It's that time of the year....

It's that time of the year....

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Update….

I have finished 10 of the 30 radiation treatments.  The radiation is directed to my neck and head so they are pretty tough.  The worst side effects are to my mouth.  It is raw inside.  I have been given a compound prescription that is helping a bit, numbing my mouth  and throat so that it is easier for me to swallow meds.  Eating is difficult but I have resisted having a feeding tube inserted.  So far I haven’t lost a disastrous amount of weight.  Sadly I don’t have any extra weight to fall back on.

The radiation frizzes (burns) my hair so I look like the bride of Frankenstein. I can live with these side effects if it kills the cancer.  I will not choose to go through treatment a 3rd time though.

I think about all of you often.  I just don’t have the energy to visit you all.  Most of my time is spent just getting through  each day.  I have the good Lord to thank for helping me to do that.

Stay safe and be happy!!

Beth

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Until later….

I have been trying to keep up with you all but it has been difficult.  I am not getting the energy back like I did before.  I am getting ready to start the radiation (on the 13th I think).   The radiation will be on my neck and throat and I have been told by the doctor that there are a lot of bad side effects.

I have decided not to blog at all for the next few months.  I am praying that I will feel better when this is all done.  I won’t forget any of you.  I am so grateful for the prayers and kind thoughts you have sent my way since 2005.  May God Bless you all!

Love,

Beth

Monday, September 29, 2014

Cardinals clinch National League Central championship….


Sep 13, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Pat Neshek (37) celebrates with catcher Yadier Molina (4) after defeating the Colorado Rockies 5-4 at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Photo from CBS sports

Most of you know that I am a St. Louis Cardinal fan and I have been for many years.  One of my favorite memories is of my dad sitting in the front yard listening to the Cardinal ball game on his little transistor radio. 

I really hated to make mention of the Cardinals winning because I seem to jinx them when I get carried away.  So I will just say ‘Go Cards’ and leave it at that.

I just received a call from my oncologists office and my appointment has been changed till late afternoon.  I am not very happy about that as I hate a late afternoon appointment.  If I would have rescheduled I would have been looking at an appointment several weeks down the road and that just wouldn’t do.

I hope you all have a good week.  It is hot and summery here with the temp to reach the upper 80s today.

Stay safe and be happy!

Beth

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Another birthday come and gone…

and I marvel at the fact that the good Lord saw fit to let me have another birthday.  It was a lovely day too, in the 80s with sunshine.  Lunch at the Red Lobster was great.  I had the never ending shrimp special.  I had the parmesan shrimp and breaded shrimp with salad and baked potato and of course the cheddar bay biscuits.  So good!

It has been 3 weeks now since I had the surgery. On the day I was having surgery I sat in the waiting area with a young father.  He had cancer in the throat, tonsils, on the tongue and the lymph nodes in his neck.  He was having the same surgeon as I, Dr. Parrish.  We had a conversation and he told me that he had just recovered from an illness that he had been told would be terminal.  He didn’t tell me what it was and I didn’t ask.  I remember thinking at the time what a courageous guy he was and I told him that I would pray that he would be OK. 

When I first went in to my assigned room the patient there was getting ready to leave.  She and her husband/boyfriend? were causing quite a disturbance and flounced out of the room in a huff.  After they were gone I watched the cleaning lady go through the drawers in the stand next to the bed.  She filled a garbage sack with bags of chips and other snacks. The windowsill also was loaded with cans of pop, etc.  The nurse later told me that this couple had almost cleaned their kitchen out.  Then the next morning I had a woman roommate who kept the bright lights on and the TV on 24/7.  I could hear her talking to her mother and she was sobbing.  By the 3rd day I told the doctor that I was ready to go home. 

I see the oncologist on Monday and I will find out about the radiation.  That comes next and I will be glad when that is done.

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My birthday flowers.

Have a wonderful weekend.  Stay safe and be happy!

Beth