Monday, August 23, 2010

another boring cancer post

(Saint Therese, ora pro nobis).

They harvested more stem cells this morning. The nurse called this afternoon to say that they now have enough, so I won't have to go in again for that tomorrow. I know that the ideal number they wanted was between 4 and 6 million, and they got over 3 million over the past 2 days. My doctor said that they would go ahead with anything over 2 million. The kind of cancer I have won't respond to the same treatment if I should get it again, so I guess they aren't worried about getting enough to store for future use.

I have a MUGA scan scheduled for Thursday (heart scan), and the doctor mentioned some other procedures I'll need before I go back into the hospital for the deep chemo and return of my stem cells, but didn't tell me specifically what those are.

I'm still not sure of the date I'll go into the hospital again, but I suspect it will be the week of August 30th unless the tests show something to keep that from happening.

With all this going on, I haven't seen much of my grandchildren lately, and I miss all of them. My Houston-area grands are back in school this week. This has been the first summer since Caelen was 3 or 4 years old that none of them stayed with us during the summer. I'm so thankful for the week we spent in Rockport with all of them in April!

Ron is going for a sleep study tonight. He snores badly, and sometimes has sleep apnea, which scares me because he stops breathing for a few seconds, then gasps for breath. He also jerks his legs a lot when he's asleep. It keeps him from getting sound sleep (me, too), so I hope they will be able to do something to help him.

Meanwhile, life goes on. The pool needs to be cleaned, the animals fed and loved, the laundry done, the dishes washed, etc. etc. etc.

"Remember that nothing is small in the eyes of God. Do all that you do with love."
Saint Therese of Lisieux.

7 comments:

Angela M. said...

Tomorrow every small thing will be done for you! Thank you for giving me a chance to do this!

Kalona said...

Hmm, I'm intrigued, Angela.

aine said...

We missed you at Mass on Sunday, but you were in our prayers. My little feller says to say hi to Reese!

Kalona said...

aine, I so wanted to go to Fr. K's Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows, but I was worn out after being at the hospital all day. We didn't get home until nearly 5. Did you go?

Reece is here tonight. I'm so happy! I was missing him too much, so I asked if he could come over since Ron is doing his sleep study. We've been having fun. He says hello to your little sweetie, too. :o)

aine said...

Yes, we went. It is one beautiful church. So much eye candy for a five year old to look at, lots of "Oh look at that" and my favorite, "Baby Jesus is being hugged by everyone!". This was after he got a good look at the statues and stained glass. It's very serene, small, reverant. Exactly what I think a Catholic church should look like. The First Communicant was lovely, too.

Reece is a celebrity here. Lito is very interested in him, he always wants to read about "the other little boy"!

Jennifer Mulkey said...

Prayers here ongoing! Am glad they were able to get the stem cells they needed. Let us know when you will be in the hospital.

God Bless you,

Me :)

Kalona said...

Angela, I'm sure it is because of your "small things" that I've had such a lovely day today. Thank you! You are such a blessing to me.

aine, I'm so glad you got to go to the Mass; thank you for your prayers for me there. The church does sound beautiful. I want to see it! That is so cute that Lito enjoys the Reece posts.

Jennifer, thank you a million times over for your continued prayers and support. I'll be sure to let you know when I go into the hospital again. i count on all your prayers to get me through this!