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.


Anonymous said...

Dearest Rochelle, I read your blog and want to be there to help take care of you. I love the pictures of the kid's. They are looking really good and they are so cute. Cole is getting so grown up. Kamden too. Carter isn't a baby any more. I sure love them all!!
We had planned to be back in WA by the 1st of May; although we planned it we are not going to be able to make it home that early. Life happens and things change and this makes us sad as we will miss Jillian's wedding.
Honey, please do as much resting as you possible can until you finish with the Chemo. We want you to know that we think about you everyday and pray constantly for you. We love you!

Heather said...

Thanks for the update! I'm glad you are able to rest, hopefully you'll quit feeling guilty.

heather beck

Anonymous said...

Hi Rochelle,
so glad to read your up-date. i check it everyother day hoping to hear something from you. i'm so sorry that you have been tired, how frustrating huh? Your kids are darling. we are hoping to make it to the wedding, we want so bably to come see you and the twins and ofcourse everyone else. I love ya so much! have a restful week K?
Aunt Lynn

PRP said...

I too am so glad you updated! I was getting a little antsy so it's good to hear from you. Your counts sure sound good and I know you must love that the end is in sight!

I'd love to be on the short list of those to call if you need anything....


Ms. Kristen said...

I keep on asking Kamden how you are! She said "Great". So...I went to your blog to get the details! YOu are looking great and your face still shines! Everytime I look at you I think of courage and a fighter! You are a strong women!
Glad things are going so great! Just like Kamden says!

Anonymous said...

Hey Rochelle,
Your fight is encouraging for me. You're really doing an amazing job at not letting things stand in your way. Let others do all they can to help. It's an opportunity for everyone to serve and learn from their service to you and their family.
The kids remember you in their prayers each day. We love you very much and miss you guys a lot.

Anonymous said...

Rochelle dear,
Your children look amazing and you are amazing too. You have been through so much and with such courage. I am so proud of you!!!! Summer is closer still. Think blue skies and starry nights. Love you so! Teacher Kathy

Tharker said...

I love your kids' picture. Kamden's dress is adorable! My boys had the exact same outfits as your boys did, except that Josh's shirt was white. Other than that, our boys could have been twinners!

I'm glad to hear that you are doing well, and that there are only 2 more rounds! That is very exciting news.