiation oncologist who will contact me later about whether I need it or not.  Then I’ll head on down to Roswell for a few days.  Sure have missed them since I haven’t seen there in almost two weeks!!!  I’ll have to be back sometime Sunday since I have to pack and get ready for the group trip to Destin.  We leave on Monday and I just can’t wait!!!

Morning weight – 222



A fairly busy day

October 10, 2017 Tuesday

I could not get to sleep last night so after a couple of hours of trying, I got up and took a swig of NyQuil.  I know that’s not really a good thing to do but I needed to get to sleep.  I was coughing some and that was not helping.  After that, I slept very nicely.  I did set an alarm for this morning so I could be sure to be with the quilt lady ladies on time and I got to hit that snooze button several times before I got up.

Then I had a nice breakfast and headed to Ringgold.  Turns out that the people in charge of the building where we meet monthly did not arrive to open the building today so we met in the parking lot.  That meant we couldn’t get out the quilts to admire since we didn’t want to take a chance on getting them dirty.  I really missed admiring quilts.  I got three small ones back and gave her two.  Several of us did stand around and discuss important topics such as cute quilt patterns some of us have found and wedding plans for a farm wedding this weekend for the daughter of one of us, and habits of chickens that several of us own – you know, the things that are just important in real life.  Go look at the quilt patterns of Laura Heines – check out the one entitled “My Kinda Town”.  I really like that one and may have to get it.  I’ll wait a while and see if I can live without it.

Then I left and headed for the courthouse in Dalton to get my tags for next year.  That went well and then I headed to the mall theater to see the Kingsman movie.  The preview looked pretty good but the bad language was just intrusive and the blood squirting scenes were just too graphic so those things took away from the movie.  The cast was really interesting and I enjoyed Tatum Channing, John Strange and Elton John the most.  It was an okay way to spend a couple of hours.

Then I headed home and decided to start putting the binding on the quilts I picked up today.  I got the first step done on all three of them, but I decided to order some black thread for the part where the stitching will show.  That means I won’t be able to work on them for a couple of weeks.  Then I got out a large quilt that I had quilted a couple of months ago and started doing the binding on that one, but I’m not sure the binding I found is really the binding for that quilt, so I’ll look around some more tomorrow and decide what to do about that.  Then I may make some more quilt blocks.

It was beginning to get late in the day and I decided I really should mow my yard – the rain encouraged the grass to pop up all of a sudden.  I finished the front yard but only did about half of the back yard when I could no longer see what I was mowing.  Mowing the back yard will have to be on tomorrow’s list as well.  I love making lists and checking completed items off those lists.

I have been nicer to my innards today by eating less and there is no sign of trouble yet.  Course, it could still happen but hopefully it won’t.  My back is hurting again but that is certainly a nightly event.

Morning weight – 221

Two days, not one

Sunday, Oct 8 and Monday, October 9, 2017

I forgot all about writing the blog last night – I didn’t even think about it until someone fussed at me for it!!  Actually, a few people missed it and were concerned about why I didn’t write it.  Sorry about that, I just plain forgot.  I also forgot to take the trashcan out to the street, but I remembered that after I got in bed, so I went and took it out!!

I had a nice day yesterday and even did some sewing.  I sewed about all day long and finished a fairly small quilt.  That was the first time I’ve sewed in several weeks. This quilt is a memory quilt made from a friend’s dad’s shirts.


You’ve have thought that I’d have been really tired, maybe that’s why I forgot things last night, but I couldn’t go to sleep until after 3:00 am. I just remembered what else happened yesterday – Hurricane Nate went through here.  I really enjoyed the wind and rain all day long, so much that I had opened up the sliding door to the outside so I could hear and see the weather even better.  I kept worrying that either a squirrel or a bird would come into the house through the open door because they were very active in the back yard.  Guess they were enjoying the wet weather also.  Late in the evening, I noticed something out of the corner of my eye on the living room wall.  It was a tree frog!!!!  First thing I did was to take a photo of course and they try to catch it.  It took me several tries and I just couldn’t stand the feeling of the frog on my hands, so I finally caught him in a basket and then put him outside.  That was fun!!  He was cute.  Later I went to take my shower and found another frog in my master bathroom.  I quickly caught him in a box and put him outside.  He was not cute!!  Yuck.  I have not yet found any other critters and I hope I don’t.


