Monday, September 26, 2011

Update: After a Good Week

Been a busy week but I feel pretty good today and I did yesterday as well.  I'm even typing normal again for the most part just a few minor adjustments.

  • It has been 4 years since I was diagnosed with what was believed to be a benign brain tumor.
  • It has been more than three years since my first surgery confirmed it was a malignant tumor not benign
  • I have completed 7 rounds of Temodar chemo and will have my second round of a new chemo avastin on Tuesday.
Medically - Following my first round of a new chemo for me, Avastin, my symptoms steadily improved from what I was having.  My left side weakness is at times completely unnoticeable.  Where I couldn't type a week ago, I am typing pretty well now.  I am able to get out of bed, get dressed, and pretty much fend for myself now and I couldn't do that a few weeks ago.  ( I couldn't push myself with my left side to crawl out of bed nor could I get up and walk. With the assistance of a cane and the chemo doing it's job, I can now do this pretty easily.)  We won't know for a couple of weeks what positive effect has taken place on the inside but I'm confident we'll see significant decrease again or I wouldn't be making as good of progress as I am.

Emotionally - Other than being annoyed that John doesn't want me driving, emotionally I'm doing pretty good.  It's been helped a lot by my mom being here during the day with me so that I don't feel trapped at home.  The good progress I've been making has me feeling good and confident as well.

Mentally - Other than my Short Term Memory being horrible, I've been doing fairly well.  I'm even able to do some calculations in my head again.  It's not as quick as I once was but it's a start.  Now if only I can figure out how to calculate time again.  (I can't calculate, what time will it be in 4 hours and 15 minutes or if I need to be somewhere at ____ time, what time do I need to leav/get up.  IT just doesn't sink in.)

Family - My son is very busy with band and is preparing for his first ever school dance (Homecoming.  He is super excited because he has a date for it.  He's been doing a lot of leg work to try to make the evening super special for her.  I think he feels a special connection to this girl because he discovered that her dad is also a cancer survivor so she knows what he is going through.  I think they are good for each other and he is really turning on the charm.  His natural romantic side and compassion are oozing everywhere.  I can't wait to see them together Saturday night to go to the dance.

My hubby is hard and heavy into harvest right now.  He is hoping to get off at least half day on Saturday to take me to a picnic with my former coworkerand half the Saturday to take me to dinner for our 15th wedding anniversary (We are still trying to find somewhere new and exciting in Springfield to go eat.  IF anyone has suggestions, we are open to them!!!)

Ok, this update has taken me three days to write so I had better rap it up now.

HUggles, - Amy

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