|4 done 12 to go.|
Before treatment on Friday, Susan had 12 very good days in a row. Prior to that it was several days of pretty low energy compounded with recuperation from a severe cold. I can always tell when the *sparkle * comes back in her eyes and I can get her to laugh. The *sparkle* and laughter are wonderful and welcomed!
The chemo & blood cell booster combination, translates to lots of sleep for several days following treatment. She gets worn out pretty easily, so on advice from the doctor she rests. We'll see what the next phase brings with her weekly treatments. We're hopeful it will be less of an impact on the daily schedule being one drug rather than two. On the plus side she won't have the white cell booster during the next phase. On the flip side however she will get a bag of Benadryl infused each week along with the chemo. I'll bet that'll be good for a nap or two.
Overall Susan is doing pretty darn well with the chemo but does not "recommend" it - unless you have to of course. We know of others who unfortunately aren't, or haven't been so lucky. So we both continue to count our blessings - which are plentiful.
It's now four treatments down and she still looks like a million bucks!
She's assumed "ownership" of a couple of my winter stocking caps but she wears them well. They keep her head and neck warm at night. She's pretty cute with her dew rags in the day and stocking caps at night.
Susan was disappointed that she's had to give up her volunteer work at Genesis Hospital Gift Shop while in treatment. She enjoyed her companionship with Connie Clay and other friends when there. But that will be there for her to return to in the spring.
We spent a very quiet Thanksgiving together at home. Mr. Hy Vee prepared a wonderful traditional Thanksgiving dinner for four. Fortunately Susan has a great appetite. The prep and clean up were a breeze - and we had warm ups too.
The weekend after Thanksgiving we met Susan's mom, aunt Alvina, cousin Joe, sister Peg and husband Jerry in Cedar Rapids for lunch. It was good seeing them before they returned to Colorado.
A few weeks ago we reported Brad and Jaxson got their haircut like Grandma. Brad sent us a few pictures of the process.
|Hold Still Dad|
|Don't move Dad|
|We're almost done Daddy|
|Not funny Daddy|
|No, Daddy stooooop!!|
Our friends at Bettendorf Amicare Pharmacy had a wonderful surprise for Susan last week. Thank you Amanda, Laura, Lory and Michelle!! You're always a bright spot and a real lift when we stop in.
|Nice selection Larry!|
|Never Give Up|
Fight Like a Girl!!
From the Amicare Staff
Our next trip to oncology will be the start of weekly treatments. These will start just before Christmas and will go for 12 consecutive weeks. We'll keep you posted on the progress. There will be progress!
Personally speaking, I've concluded cancer really does suck.
|Yip, sure does!|
Susan and I thank you for your continued support via your prayers, cards, visits, emails and smiles. We'll continue to keep you apprised of progress and hope to continue hearing from you.