Most of you are friends on Facebook, so you know all that’s been going on in our lives, but I’ll hit on it for just a minute to explain why I’ve not been posting.
On Oct. 10th I saw the Physician’s Assistant at my oncologist’s office. I had my regular blood work and a quick visit and ‘see you in six months’. A few days later my blood work results showed a small rise in my CEA (tumor marker) that was above normal but what I’d had 3 or 4 times over the last almost 9 years if I had walking pneumonia or another infection. I was sick at the time and getting more ill, so I went to the walk in clinic and was given a steroid shot and two weeks of antibiotics for a sinus infection and soft tissue type infection / inflammation in my nose. A week after I finished the medication, I was still not well, but I went for another CEA. It was 1.5 points HIGHER. Very concerning of course, so I saw the oncologist and he said it could be a number of things but we should do scans immediately just to be safe. The imaging center has no openings until Oct. 21st and I will see the doctor for the results the next day. He ordered a CT scan of my lungs, and an MRI w/wo (with and without contrast) for both my abdomen and pelvic area. Meanwhile I had done some research and found some information on elevated TSH/ hypothyroidism causing an elevated CEA, either transient or stationary, until the thyroid is treated and within normal limits. I looked up the symptoms and had most of them. I asked for a TSH and it came back 7.61 with 0.45 to 4.50 as the range for Labcorp. I sent a message 2 1/2 days ago asking my oncologist to give me a one month supply of thyroid meds because the group he recommended as a primary has ONE opening before next year and that’s a 30 minute visit in mid December. He never responded. So, praying my scans, no, EXPECTING my scans to be fine and dandy with NO AREAS OF CONCERN and would appreciate your prayers in agreement.
The symptoms most noticeable are my having to take a 2 hour nap every day right after lunch or I am ready for bed at 6 p.m. Gaining 15 lbs in 3 years and unable to lose more than 3 or 4 lbs that return immediately even when I was going to the gym for 8 to 9 hours a week. Needing more than 8 hours of sleep a night. Loss of interest in everyday things or chores. High cholesterol even tho I eat almost no dairy, no baked goods, no pasta, no fried foods, etc.
Jim is having some scans on Oct. 22nd to get a baseline on his aneurysm. Doctor will check it every six months to watch for any change in size. He’s having that done while I’m at the oncologist getting my results. His doctor will call us with his report.
Today Erin and I are going to decorate outside. We have new garland, colored lights and the cutest lamp post that lights up top and bottom. I’ll post night time photos when we’re done. Next we’ll decorate my bedroom and bathroom and bring up the huge tree for the living room. It takes a few days to get the limbs just right so we can have Nick put all the Christmas bins in the man-cave for Thanksgiving evening for us to get started.
It’s going to make decorating a lot easier having Nick home that week since Jim cannot lift over 30 lbs and Erin here to help me decorate!
So far, all I’ve bought for Thanksgiving is the turkey! I found a 25 lb Butterball at Wal-Mart yesterday. You have to ask. The big ones are in the back freezer. It was on sale for 98 cents per lb.
All my shopping is done for our Christmas Child. She’s a 5 year old in the next county and all she wanted was a kitchen set and a doll. We don’t have contact with our 2 granddaughters in Connecticut who live with their father and adoptive step mother. I send cards, but stopped sending gifts when we were told not to contact them again. I take the money I would have sent them, ages 17 and 14, and spend it on a poor child. Anyhow, I refuse to buy something for our Christmas Child that’s less expensive or of less quality than I would for my own flesh and blood so I got a large name brand kitchen set which was most of my budget. A friend from church saw my post about how hard it is to find a pretty black doll and how much dolls cost (shocker to me) and she and her husband found one and bought it for us. She’s beautiful and I got a precious jammie set with a fuzzy house coat and a sparkly party dress to go with the doll. I found a big basket of pretend food for the kitchen set. It came with cooking items like pans and utensils but no food items. I had some Old Navy dollars and there was a ‘flash sale’, so I got a very nice puffed winter vest in a rose color for her and a thermal shirt in black, turquoise, blue and a touch of rose that I think she’ll like. It’s hard to buy for someone when you don’t know what they look like so I tried to go with things that would match any skin tone. We couldn’t find any door foil for wrapping the largest gift but we did find some heavy Christmas table cloths in a foil look with thick paper backing that might work. The packages get moved around a lot before they’re lumped together with others from the same school and regular paper gets torn. I’m hoping this will work. All done, tho. She’ll have a lovely Christmas, for sure.
Tomorrow (November 16) makes 1 year since we had an emergency appointment to have Scooter put to sleep. Gosh I miss him. I still think of him every day. Daisy Mae and Emmie Jo are lovely dogs and they love us dearly, but they don’t fill the empty spot left by Scooter’s death. I didn’t make a mental note of when we had Patches put to sleep. She had been very ill for years and she wasn’t a super loving cat so I was never as attached to her as to the dogs. Actually, I was a cat person until I got Scooter. He was the most wonderful fur friend ever.
I’ve got supper in the oven. Jim and Erin have choir practice tonight starting at 7:30 for the Christmas musical at our church. Jim won’t be home as early as usual because he has AV Club tonight after school.
Erin works the next four days and I drive her, come home and go back to get her. Nick has off the next two days. We ran an errand and were gone longer than expected so didn’t get our decorations started today.
Rain is supposed to move in, but I think not until Saturday. I sure hope we can get the outside done before it gets cold again.
Well, Erin’s practicing downstairs for tonight, Jim is still at school. Nick’s home from work. Supper is cooking and I need to do some laundry.
I hope you’ve had a very special day and someone was kind to you today. Speak only words of kindness. They may be the last words someone hears. Remember, they will know we are Christians by our love.
1 Peter 1: 18-20 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. God chose him for this purpose long before the world began, but now in these final days, he was sent to the earth for all to see. And he did this for you.
See you soon for