January 8th, 2015 – The Daily Affirmation

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Spread the love

I truly enjoy walking through my garden, watching the bees drift from flower to flower. How about you?

I have decided to make a change to this blog. Rather than write daily, which I have been having a hard time keeping up with, I will post once a week.

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October 31st – Day to Day

Happy Halloween! 😈

Happy Halloween - Photo from TimeForTheHolidays.net

Happy Halloween – Photo from TimeForTheHolidays.net

Yesterday was the first infusion that I will have for the next two years. The nurse was able to get into a vein on the first try. Wahoo!

Then I was given a saline drip. Once that was done the Benedryl came next. I had a reaction to this. My arm started to burn and itch at the same time. I had red splotches on my arm where the burning pain and itching was, and was given a warm pack to help. It did help a bit, but it was still irritating.

Next was a flush with saline before the Rituxan. When she started the Rituxan all was OK. This drip was to go for 90 minutes. Half way through my arm began to get extremely cold. A warm blanket and another hot pack was placed on my arm. I was glad when it was over and done with.

We are having work done here at the house, and so yesterday I drove myself. I wanted to see if I could do this in case my husband was unavailable to drive, as he was yesterday. After treatment, there was no way that I could drive. I felt like I had one hell of a drink with my speech being a bit slurred and that loopy feeling in my head. This was a result of the Benedryl.

I had to sit for almost two hours before feeling well enough to drive. It was while I was sitting there that the nurse mentioned my “next chemotherapy” appointment. I was puzzled because the Dr. had told me on my last visit that I was done with chemotherapy. Due to what the nurse said to me I looked this up today.

Here is what I found: He was not correct in what he said. What he should have told me is that I am finished with the “induction phase” of the chemotherapy. The induction phase is the first part of the chemotherapy treatment and is the intensive cycle of the treatment for SLL. I am now in the second phase of treatment, which is really important too, as this is the maintenance phase. It is still chemotherapy! 😦 He needs to work on his communication skills!

May you enjoy the day! Hugs and be well!
Jane

What inspires you?

Penny from “The Why About This” inspires me each and every day! She posted a lovely piece on inspiration that I just had to re-blog this post. One needs Inspiration when struggling and dealing with health issues, and this is why I wanted to share this with you. To each and everyone of you that follow me and stop by to read my posts: Thank you! You inspire me. If it were not for you and for people like Penny, my blog would not exist. I hope that enjoy Penny’s post on inspiration. Thank you Penny for this post which is at a time when I need it! Hugs and love to you my dear friend! Jane

The Why About This

Yellow WarblerA Beautiful Bird in it’s Natural Setting is inspiring!

Seriously, have you given any thought recently to what inspires you the most?

It’s important and necessary in your life to be inspired by others. Inspiration is the emotional fuel that keeps you going on those hard days. Whether it be a word or deed from someone you know or someone/thing you’ve heard or read about, it makes no difference. It’s the “something” that so moves you emotionally, (in a positive way) that life seems a little better, and more doable in that moment.

For me, what inspires are the following:

Love inspires me. Beauty inspires me. Bravery inspires me. The human spirit of never giving up inspires caringme. Tenderness inspires me. Happiness inspires me. Caring people making a difference inspires me. Thoughtfulness inspires me.

ForestA smile inspires me. A mother and/or father caring for their family inspires me. Children Inspire me…

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August 14th – The Daily Affirmation

Beautiful days!

Beautiful days!

Today is a beautiful day, and so was yesterday, as a matter of fact! This kind of thinking is all about being positive and healing from the cancer and the side effects of chemo!

Yesterday was the first of the two day treatment plan. The nurse had a hard time finding a vein and after 3 tries the 4th was the charm! Everything yesterday went as it should and that made me happy. I felt a bit loopier than I have in the past!

Today was the last day of treatment and it went OK. One patient was sent to emergency for troubles outside of the chemo. They could not even get to administering anything on her. Poor thing! Still have to have tests to be done later, and I am telling myself all will be well! Keeping the fingers crossed that there will be no more chemo!

Hugs and be well!
Jane

July 18th – The Daily Affirmation

Sparkles

Sparkles

I feel so much better today! After my nightmare chemo day I only got one hour of sleep overnight, so I was a bit of a basket case yesterday. At least yesterday’s treatment went smoothly!

