Friday, December 13, 2013

So Far, So Good!

DeBary, FL.

48 deg. partly cloudy, no wind.
Forecast = Mostly cloudy skies. High 73F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph.

There have been some days lately where Linda was having doubts about this whole chemo thing. She got to reading all about the possible side effects of the treatments and that probably wasn't a good thing. One thing that did help was that she received some very positive comments and e-mails from some of my blog readers. Some of who had gone through the treatments themselves and others who had loved ones or family members who had. To those folks, Linda wants you to know that your advice and kind words helped tremendously.

Thank You!!!!

As many of you know, yesterday was Linda's first treatment. Everything went well, but they had trouble with her veins and she will more than likely have to have a "port" installed. I don't know a whole lot about it, but from what I gather, it's a device that's surgically  implanted just under the skin and is hooked to a vein. This     "port" can then be used for all further treatments.

Linda's not very happy about the idea of having a "port", but thinks it's probably the best solution. :-(

When Jim brought Linda home yesterday, she was feeling fine. So far, (and I even heard Jim ask her how she was feeling this morning), she has not had any side effects. She is taking preventive medication for nausea, and as of last night, her appetite was fine.

This afternoon, he has to go back to the chemo place and get an injection. This is to help her immune system. They've already warned her that it could cause bone and joint aches and have advised her what she should do if that happens.

For the next 2 weeks, she will have to go to the chemo place every Thursday and get a blood test so that they can keep an eye on what the treatments are doing to the blood. Then, in 21 days, (also on a Thursday), she will have her second chemo treatment.

In the meantime,  the chemo place is making arrangements for her to get the "port" implanted, (an outpatient procedure), at the hospital.

Again, thanks everyone for the thoughts, prayers, comments and e-mails. And again, the RVing community has come through with flying colors!!!! :-)

A Point to Ponder : Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.



  1. We may not have too much choice about what happens to us in some respects, but we do have choices in how we handle things. Keep your head up Linda. More positive thoughts are coming your way!

  2. My Dad has the port. It does make it a lot easier for him. They also give him an IV of saline to keep his veins hydrated before the chemo starts. Sometimes they put a heating pad on his arm where the IV goes in to help with the 'stinging' sensation that the chemo seems to give. Keeping you and Linda in our prayers!