Friday, January 27, 2012

Random updates...

Just some random updates......

A while ago I reported that, all in 1 day, my cellphone died, my car died, and someone tried to hack into my laptop. The cell phone has been reincarnated into a new body thanks to a loaner from friends Cynthia and Michael. The car has been resurrected, with an occasional cough and wheeze - sympathy lung cancer perhaps (?) considering we have been together for 20 years and, both being middle aged women, are quite simpatico. As for the laptop, from my tech-challenged position, it seems to be working just fine. But, then again, what do I know?

My father did in fact get 2 new hearing aids which he is, thank the lord, wearing. The frequent threats to the life of his hearing aid have ceased completely. I no longer worry that I may have a 95 year old convicted hearing aid murderer for a father. No telling what would happen to that kind of a felon while in the slammer. Major sigh of relief on that score!!

I've had 2 Zometa (osteoporosis medication) infusions. The purpose is to stabilize my bones, especially the area of metastasis in my spine, in order to avoid spinal fractures. So far, I have not had any side effects and, in a weird way, my lower spine feels more solid. Can't exactly specify how, but it does. Yea!!

A comparison of my most recent chest x-ray to the prior chest x-ray shows no difference in tumor sizes. But, my favorite (and only) oncologist, the great Dr. Michel Hoessly, said the x-rays only show the big stuff. He suspects that there is additional improvement. So, before my next appointment, I will have a CT scan of chest and abdomen which will show finer detail and give a truer indication of progress. And, I must say, there are times when I do feel like more lung tissue is actually functional. Yea!!

I also recently had labs done. Tarceva can be hard on the liver and Zometa can be hard on the kidneys. My kidneys are in fine form but one of my liver enzymes is up. Not high enough, according to the nurse practitioner, for worry. I am making some changes though - lower amounts of fat and protein, higher amounts of plant based foods, and enough water per day to almost fill the Atlantic ocean. (BTW, if I don't answer the phone, chances are I'm otherwise occupied, if you catch my drift!) At this point not much scares me -- except liver failure. That's a nasty way to go and patients in liver failure are very difficult to take care of - often the bane of a nurses existence. So, if you'd like to join me in collective finger-crossing, I'd be ever so grateful.

Fran the man continues to be my rock and my solace. I must have done something right n a past life to deserve this wonderful person. As I said to him the other day, marrying him was not only the smartest thing I ever did, but also the wisest. Thank you God for this wonderful man.

And, thank you God and all you wonderful peeps for EVERYTHING!!!!!!!

Now, could we just have a nice big snowstorm??!!


  1. Fingers crossed for you.
    Kudos to Fran the Man.
    And yes we are hopeing for snow also.

  2. I don't know about your past lives, Fran, but I suspect you probably deserve him in this one. He may even deserve you. As for your liver: I never could snap my fingers ("can't whistle, either), but I can cross them and have done so. I suspect fingers are crossed all over the Deleware Valley (or soon will be). It's got to help!


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