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Wow! Off by Nearly a Month

August 28th, 2014

Nope, no excuses as to why its taken me this long to write a Cancer Warrior Blog. Lazy? More than likely. No ambition? Another good excuse. Either way, there are a few items of good and bad news that need to be mentionded.

First off … at long last, my numbers began coming down for first time in weeks. The first drop was nearly 300 points, and the second drop was 177, which put me under 1,000 points for the first time in I don’t know how long. For a while it felt like things were getting better. The pain level was dropping and I felt pretty darned good.

Then on to bad news. There was a turn around in the pain level. Having problems with stairs and with normal every day levels. Still don’t know what’s happening with the infection. Supposed to see Dr. Webber and Dr. Brummitte next Wednesday. Hopefully they will have some sort of answer. Some major swelling in the legs … which tend to to be painful.

Got the wound vac and that baby is sucking up all the excess gook from the wound. Sure beats constantly changing that bandages, which was just plain gross. I should be finishing the last of my antibiotics on Tuesday, September 2nd. Keep your fingers crossed that this did the trick.

And remember to repeat after me …“YOU ARE A CANCER WARRIOR”

Finally! I’m Back and … It Happens To The Best Of Us

July 31st, 2014

Sorry that I’ve been AWOL these past few weeks, but I’ve been in the hospital. I mentioned the One Eyed Purple People Eater, that lovely blood blister that had formed on my hip. Well, while Dr. Webber was trying to get a sample of it, that sucker burst. Made quite the mess in his examination room. Surgery was called for and I ended up in the hospital for nearly 2 weeks because of the raging infection they found. I tell ya, all this crap just keeps getting better and better.

So, anyway, I’m now home, hooked into i.v.s with antibiotics that’s doing all sorts of nasty things to my lower GI system. Got a meeting with Dr. Weber and Dr. Brommitte set for Monday morning and we’ll see how the infection faired. The strength is rising every day, as is my general well being. Off of work for the time being, but now that I’m feeling quite a bit better and more than half-way human, I’m going to try to go to work just a week after this coming Monday, if only to see how well I handle it. Bossman will be out of the office a good part of the day, so I should be able to ease my way back into the routine.

On to why “It Happens To The Best Of Us” … I had a little pity party a couple of weeks ago, on a Saturday evening. Granted it was late, I was hurtin’, and I was alone … so I indulged. A few tears were shed, a few “why me’s”, and the big question of whatever I did to deserve what life has handed out, hadn’t I atoned for it yet? Apparently not. However, I’m done feelin’ sorry for myself and ready to face anything else thrown in my general direction.

Indulging once in awhile if perfectly fine … as long as you don’t build it into a habit.

And remember to repeat after me …“YOU ARE A CANCER WARRIOR”

Cancer Warrior - Late … Again

July 6th, 2014

Yep, this time I’m late by over a week … nearly two weeks. (I hang my head in shame). Okay, maybe not.

There hasn’t really been a hellava lot to report. The One Eyed Purple People Eater is still there … doin’ nuthin’. I’ll probably have to break down and call the bone doctor to lance that sucker. Really don’t want to do that, but hey, that thing is groddy lookin’. In the long run, I’m sure I’ll be happier with it gone.

Well, I guess there are a few things to report. One of which is that my tumor markers went up again. This is the third time in a row. And by 102 points. Not a huge jump, but it puts me at 1,318, which is not the direction I want to go in. I’ll be seeing Dr. Mac this coming Thursday, so we’ll see what she has to say. I’m hoping we’re not giving up on the Kadcylya yet, but if the tumor markers rise for a fourth time, I guess we’ll have to look at other options.

With regard to the broken foot, no I didn’t call Dr. Webber. I figure that only thing he could do is put me in a boot and I figure with how sturdy the shoes I now wear, my foot is getting the same support that I would get from a boot. Plus, this allows me to drive without having to remove the silly thing each and every time. I had learned how to drive with a boot the last time this happened, but that was when I had full use of my left leg and able to brake using my left foot. Not an option this time. There’s absolutely no pain and I figure it’s healing just fine on its own. If it becomes an issues, I’ll call the bone doctor.

And remember to repeat after me …“YOU ARE A CANCER WARRIOR”

Cancer Warrior - I Mean Really? … Seriously?

June 19th, 2014

I swear to god that freakin’ shower is gonna be the death of me. First I had the slip and fall which resulted in my bustin’ my right leg. We then had the bathtub removed and had a walk in shower installed. (Which is great, by the way … we shoulda done this years ago.

Weeeellll … Last Monday I was getting into the shower stall, hanging onto the handicap handles like I’m supposed to and twisted to let the water stream down. My right foot was too close to the edge which curves up onto the wall and I both heard and felt an ominous CRUNCH. First thought? Oh, shit. :shock:

Didn’t hurt all that badly. On a scale of one to ten, I would give it a three, maybe a four … tops. After some prodding by family members and friends, I went in yesterday to have it x-rayed. Yep, it was broken. Just the bloody hell what I wanted to hear.

I’ll give the bone doctor a call today for advice on how to deal with this. I was recommended to a Dr. Yoshi, but I’d feel lots better having the delicious Dr. Webber take a peek at it. He certainly has my entire history at his finger tips.

On a side note, there has been little or no change to the blood blister that I affectionately refer as the “One Eyed Purple People Eater. There is some oozing onto the bandages that I keep on it, but the size still looks the same, so it doesn’t appear to be absorbing back into my body and it certainly hasn’t popped, so that’s another “wait and see” gig. Ah well, I’m good at that. :cool:

And remember to repeat after me …“YOU ARE A CANCER WARRIOR”

Cancer Warrior - Short And Sweet

June 13th, 2014

StLouisThis blog is gonna be very short since I’m leaving for the WisRWA conference in a few minutes. The conference is being held in Brookfield, which is about a half hour drive, but I plan on staying at the hotel rather than coming home each night. This my “ME” time. The time I take to relax, meet up with fellow writers and friends, no need to think about everything that needs to be done at home. Yes, it’s only for the weekend, but you’d be amazed on how rejuvenating that can be.

And that’s what cancer patients need. Time to yourself. Where you can just relax and not think about your illness.

So, take that time … when you can. Even if its only going away overnight, with or without your spouse. It’s a time to recharge your batteries and get ready to leap back into the fight.

And remember to repeat after me …“YOU ARE A CANCER WARRIOR”

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