Saturday, September 15, 2007

Okay, it's supposed to say ma tummeh hurts...for Sarah


5th chemo down, one to go....

Well, I have been abominably amiss in not adding to my blog lately, and I apologize. It seems I have never gotten my strength and energy back and here I had another chemo Friday. Plus some...other news. At my doctor's appointment Thursday I found out I am slightly anemic, and that my neuropathy (numbness and tingling in my fingers and feet) is worsening. He had me walk heel to toe (like a drunk test) and I failed miserably. I kept thinking...this is ridiculous! I CAN do this! But I couldn't. I asked for a note from him saying that if I get pulled over by the cops that I am NOT drunk...I just walk this way. The upshot is that he took me off one of the three chemo drugs, the one that causes this neuropathy, although it can get worse for 3 - 6 months afterwards until that drug is out of my system.
On October 1 I have another CAT scan, and if there's any cancer still in my system, I have to go for bone marrow transplant. I don't want to think about that just yet, because I have a feeling it is going to involve me stuck in a hospital room for quite a while.
On the lighter side, I introduced my German class to pumpernickel bread, Butterkase, and (TA-DA)Limburger cheese. A few brave souls tried it, and promptly ran for the bathroom, got drinks of water, ate candy...nothing can stop the power of Limburger! Twenty minutes later, while we were working on worksheets, one of them burped, and promptly moaned, "It's coming back!" Limburger...the gift that keeps on giving.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

One week down...

Well, it's Saturday. Which means I made it through a whole week of teaching, and only one week post-chemo! It was rougher than I thought it would be, and I spent Wednesday shaking like a leaf. Every day I pretty much came home and climbed into bed to recover for a few hours. To make matters more difficult, D had to go out of town on business for Monday - Thursday, so I got to deal with all the kid stuff myself. Not that our kids are bad -- they're wonderful, but sometimes they got a little giggly and wild, and my nerves were too frayed to be patient. AND the oven decided to blow a fuse Wednesday night! (Why is it that everything waits for your husband to leave before it malfunctions????)
Please pray for our principal -- she's really struggling with some blood issues, and I know she's very tired. Waiting for tests and results can be frustrating, and she really holds the school together. My role model!
The most exciting thing I have planned for this holiday weekend is our local library book sale -- they say they're selling 30,000 books!! You pay $5.00 for all the books you can pack in a paper grocery sack! Can you tell I'm a total book lover?? goes on, and God is good! He bore me up this week when my feet (and my mind) faltered.