" I implore you, my child; observe heaven and earth, consider all that is in them, and acknowledge that God made them out of nothing (ex nihilo), and that mankind comes into being in the same way..." 2 Maccabees 7:28

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Day 3 of 120... so far, so good.

So just in case anyone was wondering about how tough I am, the answer is in. TOUGH. Very TOUGH. I just gave myself an injection in my stomach of Neupagin (or something like that) a white blood cell booster. Today was my first day with it, but I will have to have the injection on days 3- 9 following every treatment. Charity was very jealous, she was all hyped up to give me the injection herself (she wouldn't tell me where she was planning to stick me though, she said it would just be a surprise...)but I got to it first. The needle I used is the smallest one in the picture, but you have to stick it all the way in. I even tapped it, just like they do in the movies.

I am feeling very similar to yesterday- few side effects other than some congestion, sore throat, a bit woozy and some cramping. But some of the anti- nausea meds are steroids so even though I know I'm tired, I'm a little antsy too and have a hard time sitting still. But the roids also keep my appetite normal, so I am able to eat pretty well. And I'm pumping iron, too.

Charity and I are watching "Alias" on DVD every night (2 episodes only). To work for the CIA you need to know how to do practically everything- like fight with weapons so antiquated that nobody recognizes them, drive and shoot at the same time while your partner is performing surgery in the back of a stolen ambulance, run down air vents in high heels, etc. But now that I can inject myself, I think that will look good on my resume and give me a leg up over the other applicants.

Thanks for all your prayers, and you remain in mine as well.


hopeyg said...

Wow you are one tough cookie paypee. I've given a horse an injection but to stick yourself in the stomach- woosh! Now I feel nauseous.

Anonymous said...

Maybe your hair will grow back straight... and maybe you could save the curly ones for me? I could attach them to my head for a new look, and leave a few out for fun projects like curling around my toes, mixing into pasta dishes, and clogging drains so the cute plumber will come over again.

Kathryn said...

You are awesome! Hang in there. You are 12.5% of the way through!! I'm glad you're doing well. Fr. Chad asked about you today, and I hadn't read today's posting yet. Glad to hear my "she's doing well" was not far off the mark! Let me know if you need anything. And, start drinking Kombucha as soon as you can. The chemo strips all the bacteria.... you need a jumpstart on getting it back.

Anonymous said...

You're doing great. You have a few on this side w/ lighter experience self-injecting shtuff and miserable side effects (Avonex was my challenge, two of your cousins have stories as well) you have all of my sympathy and support.
Send your address and I'll forward the Gillis circulating library (Fawlty Towers with John Cleese on DVD, it ain't a large collection) for when you'd like a laugh.

Anonymous said...


I'm glad to hear that you're doing well and that you have a lot of strength inside of you.

I just wanted to write to you to let you know that I wish you the very best in your recovery. My wife and I know all about doctor appointments, blood draws, tests, etc. now that we're having our first baby. If you're interested to hear about all of it, you can check out:

Hope you have a safe and speedy recovery. You're not missing out on too much at De Vargas. Well, aside from the possible teacher strike and the disgruntled way we teachers are being treated by the board. On second thought, maybe you are missing out on a lot !

Take care,

- Ken

Ken Wong
De Vargas Elementary School