Friday, May 11, 2012

I'm here....

and I am doing fine, just trying my best to get through this chemo.  I am now on my second half with 6 more weeks to go (3 more treatments).  Neuropathy is setting in and my fingers and feet hurt but I have more energy.  

This treatment on Wednesday was really scary for me.  They started me on taxol, a very strong drug that can cause severe allergic reactions.  On one of my prior chemo treatments, the person next to me was being given taxol and had an allergic reaction to the drug and the next thing you know they are calling code blue.  
How's that for scaring the living daylights out of you!  

But I made it through the treatment and I'm ok.   

Today I was in the garden weeding and pruning as best I could with my sore hands but the sunshine felt so nice.  I love being in the garden.  


I'm trying to eat as healthy as I can but food just doesn't taste like food.  Cold food tastes best, I can't seem to get past the cooking smells.  I've been eating lots of fruits and veggies.  We still have strawberries in the garden.  


I stopped at the resource center at UNC on Thursday when I was there and picked up a pretty hat and scarf.   It's funny how when you look better, you feel better.  

I'll be back later.....


17 comments:

Rosewalk Cottage said...

Hi Donna!
I'm so glad your back. I've missed you. Hope you feel much better soon and can get back out and work in your garden like before. I always enjoy visiting your lovely blog.
~Clara

Babs said...

Donna, it's so good to see you blogging today. I'm glad you're feeling well enough to garden a bit and yay! only 3 more treatments to go. How scary for you to see the person have the allergic reaction. I hope they helped her(?) in time. I'm thankful that you didn't have a bad reaction, too. Have a great weekend.
Hugs,
Babs

Beverly said...

Donna, I was so excited when it popped on my screen that you had a post. I actually got a shiver.

You have made my day. I am thrilled that you felt good enough to post.

I wish you the most wonderful Mother's Day ever. You will remain in my thoughts and prayers.

Sending love to you from me.♥♥♥

Angie said...

Dear dear darling Donna, I have had you on my mind, girlfriend, and I'm sooooo happy to see you!! You are such a beautiful soul, no worries for you about the beauty part. :) I've missed you AND the boys. It warms my heart to hear that you feel well enough to be out in the garden. That's where I picture you, in my mind, out there with Otis and Riley at your feet. Sending prayers on a wing and a hug.

mississippi artist said...

I am so glad you feel well enough to blog and be in the garden. My goodness I would have had a panic attack when the lady had the reaction. Praying for you to recover quickly and be back in the garden with your baby dogs.

Balisha said...

When I got your comment...I was so happy. Nice to have you back. I think that I told you before...I think of you every morning, when the doves start cooing in the tree by our bedroom window. That's when I say a little prayer for you. Have a wonderful weekend.
Balisha

Happy@Home said...

Hi Donna,
I was so happy to see a new post from you today! I can see why your latest treatment would be scary after seeing the other person have such a bad reaction. I am glad you got through it and have a bit more energy.
It's wonderful that you are able to get outside and do some gardening. Your strawberries look so good.
Happy Mother's Day.
Hugs,
Kim

Pondside said...

Another one so very happy to see a post from you. Being in the garden, eating fruit and veg and buying a pretty hat and scarf....you are a star!!

Catherine Holman said...

Gardening is good for the soul and should help keep you in good spirits for the duration of these treatments. Soak up the fresh air and let your garden take your mind off everything when you can. I'll be praying for you in my garden Donna.
Hugs,
Cathie

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

Hi Donna,
So glad to hear that you feel up to doing a little gardening. Just sitting in the garden is good therapy....
Hugs,
Penny

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I'm glad to hear you are tolerating the treatments well, Donna, and are able to enjoy your garden, too!

Sherri said...

Donna, so good to hear from you!! I have been praying for you!! Those strawberries from your garden look so good!!! You hang in their and now that I think of you every day!!

Donna said...

Wow, what a Fright! But you're going to get Through this sweet friend!!!
Nothing better than getting outside... Lots of sunshine!
Sending love and lots of prayer to you!!!!
((( hugssss)))

Mimi Sue said...

So glad you're doing better. So sorry you have to go through this. So happy you have a pretty garden for comfort. Prayers still going your way. Happy Mothers Day! And just think next Mother's Day you'll be back to your old self and all of this will be over and done. Mimi

Cherrie said...

I saying a prayer for you right now.

*Sheila* said...

Glad you are able to spend time in the garden with the boys.
Remember every treatment no matter how nasty or scary is a step closer to health. You sound like you are doing well, and I hope the after effects don't last too long.
I hope you had a great Mother's Day, and are enjoying some sunny days.
Sending love..♥

Zuzana said...

Dear Donna, hang in there, even though it must be tough. Gardening is very therapeutic, there is noting more beautiful than spending our days in the sunshine with beautiful plants.
xoxo