Friday, March 28, 2008

Two more rounds!

This is the kids in their Easter outfits.

I have had a few appointments since I have last blog. So I will try to updated what has been going on the last few weeks. A couple of weeks ago I saw Dr. Kris and we mainly talked about how tired I have been and a little blue. We figured out I am not so blue as just very tired and not enough energy to be peppy. So we talked about resting. Of course he also adjusted my back and neck when I was there too.

I had an appointment with Dr. Rado before this last round of chemo (8). It was a long wait to get in but a short visit. I told him how tired I have been. He told me we could go ahead and do this next round and then if I was too tired we could stop for a while and then come back later. Ryan and I talked it over and we don't want to stop and then have to go through this again. I decided it is better to be tired and just get through it now and be done. He was excited and thinks there is a really good chance it will be gone instead of maintaining the cancer. I asked Dr. Rado what my CA2729 count was and he said he never got it. That is wired because I had blood work done on the Friday before. He said he had the blood test just not the CA2729 counts. So that was pretty much all for that visit. My appointment this time was on Tuesday the same day as chemo so I went in later for chemo. We went in for chemo at 2:30 and we were done by 5:30. That was the fast chemo day that we have had since we have started. We are still trying to figure out how we got out so fast. Before we started chemo I asked them to run a CA2729 counts so we could have that before we started round 8. Dr Rado forgot to order it with the last blood work that is why he didn't have it at the appointment. So two days later the results of the CA2729 counts were in and the number is 36. Yeah and a little sad. Yeah because it is down but we were hoping it would stop going down and start to level off so we could have the last two rounds of chemo.

All last week I had my shots and then on Monday this week more blood work and then Tuesday was chemo day again this week. This Tuesday was to be a short day of chemo we are usually there an hour to an hour and a half. We were there 2 and a half hours. I kept getting air in my line so it took a little longer than normal. We really enjoy going and seeing the nurses and being able to play games and visit and have lunch or dinner. We figured since the week before was shorter than normal that it was only fair that it was a little long this week. So I have been doing shots everyday this week. Next week will be my week off. So two more rounds of chemo we are getting there.

I have to say a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who has been bringing in dinner and helping drive and watch the kids so I can rest. It has really helped! I seemed to be getting some energy back. It is really hard to have other people help so much. I feel guilty. I am trying to learn that it helps me and is good for people to help me and that I am not a burden. I am a very slow learner when it comes to this. So please know if I don't tell you all enough how very thankful I am to all of you who help me so much. I am so grateful to you all. I know I could not fight this without the help that I have been getting. So THANK YOU!

We had a really nice Easter. It was so wired to have it so early in the year. I was a little behind in getting Easter decoration out and talking to the kids about Easter. We were able to read our 12 days before Easter and the kids did such a good job this year helping with the story. I love this time of year the warmer weather and trees blooming and the flowers. I love the opportunity to think about the Savior and the beautiful gift he has given me. I love the Savior and all he has done for me. I hope that I am able to teach my children how important this season is and how much their Father in Heaven loves them.

I know I mentioned how much I love this time of year. I also love it because it is baseball season. For those of you who don't know me well. I love softball it is my favorite thing to do next to going boating. Cole and Kamden are both playing this year and Ryan decide not to play this year. I felt bad for him but life just is to busy this year for him to play. He was so kind to give it up this year to help me out.

I don't think that I have posted this but my baby sister Jillian is getting married on May 3. We are so excited for her. She is marrying someone from here. So hopefully when they are all done going to school they will comeback here to live. I am a little jealous of the the Knight family and other families that are able to have all or most of there family live here in town. I would love to have all my sister live here with their families.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

What is normal?

So a lot has been going on but not so much in the cancer/chemo department. The only big thing that has happened is that I had a blood draw the week before I saw Dr. Rado. When I went to see Dr. Kris my CA2728 count was 54 which is so good it is coming down which means chemo is working. Well just over a week later I went in and saw Dr. Rado on the 25th of Feb. He said he didn't have the CA2728 counts so I told him a week ago it was 54. Well last Tuesday when I went in for the second dose of chemo for round 7 I asked for my blood work. So they gave me a copy of the CA counts which were run before I started this last round, round 7 it was 41. That is right you read it right 41!!!!! Can you believe it 41. Wow, remember normal is 0-40. So that means I was at normal or very close to normal before this last round. I can't wait to see what my new count is next Tuesday. Hurry, hurry to wait I know. Anyway I am suppose to have 3 more rounds of chemo but I am hoping because of the numbers maybe not 3 more rounds?

Really nothing else going on the cancer/chemo department. Everyone always asks how I am doing. I am doing really good if I could shake being tired all the time it would really help with getting things done and keeping up with me kids. And other than that I can't complain about anything that has to do with chemo or cancer. Now if we were to talk about other things in my life you might hear some rumblings.