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HEY THERE…IT'S ME KATHY: I'm not giving it a chance to get ahead of me

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How was your week? Mine, ohhhhhh, awful and great all in the same week.

I went out Saturday night – to mingle but not at George’s birthday party. Nope, I ended up at the hospital. My temperature went up to 39.9 and if I didn't go Alice would choke me for not going. There were only two people ahead of me. Woohoo! They did a chest X-ray and urine and blood tests, they gave me two bags of antibiotics in my IV, then a bag of flush and a prescription for more antibiotics. I am allergic to penicillin and sulfa drugs so I take Cipro. One good thing is I don't have to worry about anthrax. Ha!

I went out Saturday night – to mingle but not at George’s birthday party. Nope, I ended up at the hospital. My temperature went up to 39.9 and if I didn't go Alice would choke me for not going. There were only two people ahead of me. Woohoo! They did a chest X-ray and urine and blood tests, they gave me two bags of antibiotics in my IV, then a bag of flush and a prescription for more antibiotics. I am allergic to penicillin and sulfa drugs so I take Cipro. One good thing is I don't have to worry about anthrax. Ha!

See, there is always a good that comes after a bad. My fever went down so off I went, stopped at the birthday party and got cake to take home. I never had a headache that bad in years. I don't know what brought that on, but ohhh it did a major job at messing my head up for a couple of days. I couldn't even get out of bed. Through the night the fever would break and I would be soaked like I just got out of the shower.

I went to see my oncologist and he is so happy with my chemo results. Woohoo! I am not really in remission. There are three different kinds of remission – the cancer is dying and some is just lying there doing nothing and some is completely gone. He said you are certainly not the norm, that is for sure. They aren't sure why I'm living so long with cancer that was all flared up. Then it’s giving up. Like the doctor said, cancer never came across anything like me before. The doctor said even the heart doctor said I'm at the normal stage again, but just at it, so I will keep taking the medicine and I will still be getting chemo. He asked if I wanted to stop it or keep going. It’s a go. Woohoo! I'm not giving it a chance to get ahead of me in this war.

Being on antibiotics makes my bowels all bound up so it causes real agony. I am drinking my senna leaf tea but it’s not as strong as the kind Sharon gave me. I have been trying to get it, but I can't get to the order list site on the internet. Ohhh I can only see one good side to this situation. Ha!

Weight-wise – up one pound. Oops, going in the wrong direction.

 

The Flea Market has been closed 3 weeks in a row, that's a long time not to see all my friends there. I sure hope the bad cold isn't going around there. We are having strange weather this year, and really winter only started.

Elmo hates this weather. When he has to go out he is so excited until he puts his paw on the step and it’s wet and cold. I sometimes have to give him a push, then he runs as fast as he can, does what he has to do then right back in.

Don't forget to use your hand cream and body lotion in this weather or your skin will be all rough.

My granddaughter Emma had a very dramatic and stressful weekend and she is only three. Her parents took her to the Vancouver marina museum and while waiting to go in a large seagull jumped on the stroller and bit her hand and took her crackers and cheese. Then it came back and jumped at her again looking for more food. My daughter was screaming and beating at the bird, which she said was as big as Emma. They took her into the first aid centre and as Emma will tell you the large awful bird came back to get her new scarf and ate it on her. They had to leave –Emma was shaking and crying. She had a stressful night. The beak and claw marks were awful. She called me as soon as she got home to tell me the whole story.

So did you make a to-do list for 2017? I didn't, I would have broken it the first day and then I'd be mad at myself the rest of the year. I just hope it’s a good year for me and everyone.

Have a good week folks and remember there are people walking on the sidewalks and tif they get splashed,it’s cold and really puts them in a bad mood.

 

Kathy Golemiec is undergoing cancer treatments and writes about her experiences each week.

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