HAPPY SEPTEMBER

HAPPY SEPTEMBER
"Live in such a way that those who know you but don't know God, will come to know God because they know you."

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

HOWDY HOWDY. HAPPY SPRING ! AND AN UPDATE



Hi everyone, 

Well, spring is officially here. Here in western Washington it isn't much different than winter or fall. LOL 

There is Skagit County we have the Tulip Festival. It is cool. Tulips and daffodils galore. Farms of  them as far as the eye can see. :)
Maybe someday we can go see them. Here are a couple of pics from Google of our flowers.


Aren't they lovely?

Now the update. Last Wednesday I started my treatment. Two pills that I have to take until they do the job. One is called Ibrance. It wasn't available when I had the breast cancer 12 years ago. It is the 'chemo' pill. It works different than the regular bad chemo. Instead of going all over your entire body and making you feel lousy this med targets the breast cancer wherever it may be and knocks it out. The breast cancer is in my lungs. It is not lung cancer. That is different. This pill is not suppose to have the bad side effects that regular chemo has. 

The other  pill is Letrozole. It is an estrogen blocking pill. Estrogen is what this cancer eats to grow. There will be a few side effects though, I have been told with the Ibrance. But they are mild. One is fatigue. Well, I won't know if it effects me that way since I am already so exhausted all the time anyway. lol The usual things that are listed for side effects like nausea, dizziness, diarrhea, vomiting and all that fun stuff are possible too.
I have been a little off balance but I will survive. :)
The estrogen blocking pill could cause hormonal problems they say. I don't know if that will happen as I am way past the hot flashes and etc stage. :)

Anyway the first pill is taken every day for 3 weeks then off for 1 week, then start again. The other is everyday, no stopping.
Then on day 14 I need to do labs to see if it is working and now my white blood cell count is. If it gets low I would be less able to fight infections.
Ok enough of that boring stuff :) 

We have found a place for my husband to go so he can be taken care of and so I can take care of just me. Please pray that the paperwork can be done quickly and he can get settled soon, ok?
I really need to sleep for a month or so. lol

Ok my friend I have to go to sleep.
Take care.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

TEX'S TALES AND AN UPDATE WILL BE COMING SOON


Hi everyone,

At the apartment complex where we live we get a monthly newsletter. It announces coming events, rules, recipes and a section called Tex's Tales. Tex is the name of the man who designs and puts the newsletter together. Tex's Tales are funny little jokes and stories. I was thinking that I would like to share these with you. So once in a while, monthly possibly, I will post one for you. 

Here is the first one. Cracked me up when I read it. :)

 After a hardy West Virginia rainstorm filled all the potholes in the streets and alleys, a young mother watched her two little boys playing in a puddle through her kitchen window. The older of the two, a five-year-old lad, grabbed his sibling by the back of the head and shoved his face into the water hole.

As the boy recovered and stood laughing and dripping, the mother runs to the yard in a panic. " Why on earth did you do that to your little brother? " she said as she shook the older boy in anger. " We were just playing church, mommy." he said. " I was baptizing him in the name of the Father, the Son and in the hole-he-goes. "


Those were the good ol' days sigh.....
 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

WELL IT'S ABOUT TIME LOL


Today, Tuesday is two weeks from when I had the procedure done to remove the fluid from around my lungs and about a week and a half from the day I said in an earlier post was the day that we would have all the results in. Finally today we got the HER2 test back. It is negative, that's a good thing. So official diagnosis...breast cancer, estrogen positive, progesterone positive and HER2 negative. Still don't know what Stage.

So the doctor is going to do ahead with his plan. I will have two pills to take instead of having the awful chemo that wipes me out. I picked up one of the prescriptions at the pharmacy today and the other one I wait for it to come in the mail. That, I think is a bit weird.

I have to wait til I get the other pill before taking any. I will have to go in to do labs once a month. To check the levels and the cancer marker thing. First labs said it was 415 which is waaaaaay high. Last week's labs showed in was up in the 600s. Not sure what to think about that.

So I will have an estrogen blocker pill and the other one will shrink down the tumors I guess. We better get busy with this. Dr said that this way I will not have all the awful side effects like with the regular chemo drugs. Maybe none at all. I do have questions to ask him about that and a few other things. I hope he calls me tomorrow.

My biggest problem is ...well besides coughing alot, is that I am sooooo tired all the time. I hope to get some good sleep tonight. Didn't happen last night because my husband had problems. And  tonight I have to stay up a bit longer to get his blood sugar down because it is too high. I hope that won't take too long. I NEED SLEEEEEEEP  :)


I hope all of you have a great first day of March. Take care. God bless.