Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Karen Health Update--June 29, 2011

NO
this is not the wig that I will be wearing in
a few weeks, but it is a picture of one that my sweet son
sent me when he was in Seattle. If I remember
correctly, he even offered to buy it for me if I
wanted. After all, it is RED!

As you can see, we are trying our best to laugh our way through
cancer treatments.

I thought my blog might be the best way to keep people updated on
my progress rather than trying to e-mail, post on FB, etc.

One week ago today, I had my first chemo. The process, itself, wasn't bad at all.
I actually played games on my IPad and talked to David through the
whole process without any problems at all.

This past week has been one of ups and downs as I/we learn how
to handle chemo. Mandy suggested that I keep a diary so
that in future rounds I will know what to expect, and I think that
has also helped me to see that, for the most part,
every day has been pretty good.

The biggest problem has been fatigue. I'm used to "blowing and going" so
being tired is hard, but maybe God wants me to learn to be still sometimes.
I've also had a little problem with elevated pulse rate, even though my blood
pressure remains great. My oncologist today said that this is from both
the steroids and drugs and gave me medicine (another pill) to control
it. She said I didn't need to feel like I was running a marathon all the time
(and you all know, I'm not into running marathons).

I don't know if I have shared this before but my surgeon and
oncologist worked together to time my first chemo round
so that I would be in week 3 (which is the week you feel most
normal) in order to be able to enjoy a family reunion that the
Aven/Gibson/Rollett/VanLoenen/Hinojosa/Burke/Taylor
Clan is having in Colorado Springs next week.
I cannot tell you how excited I am to have my family here.
That's going to be the best MEDICINE in the whole world
(and it's not even another pill--yeah!!)

6 comments:

Miss G said...

I had not seen that wig picture!! Hilarious. I don't know why you didn't take him up on it. :)

Kim said...

You would never know it was a wig - it is so you!

Joan said...

Well, you said you already had one picked out but I was expecting it to be a little longer. :)

Anonymous said...

You will pass for Loretta Lynn's sibling in that piece of fire! If you ever want to run a marathon sit still and allow the feeling to pass! praying you back for the prayers you said for me!

Love you,
Helen

Anonymous said...

It was so good to get an update on your progress. Praying that your
chemo treatments go well.

Take care.
Joyce

Anonymous said...

You should see the face my baby girl is making as we read this .... think she likes the wig :) Love, hugs, kisses, mexican milk candy and prayers to you!