Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Mountain Climbing Update: Two Thirds of the Way!

Today, I had number 20 of 30 radiation treatments!  I am two thirds of the way up the mountain.  I do have some side effects now: changes in skin coloration in the area of treatment, some fatigue, etc.  But, so far, the side effects are manageable and I am grateful for that.

There was a short wait before I was called in for my treatment; it gave me enough time to read through my prayer book.  On the way home, I put gas to the car.

Later, I baked a loaf of bread using the last frozen bread dough, which I had thawed and kept to rise in the afternoon.  I had some of the bread for dinner with leftover lentil curry: comfort food from my childhood.  :)  Breakfast was a nutritional drink; lunch was chicken and vegetable pot stickers.  My taste buds are improving, but everything still has a slightly bitter after-taste.

Today, I am grateful for:

- Being two thirds of the way with the radiation treatments
- Manageable side effects
- Validated parking ($7 without validation; $2 with validation)
- Safe drives to the clinic and back
- Keeping in touch with family and friends

How was your day?


  1. I'm so glad your side effects are still manageable. X

    1. Thank you, Jules. Hope things are going well with you.

  2. Just catching up after a busy time including overdue chores, doctor visit, a great weekend and family here from Sunday afternoon to Tuesday evening. I even swam in the river which was like soup with occasional cool patches. We are in a heatwave and like you, wanting some rain for the garden.

    I've not forgotten you, and if it has only been late morning or midday when I sent up my prayer, I figured that with the time difference that was working out okay!

    I am so sorry that you still have problems with your taste buds. I guess with such a long stretch of chemo and anti-nausea drugs, it takes ages for your system to recover. I was given an anti-nausea drug by IV in emergency, for vertigo-related nausea, and told it was one of those used for chemo patients. I could hardly believe how dreadful my sandwich tasted later, and was thankful that the effects didn't last too long. I certainly didn't eat as much as usual for a few days.

    Granddaughter, aged 10, never ceases to amaze me now with the amount of food she can pack away! I'm having to readjust my ideas of how much food to get in when she visits. Much more fun than a picky eater, anyway.

    I read about your wicker basket that Dancer loves to sleep on, and wondered if there was any way you could reinforce the lid with some thin plywood underneath (perhaps covering the plywood with fabric so it would look nicer when you open the lid.)

    1. Sounds like you've had a busy few days! But lovely to have family visiting you, I'm sure. That swim in the river sounds like fun. :) Stay cool in that heatwave!

      Hope the vertigo is better. Did they say why it might have happened? Anything you can do to prevent it?

      Thank you for keeping me in your prayers, Bushlady. I know the thoughts and prayers of everyone are helping me climb my mountain.

      Thank you for the suggestion to reinforce the wicker chest lid. I shall look into it. I'm sure Dancer will appreciate it. :)

  3. Two thirds the way up the mountain.. So very excited for you , to get this all behind you. So sorry about the side effects.. but proud you are able to manage them. My prayers are going out for you each day.
    I am having an ok day.. My ears is improving somewhat, but now the asthma is working over time.. I am taking breathing treatments and oxygen.. Hopefully will get it under control soon..It always stays with me several weeks..
    Hope your day is good.. Take it easy, and dont over do..hugs.

    1. Judy, so sorry to hear you are having to deal with another asthma attack. I hope you feel better soon. Get as much rest as you can.

      Thank you, again, for continuing to keep me in your prayers.

  4. You are almost to the top of the mountain!

  5. Hi Bless, you've reached another one of your milestones, yay! You'll be done with your treatment before you even know it. I'm sorry you're experiencing some side effects, they do sound mild, which is great.

    Lentil curry and freshly baked bread sounds delish! I wish I had some for dinner right now :)

    I had a good shopping day today, although there were some frustrations too. I have to go back tomorrow to get a couple of extra things though... but one of them will be butter on sale for $2 a lb at Save A Lot (tomorrow only) so I can't complain about that!

    Have a great evening.

    1. Thanks, Nathalie. I'm glad you had a good shopping day and butter for $2 is worth an extra trip! Some of the grocery stores here, too, have those one day only specials. Some stores have specials on one day of the week, but at least one store has different specials on different days of the week! I often wonder if people go every day to take advantage of that day's specials.

  6. Before you know it you'll be back at work and your treatments will be completed! So happy for you! Those daily grocery store specials are really nice but I couldn't take advantage of them ... Our nearest grocery store is a 20 mile commute (round trip). Have a great week!

    1. That's a long distance to travel for groceries! You'd definitely have to plan ahead and shop with a list, etc.


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