Kidneys, liver healing
Treatment can be problematic
Hey there, it’s me Kathy. So how was your week? Hope you found your umbrella and rain boots - I didn’t.
Well, it gives me a reason to wash my sneakers.
I went to see my oncologist (cancer doctor) this week and he had good news. My kidneys and liver are a lot better. They are so good that I can get my bone filler IV medicine. That’s great news because he had taken me off that almost a year ago so it was long enough to let my kidneys and liver heal.
When he did the tapping on my stomach, that’s when my troubles began. He asked when was my last bowel movement and I hadn’t really thought about it until then. I think it was two weeks ago. That’s why my stomach was so sore. They were all not happy about this.
So when I went home, I had to take Restoralax, then two pill laxatives and when I went to bed I had to take two more pill laxative. I had to take two more when I got up in the morning. And if I hadn’t gone by the time I went to the hospital they would have to unpack me.
I learned that when you’re on chemo, you cannot take an enema. So when they say unpack they really mean it. I asked how is that done? Well, the rubber glove goes on and in goes the hand up to the elbow. I asked who does that? They said we do.
“Not to me you don’t,” I said. So that night I took all the stuff they told me as well as two cups of my senna leaf tea. When I got to the hospital the next morning they all asked if I went to the bathroom and they were pleased with the answer I gave. Well, so was I.
Mary was with me to see the cancer doctor and she asked him if he noticed anything different about me today. He said no and Mary said her eyes went from blue to brown. They thought that was funny but I could hardly sit down. I’m glad to be almost back to normal. Ha.
It was so bad that Mary and I couldn’t even go around to the stores - I didn’t even get to look around Michael’s.
The next day I went for my chemo. The 21 days went so fast. In two weeks I am getting cortisone in my shoulder and wrist. I just had to wait for the nurse to call with the date and time. Well when I got home today the message said you are getting your needles on the 25th but before you come and get this done the doctor wants you to … and at the moment my hand went numb and I dropped the phone. When I picked it back up it said the message had been erased so now I have to call them tomorrow because I don’t have a clue what I have to do. Leave it to me to press the erase button.
Dad and Janet were over this weekend. We had a good weekend together but we were all lazy. We watched movies and they helped me with the flea market. Janet is starting to feel better. They are thinking about going to the dances again so that’s a good sign.
Weight-wise, I still didn’t get to 140 but I’m pretty close. I’m doing better with the water because of the flavoring but not so good with the sugar. I’ll try harder.
I went to the teashop today and got a new flavor to try. It was tea made up mostly of dried fruits. It was red and it had a tart taste so next time I try it I will have to put honey in with it. The tea was called Bella Coola and it’s a caffeine free tea. You can also make an iced tea out of it. The longer you steep it, the more intense the flavor. Give the chocolate mint tea a try sometime - you may like that.
I am ready to do talks again if any of you have clubs that you will want me to speak at just call 902-928-3514 or write to me at PO Box 159 New Glasgow NS B2H 5E3.
I am going to Truro this Saturday. The family is meeting at Janet and dad’s place to have a surprise birthday party for Dad. He will be 26 this year. He started his age over again after he had open-heart surgery.
He was born with a hole in his heart and they didn’t find it until 26 years ago. I’m sure glad they found it and repaired it. I’ll have my father forever. I love cake so there goes the diet. Happy birthday dad. We all call him DA – it’s a Glace Bay thing.
Happy Mothers day to Janet. If my mother could have picked a mother to fill in for her, she would have picked Janet. When my mother was getting ready to go on her next adventure, she told my father not to spend his years alone and that he still had a lot of love to offer someone else. I love them both - they make a good couple. My mother will always have a piece of my heart.
Have a good week.