Ascites and Happy Spring

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Happy Spring!  I can hardly believe it has finally arrived!

Well, I went in for my shot today, lab late this afternoon and then I am done with these shots for this week…Oncologists appointment on the 23rd…but I spoke with her this morning about the fluid in my stomach…ascites…and that I have a paracentesis scheduled for Wednesday, and showed her my stomach….that has gone down considerably!  I asked her if this was normal, she said yes that many times that will happen!  Asked me to wait until tomorrow then decide to cancel the procedure if I need to.  I feel like I may, but will follow her advice.  I told her I don’t want to waste resources, and she understood.

Feeling good actually, I just have one more shot on the 27th and labs on the 3rd of April then chemo on the 4th and 5th.

I am certain another schedule will be made up for me for the remainder of the month of April.

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On another note

This morning I planted two rose bushes.  Pictures below

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This one is called Bride’s Pink and I planted white Bacopa, they will spead and trail.

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This one is Pink Peace and I planted lavender Bacopa around it…again it will spread and trail.

They are both out in front and are doing great so far.

I like to plant something on the first day of Spring every year, a tradition with me.

Below are close up’s of each rose.

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Pink Peace

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Bride’s Pink

A friend of mine lost her daughter a couple of years ago, and she told me pink roses where her daughter’s favorites.  I told her when I plant them and as I care for them I will keep her daughter in my thoughts.

Both of these are hybrid tea roses, I was coming home from my shot on Saturday and seen them on display at Ace!  Stopped in and got a price and took them both home.

I picked up the whiskey barrels…not of wood composition…at Lowe’s along with the Bacopa plants.

Enjoy the first day of Spring!

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Happy Wednesday

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Good afternoon and a very Happy Wednesday to each of you!

Monday if you remember, I was to go have my procedure done and I waited for an hour for my transportation…through the insurance.  To keep it short, three phone calls were made, the third telling me ‘no driver was assigned to me’!

I called the radiology dept of the hospital and reset my procedure appointment for the paracentesis on the 22nd of this month….next Wednesday as my authorization was good until the 23rd, and I have a Dr. appt. on that day.

I called the company and filed my complaint nicely however until the end of my conversation when I rescheduled my ride for the 22nd.  I said to the supervisor ‘I trust there will be no problems with this appointment I have with you, I would not want to have to make a phone call to the patient advocate and you certainly don’t want to risk the possible loss of your contract with them….I don’t know if I am the only one this has happen to’!  Oh he became so apologetic then!!  Young, and I think what I said brought forth not only a little respect with his flippant attitude, but that I may have done him a favor…then it became all too important.  Modern times….

Was able to then go in for my shot, the lab…a shot on Tuesday and one today along with my iron administered via an IV.

I really feel normal, and able to function well at this time, I just don’t like stress and confusion because I am an organized type person.

On another note

The weather has been warming up and I have been able to keep up with weeds from the last rain…Monday did the entire front.

A dear neighbor and friend of mine drove by and said she never pulls, she sprays.  I told her I have an indoor/outdoor male cat and I would not dream of spraying!   Anyway she got out of her car and handed me a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a darling little card.  So nice of her and the flowers are doing very well!!

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I love flowers and they are simply beautiful and it was very thoughtful of her.

Below I took a couple of pictures of the Carolina Jasmine all in bloom and all along the outside of the long front porch of my mobile home.

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They are simply beautiful!  I love my place and being out doors puttering around.  I want to do so forever!!

Well, I hope each of you have a wonderful rest of your day 🙂

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Leukine Shot stomach fluid issues

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Had my first Leukine shot this morning.  My prep done 45 mins. before shot time.  Prep is 500 mg of Tylenol, 25 mg of Benadryl and 75 mg of Zantac….one half to one hour prior to receiving the shot.

It is a shot in the upper arm, sort of on the back side of the left arm, and since this was my first dose of 10 more to go this month, I had to sit in the waiting room for a half hour so the nurse could see I was okay to drive myself home.  I had no reaction to the shot…a good thing!

I also over the past couple of days felt like my stomach was filling up with fluid again…today I look 6 months pregnant!  Dr. saw me before my shot and ordered a stat paracentesis to be done as an out patient.  My insurance has been contacted for authorization and I will hear from them sometime today probably.  The procedure will be done at the hospital.  I will know more about that a bit later on today.

I called my sister to let her know about it…she has my schedule for the entire month and part of April. I will call transportation to take me to and from the hospital…the last time I was admitted, I drove myself in and home…I don’t like for my car to be setting out in the parking lot because you never know what can happen to it now days.  So I will have the transportation company through my insurance take me to and from.

Right now, I am going to fix my mother her lunch and then go lay down for a nap with my phone nearby.  I feel a bit tired, full…even so I had one slice of dry toast to eat, and like everything is shoved up into my rib cage.  Lying down will feel best.

Have a great day and I will post any updates that I receive for my procedure.

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