30 December 2010

Thursday Medical Update - Roseannerosannadanna

The Guy and I had been planning to come to Louisiana after we got back from DisneyWorld to try to finish going through things at his Mom's house so that we can get it ready for the estate sale. After I saw the doc on Tuesday, I asked him would it be OK for me to make the trip. He said as long as I didn't get any worse and avoided people it would be fine. The Guy and I would be alone at the house with no need for me to see anyone, so this morning early we set off. I figured I could lay in bed and feel bad in LA as easily as I could in AL.

About mid-morning I got a phone call. It was my doctor's office. The test results from Tuesday came back. I have the FLU. Does this not make you wonder why you get a flu shot??? I had begun to wonder why I was feeling so crummy with just a regular upper respiratory infection. We had some discussion and decided that since the Guy and I were already enroute, the trip might as well continue. They wanted to call me in a prescription for Tamiflu. That required me to look up a pharmacy here in LA and call them back with the number. (Don't smart phones make life a lot easier?) When I called back we had discussion about my chemo. It seems I need time to get over the flu. I'll get the picc line next week, but not start the Vidaza until 10 January. After getting all psyched up to start it this week, it's a little bit of a let down to wait two weeks, but seriously, I don't want to risk getting sicker. So I'm looking at this as a slight reprieve.

Gilda Radner wrote a book about her journey with ovarian cancer and she personally recorded it as an audiobook. In the introduction she talks about when she was diagnosed and says, "Suddenly I had to spend all my time getting well." I can so relate to that! The story chronicles her inspiring attempt to keep an upbeat attitude during her illness, and the title is It's Always Something. Cheers to you, Gilda. and thanks for all the memories.

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Annie said...

There's nothing wrong with violins on TV. Rest. Fluids. Rest. A warm blanket. How long are you in LA? Will you still be there when we get there?

Cathy said...

I'm so sorry to read that you aren't feeling well, Becky. I hope you quickly get over that nasty flu bug. Good thoughts and prayers are being sent your way.

Becky said...

Annie, I got in bed as soon as we got here and have been drinking warm drinks. Nothing exciting. Just coffee and tea. We are planning to go home on Monday. And it is supposed to be 75° here tomorrow. You are going to want to take the weather home with you!

Cathy, thank you so much for your good wishes and prayers. I truly appreciate them.

Lizzy said...

I can only imagine how disappointed you are in not being able to start treatment...but at least you have found out why you were feeling under the weather. Thank goodness for antivirals...hope they kick in soon.


Anonymous said...

Becky, I've been offline and am catching up on your news.... I had no idea. Becky I will keep you in my prayers for healing, peace and comfort. I'm sorry you are going through this. Sending you prayers and best wishes for a wonderful 2011! {hugs}

Becky said...

Lizzy, thank you so much for your continued support. I really value your thoughts and comments. This Tamilflu is AMAZING. I woke up for the first time in a week without fever and that in itself feels better.

Kim, you are so kind. I am really glad we are getting to know each other. I hope when I get home to be able to keep participating in the Saturday Swap.

Erica said...

Hi Becky.....I'm glad that your meds kicked in for your flu. So sorry that this happened to you....but you are in good hands and things can only get better. Sending you for the New Year lots of special blessings, healing thoughts and lots of visualization.

Craig Miyamoto said...

If you need me, I can come sit on your right shoulder and whisper encouragement in your ear when you need it. xoxox Craig

Amy said...

Have been sort of out of commission, so I'm just catching up with what's going on. Was sorry to see you dealing with this again, but know you'll be fine. We're tougher than these crap diseases! Wondering why you get a picc line instead of a port? Love, love, love my port! Okay, maybe that "love" is excessive, but if I must deal with this I sure want a port - so easy to get plugged in for treatment, lab, etc. And it's completely under the skin, so the only maintenance is having a heparin flush every few weeks.