Saturday, May 21, 2016

Mountain Climbing: Three Quarters of the Way!

I am three-quarters of the way through the second half of the chemo!  There are 12 treatments in total in the second half.  As of today, I've completed nine and have just three more to go!  I think I will make it!  I really think I will make it all the way to the very top.  I am being helped up this mountain by everyone's kind thoughts, support, and prayers.  I can feel it.

For once, the waiting room was empty when I got to the clinic, this morning!  I was actually called in on time!  I was weighed.  I've gained a pound since the last visit; my appetite is improving even if I can't taste everything.  I know I am eating a lot more than I did when I was taking the other chemo.  My blood pressure was good, too.  My blood test results were good; the white blood cell count was good; I didn't need more injections this time.

I had a new nurse attend to me in the chemo room.  She was Japanese and I told her that my daughter speaks Japanese (that was her minor at UCLA).  So she and my daughter spoke in Japanese and the nurse was so surprised and happy!  She kept telling me my daughter had the perfect accent! 

Today, I felt very sleepy during chemo and napped.  I napped in the car on the way home, too (daughter was driving).  Came home and fell asleep on the sofa!  Woke up when I heard the gardener working the front garden.  Then, I finished reviewing my work chapters for this week and sent them in.  Sent my supervisor my weekly status update so she knows what work I completed this week.  I also received a new project, yesterday, and I downloaded those files to work on them, next.

Daughter went to Japan Town with one of her friends in the afternoon, to have lunch out, walk around and do some shopping.  But she didn't buy anything, except for a bag of my favorite raisin rolls.  I was able to taste them just fine and ate two of them!  She is now making some snickerdoodle cookies from a mix I had in the cupboard; wonder if I'll have a taste for cookies?

Cookies Ready to go in the Oven

For dinner, we had leftovers from last night's dinner; we finished the baked beans and broccoli, but there's still some chicken, rice, and mash potatoes.  Enough for one more dinner, I think, with some vegetables.  For dessert, we had freshly baked cookies that daughter made!  I do have a taste for cookies!

Fresh Out of the Oven!

Today, I am grateful for:

- Making it this far up the mountain!
- Blood test results were good.
- Didn't need injections this week.
- Daughter brought me my favorite raisin rolls (a gift from her).
- Freshly baked cookies!

Weekend Plans/To Do List:

- Make a wedding card for my friend's daughter.
- Do laundry
- Paperwork/file
- Do dishes
- Tidy/clean the kitchen
- Water the back garden
- Start decluttering and tidying my bedroom

How was your Friday?  What have you planned for the weekend?


  1. Almost there! Glad your appointment went well.

    My Friday was decent, spent the day at work. Saturday is my niece's birthday party and that is my only real plan.

    1. Yes, almost there!

      Glad you had a decent day; I presume work was OK? Hope you have a fun time at your niece's party. Wish her a happy birthday from me.

  2. So happy for you, Bless! You are so close to the finish line and I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed for you that everything continues to go well. You put on a pound! Maybe you should go on road trips more often...

    It's impressive that the nurse herself was impressed by your daughter's accent in Japanese. Some people are just gifted. I'm terrible at trying to mimic accents. People know that I'm not native from mine but very few people have ever guessed that I was French (like 2, I think?). Surprisingly, tons of people guessed that I was British when in fact my accent doesn't have ANY hint of British accent to it. It's always shocking to me that people don't actually know what a Brit would sound like, LOL. Incidentally when I watch British shows, I usually turn on the captions to make sure I understand everything they're saying. I used to feel bad about it but whenever I ask Greg "what did they say?!" if we don't have captions on, he rarely knows, even with American shows.

    1. Thank you, Nathalie.

      My daughter took a semester of French when she started high school (they were required to take 1 semester of French and 1 semester of Spanish in 9th grade and then, choose one for 10th and 11th grades). Her teacher was French and he thought daughter did well, but she found French pronunciation hard. She chose Spanish, which is a bit more useful, here, in So. Cal.

      I took 6 months of French when I was in Sri Lanka - taught by a lady at the French Embassy there. I can't remember much of it, anymore, except when Pierre broke his mother's favorite blue cup, Maman exclaimed, "La tasse bleue!" I don't know why, but that became a favorite expression of mine! :D

  3. Do you start radiation right away or will you have a break?

    1. I was told there will be a short break - not sure how long. I will have to be tattooed first! And then, six weeks of daily (M-F) radiation. It'll be a whole new adventure!

  4. I am SO happy you have made it 3/4 of the way up that mountain..Know it has been a long trip.. I am praying for you each day..
    SO happy that daughter got you the rolls you liked..and proud you could taste the cookies.
    Have a great week.. KNow you and daughter are enjoying each others company..

    1. Thank you, Judy. There is light at the end of the tunnel! :)


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