Thursday, June 14, 2012

Posted on June 15, 2012. Filed under: Cancer | Tags: , , , |

I’m feeling better. I started the day with an EKG that continued to show anomalies, but magnesium and potassium levels were OK, so the cardiologist said I was fit for chemo. They strung up the bags and hooked me up. This gave me a chance to catch up on my blog and return some calls. I was in a private room, so I also tried to take a nap, but I’m so shaky and achy, I really couldn’t sleep.  It was nice to close my eyes anyway even though they’re itchy and sore. The nursed brings a big, warm blanket and you can flip the chair back. I was home by two and crashed on the sofa.

Not long after that, I got a call from my leukemia mentor. They mmatched me with a 64-year old man who lives in Michigan. He also has a home in Scottsdale. He marks November as his fifth year anniversary of his diagnosis. We had a really pleasant talk. He’s intelligent and laughed at my jokes. Best of all he had exactly the same diagnosis—and is now five years out. He said he volunteers at the Mayo clinic in Scottsdale and is always stunned by the number of breast cancer survivors suffering from secondary cancers. He encouraged me to call him anytime and said he’d check in again. I look forward to hearing more from him.

Scott and I have been looking at sofas for the living room. We want a sectional that’s not too expensive. A more unconventional color would be nice. I don’t want leather because it sticks to you in the summer and is cold in the winter. We don’t want to pay an arm and a leg either. When I regrouped, I suggested we ride on over to Marjen’s furniture store to see what they had. We even parked several blocks away to get some exercise, but I have to be careful because my heart starts beating as soon as I start doing anything. Marjen’s is a family-owned, warehouse-style store.  They have great prices and fairly good furniture. I have been buying stuff from them for years. They had a couple of options that were super reasonable, but I wasn’t excited.

When we returned home, Scott made a great dinner and headed off to Home Depot. He wants to make a mister on the patio for those hot summer days. I caught up with phone messages. I also wrote some copy for an ad and sent it off. All-in-all, not a bad day. Way better than yesterday!

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