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

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!

#THANKSGIVING S.T.E.M. project – Wetu

The Wetu looks more like an Ewok hut from Star Wars, but it was part of a special project for the Webster-Montgomery County Homeschool Association. 

The Wetu was a hut used by Native Americans when pilgrims began to come to this land. The S.T.E.M. project required the children to break into three groups to build a Wetu out of different materials. One of the requirements was it had to hold up to the weight of 25 pennies. 

Taking down the Dollar General for #OCC

Lawd, I am sure the Dollar General employees are happy to see us leave tonight! #OperationChristmasChild boxes are done, but I am sure every toy gun, toy emergency vehicle and anything else that makes noise was activated and enjoyed by all involved. They are now used toys. Sorry, Dollar General! But we love #OCC and any toy isle! Can you say, #HERDINGCATS!

What doesn’t make you crazy…

So the physical therapy/chemotherapy combo weeks are crazy-making! The meds needed to get through pt make me like zombie, then chemo makes me sleepy! I am falling asleep everywhere in the afternoons!

Last week, my tumor markers were high, but has dropped 50 points as of yesterday. The one tumor near the entrance to the stomach has decreased a little bit, but there are five tumors in the other lobe of the liver–we knew about one, but now have four new ones. We are going to do chemo-embolism at the end of November and the end of December, taking one liver lobe at a time. I will still do regular chemo through March.

And to make things fun, my brother, Jeremy, has a torn ligament in his ankle and a boot. We look like we have been in a fight! We are finally in therapy together! Ha! (At Hometown Physical Therapy that is, but maybe we should consider the other–it has been a long year!!)

Pepper is running instead of dancing these days, but still singing. He is so determined to keep my spirits up!!! And so determined to sing Hee Haw songs! They were on the air for hundreds of years, apparently! Their songs are neverending! #GODISGOOD