Friday, July 11, 2008

New Laptop

Hey everyone- I am writing this time from my new laptop doug gave me for my birthday (a little early)! It is so exciting, but it will take me a little time to get my fingers adjusted to the new keys.
To start, I had a great 4th of July! It is always great to see and hang out with so many friends and family! We even stayed up for the fireworks out on the lake. When we got out there Ella kept saying, "I not scared! I not scared, mommy". So funny! I did have a little period of time that day that I had some extreme pain and had to excuse myself from the party to go lay down. That was a bit frustrating and disappointing but thankfully it subsided and I could finish hanging out with everyone and enjoy the rest of the day.
I had my 5th round of chemo today (5th round this time). It went well, still no agitation as I had before, just more fatigue than before. It also took me a few days of rest to recover from the 4th so I think the chemo is accumulating in my system and making me more tired. So the last few days I have been in resting most of the day.
Next week is going to be busy, Monday Doug and I go to Omaha to meet with Dr. Foster. A follow up from surgery as well as to discuss future plans. I am interested in seeing if he can do another surgery in my pelvis to get rid of the mass there that is unknown if it is cancerous or not. As well as reverse my ostomy! We will see what he has to say. Then I see my oncologist here on Tuesday and I see the pain doctor on Wednesday to talk about another option for my pain since I am having to take more and more pain medication to get rid of my pain. I may have built up a tolerance to this pain medication and may need to try something else. So next week will be a busy one! Hopefully I will get some answers and some sort of plan. The last plan was do chemo for 5-6 times and see how I am. There may be a possibility of taking a break or just keep on keeping on. I still hope someday I will here I am cancer free and am officially in remission. It sounds like you are never officially rid of cancer once you have it. Sometimes it comes back and you always wonder with every symptom could it have returned. I have to focus on ridding my body of the cancer first. I believe Ella is jumping on the stairs now. I gotta go put the smack down! Talk to you all later. Have a wonderful weekend. I am going to go have lunch with a few friends, get me out of the house a little and focus on something else for awhile. I hope you all are doing well! Shawndra

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just stopped in to check on you as always and there was a new post!

So glad you had a great 4th, the weather was perfect wasn't it? Especially for July..wow!

Hope all goes well next week, you'll be in my thoughts and prayers.

Have a great lunch!
Deb

kelley said...

Glad to hear the 4th was a good time, it's always a good time with the family! I'm sure 3 Dr visits isn't the MOST fun week to look forward to but as you said, maybe it will offer further plans. As for that early birthday gift, nice. You'll love the portability (I'm posting from the Polyneisian resort in Disney World right now!) Makes you wonder just how we all functioned before all this technology. Have a great weekend and we'll keep those prayers and well wishes coming your way.

Anonymous said...

Yeah!!! You finally got the laptop! Fun times...Ang

Michele said...

Hello Shawndra, just wanted to tell you I think of you every day. I came to your site tonight to beg for an update- looks like I didn't have to resort to that. I looked at your albums, you looked so great at that bday party. You are so beautiful and Ella looks just like you!
Take care!
Your birthday buddy,
Michele

Anonymous said...

Good luck next week. I will be anxious to hear what Dr. Foster says.

Also, good luck with laptop. Hope you enjoy it.

Love, Marny

Anonymous said...

Think of you daily Shawndra and being a CC patient myself I learn from you. Can you tell me where you are having pain and if you know why? I have been having stomach pain around the from of my waist....?

Paulette said...

Hey Shawndra,
I come by everyday to check on you, it was good to see a new post from you. I better know how to pray this way. You are always in my prayers everyday I lift you before the Lord and ask for remission for you. I know he hears me as I am very persistant. I would think he would do it just so I will shut up about it already but I know he is listening.
Blessings Shawdra and we are here praying for you fervently!!

Anonymous said...

Shawndra-

We are so happy you had a wonderful Fourth of July with your Family and Friends. We are always thinking and praying for you and your family. Keep Believing!!!

Lisa

Anonymous said...

Shawndra-

We are so happy you had a wonderful Fourth of July with your Family and Friends. We are always thinking and praying for you and your family. Keep Believing!!!

The Mudge Family