Thursday, August 23, 2007

Update - Aug 23/07

Ok... now that I've finally cleaned out my 980 emails, I can finally get to my blog! Seriously, I did have nearly 1,000 emails in my account. How does that happen, you ask.... I am on a few groups for people with sarcoma and they've been a chatty bunch lately. I'm also on a few groups related to Down syndrome. The emails add up quickly that way. And I got behind a while ago and then when I was gone to the cottage I got seriously behind. Anyways... that chore is now done.

I started my vitamin C therapy a few weeks ago and just had my 3rd treatment today. I've connected with a naturopathic doctor that I really like and trust. He was a medical doctor in the past so he has a lot of experience and knowledge from that point of view. My blood work showed significant deficiences in many areas. I guess this isn't surprising as I went through 16 months of chemotherapy and it would have worked some damage in that area as well. So I have to take a few supplements to help get myself back to normal. The vitamin C treatments have been fairly uneventful. They hook me up to an i.v. via my port-a-cath (I am sooooo happy I chose to get the port. It makes life re: i.v.'s soooo easy - especially when your veins are as horrible as mine are). Then I read and rest for the next hour and a half or so. The two nurses there are wonderful - they make sure I am comfortable and have everything I need (drinks, blankets, warm bean bags, reading material, etc). So far I'm not feeling anything from the vitamin C - either good or bad. I'll keep you posted!

We had a good week at the cottage last week. I'll be editing this post to include some pictures from our week. I found the week to be a great way to recharge my batteries. I even managed to read the latest Harry Potter book! Too bad we could only stay one week.

That's all for now folks.


Kris said...

Good for you, I hope the treatments start to perk you up. All the chemo was really hard on you, so this should help! The cottage sounds wonderful. Take care my friend!

Anonymous said...

Hi Annette,

I read the last Harry Potter book too! I thought it was really good, I kind of think it leaves it a bit open to the future, maybe further adventures of Harry's children...can't say too much, don't want to ruin it for others.

I'm glad you had a good time at the cottage, and I look forward to seeing the pictures. I hope you're feeling that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Kei said...

You may have been behind in your emails, but it just means you've been taking time for yourself!

We enjoyed the last Harry Potter book here too. I hadn't read any of them, so before the new one came out, I read all the previous ones. Loved 'em!

Hugs my friend~ I'm glad you found someone you connect with, like and trust for your treatments.

Bennetts said...

I am so glad you got away and had a good time and just the word COTTAGE sounds so peaceful. I hope this new treatment helps..

Shannon **Gabi's Mom** said...

I hope the new treatments are just what your looking for.

Lisa said...

Glad you had some time to actually rest and recharge a bit...and read, how wonderful ;)

You are in our daily prayers for your new treatment to make a difference.