Tuesday, May 1, 2007

CEA is down

Hey Everyone-(I think Doug doesn't like this introduction but it is wierd to just start writing without some type of greeting). I feel like it has been awhile since I wrote last. Some of you tell me you check daily, I hope your not disappointed that I don't write more often. Sometimes the blog makes me feel like I am all out there for the world, kind of like that movie with Jim Carrey, do you know which one I am talking about? Anyway, the only news is that I got lab results back from my blood draw this past Monday. My nurse practitioner just called me at around 8:30pm, she was still at work, ugh. What a woman! My INR (thinness of my blood) is still only 1.4 (I want to have the number between 2 and 3). So I have to stay on these stinking shots that I give myself once a day that cost an arm and a leg, even with insurance. It brought me to tears last time I picked them up from the pharmacy. Just the fact that I don't really have a choice in taking them, and I would much rather spend my money on other things, ya know. I really feel for diabetics who have to give themselves shots all the time, it really isn't much fun.

The good news is my CEA ( cancer marker) is down from 19 to 7. That still isn't normal but that is pretty darn low and going the right direction. So yaaaaa! I am working on the hormone thing so I can stay as balanced as possible. I go for my 7th round of chemo this coming Monday and I will see my Oncologist then, basically just for him to check to see how I am doing with the chemo. I probably won't have much to report after that visit.

One of my great friends from as far back as I can remember is here in town this week. Thank you Dustin for hanging out with Ella and I and helping us out. It is so wonderful having you around. This week some of the neighbor women and I are going to what I call.. lunch and lift (for the breasts). That should be very fun, I am looking forward to that. I could definitely use some new bra's to help me out a little, hehe.

Again, I need to address my mom, I just can't stress enough how much she has helped me and what a wonderful mother she is. I am already baffled at what to get her for mother's day, what do you get such an amazing mother who is so selfless that she is with you every day of the work week, giving up most of her plans and life for you. Thank you mom, you are truly a fantastic mother, friend and person. Any great ideas of a gift, let me know.

I can't believe that my sister and her family will be moving this coming weekend and I think be officially her this next Sunday. It is so unbelievable to me that she will finally be around more. I have been begging her for so long, it is a dream come true. I know she is going to miss all her terrific friends in Texas but we are sure glad to have her back in KC.

Doug's birthday was yesterday, so Happy Birthday to you Baby! For his birthday we are going to go to a comedy club this weekend, one of the things we love to do. I hope this guy is funny!

As usual, I am enjoying my baby girl, she unfortunately bonked her head on the edge of the firelplace today and got a bruise over her eye. She also has scratches all over her legs from being outside and falling on the concrete. Poor thing, it's rough growing up. She is a doll though. Again, I will get pictures out soon. I promise! She and I visited daddy at work yesterday and brought them cupcakes for his birthday. She loved it.

Okay, enough rambling. I am just trying to get all my thoughts out, this blog is much like brain diarrhea, isn't it. hehe. Everyone sleep well and have a good work week. I hope it rains tonight. ahhhh. "Oh, I love a rainy night", anyone know that song. Enjoy the weather, sleeping with the windows open and the fan on, another one of my favorite thing. Good night. shawndra


Anonymous said...

So glad about the good reports from your doctor's office. You remain in my thoughts and prayers.
Dee Smith

Anonymous said...

So glad you are doing well. For your mother, just spending time with her. It probably means more to her than you know. Other than that, no great ideas. Have a great day.

Heather Russell

Anonymous said...


We have been thinking of you and your family. You all continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. You truly are a wonderful person! We are here for you! Have a Great Day! Take Care and Be Careful!

Lisa Mudge

Anonymous said...

Hey Cousin -

That song you're singin' "I love a rainy night" is by Eddie Rabbit. :)

Glad to hear that those cancer marks are going down! Hang in there! Love ya!


Anonymous said...

Hey Shawndra,
I bet your Mom is happy just seeing you happy - just like you are with darling Ella. Both of you are pretty darn good Mom's.

I'm so glad the CEA is down - it's nice to see a positive sign now and then of your progress to cure.

We miss you at work and will get busy figuring out an evening to get together soon.

Heather Curry

Anonymous said...

Great news....love you, Shawndra B.


Anonymous said...

I have been folling your blog for a month or two now. You are a amazing woman. I'm so happy you have family to help support you. Your mom sounds like my mom. Isn't it great to have such a loving parent in your life. I hope you have a great week-end.


Anonymous said...

Hey Shawndra, is the Dustin you are referring to in your blog the Dustin from the days of our father/daughter ski trips? I remember the high bangs you two would have the Aqua Net hair spray! What funny memories! I think and pray for you often with my husband. God bless you, Jessie Habrecht Pullins

Anonymous said...

I still think about you often and keep you and your loved ones in my prayers. It sounds like everyones prayers are working! I am glad your sister is moving back home and will be closer in proximity to you.
Cheryl Norwood

Alicia said...


All sounds positive and well. Good for you and very well deserved. How about you, mom and your sister all have a 'gal day' together. Sounds fun to me.

I am thinking of you. You have inspired me in more ways than you know. For that I thank you.


Anonymous said...

Give your mom a great big hug for Mother's Day. I am sure that would be her favorite gift. I know, because I am your mom.
Love You

Laura said...

Great update, glad to hear about the CEA level, YAY! Belated birthday wishes to Doug, hope the comedy club was fun, and funny. :o)

Keeping you in my thoughts.

Kristi said...

I am so glad that the numbers are down. What great news!!

Bahama Mama said...

Oh the bangs! I'm deeply saddened that someone, other than our dads who like to poke fun, remember them. We have got to get those pictures out of circulation!! ;)
Thank you for letting me invade your life last week. While we may not always be together, you are in my head and heart always.
I love you and miss you - d