Wednesday evening with roses and fabric

This evening I created a new page for ‘Roses’.

I love roses and always wanted my own to care for and admire.

While gathering pictures to put into the page is a bit of work, I got the first two rose bushes posted, but have 10 more to post about.

I will be working a little bit at a time on that page as I can and too…posting updates to keep it current.

I plan to post additional pages of my potted plants, flowers and trees because I can keep them all right here on my blog and I may even be adding a recipe page and a craft page.

I do have a variety of interests and even so I am with my form of cancer; Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Stage 4, I still have my life to enjoy with what I enjoy.  It keeps me full of hope and keeps me positive!

Today was a great day…no appointments first of all, and secondly I went to the fabric store and purchased fabric to sew up new bedroom curtains for myself!

Currently there are drapes at the window and they must leave!  So they will come down along with the rod they are on…a new rod will go up along with the new curtains.

I also picked up a nifty little tool to help make hems much easier while turning over allowances and pressing.  I had three coupons, one for 40% off my fabric, one for 50% off my new nifty tool, and one for $10.00 off my order over a certain dollar amount.  So a good deal of savings as items you need or want can add up quickly.

Tomorrow I will wash my fabric up since it is an all cotton premium unbleached muslin fabric.  I wouldn’t want to sew them up and when they need to be laundered see them shrunk a couple of inches!  You should always wash, dry and press your fabrics anyway to remove residues from manufacturing, all of the hands that have touched or handled your fabrics.  The bolt my fabric came off on was a brand new, a never cut into bolt, but still many hands touch everything and you want your projects nice and clean and fresh.

So that is on my list of to do’s for Thursday along with a few other things.

I hope you had a lovely day, and had the time to do somethings you enjoy too.

Goodnight and sweet dreams!

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Happy Easter

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I would like to wish everyone a very blessed and happy Easter.

Mom and myself will be having a nice and nutritious Easter dinner, dessert of course…never nutritious but always too good to say no to!

As for my treatments, I have had two chemo therapy treatments, one iron Iv on Thursday, and six days a week white blood cell shots.  Labs every Monday.

Last week I had to take Lasix for big baggy eyes just for three days, go to the lab on that Friday and then see the Dr. on Monday.  Dr.  told me sometimes that happens, maybe too much salt in my diet, but the swelling had gone down quite a bit.  They look normal now.

The only other thing I experience is sternum pain, and that travels around to the middle of my back, then back again.  That pain is caused from the shots.

Other then that, I still have hair, but it hasn’t grown, and no other discomforts.

I keep myself busy all of the time, I can’t help it!  I am always outside with the plants and have added so many since I last wrote to my garden.  I think I will do a post just on my potted flowers, and not put them in this post.

I hope those of you that have cancer are each doing well and I will be visiting your blogs over this Easter weekend.

As soon as I finish this post, I am going to do my laundry!  Yay!  I love it when it is all done.  I already had my shot at noon, mom and I had lunch, dishes are done up and put away so now ready for this task.

Have a wonderful weekend and ‘Happy Easter’

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Tuesday and chemo day

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Good afternoon!

The sun is shining nicely and at 83 degrees.  Nice all this week but we may have some rain coming this weekend.

Had chemo this morning.  My appointment was at 8:00.  Had a B-12 shot, one for nausea and vomiting, two Tylenol tablets, Benedryl and Chemo meds running through with sterile Saline.  I didn’t become nauseated at all, the Benedryl makes you a little sleepy however, but in the end your wide awake to drive home.   I go in tomorrow morning for another round of the same at 10:00.  Today’s visit was 3 hours.

New schedule given for shots, labs, chemo and Oncologist appointments for the rest of this month and first week of May.  Made all of my lab appointments on line so I can just go in and not have to wait.

I had the nurse leave my IV port in my arm so I wouldn’t have to be re poked again, she wrapped it all up in a nice blue bandage to protect it and I am able to do things around the house with it, doesn’t hurt or interfere with anything at all.

I met a nice lady today, we sat together for our treatments.  She has breast cancer stage 4.  Such a dear lady with two adult teens living in her home and not at all helpful to her.  I felt badly for her and her story she shared with me, left first because I was on time for my appointment, she was late for her’s and wished her well, hoped to see her again.

I don’t know if I mentioned in my other post or not but I said to my nurse I didn’t think my hair had grown since I had it trimmed and she said probably not, it will begin thinning and you may or may not have some hair loss.  The lady I sat with today lost most of hers, and she truly had a good attitude about it.  I will too.  All you can do.

