Yesterday, being a Thursday, was my best day of the week thanks to the steroids they give me as a part of my chemo anti-side effects cocktail on Wednesday. It was a gloriously beautiful day here just south of Seattle, WA so I decided I needed to try a bit of an outdoor adventure. I took my camera and we went to the Highline Seatac Botanical Garden. Here is a link to the story of how the part of the garden I visited came about: http://highlinegarden.org/explore/elda-behms-paradise-garden/
Several water features join the birds in creating musical sounds.
For the weary wanderer there are benches scattered throughout so you can relax and enjoy the view.
Won’t you show us what you are hiding, pretty one? Don’t be shy.
I don’t think I’ve seen one of these before…a type of poppy I think. Sorry but most plants are not labeled.
There is a beautiful rose garden section but not quite in full bloom yet. Here are a few that were lovely. Give it another month.
And me in one of my favorite head wrapped scarves.
As for my update, week seven and the good news is that although my white blood cell count had been on the decline I managed to get it back up into the normal range. I Googled “how do I increase my white blood cell count” and the answer came back “you can’t” but…you can increase your immune system…even when it’s being depressed by chemo with foods rich in anti oxidants. So I increased my intake of Greek yogurt, spinach (I like it raw in salad) and green tea. That is the only change I made. It kept me from having to delay treatment because if the WBC is too low you can’t have the chemo and also kept me from having to get a shot that is supposed to increase the white blood cells. The side effect of that shot is bone pain. No thank you! So I will continue with my current diet of foods rich in anti oxidants and see if it continues to increase. I really do want the chemo to be over the end of July without any delays. Oh, the other news is that I drove myself to chemo and home again on Wednesday. I had a back up plan in case I didn’t feel able to drive home but Dr. X agreed that since I am tolerating the treatment fairly well and live so close there should not be a problem in my driving to and from treatment. That takes a load off my friends. Although I know they are more than willing to taxi me to and from the treatments. And I am so grateful for that.
I am having a little “wobbliness” when I walk…turn around too quickly, that kind of thing. So with the idea of getting that under control I am considering attending a Tai Chi classe that is offered at the Cancer Center on Tuesday evening. I’m hoping it will help with balance. Perhaps both inner and outer balance.