Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone.  May you have a blessed holiday season with family & friends.


Many Hugs,
Barb

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

It's been quite awhile since I've posted, because I've been quite sick since September.  I went through a month & a half of vomiting & diarrhea nearly every day.  My doctor did blood tests & took a stool sample, but could find no bacteria causing it.  She gave me meds for nausea & the stomach cramps, which didn't help me.  On Nov 2nd, I finally called my DS & DDIL to take me to the hospital emergency room when I could no longer even keep water down.  Had a cat-scan & x-rays, which showed a blockage in my abdomen.  A colonoscopy was done the next day & surgery the following day.  I was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer.  The malignant tumor went through my colon & had attached itself to my right hip.  The right half of my colon & part of my intestines were removed.  A great deal of tissue was also removed from my hip, but the surgeon wasn't sure all the malignancy was removed (since she couldn't remove all the tissue without damaging the blood vessels and nerves to my limbs).  So I will have to have chemotherapy.


Needless to say, I have a new doctor and have written a complaint to the clinic about the previous one.  Still cannot believe she allowed me to suffer for so long without putting me in the hospital.  I even asked her about being hospitalized and she said she was trying to avoid that.  It really irked me when she told me she could hardly stand going through a weekend of vomiting & didn't know I was managing.  I certainly learned I will NEVER again allow a doctor to allow me to go through so much suffering without doing everything possible to find out the cause!!!


I was in the hospital for 2 weeks and then stayed with my DS & DDIL for the next 2 weeks.  I'm back at home now & getting stronger every day.  Still rely on my cane to make sure I don't lose my balance & fall since I sometimes feel a little wobbly.  And I am not allowed to lift over 5 pounds yet.  I can drive again - yippee.  See the surgeon again in 2 weeks (probably for the last visit). 


Next Monday, I see the oncologist at MD Anderson and get ready for the chemo treatments.  Fortunately, this cancer research hospital is near me (Houston) and is one of the best.  People come from all over the country to get treatment.  


I have a positive attitude about all this and feel confident that the chemo will rid my body of any remaining malignancy.  I'm already a 41 year survivor from uterine cancer & I expect to add being a colon cancer survivor to that also.

I've finally started stitching again.  I'm working on "Joyful Summer" by Country Cottage Needleworks.  I chose this chart because it's so cheerful with such lovely thread colors and is good for keeping my positive attitude going.  I'll post a pic of my stitching when I'm further along.


That's all for now.  Thanks for visiting my blog.  I appreciate all my followers and any comments left for me.  Please have a great day and hope you come back again.


Hugs,
Barb