I overheard another lady this morning being reprimanded for drinking while on chemo!  I pretended I didn’t overhear but I thought to myself….wow, why would you be doing that!  She drinks hard liquor, told the nurse she cut back to half the amount she is use to drinking….everyday!! Maybe it is her way to sooth herself with her own journey or an old habit difficult to break.  I wish her well with her efforts to cut back, she looked so sincere at the nurse while speaking to her.

Well, I have dinner in the crock pot!  Making a nice vegetable beef soup for my mother and I for dinner.  It smells good already!

Have a wonderful day

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Tuesday on Thursday

Hello, happy Thursday and I am behind in writing about my Tuesday PCP Dr. appointment and thought I had better catch up!

The good news is it will take about 10 years for the size of my aneurysm to reach the 5cm level at which point a procedure would be done.  I am at 3cm.

Going to have to continue on with Atorvastatin for cholesterol when my chemo therapy is completed…for the rest of my life…yes, I can eat some grapefruit while off of it currently but will check that out at my next chemo appointment.

I do need to eliminate sugar, and that is so very hard to do because I have a such a sweet tooth!!  Life without sweets!!  However I must and absolutely must give them up…currently, jelly beans and spice gum drops are my passion.  It is that time of the year….

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Brach’s Jelly Beans

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Brach’s Spice Drops

More exercise!  Not just housework exercise.  I am not heavy or fat, and lost a total of 17 lbs since January which is good and I could loose just a couple more and be very satisfied.

Feeling good, no aches or pains to report at this time, still have hair on my head however, it is quite possible that after my next chemo treatment thinning could begin.  Dr had said so when I asked her…not looking forward to that at all but nothing that can be done about that.  Next treatment dates are the 4th and 5th of April.

The lab I go to has a patient portal feature I signed up for and I can review all of my lab reports since I started going there.  My cholesterol seems to be the biggest issue, and yes I know…the candy doesn’t help at all.  My next PCP appt. is in June, I hope to be able to have a better report and will be working on that.

On Another Note

Our weather today is very, very windy!!  I started raking up fallen blossoms and leaves from the orange trees again and the winds kicked up so will go out tomorrow to finish that up.  We were in the mid 70’s today with plenty of sunshine, will be about the same tomorrow then temps increase over the weekend.  No rain for us this next week unless that changes.

What has your weather been up to where you live?

Well, have a great weekend everyone, I will post again after my treatments.

I wish everyone much love, joy and happiness

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Happy Saturday and good news

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Good morning and happy Saturday!

Wednesday, I took myself to the ER because I felt like something was up under my rib cage on the left side. I wasn’t in pain, but very, very uncomfortable.

Lab and a CT scan, lots of waiting for results.  My scan revealed a kidney stone which the Dr in the ER felt may have been a problem, I…with my inexperienced mind said I didn’t realize my kidneys were up under my rib cage!  Explained to me that flank discomfort or pain could be the result of why I am here, that he is general medicine and it is best that I go over the results of the scan with my Dr.s.   He also told me I had a slightly enlarged spleen, very mild ascites…which was a good thing and happy I had cancelled the paracentesis procedure, fatty liver and an aortic embolism at 3 cm. He told me they don’t worry about those until they are at 5cm.

My Oncologist appointment was for the next day and took a copy of the report into her. She stated good news, the chemo therapy is working and your stomach tumor has shrunk!!  The CT scan had revealed a lessor size than the original scan done in January. She told me that Non Hodgkin Lymphoma is the easiest cancer to treat and it is usually six treatments. I had the first of those earlier in the month.

I go in on Monday for a B-12 shot, the lab and the 4th and 5th for chemo.

So I am feeling okay, still have that sensation of something under my rib cage and she said about that the Leukine shots can affect the bones and that may be what I am experiencing along with the slightly enlarged spleen. My Dr. also told me not to take the Atorvastatin for cholesterol while in chemo treatments, and I told her I stopped a couple of weeks ago because I have been on it for a couple of years and it was affecting the muscles in my legs and feet…took myself off and had advised my PCP about it.  I am going to refuse taking it again in the future and manage the cholesterol differently.  I love grapefruit and could eat a couple of them a day!  I can also manage with different supplements over the counter. I asked her about the fatty liver and told her I do not drink alcohol at all and don’t understand why my liver would be fatty.  She said…American diets, and most of us have a fatty liver due to diet.

