Thursday, August 29, 2013
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
The tears were streaming down my face as I read this and watched the video. Please take the time to read the article and watch the video. It is heart warming.
I will be back tomorrow with the blog about my oncologist.
Have a great day. Stay safe and be happy!!
Monday, August 26, 2013
I missed summer. September is right around the corner and I will soon be a year older. I honestly had this fear that I would not wake up from the first surgery on July 23rd, and then I would think how silly that was. If I didn’t wake up how would I know the difference? That was the day the lymph nodes were removed from the right side of my neck and the first round of radiation was put into my tongue via the wire implants. Then the second round of radiation began 2 weeks later on August 6th. My last surgery was on August 10th to remove the radiation ball and the wires. I did have the good Lord holding my right hand through all of this and the prayers from my blogging friends all over the world were life sustaining.
I don’t need to worry about a wrinkled neck anymore as I have a lovely network of surgery lines. I thank God for the fact that I am here to make mention of this.
While I was in the hospital room in the midst of the clutter, etc. I would lie in the bed and I would write blogs over and over in my head. I so wanted to write a blog about my oncologist and I will do that soon. He is such a kind, gentle caring man. I thought so many times how much I would have liked for him to have been Jim’s oncologist. I don’t know that Jim’s prognosis would have been different but at least he would have had a caring doctor.
I did want to let you all know that I am beginning to feel a bit better. I still am not able to chew but that will happen soon I know. I am drinking a lot of Boost, etc. I have lost over 20 lbs. which I didn’t need to lose.
I do have 2 big red tomatoes that my s-i-l’s brother sent to me. I have them in the refrigerator hoping they will last a couple of weeks at which time I will try a BLT.
Thank you to my new visitors. You all have a great week. Stay safe and be happy!!
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013
Here I have been waiting for things to get better. Just waiting and not doing much to help things move along. Getting up each morning after a rather sleepless night, struggling to get my meds down, one at a time instead of taking several at one time. Deciding what flavor of Ensure to have for breakfast when just the sight of the Ensure bottle nauseates me. I declare that Ensure is the most awful tasting supplement ever created.
Enough of the moaning and groaning. When my daughter comes over today I am going grocery shopping to see if there is anything that comes close to Ensure without the nauseating taste.
I first entered the hospital on July 23. I had the lymph nodes on the right side of my neck removed. I found out later they were benign. (This changed the course of my treatment). Then I had implants put in my mouth to deliver radiation directly onto my tongue. I was fitted with a lead device that was designed to protect my teeth and jawbone. It was all extremely painful. Then 2 weeks later I went in the hospital again for the second round of radiation. And now the radiation is done. I can never have any more.
I hope this is a good week for us all. I appreciate the kind thoughts and prayers. Stay safe and be happy!
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
It all began on Friday May 31, 2013. My daughter and I were just home from taking flowers to my husband’s grave in the east central part of the state.
The first thing I did when I got home was to check my mailbox. I saw that I had an appointment with Cancer Care the next week. I thought there was some mistake and I called and told them so. No mistake. My biopsy showed cancer. My world came crashing down around me. Then began a nightmare that ended last Saturday August 3, 2013.
I was diagnosed with tongue cancer. A somewhat rare cancer for women, usually affecting men who chew tobacco, smokers, etc. I have never smoked or chewed tobacco. I have been unable to talk, eat, or swallow well for the last few months. I have lost over 20 lbs. Right now I am existing on liquid and soft foods. I am praying that it will get better as my mouth heals from the direct to the tongue radiation process.
I have lots more to write about. Radiation isolation is quite something. No visits from family or anyone and the nurses are allowed only limited time in your room.
I hope you are all having a good week. Stay safe and be happy!!
Sunday, August 11, 2013
I slept 9 hours here at my home last night. The best sleep I have had in months.
Thank you for all of the prayers from my family and my blogging family. I love you all. Hugs to my twin. May God truly bless you all.
I have made it my goal to start visiting you all beginning on Wednesday as I begin a new life minus radiation.
Friday, August 2, 2013
The lymph nodes are all clear and I hugged my surgeon this morning. This means no chemo or radiation on the outside. I will go in the hospital Tuesday morning for more radiation to be loaded. This second loading of radiation will be all that I need to have. Praise the Lord.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Sorry I haven’t posted or visited again since I have been home. I just haven’t felt like it. I still am in quite a bit of pain. I have had visits from 2 home health care nurses this week. Each one had different advice for me.
I see the surgeon tomorrow and I should get the biopsy results on the lymph nodes. I think I will be going in the hospital next week for more radiation. I hope to get that all updated tomorrow. I definitely will give a short update on the lymph nodes tomorrow.
Thank you all for your continued prayers. They are what keeps me going.
Stay safe and be happy!!
Thank you to my Twin and to Nana Diana for asking for prayer on my behalf.