Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Radioactive Pumpkin

Ha! Sounds like I should be a comic book character doesn't it? :o) 

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Today was my first day of radiation treatment. Physically, fairly basic and simple. It's about a 15 minute procedure, although they did take some x-rays in that time frame as well. I lay on a bed/table, much like a CAT scan, and the machine works around me. I'm fitted into a mold of my body and they align me using the 'tattoos' that they gave me a week ago. Two to three minutes later and I'm out the door! Yes there are possible side effects but I'm told they should be minimal.

Mentally, not as straight forward as I thought it would be. During the past couple of weeks, the real toll of what's been happening has risen to the surface. There have been a number of hiccups along the way and although I remain strong, I find myself struggling with my emotions. Anger and sadness are the top two contenders.

Tomorrow we return to the Big City for round two of my radiation treatment. Since my last post, I met with the radiologist and he upped my sessions to ten :o( So that means one down, nine more to go... As far as the pain goes, they told me it might disappear right away or it could take 6-8 weeks after radiation. I'm hoping for the former but any pain relief is good in my books.

I also had my first treatment of Pamidronate. This is a lengthy procedure but painless IF the nurse manages to get the needle into your vein the first time. Honestly, my veins are a nurse's dream! Go figure... There is one side effect that I have noticed and that's a body ache/stiffness afterwards. It only lasted a few days so it wasn't too bad.

I met with the Gyny Oncologist today as well. Things look really good and I'm free to start exercising AND pick up Junior :o) That was music to my ears! Well, to be totally honest, I have been cheating for the past week. LOL! I miss that little boy so much. I still have to be careful because of my sternum but at least I have the green light.

I know I haven't been around much but like I said, there have been a few hiccups along the way. I have managed to put in some stitching and I have even finished a project! Woohoo! Now all I need to do is catch up with my Blog posts so you can see for yourself and know that I'm not fibbing ;o)

Again, a big thank you to everyone who has left a comment, emailed or even snail mailed me :o) I wish you could know just how much your support and friendship mean to me. I know this is supposed to be mainly a cross stitch Blog (with a few of life's bumps thrown in) but it's been consumed with my current health situation. I see I've lost a few Stalkers and it may be because of that, I don't know. Cancer has robbed me of friendships along the way so I really appreciate those that stay. Stay tuned for something fun!

57 comments:

Sharon said...

Well, I am glad to hear that things are progressing along. Hoping your pain will just play nice and just go away! I am thrilled you can pick the baby up again and I am looking forward to seeing what you have worked on. Too bad we can't cut out life's hiccups-because they certainly wouldn't be missed!

Devon said...

Oh your post brighten my day,,so glad to see you posting,,take care of yourself and all else will follow..

Patty C. said...

Good to hear from you - i like your comic logo - lol!
Best wishes for you & your family
Im still stalking
Hugs

Parsley said...

Here with you no matter the topic. Hoping you get some pain relief soon!

Gabi said...

So glad to hear from you again.
it.
Please don't worry about followers lost or not. Having a blog where you can reach out to people who care and worry about you and keep them updated is a very good thing.
I for one be always happy to read an update from you. Because you and your family are often in my mind

Annie said...

One step at a time. We're all thinking of you and continue to send positive vibes. And how great to be able to pick up the cutie pie again!

Daffycat said...

Glad to hear from you, Cathey! This must be so emotionally (not to mention, physically) overwhelming...I don't know how one copes at all. Be assured, we are all here rooting for you!

Don't be so sure you've lost followers due to anything you did or didn't do. Lost of people simply close their Google accounts and when they do they disappear from your followers list.

April said...

Good to see your post!! I am saying prayers for you. So glad you can pick up edwin now.. I would have cheated too. lol We understand about the not stitching much.. You need to focus on you and your family.. Take care sweetie.. Glad to hear from you.

Carol said...

I'll bet the best medicine of all is being able to pick up your sweet baby boy again... Nothing like cuddles with your child to make all your worries recede for a while...

I'll be here no matter what--you can't get rid of me, my friend :)

Sending hugs and all positive thoughts your way, Cathey!

Laura said...

I am so happy to hear you are staying strong as you are. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!

Laura

Myra said...

Good to hear from you and I am keeping you and your family in my prayers. I have been a bad blogger lately and am behind in my visits as well. I am hoping for the best for you.

capecodgirl565 said...

Glad to hear you are handling your treatment regimen well, and good news that you have the green light for more holding time with the little one. Prayers continue to flow your way as well as many good wishes.

Christine said...

I'm glad to hear the treatments are going well so far and I hope your future treatments go well, too! Take good care.

TammyK said...

