Monday, June 27, 2011

June 27, 2011 Post Surgery

Mom/Joan here.  Surgical removal of the lower port was performed quickly and without incident.  Whew!  All the staff and doctors were so nice and efficient.  We were on our way home before noon and no traffic problems. 

Traveling to Walnut Creek at 5:30 a.m. was another situation.  I have great compassion for those who commute.  Our average speed was 15-20 mph for one-third of the way!  We arrived just in time for her admin time.

Denise asked I post another photo of Dr. Oliver as he too deserves much credit for her well being and healing!  Thanks to all for your love, support and healing thoughts.

Monday, June 27th-Surgery Date

Mom and I are currently making the trek to Walnut Creek Kaiser along with all of the other thousands upon thousands of people who commute to the bay area every day. So glad I don't do this every day.
I have to admit I'm a bit nervous but I feel that is normal. Surgery is a bit like the ocean in that you ALWAYS have to respect the potential danger of it no matter how minor of involvement you have with it. Hopefully my mom will be posting in a few hours that all went well and that I'm one port less in my body.
Have a great Monday,

Sunday, June 19, 2011

5k pic posted, Sunday, June 19th

Happy Father's Day to all.  Just wanted to let you know that I posted the picture of the Nurse Practitioner group from Kaiser that did the 5k.  You can see Oliver and I on the right side of the picture.  I hesitated to post this pic because it is one that definitely shows the "moon" face I have acquired due to all of the steroids given to me during chemotherapy.  But I am also very proud that I did my first post-chemo 5k so I wanted the picture to be part of this blog and to share it with all of you.
I have officially started a swim regimen.  I swam 3 times this week and a rate of every other day and increasing by one lap each time.  I am swimming at my local gym.  I am needing to wear water shoes because I have a hard time feeling my feet and knowing whether or not they are kicking and trouble feeling them when I push off the walls of the pool.  The added benefit is that the shoes provide more resistance to the workout also.
Other than that still doing all of my same treatments.  I go to Kaiser tomorrow to have my chest port flushed (it must be flushed every 4-6 weeks).  I will also have my pre-operative labs drawn for surgery next week.
Have a good week,

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Let me start by saying Happy Flag Day and Happy Birthday Grandma Jackie! 
Not a whole lot new to report.  The family went camping in the Santa Cruz area again the weekend before last.  Rileigh had a beach soccer tournament, that's right, beach soccer.  Quite an amazing thing to watch.  Adam, sorry I didn't get in touch with you, I was not feeling well and therefore didn't feel much like socializing.  Post chemo days have proven to be quite the challenge with the overall joint and muscle aches.  I think I felt better in the transition weeks before my next round of chemo.  I continue to force myself to walk, despite some days it being very painful.  I had hoped to be getting into more of a routine of exercising by now, but just feel moving is too painful.  I have made it to the pool a couple of times to do some laps which feel alright. 
I am now also getting my eyelashes and eyebrows back.  They were the last to go and the first to come back. The hair on my head is also coming in but just seems like a light fuzz right now.  It all looks as if my hair will be much darker than before (which I'm a bit disappointed about). 
As far as appointments go: I continue to see MerriAnn, Sandy (neuro-reflex therapy for the neuropathy) and Dr. Shen for acupuncture, all on a weekly basis.  I am scheduled to have my intraperitoneal port removed on June 27th.  Dr Chen (my surgeon from the "big" surgery) will be doing the surgery. 
I hope to get a couple of more pictures on here too.  I've got a lot of feedback from those of you who don't see me due to living far away that you like the pictures a lot.
Sorry, not a whole lot more to report.  I could ramble on, but it would probably not do any of us any good because it would be more of the negative stuff about how much pain I'm in.  And none of us really need to dwell on that, right?
Take care, thanks for all your support,  and hope to have better news next time or at least a better attitude!

Dr. Oliver