Friday, April 5, 2019


So Ava's wall quilt has gone from this... this. I can't wait to start sewing it together! :0)

Thursday, March 28, 2019

A new bed and maybe some sewing

Ava has been growing like a weed, and her crib was definitely getting too small for her. So yesterday the crib came down and Ava's big girl bed went into her room. She had to try out the mattress when it was still on the living room floor.

And then while I was trying to get a picture of her in her new bed, she kept fluffing the sheet! lol My dad made this bed for Emily when it was time for her to move up from her crib to a twin bed.

One thing I've been wanting to make for Ava is a wall quilt with her name on it. I made two different ones for Emily over the years. So with the new bedding it seemed like the perfect time to start on the wall quilt. I wanted it to match the bedding so off to the fabric store Ava and I went. Note to self...don't take Ava fabric shopping again. Anything she could reach, she threw into my cart! lol After removing the unwanted items from my cart and trying to keep her in the middle of the aisles where she couldn't reach anything, I finally came home with a jelly roll to use for the borders and a pretty tone on tone for the background behind her name. The three colors I'll use for the letters were in my stash. Now I just have to find the time to actually work on it. :0)

On the cancer front, clinically I'm doing well as there are more good things than bad going on. The real problem now is my white blood cell count. It's low and I can't have any more chemo until it comes back up to where it's supposed to be. But I had a cold for a while and then I had shingles. So I think I used up a lot of my white cells fighting those things off. The doctor said there's nothing I can do to improve the count...just be patient and wait for it to fix itself. Meanwhile I'm now two weeks behind on my third chemo session. Hopefully Monday things will be back where they belong and I'll be able to get my third treatment.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Good things

Tickets for a nearby Tim McGraw concert in August went on sale this morning. I was lucky enough to get seats only nine rows back from the stage! Happy birthday to me! :0)


Then a friend took me out to lunch for my birthday. This is how it ended up! That hat was really big and really heavy! lol 

Even during the trials and tribulations of chemo and its side effects, life is good! :0)

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Dancing the days away

So when I went for my two-week check-up after my second chemo session, my hemoglobin was up to a 9.2 and my heart rate was down to 103! The only downside was that my white blood cells are low, because I had a lingering cold and the white blood cells are the ones that fight things like that. So now I just have to avoid all the bugs until my next chemo session on the 18th. Then it will be three sessions down, only three more to go!

Monday, February 4, 2019

World Cancer Day

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I went to the doctor today for blood work and a doctor's visit with the nurse practitioner. Last Monday my hemoglobin was 7.1.Today it was 8.6. That means my bone marrow is working better than it has in a long time, which means the chemo is killing off the cancer cells in my bone marrow, which means the chemo is working already! That’s certainly good news!

One other thing I wanted to share that you may not know (I didn't) is that there are basically two categories when it comes to cancer. The first is solid cancers like breast cancer, lung cancer, etc. which all have a tumor of some sort involved. The other is liquid cancer, which means it's a bunch of nasty cells in the blood...there is no tumor. I think everyone associates cancer with tumors, but that's not always the case.

I have Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, which means there are no tumors...just lots of nasties floating around in my blood, bone marrow, spleen, etc. My entire lymphatic system has been affected by it. But at the moment things are going well, and I'm hopeful they'll continue that way.