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Hey there... it's me, Kathy: All fun and games until the cone goes on

Kathy Golemiec
Kathy Golemiec

I’m happy to report that I’m doing much better this week.

I still don’t have feeling in my hands but my feet aren’t so bad. I also went to see my oncologist and he said once I get my heart muga scan done, if it’s OK, I will be able to start chemo again, and not long after that the bone filler.

While at the doctor’s, the nurse gave me the flu shot and a few minutes later came back with a tetanus shot as well. I asked if it would hurt but she didn’t answer - the flu shot was a breeze, and I hate needles, so when she didn’t answer I knew it would. It only had a little stinging in it, but my arm was fine – no swelling, no sore arm the next day.

When I got my CT scan done it left a nasty bruise from that needle and my elbow is still black and blue, but that comes with the disease. My hands are still numb so that may be the reason the needles didn’t hurt as bad, plus before I went I put the freezing cream on.

The scan came back with five new spots – two in my spine inside the discs and one each of my ribs. Of course, it has to be the ribs my bra is on so I can feel them all the time. I knew about one on my liver, and I guess it’s a bit bigger than I was hoping.

To top it off, my Internet hasn’t worked for weeks so I can’t look up how to help my liver by detoxing it. If anyone has suggestions please let me know. I will try to get my liver cleaned up – no more junk food (there goes my candy and there goes sugar). It’s my responsibility to help clean my liver and get it back into shape.

In other health news, my pain level was a 10 this week in my hip, and it’s hard to sit long with the spots in my spine. If I get chemo later this month, hopefully things will get better.

Also, I recently had the last day of steroids, so the fluffy face should go down too. Now I have to work on getting the extra weight off, mostly in my face and belly. I’m thinking the belly is swollen also from the liver.

In pet news, Thunder is getting neutered so he is not going to be happy with me, going around with a neck collar on. I got a T-shirt that says it’s all fun and games until the cone goes on. I think it’s funny but I don’t think he would if he could read.

Thank you for all the cards and gifts; they are appreciated. Thank you Colleen for all the prayers, they help so much.

Tip of the week: Time to get out your winter coats and get them cleaned up for the season. And waterproof your winter boots. Also, to get the alkaline balanced in your body, someone told me to take a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar.


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

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