Craziness


To add to the craziness of recovering from Chemo, Chemo Embolisms

and Pulmonary Embolism, Pepper had to have carpal tunnel surgery on his right wrist about 2 weeks ago. (We will schedule the left wrist surgery on Thursday when he sees the doctor to remove the right hand stitches.) CRAZINESS!!!! I am getting up and cooking a little. Doctors said getting up and moving around more would help me recover faster, but all I can tell is it is making me sleep more from fatigue!!! I will have to say that I have a new appreciation for all that Pepper has done for the past several weeks and months (aside from singing and dancing)! And we are repeating daily the mantra–what does kill us makes us stronger!!!!

Last stomach shot…thank goodness!!!


Last stomach shot from the pulmonary embolism experience! YAY! (Chemo side effect) Only one more regular chemo left! WHOO HOO! This one’s been tough y’all! Then I’ll start preventative chemo once a month or every three weeks for the rest of the year. Still getting out of breath quickly, but will be working to get past the extreme exhustion of chemo. Slowly but surely, but getting better every day! I was officially in remission last week, but it is going to take a little longer to get over the cure! My white blood cell count has been down, so if I am not going to a doctor or chemo, I am hibernating! And oh, the Hee Haw songs…I am still amused, but Buck Owens and Conway Twitty are getting crazy-making!. Lucky for me, the dance moves are getting more interesting each day! Ha! #GODISGOOD #REMISSIONISAWONDERFULWORD

#FRIDAYFOOD Everyone’s favorite holiday food — dressing


I love my momma’s chicken dressing. When I think of the holidays, I think of her dressing. I can almost make it. But I am getting something wrong. It is close, but not quite the same. I think it was the water that you boil the chicken with. Who would have thought water would make such a big difference, but she loads hers down with celery and onions and carrots. She doesn’t put any of those veggies in the actual dressing, but strains them for the broth. It is all about the broth, apparently. My problem was not enough veggies in the water for the broth. But, I will keep trying!

I asked Facebook and Twitter friends and followers to share their favorite dressing recipe, and there was a LOT of responses. Everyone seems to LOVE dressing during the holidays.

Marsha Woods is like most of us, learning to cook by watching our mom and grandmothers. Continue reading

Second Chemo Embolism on Thursday


I will be having the second of four Chemo Embolism treatments on Thursday in Tupelo. That means I will have a week of staying away from people over Christmas. BOOOOO! But Pepper is waiting on me hand-and-foot and I can watch all the Christmas movies I want! While I hate to miss Christmas, I am looking forward to another week of rest and relaxation! I will have regular chemo next week so those folks will be the only people I can be around during the holidays. That’s not too bad — there are a lot of sweet people at Hematology and Oncology in Starkville. And all of this hard work is working–my tumor markers went from 167 in October, 121 in November to 40 in December! Now it has to get under 2.5, but all of this hard work starting to pay off! So excited! Physical therapy is still AWFUL but it is working too! My range of motion has DRAMATICALLY improved over the past month and I am now writing without extreme pain! But I still have a least another six weeks of therapy. And Pepper has learned a new dance from my nine-year-old nephew, Eli, that they call “The Touchdown Dance.” LAWD! Help us all!

Chemo embolism #1


Well, there’s been a lot of dancing and singing going on at this house this week! The first chemo embolism treatment was last Friday and Pepper has been “cheering me up!” He has been hilarious actually. Now that most of the pain and nausea has passed and the week of staying “out of the public” is almost over, I am really enjoying Christmas movies and the recliner. But after a week of spending the week in my pjs, a girl could get used to all this spoiling!

#FRIDAYFOOD (A little early) It’s Turkey Time! #HAPPYTHANKSGIVING


It is TURKEY TIME! What an incredible time to get the family around the table and give thanks for all your blessings! Even if it has been a tough year (and some years are like that) Thanksgiving as a special time to enjoy your family.

There have been years I was in the hospital and missed all of the fun, and other years I had a hard time enjoying myself and others (mostly due to my own or very touchy personal issues), and other years that I have had a BIG time. Last year was one of those tough Thanksgivings. But this year, I am planning on having a BIG time!

I have always taken the holidays for granted. Up until just a few years ago, I just assumed the holidays was one big food fest for everyone. But that is not the case. A few years ago, it hit me like a ton of bricks. When I returned from Thanksgiving adventures (with plenty more food gatherings in the following days) there were some of my coworkers who moved here for a job and their families were far away. They didn’t experience the wildness of “Great Uncle so-n-so” or “momma’s dressing.” They ate a Thanksgiving meal with those around them, usually a group of friends or their own little family. Maybe they ate with a church family.

And then there are children who are not surrounded by family who make the holidays special for them. Continue reading