Even though I went to sleep later, I had a horrible night trying to sleep.  I kept being so hot even though the ac was set low and I had a fan on.  It was such a bad night that I was glad to get up fairly early this morning.  That’s a switch!  I had a nice breakfast of eggs and then started another memory quilt for another friend.  I was able to finish this one tonight. It’s a good thing I finished both quilts because I can give them to the quilt lady tomorrow!!


I have felt quite good all day long today until after dinner with the girls tonight.  After I got home, I had diarrhea.  It was terrible and painful.  I am SO tired of that (and I expect you are tired of reading about it!) but I expect I am going to have to alter my eating patterns – maybe that would help.  Maybe if I only ate a little at a time I may be able to avoid the diarrhea.  It only seems to happen in the evening and lately it’s only happened after I ate out at a restaurant.  If you know what might be causing this, send me an email and let me know!!!!  I have been taking a probiotic each morning.  I wonder if that might be causing the problem – I doubt it but it’s worth thinking about some.

By the way, my hair is really growing.  I have a severe resemblance to a minion – a few hairs on my head.  If the sun is shining behind me, my hairs really show up – looks like a halo!!  Soon, I will be a real cotton-top – all this white hair that’s coming in.  I’ll include a photo when it is a little longer.  I am definitely ready for my eye brows to grow back in – they look pretty strange.

I have been having lots of back pain.  It’s different to the pain I had a few weeks ago but it really hurts when I get tired.  Think I’ll get that checked out in a few weeks.

Morning weight – it’s been hovering about 220-221.

A nice day

October 7, 2017 Saturday

I slept well last night and woke up feeling fine this morning.  Strangely, getting into and out of bed are the only times I feel any pain at all at my surgery sites and that is lessening as time goes on.  Otherwise, I don’t even feel like I’ve had surgery.  I wasn’t expecting too much pain but it’s been even better than I expected.

I had a nice breakfast then went to Kroger since it’s supposed to rain for a few days.  I didn’t get much so I was in and out quite quickly.  Then I came home and I’ve had a really lazy day.  I think tomorrow I will start doing some sewing.  Paula also brought me the latest Agatha Raisin book so I’ll be doing some reading on that too.

I have had lots of chicken and rice today and will have more tomorrow.  I also bought some boneless pork chops so I’ll cook them tomorrow with some black eyed peas!!!  Yum.

I have felt good all day today – no signs of the diarrhea that almost killed me last night!!  Thank goodness.  Sounds like a pretty boring day but boring is often much better than being too exciting, especially if the excitement is caused by negative events.  I’ll be happy with boring.

Morning weight – 222.0

A nice day until . . .

October 6, 2017 Friday

I slept fairly well last night and woke up nicely rested.  I was in no hurry but finally got up and dressed.  I ate a nice breakfast and then called some insurance people – my favorite entertainment!!  hahaha  I do have to pay a copay from several months ago so I arranged that on WF Bill Pay.  My surgeon does not yet have the results from the surgery tests or at least he has not signed off on them so that his PA can access it.  She said she will call me when she has them and she said it will be long before our meeting next Thursday.

Then I got in my truck, took the list I had made and started checking things off.  I won’t bore you with the whole list.  I did get the dent from the shopping cart removed ($100) and I did pay my house insurance and my car insurance ($$$$$).  I did buy new sheets and get them washed and I just finished making up my bed with them.  I’m looking forward to getting into bed.

I met the girls at a small restaurant and we all had a nice meal.  When I got home, I noticed I was quite tired.  And then the diarrhea started.  It was sooooo painful and long lasting but I feel better now that it appears to have ended and I’ve taken two showers to help with the pain.  Now, I’m exhausted.   It reminded me of the good old bad old day of chemo!!!

I don’t have many plans for tomorrow but I am looking forward to getting some rain at some point.  I certainly hope that the hurricane Nate doesn’t do much more damage but we certainly do need some rain – four days of it are supposed to be coming our way!!  I’m sure I’ll be tired of it by the time it ends!!

Morning weight – 221.2 I think.  The batteries in my scales are dying but I think that’s right.  I would expect the weight to be higher tomorrow because of that slice of coconut cake I had at dinner but with the diarrhea, tomorrow’s weight might be less.  Who knows?!?!?!?!?!