Friday, March 25, 2016

Good Friday

To all my friends for whom today is a day with special meaning and religious significance, I wish you all a blessed Good Friday.

It was another sunny and warm day, here.  I went to my chemo therapy session in the morning.  Two down, 10 more to go!  

Traffic was fairly light going to the clinic in the morning; I got there 15 minutes before my appointment, but I didn't get called in until much later.  The waiting room was fairly crowded.  The doctor saw me and seemed satisfied with my blood tests, but said the white blood cell count was a bit low and I am to have injections on Monday and Tuesday mornings, followed by another blood test on Thursday before next Friday's chemo.  He checked on the side effects with me and thought they were normal.  They really weren't too bad as far as side effects go.

The chemo session, itself, went well without any problems.  I read my prayer book again and knitted.  I am almost done with the scarf - on the very last row!  The length of it is being determined by the amount of yarn I have!

The chemo session took most of the morning.  I didn't get done until after 1:00 p.m. and it was almost 2:00 p.m. when we got home.  I had made ham sandwiches to take with me in the morning and I had eaten mine while I was at the clinic.  Daughter ate hers after she came home and I had a banana.  I had another ham sandwich around 4:30 p.m.  My appetite is OK, except I seem to want very specific things (and ham sandwiches seem to be one of them!)

I spent the rest of the afternoon doing office work and I sent the completed work assignment before 5:30 p.m.  I had reviewed most of it earlier, but I went over it again and added a few extra comments and updated it before I sent it.  I also sent in an account of my time and the number of hours I worked for time keeping purposes.  

This afternoon, my gardener mowed the front and back "lawns" and now the gardens look better maintained.  Next week, I will ask him to weed-whack the side garden.  The rain caused a whole heap of weeds to grow in the side yard.

Then, at 6 o'clock, daughter and I went to the tax appointment.  We got daughter's taxes completed right then and there; it took about 30 minutes.  Mine are more complicated.  Last year I sat there and waited while the accountant patiently figured it all out and it took a couple of hours.  This time, I asked if I could leave the papers with her and come back tomorrow evening.  She, too, preferred that, as she could work on it at her convenience.  I will go back at 5:00 p.m., tomorrow, to sign the completed tax forms and pay the preparation fees. 

After we left the tax office, we drove to Starbucks Coffee for daughter to redeem a coupon for a free coffee and then, went to our favorite hot dog place since I had a craving for their chili dogs.  We went to the drive-through, so there was no getting out of the car, etc.

I was given the usual mixture of steroids, anti-nausea medications, and anti-allergic reaction medications before the chemo session, so I am free from side effects this evening.  I hope it continues for another couple of days.  I seem to be in a better mood, happier, when I don't have side effects!

Today I am grateful for:
- Two chemo sessions completed.
- No side effects, so far.
- A good drive to the clinic and back.
- Gardener mowing the "lawns"
- A productive day.

How was your Good Friday?


  1. Sending hugs and hopes for a time free from side effects.

    Parsnips are funny things, like nothing else. They are a relatively sweet vegetable - not sweet like sweet potato but the sort of sweetness of a carrot, but more mellow. They are awesome in curries and you have mentioned having curries so I suppose you would put them in the sort of curry that would have chunks of ordinary potato in. They are also amazing roasted a little like roast potatoes.

    It is a sort of 'love or hate' type vegetable, so perhaps worth trying just a small bit if you see some at a good price.

    I shall watch out for the goodies you have - Southern California seems much more adventurous with food than Yorkshire! x

    1. I know that one of the ethnic stores here sells parsnips. Next time I send daughter to grocery shop there, I will tell her to pick up a couple of parsnips for us to try. :)

  2. So happy round 2 is over.. Praying that the side effects will not be bad this time...[or none at all, would be great].
    Proud you got your taxes done.. That is always a plus..
    Take care , sending prayers to you.. Happy Easter.

    1. Thank you, Judy. Happy Easter to you, too, and all your family.


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