Here we go again…

I am hooked up to everything! I am having a few chest pains that started up last night. All of the heart tests so far have been good, but I will be having a stress test on Monday.

Another piece of news: I have a blood clot in my arm and a large one in my leg — the right leg that always has everything happen to it.

I have never had a clot in my arm, but I have had the deep vein thrombosis (DVT) two other times. It is one of the weird side effects of chemo. So very few have this side effect, but as my oncologist says, if there is an obscure, weird side effect to any of this, I will have it!🙄

#GODISGOOD I am where I need to be to find this out. That makes a big difference. I am so glad I found out here, instead of back home. God knows!

Some good news: I do not have pulmonary embolism, and all of my heart scans so far (EKG, PTINR & CT) have been perfect. AND there is no bacteria growing in my blood.

And if I don’t get to see Pepper soon, he may forget how to sing and dance. I may not like his musical tastes, but we can’t have THAT!

In Tupelo

I’m in Tupelo in an infectious disease quarantined area. So I’m not actively infected, but my white cells are so low that the chances of getting infected are extremely high. And I am safer here they just explained. ?

They seemed to have fixed the too thin blood problem in West Point with a Vitamin K infusion.

Dr. Hill (my oncologist) just came in. He is going to look at my blood counts from last night’s blood transfusion. There is some type of antibiotics they can give to stimulate my white blood cells. And we are going to work on that today. He said he would have me outta here by Thanksgiving?

I travelled here by bumpy ambulance from NMMC-West Point yesterday about 3:30 p.m. I had a four hour antibiotics before heading north, then more antibiotics when I got here.

At about 12:30 a.m., after more prep antibiotics, I had a blood transfusion because my white cells are low.

We are trying to uncover the source of infection. Hopefully we will have some more answers today. Maybe. I am just going with the flow.

I am looking forward to my poking and poking “vacation” in Tupelo. And Pepper and I have video call, so I don’t have to “vacation” without all of the singing and dancing. Don’t tell him I miss the Her Haw singing and dancing….

But I am getting a LOT of complements on my long eyelashes! Yay! All I can say is that my chemo has the opposite effect on me — instead of losing hair and losing weight right now, I am growing hair and gaining weight! So crazy!

Well, I have been putting this off…

Either I am starving (which is possible) or I just had the BEST hospital food: seasoned baked chicken legs, mashed potatoes, green beans and a small roll, sweet tea and a bowl of peaches! I have learned that when in the hospital, you lap up every bite you can because snacks are few and far between (if at all!)

Yesterday was Chemo Monday, and it was extremely painful. Painful to the point that I’ve decided I can’t take that medicine anymore. It is just getting harder and harder to do — more and more painful — and I don’t think I can handle it anymore. Let’s just say that was the good part of the day…

As I am super high from leaving the Cancer Center in Starkville with all kinds of pain medicine to help me get through those two hours of chemo, they wheelchair me out to the car (which never happens) and has Pepper drive me to Tupelo hospital. The nurse practitioner at the Cancer Center did tell me that my white blood cells were very low and I was quite anemic — almost to the point of having to have a transfusion, but not quite. The only thing happening with me lately has been the chemo embolism procedure about 2 weeks ago that is taking a while to get over. Let’s just say the liver doesn’t like it when you mess with it! And I’ve been in a lot of pain for about 2 and 1/2 weeks. As part of that, I haven’t been eating like I normally do, which is not exactly a bad thing! Haha! I just couldn’t eat as much because if my stomach got full, it would push on that liver and it would be painful. I’m anti-pain when I can help it! 😁

So we’re driving Hwy. 45 to Tupelo when Pep gets a phone call about two lights away from the hospital in West Point. The Cancer Center, realizing my blood thinner numbers were excessively high, arrange for us to go by ambulance to Tupelo. We were supposed to stop by West Point hospital for the ambulance but when we got here, we hung out in the ER for a little while. They took a few tests, and they noticed my blood was excessively thin. I find out the Cancer Center was afraid of us having a car accident and me bleeding out or having a brain bleed. The ER and West Point felt the same way about the ambulance and wanted me to spend the night. Last night I had a infusion of Vitamin K which thickens the blood and this morning I wake up with normal blood thinned numbers. So that’s taken care of!

But problem number two with the anemia, has gotten worse overnight and I am going to have to have a blood transfusion and antibiotics. I just started that bag of antibiotics that’s supposed to be an infusion for 4 hours here in West Point. They may start the blood transfusion before I am supposed to leave by ambulance to Tupelo if the timing works out this afternoon. But I am on my way to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo because this morning’s doctor has been talking to my oncologist and because my white blood cells have bottomed out, I am going to be isolated in their infectious control center area until I can get my numbers back up. I don’t have Covid-19. I was tested last night. We don’t know what the infection is exactly but something is going on and they want me in isolation until I can get better.

I consider my life has been in isolation for the past 3 to 5 years, seriously three, so I’m interested to see how much more isolated I can get. Being away from Pepper is going to be difficult, but as we’ve done since this cancer business started we do what we have to do!

#GODISGOOD Y’all know that’s been my mantra for years and He has been showing me that so much in the past 24 hours. Well from moment to moment, Pepper and I didn’t know what was going on last evening/night. We didn’t know what we were supposed to be doing, if we were going to spend the night at the hospital, if we were going home, if we were going to Tupelo, where we were going to be, what we needed to be doing, but God knew and he led very smart doctors to guide us along the way.

And he continues to lead very smart doctors and nurses along our way today. I still don’t know when I’m leaving for Tupelo, what will happen there, or anything else. Which for control freak is crazy making! But I know God’s got this and I know everything’s going to be okay. I am INCREDIBLY BLESSED! And thank you to all of those who have been praying for me, for Pepper, and for my family we appreciate it more than you’ll ever know!

OCC Packing party at Bellefontaine UMC

Bellefontaine UMC had an Operation Christmas Child Packing Party during Sunday School, making a total of 33 shoeboxes. Items collected this year made up 15 shoeboxes for boys and 18 shoeboxes for girls. The small church were so excited to provide gifts for needy children throughout the world.

OCC is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse that “provides God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.”

Another chemo embolism

My numbers went up two points and the tumors can be seen on a CT, so we are doing another chemo embolism to kill the cancer!!! #ihatecancer

We literally found out Monday, and it was scheduled Tuesday to be done Thursday. So fast!!!! Pepper and I have had the CRAZIEST two weeks, this should not be a surprise!! 😬

I am never consciously nervous and it drives Pepper wild! I believe God has given me a total lack of fear in regards to surgery. It is just something I have to do. This procedure drops beads of chemotherapy directly into my liver through a vein in my leg. I have had several of these.

There are “pre-treats” just like regular chemo, but it takes about an hour. The procedure takes less than an hour and then I have to lay completely flat in recovery for two hours. It is painful, but I ask them to give me everything they’ve got when they can. I have to be awake for most of the procedure because if I am asleep, I will breathe too deeply and it will interfere with dropping in the beads.

Pepper gets to wait in radiology recovery with me, but no one else due to COVID-19. He is always there for me. We make a good team!

He will crank up the singing once the embolism is over. He is a ball of nerves until then! That is one of the good things about this going quickly, Pep does have a lot of time to worry about it!

I see this as a blessing. #GODISGOOD to me! I have been asking for this for three months, but the previous CT did not show any tumors, but then the tumor markers increased from 9 to 11. Now it is at 13. This does a GREAT job of getting rid of tumors. For me, it means there are more options. For people with cancer, the more options, the better! It is when you are out of options that you are in trouble! OPTIONS! It is a good thing! #GODISGOOD