Hurray! Progress continues in my battle against the big “C”. Dr. X. called yesterday with the latest number from the CA125 test and I’m down from 18 a couple weeks ago to 8 this week. This is good news again. I’m almost at the halfway point. Next week will be Chemo #9. No relation to Love Potion #9 but I bet someone could change out the words of that song to fit. At the end of the coming session I will have completed half of the 18 treatments. It is a long process and yes, I really want my life back. I’m very, very tired of being very, very tired. It’s one major side effect that there is no treatment for. And most days I can’t stand for more than 15 minutes at a time without a severe backache. That leaves out most housework, major cooking etc. I had planned on trying a Tai Chi class last Tuesday but realized if I can’t stand for more than 15 minutes what made me think I could do an hour Tai Chi class. I came to my senses, checked BarnesandNoble.com and bought a beginning Tai Chi DVD for the price of one class session ($8) and I can do it in bits that I can manage in my living room and sit when I need to. I don’t need pain pills for the back as it relaxes the minute I sit so it must be a spasm of some kind and yes, another side effect of chemo and steroids. One of the other things I dislike intensely is that my feet and ankles are nearly constantly swollen. So I spend a lot of time with my feet up. Yes, I’m complaining about having to sit with my feet up when I would so much rather be doing other things.
Since the flower shots were such a hit last week I’ll show you what that garden will look like in about a month. I took these in June 2014. I hope to go back next month but these are too good not to share.
And now for the roses: