It has been a busy week to say the least. I went to LUSH which is where Erica Schonert works. Her mom, Deb Schonert and I had mini facials. I also bought a few stocking stuffers. Pat and I hit up a liquor warehouse called Spec's to see if they had a certain wine for X-mas presents. It was also full of cheeses, olives, salamis, and you could also have a sandwich made with fresh bread they bake there. Awesome place!! Oh....and Dave Brooks.....they have every kind of ale under the son!!! Pat was in another land of happiness!!
So, today ends the week of treatments and Monday will be my last day...and the bell ringing day. Woop! I have seen the team from the last time I was radiated. I ran into the guy as he is in the same area as I get radiated on but he has his "own machine" as the say. And Danna, the lady from last April/May also stopped by to give me a hug (two separate times). It means a lot for them to do that as these guys are like "Wham, Bam, Thank Ya Mam"....and out you go as they have someone else after you and some else after that.....and the line goes on.....day after day after day. Each person with a different story....some want to converse and others just want you to bug off as they feel like POO!
I also saw Dr. Das today. This was the last time I will see him before going home. It's all a waiting game as far as whether this radiation worked or not. It will keep working for about 6 weeks. So, my last chemo in Effingham was September 30th. I will not have any until I come back in mid-January for my PET scan to see what's going on inside of me. No chemo until then......last year....things didn't look too hot and they started me on a new chemo. THEN, I went back 3 months later and it showed the tumor was necrotic in places and also showing shrinkage. So.....I will try and stay focused and positive that the cancer is not spreading or dancing around all over the inside my belly. Dr. Javle says there are still tools in the toolbox so if it didn't work, we are still hopeful something else will slow or stop this monster. I believe the radiation will work but it might take a couple 5 to 6 months to see the results that we are looking for. That is basically how it worked last time.
Pat and I spent the day running around....shopping a bit...hunting for gunpowder (no luck there) but we did find some bullets our pharmacist is needing. Brycen-you're the best!
We had supper at David and Rosselyn Morris' house. Oh man.....best meal we have had in a while and the cherry pie....mmmm...hmmm!!!! But best of all, they are just great people to visit with. Telling stories from their college days to me talking about my grandchildren back in Illinois. Yes, God has sent this pair of Angels front and center for us to meet on this cancer journey. I truly believe God has planted them in our life....and I do praise God for that!
We will get our laundry caught up...pack a little....and sometime in the afternoon, we will visit The Schonert's for a quick goodbye. They have just been fun to be with....and I am so glad we had time to spend with them.
So, Tuesday, I will see Dr. Javle at 8 am and then we will start the journey home. We will probably stop about 5 hours from home for the night and come on in to Olney on Wednesday.
We have met some new friends, became better acquainted with old friends, and Pat and I have really had to connect with each other to keep from killing each other in such close quarters.....not really...we like each other!! :-)
I know I say it a lot but "Thank You" to each and every one of you who have thought about me, prayed for me, sent me a card (I received 39 cards as of today....and some even had a surprise inside!!), flowers, Edible Bouquet, phone calls, messaged me on Facebook....the list is endless. But most of all, my THANKS goes to God along with many praises! I am leaving you with several pictures from the past 2 1/2 weeks. Enjoy~~
|NANCY & JACKIE MORRIS FROM OLNEY AND THEIR COUSIN WHO IS JUST A GEM, SHIRLEY PATTERSON|
|LUSH WHERE ERICA SCHONERT DOES A FANTASTIC JOB OF "DOING HER JOB!!"|
|DEB SCHONERT & I GETTING MINI FACIALS AT LUSH|
|BEFORE I SAW ERICA "IN ACTION" AT HER WORKPLACE....I HAD NO IDEA HOW WELL SHE DOES HER JOB. SHE IS FANTASTIC AT WHAT SHE DOES....AND LOVES DOING IT!!!|
|ONE OF PAT'S DISTANT COUSINS THAT OWNS A BAKERY. YUMMO! THEY HAD JUST MET THAT DAY FOR THE FIRST TIME. NEILSON'S BAKERY...FYI FOR THE HOUSTONIANS.|
|PAT AND MARY LOU PRINCE, THIS IS PAT'S 1ST COUSIN THROUGH GENERATIONS.|
|OUR VALET PARKING AREA WHERE I GET DUMPED OFF FOR RADIOLOGY APPOINTMENTS AND RADIATION IN THE BASEMENT.|
|THIS IS ANOTHER TECH THAT DOES THE RADIATION. THERE ARE TWO MORE THAT I CAN HOPEFULLY GET PICS OF ON MONDAY....THE BELL RINGING DAY! WOOP!|
|I LOVE THIS FOUNTAIN EVERY TIME WE PASS IT IN HERMANN PARK.|
|PAT AND I PARKED AND TOOK A WALK DOWN THIS PATH AS WE WERE WAITING IN BETWEEN APPOINTMENTS. SO PEACEFUL...A GOLF COURSE ON THE RIGHT AND ON THE LEFT, THEY ARE BUILDING A JAPANESE GARDENS IN HERMANN PARK.......|
THANKS BE TO GOD!