Monday, September 20, 2010


The Little Cake Boss post happened to be my 1,000th post. I had planned to do something special for the 1,000th post (like a giveaway), but being in the hospital put a damper on that plan. Maybe I can do it later, for the 1,100th post or something.

I'm feeling pretty yucky today; can't seem to get rid of the nausea, even with meds. In fact, it's hard to even take my meds because they make me gag and heave. They gave me Zofran through the IV, and just brought me 2 Compazine, which are very tiny so I was able to swallow them.

My doctors were in this morning and said that these will be the worst days. I'm on day 4 after the transplant, and my stem cells should "ingraft" with my bone marrow between days 10 and 14. I don't know if that means I'll feel better, but I hope so! At least then I'll know that my cells are beginning to come back. For now, they are still expecting me to have the mucousitis, vomiting and diarrhea, which hasn't happened yet but I guess is coming. :o( That last chemo causes it, and evidently everyone gets it.

They also told me that the lower half of my lungs are collapsing a little bit, so they want me up more, moving around and using the spirometer.

Ron and Josh both called to chat this morning, and it was nice to hear their voices. Both of them called from work. Ron will be here this evening and is bringing Rudy's Barbecue for my dinner. I'm hoping I'll be tempted to eat the creamed corn. :o) It is out of this world delicious (but more like dessert than a veggie). I've lost about six pounds they don't want me to lose just now, but I'm sure that's not unusual, and I'm sure I'll lose more. Good thing I wasn't a frail little thing coming in. ;o)

The picture above was taken by Ron a few days ago; he emailed it to me. He was doing a walkabout. :o) Those moss roses (portulaca) just keep coming back in that pot, year after year.


Jennifer Mulkey said...

Prayers continuing here. Praying that the nausea goes away very fast!

Sarah Oldham said...

I think those flowers are pretty! Yellow is such a happy colour.
Prayers for you . . . get up and walk and keep those lungs operating nicely!!!! HUGS! Oh, and I found your address (I know you haven't moved . . . ) so I'm going to mail you out something probably when I get back from Baltimore (mid-Oct).
Hugs and aloha

Anonymous said...

Sharon, Hi! Just a note to tell you we think of you all the time & pray for you all the time. You're on our minds and in our hearts!! Each day you are closer to the goal - healing! We love you! Sandi & Mom

NC Sue said...

I work as a nurse with stem cell transplant patients, and yes - when your cells come in, you'll be feeling better. The transplant process is a tough one. May God lead you through it in safety.

Prayers ascending...

Rosemary Bogdan said...

Beautiful portulaca. May God bless you and support you. May he heal you and restore your strength

Jean said...

Dear Kalona,
My name is Jean and I’m a volunteer with the National Bone Marrow Transplant Link. Our organization helps patients, caregivers, and families cope with the social and emotional challenges of transplant from diagnosis through survivorship by providing vital information and personalized support services. We subscribe to Google blog alerts, where we found your story.
Please know that others are thinking of you and pulling for you! To learn more about our programs and services, please visit or call 800-546-5268.
All the best!