Yeah! Today is the first day that I have not been sick to my stomach!
I actually ate today and was able to keep food down! Last night my back started hurting..in a new place. It literally felt like someone had dislocated my shoulderblade. I thought I had possibly fractured my back again from throwing up the day before. I called my care manager and she told me to go to CTCA to get some xrays done. Kelly drove me last night to CTCA and we had bloodwork and xrays completed. The radiologist didn’t find any new fractures thankfully! My red blood cell counts were down and the doc was thinking I may need a blood transfusion. He asked me to come back today for more blood work, and if the counts were still low then we would move forward with my third blood transfusion. When I returned to CTCA today, the counts were back to normal! My back is still hurting in that strange spot… Even 8 mg of dilaudid isn’t really helping. I will have to keep an eye on this one and possibly get it checked again next week.
Unfortunately, today Gina and I missed Kim’s funeral. We were both bummed, but it just seemed that all odds were against us going today. I wasn’t feeling that great this morning and took forever to pull myself together. Meanwhile, Gina had a really high blood pressure and she needed to take care of that before going anywhere. Kim’s family wrote a nice note on her blog and there is a link to an article the AZ Republic did www.kimfightscancer.blogspot.com. I feel so bad for her poor husband and children. This is only the beginning of the pain they will feel. At least Kim is in a better place and now out of pain herself.
Tomorrow is Gina’s last day here at CTCA. I’ll miss having my buddy around the hospital. She could always put a smile on my face. I finally picked her up from CTCA after I had the blood work completed and she came with me to get my hair done. This will most likely be the last time I have my hair cut and colored before I have to shave it off. My hair is really thinning now, and if I didn’t have the wedding this weekend I would probably have shaved it this weekend and shopped for some wigs.