I dropped off a copy of the ER report to my PCP, and when I got home his office called and I have an appointment with him on the 28th.  Most likely will go over the embolism and I may be referred to a Cardiologist for it per my Oncologist.

Such an experience maturing in age!  It seems like after 60…things begin to change and I hear that from people in the waiting rooms…from both men and women!

I have lost 17 pounds since January, and while I am not obese…that is a good thing.  When your no longer working out in the world, your body can change and the most exercise can be just from daily chores, and walking.  I have been working quite a bit in my garden, yard so I feel that exercise has helped with the weight loss and too…I don’t eat three times a day, sometimes just once and a snack.

I love to sew and had started a quilt, all of my fabrics cut and partially sewn squares before I was diagnosed with cancer.  Suddenly, all of that stopped, but now I want to resume that project and go forward with my sewing.

I also want to know that aortic embolism can be treated so I don’t have  to worry about that, and hope it isn’t through surgery.  I want to remain very positive and hope that it is not going to be another serious thing going on.  Maybe medication will help it, I have no idea.

So a few issues, but she was pleased with that CT scan and that with the chemo treatment I had already the largest of the tumor had shrunk.

ON ANOTHER NOTE

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Plenty of sunshine today even so the temps will be a bit milder, and an all around pretty day. I will be out to putter around with my plants.

I have tuberous rose, gladiolus and white tulips that are coming up in their pots, my cherry tomato plant is growing, and yesterday I planted California poppy along with some Viola to complement the color of the poppy and a Senetti plant each in their own barrels along with Bacopa that will mound and trail.

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Senetti with Bacopa in white

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Picture of Senetti plant before planting.  This plant was given to me by my sister.  I had watched her dogs for her while she took our mother to her doctor appointment and she thanked me with this plant.

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California poppy plants, three of them with viola’s that are the same color but have a touch of a deep, deep purple.

They are doing well this morning, first thing I checked on when I got up this morning, and are placed where they will get plenty of sunshine.

Have a wonderful Saturday, I am going to do a few things around the house, outside and get into my sewing today.

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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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Choppy days ahead I guess

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In today’s mail I received an authorization from my insurance…for a medication by the name of Palonosetron HCl…had to go look that one up and found out what it is for since I apparently will be given ten of them. Not all at once of course. I hope not anyway!

Aloxi (palonosetron hydrochloride) is an antiemetic and anti-nausea agent used to prevent nausea and vomiting that may be caused by surgery or by medicine to treat cancer (chemotherapy or radiation).

I have more chemotherapy scheduled for the 4th and 5th of next month and I also noted on my schedule a bit stronger dose one after the other, so I guess they are making sure I have this medication.  So far I haven’t had but one reaction and the nurse told me it was to the Benadryl given piggy back with my IV of Sterile Saline…before my first chemo treatment!

I am also this next week on one of my visits to have iron given to me via IV.  Nurse J was going to do this on Thursday but since one patient was having a reaction to it she said she couldn’t handle two of us, so she would see that I get it this next week.

One of the Dr’s gave me and another person that came into the office today our shots of Leukine.  I told him he gives a good shot!  Never felt a thing!

Stopped by Big Lots on my way home, haven’t been there in a couple of years and felt like sitting down for a moment on one of their recliner chairs after walking through the store…well!  Then I could not get out of it!  Lol!!  My legs were not strong enough to push the recliner part down and the mgr. of the store had to help me out of my chair!  Lol!!  I really tweaked my back pushing and pushing with my legs like I did, so took a Tylenol for it a bit later and feel like it never happened…so embarrassing!  🙂   He mentioned this particular brand seems to be difficult for many people and offered to show me another chair….I smiled and said ‘oh no…I am not shopping for furniture today, but thank you’!  So that was rather fun!  I decided to treat myself to the breakfast I didn’t eat yet so stopped into one of the cities favorite places and enjoyed every bite of it along with a big glass of water with lemon!  (That is when I took my Tylenol)

It is in the high 80’s today and I feel like being lazy.  I had originally planned to work outside, but changed my mind after the chair thing.  Maybe when the sun goes down a bit more I will go out an putter around some but nothing serious on this day.  I did purchase two new cute, cute pair of gardening gloves and a very nice and soft knee pad.  I have another kind of knee pad but like this new one much better and can’t wait to use it!

How is your Saturday going?  Your weather?  I hope just fine and the weather nice for you.

We shall chat a bit later, have a wonderful evening!

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