Sunday, February 26, 2012

Blown Away

Yep that's right we've had winds blowing through our town all week and they've been big winds, 60 mph one day, they were supposed to stop last night and still this morning it's blowing up a storm out there.  Thankfully our silver maple trees which are notorious for dropping big limbs have stayed together this time around.  Spring brings big winds to our area as it blows up the Columbia River Gorge and over the Horse Heaven Hills, but this is a tad early.  Sadly this past week I was busy dusting and cleaning house - yeah, dusting and then the wind and the dust, oy vey.  At least I tried, and I won't dust again for another month - I hate to dust.  I did it all in preparation for my first Chemo treatment this past Friday.  I thought if I got the house in order then except for the usual weekly cleaning of bathrooms, etc I wouldn't have to worry through March while I'm doing my treatments.  And then the winds hit, oh well I won't worry till April, a girl can only do so much.

So Friday we left at 8am for Spokane and my 11am appointment for my first BCG Chemo instillation.  I was very nervous and worried, I'd like to tell you I was calm and cool as a cucumber, but that would be a lie.  We were under the impression that they'd put the BCG in and I'd wait for 2 hours at the doctors office, void my bladder and then we could go, but no, that wasn't the case at all.  We arrived, they took me back, they put the BCG in and told me I was free to go on my merry way.  I was quite shocked as it wasn't at all what I expected.  I just had to hold it in for 2 hours and I was free to go about my day.  So we got back in the car and headed directly home.  All in all it hasn't been to bad, but it's only the first treatment.  My bladder was very irritated with the chemo in it and for the past 2 days it's felt irritated, but no adverse issues with voiding and for that I'm very grateful.  However, they tell you that you may have fatigue and flu like symptoms, well by Friday night I wasn't feeling so hot.  I felt sick and I felt exhausted and Saturday was more of the same.  Today I'm happy to say I feel good again.  I know as time goes on and the more treatments I have the symptoms will get worse, but I'm willing to do this so that in May the doctor will look in my bladder and hopefully say - you don't have a single tumor.  I can't wait to hear those words.

No pictures to show, no quilting or knitting to show either, perhaps next week.  Thanks for hanging in there with me and thank you from the bottom of my heart for the words of encouragement, the prayers and the good vibes y'all send my way.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Walking Pneumonia

Yep, I've been down with walking pneumonia - I know they call it "walking" cuz you aren't bad enough to warrant a hospital stay, but let me tell ya, when you're wheezing and panting for every breath, you aren't walking around much either.  It all started the day we went to Spokane for the pathology report and to schedule my chemo appts.  Boy has it been a rough week.  I did a little knitting in between trying to hack up a lung or two and I did finish a good book - the Templar Legacy by Steve Berry.  Other than that, nothing.  Just sat around, couldn't lay down for a few days cuz I couldn't breath.  I've gone through so much kleenex I should own the company.

On a happier note, today is my CR's birthday.  And 3 years ago this past Friday he had his radiation seed implants to kill the prostate cancer he was battling, so his birthdays are particularly special.  I made him a cake and will fix a crab casserole and salad for dinner for him.  We're just taking it easy today as we do most Sundays.  The sun is out, but the wind is howling, so it's a good day to stay inside and just chill.  I might try to get to my sewing room and work on something and then again I may knit, haven't decided yet.

I hope you are all doing well and having a good day.
Happy Stitches and Big Hugs,
Tam

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Pathology Report

Well my post-op wasn't quite what I expected, it would seem that one of my tumors was high grade.  So the BCG Chemo went from being a good option to a must do because not only are the tumors recurrent, they are getting more involved.  Between that news and the urgency and spasms my bladder has been having since surgery I just don't want to deal with anything else.  The doc gave me vesicare and I"m hoping that it starts helping sooner rather than later.  On the 24th I will start the chemo - once a week for 6 weeks, then a maintenance schedule.  So grateful there is this option.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Naps and More Naps

I'd like to tell you I've been full of energy and accomplishing great things, but truly all I've done well of late is nap a lot.  Thankfully the weather has been cold and damp and foggy, so I don't feel so guilty staying in and napping and not doing much of anything.

So first I thought I'd share with you my retail therapy of yarns to make scarves with:

And a couple of the scarves I've made using some of the yarn:

Yesterday I went to Craft Warehouse, a fun store close to where I live and they have it all, home decor, fabric, yarn, scrap booking, beads.  You name it, you can find it there and I like the ladies in the fabric department and needed some fabric for a project and since I had a 40% off coupon, well you can see why I decided to go - nothing better than a coupon.  On Saturdays they have a few make and take projects going on and one caught my eye.  It involved a piece of canvas, crayons that you hot glue to the canvas, and then melt with a heat tool and ta-da, you have some art:

I hot glued the flowers on to make it more interesting.
I also wanted to show my messy table with my finished quilted table cloth on it, we love how it turned out:

Today I plan to be in my sewing room while CR listens to the super bowl game.  I like the commercials, but the rest I can do with out, so tomorrow I'll catch the best of the commercials on the Internet.  We have a pot of chili on the stove and it should be an easy day around the house.  I'm staying in my pj's and I'm sure I'll be taking a nap or two with the way things have been going. 

Now I need to get off the computer and make some brunch for us.

Happy Stitches, big Hugs, and Many Thanks for the prayers and good vibes this past week!!
Tam


Thursday, February 2, 2012

At Home and Doing Fine

Thank you all my wonderful friends for the prayers and good vibes you sent my way.  We arrived home yesterday, I slept the day away, so it's a good thing CR was driving.  Then I went to bed early and probably slept another 12 hours.  I'm wiped out and my neck is so stiff I think they had me doing a head stand for surgery.  It's good to be home, there's no place like it when you just aren't yourself.  I did some retail therapy and bought scarf yarn.  I will take a picture soon, beautiful yarns at a store called Paradise Fibers in Spokane - LOVED that store, it's huge and is in an old brick building and just fun to wander through.  I think they have everything and then some. 

Off to get a haircut and meet a friend later for coffee at Starbucks and naps, lots of naps again today.  Poor CR waited and waited and waited and the doctor didn't come out to talk to him and then all of a sudden they took him back to my recovery, after recovery room to see me.  So we've no idea what all got removed, etc.  Guess we'll find out on Wednesday for my Post-op.  In the recovery after recovery room they give you some toast and coffee and let your head clear a bit, then you get to go home and I was ready to go let me tell ya.  Hospitals are not my favorite place to be.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam