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Hi Friends!
 
Sorry for not updating.  It's been a weird week.  I was fine in the hospital and didn't have any more fevers, so they discharged me on Tuesday afternoon, last week.  I got home, and by 7:00 that night, was having fevers again!  So, I spoke with my doctor.  She had me come back in and have another chest x-ray done on Wednesday.  They took a closer look at the original x-ray, and could see some spots had been there and were more pronounced in the new one.   I have pneumonia!  So I was put on antibiotics, but I was still allowed to go home.  They had me do another covid test on Thursday, because of my symptoms, but that came back negative, thank goodness!  I met with my doctor on Friday and we came to the conclusion that I should not start my last chemo this week, when it would have been due.  She wants, and I want, my body to get back to normal as much as possible before we start the chemo again.  So now, I will be admitted for my last round of chemo on August 10th.  I had quite a few coughing fits over the weekend, but with a lot of rest and finishing my antibiotics, I feel like I can breath almost normally today.  

So, although I feel kinda weak (walking to the kitchen feels like a workout) my fevers haven't returned, and my coughing fits have subsided, I've recruited Molly to help me get back in shape.  Molly's surgery went well.  She has 2 pins in her wrist which will come out on August 5th and then she will finally get a cast.  She has been dying to get back to school, and we just found out last night that instead of going back on the 18th, school doesn't start until the 31st now.  So, she can't do much, with her right arm all wrapped up, and she's "bored", so we came up with a plan last night of getting me back in shape, so hopefully this weekend, I can take a walk around the block.  She's my exercise partner.

Evelyn went to a Christian camp last week and had a blast.  There were only 11 campers there that week, but she made a lot of new friends and seems rejuvenated.  For her, it was like a Christian retreat and camp rolled into one and she wants to go back next year.  

Prayers, for my mom, please, as she heals from her knee surgery she just had Monday.  She's still in the hospital, but I think she gets to come home today?  Evelyn's going to go stay with them next week and be her helper/companion.   

I'm ok.  I'm eager for this to be done, but I'm ok. I'm looking forward to getting back to school, although I don't really know what that's going to look like for me, as a music teacher.   I don't know what the chances of relapse are for someone my age with AML, and that's the thing that's nagging at me right now.  But it doesn't do any good to dwell on it.  Once I achieve complete remission, I'll have that conversation with my doctor.  I just need to focus on the things that are right now.  Breathing. Healing from pneumonia.  Recovering my counts after my next and last chemo round.  Loving my kids.  Bonding my family together tighter.  And give my worries to God.

Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.

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