Saturday, October 08, 2011

Finally - a new post after 5 months

Wow, it's been 5 months since I've posted here.  I think I've avoided my blog because I didn't really have any stitching pictures to share.  I've done some stitching, but not much.  Instead, I've become addicted to the Gardens of Time game on facebook and the playdom game site.  I'm trying to spend less time on the games and get back to some stitching again.

And, of course, I'm still cheering for Jimmie Johnson in Nascar.  I so want to see him win his 6th consecutive championship this year.  He's already in the history books for his 5 wins and getting #6 would make him a true Nascar Legend (right up there in the company of the greats before him).

As you can see, I've got hair again.  ;-)  So no more bandannas!  It's so soft right now - feels just like baby hair.  The down side to the hair growing back is that I now have to shave my underarms and legs again.  That hair could have stayed away forever!  LOL

As for my health, I'm still in remission and now on a chemo pill treatment.  Saw my oncologist on Monday and he's ordered another pet scan asap.  I was due to begin my chemo pills Monday for a 2 week run, but the doctor has me waiting for a week before I start.  This is due to my hands and feet still giving me problems (red, swelling, peeling & painful).  If I have no pain in them this week, then I start the pills next Monday and take for just one week (instead of two) and then off them for the next week.  Hopefully, this treatment will work well for me.

The doctor told me today that remission for me means a "temporary" situation and that at some point, the pet scans will show the disease growing back again and then we'll have to discuss what to do next.  He said that patients with stage 4 colon cancer rarely even have a remission, so I am one of the lucky ones in that sense.  He said that he didn't want to be mean, but wanted me to know all the statistics and to prepare me for what may come so it won't be a great shock for me.  I really do appreciate his honesty with me, even if I don't always like what the message conveys.  ;-(

Another health update is that my thyroid meds don't seem to be working and my regular doctor has increased my dosage.  Hopefully, it's not the chemo that's affecting it.  If it's not one thing, it's another.  Go figure!  lol

I've gotten brave and joined the Stitch Specialists yahoo group so I can stitch the Tree of Stitches by Abi Gurden.  I saw this design on a number of blogs & it really just called out to me.  lol  Of course, because of all the specialty stitches, it requires my stitching on evenweave or linen - no aida.  Abi gives wonderful & thorough directions for how to stitch over 2 threads and also how to do each specialty stitch.  So I got this pretty piece of Picture This Plus 28ct Cashel DaVinci from 123 Stitch.  Now I just have to choose my thread colors. 

Well, that's all for now.  I am hoping to get some stitching done as soon as the swelling in my hands goes down.  This is so annoying to deal with.  Oh, such is life.  LOL

Thanks for visiting and reading.  Please leave comments as I really enjoy reading what ya'll have to say.

Many Hugs,


Lisa said...

Barb, it is so good to see and read your post. The "baby hair" looks wonderful and so do you! While honesty is good, I am sure that the news is hard to take. Know that you have support out here in blog world. I love the fabric you have chosen for your project and I look forward to your start and progress.
Take care my friend!

CindyMae said...

So good to see a post from you. Your baby hair looks wonderful. My thought and prayers are with you!! That fabric is awesome!!!! Love it! As far as Facebook games go, ya . . .I been there!! LOL

Debs in South Texas said...

Good to have posting.. I have started my TOS from Abi . Like you I saw it on Brooke's and just had to try. I too am breaking away from FB games they really pull you in and before you know it an hour is gone. And I could have been stitching. Please take care of yourself, my prayers are with you daily.

Carolyn NC said...

I haven't posted since May - good to see yours. Glad you're in remission and I hope it stays longer than anyone would ever even imagine!

Anonymous said...

Hi Barb,
Think of you often and send prayers that you stay in remission. Take Care and God Bless.

Meari said...

Great news on the remission, even if the Dr gave you some "hard truths". Your hair really does look soft. :) I LOL'd @ your comment about having to shave again. Eh, does it matter if you shave or not?

Raven/Missy said...

I love that Garden of Time game on Facebook, it is a lot of fun! Welcome back to blogland. I am glad to hear you are still in remission and I hope it stays that way. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

shutterbug (Elaine) said...

I'm right with you as far as Facebook time goes. Different games but I spend way too much time there. I've been trying to wean myself off a bit to get more stitching & reading time. Glad to hear about the remission, not so much about the chances that it will come back. Fingers crossed that it takes it's sweet time doing that. Maybe not for a long time. :) I feel for you with the thyroid meds too. I know how I start feeling when my aren't working right anymore. Hoping they get straightened out and it's not the chemo affecting it. Good thoughts & prayers coming your way. You seem to be handling things pretty well. Good for you! {{{hugs}}}

Sandra said...

Hi Barb! Glad to see you posting even if there's no stitching update.

Good thing you're on remission, God willing your health will keep improving ;o)


Measi said...

Hi Barb - Thank you for joining the WIPocalypse for next year. It's wonderful to meet you. I've added you to the participant list and to my blog reader - will be checking back frequently to see how you're doing.

I know this post was back in September, so I hope all continues to be well with your health.