Well, I think this has turned into a very good day for me despite having a rough pain night last night.
Last night I didn't sleep well at all thanks to some left side extremity pain. The steroids have finally done what I knew they would in that they have weakened the cartlidge in my knee. Steroids are bad enough on joints without having bad joints going into it so I should have known that no amount of gentle exercising and rest on them would keep them from weakening. I officially can no longer climb stairs. No big deal I guess. I got through that part last time and it doesn't seem to be as bad this time. YAY!!! Anyway, the weakening has me walking weird which caused me a lot of pain last night. Only two hours worth so it could have been worse. I've handled worse just hate when it happens at midnight or so. UGH!!!
Anyway, woke up this morning starving and took my meds, then back to nap. Got lots of stuff done after I got up though. Got some important phone calls made. Got news that our house refi went through. Major YAY!!! Got my local oncologist called for a consult so we can start making arrangements for my chemo treatment. (Nov. 30) Got what should be my final date on the steroids (Nov. 19th) Another MAJOR YAY!!! The timing seems to fit pretty good. I should be off the steroids and feeling better by Thanksgiving, won't start my first round of chemo until after Thanksgiving, and the timing of the second round will put it after Christmas so I should feel good for all the holidays. :) Also, I think the timing of the second round of chemo will allow me to put off returning to work until after the first of the year, which is good in that respect too. Then I won't be the only one at work over Christmas shutdown and can start fresh on the new year.
Ok, I think it's time for my afternoon nap now. Steroid issues are starting to minimize so that's a good thing (other than the knees of course but that will still be several weeks I'm sure until things come back to normal).
Thank you all for your continued thoughts and prayers. Got a good week planned and I look forward to seeing some of my friends at work tomorrow and get these staples out!!! YAY!!!
So you've stumbled across my blog by accident and you are wondering what is really behind this blog. I can help you catch up quickly. In short, my name is Amy, As of 2000I am years old, happily married to my hudband,John, for 12 years, and have a 12 year old son. Oh, I was diagnosed on August 22, 2007 with a brain tumor.
All the important things (without my daily ramblings) can be found under the heading of beginnings and I would also recommend Updates. You can quickly see them all by clicking on those links. I hope this helps you get caught up with my world.
You can read my posts on surgery to read about surgery in posts written by me during my stays in the hospital and those updated after the fact to fill in all the holes. Following surgery and the discovery that my brain tumor was a Grade Three Anaplastic Astrocytoma, I went into radiation. This was not an easy decision but you can read about it and my decision process in radiation. I did begin having seizures in 2008 and issues with Hydrocephalus/regrowth in 2010/2011 and then chemo in 2011 where I am cuurrently receiving Avastin and the steroid Decradon.
I hope this blog can help others going along the same journey as me. Remember you are not alone.
I wish to post a disclaimer that I am NOT a doctor nor do I play one on TV. Therefore, nothing mentioned in this blog should be taken in the place of your own medical professional. What works for one person may not be the best solution for another. If anything I do in my blog can be brought across, I hope it's that you have to take your life and medical care into your own hands and use all the wonderful tools you have at your resources.
My experience with my brain tumor will not be the experience you have because no two tumors, just as no two people are alike. However, if showing my experience to you can help you on your journey, then I have accomplished a huge goal in my life and that is to help others.
Remember that attitude, support, and God make up 90% of the battle!!! always believe in the positive. god spEED!!!!!