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HELLO HELLO....
Well,...
My last post was Sunday, I believe. I thought I was doing pretty good---WRONG! Come Monday morning, I knew something was wrong, but couldn't put my finger on it. I'm taking a multitude of drugs, and trying to take them properly--but, this time added Ativan to the mix, due to nausea. My husband went out (he almost never has left me--wouldn't you know?) and around 6:00 I rose from a nap---went to the freezer to get ice cream, and BAMMO---fainted! I hit my head on the stove (big noise, I remember) and somehow I managed to get back to bed and wait for my husband to come home. I had a rough night-- just couldn't seem to eat or drink. Then, come Tuesday, I went outside. The humidity was killing me --- I started feeling faint again, so I called my chemo nurse to report my fainting...she talked to my doc---and made me go to Emergency. To sum it up: I had low (terribly) blood sugar. It was "34" ...... The nurse looked at me and said, "You NEED to eat and drink." They gave me, is it "glucose?" in my drip...said I was dehydrated, and proceeded to give me tons of x-rays. Chest, head ct scan, lots of blood work (I have a bladder infection--taking Cipro) and MADE me eat an awful, awful turkey sandwich. When they sent me home, they gave me the prescription for Cipro (antibiotic) and potassium....told me to eat EVERY 2 hours. That was horrible. But, I've discovered smoothies again, and THAT I can stomach. I practically lived on them, when I was well. Why in the world didn't I remember that a protein shake resembles milkshakes---PLUS, they're good for you??? duh. I also like to add a banana for the potassium, which I guess was really low, too.
I'm feeling much better today, although I'm very nervous. I just took a .25 xanax. I think my mind is doing it's "racing" again.
I hadn't seen my Oncologist for a long time and saw him yesterday. He's actually "pleased" with me. Go figure. I wasn't expecting that.
I'm starting to realize this chemo is a bit harder for me, as I go, than I thought. I thought it would get easier. I guess everyone is different. I suppose it's my immune system really taking a beating, right?
So---now my dining room table is so full of medications and calendar-scheduling--I don't know if we'll EVER eat at that table again. No...I'm kidding. I can't wait to put all these drugs in the medicine cabinet where they belong !!

I actually feel stronger today & I've been missing talking to you guys.

This is the first post I've read, so I haven't seen Kayla, either.
[SIZE="4"]Please Kayla---post if you can.
Oh...the other reason I haven't been on here---my eyes. I couldn't watch t.v., read, etc...until yesterday. The headaches just aren't worth it, so I've been living my life (the last few days) in as much darkness as possible. I'm starting to feel like a bat in a cave !!!
Linda, I'm so sorry about your brother. I start feeling sorry for myself, and then I read posts like yours....and I know Alison is having a hard time, too---of course poor Kayla, having the hard time she's having...
I realize I don't have it so bad. I think I'm a survivor--even though it gets soooooo hard sometimes. I actually thought I'd died, when I fainted. I was lying in my bed, going, "Did I die??? Is my body laying on the kitchen floor???"
Rather bizarre thoughts, huh?
Well, no....I'm alive & well (relatively) and coming around, once again.
Can I do 2 more of these?? Yes...I have to.
The good news (Thank you, God) is that, after the next one (next Friday)---ONE more.
I need positivity more than ever.
I missed everyone here. I know I'm writing a book, but it's so therapeutic to write this down, and I NEED everyone here.
I'll go back and read the other posts, although I've noticed everyone is a bit quiet this week. Maybe it's just the summer winding down, and everyone getting "back on track."
Love you all.
S.