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Whew! I made it through the past couple of weeks with no major problems. The bathroom remodel is moving along. I went by the house last night after being gone for a week in Park City.

The house is a total mess with dust and dirt everywhere! I am hoping to get a cleaning crew in the place on Thursday because it is simply is unlivable right now. The cats are super lonely and I think the dust is probably getting to them a little. It looked like there were some hairballs that they coughed up and some throw-up on the floor, but otherwise they were fine.

The surgery went well last Friday. There were no complications and I didn’t even feel any pain! There wasn’t even any downtime. Other than the anesthesia messing with me the first day, I was fine.

I am going to CTCA for my 6th round of chemo tomorrow. I am hoping this will be my last round for a while. I have the petscan in January which will determine how we move forward. It sounded like if the petscan results were showing shrinkage, then I may be able to just stay on Erbitux for weekly maintenance.

I would really love to have a break. I haven’t had chemo for about 4 weeks now. We moved it back because of the holidays. The strange thing is that just two days ago I was feeling nauseous and I ended up getting sick. I think a good portion of it was because the Dramamine patch that I normally wear was getting old and I didn’t bring new patches.

I went home to Park City for the holidays and had no problems flying. I walked to the gate without even thinking of getting assistance. My legs were so tired that night from all of the walking through both airports. I decided on the flight home I would contact the airlines ahead of time to organize getting a wheelchair. It was much easier with help. I got to go right through to the head of the security line and got to pre-board on the plane. I could definitely handle flying this way all of the time.

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Hi Melissa - It's good to have you back after your holiday trip, and how wonderful that you were able to navigate the airport so well. Now you just need to figure out a way to navigate around the remodeling project. :-) I'm glad to know your surgery went well last week and you're continuing to go forward. It's hard to believe 2009 has already gone by. Your posts over the past year have meant so much to us and I know that sometimes it was hard for you to write about what you were going through but you persevered and kept in touch. Thank you for that, Melissa. We hope your New Year's celebration is a happy one and will be looking forward to hearing from you again in 2010. Take care, Pat

December 30, 2009 - 5:23pm
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