Monday, October 29, 2007
Yes, I'm still alive and relatively ok. Time to play catch up though........
Mom's doing ok. She got through her mastectomy pretty well. Though as of today she still has the drains in, but those *should* come out by the end of this week. She's starting her Chemo sometime around Nov. 9th. That is- if her heart *tests* strong enough to take the meds. ( I had to take the test as well, it's basically SOP when you go into Chemotherapy) I don't think she'll have any problems with that- her heart is pretty strong. She's also having a PET-CT scan. This is that test that is supposed to "track" all the cancer that is in the body. I had that too- and that's why my status was dropped from Stage 3 to Stage 2. But this is the test that will truly let us know just how far the cancer has "invaded" her body. This is the test that will decide just HOW much Chemo- and how bad things really are. 'Cause right now she's categorized as having "Uncontrolled Cancer"- which is the scary thing.
My cousin Rae is down and staying with Mom right now. Which has allowed me some time to get things done around the house, and spend time with my family. I'll have to "jump back in the zone" once she's gone, so for now I'm doing as much as I can here at home.
I did go with them to the Oncologist's office, where we got the breakdown on all that is coming up for her. And I have to tell you all- I'm worried. She doesn't seem to want to deal with this?! Like she's dealing with a "hang-nail" or something????? ( props to my cousin Patti for the analogy!) And she's having a real hard time keeping things straight in her mind. I mean- we were sitting there in the exam room and Mom kept getting the PET-CT scan mixed up with a PAP-Smear exam!!!! Like- "why do I have to do that now- that's my uterus- not my breasts?". I tried to help her get organized- told her she needed one of those pocket calender thingy's that she can write all these tests and stuff down in. She looked at me like I was talking out of my ass! Well- I did it! It's the only way you can keep all the dr.'s/tests/appointments straight! Especially once the Chemo kicks in- "Chemo-brain" is not an imaginary thing people! She still is thinking like she should just have some radiation treatments and call it done! But at least she's decided to be on disability through all this- and not try to work on top of everything! I've also got the telephone #'s of some of her friends, and I'm going to pull them in for help if we/she need it. One of them is also a survivor, so she should be a great help there.
Other than that, everything is pretty much the same old, same old. I did have my bi-annual Mammo last week, and it was NORMAL! Thank goodness- I wasn't up to "tag-team" chemo anytime soon lol! Oh, and good gravy- is the Senior year of H.S. expensive or WHAT!?? Becky is not even interested in getting a ring- and so far it looks like we're about $300 in the red right now!! Cap, gown, announcements, etc. And it's not even spring yet! I smell overtime in either Jon's or my future- either that or I'm going to have to make her announcements myself lol!
Oh, and on another front- Andy's M.S. has had a total of 6 bomb threats since the beginning of the year! Un-BELIEVEABLE! Kids threatening on My Space, or writing on bathroom walls, etc. They thought they had rounded up all of them, only to have ANOTHER one last week. Poor kids are not getting any work done- standing around in the field, or the gym at the elementary school next door! Doesn't exactly make my son want to go to school, when he's not getting anything done. Idiot kids!
Well, that's all I can think of right now. I'll be back as soon as I can and let you all know what's up or not as the case may be. Thank you for your kind words and support. Once again- they work wonders for my sanity!!!
Love and Peace, KC!
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Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Just a short post- as I'm off to go back to the hospital. Mom got through surgery just fine according to her dr. She'll be released to go home sometime tomorrow afternoon.
But the bad news is the cancer HAS spread well past her armpit. Dr. got what he could- but he said it's traveled much farther. So until she has some further testing, we won't know just *how* far.
Love and Peace- KC
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Friday, October 05, 2007
Alright- here's the info:
Mom's officially got stage 3 Breast Cancer. The mass they found under here arm is cancer as well. She's going to have a Mastectomy on the 16th, probably followed by Chemo. What we don't know- and what we won't know until the surgery- is how far the cancer has spread. But because it's under her arm ( re: past the lymph nodes) it could be invading her body somewhere else as we speak. My nodes were clear- so this is new territory for us. I'm hoping it hasn't gotten far- because... well, I don't have to spell it out for you all, do I?
I will try to keep you all informed on how things are going. But between work, the family and this- my time "off " is going to be sparse. That's why I've been AWOL lately- just no time for the www. Thankfully, my cousins Rae & Patti are coming in to help ( THANKS!!!!!!!) so that should be good for me and Mom. And the people at work are helping with my scheduling- so that I'll be there for Mom when she needs me.
I hope you all are well, and having a lovely fall. And October is Breast Cancer month- so get your friggin' Mammo's my friends! Else I'll have to come to your houses' and kick your collective butts! Oh, and click that link on my sidebar- and get "Corporate America" to pay for a mammo for someone who can't afford one. Lend a fellow female a hand- and possibly save a life!
And now for something completely different ;-)
"The Priest and the Rabbi"
A priest and a rabbi were sitting next to each other on an airplane. After a while, the priest turned to the rabbi and asked, "Is it still a requirement of your faith that you not eat pork?"
The rabbi responded, "Yes, that is still one of our laws."
The priest then asked, "Have you ever eaten pork?"
To which the rabbi replied, "Yes, on one occasion I did succumb to temptation and tasted a ham sandwich." The priest nodded in understanding and went on with his reading.
A while later, the rabbi spoke up and asked the priest, "Father, is it still a requirement of your church that you remain celibate?"
The priest replied, "Yes, that is still very much a part of our faith."
The rabbi then asked him, "Father, have you ever fallen to the temptations of the flesh?"
The priest replied, "Yes, rabbi, on one occasion I was weak and broke with my faith."
The rabbi nodded understandingly and remained silent, thinking, for about five minutes.
Finally, the rabbi said, "It sure beats a ham sandwich, doesn't it?"
Have a great weekend Everyone!
Love and Peace, KC!
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