Good to hear from you bud. Here's hoping all your treatments are quick and painless. Forever a stalker :-)

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

You just take care of your self and love on that precious angel boy.

Melissa said...

I'm so glad to see an update from you. I've been wondering how you are. So thrilled that you got the go ahead to hold the little bundle!!! Nothing better than that. Keep up the positive thoughts...we are all thinking and praying for you.

Christina said...

You have been on mind. So glad that you posted. I pray that all these treatments help you. So glad you are able to hold that little one again.

Continued prayers and good thoughts to you and your family.

Mouse said...

hellloooo there .... glad to hear you can cuddle the wee one properly too :)
hope the pain relief comes soon for you too :)
whoopppp on the stitching front :)
there should be a snail mail from me soon too ..lol (not called snail for nothing ;)
and sorry to hear you have lost stalkers ... their loss not yours :)
take care and squeak to you soon :)
love mouse xxxxx
ps don't forget a cuddle from me ;)

Marlene said...

Chin up.........count the treatments down and live your life!!

Irene said...

Whatever you feel like talking about, I'll still be stalking you. Really, I just what to see more pictures of Junior and hear about his milestones along the way. Well maybe a little of your stitching as well :)

Cath said...

Lovely to hear from you . I'm glad that your treatment is going well ,and hope for some quick release from the pain . Don't blame you for cheating , how could you resist that little cutie .
Take care .
XXX

cucki said...

so happy to hear from you dear friend..
ia m thinking og you here so much..
all my best wishes are with you
big hugs xxx

Chris said...

Yea!! I am so glad that you can pick up your sweet boy again.
And stitching too, yahoo!
Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers!

WendyCarole said...

Great to hear from you. Keep strong we are all rooting for you.

Vickie said...

Oh Cathey, I am so glad to hear from you. I was praying for you yesterday and now I know why. You can do this. You just keep hugging your hubby and snuggling Junior. I will keep praying for you.♥

And This Little Pig said...

Just want to wave and say G'day, have been thinking of you, hubby and the peanut :@ Must be wonderful to be able to hold him again, give him a hug for me.

LiBBiE in Oz with Meah and the Long Dogs

Christina said...

1/10th of the way down on the radiation treatment Cathey, then next time 1/5th. I live my life by fractions. I find it helps, especially with countdowns. Once a maths teacher...!
Fingers crossed the pain goes...and quickly. I look forward to the next Junior photo. I bet that litlle guy has grown lots!!!

Stitching Noni said...

Cathey, lovely to hear from you. I was only thinking about you the other day & wondering how you were going. I hope the treatment goes well & that the side effects don't cause too much pain. Good to hear you can cuddle Junior :0). Don't worry about losing stalkers... Things happen, people change what they do & sometimes google does strange things too. Please do let us know how you are when you can. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your loved ones. Hugs xx

Angela said...

I've noticed that I keep loosing followers too and then I gain some so it's something that happens to us all.

I am glad to hear your treatments are under way and I hope you get some pain relief soon, I know how awful that alone can make you feel!

That's great that you can pick up Junior again!

Take care of yourself :) I'm rooting for you :)

Julie said...

Lovely to see a post here, Sending lots of love your way. Such good news you can have cuddles again, that's gotta be such a wonderful feeling. Hoping all goes well with your appt.

Lynn said...

I'm still stalking too!
Glad to hear that things are underway now. I hope you have pain relief pronto and I'll be rooting for you.
You must be thrilled to be able to pick up Junior once more. It would have been so difficult not being able to cuddle that little cutie.

Take care and know that you are always in my thoughts and prayers.

Alberta said...

You continue to amaze me Cathey! SO glad that you can officially pick up your 'lil darling'. He must be providing you with lots of loving and that is a great medicine!

{{{Hugs}}}

Melanie said...

There may be 9 left to go but now you're on the road to recovery vs. waiting for it to start. So there's that. You've been so brave - I know you can do it. Lots of good thoughts!!!!!!! *hugs*

Sally said...

I think of you often so it's lovely to see a post from you. Sending lots of good vibes your way {{{{hugs}}}}

Catherine said...

So good to see an update from you. You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers.
Hope the pain subsides for you quickly and the treatments are too hard to endure.
How good it must feel it be able to hold Junior again. He's a very handsome and loved fellow!

Cathy said...

God bledsd you and stay strong.One day at a time is what i go by. Enjoy it because you can never do it over. Have a great day.

mumzy said...

Hi Sweetie:
Iknow we just left your place but I am glad to see you have posted an update on your blog. You know that Mum and Dad will always be there for you and your hubby and it is an honour to take care of that gorgeous, big beautiful eyes grandson. We still are praying that your pain will go away real soon and that with each treatment, your health is that much closer to being back to normal.

