Monday, November 21, 2011

May The Fourth Be With Me!!!

Today was number treatment four.  I feel like now I am actually halfway done with the chemo part of this journey.  It is peculiar how something so unthinkable becomes almost routine.  I was accompanied by my girlfriend Karen today.  We stopped at Starbucks and arrived on time.  I don't even have to sign in anymore, they know me well now!  Dr. Wendt was great as usual, answers questions and spends as much time as needed before heading to the room of toxic infusions!  A lot of random but fun conversations and the 3 hours went pretty quick.  Karen and I had a great salad for lunch and lots to catch up on.  Once I was home and pretty wound up on all the steroids I got some things done.  I took a variety of pills; anti-nausea, pain and unfortunately more steroids!  I now have some sleep aid pills to add, I think I was becoming tolerant to Tylenol PM.  In addition to all the chemical reactions I am now in what they call "Chemopause".  May be a permanent addition to my life, but I won't know for a while.  So, one more excuse to moodiness and sleeplessness!  I feel like I should be able to predict and control side effects better as I unfortunately get used to things.  I have acupuncture appointment this Wednesday, which will be interesting to see how it helps when I feel truly like shit.  Back to Dr. Wendt's for bone marrow development injection in the morning. He keeps reminding me the benefits outweigh the risks, so I suppose I will listen.
Thanksgiving is pretty well planned for Bruce, Vance, Clark and a few friends of Clark's friends.  Should be different but fun.  Hopefully I can join them for part of it.  Tami came from Havasu and we made a real cornucopia for the table.  I hope I can thaw it out properly!
We have so much to be thankful for!  Everyone continues to be so thoughtful and helpful to all of us in so many ways!  During this Thanksgiving time a HUGE THANKS from all of us!  Hope everyone has a fabulous holiday! 
Sara ♥♥♥



Sandra said...
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Sandra said...

Hi Sara! It's good to read about your progress. I admire your ability to stay positive through it all. Sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and you truly do have a lot to be thankful for. Please know I am thinking of you and I am praying for your continued healing.

One more thing, I thought you might enjoy reading this story...

Once an unhappy young man came to an old Hindu master and told he was very sad and asked for a solution.

The old Master instructed the unhappy young man to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and then to drink it. "How does it taste?" the Master asked. "Awful," spat the apprentice. The Master chuckled and then asked the young man to take another handful of salt and put it in the lake. The two walked in silence to the nearby lake and when the apprentice swirled his handful of salt into the lake, the old man said, "Now drink from the lake."

As the water dripped down the young man's chin, the Master asked, "How does it taste?" "Good!" remarked the apprentice. "Do you taste the salt?" asked the Master. "No," said the young man.

The Master sat beside this troubled young man, took his hands, and said,

"The pain of life is pure salt; no more, no less. The amount of pain in life remains the same, exactly the same. But the amount we taste the 'pain' depends on the container we put it into. So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things ..... Stop being a glass. Become a lake!"