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Monday, June 14, 2010

Easing the Pain and Family

  It has been one week since my 5th chemo session, my first one with the drug Taxol.  After 5 days of excruciating bone pain, it finally started tapering off.  The pain is still there in my legs, especially my knees.  It is uncomfortable when I walk, even across the room.  However, the pain is finally at a manageable level.  When I went to get blood work done today, I asked for some new pain meds...something other than the Hyrdocodone.  They put me on Mobic 15mg which is an arthritis medication that you take once daily.  I took it about 1 1/2 hours ago and so far the pain is still there.  The pharmacist said you take one a day everyday and you don't miss a dose.  Because of this, I am hoping that it has some type of accumulative effect.  Otherwise, it is not going to be enough two days after my next treatment when the real pain sets in my bones.  I hate to sound negative about it, but I went all day without any pain medication and it was manageable.  So if it is not kicking this pain, I am concerned that the really troublesome pain that will come two days after treatment will be again unbearable.  I will stay positive and give it a week before I make any real judgments.  

I am craving being in the water.  I really want to be in a pool.  It just sounds good, the idea of being able to move freely.  I know it would be good for me, but unfortunately we don't have a pool.  I am going to check out some local health clubs which have pools.  I really don't want to "join" something right now because of the fact that I have many days when I really am not able to drive.  Today was the first day I have driven in about two weeks.  I had my blood work done and for the first time since I started treatments all was good and in normal ranges.  Good news!  No antibiotics this round...YIPPIE!  

The girls are enjoying their summer and spending time with friends.  Presley is loving going over to Erin's, my niece's house.  She loves helping taking care of the babies and Cale.  Cale is two and the twin babies are nine months old I believe.  They are so cute.  Their names are Hayes and Elliott and she LOVES to be around them all.  It is a good distraction for her.  A lot better than seeing mom in pain or drugged up on pain medication I am sure. Landri and Taylor are like Mutt and Jeff together and seem to be having fun.  Kevin, of course, is still taking on so much that I am unable to do and taking great care of me (and Charlie the German Shepherd of course)!  Ricky, my little Yorkie, lays right by my side on the bed.  We have reached a new deeper level in our relationship...LOL!  Oh, I can't forget Bailey, the Persian cat who makes me smile at the mere sight of his face.  He was my hubby's cat before we married and he had to have a "nose job" when he was little.  Since then, he has one tooth and his tongue that hangs out all the time.  So this is my family, my strength and my light....my reason for...

 A big thank you goes out to everyone who has sent me your words of encouragement.  It really means a lot to me to read all your comments.  Please keep praying for more pain relief for me...and for my family, peace, strength, and courage.  Until next time my friends...

8 comments:

vicky said...

love the pics - Looks like Marmaduke's family.

have a pass for you to my gym - they have a pool.

suzzett said i could bring the boys over her house to her pool we could all do that.

looooooooooooooove you!

AFWingMom said...

Always praying for you sweetie and sending you big (((hugs)))

Hayley said...

no need to join anywhere when you have an open pool two streets down and across the street :]
it's open anytime. just invite yourself, i'd be happy to have you and talk. it's shallow on both sides and has a tanning ledge and steps. and you know my dad; we have all the fancy things you can imagine. you have mine and my parents numbers. hit us up :]


btw, i read every new post each time and am always thinking about you.
-your "daughter" :D

Penny said...

I am blessed with pool offers everywhere! Thanks Haley, Suzette, Erin, Vicky. Hayley I have heard your pool is awesome with all the bells and whistles. I will have to come over cuz I miss seeing my third "daughter"!

John Edwards said...

Penny,

I saw a post you and Sara Moon Lichte exchanged on Facebook and it led me to read your blog. I just wanted to let you know that our family will be praying for you and your family.

John Edwards

willow58 said...

We bought an inflatable pool for the girls from Wal Mart a couple of years ago and still use it. It is 10 ft by 5 ft and quite comfortable to fit Chuck, the three girls and myself. Want me to see about getting one for you? It fits on our patio.

Yolanda said...

Praying without ceasing..

Dorothy McHugh said...

Well, I'm pooless too, so can't help you there. You are right about your neice's kids...They are SO cute. The oldest boy has the dreamiest eyes. He'll be breaking hearts soon! Their house and neighborhood is very pretty too. Shannon had a lot of fun. I don't know how much help with keeping the kids she was. You're top of my prayer list!!!