{{{Big Hugs and Lots of Love}}}
Mom

Mary Ann said...

Glad to see you back blogging. That's such wonderful news about you being able to pick up your wee son. That is so important when they are little and I'm sure the good feelings from it will help you get better.

I haven't been blogging all that much myself. I even thought about closing down my one blog and just keeping my doll blog open. I have been making a few dolls:)

Maggee said...

So good to hear that you are doing fairly well, considering everything you have to do right now! Picking up the baby is high on the priority list, for sure! My local, youngest granddaughter is in a very lovable mood--she wants to hug me and hang on me and have me hold her, and she is over 2 years old. I am NOT complaining! Children are a marvel, enjoy! Hugs!

Shelly said...

Hi. I'm a new stalker, taking place of an absconded stalker! I've popped in here now and then to see your stitching and reading about your fight. Love the radioactive pumpkin pic! Take care!

Andie said...

*big hugs* and prayers coming from NZ

Jannie said...

Glad you showed up Pumpkin. Been checking on you nearly daily. We're with ya and prayin for you. Blogs are for stitching and anything else you want to talk about - especially with other stitchers. Take care!

Valma said...

hey sweetie, I thought about you last week when I received an order I made, and was wondering if you received the one you made...the kit with 'your' dogs =)
it's good to read from you
And it's super if you can pick up Junior , that's better than any medicine
take care sweetie and keep continue to be that strong
biiiiiiiiig hugs
xxxx

♥ Nia said...

Go sew your cape!!! :D hahahaha Every super hero needs a cape ;) LOL
I replied to your email sweetie, don't worry writing back, do it whenever you feel like! No worries ;)
Hugeeeeeeeee hug to you!!!! =)

Teresa said...

Talk about what ever you want on the blog, we are hear to listen. Lots of Prayers out to you and your family.
Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

Gabi said...

Hi, so good to read you doing well.
I think of you often and check your blog.
Take care, big hugs from Germany, Gabi

Cindy said...

Good to hear you are doing okay and that you can hold Junior again! I have been very bad at keeping up with blogging in general, but I think about you all the time. Hugs :)

Terri M said...

It's good to hear from you. I'm sure Junior is glad you've gotten the green light to pick him up, even if you have been cheating. Who can blame you? :) Looking forward to seeing the finish.

Lili Bear said...

Well, fav Pumpkin, I would surely be angry at the situation if I were you. I am actually angry that this is happening to you. :(((
But I believe anger will give you the strength to fight this battle.
Thinking of you lots and lots.
Many hugs.

Frances said...

I just found your blog recently. Being able to hold your little one is more precious than any medicine. A friend recently underwent radiation with few side effects so I wish that for you. May you have a very peaceful and pain free day.

Carolyn said...

Cathey,
You are so strong...You amaze me...I haven't stopped coming to your blog. Just been busy taking some much needed "ME" time. I've been going through the menopause and it SUCKS..Anyway I am here for you and I am so sad your going through this it SUCKS..We need to form a SUCKS group...What do you think? I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers...Don't give up...Keep the Faith...Did you still need someone to help with your other blog? I don't mind stepping in.....I all ready have a design I want to start stitching on...Keep those posts coming its your blog and you can write about anything you want...(((Hugs)))

Aussie Stitcher said...

I am so glad that you are able to hold your son again, give him a hug for me. Here's hoping that the radiation gets rid of the pain sooner rather than later. {{{{{HUGS}}}}}

dixiesamplar said...

My dear sweet friend...you hang in there! You and the family are in my thoughts and prayers, and I know that you will once again conquer this obstacle. So glad to hear that you can now give your sweet boy some cuddles, as much for you as for him :o) I hope the meds help eliminate your pain and that you don't have to deal with much, if any, sickness as a side effect. You have a wonderful outlook on things; you are an amazing lady!

Tatkis said...

Those are great news! Especially about holding Junior again :)

Big hugs,
Tatyana

Rita said...

I'm so happy that you are a little better...every day is a battle that you will win in the end..that its what you have to think about :)

You said you lost a few stalkers here because of your health situation..well, you "won" me because of that in the first place...because Nia said in her blog that it was your birthday a few weeks ago and that you were going through a rough situation, so i came here and start to read you...nowadays and the days before also..i love the way you write...And i also have a young son (turned 14 months today) so i felt even more for you.:) and i'm inspired by your strenght..even if you think you don't have it..but you do..you're a real fighter of life, so keep going, ok? Because your little man needs his mommy! ;)

Stay safe..lots of hugs*

Anne said...

So glad you got the green light to pick up your little man. I hope that your pain subsides and that the treatment will go well for you. Big hugs to you and lots of prayers.

Siobhán said...

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.