I spoke to the pharmacist yesterday at the treatment center about the Ambien that she prescribed. The instructions for dosing by the Rite Aid indicated that I should take this before bed, yet the indications noted on the side reads,”Take on an empty stomach.” What? A conundrum? Sorry, but I usually am ready for bed a few hours after having dinner. The pharmacist indicated I should take this about 6 hours after eating dinner. OK, who in their later 50’s can stay up until midnight? I have not been able to do that for years! 8:40 p.m., time for night, night!

Anyway, I am still tired today, but the good news is that I slept for 5 hours. So, a total of 6 hours of sleep over the last 2 days. This is 2 hours less than I slept over the last two treatments. Hopefully naps will be part of my day today!

With that, I decided that no matter what, today I will sparkle! It’s a good day for it!

Thanks for stopping by today, and have a wonderful Friday!

Hugs and be well!
Jane

Yesterday’s Chemo Treatment

Had the worst day yesterday at the chemo treatment. My husband dropped me off and I sat and waited. I arrived at 10 to 9. Around 20 minutes later one of the nurses came out to tell me that they were running behind and I was quite early for my 9:40 appointment. I told her my appointment was at 9:00 and if they changed it they should have called me.

The nurse I had was new and could not find a vein. Instead of a hot packing my arms with hot packs she brings out two warm blankets, walks away and comes back maybe 20 minutes later. With the hot packs your veins come to the surface in about 5. She could not get into vein in the middle of my right arm so went for the vein on the outside of the right wrist. She got that one.

She went through the usual questions, gives me the two Tylenol, and then starts a saline drip. After a bit she comes back with the steroid. My heart starts racing. She asked me all the right questions and then had to go and consult the Dr. By the time she got back all was OK. She checked my pulse twice, once when I told her about the racing and after she came back. She told me that my pulse rate was the same. No way was it the same!

Then she gave me the Benedryl. This makes you very cold and sleepy almost right away. Now all the nurses I have had so far when they get the drip going ask if you need anything. This one, no. As she is walking away I asked her for a warm blanket. She told me to wait until she was done with the lady next to me, who she was JUST starting on. She never brought me that blanket and I had to ask another nurse about 20 minutes later for one. Almost an hour later she asks me if I still need that blanket.

We went through the Rituxan OK and the Director came by and I asked for a pillow as I was feeling a nap coming on. Remember the last time they ran out of blankets? This time they were out of pillows! Anyway, the nurse next got me going on the Treanda. I was thirsty and asked her for a bottle of water. Again, wait until I get finished with this patient, the one next to me who she was just starting to work on again. She never brought me the water. When my husband got there at 2:00, he went and got me the two glasses of water as there was no bottled water.

The Treanda drip was done about 20 after, and the nurse came over to start the saline flush. Never saw her again. After the machine beeped 3 separate times to alert them that I was ready for the next phase, the other nurses came over and turned it off. It goes off again, and again and on the 3 time one of the other nurses came over to take me apart so I could leave. We ended up leaving there around 2:45.

The other nurses seemed not to want to work with her. I have always watched them all each time I have been there trying to figure out the dynamics of the work force. You know, how they get along, do they help each other out, are they happy at their jobs…Yesterday there was a definite strain in the day and it was very busy. After 11ish, there were no empty chairs and when one was vacated it was cleaned and then filled. At one point while watching her, I could see that she pissed off the director who looked skywards as this nurse walked away from her.

They called in a prescription for me for a sleep aid so we had to stop at the Rite Aid. The pharmacist said that it would be ready for me at 3, which it wasn’t, as usual. We got there after 3 and did not leave there until 3:30. On Thursday last week at 6 in the morning I called in for refills, which their computer told me would be ready for pickup at 10 the next morning. I got there at 10:40 and it was not ready. The pharmacist was working on it. So much for customer service and relying on people doing what they should in their jobs…

This has gotten rather long, hasn’t it? No sleep last night again. I was told to take ½ of this pill (Ambien), which I did at 10. At 3 I was still reading and finally turned out the light but never really slept until maybe 5:30 this morning and was up at 6:30. So, I am a bit grouchy and very tired.

I just needed to get this off my chest, and I hope that if you go through chemo or are going through it, that you do not have a day like this one!

Round two this afternoon, and hopefully I will get a nap in beforehand!

Hugs and be well!
Jane

July 16th – The Daily Affirmation

I vow to be brave!

I vow to be brave!

I decided to do a post today. I came up with this last night. I am not looking forward to my treatment today, but I do make the vow to be brave in today’s daily affirmation!

I have food packed, the room is ready and I am going to get through this just fine! Right? Right!

Hugs and be well!

Jane