Sunday, August 3, 2008

on the fritz

Hey everyone- I haven't been able to get connected to the internet the last several days. That is torcher, ya know. But thankfully it is working this morning. I wanted to let you all know that my CEA from last week is a steady 5, which is good. I am glad that is has been this same number the last 3 times we have drawn the CEA level. I think that is good news. I am going to continue my chemo for atleast another month and then we will see if I can either do some maintenance chemo, maybe in pill form instead of having to go in for infusions for awhile atleast while my numbers stay low and consistent. I pray that I can keep my CEA low and the cancer minimal without spreading. I can live like this, if that is the best I can achieve, even if they think there is still some cancer in there, I can handle it as long as it stays there and doesn't spread. I have chemo again this week, so probably a few rest days ahead and hopefully nothing else.
We've had a great weekend. We got to spend time with some friends friday night and went to the first friday's art gallery thing downtown. It was very fun. Yesterday we got to play with Andrea and her kids while Doug and Greg worked on a project, in the unbearable heat, poor guys! Thanks Greg for your help! Then Ella got to go to the pool with her cousin, Ian and we got to hang out with my cousin and fam. It was a lot of fun too! Ella even napped yesterday without a major production. ahhhh it was so nice. I was so proud of her! We are still working on eating her meals instead of wanting just to eat snack food all day. That is the challenge these days.
Doug gave me my mother's day present last week. He and Ella have been working on it off and on for awhile. It was incredible. They made this collage of pictures of Ella and I with wood pieces that said Mom and Ella on these wood pieces. It is hard to explain. Maybe I will take a picture of it and post it. I still need to learn how to do all the pictures. My friend, Angie was going to give me a lesson the other day, but we couldn't get the computer to work so I will learn soon so I can do it all myself. I have been wanting to update the pictures on the side too. I will work on that. I hope you all had a great weekend too, even though it has been soooooo hot! Take care everyone.
Sandy- good luck at MDAnderson, you also might check into Creighton, Dr. Foster, who did my last surgery, he was the only surgeon willing to do the surgery.
Thanks for all your posts. I appreciate hearing from you all. You continue to be in my prayers.
Shawndra

6 comments:

kelley said...

I don't know what's more frustrating, electronic problems or our reliance on them. What did we all do before cell phones and computers? I am truely HAPPY that your numbers are holding steady. That is such great news. I hope to continue to get these positive updates!

bahama mama said...

Thanks for hanging out with us on Friday - we had a great time! I'm so happy your CEA is holding steady - something to celebrate!!
I hope your chemo goes well tomorrow, but more importantly...I hope you and Doug have a wonderful 4th anniversary!
Love you all, d

Anonymous said...

Happy news on the CEA. I will continue to pray for you!! Hang in there with Ella, I have a son her age. I'v always heard about terrible 2's...wow they weren't kidding were they! Have a great week!! Enjoy the hot humid weather, for soon it will be cold and snowing and we won't be to be outdoors much!!

Stacy

Anonymous said...

Shawndra-

Glad to hear that you CEA level is staying steady. We would love to get together with you and Ella. Let us know a good time for you both! Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you all!

The Mudge Family

Anonymous said...

Shawndra-

Glad to hear that you CEA level is staying steady. We would love to get together with you and Ella. Let us know a good time for you both! Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you all!

The Mudge Family

Michelle said...

Hi Shawndra,

So happy to hear all is well with you and that your CEA number is stable. What great news! I hope that very soon you can get a break from the chemo, too!

Things are going well in preparation for the marathon, and I am closing in on my goal (not that I wouldn't like to way exceed $3000 for colorectal cancer research!). Anyway, I am holding a big fundraiser next month - a progressive dinner and raffle in my neighborhood - to try and raise the remaining funds. I'll let you know how it all works out! :)

Have a good week. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers.