This view is from my front porch yesterday morning.
I’m not exactly grateful for the snow on top of snow, but I am grateful that I have a Toro snowblower and that hubby made sure I knew how to use it! Sometimes my new neighbors, Christian and Gaelle, offer to shovel for me but it’s not too bad with the snowblower.
I’m grateful that my car started with no problem this morning as Dave and I are going to the gym soon. Yes, we are that dedicated as it is 2 degrees F. out! And I would feel bad if his trainer was there and we didn’t show as then she won’t get paid…
I have warm gloves and coats and am grateful for my Bearpaw boots! And later I’ll be grateful for my Instant Pot as I’m going to make butternut squash soup and maybe Italian beef for hot sandwiches.
Tomorrow we are expecting daytime highs of about 15 below so we are not going anywhere on Wednesday. Maybe not even to the mailbox by the street!
There are so many things I’m grateful for this beautiful mid-October day, but I’ll just tell you about one fun thing that happened a week ago for which I’m so thankful…
My local hospital has a large and wonderful service dog program. I requested a dog visit during my last hospitalization and one evening was visited by the gorgeous Josie and her owner.
Josie was an enormous grey and white cloud of wavy fur, easily 90 pounds, part standard Poodle, part Bermese Mountain Dog. I wish I’d taken a picture, but this one I found online is close to what she looked like. She proceeded to sniff me as I petted her, nibbled a little on my wristband and then plopped down by the side of the bed.
And as her owner and I talked, I found that she was a 15 year breast cancer survivor and her sister was a 20 plus year breast and ovarian cancer survivor. Small world…
Picture courtesy Google
You know how sometimes things just happen when you need them? Well, I was getting ready to write an update and I came across this meme that I think was meant to send me a little message. Wednesday’s doctor’s visit was fine, but things aren’t moving fast enough for me and I was feeling sorry for myself. Until I saw this gentle reminder on Facebook.
The swelling after the second breast cancer surgery is not going down as fast as the plastic surgeon would like and they decided to keep the drainage tube in longer. Not bed rest, but definitely limited activities particularly with my right arm. And simple walking around. So even though they could tape off the tube and I could take a backwards facing shower so water doesn’t spray hard on my chest, I still am not supposed to raise my arms up to wash my hair myself. Boo hoo, poor me, right?
So I did the sensible thing. Called my hairdresser to get me in next week to wash and trim and touch up my hair. No investment in highlights or straightening treatment till I find out if I will need chemo and lose my hair, though. Best to be sensible here 😀
We had a trip to Southern California planned for the beginning of November that doctors thought would be possible unless there were complications. And there were. So we will do it another time, no big deal.
The docs were able to restart my blood thinners (Lovenox and Coumadin) and I’m doing what they call bridging to get back to the right levels, so all is going well there. So, you know, my hair doesn’t look great. Neither do my boobs right now. I’m tired a lot and haven’t been bothering to put on mascara or other make up. But today I’ll start. And I will sit my impatient butt back in the recliner and rest in between gentle walking until I get the okay to exercise more while remembering how grateful I am to be at this place in my life and back on the road to health!
I’m afraid I might have been a little cocky with that Saturday post. Just a quick note to tell you things are okay, chemo and even more so the Neulasta injection they gave me the day after chemo to fight infection, are literally kicking my butt. Symptoms started Sunday, better today, but what they refer to as “bone pain” was incredibly painful which meant I had to take pain meds again, which make me sleepy and constipated. And I had to take the anti-nausea pills a couple of times.
Current side effects are fatigue, joint pain and just generally not feeling well. Hoping I’ll be writing again soon…
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