Saturday, February 07, 2009

Swimming in the Stream

The Cancer Center has a huge aquarium with various saltwater fish, including Nemo and his mate. Watching them is very relaxing, while you sit and wait for your appointment.
The dh and I were there for my occupational therapist meeting. With the node removal, I will be more likely to develop lymphedema. Just what I needed, another thing to watch out for. One of the things she told me was not to carry my purse on that side. That might be hard to remember until I retrain myself. While I was with the therapist, the dh went and bought a ladder.
Afterwards, we went to the kidney specialist, where their personnel drew blood (again!) and I had to fill the cup. They should give people a plastic glove, cause it's hard not to go on your hand. Or is that TMI (too much information). LOL
It was lunch time and we stopped and ate.
My next appointment wasn't until 3:15, so we went to Sam's and my dh went shopping while I rested in the truck. The day was really nice, so the windows were partially down.
It was still early for my appointment, but we hoped that they would take me early. They did and didn't. We waited for an hour, and they finally let me in at 2:45. The dh walked across the street to check out the prices on framing his Yank magazines. I had jelly rubbed on my kidneys during the sonogram. I think there might be something wrong with the one on the right, as that was the only one she made me stand up for.
On the way home, we stopped at LSUA's agricultural barn as the area 4-H clubs were showing their animals. Our granddaughter won a Grand Champion ribbon for her pgymy goat. I sat in the car. My daughter and grandson walked out to the truck to talk to me, the daughter grilled me!
So, I'm on hold until Monday, when I see the oncologist again. The mediport area is still sore. It's not painful, but a dull ache and tender to the touch.
How does the title connect. Like the fish in the aquarium, I'm following the stream of women before me.
One thing I've noticed, is that people are generally kind and thoughtful once they hear I have cancer. The lady doing my renal sonogram asked me questions, and one of them was 'Did you ever have cancer?' which was hard to answer, I mumbled something that resembled 'I'm in the midst of cancer treatment now.' And she said something comforting, which touched me.
A lot of people have 'touched' me during this journey. And one good note, one lady read my blog on the vegan diet and found it helpful, as her hubby is having blood pressure problems. That's the whole purpose of me detailing my journey, to help others that might find themselves on the same path.


At 11:02 AM, Blogger MARIAN said...

Donna, I just realized you have cancer. I just wanted you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I can't believe how much you do for all of us--keeping us updated on the contest loops and all. You have been a part of our lives for so long, I think we just take that for granted. Oh, Donna keeps us updated . . .

And I had no idea what you were going through. Anyway, you are not alone--you have so many of us romance writers who you have touched.

And we love you!

Marian Pearson Stevens

At 12:43 PM, Anonymous Pat said...


I echo Marian's comments. I'm thinking of you and wishing you the resilience of your garden. You already have its beauty. Pat O'Dea Rosen

At 6:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Donna, I just clicked on your blog, for the first time in many months, to discover you are battling breast cancer. My prayers are with you. I work for one of the world leaders in medical oncology and am always heartened by the ever increasing number of long-term survivors. Love the pictures of the flowers. I photograph birds, though not with as artistic an eye.

Cathy Leming


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